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On Friday, the MTT action went full throttle, setting the stage for a blockbuster weekend ahead!
The well-known circuit reg Raghav Bansal announced his return to the virtual felts in style after taking down Adda52’s Bullzeye Kapoor for ₹6.25 Lakhs, making him Friday`s biggest winner. Basant Kumar Singh came second for ₹3.79 Lakhs.
The former Destiny winner Tanmay Benara took down Spartan Poker‘s WCS #80 The Elite for a career-best ₹5.49 Lakhs. He chopped the title three-way with ‘magicmountain’ (anonymity requested) (2nd for ₹5.32 Lakhs) and last night`s breakout winner Vishnu Khandelwal (3rd for ₹4.64 Lakhs).
The #2 ranked player of the year, Manish Lakhotia, added ₹4.17 Lakhs to his annual tally after winning PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller.
Jaideep Sajwan (opted out of our tracking) posted third-place finishes in Adda52’s Bullzeye Kapoor (₹2.75 Lakhs) and PokerStars India’s Super Highroller (₹1.61 Lakhs), banking ₹4.36 Lakhs overall.
PokerStars India`s Super Highroller played down to a heads-up deal, and ‘garima14’ won the title for ₹2.23 Lakhs. Thursday’s WCS #72 High Roller champion Deepesh Raka kept his heater going and bagged a better ₹2.59 Lakhs in second place.
‘Indianthug’ (anonymity requested) went on a scorching run on Spartan Poker yesterday and won two WCS titles for a collective ₹2.34 Lakhs. Their title wins include WCS #78 for ₹2.01 Lakhs and WCS #74 Multi-Entry for ₹32,827.
Akshit Madan came out on top in Spartan Poker`s WCS #81 Monster Stack and won ₹1.04 Lakhs following a heads-up deal with ‘poker_samrat’ (2nd for ₹90,288).
Anuj Laddhad, Bharat Vasan, Kushagra Mehta, Tanay Parekh, Hemant Meena, Pradip Ghosh, Vijendra Kumar Sharma (two tiles), Karan Malhotra, Avinash Kumar, and Manjeet Singh Baghel were the other prominent winners!
Here are the Friday highlights!
With just two days left for Spartan Poker`s inaugural Winter Celebration Series (WCS), the site had a packed 11 WCS events (including separate starting flights) on the Friday schedule.
The biggest guaranteed event that played down to a winner last night, the ₹30 Lakhs GTD WCS #80 The Elite 6-Max, registered a guarantee-crushing 340-entry field, and the top 31 places won a share from the ₹34 Lakhs prize pool. The former Destiny champion Tanmay ‘PlusEv’ Benara topped the field to collect a career-best ₹5.49 Lakhs following a three-way deal with ‘magicmountain’ (anonymity requested) (2nd for ₹5.32 Lakhs) and the two-time Destiny winner Vishnu ‘violator’ Khandelwal (3rd for ₹4.64 Lakhs).
Tanmay Benara also FT-ed PokerBaazi’s 6-Max Sprint (5th for ₹24,920), bringing his Friday earnings north of ₹5.73 Lakhs. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.35 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹41.57 Lakhs | Annual Winnings: ₹1.17 Crores
The third-place finisher Vishnu Khandelwal (opted-out from our tracking) added at least ₹5.68 Lakhs yesterday.
His ITM finishes include:
> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s WCS #80 The Elite for ₹4.64 Lakhs
> 5th in PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller for ₹1.04 Lakhs
Spartan Poker user ‘Indianthug’ (anonymity requested) was one of Friday`s star performers. They won two WCS titles for a collective ₹2.34 Lakhs, boosting their recorded earnings on Spartan Poker to ₹11.69 Lakhs!
Their title wins include:
> 1st in Spartan Poker’s WCS #78 for ₹2.01 Lakhs * (HU deal)
> 1st in Spartan Poker’s WCS #74 Multi-Entry for ₹32,827
Ajay ‘ajay2706’ Saharan chopped the ₹12 Lakhs GTD WCS#78 title with ‘Indianthug,’ collecting ₹1.81 Lakhs in second place.
Ajay Saharan’s online stats (across PokerBaazi and Spartan Poker): Lifetime Winnings: ₹19.42 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹54,649
Rising Star Ritwik ‘Fisherman1997’ Khanna posted three deep runs yesterday, worth ₹1.96 Lakhs (cumulatively).
His ITM finishes include:
> 4th in Spartan Poker’s WCS #78 for ₹90,120
> 8th in PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller for ₹55,566
> 14th in Spartan Poker’s WCS #80 The Elite for ₹50,320
Ritwik Khanna’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.96 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.03 Crores | Annual Winnings: ₹2.80 Crores |Ranked #10 in the Annual Winnings Leaderboard standings
Akshit ‘alwaysgud’ Madan overcame the 388-entry field in the ₹5 Lakhs GTD WC #81 Monster Stack to win ₹1.04 Lakhs. He chopped the title heads-up with ‘poker_samrat’ (anonymity requested) (2nd for ₹90,288).
The Friday win is Madan’s fifth title victory this year, boosting his online scorecard to ₹37.62 Lakhs.
The WCS showstopper, ₹1 Crore GTD WCS The Millionaire Main Event, completed the second of five starting flights yesterday. The Day 1B of the ₹5,500 entry buy-in event clocked in 256 entries (137 unique, 30 re-entries, and 89 rebuys), and 34 players survived the day’s onslaught. Spartan Poker user ‘Giraldik’ (282,362), Young Gun Kanchan ‘Midge Maisel’ Sharma (258,691), and Mohit ‘monuguru’ Gupta (189,269) topped the day-end chip counts.
The Millionaire Main Event has signed up 523 entries across two starting flights and needs at least another 1,477 entries through the remaining three flights to hit its 2,000-entry guarantee.
The other multi-flight event running starting flights was the ₹5 Lakhs GTD WCS The Punch, and the event played out two starting flights yesterday. Here are the details:
> Day 1A: Total Entries – 111 | Total Survivors – 16 | Chip Leader – Amit ‘kavipri’ Gehani (184,929)
> Day 1B: Total Entries – 159 | Total Survivors – 16| Chip Leader – Prabhas ‘Baba_Tufaani’ Sharma (203,614)
Kushagra ‘The Unconventional’ Mehta (Won WCS#75 ₹3 Lakhs GTD for ₹53,538), ‘Dancing Rose’ (Won WCS#79 ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹22,150), and ‘jai002’ (Won WCS#76 ₹50K GTD for ₹8,385) won the other WCS titles yesterday!
With Day 10 of the WCS now in the books, Rising Star Ritwik Khanna headlines the ₹10 Lakhs-added WCS Feature Leaderboard standings with 2,829 points. Young Gun Gaurav Sood (2,421 points) has fallen back to #2, and PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha (2,309 points) sits a close #3 in the standings.
WCS Feature Leaderboard Standings After Day 10
|1||Ritwik 'Fisherman1997' Khanna||2,829|
|2||Gaurav 'mozzie17' Sood||2,158|
|3||Arjanveer 'bazzingaa' Singh Chadha||2,309|
|5||Tanmay 'Tandroid' Bhalerao||1,925|
|6||Ankit 'Asymptote' Khattar||1,817|
|7||Nitin 'Demogorgon' Arora||1,802|
|8||Kanchan 'Midge Maisel' Sharma||1,749|
|9||Mithun 'Zima Blue' Mahesh||1,714|
|10||Mohit thejoker' Mehta||1,654|
PokerBaazi`s Friday staple, ₹12 Lakhs GTD The Weekly HighRoller, clocked in 162 entrants – each of them signing up for ₹11,000. The ₹16.20 Lakhs prize pool was distributed among the top 18 finishers. The #2 ranked player of the year, Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia, walked away with the title and the ₹4.17 Lakhs up-top, picking up his first title this month. ‘vinod127515’ stood second for ₹2.92 Lakhs.
Manish Lakhotia lapped up over ₹4.46 Lakhs last night as he also FT-ed Spartan Poker’s WCS#78 (8th for ₹29,280), closing the gap on Gaurav Sood for the #1 position on the annual leaderboard.
Manish Lakhotia’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹9.70 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹3.18 Crores | Annual Winnings: ₹4.16 Crores |Ranked #2 in the Annual Winnings Leaderboard standings
The ₹4 Lakhs GTD SPRINT 6-Max, couldn`t generate the same interest as The Weekly HighRoller, with a 180-player field resulting in an overlay deficit of ₹40,000. The ₹2,200 buy-in event paid out 21 places. Bharat ‘ThinkFloyd’ Vasan was the last player standing and won his first title this month and a ₹99,480 payday. Last night’s Uppercut Mini champion Anuj ‘MrGreen1610’ Laddhad placed runner-up for ₹69,720.
Bharat Vasan’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹2.90 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹55.62 Lakhs
Tanay ‘TanayParekh’ Parekh (Won Holdem BOOST ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹51,770), Hemant ‘hkm2828’ Meena (Won Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹48,770), ‘gedu’ (Won SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹32,320), ‘ladda’ (Won PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹27,070), and ‘dheerajgrover03’ (Won 5-max Daily ₹50K GTD for ₹10,810) won the other Friday marquees on PokerBaazi.
PokerStars India`s ₹10 Lakhs GTD Super Highroller registered a stacked 104-player field. The ₹12,500 buy-in event ran from 8 PM to 2:07 AM, with the top 13 places banking a share of the ₹11.81 Lakhs prize pool. The user ‘garima14’ walked away with the title and a ₹2.23 Lakhs payday, following a heads-up deal with Thursday’s WCS #72 High Roller champion Deepesh ‘deep12322’ Raka – the latter netting a better ₹2.59 Lakhs in second place.
Deepesh Raka`s online stats (across PokerStars India and Spartan Poker): Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.39 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹23.80 Lakhs
The surgeon cum poker reg Anuj ‘inandalive’ Laddhad raced past the 149-entry field in the ₹2 Lakhs GTD Uppercut Mini, collecting ₹47,960 (includes ₹28,696 in bounties) and the title. ‘imac2000’ (anonymity requested) finished runner-up for ₹24,292 (includes ₹5,029 in bounties).
Anuj Laddhad came close to winning PokerBaazi’s 6-Max Sprint as well, and placed runner-up for ₹69,720, the two top finishes earning him ₹1.18 Lakhs. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.83 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹42.62 Lakhs
‘sumitm74’ (Won Ultrasonic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD for ₹28,750), ‘ridingbadluck’ (Won Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTD for ₹18,629), Avinash ‘ficklesoul’ Kumar (Deepstack ₹50K GTD for ₹13,186), and Manjeet ’10JKS’ Singh Baghel (Won Primetime Grind ₹50K GTD for ₹9,936) shipped the other Friday marquees on PokerStars India.
The ₹25 Lakhs GTD Bullzeye Kapoor (named after actor/DJ/poker player Siddhanth Kapoor) headlined the Friday schedule on Adda52! A total of 349 players signed up for the ₹7,700 buy-in event, resulting in an ₹81,430 overlay shortfall. The seasoned MTT reg Raghav ‘BaLuGaWhAlE’ Bansal made a smashing comeback to the online scene after a prolonged hiatus as he won the title for ₹6.25 Lakhs – his second-best recorded finish of the year. Basant Kumar ‘Rush99’ Singh (2nd for ₹3.79 Lakhs) and Jaideep ‘nawjas’ Sajwan (3rd for ₹2.75 Lakhs) secured podium finishes in the Friday flagship!
Raghav Bansal’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.92 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.44 Crores
Jaideep ‘nawjas’ Sajwan posted two podium finishes yesterday, banking a collective ₹4.36 Lakhs.
His scores were:
> 3rd in Adda52’s Bullzeye Kapoor for ₹2.75 Lakhs
> 3rd in PokerStars India’s Super Highroller for ₹1.61 Lakhs
Running alongside the Friday primetime events was Day 1E of the ₹1 Crore GTD Patni Millionaire. The multi-flight event registered 199 entrants, and only 18 made the cut. Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra (520,631), ‘rishabh52‘ (264,060) and Sagar ‘rajsagar32’ Raj (254,071) topped the advancing field.
The Patni Millionaire has filled in 911 entries already and has another three starting flights to run before all qualifying stacks converge for Day 2 on Sunday (10 PM)!
Vijendra Kumar ‘sadhu16’ Sharma won two Adda52 marquees for a collective ₹26,012.
> 1st in Bounty Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹15,540
> 1st in Evening Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹10,472
Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh (Won Nighttide DST Adda for ₹33,554), ‘Lala07‘ (Won Dinner PLO Adda for ₹27,266), Karan ‘gogikaran’ Malhotra (Won Freeze Out Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹15,512), and ‘nitinsnegi12’ (Won Power Up ₹50K GTD for ₹2,900) shipped the other Friday marquees on Adda52.
Khelo365’s user ‘Pablopicasso’ added ₹12,000 in winnings after taking down the site`s ₹30K GTD Prime Time PLO. The user ‘Monster333’ finished runner-up for ₹7,500.
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