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Online Rankings: Dhinesh Kumar & Punya Behera Ride Strong on the Weekly-Monthly Charts; Gaurav Sood 2 Weeks Away From Defending ‘Winningest Player of the Year’ Title

Dhinesh Kumar, Punya Behera, Gaurav Sood
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  • Namita Ghosh December 19, 2021
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In this feature, we bring you to the top three weekly, monthly, and yearly performers every Saturday. These rankings are based on cumulative winnings (cashes). However, the rankings only include players registered to our online ranking system, so if you haven’t signed up on PokerGuru yet, hurry up and register!

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With less than two weeks left for the calendar to reset to 2022, Young Gun Gaurav Sood looks almost certain to defend the ‘Winningest Player of the Year’ title for a second consecutive year! Today, the poker phenom completes 20 straight weeks on top of the annual charts, and he hit another career milestone earlier this week, becoming the first player to cross ₹11 Crores in online winnings. With ₹4.36 Crores in annual earnings and ₹2.17 Crores in net profits, Sood is the runaway leader on the yearly charts – over ₹20 Lakhs clear on Manish Lakhotia at the #2 spot.

Manish Lakhotia stays put at the #2 spot and desperately needs a massive Sunday score if he hopes to dethrone Sood with time running out fast. PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh continues to trail them at the #3 spot.

As for the December leaderboard rankings, last week’s monthly topper Punya Behera continues to lead the charge while Sunday`s WCS #40 – United champion Dhinesh Kumar takes the #2 spot. Young Gun Anuj Yadav slides down to #3.

Dhinesh Kumar tops the weekly charts convincingly. On Sunday, the former Full House champion topped a 1,468-player field in the ₹1 Crore GTD WCS – United on to win ₹18.16 Lakhs. Even though the remainder of the week was relatively quiet for him, Kumar added ₹18.86 Lakhs to his weekly tally. The WCS #72 High Roller

champion Deepesh Raka made the headlines on back-to-back days this week and occupies the #2 rank, with the Rocking Ahuja champion Gaurav Sood rounding out the top three names on the weekly leaderboard standings.

Online Rankings from December 12 – 18 (Weekly Rankings)

PlayerWeekly CashesWeekly Profit
Dhinesh Kumar₹18,85,843₹15,74,141
Deepesh Raka₹14,49,952₹9,04,758
Gaurav Sood₹14,30,635₹9,92,058

 

Online Rankings from December 1 – 18 (Monthly Rankings)

PlayerMonthly CashesMonthly Profit
Punya Behera₹25,73,441₹13,58,418
Dhinesh Kumar₹24,98,766₹16,00,565
Anuj Yadav₹22,65,175₹15,54,935

 

Online Rankings from January 1 – December 18 (Yearly Rankings)

PlayerYearly CashesYearly Profit
Gaurav Sood₹4,36,39,858₹2,17,11,644
Manish Lakhotia₹4,16,12,509₹1,11,88,930
Laksh Pal Singh₹3,71,96,396₹1,76,00,290

 

Weekly Online Rankings

1. Dhinesh Kumar

Weekly Cashes – ₹18,85,843

Weekly Profit – ₹15,74,141

Weekly Leaderboard Points – 951

Sunday`s breakout winner is typically the weekly leaderboard topper, and the same holds true this week! Dhinesh Kumar made the Sunday headlines on the back of his trailblazing run in Spartan Poker`s WCS #40 – United for ₹18.16 Lakhs – his second-best career finish.

The remainder of the week was largely uneventful for Kumar, who added ₹18.86 Lakhs in cumulative winnings and an impressive ₹15.74 Lakhs in net profits!

Dhinesh Kumar
Dhinesh Kumar

 

Top Cashes This Week

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s WCS#40 – United for ₹18.29 Lakhs on December 12

Dhinesh Kumar - Total Profit Graph
Dhinesh Kumar – Total Profit Graph

 

2. Deepesh Raka

Weekly Cashes – ₹14,49,952

Weekly Profit – ₹9,04,758

Weekly Leaderboard Points – 1,292

Deepesh Raka had a breakout run in high rollers this week. On Thursday, the former The Big Deal champion won Spartan Poker`s WCS #72 High Roller for his seventh title of the year and a ₹11.80 Lakhs payday! Rising high on form, he almost took down PokerStars India`s Super Highroller the following day – placing runner-up for ₹2.59 Lakhs. In all, he posted ₹14.50 Lakhs to his weekly tally.

Deepesh Raka
Deepesh Raka

 

Top Cashes This Week

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s WCS #72 – High Roller for ₹11.72 Lakhs on December 16

– 2nd in PokerStars India’s Super High Roller for ₹2.59 Lakhs on December 17

Deepesh Raka - Total Profit Graph
Deepesh Raka – Total Profit Graph

 

3. Gaurav Sood

Weekly Cashes – ₹14,30,635

Weekly Profit – ₹9,92,058

Weekly Leaderboard Points – 1,292

We have lost track of the number of times Gaurav Sood has made the top-three of the weekly charts, but a rough estimate would suggest more than anyone else on our tracked database.

The 25-year-old poker phenom looks determined to close out the year in style and added an impressive ₹14.31 Lakhs across his weekly grind! He FT-ed three flagship tournaments this past week, most prominently winning Adda52’s Rocking Ahuja on Thursday for ₹4.93 Lakhs – the score pushing him across the ₹11 Crore mark in recorded online winnings.

The multiple-record holder, Gaurav Sood, also ranks #2 in the Winter Celebration Series Featured Leaderboard standings!

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood

 

Top Cashes This Week

– 1st in Adda52’s Rocking Ahuja for ₹4.93 Lakhs on December 16

– 3rd in PokerStars India’s Highroller for ₹1.33 Lakhs on December 16

– 3rd in PokerBaazi’s The Pride for ₹1.13 Lakhs on December 15

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

 

 

Monthly Online Rankings

1. Punya Behera

Monthly Cashes – ₹25,73,441

Monthly Profit – ₹13,58,418

Monthly Leaderboard Points – 4,909

The NIT Raipur alumni Punya Behera pretty much dominated the action last week, winning flagships like The Elite, The Mint, and The Weekly Highroller, to storm his way to the top of the monthly leaderboard! Behera`s early success in December has kept him in the lead even though he could only add ₹3.27 Lakhs this week.

Punya Behera
Punya Behera

 

Top Cashes This Month

– 1st in PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller for ₹3.79 Lakhs on December 10

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s The Elite for ₹5.57 Lakhs on December 3

– 1st in Adda52’s The Mint for ₹3.30 Lakhs on December 7

Punya Behera - Total Profit Graph
Punya Behera – Total Profit Graph

 

2. Dhinesh Kumar

Monthly Cashes – ₹24,98,766

Monthly Profit – ₹16,00,565

Monthly Leaderboard Points – 2,001

The weekly leaderboard topper Dhinesh Kumar occupies the #2 rank on the monthly standings. In December, Kumar found early success as he took down Adda52`s Friday Bounty on December 3 for ₹1.24 Lakhs.

We have already covered Kumar’s breakout Sunday run extensively in this report – he championed Spartan Poker`s WCS #40 – United for ₹18.16 Lakhs and collectively won ₹18.29 Lakhs in the event.

Dhinesh Kumar
Dhinesh Kumar

 

Top Cashes This Month

1st & 16th in Spartan Poker’s WCS#40 – United for ₹18.29 Lakhs on December 12

– 3rd in PokerStars India’s Super Highroller for ₹1.57 Lakhs on December 3

– 1st in Adda52’s Friday Bounty for ₹1.24 Lakhs on December 3

Dhinesh Kumar - Total Profit Graph
Dhinesh Kumar – Total Profit Graph

 

3. Anuj Yadav

Monthly Cashes – ₹22,65,175

Monthly Profit – ₹15,54,935

Monthly Leaderboard Points – 2,322

One of the most prolific MTT pros in the country, Young Gun Anuj Yadav, had made a late surge to top the November standings, and he`s kept himself among the top-three of the December standings as well. It will be interesting to see where he closes out the year.

Anuj Yadav
Anuj Yadav

 

Top Cashes This Month

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s WCS#15 – The Big Deal for ₹8.72 Lakhs on December 9

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹6.18 Lakhs on December 5

– 2nd in PokerStars India’s Super Highroller for ₹2.05 Lakhs on December 3

Anuj Yadav - Total Profit Graph
Anuj Yadav – Total Profit Graph

 

 

Yearly Online Rankings

1. Gaurav Sood

Yearly Cashes – ₹4,36,39,858

Yearly Profit – ₹2,17,11,644

Yearly Leaderboard Points – 58,935

The winningest MTT player in the country for almost two years running, Young Gun Gaurav Sood is on the verge of topping the annual leaderboard AGAIN!

While it’s hard to keep the MTT beast from making deep runs for long, surprisingly, a title win had eluded him for 40 days. He had last won a title (actually two) on November 7 when he famously shipped Spartan Poker’s The Prestige and Adda52’s DOPT Highroller, banking a monstrous ₹22.85 Lakhs overall.

All of that changed last Thursday when he championed Adda52’s Rocking Ahuja for ₹4.93 Lakhs.

With under two weeks left for the year-end, Sood continues to hold steady to his #1 rank on the annual charts!

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood

 

Top Cashes This Year

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

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

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

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

 

2. Manish Lakhotia

Yearly Cashes – ₹4,16,12,509

Yearly Profit – ₹1,11,88,930

Yearly Leaderboard Points – 77,917

The MTT pro from Siliguri, Manish Lakhotia, had a relatively slow run this week. His most significant finish was winning PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller for ₹4.17 Lakhs, bringing his weekly tally to ₹6.80 Lakhs.

There is a little over ₹20 Lakhs separating him from Gaurav Sood for the #1 position on the annual standings. With under two weeks left for 2021 to close, it isn’t impossible for Lakhotia to pull up – provided he hits a few massive Sunday scores soon!

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia

 

Top Cashes This Year

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

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

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