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Friday was choc-a-block with heated action, promising an action-packed weekend ahead! Here is a quick recap of all that went down across the major poker platforms.
Spartan Poker`s The Elite returned with a ₹30 Lakhs prize pool guarantee yesterday. With 348 entries (167 unique, 66 re-entries and 115 rebuys) ponying up the ₹11,000 buy-in, the tourney collected a prize pool worth ₹34.80 Lakhs. The heads-up play took place between ‘Avneed’ and Anurag ‘Sangahi’ Sangahi. The latter had on March 13, finished third in this very event. Even though he missed out on the title yet again, he did one better to finish runner up this time for ₹4.95 Lakhs. ‘Avneed’ came out on top to win ₹7.36 Lakhs. Young Gun Anmol ‘Anzzzzz’ Mehta (3rd for ₹3.49 Lakhs), Raghav ‘thatssosick’ Bansal (4th for ₹2.83 Lakhs), Young Gun Devang ‘equity_hunter’ Yadav (1.70 Lakhs), Gaurav ‘VantaBlack’ Gupta (7th for ₹1.24 Lakhs), Sriharsha ‘Potato Player’ Doddapaneni (8th for ₹90,828) and Sumit ‘Sands Myth’ Sapra (9th for ₹75,168) posted FT finishes.
Sapra, who was on-boarded by APL as their brand ambassador last December, went on a blistering run last posting three FT finishes. In addition to his ninth-place finish in The Elite, Sapra placed third in both Spartan Poker`s TGIF (₹1.20 Lakhs) and Adda52’ The Ballers (₹2.81 Lakhs).
Over the past 10 days, Aman ‘KarmaPoker’ Parakh has exerted a consistent presence on the virtual felts, capturing no less than eight title wins and posting at least eight other FT finishes. While Parakh’s title tally now includes PokerBaazi’s PMVS The Ridge, Spartan Poker’s The Race & Deep Freeze, and Adda52’s The Hexagram, he continues to enjoy a dominating position on the monthly TLB Leaderboard.
Parakh was back in beast mode on Friday night as he stormed past 942 entries in the TGIF ₹10 Lakhs GTD that included his heads-up opponent PantherPaw (2nd for ₹1.68 Lakhs) to win ₹2.70 Lakhs. His breakout run last night included runner-up finishes in two other marquee tourneys – PokerBaazi’s The Ridge and PokerStars India`s INSCOOP NLHE 4 Lac Gtd, taking his total winnings for the day to over ₹4.8 Lakhs.
Ravinder ‘jason’ Singh was another prominent winner on Spartan Poker as he took down the UVS Monster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTD. Singh topped a 421-player field and defeated ‘[email protected]’ (runner-up for ₹84,178) heads-up to win ₹1.26 Lakhs.
PokerBaazi’s run of Friday tourneys was spearheaded by the ₹3,300 buy-in Ridge ₹10 Lakhs GTD that logged in 349 entries (186 unique and 163 re-entries) generating a ₹10.47 Lakhs prize pool. MTT crusher Aman ‘KarmaPoker’ Parakh, who has won this event in the past and was riding high on confidence having won the TGIF on Spartan Poker, came close to lifting the trophy again. However, Parakh had a beast of a heads-up opponent in former WSOP champion Aditya ‘gangajal’ Sushant to fend off and was eventually denied the glory. While Parakh pocketed a runner-up finish worth ₹1.54 Lakhs, claiming the bragging rights instead was Sushant. One of our earliest Young Guns, Sushant had an immensely successful run last week when he took down the SSS The Millionaire and The Elite, along with three more FT scores. Adding The Ridge title to his name, Sushant padded his wallet by ₹2.2 Lakhs.
The other PokerBaazi flagship Grinders Friday SuperStack didn’t fare so well and had a shortfall of ₹38,000 with 181 sign-ups. Topping the field was Divij ‘Divij24’ Soni, who vanquished Jaideep ‘GoneClubbing’ Sajwan to a runner-up finish to claim the title and the ₹99,480 that came with it. Sajwan pocketed ₹69,720 for placing second.
Harsh ‘100crdream’ Dembla (4th for ₹33,200) former MoneyMaker champion Prashanth ‘Iveyleague’ Sekar (5th for ₹24,920), Myron ‘priyankAAchoprAA’ Pereira (7th for ₹16,560), and Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra (9th for ₹9,920) were the notable FT finishers in the Friday SuperStack.
Adda52’s flagship Full House ₹1 Crore GTD has returned for its weekly run, and yesterday saw Day 1A muster 333 runners (201 unique and 132 re-entries). After hours of play, only 39 could bag up for Day 2 and claiming the overnight chip leader was Harshit ‘Hashstack’ Chopra, who carries a stack of 368,241 to Day 2. Not far behind Chopra is Rishi ‘Ronaldo94’ Mundhra (303,443) with ‘mannankraveshia’ (272,732) rounding out the top three stacks on Day 1A.
Neel ‘neeljoshi23’ Joshi (233,162), Sandeep ‘effuno’ Varma Rs (153,463), Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood (141,522) and Kunal ‘KunalPatni‘ Patni (137,265) are the other notable top stacks from the flight.
The other major draw, The Ballers ₹25 Lakhs GTD, played host to 373 entries (177 unique and 196 re-entries). With a prize pool collection of ₹25.55 Lakhs, the final 38 players earned a payout. Making his way past a tough final table was Raghav ‘BaLuGaWhAlE’ Bansal. The seasoned crusher who’d already scored a deep run at The Elite all but had the title in his hands. In the end, however, it was ‘sammybhai’ who won the title for ₹6.38 Lakhs. Bansal banked ₹3.87 Lakhs for his runner-up finish.
Like Bansal, Sumit ‘Hammer_Head’ Sapra (3rd for ₹2.81 Lakhs) was another online reg who added a big score to his tally. PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh ‘arjan30’ Chadha (4th for ₹2.04 Lakhs), Chirag ‘mahikk’ Bhardwaj (5th for ₹1.37 Lakhs) and Kamal ‘ksn123’ Naruka (7th for ₹76,652) were others who posted FT scores.
Amit ‘amit030’ Kumar was the other winner on Adda52 on Friday. He bested a field of 151 entries to win the Hexagram for a ₹85,315 payday.
Headlining the Friday lineup of INSCOOP events was the ₹4,400 buy-in INSCOOP Uppercut ₹15 Lakhs GTD, where 382 entries (223 unique and 159 re-entries) created a healthy ₹15.28 Lakhs prize pool. The final showdown for the title took place between two seasoned campaigners – former Millionaire champion Dhinesh ‘you3beti4bet’ Kumar on the one side with Young Gun Devang ‘trappyfish93’ Yadav on the other. Kumar came out on top eventually, earning a ₹2.60 Lakhs paycheque for his efforts. Yadav conceding to a ₹1.61 lakhs payout for finishing second. PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal ‘BOOMTilt23’ Singh placed third for ₹1.05 Lakhs.
Singh further supplemented his Friday winnings by ₹11,685 after finishing 10th in the INSCOOP Fast Friday ₹5 Lakhs GTD that mustered 167 entries (95 unique and 72 re-entries) – falling ₹1.20 Lakhs short of the posted guarantee. The event came down to a three-way chop with ‘[email protected] winning the title and ₹65,566. Runner-up Harsh ‘Harsh1327’ Bubna walked away with a ₹84,862 payday while ‘anujsharm572’ collected ₹68,933 for finishing third.
Over at the INSCOOP NLHE ₹4 Lakhs GTD, Pranav ‘pkpok13’ Khandalkar rode past a field of 168 entries and denied Aman ‘KarmaPoker77’ Parakh (runner-up for ₹60,634) his second title of the day to win ₹80,158.
Young Gun Arsh ‘BiggggTymeR’ Grover (5th for ₹26,243), PokerGuru Ambassador Ratul ‘MuscariAs’ Steves (7th for ₹15,016), Chandan ‘RunBarryRun’ Arora (8th for ₹11,358), and Harsh ‘kakori kabab’ Dembla (9th for ₹8,592) posted FT scores. This was the second FT finish of the night for Dembla, who had already finished fourth in PokerBaazi’s Friday SuperStack.
Steves was also another standout performer. In addition to final-tabling the INSCOOP NLHE, he also finished 10th in PokerBaazi’s The Ridge for ₹16,020.
NOTE: The cyclone Amphan has disrupted out normal operations due to which we will be unable to publish the detailed Daily Majors report today.