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The MTT action has been intense in the opening week of 2022, dominated primarily by the PokerBaazi Classics. The ₹5 Crores GTD inaugural series is on the home stretch, and as we approach Sunday, all eyes are on the ₹2 Crores GTD Game Changer 5.0 that will run its fourth and final starting flight tonight before playing down to a winner on Sunday.
Coming to Friday’s action, the long-time circuit pro Anant Purohit grabbed the day`s single-biggest score worth ₹6.32 Lakhs in Adda52’s The Ballers, defeating Young Gun Gaurav Sood (2nd for ₹3.83 Lakhs) heads-up. Purohit`s Friday run helped him reach a significant milestone, the exclusive ‘₹8 Crore Club!’
Headlining Day 6 of the PokerBaazi Classics was the PBC #10 Weekly HighRoller. Thursday’s Godfather champion Vinayak Bajaj went back-to-back to claim his second flagship title in two days, winning ₹6.28 Lakhs following a 3-way deal with Arun Poply (2nd for ₹6.01 Lakhs) and ‘classic78’ (3rd for ₹5.62 Lakhs).
Spartan Poker’s The Elite also played down to a three-way deal with Tanmay Benara walking away with the title and a ₹5.02 Lakhs payday. Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal (2nd) & PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha (3rd) picked up ₹5 Lakhs each, courtesy of the deal.
Ujjwal Narwal was Friday`s top scorer with ₹7.77 Lakhs in total earnings on the back of two blockbuster finishes. In addition to his runner-up finish in The Elite, Narwal posted a fourth-place finish in PBC #10 Weekly HighRoller for ₹2.77 Lakhs.
Young Gun Anuj Yadav topped the charts on PokerStars India. The online phenom bested the 62-strong field in the Super Highroller to win ₹2.83 Lakhs, and Rising Star Ritwik Khanna came second for ₹2.17 Lakhs.
Mandar Darade took down Adda52’s Friday Bounty for ₹1.52 Lakhs, while Young Gun Siddharth Karia won the 6-Max SPRINT on PokerBaazi for ₹1.12 Lakhs following a three-way deal with Priyank Kothari (2nd for ₹1.05 Lakhs) and Haider Madraswala (3rd for ₹1.02 Lakhs).
The user ‘Angelofdeath777’ won Spartan Poker`s Futuristic for ₹1.76 Lakhs, with Samay Modi placing second for ₹1.07 Lakhs.
Prince Singh, Mohit Kumar Singh, Aryaman Arora, and Arjun Chadha won the other Friday marquees.
Here are the Friday highlights!
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The inaugural PokerBaazi Classics is just two days away from the finish line. The ₹30 Lakhs GTD PBC#10 Weekly HighRoller was the featured PBC event running last night, and the turnout didn’t disappoint. The ₹11,000 buy-in event logged in a guarantee-smashing 414-entry field, and the top 52 places got a share of the ₹41.40 Lakhs prize pool (38% more than its listed guarantee). Thursday’s Godfather champion Vinayak ‘salmanbhai’ Bajaj came out on top to collect his second successive title on back-to-back days, winning ₹6.28 Lakhs. The 28-year-old IIT Kharagpur alumni chopped the title three-way with Arun ‘Yoda’ Poply (2nd for ₹6.01 Lakhs) and ‘classic78’ (3rd for ₹5.62 Lakhs).
The Elite runner-up finisher, Young Gun Ujjwal ‘Mr_robot’ Narwal (4th for ₹2.77 Lakhs), Nitesh ‘batmanpok’ Katiyar (5th for ₹2.08 Lakhs), and Puneet ‘neo1’ Dua (6th for ₹1.67 Lakhs) also FT-ed PBC#10 Weekly HighRoller.
Last night was Vinayak Bajaj`s second time winning The Weekly HighRoller title. He had won The Weekly HighRoller for the first time last November for ₹3.63 Lakhs. He picked up another ₹20,221 from his 20th place finish in Adda52’s The Ballers yesterday, collectively banking ₹6.48 Lakhs. His stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.92 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.11 Crores
The ₹2 Crores GTD PBC#11 Game Changer completed Day 1C yesterday. The ₹5,500 buy-in event reigned in a 928-entry field (661 unique and 267 re-entries), and only 93 among them advanced to Day 2. Raghav ‘raghav14082’ Chauhan (496,000), ‘’KKGodfatherKK’ (493,000), ‘ansh03’ (435,000), Kshitij ‘kshban31’ Bansal (337,000), and last night`s Friday Bounty winner Mandar ‘Thewall233’ Darade (326,000) topped the day-end chip counts.
The PBC Game Changer has recorded a total of 2,290 entries across three starting flights (Day 1A – 652, Day 1B – 710, and Day 1C – 928) and needs to click in at least 1,710 entries in the last flight scheduled today to avoid an overlay.
The traffic from the PokerBaazi Classics percolated to the other Friday marquees as well, and one of the benefactors was the ₹4 Lakhs GTD Sprint 6-Max. The ₹2,200 buy-in event ended up collecting a ₹7.08 Lakhs prize pool on the back of 354 registrations (over 75% more than its advertised guarantee). The FTS 2.0 Main Event champion Young Gun Siddharth ‘schemer’ Karia was the last player standing and won his first title of the year for ₹1.12 Lakhs. He chopped the title three-way with Priyank ‘Piko1432’ Kothari (2nd for ₹1.05 Lakhs) and The Ballers third-place finisher Haider ‘Haider’ Madraswala (3rd for ₹1.02 Lakhs).
Siddharth Karia’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.32 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹91.98 Lakhs
‘Shravankapur’ (Won Holdem BOOST ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹62,291), ‘PoketRockets’ (Won Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹54,691), ‘purieshaan’ (Won SPRINT 1 AM ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹41,409), ‘Steelbala’ (Won SPRINT 1 PM ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹38,833), ‘rebetshove’ (Won Evening SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹37,914), ‘skbeniwal’ (Won PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹33,514), and Prince ‘NaNki’ Singh (Won Daily Afternoon SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹27,525) won the other Friday marquees on PokerBaazi.
Spartan Poker’s The Elite turned out to be a guarantee-smashing affair last night. The ₹23 Lakhs GTD event began at 9.30 PM and logged in a 330-player field – generating a ₹33 Lakhs prize pool. The action culminated at 5.17 AM after the final three players agreed on a deal. Tanmay ‘PlusEv’ Benara proved the last man standing and pocketed ₹5.02 Lakhs with Young Gun Ujjwal ‘Lord Hendrix’ Narwal (2nd for ₹5 Lakhs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer ‘bazzingaa’ Singh Chadha (3rd for ₹5 Lakhs) also banking hefty payouts.
Tanmay Benara placed 38th in PBC#10 Weekly HighRoller for another ₹22,356, rounding up ₹5.24 Lakhs in Friday earnings. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.48 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹51.90 Lakhs
Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal might have opted out of our automated tracking system. Still, we know he was Friday’s biggest winner and added at least ₹7.77 Lakhs yesterday. His other standout run was a fourth-place finish in PBC#10 Weekly HighRoller for ₹2.77 Lakhs.
Spartan Poker`s Friday value offering, the ₹8 Lakhs GTD Futuristic, was taken down by the user ‘Angelofdeath777,’ who bested the 1,164-strong field to grab the top prize of ₹1.76 Lakhs. Samay ‘Limitless’ Modi finished runner-up for ₹1.07 Lakhs.
‘TheMouth’ (Won Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹60,574), ‘kailen’ (Won Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD for ₹45,942), and ‘Vipannn’ (Won Epic ₹80K GTD for ₹23,273) won the other Friday marquees on Spartan Poker.
Young Gun Anuj ‘brockLesnar95’ Yadav is back to his winning ways. The only player to have won The Millionaire three times, Yadav outlasted the 108 strong-entry-field in PokerStars India’s ₹10 Lakhs GTD Super Highroller, banking the lion’s share of the ₹12.27 Lakhs prize pool worth ₹2.83 Lakhs.
This was Anuj Yadav’s second time winning the Super Highroller title and his first recorded title victory in the New Year. His online stats (across Spartan Poker & PokerStars India): Lifetime Winnings: ₹6.48 Crores | Lifetime Profit: ₹3.75 Crores
Rising Star Ritwik ‘Fisherman1997’ Khanna (2nd for ₹2.17 Lakhs) and Young Gun Neel ‘Worm236’ Joshi (3rd for ₹1.66 Lakhs) secured podium finishes in the Super Highroller.
The ₹2 Lakhs GTD Uppercut Mini locked in 214 participants, posting a ₹2.67 Lakhs prize pool. After over five hours of play, the user ‘pravr88’ came out on top to win ₹57,320 (includes ₹34,177 in bounties). Sankalp ‘wobbegongg’ Marwah came second for ₹29,871 (includes ₹6,729 in bounties).
‘dramaontheriver’ (Won Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹26,085), ‘anandh.2018’ (Won Afternoon on Stars ₹50K GTD for ₹12,901), ‘Tornado0oO’ (Won Deepstack ₹50K GTD for ₹12,322), and Aryaman ‘AryaKnight’ Arora (Won Primetime Grind ₹50K GTD for ₹11,241) shipped the other Friday marquees on PokerStars India.
Adda52’s Friday flagship, ₹25 Lakhs GTD The Ballers, drew 369 entries, generating a ₹25.28 Lakhs prize pool. The final 38 players won a share of the prize money, with Anant ‘pro_baba’ Purohit going the distance and winning the title for ₹6.32 Lakhs. The #1 ranked MTT player in the country for the last two years running, Young Gun Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood, finished runner-up for ₹3.83 Lakhs.
Anant Purohit’s Friday run marked a special milestone in his online career by pushing him across the ₹8 Crore mark in tracked lifetime winnings. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹8.05 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.97 Crores
Haider ‘donktown22’ Madraswala was among the standout winners yesterday and raked in a cumulative ₹4.09 Lakhs, crossing ₹2 Crores in recorded lifetime winnings.
His top finishes include:
> 3rd in Adda52`s The Ballers for ₹2.78 Lakhs
> 3rd in PokerBaazi`s SPRINT for ₹1.02 Lakhs
> 31st in Spartan Poker`s The Elite for ₹29,040
In the ₹4 Lakhs GTD Friday Bounty, the former The Summit winner Mandar ‘HighCardJ’ Darade ran past the 247-player field to win the title for ₹1.52 Lakhs (includes ₹12,004 in bounties). The player ‘chunu79’ came second for ₹85,079 (includes ₹8,509 in bounties). Darade also bagged a top stack on Day 1C of the PBC #11 Game Changer and currently sits on over ₹54.84 Lakhs in recorded online winnings.
‘Hiesenberg07’ (Won Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹42,210), ‘Raosahib6327’ (Won Bounty Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹13,617), Mohit ‘Betoo’ Kumar Singh (Won Freeze Out Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹12,112), ‘swapnilaashu’ (Won Sundown Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹11,268), and ‘MoniBegins’ (Won Evening Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹11,088) won the other Adda52 marquees.
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