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This Week in Poker: April 14 – 20

This Week in Poker
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis April 21, 2021
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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!

Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire has made the headlines all through April, and this past week was no different. The third The Millionaire edition of the month posted a guarantee-crushing ₹1.07 Crores prize pool, and championing the weekend flagship was none other than one of the biggest MTT crushers in the country, Young Gun Gaurav Sood. The dentist-turned-poker pro captured his career-second The Millionaire title on Sunday, becoming the first player on our database (of tracked players) to cross the 8 Crores-mark in lifetime winnings. Sood earned 14.40 Lakhs in overall earnings (he cashed The Millionaire three times) and raked in 20.19 Lakhs total winnings this week, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

PokerGuru Ambassador Rony Chowdhury missed out on his shot at The Millionaire title yet again; he chopped the top prize with Sood for 13.17 Lakhs but made four ITM finishes in The Millionaire for 15.12 Lakhs in cumulative winnings. His explosive run made him the top Sunday scorer and the second-biggest winner of the week.

Shravan Chhabria, Saurabh Rohila, Young Gun’s Shardul Parthasarathi, and Arsh Grover lapped up seven figures in total winnings this week.

Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire still has two more editions to run this month before The Millionaire Series returns for its second edition on India’s leading tournament site. The seven-day series runs from May 3-9 with 17 tourneys and a glorious 5 Crores in prize pool guarantees between them.

India’s most trusted online poker site, PokerBaazi, will be dropping a Value Bomb (literally) this week, with the ‘Value Bomb Extreme’ returning for its third edition from April 21-25. The 50 Lakhs guaranteed tourney features an entry buy-in of 1,100. The first of the five starting flights of the popular tourney starts at 8:30 PM tonight.

April has not been only about tournaments, with several prominent sites churning out incredible offers. Fast-growing poker site, PokerDangal is running multiple promotions under its ‘Ace The April’ campaign. BLITZPOKER, part of the Quadnet Poker Network, has come out with plans for a power-packed April, with its BLITZPOKER April Dhamaka.

Joining these established players is the new entrant, GoodPoker. A subsidiary of India`s first dual fantasy sports and esports real-money gaming operator, Good Gamer, the recently launched site offers amazing bonuses for first-time users.

Just as the 14th edition of the IPL is gaining steam comes reports that the country’s largest gaming company, Dream11’s parent company, Dream Sports, is reportedly eyeing a US listing. According to sources, the company is looking to raise $1.5 Billion through the listing at a $6 Billion valuation.

WSOP makes its way back as one of the week`s top stories, and there were two significant announcements from the brand. On April 15, the brand unveiled the complete schedule for the domestic leg of the WSOP Online Series – open only to players located in Nevada and New Jersey. A total of 33 bracelets will be awarded on WSOP.com between July 1 to August 1.

The WSOP also ended its 20-year-long association with ESPN with an announcement on April 19. The live series will now hit the digital airwaves on the CBS Sports Network.

In other news, Brazilian football superstar Neymar Jr has extended his collaboration with PokerStars in a new role as the site`s Cultural Ambassador.

Wrapping up our weekly recap is news of Twitch streamer and poker pro Lukas Robinson, aka ‘RobinPoker,’ smashing Arlie Shaban‘s record of 1,000 hours of TwitchTV poker streaming in 125 days. He accomplished the said feat in just 100 days.


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Young Gun Gaurav Sood created history on Sunday by becoming the seventh player to win two The Millionaire titles. The dentist-turned-poker pro crushed the 2,114-entry field in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire to claim an impressive 14.18 Lakhs! Having carried multiple stacks into Day 2, he picked up two more scores to end the day with 14.40 Lakhs in cumulative winnings. The 2020 leaderboard topper had shipped Adda52’s Maverick earlier in the week and accumulated 20.19 Lakhs in total winnings, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood


PokerGuru Ambassador Rony Chowdhury took second place in The Millionaire for the second time in less than two months. The Young Gun pocketed net winnings of 15.12 Lakhs (2nd for 13.17 Lakhs, 8th for 1.76 Lakhs, 266th for 9,095 and 277th for 9,095) in the tourney, making him the second biggest winner of the week.

Rony Chowdhury
Rony Chowdhury


Seasoned pro Shravan Chhabria took down Adda52’s The Ballers last Friday for 6.28 Lakhs, and he followed that up by shipping PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller for 2.44 Lakhs on Sunday. He added two more FT finishes to his name in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack (5th for 1.71 Lakhs) and PokerStars India’s Highroller (3rd for 1.37 Lakhs), accumulating 12.92 Lakhs through the week.

Shravan Chhabria
Shravan Chhabria


The former SSS Millionaire champion Saurabh Rohila posted four six-figure scores this week, adding up to 11.98 Lakhs in total winnings. His biggest score this past week was the 4.90 Lakhs he won for taking down Adda52’s Deepstack Madness on Sunday.

Saurabh Rohila
Saurabh Rohila


Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi championed Spartan Poker’s Destiny for 6.92 Lakhs on Wednesday. He also placed third in Spartan Poker’s The Elite for 3.31 Lakhs, ending up with 10.60 Lakhs in weekly winnings.

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi


The Delhi-based poker pro, Arsh Grover, hit the jackpot on Monday. He took down Spartan Poker’s The Big Deal for 9.05 Lakhs and finished runner-up in PokerBaazi’s The Big Show for 1.20 Lakhs, ringing in 10.56 Lakhs in total winnings.

Arsh Grover
Arsh Grover


Rahul Kumar Jain (Won Sunday Superstack & 3rd in UVS#32 High Roller), PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved (4th in The Millionaire & 6th in Sunday Superstack), Mohit Mehta (6th in The Millionaire & Won The Race), Siddarth Singhvi (2nd in The Big Deal), and Tanay Hegde (Won BSS#4 SuperStack & Won The Pride) were the other top scorers.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Gaurav 'mozzie17' Sood₹14.18 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Arsh ‘BigggTymeR’ Grover₹9.05 LakhsThe Big Deal ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shardul Parthasarathi₹6.98 LakhsDestiny ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
nam0₹6.86 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Khuranaji₹6.31 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shravan 'Sweatmyass13' Chhabria₹6.28 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rahul 'LEd-ZEppELiN' Kumar Jain₹6.15 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tarush 'tarush123' Gupta₹5.50 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saurabh ‘saurabh21’ Rohila₹4.90 LakhsDeepstack Madness ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Iskander₹4.34 LakhsNano Main Event ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sriharsha ‘Ivey2’ Doddapaneni₹4.24 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Tanay 'tannycruz' Hegde₹4.20 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Surbhit ‘grovahova’ Grover₹4.18 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gaurav Sood₹3.80 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mayank '$Magician$' Makhija₹3.77 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohammad 'chandlerbing' Azhar₹3.61 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Amar 'PsykoEko' B Iyer₹3.59 LakhsMega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Debayan ‘debz19’ Das₹3.26 LakhsNano Highroller ₹18 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Parth ‘skilloverluck’ Aggarwal₹2.90 LakhsSunday Special PKO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Krifard₹2.84 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shravan ‘lukBo$$13’ Chhabria₹2.44 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
tannycruz₹2.26 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shashank 'IndianRat' Desai₹2.14 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pranay ‘aankhdikhatahai’ Chawla₹2.02 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sanat 'mehro2511' Mehrotra₹1.72 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ayush Garg₹1.69 LakhsUppercut [6-Max] Magic Edition ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
LACHANCE₹1.67 LakhsFuturistic ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pritam ‘Pritam’ Amritkar₹1.52 LakhsUVS#37 Main Event ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arjanveer ‘Arjan30’ Singh Chadha₹1.50 LakhsACL Quarterly SNG ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Lemonade₹1.45 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anurag 'NormanBates' Srivastava₹1.36 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shaurya 'PrivateLimited' Modi₹1.26 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohit 'thejoker' Mehta₹1.26 LakhsThe Race ₹6.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vikram 'Poker_lover' Mishra₹1.21 LakhsBSS#3 MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anmolraj 'modi chai wala' Singh Chawla₹1.19 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Karan ‘reg_slayer’ Radia₹1.16 LakhsHurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akshay Asawa₹1.06 LakhsWon Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sameer Paranjape₹1.03 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
denoi ₹1.02 LakhsUVS #18 ₹5.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal ‘Charsilaladka’ Chaudhary₹1.01 LakhsThe Flash ₹4.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shashank 'IndianRat' Desai₹88,500Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aditya ‘konstantin’ Singh₹84,496Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankit 'starnaruto' Saurabh₹72,563UVS#23 Golden Vault ₹3.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Unknown₹70,535UVS#29 DeepStack - PKO ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
₹61,754Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Priyank 'Satoshi_Nakamoto' Kothari₹60,913UVS#24 Monster Stack ₹4.65 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shrey 'Kingsb30' Baj
₹60,913Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
vikas96llj ₹55,300BSS#2 Afternoon ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Deep 'ChristopherCoke' Patel₹54,8256-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Jaya Bharathkumar denb’ Prajapati₹54,442Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhishek ‘abhiom’ Chhajer₹54,120Holdem BOOST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya 'adit11' Kulkarni₹54,1196-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Jaya Bharathkumar denb’ Prajapati₹47,875Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bhande17₹47,836Nano Ballers ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Amarjeet 'ninjakar' Singh₹47,8206-Max Holdem BOOST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth ‘gangnam gangi’ Gangwar₹46,785Uppercut Mini ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
bhaibhai01₹46,591Nano DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tanmay ‘PlusEv’ Benara₹46,227Nano Godfather ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shivam ‘broosky’ Shukla ₹43,910Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Tapan ‘tweedu_taps’ Mansotra₹41,389The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Reverse88₹40,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Swapnil 'pokpom1' Patil₹38,492Deepstack ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
amar21679₹35,790PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Adarsh ‘Subham007’ Subham₹32,524Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
nilar₹30,350BSS#1 Kickoff ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Nitya47₹30,206Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Apratim ‘HUSTLER.0081’ Chatterjee ₹30,161Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
binoyravjani₹31,090PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Ashwin ‘Ashwinvijay’ Vijay₹30,000Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Swapnil 'pokpom1' Patil ₹29,560Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
fightertoads₹28,800Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
dheerajarora ₹28,150PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Utkarsh 'kidpokerNJ' Vaish
₹26,505UVS#28 PKO ₹1.10 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Shivam ‘LALLARONA’ Shukla₹24,000Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
uditpokerstar₹18,532Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
vidhan41₹18,252Nano Crack Jack ₹70K GTDAdda52
poker9₹18,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
royalflush0811 ₹16,562Nano Crack Jack ₹70K GTDAdda52
juwadi₹16,500Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
Lavesh ‘lavesh7’ Meena₹13,102Morning Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
prashanth16₹12,900Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
The Fiend
₹12,690UVS#20 Deepstack ₹75K GTD
Spartan Poker
Lavekumar₹12,600Insomnia ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
puke1995₹12,000Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
tomdwan2₹10,000Under the Gun ₹20K GTD PLOKhelo365
Sabran1₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Samv₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
burnturn₹6,880Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Reverse88₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
yasir1986₹2,100Weekly Freeroll ₹10K GTDPokerDangal


Good Gamer Enters the Indian Poker Industry with the Launch of GoodPoker

India’s first dual fantasy sports and esports real-money gaming operator, Good Gamer, eyeing the market leader position in online poker, recently launched its brand new poker app GoodPoker. The site is offering exciting bonus offers on launch.

Read the complete report here


BLITZPOKER’s “April Dhamaka” Offerings

BLITZPOKER has an “April Dhamaka” of promotions running on the site.

  • All in April” deposit bonus offers
  • FreeHit – 1 Lakh GTD Freeroll every Saturday.
  • Refer a Friend offer
  • Massive guaranteed tourneys running daily & lots more


Read the complete report here


PokerBaazi`s 50 Lakhs GTD “Value Bomb Extreme” Starts Today

The third edition of PokerBaazi`s 50 Lakhs GTD Value Bomb Extreme starts today. Running till April 25, the multi-flight tourney features five starting flights, offering a value multiplier of almost 5,000X on its 1,100 entry buy-in.

PokerBaazi announces ValueBomb Extreme

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Poker Dangal’s “Ace The April” Promotion

PokerDangal has a sizzling lineup of promotions lined up for players as part of its “Ace The April” campaign.

  • Deposit bonuses
  • Player of the Month leaderboard race
  • IPL Happy Hours & more


Read the complete report here


Dream11 Parent Company Eyeing a US Listing by Early Next Year

Dream11’s parent company, Dream Sports, is reportedly eyeing a US listing by early next year. According to sources, the company is in talks with investment banks for the same. The gaming giant aims to raise $1.5 Billion through the listing at a $6 Billion valuation, an almost 20% increase since its last funding round in March.

Dream Sports Eyeing US Listing in 2022

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WSOP 2021 Updates

Two weeks after dropping the tentative dates for the 2021 WSOP live series in Las Vegas, WSOP.com, on April 14, unveiled the complete schedule for the domestic leg (open only to players located in Nevada & New Jersey) of WSOP Online 2021. The WSOP Online series will kick off on July 1, 2021, and award as many as 33 bracelets across its month-long run until August 1.

WSOP announces complete US schedule

Read the complete report here

After more than 20 years of partnership with ESPN, WSOP has joined hands with CBS Sports Network as its official TV partner. The collaboration will see CBS broadcasting 51 hours of coverage this year, including 15 hours of footage from the 2021 WSOP Main Event and another 36 hours’ worth of content from 18 other bracelet events.

WSOP inks deal with CBS

Read the complete report here


And 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.

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