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Throughout 2021, PokerGuru Ambassadors have dominated the virtual felts, repeatedly shipping the biggest guaranteed tournaments. One such flagship that Team PokerGuru has well and truly made their own is Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire. Starting off with Vishal Bajaj in March, PokerGuru Staking members have claimed ‘The Millionaire’ title several times since, including the likes of Laksh Pal Singh (April 11), Kartik Ved (May 9), Vivek Singh (May 16), and Mithun Mahesh (May 23).
Joining this elite list of pros is the newest addition to the stable, Deepankur Gupta (cover image)! The young poker talent traversed a 1,797-entry field to capture his career-first The Millionaire title for a jaw-dropping ₹17.76 Lakhs (cumulative) last night. Gupta scored another three ITM finishes on Sunday, pocketing ₹17.95 Lakhs overall!
The NPS Silver Medallist Rumit Khade finished runner-up in The Millionaire for ₹9.86 Lakhs.
The second edition of the World Poker Tour Online India (WPTOI) Series completed its second week on Sunday. The four-time Destiny champion Nitin Arora emerged as the site’s biggest Sunday winner after shipping the WPT India Mini Main Event for ₹7.38 Lakhs. The DOPT Main Event champion Gagandeep Singh Malik finished runner-up for ₹5.25 Lakhs.
In honor of India’s 75th Independence Day, Adda52 hosted a WPT Independence Day Special event as part of its Sunday schedule. Karan Malhotra walked away with the title and a ₹5.65 Lakhs payday, following a three-way deal.
Deepesh Raka shipped Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹7.29 Lakhs, and Anurag Srivastava took down PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller Progressive KO for ₹2.83 Lakhs.
Muthukumar Rajagopalan, Adithya NG, Sanish Chhabra, Harsh Dembla, Young Gun Siddhanth Kripalani, and Kunal Patni won the other Sunday majors.
Here are the Sunday highlights!
The second Millionaire tourney of August logged in 1,797 entries, filling in ₹10.15 Lakhs in overlays. Day 2 began at 10 PM with 236 qualifying stacks (Day 1A – 27, Day 1B – 30, Day 1C – 32, Day 1D –63, and Day 1E – 84), including 164 unique players. After six hours and seven minutes of play, the latest addition to PokerGuru Staking, Deepankur ‘dp179’ Gupta, emerged as The Millionaire champion, banking a career-best ₹17.48 Lakhs. He also finished 51st in the event for ₹28,200, earning a cumulative ₹17.76 Lakhs. Yesterday, he finished ITM in three more events earning a cumulative ₹17.95 Lakhs. This win marked Gupta’s ninth title win of the year and his second title win after joining the PokerGuru Staking stable.
His stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹49.73 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹30.24 Lakhs | Annual Earnings: ₹45.87 Lakhs| Annual Profits: ₹28.04 Lakhs
The NPS Saturday Slam Dunk runner-up finisher Rumit ‘Viking$$Barbie’ Khade lapped up a career-best ₹9.86 Lakhs for his runner-up finish in the Millionaire.
Young Gun Neel ‘Worm33’ Joshi (4th for ₹5.08 Lakhs, 107th for ₹16,800, and 184th for ₹11,800), Pranav ‘I’mThePlayboi’ Bang (5th for ₹4.01 Lakhs), Rahul ‘Klopp’ Sharma (7th for ₹2.37 Lakhs and 88th for ₹19,400), and WSOP Online 2021 Event 12: $1K Double Stack third-place finisher Sriharsha ‘Sygrayem’ Doddapaneni (8th for ₹1.68 Lakhs) also FT-ed The Millionaire.
Spartan Poker’s Sunday mainstay, the ₹40 Lakhs GTD Sunday Superstack, pulled in 410 entries, surpassing its advertised guarantee by ₹1 Lakh. The IOPC #6 winner Deepesh ‘prince1993’ Raka championed the event to collect a personal-best ₹7.30 Lakhs after striking a heads-up deal with ‘Sanu15’ (runner-up for ₹7.21 Lakhs).
The Adda52 Big Game champion Arun ‘vazharmorghulis’ Sriram finished ITM in a total of six events yesterday, netting a cumulative ₹7.14 Lakhs.
> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹4.12 Lakhs
> 2nd in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller PKO for ₹1.53 Lakhs
> 19th in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for ₹1.11 Lakhs (cumulatively)
> 25th in PokerStars India’s Sunday Special PKO for ₹19,383
> 33rd in Pokerbaazi’s BSS SuperStack for ₹14,012
> 384th in Adda52’s WPT Mini Main Event for ₹4,140
His stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.29 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹39.10 Lakhs
The April The Millionaire champion Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra shipped the ₹10 Lakhs GTD UVS #43 Main Event for ₹1.98 Lakhs and his second UVS title. In August last year, he won the UVS #12 – DeepStack Turbo for ₹87,700.
His stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.35 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.14 Crores
The UVS #18 champion Manoj ‘Solder9’ Kumar placed runner-up in the UVS Main Event for ₹1.23 Lakhs. He also took down the Sunday Night Rider for ₹37,740.
‘Paulo Dybala’ (Won UVS #44 Monster Stack ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹77,282), ‘BetterthanB4’ (Won UVS #41 ₹1.55 Lakhs GTD for ₹36,038), ‘sangwan23’ (Won UVS #40 PLO ₹1.15 Lakhs GTD for ₹22,187), Unnikrishnan ‘parzival74’ Nair (Won UVS #38 ₹85K GTD for ₹17,043), ‘limitless147’ (Won UVS #39 ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹16,315), and ‘MoonKnight7’ (Won UVS #42 The Centurion ₹90K GTD for ₹13,511) won the other UVS titles on the last day of the series.
The ₹3 Lakhs-added UVS series leaderboard got taken down by ‘BetterthanB4’ for ₹1.20 Lakhs. ‘MR.369’ (second for ₹80,000) and Ravi ‘Rvjn91’ Jain (₹50,000) rounded off the top three places on the series leaderboard standings.
UVS Leaderboard (Complete)
|3||Ravi 'Rvjn91' Jain||3,074|
|8||Ravinder 'DRUMLORD88' Singh||2,456|
|10||Abhishek 'Megamindd71' Reddy Rachur||2,205|
The World Poker Tour (WPT) Online India Series awarded nine titles on Sunday, including three WPT trophies. Running alongside the Sunday marquees was the 15th starting flight of the WPT India Unreal and two starting flights of the WPT India Mini Main Event.
The WPT Mini Main Event with its ₹50 Lakhs prize pool guarantee was the Sunday showstopper of the series. Day 2 kicked off at 9.30 PM, with 395 qualifiers from the starting field of 3,837 entries bringing their stacks to play. Incidentally, the ₹999 buy-in tournament experienced a glaring ₹15.47 Lakhs overlay deficit, offering a high-value proposition for players. Making his way to the top was the former ATOC 6-Max Championship winner Nitin ‘bigbluffs’ Arora, who added a second WPT title to his name for ₹7.38 Lakhs. The former DOPT Main Event champion, Gagandeep ‘gaganhyd’ Singh Malik came second for ₹5.25 Lakhs.
The four-time Destiny winner, Nitin Arora, had entered August by taking down the ₹6.50 Lakhs GTD IOPC #133 for ₹1.36 Lakhs. On August 6, he added an APT title to his tally by shipping the ₹15 Lakhs GTD APT #30 DST for ₹3.19 Lakhs. The WPT Mini Main Event win is Arora’s second WPT title, after the WPT Table for 6 title he won last November. It is also the third title Arora has clinched this month. His Sunday winnings, including two more ITM finishes, equaled ₹8.05 Lakhs.
Nitin Arora’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.60 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹68.46 Lakhs
Winning the second WPT trophy up for grabs on Sunday was the upcoming poker talent Karan ‘gogikaran’ Malhotra, who ran past a field of 497 entries to ship the ₹30 Lakhs GTD WPT Independence Day Special. The 9 PM attraction was hosted as a tribute to India’s 75th Independence Day and recorded a guarantee-smashing ₹34.79 Lakhs prize pool. Arora captured the tourney for a personal-best ₹5.65 Lakhs, following a three-way deal with ‘arushiagarwal’ (runner-up for ₹5.47 Lakhs) and Sandeep ‘40chor’ Bhatnagar (3rd for ₹5.40 Lakhs).
In the ₹15 Lakhs GTD WPT Mega Stack, an entry field of 546 runners made for a bumper prize pool of₹21.84 Lakhs. The event kicked off at 7.30 PM and continued right till 4.30 AM, with Adithya ‘Rlox1’ NG taking it down for ₹5.68 Lakhs. Ashok Kumar ‘justmissed’ Kailash placed runner-up for ₹3.22 Lakhs.
Adithya, who won his first Godfather title for a career-best ₹6.13 Lakhs on July 29, also shipped the ₹1.40 Lakhs GTD WPT Battlefield for ₹38,875 last night, bringing his collective Sunday winnings to ₹6.12 Lakhs.
Another of Sunday’s WPT titles was claimed by Saturday’s House Party champion, Tanmay ‘PlusEv’ Benara, who trounced a 320-player field in the ₹6 Lakhs GTD WPT Monster Turbo to collect ₹1.52 Lakhs. Benara struck a heads-up deal with ‘boosterx,’ who secured a runner-up payday of ₹1.51 Lakhs.
‘boosterx’ went on to champion the ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD WPT Mini Turbo for ₹52,105, collectively adding over ₹2.03 Lakhs on Sunday.
The ₹5 Lakhs GTD WPT Hustle brought in 433 players, filling in ₹67,000 in overlays. It was all over when Sandeep ‘effuno’ Varma, ‘Dr1313’ and Ánkit ‘kasatankit’ shook hands on a deal that awarded the title and ₹77,940 in prize money to Varma. ‘Dr1313’ pocketed ₹77,159 for finishing runner-up, and Kasat placed third for ₹62,700.
‘happyfish’ (Won ₹3 Lakhs GTD Late Night PKO for ₹82,067), ‘yuni007’ (Won ₹2 Lakhs GTD WPT Daily Warmup for ₹52,00), ‘sarcasticAC007’ (Won WPT PLO for ₹8,700) and ‘Vickp00’ (Won WPT Regular 200 for ₹7,862) were the other Sunday winners on the site.
The ₹1 Crore GTD WPT Unreal continues to expand its field, and Sunday saw Flight 15 play out. The flight brought another 459 contenders to the virtual felts. Only 39 of them progressed to Day 2, with ‘Krbnn’ (527,104) topping the surviving field, followed by ‘abrahamabraham’ (353,279) and Parv ‘kidppoker’ Jain (351,950). The event has garnered 6,332 entries, and 868 players have already booked their seats for Day 2. There are 15 more flights to go before Day 2 on August 29 (7 PM).
The series is now past the halfway mark, with 15 days to go. Following the blockbuster Sunday, Raghav ‘FuckedUpLife’ Siddalinga (784 points) has taken charge of the WPT Mega Leaderboard, pushing PokerGuru Ambassadors Ashish Ahuja (776 points) and Ankit Wadhawan (745 points) to the #2 and #3 positions, respectively.
WPT Online India Leaderboard Standings After Day 15
|1||Raghav 'FuckedUpLife' Siddalanga||784|
|2||Ashish 'rocky3705' Ahuja||776|
|3||Ankit 'd00mtr003r' Wadhawan||745|
|4||Anant 'Pro_baba' Purohit||685|
|5||Ritwik 'ritwik27' Khanna||672|
|6||Arjanveer 'arjan30' Singh Chadha||658|
|7||Vishnu 'violator' Khandelwal||645|
|8||Gaurav 'gauravarod' Sood||641|
|9||Devrat 'vickypune' Singh||633|
The Baazi Super Series (BSS) returned to PokerBaazi yesterday after a week-long hiatus. The Sunday headliner ₹20 Lakhs GTD BSS SuperStack was taken down by Muthukumar ‘hero1965’ Rajagopalan, who bagged a personal-best ₹4.35 Lakhs, following a heads-up deal with Ranjeet ‘Rj147’ Negi (2nd for ₹3.37 Lakhs).
This was Muthukumar Rajagopalan’s second title win of the year, pushing his online winnings on PokerBaazi to ₹51.94 Lakhs (₹69,873 in net profits).
The eventual runner-up, Ranjeet Negi, ran deep in four events, raking in ₹4.32 Lakhs in Sunday winnings, taking his lifetime tally north of ₹2.06 Crores (₹17.55 Lakhs in net profits).
PokerBaazi returned to its trend of hosting two ₹5 Lakhs guaranteed events on Sunday. However, this time around, the BSS Megastack was replaced by the BSS SPRINT (7-Max) that ran from 9 PM to 1:52 AM. The event registered 259 entries and posted a ₹5.18 Lakhs prize pool. Young Gun Siddhanth ‘ender’ Kripalani toppled ‘TheTamizhDurrr’ (2nd for ₹85,522) heads-up to claim the title and the top prize of ₹1.21 Lakhs.
The former IOPC Millionaire United champion Siddhanth Kripalani posted a total of six ITM finishes, raking in ₹4.77 Lakhs in earnings. Besides his BSS SPRINT win, his other deep runs included:
> 4th in Adda52’s WPT Mini Main Finale for ₹2,66,000
> 27th in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹40,180
> 102nd in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for ₹26,200
> 47th in Adda52’s WPT Independence Day Special for ₹15,656
> 53rd in Adda52’s WPT Mega Stack for ₹7,644
Siddhanth Kripalani’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.38 Crores | Lifetime Profit: ₹2.07 Crores
The first of the two ₹5 Lakhs guarantee events to crown a champion was the BSS MonsterStack 6-Max. The event registered 247 entries, collecting a ₹6.18 Lakhs prize pool. Adda52’s Game Ambassador Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni trounced the field to clinch the ₹1.30 Lakhs winner’s payday, following a heads-up deal with ‘rohit1100’ (2nd for ₹1.17 Lakhs).
Kunal Patni was also among the players who bagged multiple scores last night, netting ₹5.60 Lakhs on the back of eight deep runs. His ITM finishes include:
> 2nd in PokerStars India’s Sunday Special – Progressive KO for ₹2,01,635
> 1st in PokerBaazi’s BSS MonsterStack 6-Max for ₹1,30,139
> 6th in PokerBaazi’s BSS SuperStack for ₹91,078
> 47th in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for ₹78,800
> 12th in Adda52’s WPT Independence Day Special for ₹34,790
> 56th in Adda52’s WPT Mini Main Finale for ₹9,037
> 43rd in Adda52’s WPT Mega Stack for ₹8,736
> 26th in Spartan Poker’s UVS#43 – Main Event for ₹5,876
Kunal Patni’s stats – Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.98 Crores | Lifetime Profit: ₹2.02 Crores|Annual Winnings: ₹2.39 Crores | Annual Profit: ₹65.56 Lakhs | Ranked #4 on the Annual Leaderboard Standings
‘pattelagaobhai’ (Won ₹2 Lakhs GTDBSS After Party for ₹56,940), Friday’s Daily Night SPRINT champion, Mukesh ‘Guruuu’ Surana (Won ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD Daily Night SPRINT for ₹38,450), ‘Pm1123’ (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD BSS Kick-Off for ₹36,340), and ‘wonderwomen24’ (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD BSS Afternoon SPRINT for ₹24,430) won the other Sunday marquees on PokerBaazi.
The flagship PokerStars India tourney, the ₹15 Lakhs GTD Sunday Special Progressive KO, found a champion in Harsh ‘kakori kabab’ Dembla, who walked away with the ₹2.41 Lakhs up-top. Kunal ‘iAlwaysHaveit’ Patni placed runner-up and padded his ever-growing bankroll by ₹2.01 Lakhs.
The ₹5,500 entry buy-in event experienced an overlay deficit of ₹2.60 Lakhs after registering 248 participants, and the top 27 places finished ITM.
The former IOPC The Millionaire Main Event champion Anurag ‘GutshotHaiBro’ Srivastava raced past the competition in the ₹12 Lakhs GTD Sunday Highroller Progressive KO to win ₹2.83 Lakhs. Sunday SuperStack third-place finisher Arun Sriram placed runner-up for ₹1.53 Lakhs.
Anurag Srivastava’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.77 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.94 Crores
Clocking in 105 challengers, the ₹11,000 entry buy-in event left an overlay of ₹1.50 Lakhs and paid out 11 places.
PokerStars India’s ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD Independence Day Freeroll logged in an impressive 5,036 entrants, and the top 520 places earned a piece. Taking home a winner’s paycheque worth ₹1.21 Lakhs was ‘ji11111,’ who defeated ‘suniljangir’ (2nd for ₹86,775) heads-up.
‘Finalgo93’ (Won ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD Sunday Warm-up for ₹30,958), ‘Rb2108’ (Won ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD Sunday Storm for ₹28,984), Sandeep ‘Effuno007’ Varma RS (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Sunday Supersonic for ₹30,531), and ‘Hardyindin’ (Won ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD Ultrasonic for ₹30,332) took down the other side events on PokerStars India.
The other Sunday winners were:
|Player||Prize Amount||Event||Poker Site|
|happyfish||₹82,067||WPT Late Night PKO ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Paulo Dybala||₹77,282||UVS #44 Monster Stack ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|pattelagaobhai||₹56,940||BSS Afterparty ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|boosterx||₹52,105||WPT Mini Turbo ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|yuni007||₹52,000||WPT Daily Warmup ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Iamgr00t||₹48,000||Independence Day Special Tourney ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Khelo365|
|Bhanusharma1111||₹46,000||Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD||Khelo365|
|Adithya ‘Rlox1’ NG||₹38,875||WPT Battlefield ₹1.40 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Mukesh ‘Guruuu’ Surana||₹38,450||Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Pm1123||₹36,340||BSS Kick-off ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Manoj 'Solder9' Kumar||₹37,720||Sunday Night Rider ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|BetterthanB4||₹36,038||UVS #41 ₹1.55 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Finalgo93||₹30,958||Sunday Warm-up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Sandeep ‘Effuno007’ Varma RS|