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What a performance! The first-ever NPS Main Event champion. The only player to win three NPS Gold Medals. The topper of the NPS Series Leaderboard and the NPS Podium. Won a whopping ₹72.35 Lakhs at the inaugural series. Mohammad Azhar, take a bow!
Before we talk more about Mohammad Azhar’s phenomenal exploits from yesterday, let’s just take a moment to look back at how successful the maiden run of the National Poker Series (NPS) has been. Running from June 13 to 27, the series registered 83,793 entries across 64 tournaments, making it India’s biggest field to date. The series ended up awarding 195 medals.
The BBA graduate from Jaipur National University, Mohammad Azhar, overshadowed everyone else on the virtual felts yesterday. And that’s saying something, considering there were multiple standout performers last night. From The Millionaire champion Rohan Bhasin to the Adda52 Colossus winner, PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved, or Young Gun Gaurav Sood, who crossed ₹9 Crores in lifetime winnings to the Deepstack Madness champion Young Gun Kanchan Sharma. There were several milestones breached as well. However, Mohammad Azhar’s mind-boggling run in the NPS that saw him champion NPS Kick-Off, NPS#79 Friday Force, and finally, the NPS Main Event was one of the most captivating performances of the year. Deservingly, Azhar will be starting out with a 2X stack on the NPS ‘Night of Champions’ SnG on July 3.
The 23-year-old Azhar, who is about to embark on his CAT preparations, is a high-stakes cash game reg. Azhar revealed that while he is happy to win three NPS Gold Medals and be crowned the NPS Main Event champion, it was topping the NPS leaderboard that gave him greater joy.
In an interview with PokerGuru, Azhar went on to thank Shagun Jain. “ChandlerBing says, ‘I love you ‘sogani22′” are the exact words he wanted us to quote. He also went on to thank Raghav and Simran for being his eternal support.
While we are on the subject of the NPS, the other historic tournament that played down to a winner last night was the NPS Golden Rush. Vivek Bajaj triumphed over a record 18,849-strong entry field to pocket a ₹9.15 Lakhs payday.
Despite the closing day of the NPS hogging all the spotlight, Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire filled in a guarantee-busting 2,003 entries. The former FTS Challenger winner Rohan Bhasin captured his first-ever Millionaire title, netting a career-best ₹17.05 Lakhs.
However, the second edition of the Adda52 Colossus couldn’t escape the overlay avalanche, suffering a ₹11.57 Lakhs deficit on the back of 114 entries. PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved won the Super High Roller for ₹20.67 Lakhs.
Guneet Kwatra (Won Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹8.02 Lakhs) Vishnu Khandelwal (Won PokerBaazi’s NPS#91 Sunday Marathon for ₹7.91 Lakhs), Vinayak Bajaj (Won Adda52’s Nano Main Event Finale for ₹4.55 Lakhs), Young Gun Kanchan Sharma (Won Adda52’s Deepstack Madness for ₹4.23 Lakhs), Goonjan Mall (Won Adda52’s Nano Highroller for ₹3.19 Lakhs), Dipankar Kaushal (Won PokerBaazi’s NPS#90 Slam Dunk for ₹2.91 Lakhs), Anurag Srivastava (Won PokerBaazi’s NPS#94 Sprint for ₹2.36 Lakhs) and Nishant Pandey (Won PokerStars India’s Big Bubble Rush for ₹64,784 ) were the other big Sunday winners.
Here are the Sunday highlights!
The final ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire of June collected 2,003 entries across five starting flights and, after two weeks of filling in overlays, finally surpassed its advertised guarantee by ₹15,000. The fight to the finish line was intense, with a final table packed with notables. In the end, the former FTS Challenger winner Rohan ‘The Sightseer’ Bhasin emerged as the victor, clinching his career-first Millionaire title and a personal-best ₹17.05 Lakhs!
Rohan Bhasin, who had won his first-ever NPS Gold Medal on June 15, locked horns with Sahil ‘Captain Falcon’ Mahboobani (runner-up for ₹9.58 Lakhs) en route to grabbing The Millionaire title.
PokerGuru Ambassador Nadeem ‘blindgame’ Basha (4th for ₹4.77 Lakhs), Young Gun Kanchan ‘Midge Maisel’ Sharma (5th for ₹4.52 Lakhs), Avneesh ‘IamAM’ Munjal (6th for ₹3.18 Lakhs), Kunal ‘NutsTodayBluffTomo’ Patni (7th for ₹2.56 Lakhs) and Young Gun Anmol ‘Anzzzzz’ Mehta (8th for ₹1.66 Lakhs) were among the known players to earn final table payouts in The Millionaire.
And even though The Millionaire managed to avoid an overlay, the ₹40 Lakhs GTD Sunday Superstack could not generate the same interest. With 396 contenders ponying up the ₹11,000 entry buy-in, the event experienced a ₹40,000 shortfall. The former Millionaire champion Guneet ‘GeeKay’ Kwatra outlasted Dhaval ‘ElegantlyWasted’ Mudgal (runner-up for ₹5.33 Lakhs) heads-up to collect a winner’s paycheque worth ₹8.02 Lakhs. Guneet Kwatra picked up three more ITM finishes to lock in ₹8.65 Lakhs in cumulative Sunday earnings, breaching the ₹5 Crores (₹5.02 Crores) milestone in online earnings.
His ITM finishes include:
> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹7.96 Lakhs
> 106th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#93 NPS Main Event for ₹30,000
> 78th in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for ₹18,428
> 35th in Adda52’s Deepstack Madness for ₹11,000
The ₹9 Lakhs GTD Money Heist was shipped by the anonymous user ‘TheRealG’ for ₹1.73 Lakhs while Atishay ‘momstacos’ Samuel picked up a runner-up finish worth ₹1.09 Lakhs.
Spartan Poker’s OFC Fantasy Series also wrapped up proceedings yesterday with the ₹4 Lakhs GTD OFC Fantasy Series#9 Main Event announcing a champion in ‘HumbleGod’ for ₹1.10 Lakhs. The Millionaire third-place finisher ‘infinity_’ came second for ₹78,200.
‘CMPUNK2412’ (Won ₹1.15 Lakhs GTD OFC Fantasy Series#8 for ₹34,105) and ‘chiru1999’ (Won ₹75K GTD OFC Fantasy Series#7 for ₹21,863) were the other OFC Fantasy Series title winners on the final day of the series.
What a phenomenal series it was! The inaugural National Poker Series (NPS) closed out its record-shattering debut on Sunday with the ₹3 Crores GTD NPS Main Event playing down to a winner. And standing tall above everyone else was Mohammad ‘chandlerbing’ Azhar, who took down the Main Event title, winning his third NPS Gold Medal of the series.
The man from Rajasthan etched his name in the annals of poker history by becoming the first NPS Main Event champion, lapping up a life-altering ₹50.13 Lakhs top prize! But wait! That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Mohammad Azhar’s list of accomplishments for yesterday and the past few weeks is quite long. So, let’s get to them one by one.
Starting off with his overall performance in the series, Azhar participated in 59 events and cashed in 32 of them, raking in total winnings of ₹72.35 Lakhs at the series. He topped the NPS Series leaderboard with 13,817 points. Being the only player to win three NPS Gold Medals, he also topped the NPS podium with 30 points and bagged a Las Vegas package worth ₹10 Lakhs.
Coming to his breakout Sunday run, Azhar netted a ginormous ₹50.61 Lakhs in Sunday winnings on the back of five ITM finishes. He also placed second on the NPS Daily Series Leaderboard to bank an additional ₹45,000 in prize money.
His Sunday deep runs include:
> 1st in PokerBaazi’s NPS Main Event for ₹50,13,000
> 35th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#91 Sunday Marathon for ₹24,435
> 25th in Adda52’s Nano Highroller for ₹14,213
> 67th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#90 Slam Dunk for ₹6,076
> 63rd in PokerStars India’s Sunday Special for ₹3,750
Because of his spectacular performance in the NPS, Mohammad Azhar has now booked three seats at the NPS Night of Champions SNG and will start with a 2X stack on the table! He has also crossed the ₹1 Crore milestone in lifetime profits, with lifetime cashes worth ₹1.50 Crores. At the same time, he has pushed his lifetime winnings on PokerBaazi north of the ₹1 Crore-mark (₹1.20 Crores).
Now that we have, more or less, covered most of Azhar’s achievements, let’s take a look at the other FT finishers of the NPS Main Event. The 27-year-old Ashwani ‘Leokarma2609’ Vishwakarma placed second for a very impressive ₹33.21 Lakhs payday. Young Gun Gaurav ‘gaug17’ Sood (5th for ₹9.93 Lakhs) and Kumar ‘23offsuits’ Vatsal (6th for ₹7.95 Lakhs) were the other noteworthy names on the NPS Main Event FT.
Speaking of the NPS Main Event, the ₹5,500 entry buy-in event ended up gathering 5,947 entries from seven starting flights, overlaying ₹2.65 Lakhs. The top 783 players were assured a min-cash of ₹12,000.
The other historic event that crowned a champion yesterday was the ₹1 Crore GTD NPS Golden Rush. The ₹550 entry buy-in tourney registered a never-before-seen 18,849 entries through 15 starting flights. The tournament needed 20,000 entries to meet its eight-figure guarantee and, in the end, fell ₹5.75 Lakhs short of breaking even on what was a very tall target. A total of 2,098 players made it through to Day 2, but with PokerBaazi implementing the best-stack forward format, only 1,777 unique players entered Day 2. After several hours of intense play, the 34-year-old Vivek ‘V42V’ Bajaj shipped the epic event for ₹9.15 Lakhs paycheque. ‘Mr. Consistent,’ aka Kushagra ‘neha94’ Mehta, came second for ₹6.13 Lakhs.
The next marquee on the cards was the ₹30 Lakhs GTD NPS#91 Sunday Marathon.
Vishnu ‘violator’ Khandelwal trounced the 905-entry field to claim the lion’s share of the ₹45.25 Lakhs prize pool worth ₹7.91 Lakhs. Rohit ‘Executioner00’ Jinwal finished runner-up for ₹5.54 Lakhs.
The winner of the ₹10 Lakhs GTD NPS#90 Slam Dunk was a special one. The Delhi-based Golf professional Dipankar ‘dipankar29’ Kaushal rang in his birthday in style by winning an NPS Gold Medal and a ₹2.91 Lakhs payout. A heads-up deal saw the PokerBaazi reg ‘macchi’ take home a ₹3.54 Lakhs payday and the Silver Medal. PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek ‘Nutpeddling729’ Singh registered his second FT finish of the night and a Bronze Medal for ₹1.72 Lakhs.
Anurag ’13anurag’ Srivastava championed the ₹5 Lakhs GTD NPS#94 Sprint for ₹2.36 Lakhs.
NPS Leaderboard Standings After Day 15
|1||Mohammad 'chandlerbing' Azhar||13,817||₹7 Lakhs|
|2||Bhanu 'Chennaino1' Prakash KC||12,420||₹5.5 Lakhs|
|3||Vinay 'vinay09' Rajpal||10,478||₹4 Lakhs|
|4||Kunal 'VasooliChacha' Patni||10,220||₹3 Lakhs|
|6||Kritagya 'Kritagya_17' Sharma||8,931||₹2 Lakhs|
|7||Chirag 'miyagi' Sodha||8,191||₹1.6 Lakhs|
|9||Rajneesh 'msdhoni' Thakur||7,837||₹80,000|
|10||Sanat 'mehro2511' Mehrotra||7,833||₹80,000|
Knowing that it would be a blockbuster Sunday finale, PokerStars India dropped the Sunday Highroller, opting to run only the ₹15 Lakhs GTD Sunday Special Progressive KO. The event expectedly suffered a ₹95,000 overlay setback on the back of 281 entries. The mystery user ‘sumit1386’ took down the event for ₹2.71 Lakhs (includes ₹1.37 Lakhs in bounties), and Ayush ‘Kyanaamrakhu’ Garg finished runner-up for ₹2.08 Lakhs (includes ₹74,121 in bounties).
Replacing the Sunday Highroller this week was the Big Bubble Rush with a ₹3 Lakhs prize pool guarantee. Like the Sunday Special, the ₹1,375 entry buy-in event experienced a ₹75,000 overlay after registering 180 entries. Nishant ‘Balaark’ Pandey won the event for ₹64,784 (includes ₹29,424 in bounties), just as Wednesday’s Night on Stars champion Himanshu ‘himkat@stars’ Kataria placed second for ₹30,399 (includes ₹4,336 in bounties).
Ankit ‘magnum736’ Saurabh (Won ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD Ultrasonic for ₹33,809), Dev ‘quadkiller19’ Singh (Won ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD Sunday Storm for ₹28,984), ‘Phant0mLancer’ (Won ₹1 Lakh GTD Sunday Warm-up for ₹23,166), ‘tryasfuck’ (Won ₹75K GTD Sunday Supersonic for ₹18,219) and ‘trapcheckbluff’ (Won ₹40K GTD Deepstack for ₹12,411) were the other Sunday winners on PokerStars India.
The ₹70 Lakhs GTD Adda52 Colossus headlined the site’s Sunday roster. The ₹55,000 entry buy-in Super High Roller registered 114 entrants (includes 39 re-entries) to post a massive ₹11.57 Lakhs overlay. PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik ‘Pegasus1505’ Ved has proved time and again that he one of the best MTT players in the country. The operations head at PokerGuru Staking, currently based in Goa, championed the second Adda52 Colossus claiming a jaw-dropping ₹20.67 Lakhs payday.
The former Millionaire winner raked in a total of five ITM finishes yesterday, adding ₹23.53 Lakhs to his ever-growing bankroll. As a result, Ved has now jumped up to rank #5 on the yearly rankings.
His ITM finishes include:
> 1st in Adda52 Colossus for ₹20,67,930
> 3rd in Adda52’s Deepstack Madness for ₹2,10,000
> 88th in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for ₹35,854
> 25th in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹35,200
Kartik Ved’s PokerGuru Staking teammate and another former Millionaire winner, Vivek ‘Vivek94540’ Singh (runner-up for ₹13.77 Lakhs) and Poker Bootcamp India co-founder and poker coach Abhishek ‘pomfret1989’ Goindi (3rd for ₹9.17 Lakhs) rounded out the top three places on the payouts charts.
Speaking of incredible performances, our first and to date only female Young Gun, Kanchan ‘thandicoke’ Sharma, joined the list of elite Sunday winners when she took down the ₹20 Lakhs GTD Deepstack Madness for ₹4.23 Lakhs. The poker diva could have bagged back-to-back titles but narrowly missed out on clinching The Millionaire title, placing fifth instead. The NPS Gold Medal winner bested Bharat ‘rungooserun’ Vasan (runner-up for ₹3.72 Lakhs) in the heads-up play to capture the Deepstack Madness title. She also posted four more scores to reach a whopping ₹9.17 Lakhs in Sunday winnings, crossing ₹3 Crores in lifetime earnings.
Her Sunday scores include:
> 5th in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for ₹4,52,678* (cumulative)
> 1st in Adda52′ Deepstack Madness for ₹4,23,174
> 119th PokerBaazi’s in NPS Main Event for ₹24,000
> 48th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#91 Sunday Marathon for ₹17,648
Kanchan Sharma’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.01 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹1.11 Crores
Adda52’s Nano Poker Series (NPS) also culminated last night, with the star attraction 25 Lakhs GTD Nano Main Event Finale finding a champion in Vinayak ‘bhai_on_mary_jane’ Bajaj. The online reg chopped the top prize heads-up with Karann ‘ICMsucks’ Dembla (runner-up for ₹4.21 Lakhs) to collect ₹4.55 Lakhs. Vinayak Bajaj now has ₹4.31 Crores in recorded online winnings.
For a second time in less than a week, Karann Dembla got past Young Gun Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood to claim a bigger payout. The 2020 leaderboard topper had finished runner-up to Dembla in last Thursday’s Adda52 Godfather, and once again, he took hold of the third-place finish for ₹2.12 Lakhs in the Nano Main Event Finale.
The dentist-turned-poker pro delivered a breakout run after several weeks last night. Gaurav Sood banked over ₹13.59 Lakhs in Sunday winnings, becoming the first player on our tracked database to cross ₹9 Crores (₹9.01 Crores) in lifetime online earnings (across domestic sites). His brilliant performance also saw him slide into the #2 rank on the annual leaderboard.
His Sunday finishes include:
> 5th in PokerBaazi’s NPS Main Event for ₹9,93,000
> 3rd in Adda52’s Nano Main Event Finale for ₹2,12,500
> 5th in Adda52’s Deepstack Madness for ₹1,04,000
> 92nd in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for ₹39,860
> 86th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#91 Sunday Marathon for ₹9,955
The ₹17 Lakhs GTD Nano Highroller was taken down by seasoned pro Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall for ₹3.19 Lakhs, and Akshay ‘Powershell’ Asawa placed second for ₹2.34 Lakhs. The ₹3,000 entry buy-in tourney logged in 494 entries, registering a ₹3.52 Lakhs overlay. The top 53 places received payouts.
The other Sunday winners were:
|Player||Prize Amount||Event||Poker Site|
|Anurag ‘13anurag’ Srivastava||₹2.36 Lakhs||NPS#94 Sprint ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|HumbleGod||₹1.10 Lakhs||OFC Fantasy Series#9 – Main Event ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|user1623144920||₹62,250||The Big One ₹3 Lakhs GTD||GoodPoker|
|Tarush ‘tarush123’ Gupta||₹57,139||Nano DST 2.50 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Messironaldo007||₹44,497||Nano Fantastic Four 2.50 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Champ10n||₹43,000||Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD||Khelo365|
|wahi7777||₹42,816||Sunday Night Rider ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ankit 'GongZilla' Singh||₹39,375||Sunday Kick-off ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Friction21||₹39,030||Nano Monster Turbo 2.50 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|CMPUNK2412||₹34,105||OFC Fantasy Series#8 – Main Event ₹1.15 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ankit 'magnum736' Saurabh||₹33,809||Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|jb13||₹32,500||Nano Sunday Blast ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Dev 'quadkiller19' Singh||₹28,984||Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Ashish 'UGOTBLUFF' Pareek||₹23,706||Epic ₹1.1 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Phant0mLancer||₹23,166||Sunday Warm-up ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|chiru1999||₹21,863||OFC Fantasy Series#7 ₹75K GTD||Spartan Poker|
|OfcourseOfcourse||₹21,863||Sunday Deep Freeze ₹75K GTD||Spartan Poker|
|88bluff||₹21,000||Daily PLO Grind ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerDangal|
|tryasfuck||₹18,219||Sunday Supersonic ₹75K GTD||PokerStars India|
|Mahaka1||₹16,033||Last Chance ₹55K GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Gold999||16,000||Dominator ₹50K GTD||Khelo365|
|Arrested Development||₹15,084||The Centurion ₹90K GTD||Spartan Poker|
|umangthakar||₹14,879||Sunday Energise ₹65K GTD||Spartan Poker|
|trapcheckbluff||₹12,411||Deepstack ₹40K GTD||PokerStars India|
|Praveen 'praveen2626' KR||₹10,150||Nano PLO ₹35K GTD||Adda52|
|KOHINOOR||₹9,200||Snacks ₹40K GTD||GoodPoker|
|aghosh3||₹8,736||Nano Battleship 30K GTD||Adda52|
|Saibaba387||₹7,401||Striker ₹40K GTD||Spartan Poker|
NPS#55 Main Event ₹3 Crores GTD – Day 2 – PokerBaazi
Buy-in – ₹5,500
Entries – 4,239
Re-entries – 1,708
Prize Pool – ₹3,00,00,000
Places Paid – 735
It was 5.38 AM today when the moment we have all been waiting for happened. And etching his name in poker history as the first NPS Main Event champion was none other than Mohammad ‘chandlerbing’ Azhar. The Rajasthan native, who has spent many childhood years in Kuwait and is a BBA from Jaipur National University, rode past a sea of formidable opponents to claim the title for his third NPS Gold Medal and a career-best ₹50.13 Lakhs! The 27-year-old player from Satna, Madhya Pradesh – Ashwani ‘Leokarma2609’ Vishwakarma – settled for a runner-up payday of ₹33.21 Lakhs, while ‘Think_again’ (3rd for ₹20.40 Lakhs) round out the podium finishers in the marquee event.
It has indeed been a career-defining fortnight for Azhar, who was last seen picking up a live score at the 2019 Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) NLHE Kick-Off, where he placed eighth for ₹1.14 Lakhs. Azhar began the NPS with a bang, winning his first piece of NPS gold on June 16 when he championed the multi-flight NPS Kick-Off for ₹10.70 Lakhs. Just 10 days later, he took down his second win at the series, claiming the NPS #79 Friday Force for ₹7.07 Lakhs on June 25. Azhar final tabled two more NPS tourneys along the way before the grand finale, where he brought about the perfect ending to his run at the series with the Main Event victory!
The online phenom scored in another four events yesterday to round off an immensely profitable Sunday with collective winnings of ₹50.61 Lakhs. Here’s a quick look at Azhar’s significant achievements after a stupendous Sunday run:
> Only player to win 3 NPS Gold Medals, tops the NPS Podium Leaderboard to win a ₹10 Lakhs package
>Wins three seats at the NPS Night of Champions SNG – will start with 2X stack on the table!
> Tops the Series Leaderboard with 13,817 points, displacing Bhanu Prakash KC to claim the top prize of ₹7 Lakhs
> Second in the NPS Daily Series Leaderboard to win an additional ₹45,000
> Crosses ₹1 Crore in lifetime profits, lifetime cashes worth ₹1.50 Crore
> Crosses ₹1 Crore milestone in cashes on PokerBaazi, that currently stand at ₹1.20 Crore
The ₹3 Crores GTD NPS Main Event registered a starting field of 5,947 entries that had come in via seven starting flights, overlaying ₹2.65 Lakhs. Only 783 of these players bagged stacks for Day 2. With multiple stacks removed, coming into Day 2 that began at 9.30 PM last night were 735 players, all of them assured a payout of ₹12,000.
Young Gun Gaurav ‘gaug17’ Sood placed fifth for ₹9.93 Lakhs. The young, Delhi-based poker prodigy had a fantastic Sunday grind and finished ITM in four more events, which includes two more FT finishes, to earn a cumulative ₹13.59 Lakhs. His trailblazing Sunday run earned Sood a “Super Achiever” badge for becoming the first player in India to breach the ₹9 Crore milestone in lifetime winnings! He has moved up to the #2 spot on the annual leaderboard, displacing PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh.
Gaurav Sood’s top Sunday finishes include:
> 5th in the NPS #93 NPS Main Event ₹3 Crore GTD for ₹9.93 Lakhs
> 3rd in the Nano Main Event ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.13 Lakhs
> 5th in the Deepstack Madness for ₹1.04 Lakhs
> 92nd in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹39,860
> 86th in the NPS #91 Sunday Marathon ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹9,955
Gaurav Sood’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹9.01 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹4.53 Crores.
The FTS#14 Monster Stack champion Kumar ‘23offsuits’ Vatsal (6th for ₹7.95 Lakhs) was another player who posted an FT finish.
Rajneesh ‘msdhoni’ Thakur bubbled the FT in ninth place for ₹4.14 Lakhs.
Final Table Results
The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD – Spartan Poker
Buy-in – ₹5,500
Entries – 981
Re-entries – 270
Re-buys – 752
Prize Pool – ₹1,00,15,000
Places Paid – 271
The former FTS Challenger champion Rohan ‘The Sightseer’ Bhasin became the latest The Millionaire last night. Bhasin banked a hefty ₹17.05 Lakhs up-top for the win – his career-best finish.
The former SSS Super High Roller champion Sahil ‘Captain Falcon’ Mahboobani made his fifth The Millionaire FT appearance and placed runner-up for ₹9.47 Lakhs.
The weekly flagship ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire featuring a ₹5,500 entry buy-in managed to break even after recording 2,003 contenders over five starting flights and paid out the top 271 finishers. The 273 survivors returned at 10 PM last night to play down to a champion.
PokerGuru Ambassador Nadeem ‘blindgame’ Basha (4th for ₹4.77 Lakhs), NPS Deepstack Madness champion Kanchan ‘Midge Maisel’ Sharma (5th for ₹3.85 Lakhs), Avneesh ‘IamAM’ Munjal (6th for ₹3.08 Lakhs), the banker turned MTT pro Kunal ‘NutsTodayBluffTomo’ Patni (7th for ₹2.35 Lakhs), and Young Gun Anmol ‘Anzzzzz’ Mehta (8th for ₹1.66 Lakhs) also FT-ed The Millionaire!
Aquib ‘Aquib17’ Ansari (9th for ₹145,518), MTT pro Anant ‘Prometheius’ Purohit (11th for ₹1.24 Lakhs), PokerGuru Staking’s Vivek ‘Kasol Hieghts’ Singh (12th for ₹1.65 Lakhs), Dhirendra ‘dhiru91’ Kumar (14th for ₹1 Lakhs), and Ashish ‘UGOTBLUFF’ Pareek (15th for ₹1 Lakhs) were others who ran deep in the tourney!
Final Table Results
NPS#92 Golden Rush Finale ₹1 Crore GTD – PokerBaazi
Buy-in – ₹550
Entries – 12,854
Re-entries – 5,995
Prize Pool – ₹1,00,00,000
Places Paid – 1,777
The ₹550 entry buy-in ₹1 Crore GTD NPS Golden Rush finally played down to a champion last night. The 34-year-old Vivek ‘V42V’ Bajaj from Ranchi outlasted the 1,777 survivor-field on Day 2 to collect a career-best ₹9.15 Lakhs and his first NPS Gold Medal. FTS 2.0 Main Event third-place finisher Kushagra ‘neha94’ Mehta could not go the distance and finished runner-up for ₹6.13 Lakhs.
Vivek Bajaj became one of the six players to book his seat at the ‘NPS Night of Champions’ scheduled for July 3. He also topped the ₹3 Lakhs-added Daily Leaderboard and banked ₹75,000. Bajaj now has ₹18.41 Lakhs in overall winnings on PokerBaazi with ₹10.77 Lakhs in site-profits.
Kushagra Mehta of FTS 2.0 fame placed third in the ₹3 Lakhs added Daily leaderboard, winning ₹33,000. Mehta also finished ITM in NPS#91 Sunday Marathon placing 53rd for ₹17,648. These scores helped him breach 71.81 Lakhs in lifetime scores with 24.38 Lakhs in net profits.
Seasoned pro Sumit ‘boronyx’ Sapra collected the bronze medal in the Golden Rush Event, netting ₹4.67 Lakhs. He also won ₹20,000 for placing fifth in the ₹3 Lakhs-added Daily Leaderboard.
Sumit Sapra’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹7.33 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹2.56 Crores |Annual Winnings: 86.29 Lakhs
Vaibhav ‘vane_shado’ Temani (4th for ₹3.85 Lakhs), Saptarshi ‘gutsypro’ Bhaduri (5th for ₹3.12 Lakhs), Bhavyajeet ‘brbhavya’ Singh Rathore (6th for ₹2.47 Lakhs), and Himanshu ‘himkat’ Kataria (8th for ₹1.63 Lakhs), were among the other known names on the FT.
The fifteen-flight strong NPS Golden Rush logged in a mind-boggling 18,849 entries (Flight 1A – 1,995, Flight 1B – 1,677, Flight 1C – 1,262, Flight 1D – 1,237, Flight 1E – 1,374, Flight 1F – 1,353, Flight 1G – 1,030, Flight 1H – 888, Flight 1I – 752, Flight 1J – 848, Flight 1K – 821, Flight 1L – 1,006, Flight 1M – 938, Flight 1N – 1,631, and Flight 1O Sprint – 2,037) registering a negligible ₹5.75 Lakhs overlay shortfall. An incredible feat considering the modest entry buy-in.
A total of 2,098 players survived for Day 2. But with the best stack forward, 1,777 unique players started the NPS Golden Rush Finale yesterday at 8:30 PM.
Final Table Results
Adda52 Colossus ₹70 Lakhs GTD – Adda52
Buy-in – ₹55,000
Entries – 75
Re-entries – 39
Prize Pool – ₹70,00,000
Places Paid – 11
PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik ‘Pegasus1505’ Ved became the second Adda52 Colossus champion as he outran a stacked 114-entry field in the ₹70 Lakhs GTD Colossus to win ₹20.67 Lakhs! In addition, the WSOP bracelet winner cashed in another four events, banking ₹23.53 Lakhs overall.
Ved’s teammate and former The Millionaire champion, Vivek ‘Vivek94540’ Singh, finished runner-up for ₹13.77 Lakhs. Singh picked up his second FT score in PokerBaazi’s NPS#90 Slam Dunk, placing runner-up for ₹1.72 Lakhs.
The Super Highroller coming at a price point of ₹55,000, suffered a glaring ₹11.57 Lakhs overlay after clocking in 114 entrants. The 9 PM tourney culminated at almost 4 AM, and the top 11 places walked past the money line.
The star-studded FT included the likes of poker coach Abhishek ‘pomfret1989’ Goindi (3rd for ₹9.17 Lakhs), Yudhishter ‘yud1006’ Jaswal (4th for ₹6.10 Lakhs), Tarun ’aggtarun’ Goyal (5th for ₹4.06 Lakhs), Young Gun Sanat ‘mehro2511’ Mehrotra (6th for ₹3.57 Lakhs), Sreekanth ‘n0thing’ Narayan (7th for ₹3.14 Lakhs), and former Young Gun Kavish ‘narcoss’ Kukreja (8th for ₹2.76 Lakhs).
Final Table Results
Sunday Superstack ₹40 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker
Buy-in – ₹11,000
Entries – 196
Re-entries – 88
Re-buys – 112
Prize Pool – ₹40,00,000
Places Paid – 39
The ₹40 Lakhs GTD Sunday Superstack on Spartan Poker began at 8 PM and ran till 4.59 AM with 396 entries in the fray. The event had to fill in an overlay shortfall of ₹40,000.
Guneet ‘GeeKay’ Kwatra was the last player standing and won ₹8.02 Lakhs after defeating Dhaval ‘ElegantlyWasted’ Mudgal (runner-up for ₹5.33 Lakhs) in heads-up play.
Kwatra finished ITM in three more events, collectively earning ₹8.56 Lakhs to announce his entry into the “₹5 Crore Club.” (₹5.02 Crores in lifetime winnings)
His top finishes include:
> 1st in the Sunday Superstack ₹40 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.96 Lakhs
> 106th in the NPS #93 NPS Main Event ₹3 Crore GTD for ₹30,000
> 78th in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹18,428
> 35th in the Deepstack Madness for ₹11,000
PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh ‘bazzingaa’ Chadha (3rd for ₹3.90 Lakhs), Manoj ‘Solder9’ Kumar (5th for ₹2.47 Lakhs), Saroj ‘Pepperchino’ Mehta (6th for ₹1.87 Lakhs), Nano High Roller winner Vinayak ‘haayegarmi’ Bajaj (7th for ₹1.37 Lakhs) and Debashis ‘dev255-pg1’ Bal (8th for ₹1 Lakhs) were the other known players on the FT.
Final Table Results
NPS#91 Sunday Marathon ₹30 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi
Buy-in – ₹5,500
Entries – 457
Re-entries – 448
Prize Pool – ₹45,25,000
Places Paid – 108
PokerStars India’s Summer Series – Highroller champion Vishnu ‘violator’ Khandelwal came out on top in the ₹30 Lakhs GTD NPS#91 Sunday Marathon to win a personal best (on PokerBaazi) ₹7.92 Lakhs along with his first NPS gold medal.
This was Vishnu Khandelwal`s second podium score at the series. On June 21, he placed runner-up in NPS #56 Hyper Sprint for ₹2.06 Lakhs. Khandelwal’s overall scores on PokerBaazi have now reached ₹22.59 Lakhs with ₹7.14 Lakhs in site profits.
The October 2019 Baazi Poker Tour Highroller champion Rohit ‘Executioner00’ Jinwal (2nd for ₹5.55 Lakhs) and ‘x4darksoul’ (3rd for ₹3.59 Lakhs) booked the silver and bronze medal respectively. Jinwal finished ITM in one more event on the site, collectively earning ₹5.60 Lakhs. His total winnings on PokerBaazi are now touching ₹19.28 Lakhs.
The ₹30 Lakhs GTD NPS#91 Sunday Marathon saw 905 entries creating a guarantee-smashing ₹45.25 Lakhs (over 50% more than the advertised guarantee).
Amar ‘kidpoker0109’ Mehta (4th for ₹2.65 Lakhs), Prakash ‘pinnug’ Gupta (5th for ₹1.98 Lakhs), Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma (6th for ₹1.60 Lakhs), Rajat ‘LungFakeer’ Sharma (4th for ₹1.33 Lakhs), and the #1 ranked player of the year Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia (4th for ₹1.05 Lakhs) also FT-ed the event.
Final Table Results
Nano Main Event Finale ₹25 Lakhs GTD – Adda52
Buy-in – ₹1,650
Entries – 903
Re-entries – 597
Prize Pool – ₹25,00,000
Places Paid – 103
Vinayak ‘bhai_on_mary_jane’ Bajaj came out trumps in the ₹25 Lakhs GTD Nano Main Event on Adda52 last night and won ₹4.55 Lakhs after striking a heads-up deal with Karann ‘ICMsucks’ Dembla (runner-up for ₹4.21 Lakhs).
The ₹1,650 entry buy-in event registered 1,500 entries across five starting flights and had to fill in a 10% overlay. A total of 195 players survived through to Day 2 – starting at 9:30 PM last night – and a little over half the advancing field, i.e., 103 places, got paid.
Young Gun Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood (3rd for ₹2.12 Lakhs), Kishor ‘kishorvc’ Kumar (4th for ₹1.60 Lakhs), Devang ‘spark123’ Yadav (5th for ₹1.05 Lakhs), Aditya ’adit11’ Kulkarni (7th for ₹60,000), and Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh (9th for ₹34,500) also FT-ed the tourney.
Final Table Results
*denotes heads-up deal
Deepstack Madness ₹20 Lakhs GTD – Adda52
Buy-in – ₹4,400
Entries – 249
Re-entries – 154
Prize Pool – ₹20,00,000
Places Paid – 43
Young Gun Kanchan ‘thandicoke’ Sharma got another stereotype-crushing title victory yesterday as she championed Adda52’s ₹20 Lakhs GTD Deepstack Madness for ₹4.23 Lakhs. The NPS Sprint champion added almost ₹9.17 Lakhs in Sunday winnings, counting another three deep runs.
Bharat ‘rungooserun’ Vasan finished runner-up for ₹3.72 Lakhs.
The ₹4,400 entry buy-in event registered an overlay of ₹3.88 Lakhs on the back of 403 participants. The 7:30 PM event ended at 2:59 AM on Monday, and the top 43 places boarded the money bus.
The Adda52 Colossus champion PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik ‘Pegasus1505’ Ved (3rd for ₹2.10 Lakhs), Rachit ‘baba_ramdev’ Soni (4th for ₹1.60 Lakhs), Young Gun Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood (5th for ₹1.04 Lakhs), Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall (6th for ₹70,000), and Anurag ‘NormanBates’ Srivastava (8th for ₹45,000) also FT-ed the tourney.
Final Table Results
Nano Highroller ₹17 Lakhs GTD – Adda52
Buy-in – ₹3,000
Entries – 290
Re-entries – 204
Prize Pool – ₹17,00,000
Places Paid – 53
Eight hours of intense battle eventually saw Friday’s The Elite third-place finisher Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall walk away with Adda52’s Nano Highroller title. The three-time Millionaire runner-up finisher defeated online reg Akshay ‘Powershell’ Asawa (runner-up for ₹2.34 Lakhs) heads-up to collect ₹3.19 Lakhs!
The #8 ranked player of the year, Goonjan Mall’s online tally stands tall at a whopping ₹7.31 Crores (₹3.33 Crores in net profits).
The ₹17 Lakhs GTD tourney, however, took a massive ₹3.52 Lakhs overlay hit after managing to bring in only 494 runners. The top 53 lapped up the value on offer.
Rachit ‘baba_ramdev’ Soni (3rd for ₹1.72 Lakhs), Siddharth ‘gabandheer’ Pandey (4th for ₹1.26 Lakhs), the former The Millionaire champion Sanish ‘sanish21’ Chhabra (5th for ₹92,182), and Guruprasad ‘guruprasad_gupta’ Gupta (6th for ₹67,569) posted FT scores.
Final Table Results
Sunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India
Buy-in – ₹5,500
Entries – 167
Re-entries – 114
Prize Pool – ₹15,00,000
Places Paid – 31
PokerStars India’s 5 PM Sunday attraction, the Sunday Special Progressive Knockout, returned with a ₹15 Lakhs prize pool guarantee. A total of 281 players signed up to play, recording an overlay of ₹95,000. ‘sumit1386’ won the event for ₹2.71 Lakhs (includes ₹1.37 Lakhs in bounties) just as Ayush ‘Kyanaamrakhu’ Garg finished runner-up for ₹2.08 Lakhs (includes ₹74,121 in bounties).
The runner-up finish and two more ITM scores helped Ayush Garg pick up a cumulative ₹2.26 Lakhs on Sunday, helping him breach the ₹4 Crore mark in lifetime winnings.
Shubham ‘theViperArena’ Chaudhary (6th for ₹52,747), Gautam ‘BE@tTheF!sh’ Sachdeva (7th for ₹42,235), and Siddharth ‘gangnam gangi’ Gangwar (8th for ₹30,261) also FT-ed the event.
Final Table Results (Includes Bounties)
NPS#90 Slam Dunk ₹10 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi
Buy-in – ₹2,750
Entries – 423
Re-entries – 445
Prize Pool – ₹21,70,000
Places Paid – 108
The ₹10 Lakhs GTD NPS#90 Slam Dunk ran from 7 PM to 3:33AM. With an impressive 868 cumulative entries, the event registered a ₹21.70 Lakhs prize pool (2.17X times its listed guarantee).
The 34-year-old professional golfer and birthday boy Dipankar ‘dipankar29’ Kaushal recorded his career-best score (on PokerBaazi) of ₹2.92 Lakhs and an NPS Gold Medal. Kaushal boasts ₹4.78 Lakhs in recorded earnings on PokerBaazi, with ₹2.08 Lakhs in site-profits.
The PokerBaazi reg ‘macchi’ banked a better ₹3.54 Lakhs for his runner-up finish, courtesy of a heads-up deal.
Adda52 Colossus runner-up finisher PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek ‘Nutpeddling729’ Singh (3rd for ₹1.72 Lakhs), Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain (4th for ₹1.27 Lakhs), Akash ‘WinMan4’ Arora (4th for ₹95,046), Ashish ‘Imgabru’ Kumar (7th for ₹63,581), and Kumar ’23offsuits’ Vatsal (8th for ₹50,561) FT-ed the event.
Final Table Results
*denotes a heads-up deal
Money Heist ₹9 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker
Buy-in – ₹1,100
Entries – 394
Re-entries – 128
Re-buys – 272
Prize Pool – ₹9,00,000
Places Paid – 71
Taking off at 9 PM, Spartan Poker’s ₹9 Lakhs GTD Money Heist attracted 794 contenders. After over eight hours of play, it was ‘TheRealG’ riding to the finish line to claim the ₹1.74 Lakhs up top. Atishay ‘momstacos’ Samuel finished runner-up for ₹1.09 Lakhs.
The champion ‘TheRealG’ now has site winnings of ₹8.59 Lakhs (includes ₹1.98 Lakhs in net profits).
The runner-up finisher Atishay Samuel finished ITM in three more events to pad his bankroll for a collective ₹1.67 Lakhs. He now has ₹79.22 Lakhs in lifetime winnings across tracked domestic sites.
The former FTS Main Event champion Young Gun Siddharth ‘Ari Tribbiani’ Karia (4th for ₹61,740), and the former BPT 15K Big Bounty champion Kshitij ‘TheG0dfath3r’ Kucheria (8th for ₹19,890) also FTed the event.
Final Table Results
OFC Fantasy Series#9 – Main Event ₹4 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker
Buy-in – ₹3,300
Entries – 42
Re-entries – 35
Re-buys – 25
Prize Pool – ₹4,00,000
Places Paid – 11
Spartan Poker-hosted ₹4 Lakhs OFC Fantasy Series#9 Main Event fell ₹94,000 short of its listed guarantee, and the mystery user ‘HumbleGod’ claimed the title and first-place prize money worth ₹1.10 Lakhs. The victor outduelled ‘infinity_’ (runner-up for ₹78,200) in the heads-up play.
Siddarth ‘PeterPunter’ Singhvi (3rd for ₹51,200), Jaskirat ‘sharkhunterr’ Bindra (6th for ₹24,400), Tanmaya ‘RTD27’ Gupta (7th for ₹17,414) and Paras ‘AAKKQQJJ’ Jain (8th for ₹13,214) also FT-ed the event.
Big Bubble Rush ₹3 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India
Buy-in – ₹1,375
Entries – 118
Re-entries – 62
Total Prize Pool – ₹3,00,000
Regular Prize Pool – ₹1,87,500
Bounty Prize Pool – ₹1,12,500
Places Paid – 35
PokerStars India’s ₹3 Lakhs GTD Big Bubble Rush began at 7.30 PM and registered 180 entries to post an overlay shortfall of ₹75,000 for the site to fill.
Nishant ‘Balaark’ Pandey was the last player standing and won ₹64,784 (includes ₹29,424 in bounties), while Himanshu ‘himkat@stars’ Kataria secured a runner-up payday worth ₹30,399 (includes ₹4,336 in bounties).
Nishant Pandey breached the “₹50 Lakhs” mark in lifetime earnings after the win and sits on ₹50.78 Lakhs in recorded MTT scores with ₹18.01 Lakhs in net profits.
Sreeharsha ‘DonkeyCommitted’ Boneni finished sixth for ₹9,802.
The Big One ₹3 Lakhs GTD – GoodPoker
Buy-in – ₹1,500
Entries – 173
Re-entries – 61
Prize Pool – ₹3,00,000
Places Paid – 27
‘user1623144920’ shipped GoodPoker’s Sunday extravaganza, the ₹3 Lakhs GTD The Big One to win ₹62,500, with ‘AoneDonk’ adding ₹46,500 to their poker bankroll for finishing second.
Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD – Khelo365
Buy-in – ₹1,650
Entries – 28
Re-entries – 18
Prize Pool – ₹1,00,000
Places Paid – 5
Khelo365`s Sunday night mainstay, the ₹1 Lakh GTD Big Bang, registered 46 entries, leaving a ₹31,000 overlay for the site to fill. Site regular ‘Cham10n’ took down the title for ₹43,000, while ‘suryak’ placed second for ₹23,000.
Daily PLO Grind ₹1 Lakh GTD – PokerDangal
Buy-in – ₹660
Entries – 72
Rebuys – 78
Prize Pool – ₹1,00,000
Places Paid – 23
PokerDangal’s ₹1 Lakh GTD Daily PLO Grind was taken down by ‘88bluff’ for ₹21,000, just as ‘ridingbadluck’ finished second for ₹15,500.
Dominator ₹50K GTD – Khelo365
Buy-in – ₹550
Entries – 48
Rebuys – 40
Prize Pool – ₹50,000
Places Paid – 9
The ₹50K GTD Dominator on Khelo365 was taken down by ‘Gold999’ for ₹16,000. ‘ajaashish’ placed runner-up for ₹10,000 after firing two bullets.
Snacks ₹40K GTD – GoodPoker
Buy-in – ₹385
Entries – 103
Rebuys – 38
Prize Pool – ₹40,000
Places Paid – 15
‘KOHINOOR’ outlasted the 141-player field in GoodPoker’s ₹40K GTD Snacks to win ₹9,200.
This report was updated at 9:30 PM on 28.6.2021.
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