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Daily Majors: Srivastava, Choudhury, Varma & Arora Bank the Big Monday Scores

Utkarsh Srivastava, Sagar Choudhury, Vikranth Varma, Nitin Arora - Daily Majors
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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly November 17, 2020
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Another slow-paced Monday witnessed the majority of the marquee tourneys registering overlays. The star attraction at Adda52’s WPT Online India (WPTOI) series, the ₹2.5 Crores GTD WPT India Main Event, flagged off yesterday. More action is coming up ahead with Event #1 of IPC’s Final Table Series (FTS) set to start at 6 PM today. There are three FTS events on the tap today.

Here are the highlights of yesterday’s events!


Spartan Poker

India Poker Championship’s inaugural Final Table Series (FTS) kicked off yesterday by hosting three Mega Satellites. The series-opener ₹4 Lakhs GTD FTS#1 commences at 6 PM today.

The only marquee tourney to play out on Monday was the ₹2.25 Lakhs GTD Monster Stack. It ran from 3 PM to 8:30 PM and collected 340 entries, resulting in a prize pool collection of ₹2.27 Lakhs. The first Millionaire United champion Mahima ‘mambojojo’ Walia Das, shipped the event for ₹57,528 after besting the mystery user ‘FunkeyFox’ (runner-up for ₹38,732) heads-up. With this win, Das has improved her online earnings on Spartan Poker to ₹96.82 Lakhs.

Mahima Das Walia
Mahima Das Walia



PokerStars India

PokerStars India’s signature Monday event, the ₹5 Lakhs GTD Eliminator, wrangled in 349 contenders to collect a guarantee-smashing ₹5.23 Lakhs. Suresh ‘Wabi-$abi’ Kolli was the last player standing in the tourney and took home a winner’s paycheque worth ₹86,315, following a three-way deal with ‘ulta_chor’ (runner-up for ₹64,378) and ‘Psychonaut007′ (3rd for ₹44,842)

Suresh Kolli
Suresh Kolli


Kolli was among the 25 qualifiers from Week #2 of the “Star of the Month” – November race, and his Monday night victory has put him at the top of the Week #3 leaderboard standings. His overall online earnings have also crossed ₹1.02 Crores after the win.

The other Monday tourney awarding TLB points for the “Star of the Month” – November leaderboard race was the ₹1 Lakhs GTD Bigstack Turbo. Himanshu ‘hdwivedi3452’ Dwivedi trounced 107 entries to bank the lion’s share of the ₹1.07 Lakhs prize pool worth ₹19,709. A four-way deal ensured that runner-up Himanshu ‘[email protected]’ Kataria would walk away with ₹15,293 in prize money. ‘boss0577’ finished third for ₹15,870 while ‘getsetgo666’ placed fourth for ₹15,227.

Himanshu Dwivedi
Himanshu Dwivedi


For complete details on the “Star of the Month” promotion and the latest leaderboard standings, visit the promotions page.



The magnum opus of the inaugural WPT Online India, the ₹2.5 Crores GTD WPT India Main Event, is finally underway. The first of the Main Event’s 10 starting flights, Day 1A, commenced last night at 7 PM and registered 238 entries. After a little over four hours of play, Vatsalya ‘TooEasy’ Rao grabbed the pole position with a stack of 333,373. Tarun ‘aggtarun’ Goyal was hot on Rao’s heels with 331,492 in chips, while Siddhanth ‘Sidstack’ Kripalani bagged the third most-massive stack of 282,577.

Vatsalya Rao
Vatsalya Rao


Besides the WPT India Main Event, the 15 Lakhs GTD WPT India Madness also kicked off with its first starting flight, Day 1A. Gathering 210 entries, Day 1A saw only 24 runners making it through to Day 2. Ankit ‘starnaruto’ Saurabh bagged the most massive stack of 340,479 to claim the end-of-day chip lead. ‘manjer24’ accumulated the second-biggest stack of 254,317, while Kamal ‘Kj’’ Joshi rounded out the top three stacks with 241,190 in chips.

The only WPT Trophy of the day was awarded in the ₹15 Lakhs GTD WPT Monday Feature. The ₹3,500 entry buy-in event registered 450 participants, falling ₹60,000 short of its guarantee to become one of the few WPT Trophy events at the series to record an overlay. Utkarsh ‘sam20542’ Srivastava championed the tourney for a personal-best ₹3.67 Lakhs, while online phenom Sagar ‘alwaysnutz’ Choudhury came in second for ₹2.17 Lakhs. Srivastava not only won his first-ever WPT trophy at the event but also improved his MTT scorecard to ₹27.42 Lakhs.

Utkarsh Srivastava
Utkarsh Srivastava


Choudhury also FT-ed PokerBaazi’s The Bout, finishing third for ₹94,500. On Monday, his cumulative score stood at ₹3.12 Lakhs, propelling his lifetime online winnings to ₹4.36 Crores.

Sagar Choudhury
Sagar Choudhury


The ₹6 Lakhs GTD WPT Table For 6 locked in 306 entrants to generate a guarantee-crushing ₹7.65 Lakhs prize pool. Nitin ‘Bigbluffs’ Arora took down the event for ₹1.91 Lakhs, after agreeing to a heads-up chop with ‘Lokimon’ (runner-up for ₹1.15 Lakhs). ‘Lokimon’ has been the most consistent winner at the series so far with an incredible five title victories, and he is already dominating the WPTOI Mini Leaderboard.

Nitin Arora Wins PokerBaazi's FRI-YAY (Aug 30)
Nitin Arora


The ₹5 Lakhs GTD WPT Classic has been one of the few tourneys at the WPTOI that has consistently faltered on meeting its guarantee, primarily because of its afternoon start time. On Monday, the event clocked in 282 entries, overlaying ₹1.15 Lakhs. Arun ‘arusharma’ Sharma topped the field for ₹1.28 Lakhs, just as Sandeep ‘pokesand’ Singh placed second for ₹76,250.

Runner-up Sandeep Singh
Runner-up Sandeep Singh




PokerBaazi’s Monday staple tourney, ₹10 Lakhs GTD The Bout, saw 366 enthusiasts pony up the ₹2,750 entry buy-in, leading to an overlay shortfall of ₹85,000. Online reg Vikranth ‘borntrouble’ Varma came out on top after defeating Siddharth ‘CARDashian66’ Kadel (runner-up for ₹1.47 Lakhs) heads-up. Varma added ₹2.10 Lakhs to his burgeoning bankroll – touching ₹3.64 Crores in lifetime online earnings.

VIkranth Varma


The other Monday winners were:

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Pankaj ‘Pok3rking’ nanda₹82,350WPT Multiplier 3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mahima 'mambojo' Walia Das₹57,525Monster Stack 2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
anmol39₹56,798WPT Late Night PLO ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arjun ‘Beatthefish66’ Arora₹47,699WPT November Fest ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Smita ‘coconik’ Agarwalla₹46,200WPT Hustle ₹1.7 Lakhs GTDAdda52
jeet0₹46,119WPT Alpha ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sumitm74₹31,023Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
lawofaces₹22,391Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Himanshu ‘hdwivedi3452’ Dwivedi₹19,709Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Kanan15₹16,500Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
Salazar₹15,750Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
VINVIN₹12,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
AmmyJatt₹8,500Bluff-Kings ₹50K GTDPocket52
RedMercury₹7,360Multi KO ₹10K GTDKhelo365


WPT India Main Event 2.5 Crores GTD Day 1A Adda52

Buy-in – ₹11,000

Entries – 165

Re-entries – 73

Survivors – 25

The ₹2.5 Crores GTD WPT India Main Event finally opened to action yesterday. Day 1A started at 7 PM, registering 238 entries (165 unique and 73 re-entries). By the time play halted at 11.10 PM, only 25 remained in action.

Leading the group to Day 2 was Vatsalya ‘TooEasy’ Rao, who bagged a stack of 333,373. Following Rao in stacks are Tarun ‘aggtarun’ Goyal (331,492) and Siddhanth ‘Sidstack’ Kripalani (282,577).

Philip ‘sillyphilly’ Jude (275,054), Sonu ‘Capricorn_3’ Rathore (226,204), Shashank ‘felter’ Jain (215,833), Amit ‘TIMA1106’ More (192,394), Tanmay Sanjay ‘tsb2127’ Bhalerao (180,607), and PokerGuru Ambassador Devvrat ‘glitch_d’ Arya (169,019) featured among the top 10 stacks of the day.

2nd in Chips Tarun Goyal
2nd in Chips Tarun Goyal


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1A

  1. Vatsalya ‘TooEasy’ Rao – 333,373
  2. Tarun ‘aggtarun’ Goyal – 331,492
  3. Siddhanth ‘Sidstack’ Kripalani – 282,577
  4. Philip ‘sillyphilly’ Jude – 275,054
  5. Sonu ‘Capricorn_3’ Rathore – 226,204
  6. Shashank ‘felter’ Jain – 215,833
  7. Amit ‘TIMA1106’ More – 192,394
  8. Tanmay Sanjay ‘tsb2127’ Bhalerao – 180,607
  9. Devvrat ‘glitch_d’ Arya – 169,019
  10. anantbansal – 162,554


WPT India Madness 15 Lakhs GTD Day 1A Adda52

Buy-in – ₹550

Entries – 130

Re-entries – 80

Survivors – 24

Day 1A of the ₹15 Lakhs GTD WPT India Madness started at 8 PM, logging in 210 entries. Only 24 among them advanced to Day 2.

Leading the Day 1A survivors was Ankit ‘starnaruto’ Saurabh with a stack of 340,479, with ‘manjer24’ (254,317) and Kamal ‘Kjo’ Joshi (241,190) bagging the second and third largest stacks of the day, respectively.

Pratibh ‘MrGTO’ Saluja (202,493), Rahul ‘chanakyax’ Bhura (174,705), Gadadhar ‘gd1921’ Behera (174,549), and Devrat ‘Vickypune’ Singh (141,522) also bagged above-average stacks.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1A

  1. Ankit ‘starnaruto’ Saurabh – 340,479
  2. manjer24 – 254,317
  3. Kamal ‘Kjo’ Joshi – 241,190
  4. Pratibh ‘MrGTO’ Saluja – 202,493
  5. Rahul ‘chanakyax’ Bhura – 174,705
  6. Gadadhar ‘gd1921’ Behera – 174,549
  7. Ap00rv – 165,570
  8. Bacchapro – 154,230
  9. Sean404 – 145,187
  10. Devrat ‘Vickypune’ Singh – 141,522


WPT Monday Feature 15 Lakhs GTD Adda52

Buy-in – ₹3,500

Entries – 240

Re-entries – 210

Prize Pool – ₹15,00,000

Places Paid – 49

Overlay – ₹60,000

Monday’s WPT trophy fixture, the ₹15 Lakhs GTD WPT Monday Feature, logged in 450 entries (240 unique and 210 re-entries) to post an overlay of ₹60,000. Given that Mondays generally witness the lowest turnouts through the week, the fact that the WPT Monday Feature overlayed for a second week after it suffered a ₹79,200 deficit on November 9 comes as no surprise.

Utkarsh ‘sam20542’ Srivastava navigated his way to the top to win his first WPT trophy, along with ₹3.67 Lakhs in prize money.

Online regular and consistent performer Sagar ‘alwaysnutz’ Choudhury picked up a second-place finish, banking ₹2.17 Lakhs in the process. Choudhury’s lifetime online earnings stand at a whopping ₹4.36 Crores, and entering the 5 Crore Club’ is just a matter of time.

The other FT finishers included Avinash ‘aksinha97’ Kumar (3rd for ₹1.50 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Devvrat glitch_d Arya (4th for ₹1.12 Lakhs), Kapil selffish Arora (5th for ₹75,000), and Sanat mehro2511 Mehrotra (6th for ₹52,500).

Final Table Results

  1. Utkarsh ‘sam20542’ Srivastava – ₹3,67,500
  2. Sagar ‘alwaysnutz’ Choudhury – ₹2,17,500
  3. Avinash ‘aksinha97’ Kumar – ₹1,50,000
  4. Devvrat ‘glitch_d’ Arya – ₹1,12,500
  5. Kapil ‘selffish’ Arora – ₹75,000
  6. Sanat ‘mehro2511’ Mehrotra – ₹52,500
  7. anantbansal – ₹41,250
  8. forthewin – ₹33,750


The Bout 10 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹2,750

Entries – 217

Re-entries – 149

Prize Pool – ₹10,00,000

Places Paid – 45

PokerBaazi’s Monday flagship, the ₹10 Lakhs GTD The Bout, kicked off at 8 PM and ended up overlaying ₹85,000 after only 366 entries (217 unique and 149 re-entries) signed up to play.

The 8-max final table was dominated by Vikranth ‘borntrouble’ Varma, who pocketed ₹2.10 Lakhs after defeating Siddharth ‘CARDashian66’ Kadel (runner-up for ₹1.47 Lakhs) in heads-up play.

The WPT Monday Feature runner-up finisher, Sagar ‘sagapupul’ Choudhury, placed 3rd for ₹94,500.

Runner-up Siddharth Kadel
Runner-up Siddharth Kadel


Final Table Results

  1. Vikranth ‘borntrouble’ Varma – ₹2,10,000
  2. Siddharth ‘CARDashian66’ Kadel – ₹1,47,000
  3. Sagar ‘sagapupul’ Choudhury – ₹94,500
  4. sandeep1404 – ₹70,000
  5. kidd – ₹52,500
  6. Gavi77 – ₹42,000
  7. pianca – ₹35,000
  8. dilbaghsingh – ₹28,000


WPT Table For 6 6 Lakhs GTD Adda52

Buy-in – ₹2,750

Entries – 153

Re-entries – 153

Prize Pool – ₹7,65,004

Places Paid – 34

The other WPTOI side event on Adda52, the ₹6 Lakhs GTD WPT Table For 6, attracted 306 entrants to post a guarantee-smashing ₹7.65 Lakhs prize pool. Starting at 9.30 PM, the event went on until 3:17 AM, with the top 34 finishers riding the money bus.

Outlasting the competition was Nitin ‘Bigbluffs’ Arora, who bagged the title and ₹1.91 Lakhs in prize money. Lokimon,’ who has already won an incredible five titles at the ongoing series, was in the running for a sixth title and came close, finishing runner-up for ₹1.15 Lakhs.

Aditya ‘adiwankenobi’ Wadhwani, who was commentating on the Adda52 stream while playing the tourney, ended up placing 3rd for ₹84,150. Check out the stream below.

Ashish goodpoker68 Garg (6th for ₹28,688) was another notable who FT-ed the event.

Final Table Results

  1. Nitin ‘Bigbluffs’ Arora – ₹1,91,250*
  2. Lokimon – ₹1,15,898*
  3. Aditya ‘adiwankenobi’ Wadhwani – ₹84,150
  4. oled – ₹63,878
  5. Rush99 – ₹43,988
  6. Ashish ‘goodpoker68’ Garg – ₹28,688


WPT Classic 5 Lakhs GTD – Adda52

Buy-in – ₹1,500

Entries – 181

Re-entries – 101

Prize Pool – ₹5,00,000

Places Paid – 30

₹1.15 Lakhs

The ₹5 Lakhs GTD WPT Classic couldn’t come out of its overlay trend and filled in a significant ₹1.15 Lakhs shortfall after logging in 282 registrations.

Arun ‘arusharma’ Sharma claimed the top honors, besting seasoned pro Sandeep ‘pokesand’ Singh heads-up to win ₹1.28 Lakhs. Singh collected ₹76,250 for his runner-up finish.

Minal ‘MDD2167’ Divyesh (3rd for ₹57,500), Aman ‘singhal07’ Singhal (4th for ₹42,500), Ranveer Singh ‘seven2222’ Sandhu (5th for 28,750), Mahesh ‘mahikalra’ Shyamsundar (6th for ₹20,000), Niteen ‘niteenplus’ Raj (7th for ₹15,000) and Subhojit ‘roysubho85’ Roy (8th for ₹12,500) FT-ed the tourney.

Final Table Results

  1. Arun ‘arusharma’ Sharma – ₹1,28,000
  2. Sandeep ‘pokesand’ Singh – ₹76,250
  3. Minal ‘MDD2167’ Divyesh – ₹57,500
  4. Aman ‘singhal07’ Singhal – ₹42,500
  5. Ranveer Singh ‘seven2222’ Sandhu – ₹28,750
  6. Mahesh ‘mahikalra’ Shyamsundar – ₹20,000
  7. Niteen ‘niteenplus’ Raj – ₹15,000
  8. Subhojit ‘roysubho85’ Roy – ₹12,500


Eliminator 5 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹1,650

Entries – 176

Re-entries – 173

Prize Pool – ₹5,23,500

Places Paid – 36

The ₹5 Lakhs GTD Eliminator on PokerStars India commenced its scheduled run at 7.30 PM on Monday. By the time registrations closed, the ₹1,650 entry buy-in tourney had registered 349 entries (176 unique and 173 re-entries), collecting a prize pool of ₹5.23 Lakhs, well over its listed guarantee.

After more than seven hours of play, the event crowned a champion in Suresh ‘Wabi-$abi’ Kolli. Kolli, who was among last week’s PokerStars India Star of the Month leaderboard toppers, agreed to a three-way deal with the other two finalists that saw him claim the title. Though he pocketed ₹36,376 in prize money, which was lesser than what the other two banked, with a hefty ₹49,939 in bounties, Kolli took home the biggest payout of ₹86,315. The title win has also grown Kolli’s recorded lifetime winnings to over ₹1.02 Crores.

ulta_chor’ finished runner-up for ₹64,378 (₹45,282 in prize money, ₹18,346 in bounties) while third-place finisher ‘Psychonaut007’ pocketed ₹44,842 (₹44,092 in prize money, ₹750 in bounties).

Also posting FT finishes were, Shubham ‘psyche42’ Singh (4th for ₹33,047), Ankit ‘bawa737’ Bawa (5th for ₹23,104), and Anirban D. ‘nocluewho’ Das (7th for ₹10,421).

Final Table Results (Includes Bounties)

  1. Suresh ‘Wabi-$abi’ Kolli – ₹86,315*
  2. ulta_chor – ₹64,378*
  3. Psychonaut007 – ₹44,842*
  4. Shubham ‘psyche42’ Singh – ₹33,047
  5. Ankit ‘bawa737’ Bawa – ₹23,104
  6. Zikk23461 – ₹29,631
  7. Anirban D. ‘nocluewho’ Das – ₹10,421
  8. varunkandaswami – ₹8,752
  9. sidaaak – ₹17,837

*denotes three-way deal


Monster Stack 2.25 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹880

Entries – 158

Re-entries – 59

Re-buys – 123

Prize Pool – ₹2,72,000

Places Paid – 31

Spartan Poker’s ₹2.25 Lakhs GTD Monster Stack gathered 340 entries, generating a ₹2.27 Lakhs prize pool.

The first-ever Millionaire United champion Mahima ‘mambojojo’ Walia Das overcame the competition to net a cool ₹57,528 for her efforts. Site regular ‘FunkeyFox’ came in second for ₹38,030.

Sanchit ‘scofield1210’ Nag (8th for ₹7,099) was the only other known name to cash the final table.


Pocket Jacks 75K GTD Pocket52

Buy-in ₹550

Entries – 102

Re-entries – 48

Prize Pool – ₹75,000

Places Paid – 21

‘Kanan15’ defeated Sunday’s Unravel winner Pappu ‘Pappuhero20’ Jaiswal (runner-up for ₹12,000) heads-up to clinch the ₹75K GTD Pocket Jacks title for ₹16,500.

Runner-up Pappu Jaiswal
Runner-up Pappu Jaiswal


After Sunday, site regular Hriday ‘MARRII’ Mondal posted another fifth-place score for 4,950.

The event precisely hit the guarantee on the back of 150 entries.


Bigstack Turbo 1 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹1,100

Entries – 68

Re-entries – 39

Prize Pool – ₹1,07,000

Places Paid – 17

The ₹1 Lakhs GTD Bigstack Turbo began at 10.30 PM and attracted 107 contenders, taking nearly three hours to the finish line.

Himanshu ‘hdwivedi3452’ Dwivedi powered his way to the top to win ₹19,709 following a four-way deal with Himanshu ‘[email protected]’ Kataria (runner-up for ₹15,293), ‘boss0577’ (3rd for ₹15,870) and ‘getsetgo666’ (4th for ₹15,227).

Anmolraj Singh ‘modi chai wala’ Chawla (9th for ₹2,564) also final tabled the event.


Monday Blues 75K GTD PokerDangal

Buy-in ₹440

Entries – 89

Re-entries – 58

Prize Pool – ₹75,000

Places Paid – 23

PokerDangal’s ₹75K GTD Monday Blues saw ‘Salazar’ taking down the title for a payday worth ₹15,750. Writer02’ finished runner-up for ₹11,625.

With 147 entries, the event suffered an overlay of ₹16,200.

Ashwin ‘Ashwinvijay’ Vijay (3rd for ₹8,812) and Mahlima ‘zokid’ Fanai (6th for ₹3,750) FT-ed the tourney.


Unravel 50K GTD Pocket52

Buy-in ₹440

Entries – 73

Re-entries – 39

Prize Pool – ₹50,000

Places Paid – 17

The ₹50K GTD Unravel experienced a marginal ₹5,200 overlay after engaging 112 players. ‘VINVIN’ took down the tourney for ₹12,500, while site regular Neeraj ‘Professor’ Karn added ₹8,250 to his bankroll for finishing second.

Runner-up Neeraj Karn
Runner-up Neeraj Karn


Sukanta ‘Srijon’ Mondal placed fifth for ₹3,750.


Bluff-Kings 50K GTD Pocket52

Buy-in – 0

Entries – 2355

Re-entries – 63

Prize Pool – ₹50,000

Places Paid – 92

The ‘Bluff Wali Diwali’ freerolls series on Pocket52 saw the ₹50K GTD Bluff-Kings registering 2,418 entries last night. ‘AmmyJatt’ came out on top of this vast field to win ₹8,500.


Multi KO 10K GTD – Khelo365

Buy-in – ₹220

Entries – 32

Rebuys – 35

Add-ons – 21

Prize Pool – ₹16,000

Places Paid – 4

The ₹10K GTD Multi KO on Khelo365 was taken down by ‘RedMercury,’ who added ₹7,360 to their bankroll.


This report was updated at 5 PM on 17.11.2020.

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