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Daily Majors: Satyam Prakash, Ankit Wadhawan, Manish Lakhotia, Vinayak Bajaj & Ashutosh Balodhi Headline a Power-Packed Lineup of Friday Winners

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  • Namita Ghosh June 19, 2021
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The inaugural National Poker Series (NPS) has scripted a record-breaking run in its opening week, with the NPS Gold Medalists consistently making the headlines in our Daily Majors report.

Friday saw the series’ biggest buy-in event, the Super Highroller, play down to a champion. Navigating his way through the pro-laden field was a relatively lesser-known player Satyam Prakash from Patna, who converted a ₹1,650 satellite investment into a personal-best ₹23.88 Lakhs payday. Along with the NPS Gold Medal, Prakash also became the second player to secure a berth in the ‘NPS Night of Champions’ – an online SNG with ₹10 Lakhs up-top. Thursday’s NPS#30 DeepStack Championship winner PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan finished runner-up for ₹16.71 Lakhs, crossing ₹30 Lakhs in cumulative earnings in the last two days.

The #1 ranked player of the year Manish Lakhotia, who had entered the week with a runner-up finish in Sunday’s DOPT Main Event, placed third in the Super Highroller for ₹10.74 Lakhs. The Siliguri-based pro added ₹11.36 Lakhs in total winnings last night and with over ₹7.97 Crores in lifetime earnings, is all but guaranteed to become the fourth player on our tracked database to enter the “₹8 Crore Club.”

Vinayak Bajaj placed fourth in the NPS Super Highroller for ₹7.96 Lakhs and worked up ₹8.91 Lakhs in Friday earnings.

PokerGuru Ambassadors under the tutelage of poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal have become MTT beasts, and the results are out there for anyone to check. Four of the top 10 winners on the annual leaderboard are PokerGuru Staking team members. And bringing the team a Friday flagship title was PokerGuru Ambassador Ashutosh Balodhi, who took down Spartan Poker`s The Elite for ₹7.14 Lakhs, following a heads-up deal with Gursahib Singh Sethi (runner-up for ₹6.42 Lakhs).

Wasn’t Deepak Bothra on a break from poker since he won The Millionaire on May 30?! Bothra evidently hasn’t been able to keep away from the virtual felts and went ahead to win The Ballers title last night. He collected ₹5.78 Lakhs after striking a heads-up deal with Piyush Verma (runner-up for ₹5.17 Lakhs).

Young Gun Arsh Grover is another player in no mood to slow down. After a Thursday Highroller win that saw him enter the “₹8 Crore Club,” Grover went on to champion PokerStars India`s Uppercut MAGIC Edition for ₹1.74 Lakhs. He also placed third in the Running hot, working up ₹2.69 Lakhs in Friday winnings.

Here are the complete Friday highlights.

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Spartan Poker

Spartan Poker ran Day 1B of its weekend flagship, the ₹1 Crore The Millionaire, on Friday. The flight registered 291 entries, and only 44 survived the day`s onslaught. The two-time ‘The Millionaire’ winner Yudhishter ‘McFly’ Jaswal (255,211) has put himself in a favorable position to win an unprecedented third Millionaire title, as he bagged the end-of-day chip lead – also taking on the overall chip lead. The four-time Destiny winner Nitin ‘Demogorgon’ Arora (180,084) and the Day 1A second chip-lead Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall (170,642) headlined the Day 1B survivors.

Yudhister Jaswal
Yudhister Jaswal


Spartan Poker`s 9:30 PM Friday headliner, the ₹33 Lakhs The Elite, recorded 383 entries, working up a jaw-dropping ₹38.30 Lakhs prize pool (over 25% more than its listed guarantee). The first-ever Millionaire Series Main Event champion, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashutosh ‘SpewMonkey’ Balodhi, took down The Elite title for the second time last night for ₹7.14 Lakhs after cutting a heads-up deal with Gursahib ‘PimpDaddyJiglo’ Singh Sethi (runner-up for ₹6.42 Lakhs).

Ashutosh Balodhi
Ashutosh Balodhi


Ashutosh Balodhi had won The Elite for the first time over three years ago in March 2018 for ₹4.65 Lakhs. Balodhi bagged his second title of the year last night, boosting his lifetime winnings to ₹2.63 Crores (₹74.65 Lakhs in net profits).

The ₹880 entry buy-in ₹9.50 Lakhs GTD Futuristic logged in a whopping 1,141 entries (405 unique entries); however, it still had to fill in ₹37,200 in overlays. The former Sunday Superstack champion ‘LorenzoVonMatterhorn’ came out on top to win ₹1.80 Lakhs with ‘DKP24’ posting a runner-up finish worth ₹1.10 Lakhs. This was the champion’s second-best recorded finish on Spartan Poker under this screen name, pushing their overall site scores to ₹12.49 Lakhs (₹2.82 Lakhs in net profits).

Rajeev ‘AthenaVolt’ Kumar (Won ₹3 Lakhs GTD Monster Stack for ₹65,988), ‘Somz9’ (Won ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD Ultimate 6 Card PLO for ₹47,882), ‘swami’ (Won ₹2.10 Lakhs GTD Night Rider – Monster Stack for ₹47,293), Vivekk ‘MI7’ Dube (Won ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD Epic for ₹31,800), and ‘PimpinDonks’ (Won ₹1.10 Lakhs GTD The Centurion for ₹22,055) won the other marquee titles on the site.



The National Poker Series entered Day 7 today, and Friday had six NPS tourneys on the tap, five of which awarded medals.

The biggest attraction of the day was the ₹1 Crore GTD NPS#36 NPS Super Highroller. The steep ₹33,000 entry buy-in was not a deterrent for many, with a healthy 379 participants (212 unique and 167 re-entries) joining the action to collect a ginormous ₹1.13 Crore prize pool. Outlasting the star-studded final table was the relatively unknown Satyam ‘Pkiller28’ Prakash, who staged a major coup by converting a ₹1,650 online satellite entry into a career-best ₹23.88 Lakhs. Prakash defeated Thursday’s NPS#30 DeepStack Championship winner PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit ‘d00mtr00p3r’ Wadhawan heads-up, crossing ₹50 Lakhs in online winnings.

Satyam Prakash
Satyam Prakash


Along with the life-changing payout, Satyam Prakash, a Mechanical Engineer from Patna, became the second player to book a berth for the ‘NPS Night of Champions’ – an online SNG that pays ₹10 Lakhs to the eventual champion. For more details, click here.

Ankit Wadhawan kept the hot run going with his NPS Super Highroller runner-up finish fetching him a career-best ₹16.71 Lakhs. Since Sunday, the PokerGuru Ambassador has accumulated ₹32.60 Lakhs in total winnings, giving a significant boost to his annual winnings that stand at ₹1.36+ Crores. This recent rush has helped him crack the top-20 of the annual leaderboard standings, springing him up three spots to #19.

Runner-up Ankit Wadhawan
Runner-up Ankit Wadhawan


Ankit Wadhawan’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.75 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹1.80 Crores

The #1 ranked player of the year, the two-time Millionaire champion, and Sunday’s DOPT Main Event runner-up finisher, Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia, placed third for ₹10.74 Lakhs. Lakhotia made ITM finishes in another five events last night, lapping up ₹11.36 Lakhs in total winnings. Lakhotia also topped the weekly charts this week and boasts ₹7.97 Crores in lifetime earnings.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


The ₹15 Lakhs GTD NPS#37 Marathon logged in 911 entries, collecting a bumper ₹27.33 Lakhs prize pool. Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma proved the last player standing and bagged his third career title for a personal-best ₹4.78 Lakhs. PokerBaazi user ‘elefante’ came second for ₹3.35 Lakhs.

This is the second standout score for Kritagya Sharma in the last two days. On Thursday, he placed seventh in the NPS #30 DeepStack Championship for ₹1.79 Lakhs. Sharma also stood fifth in Adda52’s Running Hot for ₹37,950, raking in ₹5.19 Lakhs in Friday earnings.

The ₹550 entry buy-in ₹1 Crore GTD Golden Rush played out Flight 1F on Friday. The event registered 1,353 entries, and 135 among them made it through to Day 2. The user ‘iamhorizon’ (602,000), Divanshu ‘1diot’ Khurana (552,000), and ‘Killar90’ (515,000) carried forward the top stacks of the day. After the six starting flights, the event has registered 8,898 total entries (Day 1A – 1,995, Day 1B – 1,677, Day 1C – 1,262, Day 1D – 1,237, Day 1E – 1,374 and Day 1F – 1,353). There are nine more flights to go before Day 2 on June 27 (8:30 PM).

Running alongside the Super Highroller and the Marathon were two ₹5 Lakhs GTD tourneys. Thursday’s Slam Dunk finalist Bhanu ‘Chennaino1’ Prakash KC ran past the 664-strong field in the ₹2,200 entry buy-in NPS#35 Knockout to collect his first NPS Gold Medal & ₹1.23 Lakhs in prize money. MrityunjayNirvana20′ Pratap Singh placed runner-up for ₹85,990.

Bhanu Prakash KC
Bhanu Prakash KC


The NPS#38 Hyper Sprint attracted 700 players entries, and the user ‘SatyenTrehan’ outlasted them all to win ₹1.17 Lakhs, following a three-way deal with Anmol ‘freakweird0’ Agarwal (runner-up for ₹1.15 Lakhs) and Subhajit ‘redstriker’ Das (3rd for ₹1.16 Lakhs).

Runner-up Anmol Agarwal
Runner-up Anmol Agarwal


‘molik06’ (Won NPS#33 DST ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹89,810) was the other NPS Gold Medallist.

Bhanu Prakash KC (5,163 points) now dominates the ₹35 Lakhs-added NPS Leaderboard race, having displaced Vinay Rajpal (5,091 points) from the #1 spot. Young Gun Sanat ‘mehro2511’ Mehrotra (4,467 points) rounds out the top three spots on the leaderboard standings.

NPS Leaderboard Standings After Day 6

1Bhanu 'Chennaino1' Prakash KC5,163
2Vinay 'vinay09' Rajpal5,091
3Sanat 'mehro2511' Mehrotra4,467
4Shubham 'bakchod' Agarwal4,254
5Mohammad 'chandlerbing' Azhar4,248
8Anirban 'pottysingh' D Das3,722
9Neeraj 'SelfClaimedPro' Kumar3,549


PokerStars India

PokerStars India’s ₹10 Lakhs GTD Uppercut MAGIC Edition clocked in 205 entries, overlaying ₹1.80 Lakhs. Thursday’s Highroller champion Young Gun Arsh Grover, hit the headlines for the second consecutive day. The Delhi-based MTT phenom shipped the event to win ₹1.74 Lakhs (includes bounties) after beating the in-form Anirban D ‘nocluewho’ Das (runner-up for ₹1.34 Lakhs) heads-up.

Arsh Grover
Arsh Grover


The former Millionaire champion earned his fourth Super Achiever badge on Thursday after crossing ₹8 Crores in lifetime online earnings – becoming the third player after Young Gun Gaurav Sood and PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja to reach the milestone. Grover also placed third in the Running Hot for ₹72,600 last night, adding a collective ₹2.69 Lakhs.

Arsh Grover`s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹8.06 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹4.01 Crores

Vinayak ‘koi.toh.rok.lo’ Bajaj was one of the top scorers last night. His big break was the fourth-place finish in PokerBaazi’s NPS Super Highroller for ₹7.96 Lakhs, but he also placed fifth in the Uppercut MAGIC Edition for ₹57,161 to round up ₹8.91 Lakhs in total earnings. He presently sits on over ₹4.15 Crore in tracked lifetime winnings.

Vinayak Bajaj
Vinayak Bajaj


Thursday’s Godfather runner-up finisher Kshitij ‘kmk1127’ Kucheria was another player to hit a big payday for the second day running. Kucheria outran the 139-player field in the ₹2 Lakhs GTD The Classic PKO to win ₹42,464. Abhishek ‘abhiaum’ Chhajer finished runner-up for ₹33,698.

Kshitij Kucheria
Kshitij Kucheria


chemmyp’ (Won Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹41,942), Avinash ‘fish with gun’ Kumar (Won BigStack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹25,989), ‘manish.jangid’ (Won Afternoon On Stars ₹75K GTD for ₹18,970), and Nishant ‘Balaark’ Pandey (Won Primetime Grind ₹60K GTD for ₹8,752) won the other PokerStars India marquees.



Adda52’s ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD The Ballers recorded 402 entries, collecting a ₹27.54 Lakhs prize pool (20% more than the advertised guarantee). The May Millionaire champion Deepak ‘bothras’ Bothra rode past the competition to win the title for ₹5.78 Lakhs while Piyush ‘piyushverma’ Verma placed runner-up for ₹5.17 Lakhs, courtesy of a heads-up deal.

Deepak Bothra
Deepak Bothra


Bothra, a CA and IIM Indore alumnus, also ran deep in The Elite and the NPS #37 Marathon, earning a cumulative ₹6.53 Lakhs.

Here’s a quick look at his top finishes:

> 1st in The Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.78 Lakhs

> 13th in The Elite ₹33 Lakhs GTD for ₹62,479

> 37th in the NPS #37 Marathon ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹12,572

The Ballers is Deepak Bothra’s second flagship title victory on Adda52 since taking down The Millionaire for a personal-best ₹19.45 Lakhs on May 30. Bothra had then declared a self-imposed hiatus from poker for the rest of the year. Clearly, the 36-year-old player couldn’t stay away!

The ₹5.5 Lakhs GTD Running Hot filled in a 330-player field, collecting ₹6.60 Lakhs in prize money. The mystery player ‘shankar_usha’ walked away as the champion, netting ₹1.65 Lakhs. Anish ‘TheBigBangV2’ Garg came second for ₹99,990.

Runner-up Anish Garg
Runner-up Anish Garg


dillan747’ (Won Afternoon Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD for ₹49,193), ‘dillliwala’ (Won Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD for ₹41,828) and ‘akkigarg’ (Won Punch ₹80K GTD for ₹31,842) won the other Friday marquees on the site.

The other Friday winners were:

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Bhanu ‘Chennaino1’ Prakash KC₹1.23 LakhsNPS#35 Knockout ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
SatyenTrehan₹1.17 LakhsNPS#38 Hyper Sprint ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
molik06₹89,81NPS#33 DST (7-Max) ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rajeev 'AthenaVolt' Kumar₹65,988Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Somz9₹47,882Ultimate 6 Card PLO ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
swami₹47,293Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kshitij ‘kmk1127’ Kucheria₹42,464The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
chemmyp₹41,942Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vivekk 'MI7' Dube₹31,800Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
SotalyTober₹28,800Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Avinash ‘fish with gun’ Kumar₹25,989BigStack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD PokerStars India
PimpinDonks₹22,055The Centurion ₹1.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
manish.jangid₹18,970Afternoon On Stars ₹75K GTDPokerStars India
tomdwan2₹13,800Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Nishant ‘Balaark’ Pandey₹8,752Primetime Grind ₹60K GTDPokerStars India


The Millionaire 1 Crore GTD Day 1B Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹5,500

Entries – 146

Re-entries – 31

Re-buys – 114

Survivors – 44

Day 1B of the ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire ran from 7 PM to 11:38 PM, and 44 runners from a starting field of 291 entries made the cut for Day 2.

Headling the end-of-day survivor’s list was none other than the two-time ‘The Millionaire’ winner Yudhishter ‘McFly’ Jaswal (255,211), who did well enough to take the overall chip lead.

The four-time Destiny winner Nitin ‘Demogorgon’ Arora (180,084), the #5 ranked player of the year Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall (170,642), Myron ‘Zzzzz369’ Pereira (154,209), former Millionaire champion Arjun ‘lol this guy’ Pasricha (142,127), Peter ‘Sigmund’ Nazareth (129,477), Young Gun Kanchan ‘Midge Maisel’ Sharma (117,146) and PokerGuru Ambassador’s Mithun ‘Zima Blue’ Mahesh (151,160), Arjanveer ‘bazzingaa’ Singh Chadha (120,778) made the top 10 chip counts list.

The ₹5,500 entry buy-in event has filled in 608 entries (Day 1A – 317 and Day 1B – 291), with another three flights to go before Day 2 on Sunday (10 PM).

Day 1C starts at 7 PM today.

2nd in Chips Nitin Arora
2nd in Chips Nitin Arora


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1B

  1. Yudhishter ‘McFly’ Jaswal – 255,211
  2. Nitin ‘Demogorgon’ Arora – 180,084
  3. Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall – 170,642
  4. Myron ‘Zzzzz369’ Pereira – 154,209
  5. Beautiful Mistakes – 152,857
  6. Mithun ‘Zima Blue’ Mahesh – 151,160
  7. Arjun ‘lol this guy’ Pasricha – 142,127
  8. Peter ‘Sigmund’ Nazareth – 129,477
  9. Arjanveer ‘bazzingaa’ Singh Chadha – 120,778
  10. Kanchan ‘Midge Maisel’ Sharma – 117,146


NPS#34 Golden Rush 1 Crore GTD Flight 1F PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹550

Entries – 1,010

Re-entries – 343

Survivors – 135

Flight 1F of the NPS Golden Rush added 1,353 entries, taking the total count to 8,898 entries (Day 1A – 1,995, Day 1B – 1,677, Day 1C – 1,262, Day 1D – 1,237, Day 1E – 1,374 and Day 1F – 1,353). Only 135 players advanced to Day 2.

PokerBaazi user ‘iamhorizon’ (602,000), Divanshu ‘1diot’ Khurana (552,000) and ‘Killar90’ (515,000), Siddharth ‘CARDashian66’ Kadel (447,000), Kunal ‘callmeifyoucan’ Yadav (419,000) and Aviral ‘neverfoldlaundry’ Jain (381,000) headlined the advancing players.

Another nine starting flights are still to play out, putting the event on track to create a new attendance record.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Flight 1F

  1. iamhorizon – 602,000
  2. Divanshu ‘1diot’ Khurana – 552,000
  3. Killar90 – 515,000
  4. Siddharth ‘CARDashian66’ Kadel – 447,000
  5. snickers21 – 447,000
  6. wolfofwasseypur – 422,000
  7. Kunal ‘ callmeifyoucan’ Yadav – 419,000
  8. Aviral ‘neverfoldlaundry’ Jain – 381,000
  9. Naazgul – 363,000
  10. Seven4 – 337,000


NPS#36 – NPS (6-Max) Super Highroller 1 Crore GTD PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹33,000

Entries – 212

Re-entries – 167

Prize Pool – ₹1,14,00,000

Places Paid – 45

The headline event of the day was the ₹1 Crore GTD NPS#36 Super Highroller. The ₹33,00 entry buy-in tourney logged in an impressive 379-strong field (212 unique and 167 re-entries) comprising some of the top poker players in the country, and the top 45 places got a piece of the ₹1.14 Crore prize pool.

The 26-year-old Mechanical Engineer from Patna, Satyam ‘Pkiller28’ Prakash, converted a ₹1,650 online satellite buy-in into a career-defining ₹23.88 Lakhs payday after coming out on top in the event after the 11-hour-long marathon. Thursday’s NPS#30 DeepStack Championship winner, PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit ‘d00mtr00p3r’ Wadhawan, almost won back-to-back NPS Gold Medals, as he finished runner-up for ₹16.71 Lakhs.

Ankit Wadhawan is on a winning streak, unlike anything we have seen by him in the recent past. The Chandigarh-based player has already raked in over ₹30 Lakhs in winnings in the last two days alone. He the ranked #2 on the weekly standings and has moved up to ₹5.75 Crores in lifetime online earnings (₹1.80 Crores in net profits.).

The #1 ranked player of the year, Sunday’s DOPT Main Event runner-up finisher Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia (3rd for ₹10.74 Lakhs), Vinayak ‘salmanbhai’ Bajaj (4th for ₹7.96 Lakhs), Young Gun Ujjwal ‘Mr_Robot’ Narwal (5th for ₹5.97 Lakhs), and Siddhanth ‘Bullzeye’ Kapoor (6th for ₹4.78 Lakhs) were the other shining stars who lit up the FT.

Final Table Results

  1. Satyam ‘Pkiller28’ Prakash – ₹23,87,700
  2. Ankit ‘d00mtr00p3r’ Wadhawan – ₹16,71,390
  3. Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia – ₹10,74,465
  4. Vinayak ‘salmanbhai’ Bajaj – ₹7,95,900
  5. Ujjwal ‘Mr_Robot’ Narwal – ₹5,96,925
  6. Siddhanth ‘Bullzeye’ Kapoor – ₹4,77,540


The Elite 33 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹11,000

Entries – 170

Re-entries – 87

Re-buys – 126

Prize Pool – ₹38,30,000

Places Paid – 31

Spartan Poker’s ₹33 Lakhs GTD The Elite was the biggest guaranteed event on offer last night. The ₹11,000 buy-in tourney registered 383 entries, generating a jaw-dropping ₹38.30 Lakhs prize pool (27.67% more than its listed guarantee).

After eight hours and seventeen minutes of play, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashutosh ‘SpewMonkey’ Balodhi emerged victorious to claim the Elite title for the second time in his career for ₹7.14 Lakhs. In March 2018, he had won the event for the first time for ₹4.65 Lakhs. Also, the first-ever Millionaire Series Main Event champion Balodhi finished ITM in two more events, collectively earning ₹7.64 Lakhs. This was Balodhi’s second title of the year, boosting his lifetime tally to ₹2.63 Crores (₹74.65 Lakhs in profits).

Before taking down the title, Balodhi chopped the title heads-up with Gursahib ‘PimpDaddyJiglo’ Singh Sethi (runner-up for ₹6.42 Lakhs).

The former two-of-a-kind & six-time Destiny winner Ghanshyam ‘Tiger10’ Tripathi (3rd for ₹3.85 Lakhs), Rising Star Ritwik ‘Fisherman1997’ Khanna (5th for ₹2.47 Lakhs), and Ronuk ‘Redbullwings’ Lekhraj (6th for ₹1.87 Lakhs) were the notable names on The Elite final table.

PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh ‘LuckyBhai$’ Pal Singh bubbled the FT in seventh place for ₹1.37 Lakhs.

Final Table Results

  1. Ashutosh ‘SpewMonkey’ Balodhi – ₹7,13,636*
  2. Gursahib ‘PimpDaddyJiglo’ Singh Sethi – ₹6,41,801*
  3. Ghanshyam ‘Tiger10’ Tripathi – ₹3,84,532
  4. Flahoolick – ₹3,11,762
  5. Ritwik ‘Fisherman1997’ Khanna – ₹2,46,652
  6. Ronuk ‘Redbullwings’ Lekhraj – ₹1,87,287

*denotes a heads-up deal


The Ballers 22.5 Lakhs GTD Adda52

Buy-in – ₹7,500

Entries – 193

Re-entries – 209

Prize Pool – ₹27,53,696

Places Paid – 43

When we had interviewed Deepak Bothra on May 31, shortly after he had won his career-first Millionaire title, he seemed keen on taking a break from poker. It looks like the 36-year-old has changed his mind. Since then, Bothra has picked up two more titles on Adda52. He took down DOPT PKO for ₹4.24 Lakhs on June 9 and shipped the ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD The Ballers for ₹5.77 Lakhs yesterday.

The IIM Indore alumnus now has ₹3.54 Crores in recorded online earnings.

Playing under the moniker ‘bothras,’ the former Full House champion captured his second The Ballers title last night after agreeing to a heads-up deal with Piyush ‘piyushverma’ Verma, who took home a second-place payout worth ₹5.17 Lakhs.

Poker Bootcamp India co-founder Abhishek ‘pomfret1989’ Goindi has been moonlighting on the panel of PokerBaazi’s The Pre-Flop Show along with sports anchor Ridhima Pathak and poker commentator Chakravarthy Sridhar Sriram. While Goindi is yet to win a big score at the ongoing National Poker Series (NPS), he did pick up a third-place finish in The Ballers for ₹2.89 Lakhs.

The star-studded final table also had Srihari ‘zombieballs’ Bang (4th for ₹2.20 Lakhs), Raghav ‘balugawhale’ Bansal (5th for ₹1.43 Lakhs), and Young Gun Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta (6th for ₹96,380) in contention.

Final Table Results

  1. Deepak ‘bothras’ Bothra – ₹5,77,981*
  2. Piyush ‘piyushverma’ Verma – ₹5,17,992*
  3. Abhishek ‘pomfret1989’ Goindi – ₹2,89,139
  4. Srihari ‘zombieballs’ Bang – ₹2,20,296
  5. Raghav ‘balugawhale’ Bansal – ₹1,43,192
  6. Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta – ₹96,380

*denotes heads-up deal


NPS#37 Marathon 15 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹3,300

Entries – 424

Re-entries – 487

Prize Pool – ₹27,33,000

Places Paid – 108

The 9 PM tourney, the ₹15 Lakhs GTD NPS#37 Marathon on PokerBaazi attracted a massive field of 911 players, resulting in a mammoth ₹27.33 Lakhs prize pool.

Thursday’s NPS#30 DeepStack Championship seventh-place finisher Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma walked away with the title and ₹4.78 Lakhs in hard cash after defeating ‘elefante’ (runner-up for ₹3.35 Lakhs) heads-up.

Thursday’s Monster Turbo champion Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni (3rd for ₹2.17 Lakhs), Piyush ‘Piyush303’ Lalchandani (4th for ₹1.60 Lakhs), Abhimanyu ‘AbhimanyuMittal’ Mittal (5th for ₹1.20 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer ‘holdbaby’ Singh Chadha (6th for ₹96,748), Radhika ‘Chiquita’ Shankar (7th for ₹80,077), and NPS#32 Sprint champion Shashank ‘shazhank’ Choudhary (8th for ₹63,679) posted FT scores.

Final Table Results

  1. Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma – ₹4,78,275
  2. elefante – ₹3,35,066
  3. Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni – ₹2,16,727
  4. Piyush ‘Piyush303’ Lalchandani – ₹1,60,154
  5. Abhimanyu ‘AbhimanyuMittal’ Mittal – ₹1,19,705
  6. Arjanveer ‘holdbaby’ Singh Chadha – ₹96,748
  7. Radhika ‘Chiquita’ Shankar – ₹80,077
  8. Shashank ‘shazhank’ Choudhary – ₹63,679


Uppercut MAGIC Edition 10 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹4,400

Entries – 117

Re-entries – 88

Regular Prize Pool – ₹5,90,000

Bounty Prize Pool – ₹4,10,000

Total Prize Pool – ₹10,00,000

Places Paid – 23

Young Gun Arsh ‘BiggggTymeR’ Grover shipped a PokerStars India flagship for the second day in a row after taking down the ₹10 Lakhs GTD Uppercut MAGIC Edition for ₹1.74 Lakhs on Friday. One of the May leaderboard toppers, Anirban ‘nocluewho’ D Das, finished runner-up for ₹1.35 Lakhs.

Grover had on Thursday became the third player on our tracked database to breach the “₹8 Crores” mark in lifetime online earnings. He lapped up over ₹2.69 Lakhs on the back of two other deep runs on Adda52 last night (3rd in Running Hot for ₹72,600 and 30th in The Ballers for ₹17,899).

The signature Friday marquee filled in ₹1.80 Lakhs in overlays after pooling in 205 entries. The 7:30 PM tourney got in the books at 2:37 AM today and paid out 23 places.

Vinayak ‘koi.toh.rok.lo’ Bajaj (5th for ₹57,161) and Sagar ‘sagarpupull’ Choudhury (7th for ₹37,536) also FT-ed the tourney!

Runner-up Anirban D Das
Runner-up Anirban D Das


Final Table Results (Including Bounties)

  1. Arsh ‘BiggggTymeR’ Grover – ₹1,74,416
  2. Anirban ‘nocluewho’ D Das – ₹1,35,915
  3. anandh.2018 – ₹1,04,571
  4. sanjubawapk – ₹65,435
  5. Vinayak ‘koi.toh.rok.lo’ Bajaj – ₹57,161
  6. machheley – ₹49,367
  7. Sagar ‘sagarpupull’ Choudhury – ₹37,536


Futuristic 9.5 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹880

Entries – 405

Re-entries – 324

Re-buys – 412

Prize Pool – ₹9,50,000

Places Paid – 103

Spartan Poker`s high-value ₹880 entry buy-in ₹9.50 Lakhs GTD Futuristic ran from 8 PM to 5:16 AM. With an entry field of 1,141 runners (405 unique entries), the event filled in a marginal ₹37,200 in overlays.

The former Sunday Superstack winner ‘LorenzoVonMatterhorn’ shipped the Futuristic last night for ₹1.80 Lakhs beating ‘DKP24’ (runner-up for ₹1.10 Lakhs) in the heads-up play. This was the champion ‘LorenzoVonMatterhorn’s second-best score on Spartan Poker under this screen name, pushing their overall site-scores to ₹12.49 Lakhs (₹2.82 Lakhs in net profits).

Last week’s The Elite champion Young Gun Karan ‘Majestic’ Radia (3rd for ₹78,660), poker streamer Raj ‘bytheway789’ Juneja (4th for ₹59,565), Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor (5th for ₹47,405), and Karan ‘Karangogi’ Malhotra (6th for ₹36,385) also earned final table payouts.

Final Table Results

  1. LorenzoVonMatterhorn – ₹1,79,930
  2. DKP24 – ₹1,10,105
  3. Karan ‘Majestic’ Radia – ₹78,660
  4. Raj ‘bytheway789’ Juneja – ₹59,565
  5. Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor – ₹47,405
  6. Karan ‘Karangogi’ Malhotra – ₹36,385
  7. Bullslayer – ₹26,315
  8. lynyrd.skynyrd – ₹17,955


Running Hot 5.5 Lakhs GTD Adda52

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 183

Re-entries – 147

Prize Pool – ₹6,60,000

Places Paid – 34

The mystery user ‘shankar_usha’ topped a 330-entry field in Adda52`s ₹5.50 Lakhs GTD Running Hot to win ₹1.65 Lakhs. Anish ‘TheBigBangV2’ Garg secured the runner-up payout worth ₹99,990.

The winner has touched ₹6.15 Lakhs in total earnings on Adda52.

PokerStars India’s Highroller champion Young Gun Arsh ‘BigggTymer’ Grover (3rd for ₹72,600) and the NPS#37 Marathon champion Kritagya ‘kritagya_17’ Sharma (5th for ₹37,950) were among the notable finishers on the final table.

Final Table Results

  1. shankar_usha – ₹1,65,000
  2. Anish ‘TheBigBangV2’ Garg – ₹99,990
  3. Arsh ‘BigggTymer’ Grover – ₹72,600
  4. goldfish07 – ₹55,110
  5. Kritagya ‘kritagya_17’ Sharma – ₹37,950
  6. vishtiru – ₹24,750
  7. bjarun – ₹19,800
  8. abhi_1414 – ₹16,500


NPS#35 Knockout 5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 369

Re-entries – 295

Prize Pool – ₹6,64,000

Places Paid – 81

Running from 7 PM to 12:58 AM, the ₹5 Lakhs GTD NPS#35 Knockout posted a guarantee-surpassing ₹6.64 Lakhs prize pool on the back of 664 entries.

Leaderboard crusher Bhanu ‘Chennaino1’ Prakash KC had finished sixth in Thursday’s NPS#31 Slam Dunk for ₹42,120. Last night, he finally grabbed the NPS gold medal in NPS#35 Knockout, netting a cool ₹1.23 Lakhs payday. The former Millionaire Series #7 winner defeated ‘Nirvana20’ (runner-up for ₹85,990) in the heads-up play.

NPS#29 Evening Sprint champion Kunal ‘callmeifyoucan’ Yadav (3rd for ₹55,444), Karan ’99ayka99′ Jain (4th for ₹40,970), Faiz ‘AilaGaya’ Alam (5th for ₹30,680), Gautam ‘M8a7’ Rohilla (6th for ₹24,770) and Ayan ‘interalia_1’ Ray (7th for ₹20,520) also FT-ed the event.

Final Table Results

  1. Bhanu ‘Chennaino1’ Prakash KC – ₹1,23,000
  2. Mrityunjay ‘Nirvana20’ Pratap Singh – ₹85,990
  3. Kunal ‘callmeifyoucan’ Yadav – ₹55,444
  4. Karan ’99ayka99′ Jain – ₹40,970
  5. Faiz ‘AilaGaya’ Alam – ₹30,680
  6. Gautam ‘M8a7’ Rohilla – ₹24,770
  7. Ayan ‘interalia_1’ Ray – ₹20,520
  8. shanky0612 – ₹16,334


NPS#38 Hyper Sprint 5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹1,375

Entries – 395

Re-entries – 305

Prize Pool – ₹8,75,000

Places Paid – 81

The second of the two ₹5 Lakhs GTD events running on Day 6 of the NPS, the NPS#38 Hyper Sprint, logged in 700 entrants, collecting a prize pool of ₹8.75 Lakhs.

PokerBaazi user ‘SatyenTrehan’ took down the tourney for ₹1.17 Lakhs, following a three-way deal with Anmol ‘freakweird0’ Agarwal (runner-up for ₹1.15 Lakhs) and ‘redstriker’ (3rd for ₹1.16 Lakhs).

The champion now has ₹5.82 Lakhs in site-cashes.

Anish ‘PapaNegreanu’ Arora (4th for ₹53,990) and Dhananjaya ‘LazyBrahmin’ Sharma (5th for ₹40,425) also earned final table payouts.

Final Table Results

  1. SatyenTrehan – ₹1,17,996*
  2. Anmol ‘freakweird0’ Agarwal – ₹1,15,101*
  3. redstriker – ₹1,16,891*
  4. Anish ‘PapaNegreanu’ Arora – ₹53,990
  5. Dhananjaya ‘LazyBrahmin’ Sharma – ₹40,425
  6. Mr.XOXO – ₹32,640
  7. rachit9786 – ₹27,040
  8. srsrsrsr – ₹21,530

*denotes three-way deal


Weekend Special 2.25 Lakhs GTD GoodPoker

Buy-in – ₹1,300

Entries – 106

Re-entries – 71

Prize Pool – ₹2,25,000

Places Paid – 27

GoodPoker’s Friday flagship, the ₹2.25 Lakhs GTD Weekend Special, pulled in 177 entries, overlaying 48,000. ‘Ankkii’ took down the tourney for ₹46,687 while ‘King789’ finished runner-up for ₹34,875.


The Classic PKO 2 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹1,650

Entries – 94

Re-entries – 45

Regular Prize Pool – ₹1,04,250

Bounty Prize Pool – ₹1,04,250

Total Prize Pool – ₹2,08,500

Places Paid – 15

The BPT 2020 Big Bounty champion Kshitij ‘kmk1127’ Kucheria took down PokerStars India’s ₹2 Lakhs GTD The Classic PKO title for ₹42,464 after prevailing over Abhishek ‘abhiaum’ Chhajer (runner-up for ₹33,698) in the heads-up play.

Summer Series Main Event sixth-place finisher Vaibhav ‘vaibsss’ Bhatia (4th for ₹13,617), Umesh ‘dhondu.chilll’ Sharma (6th for ₹13,432) and Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh (7th for ₹8,566) also FT-ed the tourney!


Dangal Friday 1.2 Lakhs GTD – PokerDangal

Buy-in – ₹990

Entries – 79

Re-entries – 34

Prize Pool – ₹1,20,000

Places paid – 17

PokerDangal`s Friday headliner, the ₹1.2 Lakhs GTD Dangal Friday, logged in 113 entrants, and the top 17 places benefitted from the ₹18,300 overlay value added by the site. The user ‘SotalyTober’ walked away with the title and a winner`s paycheque worth ₹28,800. ‘Bazzzeee123’ finished runner-up for ₹20,400.


Prime Time PLO 30K GTD Khelo365

Buy-in – ₹550

Entries – 28

Re-entries – 10

Prize Pool – ₹30,000

Places Paid – 4

Khelo365 user ‘tomdwan2’ won the ₹30K GTD Prime Time PLO for ₹13,800.


This report was updated at 6:30 PM on 19.06.2021.

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