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Daily Majors: Siddharth Gangwar, Manish Lakhotia, Aditya Kulkarni, Akshay Gupta & Deepesh Raka Champion the Wednesday Flagships

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  • RUPAM THAKUR May 27, 2021
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It was an eventful Wednesday for online poker players, and for the third consecutive day, almost all the flagship tourneys crushed their listed guarantees.

PokerStars India`s “Star of the Month“ – December Siddharth Gangwar bagged the single-biggest payday last night for winning Spartan Poker’s ₹29 Lakhs GTD Destiny for ₹6.83 Lakhs and a seat in the Destiny 19.0 SnG Finale. The well-known TLB crusher Bhanu Prakash KC finished runner-up in Destiny while also placing sixth in The Pride.

Two-time Millionaire champion Manish Lakhotia took down Adda52’s Maverick – his third time winning the event – regaining the #1 spot in the annual leaderboard standings.

Aditya Kulkarni championed PokerBaazi’s The Pride for the second-time besting PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek Singh heads-up.

Akshay Gupta, Deepesh Raka, Kunal Yadav, Induprakash Mishra, and Amarjeet Singh took down the other marquee titles.

Here’s a quick recap of the Wednesday action!

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Spartan Poker

Spartan Poker`s Destiny 19.0 series crowned its eighth champion last night. The ₹29 Lakhs GTD tourney fell eight entries, or ₹40,000 short on its listed guarantee after 572 entrants signed up to play. Starting at 8 PM, the event ended at 4:04 AM with PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month“ – December Siddharth ‘cooking_nuts’ Gangwar coming out on top to win a career-best ₹6.83 Lakhs, making him the day`s biggest winner. He also booked a seat in the ₹10 Lakhs added Destiny 19.0 SnG Finale set for June 13 (9 PM).

Siddharth Gangwar
Siddharth Gangwar


Siddharth Gangwar’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹73.41 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹32.30 Lakhs

Before taking down the title, Gangwar struck a heads-up deal with TLB crusher Bhanu ‘spectre’ Prakash KC, who banked an equally impressive ₹5.35 Lakhs. Bhanu Prakash posted a second FT score yesterday, placing sixth in PokerBaazi’s The Pride for ₹49,686. Deepak ‘chimpoo’ Bothra rounded out the podium, placing third in Destiny for ₹2.68 Lakhs.

Bhanu Prakash KC
Bhanu Prakash KC


The second Wednesday marquee running as part of Spartan Poker’s Daily Poker Marathon, the ₹9 Lakhs GTD Wednesday Vibes, accumulated a whopping ₹9.30 Lakhs prize pool on the back of 620 entrants. After a heads-up deal, ‘OfcourseOfcourse’ captured the title for a personal-best (on this screenname) ₹1.57 Lakhs. ‘itsmeace’ (runner-up for 1.37 Lakhs) was the other beneficiary of the deal.


PokerStars India

PokerStars India`s ₹5 Lakhs GTD Night on Stars generated a prize pool worth ₹5.84 Lakhs on the back of 329 registrations. It took seven hours and thirty minutes of play for this week`s Sunday Highroller third-place finisher Deepesh ‘deep12322’ Raka to ship the tourney for ₹1.01 Lakhs (includes ₹52,666 in bounties). The user ‘Bashir@321’ finished runner-up for ₹82,330 (includes ₹34,260 in bounties).

Deepesh Raka
Deepesh Raka


The Night on Stars victory fetched Deepesh Raka his first marquee title on PokerStars India, pushing his total winnings on the site to ₹50.74 Lakhs.

Induprakash ‘supee54’ Mishra (Won ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD Big Bubble Rush for ₹45,869), ‘theghoti’ (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Ultrasonic for ₹26,654), ‘davaa dondup’ (Won ₹75K GTD Afternoon on Stars for ₹18,442), and ‘ayushthakur2222’ (Won ₹50K GTD Deepstack for ₹12,281) took down the other Wednesday marquees on the site.

Induprakash Mishra
Induprakash Mishra




PokerBaazi’s Wednesday headliner, the ₹10 Lakhs GTD The Pride, pulled in 338 entries, collecting a generous ₹11.83 Lakhs prize pool. The former APT Online India Super Highroller runner-up finisher Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni championed The Pride for the second time last night for ₹2.48 Lakhs. PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek ‘Nutpeddling729’ Singh stood second for ₹1.74 Lakhs.

Aditya Kulkarni
Aditya Kulkarni


Aditya Kulkarni had won The Pride for the first time on March 10 for ₹2.32 Lakhs. He currently boasts ₹1.80 Crores in lifetime online winnings and ₹57.06 Lakhs in net profits.

Monday’s Iron Man champion & one of the three PokerGuru Ambassadors to have the Millionaire in May, Vivek Singh`s six-figure Wednesday score helped boost his lifetime tally to ₹5.64 Crores (₹1.67 Crores in net profits).

Runner-up Vivek Singh
Runner-up Vivek Singh


Kunal ‘callmeifyoucan’ Yadav outlasted the 341-entry field in the ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD Holdem Boost DST, winning the late-night marquee title for the second time for ₹71,610. The 8-time Holdem BOOST DST champion Mohak Kapoor almost won the event for a ninth time, placing runner-up for ₹50,127.

Kunal Yadav
Kunal Yadav


Kunal Yadav had won the Holdem Boost for the first time on January 7 for ₹30,121. In fact, last night was his third consecutive day winning a title after shipping Spartan Poker`s ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD Epic back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday.

Kunal Yadav`s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹34.05 Lakhs| Lifetime Profits: ₹8.30 Lakhs

‘Kiran0388’ (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Night DST for ₹50,370), ‘vr055’ (Won ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD Turbo for ₹49,040), ‘kw1996’ (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Afternoon DST for ₹41,980), and Amarjeet ‘ninjakar’ Singh (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD PLO Boost Monster for ₹36,050) championed the other Wednesday marquees.



Adda52`s ₹15 Lakhs GTD Maverick registered a massive 707-entry field, and 72 places got a piece of the ₹16.08 Lakhs prize pool. The two-time Millionaire champion Manish ‘newkidpoker’ Lakhotia was the last player standing and won the Wednesday flagship for the third time for ₹4.02 Lakhs.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


The Maverick score has pushed the Siliguri-based pro Manish Lakhotia back on top of the annual leaderboard standings.

Manish Lakhotia`s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹7.33 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.01 Crores | Annual Winnings: ₹1.90 Crores | Annual Profits: ₹57 Lakhs

Goa-resident Myron ‘zzzzz369’ Pereira finished runner-up for ₹2.33 Lakhs, climbing one spot up to #13 in the annual rankings.

Myron Pereira
Myron Pereira


Myron Pereira`s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.99 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹47.05 Lakhs |Annual Winnings: ₹1.24 Crores|Annual Profits: ₹38.44 Lakhs

The ₹4 Lakhs GTD La Luna logged in 260 runners to collect a prize pool worth ₹4.26 Lakhs. The ATOC Armani winner Akshay ‘darulerofall’ Gupta raced past the competition to win ₹1.11 Lakhs. ‘Mantri97’ finished runner-up for ₹66,092.

Akshay Gupta
Akshay Gupta


Akshay Gupta now has ₹1.31 Crores in lifetime online winnings (₹11.21 Lakhs in net profits).

The other Wednesday winners were:

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Akshay ‘darulerofall’ Gupta₹1.10 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tanmaya ‘RTD27’ Gupta₹72,212Monster Stack ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal 'callmeifyoucan' Yadav₹71,6106-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Jilebii₹64,116Afternoon Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kiran0388 ₹50,370Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
vr055₹49,040Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Morgan B₹48,791Night Rider- Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
supee54₹45,869Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vakeel.sahab₹45,276Ultimate 5 Card PLO ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
kw1996₹41,980Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Amarjeet ‘ninjakar’ Singh₹36,050PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Anupam ‘anupam_aryan’ Mishra₹33,735Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sharad ‘zimbawe’ Haridasan₹27,800Punch ₹80K GTDAdda52
₹26,654Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTD
PokerStars India
Falconwagon₹23,554Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
davaa dondup
₹18,442Afternoon on Stars ₹75K GTD
PokerStars India
₹12,281Deepstack ₹50K GTD
PokerStars India
Joonjoon₹20,040Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Samaybk₹10,7506 Feet Under PLO Deepstack ₹25K GTDKhelo365


Destiny 29 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹5,500

Entries – 251

Re-entries – 117

Rebuys – 204

Prize Pool – ₹29,00,000

Places Paid – 50

One of the more popular week-day features at Spartan Poker and part of the site’s Destiny 19.0 edition, the ₹29 Lakhs GTD Destiny, kicked off at 8 PM last night with a starting field of 572 entries resulting in ₹40,000 in overlays.

It was 4 AM on the tourney clock by the time PokerStars India`s “Star of the Month“ – December Siddharth ‘cooking_nuts’ Gangwar clinched the title to win a personal-best ₹6.83 Lakhs and a seat in the ₹10 Lakhs added Destiny 19.0 SnG Finale slated for June 13 (9 PM).

Before winning the title, Gangwar struck a heads-up deal with Bhanu ‘spectre’ Prakash (runner-up for ₹5.35 Lakhs).

Deepak ‘chimpoo’ Bothra (3rd for ₹2.68 Lakhs), Ronuk ‘Redbullwings’ Lekhraj (4th for ₹1.91 Lakhs), Aquib ‘Aquib17’ Ansari (5th for ₹1.22 Lakhs), Prashanth ‘Anya Chalotra’ Sekar (6th for ₹1.01 Lakhs), and Yudhishter ‘McFly’ Jaswal (7th for ₹72,500) were the other known players who made it to the FT.

Final Table Results

  1. Siddharth ‘cooking_nuts’ Gangwar – ₹6,83,116*
  2. Bhanu ‘spectre’ Prakash – ₹5,34,884*
  3. Deepak ‘chimpoo’ Bothra – ₹2,68,250
  4. Ronuk ‘Redbullwings’ Lekhraj – ₹1,91,400
  5. Aquib ‘Aquib17’ Ansari – ₹1,21,800
  6. Prashanth ‘Anya Chalotra’ Sekar – ₹1,01,500
  7. Yudhishter ‘McFly’ Jaswal – ₹72,500
  8. Tokio999 – ₹63,800

*denotes a heads-up deal


Maverick 15 Lakhs GTD – Adda52

Buy-in – ₹2,500

Entries – 331

Re-entries 376

Prize pool – ₹16,08,423

Places Paid – 72

Adda52’s ₹15 Lakhs Maverick registered 707 entrants, filling in a ₹16.08 Lakhs prize pool. The 8 PM flagship played down to a hard-fought heads-up battle between two in-form MTT crushers, Manish ‘newkidpoker’ Lakhotia and Myron ‘zzzzz369’ Pereira.

The two-time Maverick winner Manish Lakhotia came out on top to add an impressive third Maverick title to tally, lapping up ₹4.02 Lakhs in prize money. The win was significant for Lakhotia for another reason: it pushed him back on top of the annual leaderboard rankings. He is now the #1 ranked player of 2021 with ~₹1.91 Crores in annual earning.

Myron Pereira didn`t do too bad with his runner-up finish for ₹2.33 Lakhs getting him to ₹3.99 Crores in lifetime earnings and within touching distance of an entry in the “₹4 Crore-Club.” He is also now ranked #13 on the annual leaderboard standings.

Surbhit ‘grovahova’ Grover (3rd for ₹1.58 Lakhs), Chirag ‘mahikk’ Bhardwaj (4th for ₹1.13 Lakhs), Sandeep ‘40chor’ Bhatnagar (5th for ₹80,421), Sarvesh ‘playhereforsure13’ Sharma (6th for ₹56,295), and Mohak ‘Sparkie’ Kapoor (7th for ₹44,232) also FT-ed the tourney.

Final Table Results

  1. Manish ‘newkidpoker’ Lakhotia – ₹4,02,106
  2. Myron ‘zzzzz369’ Pereira – ₹2,33,222
  3. Surbhit ‘grovahova’ Grover – ₹1,57,626
  4. Chirag ‘mahikk’ Bhardwaj – ₹1,12,590
  5. Sandeep ‘40chor’ Bhatnagar – ₹80,421
  6. Sarvesh ‘playhereforsure13’ Sharma – ₹56,295
  7. Mohak ‘Sparkie’ Kapoor – ₹44,232
  8. ksmunda – ₹32,169


The Pride 10 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹3,850

Entries – 179

Re-entries – 159

Prize Pool – ₹11,83,000

Places Paid – 45

PokerBaazi reg Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni championed the ₹10 Lakhs GTD The Pride, adding ₹2.48 Lakhs to his PokerBaazi wallet. His heads-up opponent was none other than The Millionaire champion from May 17, PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek ‘Nutpeddling729’ Singh, and the 29-year-old banked ₹1.74 Lakhs for his runner-up finish.

Notably, this is the second time Aditya Kulkarni has won The Pride this year.

Vinod ‘brutalgame’ Kirne (3rd for ₹82,810), Destiny runner-up finisher Bhanu ‘Chennaino1’ Prakash KC (6th for ₹49,686), Akshat ‘Badger69’ Verma (7th for ₹29,663), and Young Gun Gaurav ‘gaug17’ Sood (7th for ₹41,405) also FT-ed the tourney.

Final Table Results

  1. Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni – ₹2,48,430
  2. Vivek ‘Nutpeddling729’ Singh – ₹1,73,901
  3. acessorted – ₹1,11,794
  4. Vinod ‘brutalgame’ Kirne – ₹82,810
  5. gogomari – ₹62,108
  6. Bhanu ‘Chennaino1’ Prakash KC – ₹49,686
  7. Gaurav ‘gaug17’ Sood – ₹41,405
  8. jimmy0507 – ₹33,124


Wednesday Vibes 9 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹1,650

Entries – 312

Re-entries – 102

Rebuys – 206

Prize Pool – ₹9,30,000

Places Paid – 55

Running with an increased ₹9 Lakhs prize pool guarantee, Spartan Poker`s Wednesday Vibes didn`t disappoint with an entry field of 620 entries, collecting a guarantee-crushing ₹9.30 Lakhs prize pool.

The event ran from 9:30 PM to 5:11 AM, with the mystery user ‘OfcourseOfcourse’ coming out on top to win ₹1.57 Lakhs following a heads-up deal with ‘itsmeace’ (runner-up for ₹1.37 Lakhs).

March The Millionaire champion, PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal ‘CrownUpJr’ Bajaj (5th for ₹52,917), Ashish ‘notoriouskonvict1’ Nailwal (6th for ₹40,734), Sandeep ‘PS_Sunshine’ Singh (7th for ₹30,318), and Aditya ‘MansaMusa’ Pareek (8th for ₹21,948) FT-ed the tourney.

Final Table Results

  1. OfcourseOfcourse – ₹1,56,773*
  2. itsmeace – ₹1,36,897*
  3. Majestic – ₹82,677
  4. Mittu Kumar – ₹66,867
  5. Vishal ‘CrownUpJr’ Bajaj – ₹52,917
  6. Ashish ‘notoriouskonvict1’ Nailwal – ₹40,734
  7. Sandeep ‘PS_Sunshine’ Singh – ₹30,318
  8. Aditya ‘MansaMusa’ Pareek – ₹21,948

*denotes a heads-up deal


Night on Stars 5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹1,950

Entries – 183

Re-entries – 146

Total Prize Pool – ₹5,83,646

Regular Prize Pool – ₹2,91,823

Bounty Prize Pool – ₹2,91,823

Places Paid – 35

Deepesh ‘deep12322’ Raka topped the 329-entry field in PokerStars India’s ₹5 Lakhs GTD Night on Stars to win ₹1.01 Lakhs (includes ₹52,666 in bounties). ‘Bashir@321’ finished runner-up for ₹82,330 (includes ₹34,260 in bounties).

The event ran from 7:30 PM to 3 AM, and the top 35 places got paid a share of the ₹5.83 Lakhs prize pool.

The Night on Stars title happens to be Deepesh Raka`s first marquee title on PokerStars India, and with last night`s score, he has crossed ₹50 Lakhs in recorded winnings on the site.

The “Star of the Month” – March Harsh ‘kakori kabab’ Dembla (3rd for ₹40,476) and Pranav ‘pkpok13’ Khandalkar (9th for ₹7,662) also FT-ed the tourney.

Final Table Results (Includes Bounties)

  1. Deepesh ‘deep12322’ Raka – ₹1,00,735
  2. Bashir@321 – ₹82,330
  3. Harsh ‘kakori kabab’ Dembla – ₹40,476
  4. 07Lt07 – ₹32,309
  5. Sahni1509 – ₹21,121
  6. kabir12657 – ₹22,032
  7. mdigurgaon – ₹18,268
  8. bunny0900 – ₹10,962
  9. Pranav ‘pkpok13’ Khandalkar – ₹7,662


La Luna 4 Lakhs GTD – Adda52

Buy-in – ₹1,800

Entries – 143

Re-entries 117

Prize Pool – ₹4,26,402

Places Paid – 27

Akshay ‘darulerofall’ Gupta was the last player standing in Adda52’s ₹4 Lakhs GTD La Luna and won ₹1.11 Lakhs, his second-best recorded finish on the site. ‘Mantri97’ placed runner-up for ₹66,092.

Kaushik ‘cosh’ Tibrewal (3rd for ₹49,676), Arun ‘runyrules’ Sriram (4th for ₹36,244), and Pranav ‘pkpok’ Khandalkar (5th for ₹24,518) also FT-ed the tourney.


Big Bubble Rush 1.75 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹1,100

Entries – 118

Re-entries – 72

Total Prize Pool – ₹1,90,000

Regular Prize Pool – ₹95,000

Bounty Prize Pool – ₹95,000

Places Paid – 19

PokerStars India`s ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD Big Bubble Rush saw Induprakash ‘supee54’ Mishra racing past the 190-entry field to win ₹45,869 (includes ₹29,086 in bounties). Online reg Ram ‘TheLagLawyer’ Kakkar came second for ₹19,283 (includes ₹2,375 in bounties).

Runner-up Ram Kakkar
Runner-up Ram Kakkar



6-Max Holdem Boost 1.5 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹1,100

Entries – 189

Re-entries – 152

Prize Pool – ₹3,41,000

Places Paid – 45

Kunal ‘callmeifyoucan’ Yadav took down PokerBaazi`s ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD 6-Max Holdem Boost last night, besting former Game Changer 4.0 runner-up finisher Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor (2nd for ₹50,127) heads-up to collect ₹71,610 in first-place prize money.

Runner-up Mohak Kapoor
Runner-up Mohak Kapoor


Kunal Yadav completed a hattrick of title victories on Wednesday, having won Spartan Poker`s Epic consecutively on Monday and Tuesday earlier in the week.

Md ‘007Bahubali’ Zeeshan (3rd for ₹32,225) and the Night DST runner-up finisher Aditya ‘konstantin’ Singh (4th for ₹23,870) also FT-ed the tourney.


Wednesday PLO 1 Lakh GTD PokerDangal

Buy-in – ₹660

Entries – 110

Re-entries – 57

Prize Pool – ₹1,00,200

Places Paid – 27

PokerDangal’s ₹1 Lakh GTD Wednesday PLO was taken down by the user ‘Joonjoon,’ who raced past 167 entries to collect ₹20,040. ‘pavbhaji’ came second for ₹15,030.


6 Feet Under PLO Deepstack 25K GTD – Khelo365

Buy-in – ₹550

Entries – 28

Re-entries – 16

Prize Pool – ₹25,000

Places Paid – 5

Khelo365 regular ‘Samaybk’ won the ₹25K GTD 6 Feet Under PLO Deepstack on his third bullet, netting ₹10,750. ‘prithvii’ placed runner-up for ₹5,750.


This report was updated at 5:30 PM on 27.5.2021.

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