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Online Rankings: Mohammad Azhar Headlines the Weekly Charts, Gaurav Sood Completes Nine Weeks as the 2021 Leaderboard Topper

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  • Namita Ghosh October 3, 2021
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In this feature, we will bring you to the top 5 weekly and monthly performers every Saturday. However, the rankings will only include players who are registered to our online ranking system, so if you haven’t signed up on PokerGuru yet, hurry up and register!

The worst of the COVID-19 pandemic looks to be behind us, putting live poker back on its feet and kicking. The next several weeks will be centered around the happenings at the 52nd annual WSOP in Las Vegas. The series is making a comeback after a 26-month gap. Even with the excitement riding high, the Indian participation will almost certainly be smaller this time, primarily because of the restrictions for players from India to fly directly into the US.

It`s was a relatively slow week for MTT regs. The only succor was Spartan Poker`s The Millionaire, which, in its new avatar, promises ₹20 Lakhs to the winner. In the absence of a major tournament series, it’s unsurprising to see the top order of the annual rankings remain unchanged, and Young Gun Gaurav Sood is still the player to catch at the top. The 25-year-old dentist turned poker pro couldn`t get his US visa on time for WSOP and hence made plans to attend EPT Sochi (October 2 – 11). This justifies the minimal volume and the modest ₹84,240 on his weekly tally. The dismal figures aside, Sood is still the only tracked player with over 3.50 Crores in annual winnings.

Manish Lakhotia holds on to the #2 rank on the annual standings. The MTT pro from Siliguri seems to have woken up from his slumber and posted ₹11.28 Lakhs in cumulative earnings this past week – ranking #3 on the weekly charts and #2 in September.

PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh rounds out the top-three on the annual rankings. The poker pro won PokerBaazi`s The Summit, which along with a few other deep runs, fetched him a cumulative ₹5.38 Lakhs this past week.

While Laksh Pal Singh features among the year`s top winners, his stablemate Ankit Wadhawan was September’s winningest player with a cumulative ₹68.78 Lakhs in recorded winnings. Manish Lakhotia (₹41.11 Lakhs) and Young Gun Sahil Chutani (₹38.64 Lakhs) ranked #2 and #3 respectively on the September charts.

Mohammad Azhar has been one of the biggest revelations of 2021. The 23-year old has been unstoppable ever since he won the NPS Main Event title in June. Last Sunday, Azhar shipped the Adda52 Big Game to emerge as the week`s top scorer. The INCOOP Main Event champion Piyush Nanda and Sunday SuperStack winner Manish Lakhotia round out the top three names on the weekly leaderboard standings.

Online Rankings from September 26 – October 2 (Weekly Rankings

PlayerWeekly CashesWeekly Profit
Mohammad Azhar₹18,22,734₹15,41,034
Piyush Nanda₹13,13,328₹12,87,728
Manish Lakhotia₹11,28,294₹10,12,344

 

Online Rankings from January 1 – October 2 (Yearly Rankings)

PlayerYearly CashesYearly Profit
Gaurav Sood₹3,60,32,397₹1,75,38,928
Manish Lakhotia₹3,47,00,578₹99,23,157
Laksh Pal Singh₹3,24,04,571₹1,62,29,536

 

Weekly Online Rankings

1. Mohammad Azhar

Weekly Cashes – ₹18,22,734

Weekly Profit – ₹15,41,034

Weekly Leaderboard Points – 1,124

The NPS Main Event Mohammad Azhar dominates the weekly charts yet again, and this time, for taking down the Adda52 Big Game title. Last Sunday, Azhar outlasted the 224-player field in Adda52 The Big Game to collect ₹15.37 Lakhs. He closed out the week with ₹18.23 Lakhs in total earnings!

Mohammad Azhar
Mohammad Azhar

 

Top Cashes This Week

– 1st in Adda52’s Big Game ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹15.37 Lakhs on September 26

Mohammad Azhar - Total Profit Graph
Mohammad Azhar – Total Profit Graph

 

2. Piyush Nanda

Weekly Cashes – ₹13,13,328

Weekly Profit – ₹12,87,728

Weekly Leaderboard Points – 1,170

On Monday, Piyush Nanda championed PokerStars India’s INCOOP Main Event for a career-best ₹12.77 Lakhs to make a smashing debut in our Online Rankings feature. Nanda holds the #2 rank on the weekly charts with a cumulative ₹13.13 Lakhs in recorded winnings.

Piyush Nanda
Piyush Nanda

 

Top Cashes This Week

– 1st in PokerStars India’s INCOOP-125 [Main Event – PKO] ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹12.77 Lakhs on September 27

Piyush Nanda - Total Profit Graph
Piyush Nanda – Total Profit Graph

 

3. Manish Lakhotia

Weekly Cashes – ₹11,28,294

Weekly Profit – ₹10,12,344

Weekly Leaderboard Points – 1,227

After several weeks of keeping a low profile, it looks like Manish Lakhotia has finally rediscovered his winning form. The #2 ranked player of the year was one of the biggest weekly scorers (yet again) and got started early as he took down Spartan Poker`s Sunday Superstack for ₹7.82 Lakhs. Another two FT finishes helped him post ₹11.28 Lakhs in recorded winnings this week, earning him the #2 rank in the September standings.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia

 

Top Cashes This Week

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack ₹35 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.82 Lakhs on September 26

– 4th in Spartan Poker’s Destiny ₹21 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.35 Lakhs on September 29

– 3rd in PokerBaazi’s The Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.13 Lakhs on September 28

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

 

 

Yearly Online Rankings

1. Gaurav Sood

Yearly Cashes – ₹3,60,32,397

Yearly Profit – ₹1,75,38,928

Yearly Leaderboard Points – 51,212

This was one of those rare weeks where Gaurav Sood was almost entirely missing in action. The 25-year-old has dominated the MTT standings since last year and, in a candid conversation, had confessed how his consistency has come from a highly disciplined work ethic.

We checked in on Sood to find out the reason for the absence, and it turns out that the Young Gun had to skip his WSOP plans because of Visa issues and is instead attending EPT Sochi (October 2- 11).

Gaurav Sood put up ₹84,240 in recorded winnings, and most of them came on Sunday. He cashed ₹61,840 for placing 50th in the INCOOP Main Event PKO.

The indomitable leaderboard topper of 2021 can undoubtedly afford the hiatus since he still sits with an impressive ₹3.60 Crore in annual cashes and ₹1.75 Crores in corresponding profits.

Gaurav Sood
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 – ₹3,47,00,578

Yearly Profit – ₹99,23,157

Yearly Leaderboard Points – 63,803

Two-time Millionaire champion Manish Lakhotia is back in top gear after several slow weeks. The reclusive MTT reg from Siliguri added ₹11.28 Lakhs this past week and lapping up ₹23.53 Lakhs the week before.

Lakhotia couldn`t have asked for a better start to the week as he down Spartan Poker`s Sunday Superstack for the second time last Sunday for ₹7.82 Lakhs. He also FT-ed The Endeavour and the Destiny later in the week, improving his annual tally to ₹3.47 Crores. He sits on 99.23 Lakhs in yearly profits, and a good score soon could make him the eighth player to cross ₹1 Crore in yearly profits.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia

 

Top Cashes This Year

– 2nd in Adda52’s Adda52 DOPT Main Event ₹1.50 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 – ₹3,24,04,571

Yearly Profit – ₹1,62,29,536

Yearly Leaderboard Points – 38,301

PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh stands firm at #3 on the annual charts. He posted a litany of deep runs, but his breakout score was The Summit title he won on Thursday for ₹4.15 Lakhs.

He currently boasts of ₹3.24 Crore in annual winnings and remains the second-most profitable player of the year.

Laksh Pal Singh
Laksh Pal Singh

 

Top Cashes This Year

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #117 – The Crown ₹3.50 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 Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (Yearly Cashes – ₹2.89 Crore), Kunal Patni (Yearly Cashes – ₹2.73 Crore), and Young Gun Arsh Grover (Yearly Cashes – ₹2.72 Crore) are the other top-ranked players on the annual leaderboard.

 

For a complete list of online rankings, check out our ‘Leaderboards’ page. If your name is not on our list, register and enter your screen names to your account to get ranked.

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