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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker,’ we bring you the weekly roundup of the most significant online scores by Indian MTT players and the top stories from both the live and online poker circuit. Here are this week’s top stories!
We are midway through April, but the summer buzz seems to be missing from the virtual felts! This past week was especially uneventful as most of the MTT crowd was busy playing the Deltin Poker Tournament series in Goa. Sumit Lalchandani was the standout winner at the six-day series as he shipped the Main Event for a career-best ₹35.64 Lakhs. The other prominent winners included Aayush Arya, who won the Highroller for ₹36.63 Lakhs, and Avinash Koneru, who topped the Big Billions final table for ₹31.64 Lakhs.
Headlining an otherwise slow week of online MTTs was PokerBaazi’s #BB4 MoneyMaker which doled out the biggest payouts on Sunday. Sumit Advani from Dubai won the 1 flight ₹1 Crore GTD Sunday flagship to emerge as the 17th MoneyMaker champion and banked a personal-best ₹14.57 Lakhs to walk away with our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title!
Advani chopped the MoneyMaker three-way with Aditya Kulkarni (2nd for ₹11.07 Lakhs) and Sumit Sapra (3rd for ₹11.46 Lakhs), who were the two other players to bank seven-figure scores this week.
Last week`s leaderboard topper, Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal, the #1 ranked player on the annual TLB standings, Rajneesh Thakur, PokerGuru Ambassadors Ratul Steves, Mithun Mahesh, and Ankit Wadhawan, along with Lavesh Meena, and Manish Lakhotia were the other notable scorers of the week.
With the DPT now in the books, the next live MTT series on the horizon is the IPC Megastacks that takes place at the Spartan LIVE poker room at Casino Vegas by Big Daddy in Jhapa, Nepal, from May 17 to 22. If you want to attend the series on a budget, then BLITZPOKER has just the thing for you. The site`s ‘Road to IPC Megastacks’ promises tickets worth over ₹70 Lakhs to the upcoming series through the Cash Fiesta (April 20 to May 10) and Online Satellites (April 15 to May 20).
Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8, has flagged off another edition of its Omaholic Series! The eight-day series got underway on April 17 and is running a choc-a-bloc schedule of PLO tournaments until April 24, offering $3 Million in guaranteed prizes.
In a surprising turn of events, PokerBaazi LIVE – the live poker arm of PokerBaazi – ended its three-year-old association with Casino Majestic Pride abruptly on April 19. According to a statement by the PokerBaazi management, the decision was made due to space constraints at the venue.
In the international headlines, the ten-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey topped the Super High Roller Series Europe series leaderboard! Jake Schindler championed the Super High Roller Bowl Europe for $3.20 Million.
Meanwhile, Steve O’Dwyer won the Irish Poker Open Main Event for €318,700.
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Sumit Advani was the week`s top scorer, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.” The poker player based in Dubai topped a 954-entry field in PokerBaazi’s ₹1 Crore GTD #BB4 MoneyMaker on Sunday! Along with the bragging rights of becoming the 17th MoneyMaker champion, Advani moped up a career-best ₹14.57 Lakhs for the win and added a collective ₹14.65 Lakhs throughout the week!
The #BB4 MoneyMaker witnessed a three-way deal, and Sumit Sapra clinched the second-biggest cut of the prize money, i.e., ₹11.46 Lakhs, in third place. The long-time MTT pro collectively added ₹12.40 Lakhs this past week.
The #BB4 MoneyMaker runner-up finisher Aditya Kulkarni was the only other player to rake in a seven-figure score this week! He pocketed ₹11.07 Lakhs in the MoneyMaker and added ₹11.18 Lakhs overall through his weekly run in online MTTs.
Last week`s “PokerGuru Star of the Week,” Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal, kept his indomitable form going as he accumulated over ₹7.73 Lakhs to take the #4 spot in the weekly rankings. He added two flagship titles to his tally since our last weekly update, Adda52’s The Ballers ( for ₹5.18 Lakhs) and PokerStars India’s Bounty Builder HR (On-time Rake Refund) (for ₹2.55 Lakhs).
Rajneesh Thakur, PokerGuru Ambassadors Ratul Steves, Mithun Mahesh, and Ankit Wadhawan, along with Lavesh Meena and Manish Lakhotia, were the week`s other prominent winners.
Notable Winners of the Week
|Player||Prize Amount||Event||Poker Site|
|Sumit Advani||₹14.57 Lakhs||#BB4 MoneyMaker 1 Crore GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Gaurav Sood||₹6.89 Lakhs||Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ram Kakkar||₹6.20 Lakhs||Godfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Mithun Mahesh||₹5.25 Lakhs||Sunday Superstack (₹50K LBD) ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ujjwal Narwal||₹5.20 Lakhs||The Ballers ₹20 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|“Whale Machi”||₹4.49 Lakhs||The Elite (₹50K LBD) ₹20 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|“freddiemercury”||₹4.48 Lakhs||The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Siddharth Mundada||₹4.04 Lakhs||BSS SuperStack 20 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Gurpal Singh||₹3.90 Lakhs||Maverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Anirudh Reddy||₹3.60 Lakhs||The Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Shagun Jain||₹3.50 Lakhs||Trending Thursday (₹50K LBD) ₹16 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Deepankur Gupta||₹3.50 Lakhs||The Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ashish Munot||₹3.33 Lakhs||Destiny (₹50K LBD) ₹18 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Laksh Pal Singh||₹3.31 Lakhs||Mega Stack (₹50K LBD) - Millionaire Bubble ₹17 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Lavesh Meena||₹2.56 Lakhs||Sunday Special (On-time Rake Refund) ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Ujjwal Narwal||₹2.55 Lakhs||Bounty Builder HR (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Ram Kakkar||₹2.38 Lakhs||The Endeavour 12 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Mohit Mehta||₹2.28 Lakhs||The Pride 10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Anish Arora||₹2.21 Lakhs||The Big Show ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|“Aneha”||₹2.11 Lakhs||ReCharge (₹50K LBD) ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Areyann Gurbaxani||₹2 Lakhs||Iron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|“nerdguy”||₹1.93 Lakhs||Sunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Gopal Bajaj||₹1.92 Lakhs||Sunday Sundowner (₹50K LBD) ₹8 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Gokul Raj||₹1.70 Lakhs||Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) ₹9 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Debneil Mukherjee||₹1.37 Lakhs||FTV Flamingo ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|“Gehe15”||₹1.35 Lakhs||Futuristic (₹50K LBD) ₹7 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Rajavelu Vijaykumar||₹1.28 Lakhs||(7-Max) BSS SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Tarush Gupta||₹1.25 Lakhs||(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Tanmay Benara||₹1.24 Lakhs||(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Rajneesh Thakur||₹1.24 Lakhs||(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Shivam Shukla||₹1.23 Lakhs||Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Lavesh Meena||₹1.21 Lakhs||(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|“mgehe”||₹1.20 Lakhs||(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|“rajvijay”||₹1.18 Lakhs||(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|“Greenturtle18”||₹1.11 Lakhs||La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|“texaskid2405”||₹1.10 Lakhs||Uppercut ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|“blackfly_crazy”||₹1.05 Lakhs||Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Anurag Srivastava||₹1.04 Lakhs||Friday Bounty ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Samay Singh Modi||₹1.04 Lakhs||(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|“auderman”||₹1.02 Lakhs||Money Heist (₹50K LBD) ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Shubham Tyagi||₹1.01 Lakhs||(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Atishay Samuel||₹1 Lakh||Battle Royale [8-Max] ₹4 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|“Vengeance.jd”||₹96K||(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|“CashMeIfYouCan”||₹94K||The Race (₹50K LBD) ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Gopal Bajaj||₹81K||Wednesday Vibes (₹50K LBD) ₹3.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|“factory123”||₹78K||Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Tarush Gupta||₹77K||Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|“Severide”||₹58K||Sundowner (₹50K LBD) ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
PokerBaazi LIVE Ends Three-Year-Long Association With Casino Majestic Pride
Less than a month after the record-crushing Baazi Poker Tour series wrapped up came the surprising news of the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room ceasing operations onboard Casino Majestic Pride with immediate effect.
PokerBaazi made the announcement on April 19, citing space constraints at the venue as the reason for taking the decision.
Read the complete report here
BLITZPOKER’s ‘Road to IPC Megastacks’ Has IPC Tickets Worth Over ₹70 Lakhs Up For Grabs
With all eyes on the upcoming IPC Megastacks series, BLITZPOKER (and partner sites) have come out with the king of all promotions – ‘Road to IPC Megastacks!’
The site is guaranteeing IPC tickets worth over ₹70 Lakhs to both cash game players and the MTT regs through the Cash Fiesta (April 20 to May 10) and Online Satellites (April 15 to May 20), respectively!
Read the complete report here
Natural8’s $3 Million GTD Omaholic Series Runs From April 17–24
Natural8`s immensely popular Omaha festival, Omaholic Series, is back! The eight-day series runs from April 17 to 24, guaranteeing a whopping $3 Million in prize money.
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“Stickingsimba” Wins Natural8’s Bad Beat Jackpot Twice
Lightning struck twice for Natural8 player “Stickingsimba,” who bagged a combined $698.11 for hitting the site’s Bad Beat Jackpot, not once but an incredible two times! The best part is he did it while playing at stakes as low as $0.01/$0.02!
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Deltin Poker Tournament – April 2022
With the COVID-19 pandemic subsiding, the live MTT scene is reverting back to its former glory!
The second live domestic series after the pandemic, Deltin Poker Tournament, concluded its seven-day run at the Deltin Royale Casino in Panjim, Goa on April 20. The series included six DPT-branded events – a ₹15 Lakhs GTD Freeroll and the final table of the online-live hybrid ₹2 Crores GTD Big Billions!
The biggest attractions at the DPT were the ₹1.20 Crores GTD Main Event and the ₹65 Lakhs GTD Highroller.
The ₹35K buy-in Main Event logged in 602 entries across four starting flights, and the ₹1.89 Crores prize pool was distributed among the top 72 finishers. After three days of grueling action, Sumit Lalchandani was the last player standing and won his maiden DPT title and a career-best ₹35.64 Lakhs. Sandeep Gupta (2nd for ₹25.11 Lakhs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (3rd for ₹16.14 Lakhs) secured podium finishes!
The second DPT headliner, ₹65K buy-in Highroller, saw Aayush Arya outlasting the 281-entry field to clinch his first DPT title and a personal-best ₹36.63 Lakhs. Paawan Bansal (2nd for ₹25.71 Lakhs) and Bhavesh Patel (3rd for ₹16.54 Lakhs) made podium finishers. The Highroller paid out 36 places from the ₹1.66 Crores prize pool.
The online-live hybrid ₹2 Crores GTD Big Billions had Avinash Koneru topping the competition for a massive ₹31.64 Lakhs payday. The upcoming player had won his way into the event through a ₹1,100 buy-in satellite and ended up topping the 1,936 entry-field. Bulusu Venkat Ram Narayana (2nd for ₹22.73 Lakhs) and Himanshu Arora (3rd for ₹16.34 Lakhs) banked the other top payouts.
Amit Kaushik (Won ₹15K Bounty for ₹5.57 Lakhs), Tushar Bharti (Won ₹15K PLO Bounty for 4.85 Lakhs), Vaibhav Shah (Won ₹11K Warm Up for ₹4.28 Lakhs), nant Purohit (Won ₹15 Lakhs added DPT Freeroll for ₹3.30 Lakhs), and Young Gun Kanchan Sharma (Won ₹10K Women’s Special for ₹92,400) were the other title winners at the just-concluded DPT series.
With this, we conclude this week’s roundup of the latest news updates and developments from the world of poker. We will return again next week with our weekly report. Stay tuned.