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Daily Majors: Shashank Shekhar, Ankit Jajodia, Rahul Sengar & Vikram Jaiswal Make the Friday Headlines

Daily Majors: Shashank Shekhar, Ankit Jajodia, Rahul Sengar & Vikram Jaiswal
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  • Arpit Jain May 20, 2023
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Friday’s online scene was teeming with action, setting the stage for an eventful weekend ahead. PokerBaazi`s Baazi Turbo Series delivered thrilling, high-speed gameplay with five intense tournaments drawing to a close, further boosted by the massive 50 Lakhs GTD WTF, a delightful addition to the usual roster.

The April leaderboard champion, Shashank Shekhar, maintained his exceptional form, bagging a total of ₹7.33 Lakhs from four deep runs. Notably, he aced Spartan Poker’s The Elite (6 Max), netting ₹5.64 Lakhs – marking his second victory in this Friday tournament. Former Ultron winner, Kushal Jain, took home an impressive ₹3.83 Lakhs for his second-place finish.

Deepak Pipalwa pocketed the single-largest score of the day! His triumphant performance in PokerBaazi’s ₹50 Lakhs GTD WTF fetched him a career-high ₹5.92 Lakhs, compensating for his previous losses. Rahul Sengar, renowned for his staggering 17 victories in PokerBaazi’s PLO Daily, also notched a career-best ₹4.73 Lakhs as runner-up, courtesy of a heads-up deal.

PokerBaazi regular ‘Jaimundada‘ triumphantly broke an 18-month title drought by winning PokerBaazi’s BTS#30 HighRoller with ₹4.83 Lakhs, recuperating past losses. A three-way deal saw Vikram Jaiswal and Raghav Chauhan banking ₹4.58 Lakhs and ₹4.39 Lakhs, respectively.

Pursuing his third series title, Jaiswal walked away with a personal-best ₹4.62 Lakhs from two BTS tournaments, laddering to #7 on the series leaderboard!

Aditya ‘KesarDa’ Kesharwani scored the winning touchdown in PokerBaazi’s BTS#31 for ₹2.63 Lakhs (won ₹2.88 Lakhs overall), securing his first title in seven weeks. Kritagya Sharma (opted out of our tracking) collected ₹1.57 Lakhs for his runner-up performance in BTS #31. He also placed third in BTS#28 Hyper Turbo, amassing at least ₹2.16 Lakhs in total, storming to the top of the BTS leaderboard!

SINGH29’ (Won BTS#29 for ₹1.45 Lakhs), yesterday’s PLO-6 Boost Monster champion Sankalp Marwah (Won BTS#28 Hyper Turbo for 96,812), and ‘Bharamand01’ (Won BTS#27 for 46,200) won the other BTS Friday tournaments.

Ankit Jajodia, currently ranked #2 on the BTS leaderboard, kept the temperatures high by taking down Adda52’s The Ballers for a site-best 4.44 Lakhs (won 5.36 Lakhs overall), finishing #2 on the Friday charts. Jajodia struck a heads-up deal with Himanshu Dewan (2nd for 4.11 Lakhs).

After eight final table finishes in the last four weeks, Samyak Sethi finally broke the title jinx with a victory march in PokerStars India’s The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition, earning a site-best 2.05 Lakhs – won 2.23 Lakhs across three cash finishes. Pradip Ghosh, Sunday’s BTS#5 Sunday Prime champion, collected 1.31 Lakhs in second place (won 2.66 Lakhs overall).

Sheetal Shetty, Areyann Gurbaxani, Kabir Khattar, Abdul Aziz, Tushar Patil, Yuvraj Bhardwaj, Kunal Duggal, Satbir Singh, Anamika Singh, Sumit Pal, and Nishant Pandey shipped the other Friday marquees.

Here are the Friday highlights!

 

PokerBaazi

WTF – ₹50 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹5,500

Entries – 452

Re-entries – 464

Prize Pool – ₹50,00,000

Places Paid – 115

Deepak ‘Deep2607’ Pipalwa, the triumphant winner of Monday’s (7-Max) Afternoon Boost, reset his record with a thumping victory in Friday’s biggest guaranteed tournament. Demonstrating great skill, Pipalwa took down a formidable field of 916 contestants (452 unique) in PokerBaazi’s Friday feature, the ₹50 Lakhs GTD WTF. After firing two bullets, he clinched a career-high ₹5.92 Lakhs, effectively recouping all his previous losses.

Deepak Pipalwa’s PokerBaazi stats: Site Winnings: ₹33.84 Lakhs | Site Profits: ₹2.71 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #9

Rahul ‘GhatakTheGreat’ Sengar, a player known for his unprecedented achievement of winning PokerBaazi’s PLO Daily a staggering 17 times, also secured a career-best ₹4.73 Lakhs for his runner-up finish in the WTF, courtesy of a heads-up deal.

Rahul Sengar
Rahul Sengar

 

Rahul Sengar’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹2.63 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹57.92 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #13

The in-form Siddharth ‘Siddonuts’ Pandey had a terrific Friday session, netting ₹4.20 Lakhs across three final table finishes, which include:

Siddharth Pandey
Siddharth Pandey

 

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s WTF for ₹3,28,500

> 2nd in Adda52’s Friday Bounty for ₹62,677

> 7th in Spartan Poker`s Futuristic – Triple Chance for ₹28,560

Siddharth Pandey’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.85 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹59.18 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #9

Abhimanyu ‘foul child’ Mittal has been an unstoppable force off late, and he amassed a significant ₹4.84 Lakhs on Friday across five cash finishes (including three FT scores), including:

Abhimanyu Mittal
Abhimanyu Mittal

 

> 3rd in SpartanPoker’s The Elite (6 Max) for ₹2,52,625

> 8th in PokerBaazi’s WTF for ₹1,00,000

> 5th in PokerStars India’s The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition for ₹61,373

> 11th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#30 HighRoller for ₹61,250

> 10th in Adda52’s Friday Bounty for ₹8,736

Abhimanyu Mittal’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.76 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.82 Crores | Titles Won in 2023: #5 | Annual Winnings: ₹1.16 Crores

The WTF final table was replete with notables like Ashutosh ‘senojwod’ Balodhi (4th for ₹2.74 Lakhs), Young Gun Neel ‘Worm33’ Joshi (5th for ₹2.22 Lakhs), and Dishani ‘Dishvish’ Vijay (6th for ₹1.71 Lakhs).

The ₹5,500 entry buy-in tournament registered a glaring ₹4.20 Lakhs in overlays, with the top 115 finishers sharing in the ₹50 Lakhs prize pool.

Final Table Results

  1. Deepak ‘Deep2607’ Pipalwa – ₹5,91,918*
  2. Rahul ‘GhatakTheGreat’ Sengar – ₹4,73,082*
  3. Siddharth ‘Siddonuts’ Pandey – ₹3,28,500
  4. Ashutosh ‘senojwod’ Balodhi – ₹2,74,500
  5. Neel ‘Worm33’ Joshi – ₹2,22,000
  6. Dishani ‘Dishvish’ Vijay – ₹1,71,000
  7. vhagar9 – ₹1,27,500
  8. Abhimanyu ‘AbhimanyuMittal’ Mittal – ₹1,00,000

*denotes a heads-up deal

 

BTS#30 HighRoller – 35 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 11,000

Entries – 171

Re-entries – 160

Prize Pool – 35,00,000

Places Paid – 35

PokerBaazi reg ‘Jaimundada’ covered the gap on an 18-month-long title drought on Friday by ascending to the top of a formidable field of 331 players (171 unique) in PokerBaazi’s 35 Lakhs GTD BTS#30 HighRoller. This victory netted him a remarkable 4.83 Lakhs, compensating for all their past losses on PokerBaazi.

An agreed three-way final table deal resulted in equally notable earnings for Vikram ‘VikramJaiswal7’ Jaiswal (2nd for 4.58 Lakhs) and Raghav ‘raghav14082’ Chauhan (3rd for 4.39 Lakhs).

Jaimundada’s PokerBaazi stats: Site Winnings: 6.13 Lakhs | Site Profits: 2.56 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #1

PokerBaazi patron Vikram ‘VikramJaiswal7’ Jaiswal has been on an impressive winning streak at the Baazi Turbo Series, having won two titles in the last six days. Yesterday, he added a career-best 4.62 Lakhs from deep runs in two BTS tournaments, charging up five places to #7 on the series leaderboard.

Vikram Jaiswal
Vikram Jaiswal

 

Jaiswal`s Friday finishes include:

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s BTS#30 HighRoller for 4,57,606* (three-way deal)

> 80th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#29 for 4,241

Vikram Jaiswal’s PokerBaazi stats: Site Winnings: 48.74 Lakhs | Site Profits: 12.18 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #5 | Moves to #7 on the BTS Leaderboard

Raghav ‘raghav14082’ Chauhan, best known for his runner-up finish in APT#42 Super HighRoller last year, added 4.56 Lakhs from two deep runs on Friday, including:

Raghav Chauhan
Raghav Chauhan

 

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s BTS#30 HighRoller for 4,38,860* (three-way deal)

> 79th in PokerBaazi’s WTF for 17,500

Raghav Chauhan’s online stats (excluding PokerStars India): Lifetime Winnings: 1.82 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 39.59 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #3

Other prominent players at the BTS#30 HighRoller final table included the most profitable player of 2022, Sahil ‘bluffme19’ Chutani (4th for 3.01 Lakhs), Shyam ‘ayyappa1963’ Sundar (5th for 2.49 Lakhs), and Thursday`s Godfather winner Vaibhav ‘WakhraSwagNi’ Sharma (6th for 1.98 Lakhs).

The 11,000 entry buy-in BTS flagship registered 1.90 Lakhs in overlays, with the top 35 finishers getting a slice of the prize pool.

Final Table Results

  1. Jaimundada – 4,82,534*
  2. Vikram ‘VikramJaiswal7’ Jaiswal – 4,57,606*
  3. Raghav ‘raghav14082’ Chauhan – 4,38,860*
  4. Sahil ‘bluffme19’ Chutani – 3,01,000
  5. Shyam ‘ayyappa1963’ Sundar – 2,48,500
  6. Vaibhav ‘WakhraSwagNi’ Sharma – 1,97,750

 

BTS#31 – 12 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 3,300

Entries – 277

Re-entries – 276

Prize Pool – 16,59,000

Places Paid – 70

Aditya ‘KesarDa’ Kesharwani, whose last victory was in the ITM #37 Turbo on March 30, ended a seven-week title drought with a triumph in PokerBaazi’s 12 Lakhs GTD BTS#31. The online reg entered the 9 PM tournament three times and brilliantly sidestepped the 276 other competitors (553 total entries) in an intense seven-hour play, banking the winner’s payday worth 2.63 Lakhs.

Aditya Kesharwani
Aditya Kesharwani

 

Kesharwani, who recently crossed 2 Crores in lifetime winnings, posted 2.88 Lakhs in total earnings from two deep runs, which include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s BTS#31 for 2,62,786

> 39th in PokerBaazi’s WTF for 25,000

Aditya Kesharwani`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 2.03 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 77.76 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #4

Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma (opted out of our tracking) has recently been on a meteoric rise. Yesterday, he collected 1.57 Lakhs for his runner-up performance in BTS #31 and also finished #3 in the BTS#28 Hyper Turbo for total earnings of at least 2.16 Lakhs, earning enough points to climb three places to the top on the BTS leaderboard!

Kritagya Sharma
Kritagya Sharma

 

Tanmay ‘truman’ Benara has been in the headlines a lot. Yesterday, the two-time NPS India 2023 gold medallist reeled in 1.80 Lakhs across four deep runs and bounties in The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition.

Tanmay Benara
Tanmay Benara

 

His Friday finishes include:

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s BTS#31 for 1,23,761

> 28th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#30 HighRoller for 26,250

> 47th in PokerBaazi’s WTF for 25,000

> 65th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#29 for 4,568

Tanmay Benara’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 5.27 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 1.81 Crores | Titles Won in 2023: #8 | Annual Winnings: 1.23 Crores

PokerCode’s Grindhouse 3 invitee Bhushan ‘bhushansohani’ Sohani (5th for 76,148) and Shashikant ’15Shasha’ Yadav (7th for 58,065) were other regs on the BTS#31 final table.

The 3,300 entry buy-in tournament crushed its advertised guarantee, with 70 players taking a bite out of the 16.59 Lakhs prize pool.

Final Table Results

  1. Aditya ‘KesarDa’ Kesharwani – 2,62,786
  2. Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma – 1,57,107
  3. Tanmay ‘truman’ Benara – 1,23,761
  4. criminal_mind – 94,397
  5. Bhushan ‘bhushansohani’ Sohani – 76,148
  6. Shashikant ’15Shasha’ Yadav – 58,065
  7. thebigdino01 – 40,646
  8. goosemaverick – 33,180

 

BTS#29 – ₹10 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹2,750

Entries – 228

Re-entries – 207

Prize Pool – ₹10,88,000

Places Paid – 83

The Daily Value Boost champion from March 14, PokerBaazi user ‘SINGH29’ defeated a 435-player starting field (228 unique) in the site`s ₹10 Lakhs GTD BTS#29, taking down the 6 PM tournament after an intense six-and-a-half-hour grind for ₹1,44,798.

SINGH29`s PokerBaazi stats: Site Winnings: ₹11.61 Lakhs | Site Profits: ₹6.59 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #2

Manvendra ‘Kiki0100’ Singh finished as the runner-up, earning an equally impressive ₹1,39,692, thanks to a heads-up deal.

Manvendra Singh
Manvendra Singh

 

Manvendra Singh`s PokerBaazi stats: Site Winnings: ₹11.37 Lakhs | Site Profits: ₹6.46 Lakhs

Tuesday`s Mega Stack winner Vinay ‘Vinstill’ B accumulated ₹1.16 Lakhs from three deep runs, notably placing fourth in BTS#29 for ₹67,534.

Vinay B - sm
Vinay B – sm

 

His Friday finishes include:

> 4th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#29 for ₹67,534

> 32nd in PokerBaazi’s BTS#30 HighRoller for ₹26,250

> 57th in PokerBaazi’s WTF ₹22,500

Vinay B`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹7.78 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.53 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #7

While most of the BTS tourneys suffered overlays, the BTS#29 breached its listed guarantee, and the top 83 finishers benefitted from the ₹10.88 Lakhs prize pool.

Final Table Results

  1. SINGH29 – ₹1,44,798*
  2. Manvendra ‘Kiki0100’ Singh – ₹1,39,692*
  3. VavitaMonester – ₹93,525
  4. Vinay ‘Vinstill’ B – ₹67,534
  5. raghavnith – ₹47,415
  6. Inzemaam ‘Shavzz’ Husain – ₹33,386
  7. Whoarewe – ₹26,644
  8. SriRam9 – ₹21,424

 

BTS#28 Hyper Turbo – ₹7 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹1,870

Entries – 206

Re-entries – 158

Prize Pool – ₹7,00,000

Places Paid – 71

Monday’s BTS#14 (PLO-6) champion, Sankalp ‘Wobbegong’ Marwah, put the pedal on the metal yesterday. Racing in top gear, he spectacularly bagged over ₹1.75 Lakhs through two title victories, a podium finish, and three additional deep runs – setting the stage for an exciting weekend!

Sankalp Marwah
Sankalp Marwah

 

Marwah kicked off his scoring marathon early in Friday’s session, clinching the third-place prize in PokerBaazi’s Afternoon PLO5 Boost, worth ₹17,360. Shaking off his close miss to the top, he rebounded swiftly by seizing control of the 364-player field (206 unique) in PokerBaazi’s ₹7 Lakhs GTD BTS#28 Hyper Turbo just an hour and a half later. This remarkable performance earned him his second BTS title of the week and a handsome top prize of ₹96,812.

Close on Marwah’s heels was Natansh ‘Evilbunny36’ Basandra, the runner-up in BTS#28. Basandra pulled off an impressive run, raking in a sizable ₹91,208 courtesy of a heads-up deal.

Natansh Basandra
Natansh Basandra

 

Not one to rest on his laurels, Marwah flexed his six-card game expertise later last in the session by effortlessly overpowering the 154-entry field in PokerBaazi’s ₹1 Lakh GTD PLO6 BOOST (PKO), taking down the 8 PM tournament for a striking third time this year for ₹46,425.

Sankalp Marwah’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹2.16 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹30.30 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #15

Several bigshots made the BTS#28 Hyper Turbo final table including the current BTS leaderboard topper Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma (3rd for ₹58,800), Thursday’s (7-Max) Midnight SPRINT champion Puneet ‘puneetdurr111’ Sachan (4th for ₹43,610), yesterday’s The Ballers champion Ankit ‘akj290’ Jajodia (5th for ₹30,590), the #3 ranked player on the BTS leaderboard Prabhas ‘prabzter’ Sharma (7th for ₹17,220) and Vivek ‘viveksnmc10’ Pal (8th for ₹14,000).

The super-fast tournament, which had an entry buy-in of ₹1,870, registered an overlay shortfall of ₹81,200. The top 71 finishers were rewarded with payouts.

Final Table Results

  1. Sankalp ‘Wobbegong’ Marwah – ₹96,812*
  2. Natansh ‘Evilbunny36’ Basandra – ₹91,208*
  3. Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma – ₹58,800
  4. Puneet ‘puneetdurr111’ Sachan – ₹43,610
  5. Ankit ‘akj290’ Jajodia – ₹30,590
  6. Parveshku – ₹22,400
  7. Prabhas ‘prabzter’ Sharma – ₹17,220
  8. Vivek ‘viveksnmc10’ Pal – ₹14,000

* denotes a heads-up deal

 

(7-Max) Afternoon Boost – ₹5 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 129

Re-entries – 100

Prize Pool – ₹5,00,000

Places Paid – 41

PokerBaazi loyalist Kabir ‘GareebPoker’ Khattar, a regular satellite grinder, posted his first major title victory in the site’s 2 PM showcase event, the ₹5 Lakhs GTD (7-Max) Afternoon Boost. Outplaying a player field of 229 entrants (129 unique), shipped the daytime marquee for an impressive ₹82,000, his best-recorded finish. Following him was ‘deepchandra009, securing a notable second-place prize of ₹62,950.

Kabir Khattar
Kabir Khattar

 

Kabir Khattar’s PokerBaazi stats: Site Winnings: ₹8.25 Lakhs | Site Profits: ₹1.32 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #1

Thursday’s The Pride finalist Princy ‘aphrodite009’ Jain added ₹38,370 from two deep finishes, which include:

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) Afternoon Boost for ₹27,100

> 10th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#28 Hyper Turbo for ₹11,270

Princy Jain’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹13.87 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.81 Lakhs

The (7-Max) Afternoon Boost final table saw the presence of other site regs like Rohit ‘rohitmalik777’ Malik (3rd for ₹48,800), Nandan ‘ragemonster’ Pugalia (4th for ₹37,350), Rahul ‘bunnyhigh’ Solanki (6th for ₹19,650), and Samsher ‘santacruzsam’ Gandhi (8th for ₹15,900).

The ₹2,200 entry buy-in tournament covered an overlay deficit of ₹42,000. The prize money was shared among the top 41 players.

Final Table Results

  1. Kabir ‘GareebPoker’ Khattar – ₹82,000
  2. deepchandra009 – ₹62,950
  3. Rohit ‘rohitmalik777’ Malik – ₹48,800
  4. Nandan ‘ragemonster’ Pugalia – ₹37,350
  5. Princy ‘aphrodite009’ Jain – ₹27,100
  6. Rahul ‘bunnyhigh’ Solanki – ₹19,650
  7. Samsher ‘santacruzsam’ Gandhi – ₹15,900

 

‘Bharamand01’ (Won ₹3 Lakhs GTD BTS#27 for ₹46,200) own the other BTS tournament.

 

BTS Leaderboard Standings After Day 6

As we approach the second-to-last day of the electrifying Baazi Turbo Series on PokerBaazi, the excitement remains high with the conclusion of another five BTS tournaments this Friday. In a day full of twists and turns, the leaderboard witnessed considerable movement.

Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma (opted out of our tracking) is currently leading the pack with an impressive 4,747 points, continuing his remarkable run in the high-energy series. He has notably climbed the ranks of the ₹10 Lakhs GTD BTS leaderboard with significant accomplishments, including a third-place finish in the BTS#28 Hyper Turbo last night and another strong performance in Thursday’s BTS#22.

Not far behind, Ankit ‘akj290’ Jajodia maintains his grip on the second spot, racking up 4,450 points so far. He’s shown consistent performance throughout the series, cashing in 21 tournaments and securing final table positions in BTS#9, BTS#11, BTS#25 Thursday Prime, and last night’s BTS#28 Hyper Turbo.

Despite a drop from the #1 position, Prabhas ‘prabzter’ Sharma still poses a formidable challenge, holding the #3 position on the series leaderboard with a total of 4,288 points. Sharma’s remarkable series of performances include cashing in 20 of the 31 BTS tournaments. Some highlights from his journey include reaching the final table in BTS#12, BTS#14 (PLO-6), BTS#24 (PLO-5), and BTS#28 Hyper Turbo.

RankPlayerPoints
1Kritagya 'Kritagya_17' Sharma4,747
2Ankit 'akj290' Jajodia4,450
3Prabhas 'prabzter' Sharma4,288
4Ganesh 'Ganesh24' Durgade3,753
5Chirag 'ChiruG' Khanduja3,689
6Ramu 'Ramu0550' Kushwaha3,647
7Vikram 'vikramjaiswal7' Jaiswal3,606
8Parag 'vix786' Shah3,586
9Vikhyat 'supersaiyan57' Ahlawat3,486
10Sankalp 'wobbegong' Marwah3,290

 

Abdul ‘ManiakGod’ Aziz (Won ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD Daily Boost for ₹46,870), ‘bigusdikus’ (Won ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD 7-Max Midnight SPRINT for ₹43,000), Yuvraj ‘yuvi0069’ Bhardwaj (Won ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD Daily Night SPRINT for ₹28,340), Sankalp ‘Wobbegong’ Marwah (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD PLO-6 Boost Monster for ₹23,500), AnamikaBossbaby97Singh (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD 7-Max SPRINT for ₹27,480) and ‘akumar191’ (Won ₹50K 5-Max Daily Turbo for ₹5,830) won the other PokerBaazi marquees.

 

Spartan Poker

The Elite (6 Max) – ₹20 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹11,000

Entries – 108

Re-entries – 34

Re-buys – 93

Prize Pool – ₹23,50,000

Places Paid – 20

Shashank ‘Goldfish097’ Shekhar has become synonymous with flagship victories. After topping the leaderboard in April and placing #2 in last week’s charts, Shekhar continues his strong performance, reflecting an impressive run this Friday.

Shashank Shekhar
Shashank Shekhar

 

Shekhar, the champion of the inaugural XXX Poker Series Main Event, put on an impressive display on Friday by clinching the featured tournament on Spartan Poker, the ₹20 Lakhs GTD The Elite (6 Max). Besting a field of 235 participants (108 unique) in the 9:30 PM tournament, he claimed his second victory in the event, earning a top prize of ₹5.64 Lakhs. Coming in second was Kushal ‘Bhothard’ Jain, a former Ultron winner who collected ₹3.83 Lakhs.

Shekhar’s The Elite victory was complemented by cash finishes in three other Friday tournaments and a bounty for ₹7.33 Lakhs in total winnings, making him the day`s top scorer.

His Friday finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s The Elite (6 Max) for ₹5.64 Lakhs (his second time winning the event)

> 10th in PokerBaazi’s WTF for ₹87,500

> 17th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#31 for ₹16,590

> 7th in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹63,835

> 33rd in PokerStars India’s The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition for ₹1,250

Shashank Shekhar’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.66 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.17 Crores | Titles Won in 2023: #4 | Annual Winnings: ₹95.11 Lakhs

The steady performer Abhimanyu ‘foul child’ Mittal amassed a significant ₹4.84 Lakhs from five cash finishes (including three FT scores). These include:

> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s The Elite (6 Max) for ₹2,52,625

> 8th in PokerBaazi’s WTF for ₹1,00,000

> 5th in PokerStars India’s The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition for ₹61,373

> 11th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#30 HighRoller for ₹61,250

Abhimanyu Mittal’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.76 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.82 Crores | Titles Won in 2023: #5 | Annual Winnings: ₹1.16 Crores

Young Gun Sanat ‘orhem3001’ Mehrotra made away with ₹2.80 Lakhs from four deep runs last night, headlined by a fourth-place finish in The Elite (6 Max) for ₹2.09 Lakhs. His online stats (excluding PokerStars India): Lifetime Winnings: ₹11.64 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹4.10 Crores | Titles Won in 2023: #9 | Annual Winnings: ₹1.19 Crores

Sanat Mehrotra
Sanat Mehrotra

 

Other notable players at the 6-max The Elite final table included the IOPC 13.0 The Crown and Monday’s Iron Man champion Saurabh ‘darksider’ Rohila (5th for ₹1.68 Lakhs) and recent Money Heist – Triple Chance winner Yogesh ‘Borntogamble’ Yogi (6th for ₹1.31 Lakhs).

The ₹11,000 entry buy-in tournament built up an attractive ₹23.50 Lakhs prize pool, with the top 20 finishers sharing the pot.

Final Table Results

  1. Shashank ‘Goldfish097’ Shekhar – ₹5,64,000
  2. Kushal ‘Bhothard’ Jain – ₹3,83,050
  3. Abhimanyu ‘foul child’ Mittal – ₹2,52,625
  4. Sanat ‘orhem3001’ Mehrotra – ₹2,08,680
  5. Saurabh ‘darksider’ Rohila – ₹1,67,555
  6. Yogesh ‘Borntogamble’ Yogi – ₹131,365

 

Futuristic – Triple Chance – ₹8 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 178

Re-entries – 79

Re-buys – 142

Prize Pool – ₹8,00,000

Places Paid – 31

Spartan Poker loyalist Sheetal ‘hulk0111’ Shetty, who finished fourth in Destiny in May last year, captured her first title in a month on Friday. Shetty outshone a starting field of 399 players (178 unique) in the 8 PM multi-entry tournament, the ₹8 Lakhs GTD Futuristic – Triple Chance, striking a heads-up deal to collect ₹1.51 Lakhs – her top score of the year and her second-best career payday.

Sheetal Shetty’s Spartan Poker stats: Site Winnings: ₹18.83 Lakhs | Site Profits: ₹3.64 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #2

Upcoming poker talent Hardik ‘dickgod’ Nair has been making waves this year. After his second-place finish in the Daily Turbo on Tuesday, he claimed an impressive ₹1.32 Lakhs from the heads-up deal in Futuristic – Triple Chance, falling just shy of winning the Friday tournament for the second time this year. He also collected bounties worth ₹900 in Adda52’s Friday Bounty, bringing his Friday total to ₹1.33 Lakhs.

Hardik Nair
Hardik Nair

 

Hardik Nair’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹96.84 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹44.79 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #18

Venkatesh ‘Balthazar’ Mukundan, who won the Futuristic title on March 24, had a bumper Friday session with an FT run in two big-ticket tournaments, totaling ₹1.34 Lakhs in earnings.

Venkatesh Mukundan
Venkatesh Mukundan

 

His Friday finishes include:

> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s Futuristic – Triple Chance for ₹80,320

> 8th in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹53,196

Venkatesh Mukundan’s online stats (excluding PokerStars India): Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.34 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹18.42 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #2

Meanwhile, Bharath ‘sanapalbhar’ Kumar secured a ₹51,520 payout for a fifth-place finish in Futuristic – Triple Chance. He also made the cut in the 3 PM Monster Stack (13th for ₹3,500), amassing a total of ₹55,020. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹79.28 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #1

Sports entrepreneur Siddharth ‘SIDDO19’ Pandey was another impressive scorer, earning a total of ₹4.20 Lakhs from three top finishes, which include:

Siddharth Pandey
Siddharth Pandey

 

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s WTF for ₹3,28,500

> 2nd in Adda52’s Friday Bounty for ₹62,677

> 7th in Spartan Poker’s Futuristic – Triple Chance for ₹28,560

Siddharth Pandey’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.85 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹59.19 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #8 | Annual Winnings: ₹81.72 Lakhs

The ₹2,200 entry buy-in tournament fell just one entry short of its 400-player guarantee, and 31 participants claimed payouts for their efforts.

Final Table Results

  1. Sheetal ‘hulk0111’ Shetty – ₹1,51,448*
  2. Hardik ‘dickgod’ Nair – ₹1,31,672*
  3. Venkatesh ‘Balthazar’ Mukundan – ₹80,320
  4. silvi1810 – ₹65,120
  5. Bharath ‘sanapalbhar’ Kumar – ₹51,520
  6. NotSoRegee – ₹39,120
  7. Siddharth ‘SIDDO19’ Pandey – ₹28,560
  8. Call me Fish – ₹20,880

*denotes a heads-up deal

 

‘jkmaheshwari77’ (Won ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD Daily Turbo 6-Max for ₹60,000), ‘Team_pro (Won ₹2 Lakhs GTD Monster Stack for ₹48,000), ‘Burgersingh’ (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Night Rider for ₹28,380), ‘ankitpatel’ (Won ₹75K GTD Hold’em PKO for ₹21,925), ‘slr111’ (Won ₹50K GTD Turbo – Triple Chance for ₹18,923) and ‘$ PAHARI KING $’ (Won ₹50K GTD Centurion for ₹10,575) won the other Spartan Poker marquees.

 

First Games Poker

Mega Freeroll – ₹2 Lakhs GTD

Total Entries – 1,545

Prize Pool – ₹2,00,000

Places Paid – 1,545

In the ₹2 Lakhs GTD Mega Freeroll hosted by First Games Poker on Friday, the player ‘masle‘ outshone a massive field of 1,545 competitors, earning a poker ticket valued at ₹800.

The second-place contender, ‘astaf,’ also had a successful run, walking away with a poker ticket worth ₹600.

Final Table Results

  1. masle – Poker ticket worth ₹800
  2. astaf – Poker ticket worth ₹600
  3. manish – Poker ticket worth ₹400
  4. Saurabh Chauhan – Poker ticket worth ₹200
  5. powerplay – Poker ticket worth ₹200
  6. kailash bhai – Poker ticket worth ₹100

 

 

PokerDangal

Friday Fun – ₹1 Lakh GTD

Buy-in – ₹660

Entries – 89

Re-buys – 65

Prize Pool – ₹1,01,640

Places Paid – 26

In the highly anticipated Friday Fun tournament on PokerDangal, boasting a ₹1 Lakh GTD prize pool, site reg ‘00SUBHA00‘ emerged victorious from a starting field of 154 entrants (89 unique), earning the coveted title along with a cool ₹20,582 in winnings.

Meanwhile, ‘Werollin‘ demonstrated notable prowess, securing the runner-up position and walking away with a handsome ₹15,500.

Final Table Results

  1. 00SUBHA00 – ₹20,582
  2. Werollin – ₹15,500
  3. Novice – ₹11,689
  4. destroyer – ₹8,639
  5. vinnu87 – ₹6,607
  6. RaviIndian – ₹5,082

 

 

PokerStars India

The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition – ₹10 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹5,500

Entries – 102

Re-entries – 84

Total Prize Pool – ₹10,00,000

Regular Prize Pool – ₹5,35,000

Bounty Prize Pool – ₹4,65,000

Places Paid – 23

After consistently reaching the final table eight times in the past month, Samyak ‘stonedurr’ Sethi emerged victorious from a month-long title drought by outshining the competition in PokerStars India’s Friday showstopper, the ₹10 Lakhs GTD The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition. The former BTS Main Event champion, Sethi, rose above a formidable group of 186 players (102 unique) to clinch the primetime event, securing a site-best ₹2.05 Lakhs (₹1.11 Lakhs in bounties).

Samyak Sethi
Samyak Sethi

 

Sethi added ₹2.23 Lakhs to his Friday earnings from three cash finishes, including:

> 1st in PokerStars India’s The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition for ₹2,05,121

> 115th in PokerBaazi’s WTF for ₹11,000

> 27th in Spartan Poker’s Futuristic – Triple Chance for ₹7,040

Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh, the BTS#5 Sunday Prime champion, came close to securing his second title of the month in The Big Bash but had to settle for a runner-up finish, banking a substantial ₹1.31 Lakhs (₹36,523 in bounties).

Pradip Ghosh
Pradip Ghosh

 

The ‘SPRINT King,‘ Ghosh boosted his Friday earnings to ₹2.66 Lakhs thanks to three cash finishes, which include:

> 2nd in PokerStars India’s The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition for ₹1,30,590

> 35th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#30 HighRoller for ₹26,250

> 63rd in PokerBaazi’s BTS#29 for ₹4,568

Pradip Ghosh’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.35 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.79 Crores | Titles Won in 2023: #11 | Annual Winnings: ₹84.35 Lakhs

Rajat ‘sharabikebabi’ Sharma raked in ₹75,116 from three Friday finishes, including:

Rajat Sharma
Rajat Sharma

 

> 7th in PokerStars India’s The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition for ₹30,231 (Bounties: ₹7,656)

> 12th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#31 for ₹24,885

> 63rd in PokerBaazi’s WTF for ₹20,000

Rajat Sharma’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹12.55 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹4.81 Crores | Titles Won in 2023: #7 | Annual Winnings: ₹88.92 Lakhs

Young Gun Ujjwal ‘CougarHunter69’ Narwal (opted out of our tracking) accumulated at least ₹55,963 across two deep runs, which include:

Ujjwal Narwal
Ujjwal Narwal

 

> 8th in PokerStars India’s The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition for ₹28,301 (Bounties: ₹10,859)

> 12th in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹27,662

The final table of The Big Bash comprised the likes of Anmolraj ‘modi chai wala’ Singh Chawla (3rd for ₹86,596), last night’s The Elite third-place finisher Abhimanyu ‘fraudscheme’ Mittal (5th for ₹61,373), yesterday’s Sundowner champion Ayush ‘ayushgoyal’ Goyal (6th for ₹36,719) and Pranay ‘pranay1245’ Thawait (9th for ₹25,871).

The ₹5,500 entry buy-in flagship experienced an overlay shortfall of ₹70,000, and 23 players made the payouts list. Additionally, PokerStars India dropped tickets to the ₹15 Lakhs GTD The Hercules, worth ₹12,375, on randomly selected tables.

Final Table Results (Including Bounties)

  1. Samyak ‘stonedurr’ Sethi – ₹2,05,121
  2. Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh – ₹1,30,590
  3. Anmolraj ‘modi chai wala’ Singh Chawla – ₹86,596
  4. rinkua – ₹67,30859)
  5. Abhimanyu ‘fraudscheme’ Mittal – ₹61,373
  6. Ayush ‘ayushgoyal’ Goyal – ₹36,719
  7. Rajat ‘sharabikebabi’ Sharma – ₹30,231
  8. Ujjwal ‘CougarHunter69’ Narwal – ₹28,301
  9. Pranay ‘pranay1245’ Thawait – ₹25,871

 

15 Lakhs GTD The Hercules [Day 1C]

Day 1C > Entries – 118 | Re-entries – 56 | Survivors – 17 | Chip leader: RahulRAHUL072Saha

Combined > Entries – 342 | Re-entries – 147 | Survivors – 50 | Overall Chip leader: Manish ‘manish jangid’ Jangid (590,949)

 

Tushar ‘tush.patil17’ Patil (Won ₹2 Lakhs GTD Uppercut for ₹40,986), Kunal ‘kunalduggal13’ Duggal (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Ultrasonic for ₹29,173), ‘Abhishekbairwa’ (Won ₹50K GTD Super Stack PKO 8-Max for ₹13,065), ‘Tanushreejee123’ (Won ₹50K GTD Bounty Adrenaline 6-Max for ₹10,682) and ‘Johnking3401k’ (Won ₹40K GTD Afternoon on Stars for ₹9,560) and won the other PokerStars India marquees.

 

Adda52

The Ballers – ₹20 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹7,500

Entries – 166

Re-entries – 146

Prize Pool – ₹21,27,841

Places Paid – 34

Following an exceptional dozen final table finishes over the past three weeks, Ankit ‘rustypockets’ Jajodia finally crossed the finish line in Adda52’s ₹20 Lakhs GTD The Ballers, winning a site-best ₹4.44 Lakhs for his efforts.

Jajodia, who finished third in The Ballers in April, came out on top of a 312-player field (166 unique) in the 8 PM headliner. Before winning the Friday title for the first time, he struck a heads-up deal with Himanshu ‘KHighisGood’ Dewan, the finalist from Wednesday’s (7-Max) Afternoon Boost, who scored an online best ₹4.11 Lakhs in second place.

Ankit Jajodia
Ankit Jajodia

 

Jajodia, currently standing #2 on the BTS leaderboard, garnered an impressive ₹5.36 Lakhs across six cash finishes on Friday, which include:

> 1st in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹4,43,457

> 20th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#30 HighRoller for ₹43,750

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#28 Hyper Turbo for ₹30,590

> 35th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#31 for ₹11,613

> 27th in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) Afternoon Boost for ₹4,500

> 26th in PokerBaazi’s BTS#27 for ₹2,010

Ankit Jajodia’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹2.48 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹60.51 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #9 | Annual Winnings: ₹89.86 Lakhs | Ranked #2 on the BTS Leaderboard

The ₹7,500 entry buy-in tournament distributed a more than guaranteed ₹21.28 Lakhs in prize money to the top 34 finishers.

Final Table Results

  1. Ankit ‘rustypockets’ Jajodia – ₹4,43,457*
  2. Himanshu ‘KHighisGood’ Dewan – ₹4,10,871*
  3. Gummy007 – ₹2,34,062
  4. chaty – ₹1,77,675
  5. VishuChi – ₹1,22,351
  6. loada941 – ₹79,794

*denotes a heads-up deal

 

Friday Bounty – ₹4 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – ₹2,700

Entries – 106

Re-entries – 78

Prize Pool – ₹4,50,432

Places Paid – 19

Online powerhouse Areyann ‘paisenikalbc’ Gurbaxani solidified his position in the Friday victors’ lineup by besting a 184-player roster (106 unique) in Adda52’s ₹4 Lakhs GTD Friday Bounty, shipping the 9:30 PM tournament for the second time this year and taking home a cool ₹91,102 (₹21,035 in bounties) up top.

Areyann Gurbaxani
Areyann Gurbaxani

The five-time NPS gold medallist, Gurbaxani, bested the ever-consistent Siddharth ‘gabandheer’ Pandey (2nd for ₹62,677) (₹20,637 in bounties) heads-up, closing out an almost six-week-long title slump.

In addition to his victory, Gurbaxani also cashed PokerBaazi’s BTS#31 (65th for ₹9,954) and picked up a bounty worth ₹1,250 in PokerStars India’s The Big Bash – Hercules Ticket Drop Edition, bringing his total earnings for the day to ₹1.02 Lakhs.

Areyann Gurbaxani’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.72 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.21 Crores | Titles Won in 2023: #13 | Annual Winnings: ₹1.17 Crores

Siddharth Pandey was a standout player on Friday, amassing ₹4.20 Lakhs across three final table finishes, which included a third-place payout worth ₹3.29 Lakhs in PokerBaazi’s WTF.

Siddharth Pandey’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.85 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹59.18 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2023: #9

Pranav ‘pkpok’ Khandalkar was another prominent player at the Friday Bounty final table, placing ninth for a ₹7,430 payout.

The ₹2,700 entry buy-in bounty tournament dished out ₹4.50 Lakhs in total prize money.

Final Table Results (Including Bounties)

  1. Areyann ‘paisenikalbc’ Gurbaxani – ₹91,102
  2. Siddharth ‘gabandheer’ Pandey – ₹62,677
  3. musalman – ₹39,205
  4. TBC – ₹27,022
  5. VishuChi – ₹25,311
  6. drpokerabc – ₹13,061
  7. sg1977 – ₹18,096)
  8. Parry2910 – ₹12,127
  9. Pranav ‘pkpok’ Khandalkar – ₹7,430

 

‘ANJ2019’ (Won ₹2 Lakhs GTD Nano DST for ₹56,992), ‘goofy25’ (Won ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD Nano Ballers for ₹50,244), Satbir ‘satbir222’ Singh (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Nano Daily Adda for ₹26,500), Sumit ‘sumitpal009’ Pal (Won ₹90K GTD Nano Siesta for ₹19,546), Nishant ‘stockfull’ Pandey (Won ₹70K GTD Nano Crack Jack for ₹15,618), ‘Unmesh100’ (Won ₹30K GTD Nano Battleship for ₹7,748) and ‘parimalkumbhakar31’ (Won ₹25K GTD Nano PLO for ₹7,250) won the Nano Poker Series titles on Adda52.

 

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