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Online Rankings: Abhinay Devarankonda Storms His Way to the Top of the Weekly Standings, Gaurav Sood Still Ranked #1 on the Annual Charts With Manish Lakhotia Closing In!

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  • Namita Ghosh November 7, 2021
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Happy Diwali, everyone! The festival of lights is past us now, but the celebratory hangover still persists, resulting in what was a slow week of online MTT action across sites. While online poker operators were grappling with landslide overlays for the most part, what kept the Indian poker community busy was news of deep runs by Indians at the 2021 WSOP in Las Vegas.

Young Gun Gaurav Sood has been on a breakout run for the last two years and would have been a player to watch out for at the WSOP if Visa issues hadn`t forced him to abandon his Las Vegas plans. Nevertheless, the MTT beast completes an impressive 14 consecutive weeks at the top of the annual rankings with ₹3.89 Crores in annual winnings and an unbeaten ₹1.92 Crores in yearly profits. He won the Sunday Highroller this week, adding ₹3.01 Lakhs to his week’s tally. His two closest competitors, the #2 ranked Manish Lakhotia and the #3 ranked PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, did relatively better by raking about ₹5.87 Lakhs each this week.

Manish Lakhotia has closed in considerably on Sood, and with ₹3.86 Crores in annual winnings (and ₹1.11 Crores in yearly profits), a little over ₹2 Lakhs separates the duo in yearly winnings.

PokerGuru Ambassadors continue to dominate the annual leaderboards with six players from the team featuring on the top 10 rankings. Apart from Laksh Pal Singh (#3) – Ankit Wadhawan (#4), Mithun Mahesh (#5), Ashish Ahuja (#6), Arjanveer Singh Chadha (#7) and Vishal Bajaj (#10) feature prominently among the year`s top scorers.

The showstopper event of the week was undoubtedly Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire, and it’s refreshing to see new names hitting big scores. Take the latest Millionaire champion, Abhinay Devarakonda, for instance. The relatively lesser-known player trounced the competitive field in the weekend flagship and chopped the title heads-up with Kapil Arora to collect a personal-best ₹14.96 Lakhs. In all, Devarakonda lapped up ₹15.04 Lakhs through the week to top the weekly charts.

PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh had a breakout week and won two high roller titles on PokerStars to make away with ₹12.88 Lakhs overall. He sits at #2 behind Devarakonda in the weekly standings, and his trailblazing run has pushed him up three places (since last week) to the #5 spot on the annual rankings.

Rounding out the top three on the weekly rankings is the Millionaire runner-up finisher Kapil Arora, who is hot on Mahesh’s heels with ₹12.56 Lakhs in cumulative earnings this week.

Since this is the start of the month, the weekly and monthly charts essentially reflect the same results. Hence we shall skip a separate mention of the monthly toppers.

 

Online Rankings from October 31 – November 6 (Weekly Rankings)

PlayerWeekly CashesWeekly Profit
Abhinay Devarankonda₹15,04,105₹14,52,665
Mithun Mahesh₹12,87,661₹9,84,740
Kapil Arora₹12,56,296₹11,64,210

 

Online Rankings from January 1 – November 6 (Yearly Rankings)

PlayerYearly CashesYearly Profit
Gaurav Sood₹3,88,61,485₹1,91,81,646
Manish Lakhotia₹3,86,43,206₹1,10,94,609
Laksh Pal Singh₹3,51,46,469₹1,74,58,552

 

Weekly Online Rankings

  1. Abhinay Devarankonda

Weekly Cashes – ₹15,04,105

Weekly Profit – ₹14,52,665

Weekly Leaderboard Points – 630

Abhinay Devarakonda topped the weekly charts after reigning supreme in Spartan Poker`s The Millionaire to collect a career-best ₹14.96 Lakhs. He chopped the title heads-up chop with Kapil Arora (ranked #3 on the weekly charts).

The relatively lesser-known player outran a 1,580-entry field in the weekend flagship that made a rerun after a two-week gap.

Abhinay Devarakonda
Abhinay Devarakonda

 

Top Cashes This Week

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹14.96 Lakhs on October 31

Abhinay Devarakonda - Total Profit Graph
Abhinay Devarakonda – Total Profit Graph

 

2. Mithun Mahesh

Weekly Cashes – ₹12,87,661

Weekly Profit – ₹9,84,740

Weekly Leaderboard Points – 1,005

Former Millionaire champion PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh was an unstoppable force this past week and ranks #2 on the weekly standings.

On Thursday, Mahesh collected over ₹4.36 Lakhs when he won PokerStars India’s Highroller and placed second in Adda52’s Godfather Junior. He grabbed the headlines early in PokerStars India’s just-started Diwali Rush series by claiming the Friday headliner, the Diwali Rush-06 Super HighRoller, for ₹7.65 Lakhs. With two high roller titles and a litany of ITM finishes, Mahesh earned no less than ₹12.87 Lakhs. He has also climbed to #5 in the annual leaderboard rankings.

Mithun Mahesh

 

Top Cashes This Week

– 1st in PokerStars India’s Diwali Rush-06 [SUPER HIGHROLLER] ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹7.65 Lakhs on November 05

– 1st in PokerStars India’s Highroller ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.39 Lakhs on November 04

– 2nd in Adda52’s Godfather Junior ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.62 Lakhs on November 04

Mithun Mahesh - Total Profit Graph
Mithun Mahesh – Total Profit Graph

 

3. Kapil Arora

Weekly Cashes – ₹12,56,296

Weekly Profit – ₹11,64,210

Weekly Leaderboard Points – N/A

Last Sunday’s The Millionaire runner-up finisher Kapil Arora rounds out the top three places on the weekly standings. Arora’s top rank is primarily credited to the ₹12.53 Lakhs he picked up from a heads-up deal in the weekend flagship.

Kapil Arora

 

Top Cashes This Week

– 2nd in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹12.53 Lakhs on October 31

Kapil Arora - Total Profit Graph
Kapil Arora – Total Profit Graph

 

Yearly Online Rankings

  1. Gaurav Sood

Yearly Cashes – ₹3,88,61,485

Yearly Profit – ₹1,91,81,646

Yearly Leaderboard Points – 53,431

No surprise here! Young Gun Gaurav Sood continues to dominate the annual charts, although Manish Lakhotia is within touching distance at #2. The dentist-turned poker pro added ₹3.01 Lakhs through the week, not a significant score for the online phenom, but it was festival time, and most of the player community was busy with celebrations.

Sood was the only player among the top three on the annual rankings to win a title this week. He captured Sunday’s ₹12 Lakhs GTD Sunday Highroller for ₹2.83 Lakhs. While he kept up the show as the year’s winningest player for the 14th straight week, Sood has competition closing in, with Manish Lakhotia now a little over ₹2 Lakhs behind him!

But if you look at the profit charts, Sood remains the unchallenged leader and is likely to close out 2021 as the year’s most profitable player. That’s something!

Gaurav Sood

Top Cashes This Year

– 1st in Adda52’s WPT Super Highroller ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹32.60 Lakhs on August 12

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹14.51 Lakhs on April 18

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s FTS#2 – Kick-off ₹75 Lakhs GTD for ₹14.39 Lakhs on March 7

Gaurav Sood - Total Profit Graph
Gaurav Sood – Total Profit Graph

 

2. Manish Lakhotia

Yearly Cashes – ₹3,86,43,206

Yearly Profit – ₹1,10,94,609

Yearly Leaderboard Points – 70,827

The media-shy poker pro from Siliguri, Manish Lakhotia, kept on a steady run to hold the #2 rank on the annual charts for another week. And he is closer than ever to topple Sood from the #1 position.

Lakhotia lapped up ₹5.87 Lakhs in cumulative earnings in the past seven days, and FT-ed four events headlined by his runner-up finish in The Endeavour for ₹2.23 Lakhs. He also placed sixth in the Adda52 Millions for ₹1.13 Lakhs, boosting his annual scorecard to ₹3.86 Crores with ₹1.11 Crores in net profits.

Manish Lakhotia

 

Top Cashes This Year

– 2nd in Adda52’s Adda52 DOPT Main Event ₹1.5 Crores GTD for ₹17.93 Lakhs on June 13

– 2nd in Spartan Poker’s FTS #23 – High Roller ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹17.43 Lakhs on September 16

– 1st in PokerBaazi’s APT Championship ₹40 Lakhs GTD for ₹12.15 Lakhs on January 21

Manish Lakhotia - Total Profit Graph
Manish Lakhotia – Total Profit Graph

 

3. Laksh Pal Singh

Yearly Cashes – ₹3,51,46,469

Yearly Profit – ₹1,74,58,552

Yearly Leaderboard Points – 43,025

PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh has fallen a great distance behind Manish Lakhotia in annual winnings but keeps his sails high as the year’s third-ranked player. Singh had a consistent week and collected ₹5.86 Lakhs collectively – almost the same as Lakhotia. His biggest score this past week was a runner-up finish in the Adda52 Millions for ₹4.11 Lakhs. He also stays put as the #2 ranked player in annual profits.

Runner-up Laksh Pal Singh
Laksh Pal Singh

 

Top Cashes This Year

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #117 – The Crown ₹3.5 Crores GTD for ₹53.12 Lakhs on February 1

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #8 – High Roller ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹17.24 Lakhs on May 6

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹14.47 Lakhs on April 11

Laksh Pal Singh - Total Profit Graph
Laksh Pal Singh – Total Profit Graph

 

PokerGuru Ambassadors Ankit Wadhawan (Yearly Cashes – ₹3.07 Crores), Mithun Mahesh (Yearly Cashes – ₹2.85 Crores), and Ashish Ahuja (Yearly Cashes – ₹2.81 Crores) are the other top-ranked players on the annual leaderboard.

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