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Daily Majors: Vishal Ojha, Karan Radia, Ravindra Arikeri, Manish Lakhotia & Madhur Sandal Bank Heaps on Wednesday

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  • Namita Ghosh February 10, 2022
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After several weeks of non-stop action, the MTT crowd gets some downtime now that the IOPC and the APT India stops have wrapped up!

For the time being, the focus has shifted to the small and mid-stakes offerings. Adda52`s ₹1 Crore GTD Nano Poker Series is already well underway, with Spartan Poker’s ₹1.40 Crores GTD Ultimate Value Series coming up on Monday. Yesterday, Spartan Poker hosted a single-day OFC Championship.

Wednesday unraveled the usual MTT action, with turnouts improving across most sites.

Vishal Ojha was the day`s breakout winner and won Spartan Poker`s Destiny for a career-best ₹5.83 Lakhs and a seat in the Destiny 22.0 SnG. He could easily have won a second title and posted a second-place finish in Adda52’s La Luna (2nd for ₹65,000), altogether adding ₹6.58 Lakhs.

Adda52 reg Ravindra Arikeri won his career-first Maverick title for ₹3.13 Lakhs and struck a three-way deal with Riyaz Khan (2nd for ₹2.29 Lakhs) and Lavesh Meena (3rd for 2.22 Lakhs).

PokerBaazi’s The Pride saw Neelakantan Murali walking away with the title and the ₹2.33 Lakhs up-top, following a heads-up deal with Mohit Dhingra (2nd for ₹2.27 Lakhs).

Spartan Poker user ‘David2000’ shipped Wednesday Vibes for ₹1.21 Lakhs after beating Sunday’s IOPC – The Crown champion Amit Gehani (2nd for ₹80,580) heads-up.

Vignesh Kumar won PokerBaazi`s all-new Daily Boost for 1.13 Lakhs. He chopped the top prize four ways with Sandeep Khandelwal (2nd for 86,690), ‘Yoanatanwar’ (3rd for 86,270), and Himanshu Aggarwal (4th for 78,750).

Madhur Sandal a.k.a Tony came out on top in PokerBaazi`s SPRINT, pocketing 1.11 Lakhs. Young Gun Karan Radia collected 1.08 Lakhs in second place. One of the most consistent winners of the year, Radia raked in another 2.20 Lakhs from his third-place finish in the Destiny, filling in ₹3.28 Lakhs in total earnings.

The #2 ranked player of 2021, Manish Lakhotia, made away with ₹2.23 Lakhs from two top finishes that included winning PokerStars India’s Night on Stars for ₹1.01 Lakhs. Bharat Vasan came second for ₹77,611.

S Ganesan, Rajneesh Thakur, Noel Pais, Kumaresh Devendran, Atif Khan, Ajay Sharawat, Mohit Singh, and Prashant Pandagre won the other Wednesday marquees.

Here are the Wednesday highlights!

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Spartan Poker

Spartan Poker’s Wednesday mainstay, Destiny 22.0, returned yesterday after an IOPC induced hiatus. Sporting a ₹22 Lakhs prize pool guarantee, the ₹5,500 buy-in event registered a 426-entry starting field, and the 40 finalists who made it in the money benefitted from the ₹70,000 overlay value. Vishal ‘Darky012’ Ojha landed the title and defeated ‘Flimflam’ (2nd for ₹3.63 Lakhs) in heads-up play to collect a career-best ₹5.83 Lakhs.

Vishal Ojha
Vishal Ojha


Vishal Ojha, who had FT-ed the Destiny thrice in the past, not only made away with the bragging rights, but he also booked himself a seat in the Destiny 22.0 SnG Finale coming up on February 13 (9 PM). Ojha made an impressive run in Adda52’s La Luna and ITMed another three events, adding ₹6.58 Lakhs in total winnings.

His top ITM finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Destiny for ₹5.83 Lakhs

> 2nd in Adda52’s La Luna for ₹65,000

His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹94.19 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹27.77 Lakhs

The freshly-minted IOPC – The Crown champion Amit ‘Kavipri’ Suresh Gehani is the cynosure of all eyes, and rightfully so. The #1 ranked player on the annual charts, Gehani was among the 403 contenders who signed up for the ₹5.50 Lakhs GTD Wednesday Vibes, and he made it to the heads-up finale against ‘David2000’ – the latter eventually winning the title for ₹1.21 Lakhs. Gehani collected ₹80,580 in second place, boosting his online scorecard to ₹2.19 Crores. The guarantee-crushing ₹6.05 Lakhs prize pool was distributed among 39 places.

Amit Gehani
Amit Gehani


The 7.30 PM event, the ₹4 Lakhs GTD Sundowner, recorded a 426-player field, falling ₹59,200 short of its listed guarantee. S ‘uiiieee’ Ganeshan cut his way past the competition to win the title for ₹68,713. Siryourchipsplease’ finished runner-up for ₹64,807, courtesy of a heads-up deal.

Spartan Poker is bringing back another edition of the Ultimate Value Series for the low to mid-stakes players. Starting on Monday, February 14, UVS will dish out cash prizes worth at least ₹1.40 Crores over its week-long run.

The site also hosted a one-day OFC Championship, guaranteeing ₹4 Lakhs across three tournaments. ‘Boudicca’ was the biggest winner at the OFC extravaganza and topped the 122-entry field in the ₹3 Lakhs GTD OFC Championship #3 to collect ₹46,500. AshishX– factor’ Pareek came second for ₹27,000.

‘OfcourseOfcourse’ (Won Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD for ₹43,591), Atif ‘LuckyWoolf’ Khan (Won Mega Freeze ₹75K GTD for ₹19,528) ‘Akai aye1’ (Won OFC Championship#2 ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹13,000), and ‘Spartanarum’ (Won The Centurion ₹50K GTD for ₹10,895) won the other Spartan Poker marquees.



PokerBaazi registered guarantee-crushing turnouts all around yesterday! The site`s 10 Lakhs GTD The Pride generated a ₹12.88 Lakhs prize pool after 368 challengers signed up for the 3,850 buy-in event and paid out 45 places. Neelakantan ‘difsripp007’ Murali was the last player standing and won the title for 2.33 Lakhs following a heads-up deal with Mohit ‘bhaiyamohit’ Dhingra (2nd for 2.27 Lakhs).

Mohit Dhingra
Mohit Dhingra


The 7 Lakhs GTD Daily BOOST clocked in 349-entries, and the 2,200 buy-in event paid out 45 places. Vignesh ‘Rajjni007’ Kumar was the last player standing and won 1.13 Lakhs. He cut a four-way deal that involved last night’s Holdem BOOST champion Sandeep ‘Keeday256’ Khandelwal (2nd for 86,690), ‘Yoanatanwar’ (3rd for 86,270), and Himanshu ‘Venomaster’ Aggarwal (4th for 78,750).

The 5 Lakhs GTD (7-Max) SPRINT brought in 409 challengers who ponied up the 1,650 buy-in, and the top 45 places got a share from the 6.13 Lakhs prize pool. Madhur ‘LiT0nyx’ Sandal a.k.a Tony outlasted them all to collect 1.11 Lakhs and struck a heads-up deal with MTT beast Karan ‘Apocalypto’ Radia (2nd for 1.08 Lakhs).

Madhur Sandal
Madhur Sandal


‘Bhelke6611’ (Won Daily Night SPRINT 1.50 Lakhs GTD for 56,900), ‘Shohini’ (Won SPRINT 1 Lakhs GTD for 33,670), Rajneesh ‘msdhoni’ Thakur (Won PLO5 BOOST 1 Lakh GTD for 35,530), Noel ‘noelpais’ Pais (Won Evening SPRINT 1 Lakh GTD for 35,220), Kumaresh ‘Keeday256’ Devendran (Won Holdem BOOST 1.5 Lakhs GTD for 32,850), and Ajay ‘ajaysharawat’ Sharawat (Won 5-max Daily 50K GTD for 12,120) championed the other PokerBaazi marquees.


PokerStars India

PokerStars India`s 5 Lakhs GTD Night on Stars logged a 158-entry field – the 2,750 buy-in event overlaid 1.05 Lakhs. The #2 ranked player of 2021, Manish ‘theoldestkid’ Lakhotia won the Night on Stars for the second time last night for 1 Lakh after eliminating Bharat ‘MojoJojo2193’ Vasan (2nd for 77,611) in second place.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


The undisputed “King of Cashes,” Manish Lakhotia, finished third in The Pride for 1.21 Lakhs, filling in 2.32 Lakhs in Wednesday earnings. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 10.27 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 3.29 Crores

‘abhinav1997’ (Won Ultrasonic 1 Lakh GTD for 27,989), ‘I AM VR4Poker’ (Won Afternoon on Stars 50K GTD for 13,358), ‘fyi007’ (Won Deepstack 50K GTD for 12,188), and ‘LYM2020’ (Won Primetime Grind 50K GTD for 9,751) won the other PokerStars India marquees.



Adda52’s 15 Lakhs GTD Maverick saw Ravindra ‘wormhole’ Arikeri race past the 522 entry-field to win 3.13 Lakhs. Last night’s win ended an over four-month-long title drought for the former Full House runner-up. Riyaz ‘rkriyaz’ Khan (2nd for 2.29 Lakhs), and Lavesh ‘lavesh7’ Meena (3rd for 2.22 Lakhs) banked the other top payouts, courtesy of a three-way deal. The 2,750 buy-in event registered an overlay shortfall of 1.95 Lakhs, and 55 places got paid.

Ravindra Arikeri
Ravindra Arikeri


Neeraj ‘neeraj2828’ Bajaj (5th for 79,500), Siddhanth ‘bullzeyepower’ Kapoor (6th for 52,500), Anubhav ‘killabot’ Ray (7th for 41,250) and Atishay ‘pokergod56’ Samuel (8th for 30,000) also FT-ed Maverick.

Ravindra Arikeri’s online stats (across Adda52 & Spartan Poker)L Lifetime Winnings: 1.19 Crores | Lifetime Profit: 21.76 Lakhs

Lavesh Meena cumulatively won 2.43 Lakhs from two FT finishes, which include:

Lavesh Meena
Lavesh Meena


> 3rd in Adda52’s Maverick for 2,22,317

> 7th in PokerStars India’s Night on Stars for 20,998

The 4 Lakhs GTD La Luna brought in 202 runners, overlaying 68,720. After nearly six hours of gameplay, the user ‘Murti8’ walked away with the title and 1.11 Lakhs in prize money. Last night`s Destiny champion Vishal ‘Darky012’ Ojha came second for 65,000.

‘Murti8’s Adda52 stats: Site Winnings: 20.20 Lakhs | Site Profits: 2.87 Lakhs

Wednesday marked the start of the 25 Lakhs GTD Nano Main Event. Day 1 of the multi-flight event had 211 participants signing up for 1,650, and only 22 among them advanced to Day 2. Pankaj ‘Pok3rking’ Nanda (370,015), Saransh ‘don004’ Garg (305,148) and ‘gandharvtank’ (223,231) topped the day-end chip counts.

Pankaj Nanda
Pankaj Nanda


‘gunrider’ (Won Nano DST 2 Lakhs GTD for 53,248), ‘Ronima1978’ (Won Nano Maverick 1.5 Lakhs GTD for 27,004), Mohit ‘Betoo’ Singh (Won Nano Crack Jack 70K GTD for 17,377), Prashant ‘prashant1703’ Pandagre (Won Nano Battleship 30K GTD for 9,072), and ‘Worthem1’ (Won MidNight Bash 22K GTD for 5,225) shipped the other Adda52 marquees.



The user ‘Bhanusharma1111’ took down Khelo365’s ₹25K GTD 6 Feet Under PLO Deepstack, adding ₹9,250 to their poker bankroll. ‘Kick’ came second for ₹6,250.


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