Thursday saw the big guns dominating the MTT action as we move towards what looks like an action-packed weekend with both PokerStars India’s Winter Series and Adda52’s Nano Poker Series set to wrap up their respective runs.
The Game Changer 3.0 champion Siddhanth Kripalani emerged as Thursday’s top scorer with over ₹7.64 Lakhs in collective earnings. He cashed in four events, most notably winning Spartan Poker`s Trending Thursday for the second time for ₹4.93 Lakhs. Amit Dhall placed runner-up for ₹3.13 Lakhs.
Young Gun Gaurav Sood has been topping the annual charts for two years straight, and he is going ALL OUT to complete the hat-trick. The 26-year-old poker phenom had his best winning day yet in the New Year with four ITM finishes worth ₹7.50 Lakhs in total earnings. His biggest score came from winning PokerBaazi`s The Summit for the fourth time yesterday for ₹5.27 Lakhs. Siddharth ‘GangnamGangi’ Gangwar placed runner-up for ₹3.70 Lakhs.
Aditya Singh took down PokerStars India’s Winter Series-18 Highroller for ₹2.80 Lakhs. PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh placed runner-up for ₹2.12 Lakhs.
Sandeep Singh Kohli came out on top in PokerBaazi’s SPRINT to win ₹1.86 Lakhs, with Himanshu ‘pokerbrat7’ Arora collecting ₹1.30 Lakhs in second place.
Rising Star Aman Parakh championed Adda52’s Monster Turbo 5L for ₹1.66 Lakhs after beating Ayush Garg (2nd for ₹96,255) in the heads-up play.
The former IOPC – The Millionaire champion Anurag Srivastava shipped PokerStars India’s Winter Series-20 Big Bubble Rush for ₹1.22 Lakhs, defeating Young Gun Anuj Yadav (2nd for ₹1.12 Lakhs) heads-up. Srivastava’s Thursday winnings stood at ₹1.69 Lakhs, while Yadav lapped up at least ₹1.66 Lakhs.
Pawan Kumar, Vivek Pal, Mohak Kapoor, Aditya Pandita, Gopal Bajaj, Sankalp Marwah, Sumit Pal, Shivkesh Meena, and Ashish Yadav won the other marquees.
Here are the Thursday highlights!
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Spartan Poker is gearing up to host the 12th edition of the IOPC that`s now less than a week away! The Thursday turnouts were encouraging as the primetime Trending Thursday cracked open its ₹22 Lakhs guarantee with 506 hopefuls collecting a ₹25.30 Lakhs prize pool. Only 47 players earned a share of the spoils. The Game Changer 3.0 champion, Young Gun Siddhanth ‘PluRibu$’ Kripalani, was the last player standing and won the title for ₹4.93 Lakhs. Amit ‘dhallamit’ Dhall came second for ₹3.13 Lakhs.
Young Guns Neel ‘Worm33’ Joshi (3rd for ₹2.35 Lakhs) and Gaurav ‘mozzie17’ Sood (4th for ₹1.90 Lakhs), Brijesh ‘Sanu15’ Rao (5th for ₹1.50 Lakhs), Akshat ‘doubledown’ Sharma (6th for ₹1.14 Lakhs) and Karan ‘Junior-KK’ Kapur (8th for ₹61,732) also FT-ed the event.
Last night`s victory was Siddhanth Kripalani`s second time winning the Trending Thursday! It also brought him his first title of 2022. He posted four ITM finishes, collectively banking ₹7.64 Lakhs.
His ITM finishes include:
> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday for ₹4.93 Lakhs
> 3rd in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹2.59 Lakhs
> 16th in Adda52’s Monster Turbo 5L for ₹6,521
> 40th in PokerBaazi’s SPRINT 7-Max for ₹4,932
The Mumbai-based player has been in breakout form this month. Last Sunday, he was in the running to win the Game Changer for the second time and eventually placed seventh in PBC#15 Game Changer for ₹5.42 Lakhs. His trailblazing Thursday run has grown his monthly scorecard to ₹19.15 Lakhs. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.23 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.33 Crores
The ₹5.50 Lakhs GTD Deepstack recorded a 778-entry field, collecting ₹7.78 Lakhs in the prize pool. The 9.30 PM event went down the wire at 4.41 AM following a heads-up deal. The mystery player ‘Pokemon11’ won the event for ₹1.28 Lakhs, and Archit ‘Archit789’ Saraogi placed runner-up for ₹1.17 Lakhs.
‘Unsafechoice’ (Won Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹53,806), ‘kishanmorya’ (Won The Centurion ₹50K GTD for ₹9,130), and Ashish ‘Notoriousladka’ Kumar Yadav (Won Epic ₹30K GTD for ₹8,454) were the other Spartan Poker marquees.
PokerBaazi’s Thursday headliner, ₹15 Lakhs GTD The Summit, wrangled in 318 entries, overshooting the advertised guarantee over 50%, and the top 36 places got a share from the ₹23.85 Lakhs prize pool. The winningest player on our tracked database, Young Gun Gaurav ‘gaug17’ Sood, won The Summit for an impressive fourth time yesterday, banking ₹5.27 Lakhs. Siddharth ‘GangnamGangi’ Gangwar came second for ₹3.70 Lakhs, posting his fourth runner-up finish this year.
The 26-year-old poker superstar, Gaurav Sood, had his best winning day of 2022 yet since he cashed another three events to collectively win ₹7.50 Lakhs.
His top finishes include:
> 1st in PokerBaazi`s The Summit for ₹5.27 Lakhs
> 4th in Spartan Poker`s Trending Thursday for ₹1.90 Lakhs
> 11th in the Godfather for ₹31,350
Gaurav Sood’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹11.32 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹5.92 Crores | Ranked #1 in Winnings and Profits in 2020 & 2021
Sandeep ‘King19’ Singh Kohli overcame the 671-strong field in the ₹5 Lakhs GTD SPRINT to win ₹1.86 Lakhs, defeating Himanshu ‘pokerbrat7’ Arora (2nd for ₹1.30 Lakhs) heads-up. The event obliterated its posted guarantee – collecting ₹10.07 Lakhs – over double the listed figure.
‘3streakbluff’ (Won Holdem BOOST ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹54,320), Vivek ‘viveksnmc10’ Pal (Won Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹44,820), Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor (Won PLO Boost ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹36,050), Aditya ‘LeoBazooka1897’ Pandita (Won SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹35,640), and ‘similar_cyan_bobolink_bmg’ (Won 5-Max Daily ₹50K GTD for ₹11,910) bagged the other PokerBaazi marquees.
PokerStars India`s ₹1.60 Crores GTD Winter Series hit the mid-way stage yesterday. The ₹11 Lakhs GTD Winter Series-18 Highroller was the featured event on Day 3 of the series and logged a 205-entry field, collecting ₹14.35 Lakhs in the prize pool. Aditya ‘ukid767’ Singh walked away with the title after almost eight hours of gameplay, winning ₹2.80 Lakhs and his first recorded win in nearly two months. One of the top-ranked players of 2021, PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun ‘ThePokeRajaIN’ Mahesh, placed runner-up for ₹2.12 Lakhs.
Aditya Singh’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.67 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹40 Lakhs
Anurag ‘GutshotHaiBro’ Srivastava locked horns with Young Gun Anuj ‘brockLesnar95’ Yadav heads-up in the ₹5 Lakhs GTD Winter Series-20 Big Bubble Rush. The former IOPC – The Millionaire champion eventually prevailed and won his first title of 2022, scoring a ₹1.22 Lakhs payday (includes ₹60,059 in bounties). Yadav collected ₹1.12 Lakhs (includes ₹61,977 in bounties) in second place.
Anurag Srivastava cumulatively lapped up ₹1.92 Lakhs on the back of four deep runs.
His ITM finishes include:
> 1st in PokerStars India’s Winter Series-20 Big Bubble Rush for ₹1,22,035
> 20th in Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday for ₹26,059
> 20th in PokerStars India’s Winter Series-18 Highroller for ₹18,061
> 69th in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) SPRINT for ₹3,020
Anuj Yadav posted deep runs in at least three events, rounding up over ₹1.66 Lakhs in Thursday winnings.
His top finishes include:
> 2nd in PokerStars India’s Winter Series-20 Big Bubble Rush for ₹1,11,722
> 9th in PokerStars India’s Winter Series-18 Highroller for ₹34,753
> 31st in Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday for ₹18,469
‘helpline108’ (Won Winter Series-15 Afternoon on Stars ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹31,485), Gopal ‘MrBigSlick139’ Bajaj (Won Winter Series-22 Ultrasonic ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD for ₹31,483), ‘akb0226’ (Won Winter Series-16 Deepstack ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹24,845), Sankalp ‘wobbegongg’ Marwah (Won Winter Series-19 Primetime Grind ₹75k GTD for ₹13,212), and ‘fishnk1991’ (Won Winter Series-21 Omania 6-Max Turbo ₹40K GTD for ₹12,218) shipped the other Winter Series titles.
Adda52’s Friday mainstay, ₹25 Lakhs GTD Godfather, filled in a 570-entry field, collecting ₹28.50 Lakhs in the prize pool. Adda52 user ‘chidu’ came out on top to win the ₹5,500 buy-in event for a site-best ₹5.43 Lakhs following a heads-up deal with ‘samir108’ (2nd for ₹5.18 Lakhs).
‘chidu’s Adda52 stats: Site Winnings: ₹14.16 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹6.19 Lakhs
Aayush ‘aayusharya’ Arya had an eventful Thursday. He posted three ITM scores (including two FT finishes), collectively banking ₹1.90 Lakhs.
His ITM finishes include:
> 6th in PokerBaazi’s The Summit for ₹1,05,656
> 7th in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹78,375
> 21st in Spartan Poker’s Deepstack for ₹5,913
Aayush Arya’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹70.17 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹24.30 Lakhs
The second marquee of the day, ₹5 Lakhs GTD Monster Turbo, registered a 276-entry field to frame a ₹6.21 Lakhs prize pool. Rising Star Aman ‘karmapoker’ Parakh championed the event for ₹1.66 Lakhs and defeated Ayush ‘lazyman’ Garg (2ndfor ₹96,255) heads-up.
Aman Parakh posted another two deep runs, banking ₹1.76 Lakhs collectively. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.66 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.17 Crores
Day 4 of the Nano Poker Series (NPS) saw seven events playing down to a close while the Nano Main Event completed the Day 1B flight.
Day 1B of the ₹25 Lakhs GTD Nano Main Event brought in 225 entries, and after 29 eight-minute levels of play, only 26 players were left standing. Rishab ‘rish1994’ Malik (320,893), ‘dstar’ (258,803), Aayush ‘Aayusharya’ Arya (228,434), ‘Rajput451‘ (216,711), and Guruprasad ‘guruprasad_gupta’ Gupta (201,997) headlined the day-end chip counts.
The ₹1,650 buy-in NPS Main Event has registered 459 entries across the first two starting flights (Day 1A – 234 and Day 1B – 225). There are another five starting flights still to go before the Day 2 finale on Sunday.
Pawan ‘bubba88’ Kumar (Won Nano DST ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹62,600), ‘TheMiracleBoy’ (Won Nano Godfather ₹3 Lakhs GTD for ₹48,820), Sumit ‘sumitpal009’ Pal (Won Nano Siesta ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹28,463), ‘Spartan111’ (Won Nano Thursday Adda ₹90K GTD for ₹22,275), ‘nik006’ (Won Nano Battleship ₹30K GTD for ₹9,380), and Shivkesh ‘wah_bhaii_wah’ Meena (Won Nano PLO ₹25K GTD for ₹8,566) won NPS titles yesterday.
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