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Three days into the New Year, we already have our first seven-figure winner! With the ‘PokerBaazi Classics’ getting underway on January 2, the first mega-event on the schedule was the ‘1 Flight, ₹1 Crore GTD’ PBC#1 The MoneyMaker. Shashank Mehrotra (cover image) trounced a 1,174 entry-field to claim the lion’s share of the ₹1.17 Crores prize pool worth ₹19.75 Lakhs! The former BSS SuperStack runner-up wasn’t the only player to pocket a seven-figure payday as The MoneyMaker runner-up Ranjeet Negi also added ₹13.84 Lakhs in prize money.
Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal added another title to his tally after taking down Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹7.55 Lakhs.
Anant Purohit was the last player standing in Adda52’s Roller Coaster and banked ₹5.36 Lakhs. He chopped the title heads-up with Sahil Nair (2nd for ₹5.07 Lakhs).
Dhaval Mudgal was another prominent winner on the last day of Adda52’s New Year Carnival. The MPL Poker Team Pro came out on top in Carousel to win ₹5.16 Lakhs, outlasting ‘Happyfish’ (anonymity requested), who locked in ₹3.05 Lakhs in second-place.
Rohit Mishra took down PokerBaazi’s PBC#2 BSS MonsterStack for ₹4.24 Lakhs, just as Bharat Vasan finished runner-up for ₹2.97 Lakhs.
The heads-up showdown in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller was a highly contested battle between PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh and Deepesh Raka. In the end, Mahesh took home the title for ₹2.69 Lakhs, and Raka settled for a runner-up payout worth ₹2.07 Lakhs.
Akshay Gupta shipped the other PokerStars India flagship, Sunday Special – PKO, for ₹2.44 Lakhs. Nitin Arora secured a second-place payout worth ₹1.78 Lakhs.
PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha, Rising Star Aman Parakh, Mohak Kapoor, and Kunal Yadav won the other Sunday marquees.
Here are the Sunday highlights!
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The all-new ₹5 Crores GTD ‘PokerBaazi Classics’ (PBC) kicked off with a bang yesterday. The series opener, ‘1 Flight, ₹1 Crore GTD’ PBC#1 The MoneyMaker, logged in a guarantee-crushing 1,174 entries to generate ₹1.17 Crores in the prize pool. The former BSS Superstack runner-up finisher Shashank ‘shashank171992’ Mehrotra hit the jackpot, taking down the 13th edition of The MoneyMaker for a career-best ₹19.75 Lakhs. Ranjeet ‘Rj147’ Negi placed second for ₹13.84 Lakhs.
Shashank Mehrotra’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹49.49 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹28.40 Lakhs
The MoneyMaker final table comprised of Shubham ‘kalalund’ Bhashker (3rd for a career-best ₹8.98 Lakhs), poker coach Abhishek ‘singhsaab’ Goindi (4th for ₹6.66 Lakhs), Avneesh ‘iamam’ Munjal (5th for ₹4.97 Lakhs), ‘gd1921’ (anonymity requested) (6th for ₹4.02 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Rony ‘bisadip176’ Chowdhury (7th for ₹3.33 Lakhs), and Nitesh ‘batmanpok’ Katiyar (8th for ₹2.66 Lakhs).
Mitesh ‘mikeknp’ Gupta (11th for ₹1.49 Lakhs), Puneet ‘neo1’ Dua (12th for ₹1.49 Lakhs), the #5 ranked player of 2021, PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer ‘holdbaby’ Singh Chadha (13th for ₹1.20 Lakhs), Young Gun Devang ‘laila’ Yadav (15th for ₹1.20 Lakhs), Nishaanth ‘shanni’ Shanmughasundaram (16th for ₹1.03 Lakhs), Harsh ‘100crdream’ Dembla (17th for ₹1.03 Lakhs), Prateek ‘Dontbluff’ Pandey (18th for ₹1.03 Lakhs), Sandeep ‘PoKcey’ Singh (19th for ₹91,572), Lokesh ‘Pucha’ Meena (22nd for ₹81,006), and Anish ‘Anyaa’ Pandey (23rd for ₹81,006) were others who posted a deep run in The MoneyMaker.
Aryan Chauhan and Shobhit Bhargava streamed their run in the event on the site’s YouTube channel. Check out the stream below.
The second featured event of the PBC, ₹15 Lakhs GTD PBC#2 BSS MonsterStack, logged in 986 entries to collect ₹24.65 Lakhs in the prize pool (almost 65% more than its advertised guarantee). The former Megastack winner Rohit ‘rohit22rm’ Mishra championed the event for ₹4.24 Lakhs beating the two-time Sunday Superstack champion Bharat ‘Thinkfloyd’ Vasan (2nd for ₹2.97 Lakhs) in the heads-up play.
Rohit Mishra’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.22 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹40.46 Lakhs
The NPS Marathon winner Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma had an eventful Sunday. He cashed in five events, including three FT scores, collectively earning ₹3.49 Lakhs.
His top finishes include:
> 3rd in Adda52’s Carousel for ₹2,10,434
> 7th in PokerBaazi’s PBC#15 BSS MonsterStack for ₹71,239
> 22nd in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹38,556
> 7th in Spartan Poker’s Money Heist for ₹26,274
PokerGuru’s Chota Machhi, a.k.a Arpit Jain, also dived into the action in the ₹15 Lakhs GTD PBC#2 BSS MonsterStack. Check out his stream below.
The ₹5 Lakhs GTD BSS MonsterStack 6-Max drew 285 entrants, collecting ₹7.07 Lakhs in the prize pool. The top 36 places were guaranteed a min-cash of at least ₹4,811. After almost five hours of play, the NPS Main Event fourth-place finisher ‘nnavin3386’ was the last player standing and banked ₹1.56 Lakhs, defeating MTT pro Jasven ‘JasvenSaigal’ Saigal (2nd for ₹1.10 Lakhs) heads-up.
‘nnavin3386’ now has ₹22.61 Lakhs in recorded winnings on PokerBaazi with ₹15.55 Lakhs in site profits.
The former Full House runner-up finisher Jasven Saigal posted four ITM scores (including two FT finishes), banking ₹2.88 Lakhs collectively.
His ITM finishes include:
> 5th in Adda52’s Roller Coaster for ₹1,44,000
> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s BSS MonsterStack for ₹1,09,663
> 73rd in PokerBaazi’s PBC#1 The MoneyMaker for ₹27,002
> 36th in Adda52’s Gravitron for ₹7,495
Jasven Saigal’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.25 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹69.39 Lakhs
Rising Star Aman ‘KarmaPoker’ Parakh ITM-ed six events, including a title win and an FT score, raking over ₹1.80 Lakhs.
His ITM finishes include:
> 1st Spartan Poker’s Sunday Monster Stack for ₹89,375
> 4th in PokerBaazi’s BSS MonsterStack for ₹52,214
> 125th in PokerBaazi’s PBC#1 The MoneyMaker for ₹16,436
> 32nd in Adda52’s Carousel for ₹13,678
> 78th in PokerBaazi’s PBC#2 BSS Monsterstack for ₹6,163
> 25th in PokerBaazi’s BSS for ₹2,410
Aman Parakh’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.57 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.15 Crores
It was an eventful Sunday for Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra as he crossed the money line in six events (including two FT scores), altogether lapping up ₹2.75 Lakhs.
His ITM finishes include:
> 4th in Adda52’s Roller Coaster for ₹2,06,400
> 5th PokerBaazi’s BSS MonsterStack for ₹39,196
> 22nd in Adda52’s Carousel for ₹15,783
> 10th in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Monster Stack for ₹7,667
> 94th in PokerBaazi’s PBC#2 BSS Monsterstack for ₹4,684
> 131st in PokerStars India’s Sunday Special PKO for ₹1,250
Sanish Chhabra’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.20 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.53 Crores
The other title winners include Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor (Won BSS Night SPRINT ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹56,197), Kunal ‘callmeifyoucan’ Yadav (Won BSS ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹51,934), ‘vaibhi18’ (Won BSS Kickoff ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹39,358), and ‘Yomme’ (Won BSS Afternoon SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹38,640).
The first Sunday on Spartan Poker had no The Millionaire on offer. Instead, the weekend action was headlined by the ₹25 Lakhs GTD Sunday Superstack. The ₹11,000 buy-in tourney brought in 357 entrants, collecting a prize pool worth ₹35.70 Lakhs. Young Gun Ujjwal ‘Lord Hendrix’ Narwal championed the event for ₹7.55 Lakhs, and ‘heimdall’ finished runner-up for ₹5.08 Lakhs.
PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik ‘TheInternetKid’ Ved was among the break-out winners last night and raked in ₹4.06 Lakhs on the back of three deep runs.
His ITM finishes include:
> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹3,58,428
> 11th in Adda52’s Roller Coaster for ₹42,000
> 76th in PokerBaazi’s PBC#2 BSS Monsterstack for ₹6,163
Kartik Ved’s teammate, Vishal ‘CrownUpJr’ Bajaj, was another player who picked up multiple scores, banking ₹4.55 Lakhs cumulatively.
His ITM finishes include:
> 5th in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹2,29,908
> 5th in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller for ₹94,597
> 7th in Adda52’s Roller Coaster for ₹78,000
> 43rd in PokerBaazi’s PBC#1 The MoneyMaker for ₹52,830
The ₹6.50 Lakhs GTD Money Heist locked in a 773-entry field, posting a ₹8.50 Lakhs prize pool. The user ‘badbeat82’ topped the field to collect ₹1.63 Lakhs, while ‘h3ct0r’ came second for ₹1.02 Lakhs. The champion now has ₹5.87 Lakhs in recorded winnings on Spartan Poker, with ₹1.93 Lakhs in corresponding profits.
Rising Star Aman ‘Karmapoker’ Parakh (Won Sunday Monster Stack ₹3.25 Lakhs GTD for ₹89,375), and ‘RaghSaiAyy’ (Won Reloaded ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹33,206) shipped the other Sunday marquees on Spartan Poker.
PokerStars India`s Sunday mainstay, ₹15 Lakhs GTD Sunday Special – PKO, pulled in a 297-player field, falling three entries short of breaking even. The ₹5,500 entry buy-in event paid out 34 places. Akshay ‘VaahBhaiVaah’ Gupta was the last player standing and won ₹2.44 Lakhs, with Nitin ‘Checkshoveit’ Arora placing runner-up for ₹1.78 Lakhs.
Akshay Gupta also cashed PBC #1 The MoneyMaker (55th for ₹37,568) and lapped up over ₹2.83 Lakhs. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.66 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹18.43 Lakhs
The ₹10 Lakhs GTD Sunday Highroller crushed its listed guarantee by ₹2.30 Lakhs (a 23% surplus) after recording a starting field of 123 entrants and paid out 15 places. PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun ‘ThePokeRajaIN’ Mahesh was one of two PokerGuru Staking players to win a flagship title last night and took down the event for ₹2.69 Lakhs. Deepesh ‘deep12322’ Raka placed runner-up for ₹2.07 Lakhs.
The #7 ranked player of 2021, Mithun Mahesh, raked in over ₹2.93 Lakhs last night as he also finished eighth in Gravitron for ₹22,535. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.92 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.06 Crores
‘dhondu.chill’ (Won Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD for ₹45,599), ‘Xbox0710’ (Won Ultrasonic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD for ₹31,466), ‘brokedarm’ (Won Sunday Storm ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹28,984), ‘Tornado0oO’ (Won Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTD for ₹15,541), and ‘suhael’ (Won Deepstack ₹50K GTD for ₹10,232), ‘dhiraj2020’ (Won Total KO ₹40K GTD for ₹10,232) took down the other Sunday marquees on PokerStars India.
Adda52’s New Year Carnival culminated on Sunday, with the last three events playing down to a champion. Grabbing the single-biggest score on the site was the long-time circuit reg Anant ‘pro_baba’ Purohit, who overcame the 240-strong field in the ₹20 Lakhs GTD Roller Coaster to win the lion`s share of the ₹24 Lakhs prize pool worth ₹5.36 Lakhs. He chopped the title heads-up with Sahil ‘you3bi4b’ Nair, the latter adding ₹5.07 Lakhs, courtesy of the deal.
Anant Purohit also cashed the Sunday Superstack (11th for ₹59,578), earning over ₹5.96 Lakhs. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹7.99 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.87 Crores
Another prominent Sunday chartbuster was the former WPT Vietnam Main Event champion, musician-turned poker player Dhaval ‘dirtyzoso’ Mudgal. The MPL Poker Team Pro outran a field of 463 entries in the ₹17.50 Lakhs GTD Carousel to bank the top prize of ₹5.16 Lakhs. ‘Happyfish’ (anonymity requested) padded his bankroll by ₹3.05 Lakhs in second place. Mudgal ITM-ed another two events to collectively earn ₹5.38 Lakhs yesterday, boosting his lifetime tally to ₹3.69 Crores.
The event made a prize pool collection of ₹21.04 Lakhs, and the top 49 players earned a share of the spoils.
The ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD Gravitron wrangled in 436 entries to collect a guarantee-crushing ₹9.93 Lakhs prize pool. A total of 44 players cashed out, and the dust settled after the final two players agreed on a deal that crowned a winner in PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh ‘arjan30’ Chadha for ₹1.67 Lakhs. The Chandigarh-based player who ended 2021 ranked #5 in total winnings with ₹3.41 Crores. Rajneesh ‘rajneesh620’ Thakur came second for ₹1.63 Lakhs.
Arjanveer Singh Chadha earned a bigger payday of ₹1.75 Lakhs for finishing sixth in the Sunday SuperStack. He also ran deep in the PBS #1 The Moneymaker and cashed another two events, racking up over ₹4.84 Lakhs on Sunday. He boasts of ₹9.08 Crores in lifetime winnings.
His top finishes include:
> 6th in Spartan Poker`s Sunday Superstack for ₹1.75 Lakhs
> 1st in Adda52`s Gravitron for ₹1.67 Lakhs
> 13th in PBC#1 The MoneyMaker for ₹1.20 Lakhs
> 21st in PBC#22 BSS Monsterstack for ₹19,474
‘Danbill0001’ (Won Sunday Night PLO for ₹24,060) and ‘Dishitbauva’ (Won PLO 500 for ₹8,936) won the other Sunday marquees on Adda52.
User ‘jainew’ was the last player standing in Khelo365’s Sunday flagship, ₹1 Lakh GTD Big Bang, and bagged ₹40,000 in first-place prize money. ‘achung’ finished runner-up for ₹25,000.
The ₹50K GTD Dominator was taken down by Khelo365 regular ‘inderenggi,’ who won ₹17,500. ‘Amazonking’ came second for ₹11,000.
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