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Mohammad Azhar, Ram Kakkar, Puneet Mishra, Anuj Yadav & Ankita Ajay Malik Shine Through in the Sunday Marquees

Sunday Online Railbird Report 30-08
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis August 30, 2021
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There could not have been a more thrilling end to August than what transpired last night! With the Adda52-hosted World Poker Tour (WPT) Online India on its penultimate day, two of the biggest tournaments of the series, the ₹3 Crores GTD WPT Main Event and the ₹1 Crore GTD WPT Unreal, both played down to winners.

Grabbing the day’s single biggest paycheque was Kushal Sogani, who took down the WPT Main Event for a career-defining ₹47.45 Lakhs. The former Full House Finale also final-tabled the WPT 3000, cumulatively banking ₹48.82 Lakhs.

The first-ever NPS Champion Mohammad Azhar came close to capturing yet another Main Event title (his second in two months) but ultimately settled for a runner-up finish worth ₹34.09 Lakhs. Two more ITM finishes boosted his Sunday winnings to ₹34.34 Lakhs.

Ram Kakkar (3rd for ₹24.51 Lakhs) and Puneet Mishra (4th for ₹17.62 Lakhs) were the other WPT Main Event final table finishers to bank seven-figure payouts.

Running alongside the WPT Main Event was the WPT Unreal. The marathon event finally culminated last night after declaring a winner in Ankita Malik. Claiming her career-fourth WPT title, Malik outlasted Simran Sharma (2nd for ₹10 Lakhs) and her own husband, Gagandeep Singh (3rd for ₹8 Lakhs) on the FT to claim a career-best ₹15 Lakhs payday. A rising star in the domestic poker circuit, Ankita Malik’s incredible run is an inspiration for many up-and-coming players, especially women who struggle to find their footing in the industry.

Young Gun Anuj Yadav won Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire title, becoming the eighth player in our database to win weekend flagship twice. He earned a top prize of ₹17.24 Lakhs (cumulatively) after defeating Sachin Sharma (2nd for ₹9.27 Lakhs) heads-up. The 25-year-old Yadav joins Manoj Pentakota, Phanindra Akkina, Sriharsha Doddapaneni, Manish Lakhotia, Gaurav Sood, and Arsh Grover in the elite two-time Millionaire champion’s club.

If Ankita Malik’s WPT Unreal win was inspiring, then Young Gun Kanchan Sharma‘s consistent form is equally motivating. The former Destiny winner was in stellar form yesterday as she championed PokerBaazi’s BSS SuperStack for ₹4.88 Lakhs. She wrapped up her Sunday run with a career-best ₹10.88 Lakhs in total winnings on the back of another three deep runs.

Anujkumar Kodam was another Young Gun who joined the Sunday winner’s list after taking down Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹7.09 Lakhs.

Manesh Rathod, Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal Patni, Young Gun Gaurav Sood, Niteen Raj, Young Gun Arsh Grover, Vijay Singh, Pradip Ghosh, Raman Arora, Anish Arora, Clinton Tavares, Aditya Kesharwani, Chaitanya Dhingra, Hemant Meena, and Sumit Gupta won the other Sunday marquees!

Here are the Sunday highlights!

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Spartan Poker

Spartan Poker’s final The Millionaire edition of August came to a close last night. The weekend flagship registered a guarantee-crushing 2,010 participants, surpassing its listed guarantee by ₹50,000. Only 297 qualifying stacks made it to Day 2, and the list included 209 unique players. The final confrontation over the title was between the recent IOPC July 20201 Leaderboard topper, Young Gun Anuj ‘titooTauji’ Yadav, and Sachin ‘Ullumanati’ Sharma. Yadav, who had placed runner-up in The Big Deal and the Highroller on Thursday before winning The Elite for the second time on Friday, bagged the prized title and a whopping ₹16.83 Lakhs! Sharma conceded to a runner-up finish worth ₹9.27 Lakhs.

Anuj Yadav
Anuj Yadav

 

The 25-year-old Anuj Yadav has emerged as one of the poker powerhouses on the domestic felts. He crushed it in the 11th edition of the IOPC (July edition), landing himself five IOPC titles alongside a third-place finish in the IOPC – The Crown. Last April, Yadav had championed The Millionaire Legends for ₹42.93 Lakhs. He had brought five qualifying stacks to Day 2 of The Millionaire yesterday and scored through all of them. Yadav also placed 148th for ₹11,658, 212nd for ₹10,553, 274th for ₹9,045, 288th for ₹9,045, to collectively earn ₹17.24 Lakhs in the event.

Joining the Sunday list of winners was another of our Young Gun’s, Anujkumar ‘aatmaan108’ Kodam. The 32-year-old player is the first-ever MoneyMaker winner and a former Millionaire champion. Last night, Kodam ran past a 403-player field to win the ₹11,000 entry buy-in Sunday Superstack for ₹7.09 Lakhs, following a heads-up deal with ‘MysticRiver’ (2nd for ₹6.36 Lakhs).

Anujkumar Kodam
Anujkumar Kodam

 

The third Sunday headliner on Spartan Poker, the ₹8 Lakhs GTD Money Heist, registered a turnout of 692 entrants, overlaying ₹38,800. Priyank ‘Satoshi_Nakamoto’ Kothari proved the eventual champion and won the ₹1.29 Lakhs up top, following a heads-up deal with Rahul ‘iLiSHMaCh’ Sahni (2nd for ₹1.23 Lakhs).

Priyank Kothari
Priyank Kothari

 

Priyank Kothari ITMed another five events yesterday, padding his bankroll by a cumulative ₹1.99 Lakhs. He presently boasts ₹3.33 Crore in lifetime winnings.

Spartan Poker ran the ₹17 Lakhs GTD OFC Festival from August 27 to 29. Headlining the action on the final day was the ₹3 Lakhs GTD OFC Fantasy Series #9 Main Event – Pineapple OH. Sumit K Newsharkintown’ Dogra bested the 107-player field to win the Main Event title for ₹93,572, defeating ‘pokergambit’ (2nd for ₹67,410) in the heads-up showdown.

‘Sanu15’ (Won the ₹2 Lakhs GTD Reloaded for ₹42,300), ‘DOT Com’ (Won ₹1.15 Lakhs GTD OFC Fantasy Series #8 – Pineapple OH for ₹36,225), Paras ‘AAKKQQJJ’ Jain (Won ₹70K GTD OFC Fantasy Series #7 Pineapple OH for ₹22,050) and Dhirendra ‘dhiru91’ Kumar (Won ₹75K GTD Sunday Deep Freeze for ₹21,863) were the other Sunday winners on Spartan Poker.

Paras Jain
Paras Jain

 

DanielNeg07’ topped the ₹2 Lakhs-added OFC Fantasy Series leaderboard to win ₹50,000 in bonus money. ‘Asalie ‘AcesOnDeck’ Peseyie and ‘Honey17890’ won ₹35,000 and ₹30,000 respectively, for rounding out the top three on the OFC Fantasy Series leaderboard.

OFC Fantasy Series Final Leaderboard Standings

RankPlayerPrize Amount (BM)
1DanielNeg07₹50,000
2Asalie 'AcesOnDeck' Peseyie₹35,000
3Honey17890₹30,000
4Ravi 'Rvjn91' Jain₹25,000
5Hemanshu 'CM.PUNK2412' Tandon₹20,000
6darklust₹15,000
7Paras 'AAKKQQJJ' Jain₹10,000
8Sumit 'Newsharkintown' Dogra₹7,000
9Siddarth 'PeterPunter' Singhvi₹5,000
10DOT Com₹3,000

 

PokerBaazi

Spearheading the Sunday schedule on PokerBaazi was the ₹20 Lakhs GTD BSS SuperStack. The former Destiny winner, Young Gun Kanchan ‘Kanchansharma’ Sharma, took down the title – her first time winning the event – netting a personal best (on PokerBaazi) ₹4.88 Lakhs. She beat Shashank ‘shashank171992’ Mehrotra (2nd for ₹3.42 Lakhs) heads-up.

Kanchan Sharma
Kanchan Sharma

 

Kanchan Sharma was one of the top Sunday winners and posted three more ITM scores, banking a career-best ₹10.88 Lakhs (cumulatively).

Her scores include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s BSS SuperStack for ₹4.88 Lakhs

> 4th & 88th in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for ₹4.60 Lakhs & ₹17,990 (₹4.78 Lakhs cumulatively)

> 39th in Adda52’s WPT Main Event for ₹91,800

> 36th in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹27,807

Kanchan Sharma’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.58 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.34 Crores| Annual Winnings: ₹1.65 Crores | Annual Profits: ₹54.73 Lakhs

The ₹5 Lakhs GTD BSS MonsterStack 6-Max registered 233 entries to surpass its advertised guarantee by ₹82,500. The former IOPC SHR runner-up finisher and the #2 ranked player of 2020, Young Gun Arsh ‘Button_Hai_Bro’ Grover, toppled the former IOPC – Mega Stack winner Vinayak ‘salmanbhai’ Bajaj (2nd for ₹96,171) heads-up to clinch the title for ₹1.37 Lakhs.

Arsh Grover
Arsh Grover

 

The third most profitable player of the year (currently), Grover crossed the money line in three more events yesterday, earning a cumulative ₹2.64 Lakhs. His stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹8.93 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹4.42 Crores| Annual Winnings: ₹2.49 Crores | Annual Profits: ₹1.20 Crores | Ranked #5 in the Annual Leaderboard Standings

Sunday also brought an end to the Baazi Grinders Series. The featured event of the budget series, the ₹5 Lakhs GTD Grinders#40 Main Event, saw Vijay ‘VIJAYAIR01’ Singh decimating a guarantee-crushing 618-entry strong field to win a personal-best (on PokerBaazi) ₹1.17 Lakhs. The user ‘stonedurr’ came second for ₹81,885. Singh boosted his lifetime winnings to ₹11.75 Lakhs (₹90,401 in profits) with this win.

Aditya ‘KesarDa’ Kesharwani (Won Grinders#39 6-Max ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹28,707), Hemant ‘hkm2828’ Meena (Won Grinders#41 WTB ₹80K GTD for ₹15,720), Sumit ‘m0ney’ Gupta (Won Grinders#38 ₹65K GTD for ₹13,020), ‘molik06’ (Won Grinders#42 Turbo ₹50K GTD for ₹10,575), and ‘Samrudra55’ (Won Grinders#37 ₹15K GTD for ₹2,861) won the other titles on the last day of the Baazi Grinders Series.

Aditya Kesharwani
Aditya Kesharwani

 

Anish ‘PapaNegreanu’ Arora (Won BSS ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹53,413), ‘TheTamizhDurrr’ (Won Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹37,305), ‘Moneyhoneymoney’ (Won BSS Kickoff ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹27,921), and Chaitanya ‘chaitanyadhingra’ Dhingra (Won BSS Afternoon SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹25,290), and ‘Mimoh’ (Won PLO Daily ₹40K GTD for ₹11,820) won the other Sunday marquees on PokerBaazi.

 

Adda52

Sunday was an eventful one on Adda52, with the site hosting the penultimate day’s action of the WPT Online India Series. There were nine events on the tap, and all of them crowned champions.

The crème de la crème of the series, the ₹3 Crores GTD WPT Main Event, finally played down to a winner. It took seven hours and 34 minutes for Adda52 reg Kushal ‘dimaria7’ Sogani to come out on top and walked away with a life-altering ₹47.45 Lakhs payday! Besides the WPT Online India trophy, Sogani will also receive a Hublot watch and a WPT Passport worth $5,000.

Kushal Sogani
Kushal Sogani

 

The former Full House champion was on a rampage as they also final-tabled WPT 3000, finishing fourth for ₹1.37 Lakhs, netting ₹48.82 Lakhs cumulatively. Kushal Sogani now has ₹80.73 Lakhs in online winnings on Adda52, with ₹70.74 Lakhs in net profits.

Winning the WPT Main Event is undoubtedly a mammoth achievement; however, Mohammad ‘blankspace’ Azhar’s runner-up finish for ₹34.09 Lakhs was equally commendable. The NPS Main Event champion was a hair’s breadth away from claiming yet another grand title in just over two months.

Runner-up Mohammad Azhar
Runner-up Mohammad Azhar

 

Mohammad Azhar also cashed in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire (108th for ₹23,618) and PokerStars India’s Sunday Special (100th for ₹1,250), pocketing ₹34.34 Lakhs in overall Sunday earnings.

Mohammad Azhar’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹2.35 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹82.31 Lakhs | Annual Winnings: ₹1.84 Crores | Annual Profits: ₹1.10 Crores

The WPT Main Event final table comprised of quite a few familiar names, including Ram ‘mowgumotu’ Kakkar (3rd for ₹24.51 Lakhs), Puneet ‘j4jolly’ Mishra (4th for ₹17.62 Lakhs), Apratim ‘checmate’ Sharma (6th for ₹9.11 Lakhs) and Abhimanyu ‘PsychoDrama’ Mittal (7th for ₹6.55 Lakhs).

Ram Kakkar
Ram Kakkar

 

While the WPT Main Event was unquestionably the magnum opus of the series, the ₹1 Crore GTD WPT Unreal was arguably the show-stealer. The affordable ₹499 buy-in tourney ran for the entirety of the series, from August 1 to 30, hosting a total of 30 flights and registered 19,568 entries. Day 2 began with 2,048 runners, of which only 2,000 were slated to finish in the money.

The tourney commenced at 7 PM, and in a little less than eight hours of play, Ankita ‘ankumalik’ Malik navigated her way to the top to become the first-ever WPT Unreal champion! Clinching her career-fourth WPT Online title (her third at the series), Malik also banked a career-best ₹15 Lakhs payday. Simran ‘killerinstincts’ Sharma finished runner-up for ₹10 Lakhs, and Gagandeep ‘gaganhyd’ Singh, who happens to be Ankita Malik’s husband, placed third for ₹8 Lakhs.

Ankita Ajay Malik
Ankita Ajay Malik

 

Ankita Malik had previously shipped the WPT Mini 6-Max on November 15, the WPT Multiplier on August 9, and the WPT Daily Warmup on August 25. She scored in two other events yesterday, raking in ₹15.02 Lakhs in Sunday winnings.

Her stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹72 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹31.89 Lakhs

Manesh ‘TEAMfromHELL’ Rathod took down the other Sunday marquee, the ₹15 Lakhs GTD WPT 3000, for a personal-best ₹4.90 Lakhs, with ‘babyiamhere’ placing second for ₹2.84 Lakhs. Rathod also finished 35th in the WPT Main Event for ₹91,800, ending the day with ₹5.82 Lakhs in cumulative earnings. He now has ₹34.16 Lakhs (across Adda52 & Spartan Poker) in online winnings.

Friday’s WPT Classic winner, Niteen ‘niteenplus’ Raj, won the ₹5 Lakhs GTD WPT Hustle for ₹1.84 Lakhs, while yesterday`s WPT Multiplier champion ‘peacelover’ (anonymity requested) came second for ₹1.05 Lakhs. Niteen Raj now has ₹25.38 Lakhs in tracked online winnings.

‘peacelover’ (Won WPT Multiplier ₹4 Lakhs GTD for ₹90,063), Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh (Won WPT Late Night PKO ₹3 Lakhs GTD for ₹81,276), and Raman ‘Ranzoo9’ Arora (Won WPT Daily Warmup ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹63,013) shipped the final WPT titles of the series.

Pradip Ghosh
Pradip Ghosh

 

The race to top the WPT Mega Leaderboard standings ran neck-to-neck for the last few days, but in the end, Raghav ‘FuckedUpLife’ Siddalinga held on to his lead. He cashed a total of 49 times in the series and won four titles accumulating 1,334 points, enough to pip the competition to win ₹8 Lakhs. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja (1,235 points) placed second for ₹5 Lakhs, and his teammate Ankit ‘d00mtr003r’ Wadhawan (1,228 points) took third place in standings to win ₹3.25 Lakhs.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja

 

Final WPT Mega Leaderboard Standings

RankPlayerPrize Amount
1Raghav 'FuckedUpLife' Siddalanga₹8,00,000
2Ashish 'rocky3705' Ahuja₹5,00,000
3Ankit 'd00mtr003r' Wadhawan₹3,25,000
4Devrat 'vickypune' Singh₹2,00,000
5Anant 'Pro_baba' Purohit₹1,50,000
6Arjanveer 'arjan30' Singh Chadha₹1,20,000
7Kunal 'FoatToMyBoat' Patni₹1,00,000
8Ritwik 'ritwik27' Khanna₹83,000
9Gaurav 'gauravarod' Sood₹70,000
10Arsh 'BigggTymeR' Grover₹55,000

Besides the WPT Mega leaderboard, two other leaderboards were running – the WPT Mini and WPT Micro leaderboards.

WPT Hustle champion Niteen ‘niteenplus’ Raj (2,658 points) topped the WPT Mini leaderboard standings, earning an additional ₹2.55 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes. ‘Indianthug’ (2,631 points) received ₹1.80 Lakhs for placing second, while the WPT Unreal winner, Ankita ‘ankumalik’ Ajay Malik (2,583 points), ranked third for ₹1.15 Lakhs.

Niteen Raj
Niteen Raj

 

The WPT Micro leaderboard was taken down by Satbir ‘satbir2222’ Singh (4,541 points) for ₹1.50 Lakhs. ‘amanpoker27’ (4,353 points for ₹1.08 Lakhs) and Pramila ‘aurora999’ Arora (4,244 points for ₹70,000) secured the following two ranks.

But wait, the WPTOI isn’t over yet! Day 30 of the series will host two exciting SNGs, the ₹7 Lakhs GTD WPT Winners SNG and the ₹3 Lakhs GTD WPT Bubble SNG. So, stay tuned to see who wins these tourneys!

 

PokerStars India

The biggest Sunday draw on PokerStars India, the ₹18 Lakhs GTD Sunday Special – Progressive KO, filled in ₹2.55 Lakhs in overlays after 309 entrants bought in for ₹5,500. After over eight hours of play, the winningest player of the country, Young Gun Gaurav ‘3betPanda’ Sood, came out on top to win ₹3.07 Lakhs. The Deepstack championThucydidezz’ placed second for ₹2.32 Lakhs!

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood

 

It was a red-letter day for the dentist-turned poker pro Gaurav Sood, who became the first player in Indian history to breach the ₹10 Crores mark in online winnings! The 25-year-old poker prodigy lapped up ₹4.93 Lakhs in total last night and his other deep runs included:

> 15th in The Millionaire for ₹1.29 Lakhs*

> 144th in WPT India Main Event for ₹56,121

Gaurav Sood’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹10.01 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹5.22 Crores | Annual Winnings: ₹3.30 Crores | Ranked #1 in the Annual Leaderboard Standings, Annual Profits, and Lifetime Profits.

Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal ‘iAlwaysHaveit’ Patni championed the other Sunday marquee on PokerStars India, the ₹15 Lakhs GTD Sunday Highroller for ₹3.32 Lakhs after prevailing over Sanish ‘sneakysani’ Chhabra (2nd for ₹2.56 Lakhs) in the heads-up clash.

Kunal Patni
Kunal Patni

 

Kunal Patni’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹6.13 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.05 Crores | Ranked #4 in the Annual Leaderboard Standings

The event crushed its listed guarantee by ₹1.50 Lakhs (a 10% surplus) after clocking in 165 entrants who bought in for ₹11,000. The top 20 places walked past the money line.

The ₹2 Lakhs GTD Big Bubble Rush found a champion in site loyalist Clinton ‘Clinton Tavares’ Tavares, who earned a paycheck of ₹41,659 after prevailing over Abhishek ‘abhiaum’ Chhajer (2nd for ₹27,594) in the heads-up clash. The two-time The Classic champion, Tavares, breached the ₹27 Lakhs mark in lifetime earnings last night. The event generated a ₹2.21 Lakhs prize pool after clocking in 177 participants, and the top 29 places got paid.

Clinton Tavares
Clinton Tavares

 

‘Stanoneil86’ (Won Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹28,631), ‘Dangerousdaku’ (Won Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹28,538), ‘Xbox0710‘ (Won Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹25,394), and Sunday Special runner-up finisher ‘Thucydidezz’