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All signs point towards one of the most explosive weekends we will see this year, with the 12th edition of the IOPC and APT India Online Series set to play the last few of their schedule flagships over the next two days.
Talking about the Friday MTTs, PokerGuru Ambassadors dominated the action by adding two MTT titles and over a dozen deep runs!
Friday`s biggest winner was none other than Vishal Tulsyan! The two-time The Millionaire champion took down PokerBaazi’s APT#30 Super Highroller for a site best ₹21.26 Lakhs and his first APT Trophy. Young Gun Neel Joshi (2nd for ₹14.90 Lakhs) and Srihari Bang (3rd for ₹9.58 Lakhs) round out podium finishes.
PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek Singh came out on top in the IOPC #100 – Friday Spotlight on Spartan Poker to pad his bankroll by ₹9.45 Lakhs.
Ankit Wadhawan was another PokerGuru Staking player who made the Friday headlines, banking over ₹7 Lakhs across three FT finishes!
Prateek Kurkanji championed IOPC #100 – Friday Prime (Multi-Entry) for a career-best ₹4.12 Lakhs.
Young Gun Anmol Mehta won PokerStars India’s Super Highroller for ₹2.79 Lakhs, with the IOPC#93 – Super High Roller runner-up finisher, Shashank Shekhar, collecting ₹2.13 Lakhs in second place.
Ashish Ahuja was the second PokerGuru Ambassador to win a marquee tournament yesterday. He took down APT#32 Turbo 6-Max for ₹3.19 Lakhs, picking up his second APT India title on consecutive days! Aditya Pandita placed runner-up for ₹2.24 Lakhs.
Tanmay Benara secured the last remaining seat in the IOPC All Rounder SNG as he shipped IOPC #101 – All Rounder for ₹2.38 Lakhs. Sahil Mahboobani came second for ₹1.51 Lakhs.
PokerBaazi user ‘eagle22’ championed APT#31 Freezeout for a career-first ₹2.21 Lakhs. Young Gun Arsh Grover placed runner-up for ₹1.55 Lakhs.
Shiv Chug, Karan Radia, Prabhat Mukherjee, Vipan Kumar, Ashish Kaushik, and Sumit Pal dominated the other Friday marquees!
Here are the Friday highlights!
With just two days left for the 12th edition of the IOPC to get over, the record-crushing series is heading towards an exciting finale.
Day 16 of the series had six events playing down to a winner, but grabbing the spotlight was unsurprisingly the ₹50 Lakhs GTD IOPC #100 – Friday Spotlight. The ₹11,000 buy-in event got underway at 9:30 PM and logged in a 565-entry field by the time late registrations got over. The top 55 places got a share from the ₹56.50 Lakhs prize pool. PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek ‘KasolHieghts’ Singh (opted out of our tracking) stormed his way to the finish line to win the event for ₹9.45 Lakhs and an exclusive IOPC NFT. He struck a heads-up deal with ‘Boudicca’ (2nd for ₹8.45 Lakhs).
Gopal ‘TheRealG’ Bajaj (3rd for ₹5.02 Lakhs), Singh’s PokerGuru Staking teammates Ankit ‘Shippament’ Wadhawan (4th for ₹3.99 Lakhs), and Vishal ‘CrownUpJr’ Bajaj (5th for ₹3.14 Lakhs), and Manash ‘Silver555’ Kalita (6th for ₹2.47 Lakhs) also FT-ed IOPC Friday Spotlight.
The ₹20 Lakhs GTD IOPC #100 – Friday Prime (Multi-Entry) registered a packed 2,591-player field, making for a prize pool collection of ₹23.31 Lakhs. The ₹990 buy-in event paid 207 places. Prateek ‘babbar26’ Kurkanji banked the lion`s share of the prize money, a career-best ₹4.12 Lakhs. PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit ‘shippament’ Wadhawan came second for ₹2.35 Lakhs (cashed twice for ₹2.37 Lakhs cumulatively).
The #4 ranked player of 2021, Ankit Wadhawan, made away with over ₹7 Lakhs yesterday.
His FT finishes include:
> 4th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #100 – Friday Spotlight for ₹4.06 Lakhs
> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #99 – Friday Prime for ₹2.37 Lakhs (2 cashes)
> 7th in PokerStars India`s Super Highroller for ₹56,969
Ankit Wadhawan`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹8.35 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.92 Crores | Finished #4 in the 2021 Leaderboard Standings
Tanmay ‘PlusEv’ Benara booked the last remaining seat in the IOPC All Rounder SNG by taking down the ₹12 Lakhs GTD IOPC #101 – All Rounder for ₹2.38 Lakhs, and his first title at the series. Sahil ‘Captain Falcon’ Mahboobani came second for ₹1.51 Lakhs. The ₹2,200 buy-in event gathered a 615-strong field and paid out 55 places a share from the ₹12.30 Lakhs prize pool.
Tanmay Benara`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.69 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹53.91 Lakhs
Spartan Poker reg Dinesh ‘DONKT@RD’ Pilkhwal overcame the 448-entry field in the ₹6 Lakhs GTD IOPC #97 to collect the lion`s share of the ₹6.72 Lakhs prize pool worth ₹1.34 Lakhs. ‘sanapalbhar’ finished runner-up for ₹89,578. The ₹1,650 buy-in event paid out 39 places.
The ₹4.25 Lakhs GTD IOPC #98 had 480 hopefuls signing up for ₹1,100, and only 39 among them got a share from the ₹4.80 Lakhs prize pool. The user ‘Sunju0101’ walked away with the title and the ₹96,240 up-top while Vipan ‘Vipannn’ Kumar pocketed ₹63,984 in second place.
Ashish ‘Ataraxia’ Kaushik shipped the ₹3.50 Lakhs GTD IOPC #96 for ₹59,087 following a heads-up deal with Shambo ‘Somebady’ Mukherjee (2nd for ₹54,809). The ₹550 buy-in event registered a 722-entry field, and the top 63 finishers got a piece of the ₹3.61 Lakhs prize pool.
The gold and diamond-studded IOPC Crown is to be awarded to a deserving champion on Sunday! Friday saw Day 1E of the ₹3.50 Crores GTD IOPC – The Crown run its course, and 59 players from a 467-entry staring starting field make the cut for Day 2. ‘mahlife’ (319,483) topped the end of day chip counts, while Piyush ‘jacks_apart’ Jain (307,382), Vikranth ‘borntrouble’ Varma (305,352), Simon ‘BustedFlush’ Mint (286,465), and Ayush ‘Tabono’ Garg (245,876) round out the top five stacks of the day.
The IOPC – The Crown had filled in a total of 2,136 entries across five starting flights and needs to clock in at least 1,364 entries in the last three flights to break even. So far, 311 players (not unique) have advanced to Day 2, which is slated for Sunday (10 PM).
The ₹40 Lakhs GTD Value Mine also played out its Day 1E flight. The ₹660 buy-in event brought in 473 challengers, and 44 among them advanced through to Day 2. Vinay ‘Aapka Apna’ Choudhry (205,984), Amit ‘deshominisation’ Kaushik (198,426), and ‘Pro0rWhat’ (172,132) topped the day-end chip counts.
With the ₹1 Crore IOPC Leaderboard race on the final stretch, the competition is as tight as ever. The TLB crusher Bhanu ‘ikiru’ Prakash KC is the hot favorite to win the IOPC POS title for a record-extending third time, as he headlines the standings with 12,927 points. However, Vinay ‘BeepBeepImaJeep’ Rajpal (12,664 points) is close on his coattails, with Mohit ‘thejoker’ Mehta (11,144 points) ranked #3.
IOPC Leaderboard Standings After Day 16
Rank Player Points
1 Bhanu 'ikiru' Prakash KC 12,927
2 Vinay 'BeepBeepImaJeep' Rajpal 12,664
3 Mohit 'thejoker' Mehta 11,144
4 NoConnection 10,712
5 Ankit ‘ON_MY_MAC’ Bajaj 10,642
6 Arjanveer 'bazzingaa' Singh Chadha 10,381
7 Siddarth 'PeterPunter' Singhvi 10,093
8 Abhijit 'TheSupremeOne' Kumar 9,714
9 Vikram 'MentalScience' Mishra 9,568
10 Saransh 'iammrmeeseeks' Garg 9,197
Driving up the action on PokerBaazi was the third edition of the APT India Online Series. Like the IOPC, APT India will also be wrapping up over the weekend, setting the stage for a blockbuster finale.
Day 6 of the series had five events on tap, and lighting up the Friday action was the ₹80 Lakhs GTD APT#30 Super Highroller, featuring a pricey ₹55,000 buy-in. The trophy event filled in a reg-laden 171-entry field (110 entries and 61 re-entries), recording a guarantee-crushing ₹85.50 Lakhs prize pool. The two-time The Millionaire champion Vishal ‘dilbaghsingh’ Tulsyan converted a ₹5,500 satellite buy-in into a site-best ₹21.26 Lakhs payday, as he took down the event to collect the APT Trophy and his fourth APT India Online title. Young Gun Neel ‘Worm33’ Joshi, who recently placed eighth in the $5 Million GTD Super Millions Main Event, placed runner-up for ₹14.90 Lakhs.
Srihari ‘bangbang999’ Bang (3rd for ₹9.58 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul ‘Nygma’ Raj (4th for ₹7.10 Lakhs), ‘dreamrekha’ (5th for ₹5.33 Lakhs), and the 2020 & 2021 POY Young Gun Gaurav ‘gaug17’ Sood (6th for ₹4.26 Lakhs) also FT-ed APT#30 Super High Roller.
Last night’s win helped Tulsyan cross ₹4 Crores in recorded online winnings. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.16 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.85 Crores
Neel Joshi made ITM runs in four events yesterday, cumulatively banking ₹15.48 Lakhs. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.78 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.97 Crores
The APT#30 Super Highroller paid out 21 places. Notables who made the payouts list include PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal ‘Vishzz’ Bajaj (7th for ₹3.54 Lakhs), Young Gun Arsh ‘Button_Hai_Bro’ Grover (8th for ₹2.84 Lakhs), Ranjeet ‘Rj147’ Negi (9th for ₹2.12 Lakhs), Armaan ‘Armaan007’ Kochhar (10th for ₹1.55 Lakhs), Arun ‘Yoda’ Poply (11th for ₹1.55 Lakhs), Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma (12th for ₹1.55 Lakhs), Mohammad ‘chandlerbing’ Azhar (13th for ₹1.27 Lakhs), Arun ‘vazharmorghulis’ Sriram (14th for ₹1.27 Lakhs), Anurag ’13anurag’ Srivastava (15th for ₹1.27 Lakhs), Romit ’tilt83′ Advani (16th for ₹1.09 Lakhs), Siddharth ‘GangnamGangi’ Gangwar (17th for ₹1.09 Lakhs), Ayush ‘Proman502’ Garg (18th for ₹1.09 Lakhs), Chiraag ‘Versutus’ Patel (19th for ₹94,910), and Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni (21st for ₹94,910).
The second Friday marquee, ₹12 Lakhs GTD APT#32 Turbo 6-Max, drew 563 hopefuls, and the top 72 places got paid a share from the ₹16.89 Lakhs prize pool (over 40% more than the listed guarantee). In under six hours, APT#27 Turbo 6-Max winner PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja walked away with the title, winning his second APT India title on consecutive days for ₹3.19 Lakhs. Aditya ‘LeoBazooka1897’ Pandita placed runner-up for ₹2.24 Lakhs.
PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh ‘boomtlt23’ Pal Singh (4th for ₹1.07 Lakhs) and Anubhav ‘Shovemaster’ Ray (8th for ₹31,920) also FT-ed APT#32 Turbo 6-Max.
Last night`s win happens to be Ashish Ahuja`s sixth title victory this year and his second in an APT India event. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹10.21 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹3.96 Crores | Finished #6 in the 2021 Leaderboard Standings
The only Freezeout event of the series, the ₹10 Lakhs GTD APT#31 Freezeout, saw 302 players flocking to sign up. The user ‘eagle22’ outlasted them all to collect ₹2.21 Lakhs. Young Gun Arsh ‘Button_Hai_Bro’ Grover (2nd for ₹1.55 Lakhs) and Amar ‘akkipower’ Nath (3rd for ₹99,700) secured podium finishes.
‘eagle22’ boosted their MTT winnings on PokerBaazi to ₹12.92 Lakhs after the win.
The two-time The Millionaire champion, Young Gun Arsh Grover, was one of the star performers yesterday. He ITM-ed three marquee tournaments (including two FT scores), collectively banking ₹5.77 Lakhs.
His ITM finishes include:
> 8th in PokerBaazi’s APT#30 Super Highroller for ₹2.84 Lakhs
> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s APT#31 Freezeout for ₹1.55 Lakhs
> 5th in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹1.38 Lakhs
Arsh Grover’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹9.62 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹4.69 Crores
The 4 PM event, ₹6 Lakhs GTD APT#28 Hyper 5-Max, drew 330 participants, filling in ₹1.05 Lakhs in overlays. The top 36 places walked past the money line with a min-cash worth ₹4,080. ‘Heretowin20′ won the fast-paced event for a site-best ₹1.26 Lakhs following a heads-up deal with ‘100NUJ1’ (2nd for ₹99,898).
Shiv ‘FindMuckk’ Chugh ran past the 422-entry field in the ₹5 Lakhs GTD APT#29 KO to win ₹1.06 Lakhs (includes ₹5,500 in bounties). Mayank ‘Newsolidcash’ Maruka placed runner-up for ₹73,950 (includes ₹3,500 in bounties).
‘sk97099’ won the ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD Daily Night SPRINT for ₹86,640.
PokerStars India`s Friday headliner, ₹10 Lakhs GTD Super Highroller, generated a guarantee-crushing ₹12.05 Lakhs prize pool with 106 entrants ponying up ₹12,500 to join the action. Only 13 places got paid with the lawyer-turned-poker-pro, Young Gun Anmol ‘Kaanchacheena’ Mehta, walking away with the title and the ₹2.79 Lakhs up-top. Thursday’s IOPC#93 – Super High Roller runner-up finisher, Shashank ‘Goldfish097’ Shekhar kept his hot running going, as he finished runner-up for ₹2.13 Lakhs.
The ₹2 Lakhs GTD Uppercut Mini clocked in 142 entries, and with each of them signing up for ₹1,375, the site was made to fill in ₹22,500 in overlays. The top 14 places got paid with PokerStars India loyalist ‘JC1870’ clinching the title for ₹39,404 (₹18,130 in bounties). ‘tryasfuck’ came second for ₹29,170 (₹7,895 in bounties).
Prabhat ‘OMGRachelGreen!’ Mukherjee (Won Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹28,360), ‘sara@1108’ (Won Afternoon on Stars ₹50K GTD for ₹17,900), ‘theCodedGuy’ (Won Deepstack ₹50K GTD for ₹12,856), and ‘pokersherlock13’ (Won Primetime Grind ₹50K GTD for ₹8,240) won the other PokerStars India marquees.
Adda52`s signature Friday flagship, the ₹22.50 Lakhs GTD The Ballers, accumulated a juicy ₹26.50 Lakhs prize pool after logging in 387 entrants, and only 43 of them got paid. The well-known reg ‘peacelover’ (anonymity requested) came out on top to win ₹5.74 Lakhs and struck a heads-up deal with ‘Samimeel’ (2nd for ₹4.80 Lakhs).
Coming in fresh after chopping the APT#25 Championship Event heads-up a day ago, Karan ‘reg_slayer’ Radia championed the ₹4 Lakhs GTD Friday Bounty for ₹86,750. ‘sunny73’ finished runner-up for ₹43,357.
Sumit ‘sumitpal009’ Pal (Won Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹39,268), ‘Rajasaab7’ (Won Free Out Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹14,771), ‘Warlee16’ (Won Bounty Adda ₹60K GTD for ₹11,925) ‘Danbill0001’ (Won Evening Adda ₹50K GTD for ₹10,801) won the other Adda52 marquees.
The ₹30K GTD Prime Time PLO attracted 55 players, and ‘Anash55’ outlasted them all to win the title for ₹10,50. ‘jainew’ finished runner-up for ₹6,600.
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