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Daily Majors: Varma, Saigal & Rajguru Chop the Destiny; Alam & Dhall Champion the Other Wednesday Flagships

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  • RUPAM THAKUR October 29, 2020
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With no major tournament series running currently, there is a visible void in the virtual felts! The player turnouts across the Wednesday flagships last night was nothing to write home about as most of them ended up filling in significant overlays, barring Spartan Poker`s Destiny!

Here’s a quick recap of all the action!


Spartan Poker

The one tournament all serious poker enthusiasts look forward to the entire week, Spartan Poker`s Destiny, had another profitable outing last night. The ₹25 Lakhs guaranteed tourney pulled in 523 entries to play, posting ₹36.15 Lakhs in the prize pool. A little under eight hours, Vikranth ‘borntrouble’ Varma held all the chips in play to win the tourney and a ₹4.90 Lakhs payday – not to forget a seat in the Destiny 17.0 SnG Finale that takes place on December 27. This was undoubtedly a much-welcome victory for Varma, who has finished runner-up in this same tourney at least three times before.

Vikranth Varma
Vikranth Varma


Varma had to overcome stiff competition on the final table to reach the top and eventually shook hands on a three-way deal with the experienced MTT pro Jasven ‘Ponkey’ Saigal (runner-up for ₹4.86 Lakhs) and Advait ‘Ronaldinho18’ Rajguru (3rd for ₹3.64 Lakhs) before taking down the title.

Varma currently ranks #14 in the yearly standings and last won the TGIF for ₹2.32 Lakhs on September 26. He has already crossed ₹2.30 Crores in recorded earnings for the year and boasts ₹3.52 Crores in lifetime winnings.

Starting at 9:30 PM last night, the ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD Mega Freeze registered 99 hopefuls to post a guarantee-crushing ₹2.97 Lakhs prize pool. After close to five hours of play, ‘IveyLeague9009’ navigated their way to the top to win ₹70,601 following a three-way deal with ‘NAVIN 33’ (runner-up for ₹49,365) and Ashumi ‘ASH1578’ Parekh (3rd for ₹48,729).

Ashumi Parekh
Ashumi Parekh



PokerStars India

PokerStars India’s Wednesday flagship, the ₹5 Lakhs GTD Night on Stars, brought together 271 contenders that led to an overlay shortfall of ₹68,839. Rahul ‘andarkiaag’ Thakur was the last player standing in the tourney, and he won ₹95,585. Sahil ‘inaboobham’ Mahboobani finished runner-up for ₹70,499.

Rahul Thakur
Rahul Thakur


The win has secured Thakur the #3 spot in the ongoing Week #4 of PokerStars India’s Star Of the Month leaderboard race. This happens to be his second-best overall score and his best finish on PokerStars India, pushing his recorded earnings on the site to ₹10.51 Lakhs.

Mahboobani posted a second FT score yesterday, placing sixth in Adda52’s Maverick for ₹52,500.

Starting a few hours later, the ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD Ultrasonic had ‘0parINDa0’ traversing the 178-entry field, pocketing ₹35,914 in first-place prize money.



Adda52’s signature Wednesday tourney, the Maverick, clocked in 637 entries to experience a shortfall of ₹50,125 on its ₹15 Lakhs prize pool guarantee. After almost nine hours of play, Faiz ‘theinternetkid’ Alam powered his way through to win ₹3.52 Lakhs for the outright victory. Unknown user ‘TheRedWaste’ finished runner-up for ₹2.40 Lakhs.

Faiz Alam
Faiz Alam


Alam has an enviable record on Adda52 – most notably for winning the ₹2 Crores GTD AOPS ME Finale in March for ₹50 Lakhs. Last night`s run has sent his online record soaring to ₹2.95 Crores with his annual tally just a tad shy of the ₹1 Crore-mark at ₹97.79 Lakhs.

The runner-up ‘TheRedWaste’ posted a second runner-up score yesterday in the La Luna for ₹74,280.

Unlike the Maverick, the ₹4 Lakhs GTD La Luna collected a guarantee-crushing ₹4.87 Lakhs on the back of 297 entries. Online reg Raghav ‘Raghavv’ Siddalinga championed the tourney to win ₹1.25 Lakhs even as ‘TheRedWaste’ finished runner-up for ₹74,280.

Myron Pereira has been unrelenting in his form, and last night, he FT-ed two tourneys. Besides his third-place finish in La Luna for ₹56,014, he also placed seventh in PokerStars India’s Night on Stars ₹15,387. The Goa-based online reg seems to be doing well for himself, having already touched ₹2.21 Crores in recorded earnings.

Myron Pereira
Myron Pereira




Like the other sites, even PokerBaazi ran its Wednesday signature tourney, the ₹10 Lakhs GTD The Pride. Sporting a ₹3,300 entry buy-in, the event registered 272 entries to record a significant ₹1.84 Lakhs shortfall. PokerGuru Ambassador Parikshit ‘zapdos1234’ Dhall was the last player standing in the tourney, and he won ₹2.21 Lakhs for his efforts. Sandeep ‘effuno’ Varma RS finished runner-up for ₹1.55 Lakhs. This happens to be Dhall’s first title victory in over three months, improving his online record to ₹2.35 Crores.

Parikshit Dhall
Parikshit Dhall


The ₹3 Lakhs GTD Wednesday SuperStack also booked an ₹14,000 shortfall because of a slightly below-par 143 entry turnout. PokerBaazi streamer Ritwik ‘Ritwikkhanna’ Khanna did it again, as he won the tourney for ₹77,250 while live-streaming his Wednesday night run on the site. The rising talent Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor finished runner-up for ₹54,090.

Ritwik Khanna
Ritwik Khanna


The other Wednesday winners were:

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
Ritwik ‘Ritwikkhanna’ Khanna₹77,2506-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
lveyLeague9009₹70,601Mega Freeze ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Manash 'Ravenclaws' Kalita₹39,934Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
0parINDa0₹35,914Ultrasonic ₹1.50 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
riskypro₹21,000Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
jhon₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Winner21₹7,544Who R U? ₹15K GTD NLHEKhelo365


Destiny 25 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹5,500

Entries – 236

Re-entries – 113

Re-buys – 174

Prize Pool – ₹26,15,000

Places Paid – 50

Spartan Poker’s Wednesday flagship, the ₹25 Lakhs GTD Destiny, gathered a player pool of 523 challengers who ponied up the ₹5,500 entry buy-in to form the guarantee-smashing ₹26.15 Lakhs prize pool. The top 50 places got paid.

Racing past the competition was Vikranth ‘borntrouble’ Varma, who cut a three-way deal with Jasven ‘Ponkey’ Saigal (runner-up for ₹4.86 Lakhs) and Advait ‘Ronaldinho18’ Rajguru (3rd for ₹3.63 Lakhs) to walk away with the winner’s paycheck worth ₹4.89 Lakhs and a seat in the Destiny 17.0 SnG finale.

Sanket ‘BANK$Y’ Arora (4th for ₹1.67 Lakhs) and Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra (8th for ₹57,530) also posted FT scores.

Runner-up Jasven Saigal
Runner-up Jasven Saigal


Final Table Results

  1. Vikranth ‘borntrouble’ Varma – ₹4,89,837*
  2. Jasven ‘Ponkey’ Saigal – ₹4,86,399*
  3. Advait ‘Ronaldinho18’ Rajguru – ₹3,63,951*
  4. Sanket ‘BANK$Y’ Arora – ₹1,67,904
  5. acequeens – ₹1,05,644
  6. Gaush – ₹91,525
  7. ephemeral – ₹65,375
  8. Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra – ₹57,530
  9. joey114114 – ₹44,499

*denotes a three-way deal


Maverick 15 Lakhs GTD Adda52

Buy-in – ₹2,500

Entries – 328

Re-entries – 309

Prize Pool – ₹15,00,000

Places Paid – 72

The showstopper tourney on Adda52 last night was the ₹15 Lakhs GTD Maverick. With a turnout of 637 contenders, it fell ₹50,825 short of the break-even mark.

After a little over eight hours of intense play, the former PokerGuru Ambassador Faiz ‘theinternetkid’ Alam crushed the competition to clinch the winner’s paycheque worth ₹3.52 Lakhs.

Alam had made headline in March after taking down Adda52’s ₹2 Crores GTD AOPS Main Event Finale for a jaw-dropping ₹50 Lakhs! He presently boasts of ₹2.91 Crores in lifetime online earnings.

Mystery user ‘TheRedWaste’ and Sahil ‘imhighishove’ Mahboobani were two other players in spectacular form yesterday. Both players final tabled two events.

‘TheRedWaste’ finished runner-up in La Luna and the Maverick, collecting ₹2.40 Lakhs in the latter for a total ₹3.14 Lakhs for the day.

Mahboobani cashed in ₹52,500 for his sixth-place finish in the Maverick and that too after finishing runner-up in PokerStars India’s Night on Stars, raking in ₹1.23 Lakhs in total.

PokerBaazi`s 6-Max Wednesday SuperStack runner-up, Mohak ‘sparkie’ Kapoor, placed 5th in the Maverick for ₹75,000.

Final Table Results

  1. Faiz ‘theinternetkid’ Alam – ₹3,52,064
  2. TheRedWaste – ₹2,40,436
  3. ammu87 – ₹1,47,000
  4. sagar54 – ₹1,05,000
  5. Mohak ‘sparkie’ Kapoor – ₹75,000
  6. Sahil ‘imhighishove’ Mahboobani – ₹52,500
  7. uchihamadara66 – ₹41,250
  8. imluckbox – ₹30,000


The Pride 10 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹3,850

Entries – 155

Re-entries – 117

Prize Pool – ₹10,00,000

Places Paid – 36

PokerBaazi`s ₹10 Lakhs GTD The Pride got hit by a whopping ₹1.84 Lakhs shortfall after registering 272 runners.

PokerGuru Ambassador Parikshit zapdos1234’ Dhall outlasted the competition to bank the lion’s share of the prize money worth ₹2.21 Lakhs, along with the title.

Dhall’s heads-up opponent was none other than MTT crusher Sandeep ‘effuno’ Varma RS, who netted ₹1.55 Lakhs for finishing runner-up.

The INCOOP ME champion Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra (3rd for ₹99,700), Harshad ‘omglukbox’ Barve (4th for ₹73,800), Romit ‘tilt83’ Advani (5th for ₹55,400), PokerGuru Ambassador Shashank ‘indianrat’ Desai (6th for ₹44,300), and Amrut ‘amrut851’ Avhad (8th for ₹29,500) were others who FT-ed the tourney!

Runner-up Sandeep Varma RS
Runner-up Sandeep Varma RS


Final Table Results

  1. Parikshit ‘zapdos1234’ Dhall – ₹2,21,000
  2. Sandeep ‘effuno’ Varma RS – ₹1,55,000
  3. Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra – ₹99,700
  4. Harshad ‘omglukbox’ Barve – ₹73,800
  5. Romit ‘tilt83’ Advani – ₹55,400
  6. Shashank ‘indianrat’ Desai – ₹44,300
  7. silentkid – ₹36,800
  8. Amrut ‘amrut851’ Avhad – ₹29,500


Night on Stars 5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹1,750

Entries – 160

Re-entries – 111

Prize Pool – ₹5,00,000

Places Paid – 44

The ₹5 Lakhs GTD Night on Stars headlined the Wednesday MTT lineup at PokerStars India. The ₹1,750 entry buy-in tourney commenced at 7:30 PM, and by the time late registrations closed, a total of 271 entries had been logged in – resulting in an overlay shortfall of ₹68,839.

It was 2:40 AM on Thursday morning by the time the last hand was dealt, and Rahul ‘andarkiaag’ Thakur was the last player standing. He got past the formidable Sahil ‘inaboobham’ Mahboobani in the heads-up play to come out ₹95,585 richer. With this win, Thakur is nearing ₹33 Lakhs in recorded online winnings.

Mahboobani, who less than a week ago entered the elite 6-Crore Club,’ raked in a runner-up payout of ₹70,499.

Raghav ‘maddyrag’ Madan (3rd for ₹51,997) and Myron ‘khAAbib’ Pereira (7th for ₹15,387) were others who FT-ed the tourney!

Runner-up Sahil Mahboobani
Runner-up Sahil Mahboobani


Final Table Results

  1. Rahul ‘andarkiaag’ Thakur – ₹95,585
  2. Sahil ‘inaboobham’ Mahboobani – ₹70,499
  3. Raghav ‘maddyrag’ Madan – ₹51,997
  4. BIGBOYG6969 – ₹38,350
  5. theoldestkid – ₹28,286
  6. kidwithim – ₹20,862
  7. Myron ‘khAAbib’ Pereira – ₹15,387
  8. snehil99 – ₹11,349
  9. Tems30 – ₹8,370


La Luna 4 Lakhs GTD Adda52

Buy-in – ₹1,800

Entries – 163

Re-entries – 134

Prize Pool – ₹4,87,081

Places Paid – 30

Adda52’s ₹4 Lakhs GTD La Luna registered 297 entrants, collecting ₹4.87 Lakhs in the prize pool.

Raghav ‘Raghavv’ Siddalinga ran past the competition to win ₹1.25 Lakhs, even as ‘TheRedWaste’ missed out on the title yet again, this time collecting ₹74,280.

Myron ‘zzzzz369’ Pereira, who FT-ed PokerStars India’s Night on Stars (7th for ₹15,387), finished third for ₹56,014.


Wednesday SuperStack 6-Max 3 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 95

Re-entries – 48

Prize Pool – ₹3,00,000

Places Paid – 18

The ₹3 Lakhs GTD Wednesday SuperStack 6-Max fell a marginal ₹14,000 short of its listed guarantee after logging in 143 entries.

Poker vlogger Ritwik Ritwikkhanna’ Khanna took down the event for ₹77,250, besting the Game Changer 4.0 runner up Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor heads-up. Kapoor added ₹54,090 to his bankroll for his second-place finish.

What made the victory special for Khanna was that he did that while live-streaming his Wednesday night run on PokerBaazi. You can check out the stream below.

Anujkumar ‘aatmaan’ Kodam (3rd for ₹34,800), birthday boy Himanshu ‘hdwivedi3’ Dwivedi (4th for ₹25,770), Vishal ‘vishal0701’ Yadav (5th for ₹19,320), and Siddharth ‘Siddonuts’ Pandey (6th for ₹15,450) FT-ed the tourney!


Mega Freeze 2.75 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹3,300

Entries – 99

Prize Pool – ₹2,97,000

Places Paid – 13

Spartan Poker’s ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD Mega Freeze attracted 99 entrants who ponied up the ₹3,300 entry buy-in to collect ₹2.97 Lakhs in the prize pool. The top 13 places boarded the money bus.

After almost five hours of intense action, the mystery user ‘IveyLeague9009’ navigated their way to the top to win ₹70,601 following a three-way deal with ‘NAVIN 33’ (runner-up for ₹49,365) and Ashumi ‘ASH1578’ Parekh (3rd for ₹48,729).

Rajat ‘BloatedBelly’ Mahajan (5th for ₹22,869), Armaan ‘space ace’ Kochhar (6th for ₹17,820), Pranay ‘kabira speaking’ Chawla (7th for ₹14,108), and Deepak ‘Optimist’ Singh (8th for ₹10,989) FT-ed the tourney!


Ultrasonic 1.50 Lakh GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹880

Entries – 98

Re-entries – 80

Prize Pool – ₹1,50,000

Places Paid – 31

The ₹1.50 Lakh GTD Ultrasonic clocked in 178 challengers who ponied up the ₹880 entry buy-in to record a nominal ₹7,600 deficit.

Walking away with the title along with ₹35,914 in first-place prize money was ‘0parINDa0,’ even as ‘raghav1990’ finished runner-up for ₹17,839.

Akash ‘AroraSahab’ Arora placed 8th for ₹1,916.


Wednesday PLO 1 Lakh GTD – PokerDangal

Buy-in – ₹660

Entries – 85

Re-entries – 51

Prize Pool – ₹1,00,000

Places Paid – 23

The anonymous user ‘riskypro’ defeated ‘ridingbadluck’ (runner-up for ₹15,500) heads-up to win PokerDangal’s ₹1 Lakh GTD Wednesday PLO for a payday worth ₹21,000.

With a turnout of 136 entries, the tourney recorded an overlay shortfall of ₹18,400.


Unravel 50K GTD – Pocket52

Buy-in – ₹440

Entries – 70

Re-entries – 27

Prize Pool – ₹50,000

Places Paid – 16

Last night’s ₹50K GTD Unravel on Pocket52 was championed by Imtiyaz jhon’ Shaikh, who added ₹11,500 to their bankroll. Subhajit ‘Babujit’ Mondal finished runner-up for ₹8,500.

Imtiyaz Shaikh
Imtiyaz Shaikh


The event pulled in 97 entrants, falling ₹11,200 short of its advertised prize pool guarantee.

Gaurav ‘Vidayarthi’ Saini (3rd for ₹6,250), Samstabrej ‘man1234’Alam Khan (4th for ₹5,000), and Taemin ‘Taemin007’ Panu (5th for ₹4,000) posted FT scores.


Who R U? 15K GTD – Khelo365

Buy-in – ₹220

Entries – 22

Re-entries – 11

Rebuys – 35

Add-ons – 14

Prize Pool – ₹16,400

Places Paid – 4

Winner21’ championed Khleo365’s ₹15K GTD Who R U? last night, adding ₹7,544 to their bankroll.


This report was updated at 3:30 PM on 29.10.2020.

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