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This Week in Poker: April 19 – 25

This Week in Poker: April 19 – 25
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis April 27, 2023
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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 circuits. Here are this week’s top stories!

April is coming to a close, and the online poker scene has recently been relatively quiet. However, excitement still abounds with Spartan Poker’s bringing back it’s much-beloved The Millionaire over the weekend and PokerBaazi’s hosting its PLO Championship, which produced several notable winners.

Arman Khan, a former APT Online India trophy winner, topped the weekly charts for dominating the 1,970-entry field in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire on Sunday. He won the multi-flight headliner for an impressive ₹17.77 Lakhs (from three stacks) – nearly triple his previous best score.

Other significant online scorers this week include WSOP bracelet winner Kartik Ved, Himanshu Arora, Saurabh Rohila, and Neeraj Kumar.

The upcoming week promises to be a thrilling one for poker enthusiasts. APT Taipei 2023 is set to kick off on April 28 at the Asia Poker Arena, with a significant Indian contingent expected to participate. PokerGuru’s very own host, Saumya Paithanker, will also be on-site to bring you all the updates from the series.

For online players, PokerBaazi has announced “The Fantastic Five Edition” of its premier single-flight ₹1 Crore GTD tournament, The MoneyMaker, in May, setting aside a total guaranteed prize pool of ₹5 Crores across five The MoneyMaker editions.

The micro and small stakes players will rejoice in the return of the Indian Micro Poker Series (IMPS) Gold Edition on PokerBaazi. The budget series makes a 15-day run from April 30 to May 14, offering a guaranteed prize pool of ₹3 Crores across 116 tournaments of buy-ins ranging from ₹55 to ₹1,375.

PokerStars India turned five on April 17 and celebrated the occasion with an aptly-named promotion, “5-Year Fiesta.” The site hosted a grand ₹10 Lakhs added Anniversary Freeroll on April 26, marking the start of the Anniversary Special Boosted GTD Tournaments – which will see all the daily marquees on the site running with boosted guaranteed until April 30.

PokerMatch India, the Indian arm of Eastern Europe`s leading online platform, has added more excitement to weekends with its new High Roller PKO. Sporting a guaranteed prize pool of ₹8.80 Lakhs and an entry buy-in of ₹12,100, the tournament will run every Sunday from April 23 to May 14, with the site running multiple satellites starting as little as ₹22.

While this rounds out the online lineup of MTTs for May, June will be off to a roaring start as Spartan Poker just announced the dates for the 15th edition of the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC)! The eye-popping ₹47 Crores guaranteed series will run from June 1 to 18. More details will be shared in the coming days.

In other news, the Tamil Nadu government has enforced the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling & Regulation of Online Games Act, 2022, which bans all online games played with stakes, including rummy and poker. The Bill was approved by the state assembly on March 23 and by the governor on April 10. Chief Minister MK Stalin had initially stated that the Bill would be gazetted the same day, but it was finally notified on April 21. This is the second attempt by the state government to curb real money games played in cyberspace.

The All India Gaming Federation and several gaming operators filed writ petitions challenging the ban in the Madras High Court on April 26, seeking an interim stay on the ban and questioning the legislative competence of the Bill, claiming it violates the Constitution.

The plea was heard by a divisional bench of Acting Chief Justice T. Raja and Justice D. Bharatha Chakravarthy on Thursday, April 27. However, the bench rejected the petitions, listing the matter for hearing on June 2.


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The former APT Online India trophy winner, Arman Khan, captured the winner’s limelight after championing Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for the week’s single largest payout worth ₹17.20 Lakhs, nearly three times his previous-best score.

Arman’s dazzling run in the weekend flagship earned him a lofty ₹17.93 Lakhs this past week. For his exceptional performance, he is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Arman Khan
Arman Khan


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for ₹17,76,800


WSOP bracelet winner, Kartik Ved, placed second in the weekly standings with a haul of ₹13.75 Lakhs. His most notable performance was in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire. Vying for his third Millionaire title, Ved fell just short of the finish line, settling for a runner-up payday of ₹9.61 Lakhs.

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for ₹10,04,000

> 5th in Spartan Poker’s The Elite for ₹1,54,721


Himanshu Arora made a masterful run this week, netting ₹12.96 Lakhs. Although Arora had no win on his weekly report card, he made several distinctive appearances across some of the biggest flagship tourneys, ranking third on the online charts.

Himanshu Arora
Himanshu Arora


His top finishes include:

> 3rd in Adda52’s Nano Main Event for ₹2,15,788

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s PC#19 (PLO-5) for ₹2,04,902

> 6th in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) BSS Championship for ₹1,75,938


The IOPC 13.0 The Crown and Super HighRoller champion Saurabh Rohila added a hefty ₹12.48 Lakhs this past week from two flagship title victories and another three FT scores!

Saurabh Rohila
Saurabh Rohila


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Deepstack Turbo (6 Max) for ₹3,89,160

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s PC#15 (PLO-6) for ₹3,49,115

> 4th in Spartan Poker’s The Elite for ₹1,92,696


The #3 ranked player on the annual TLB (points) leaderboard, Neeraj Kumar had the most arduous route to a seven-figure paycheque, for he accumulated ₹11.80 Lakhs across a well-fought 56 ITM finishes, including three title victories, two runner-up finishes, and another seven FT scores.

Neeraj Kumar
Neeraj Kumar


His top finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s PC#11 (PLO-6) for ₹2,40,940

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) SPRINT for ₹1,73,546

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s PC#17 (PLO-5) (PKO) for ₹1,21,726

Harsh Bubna, Vinayak Bajaj, Neel Joshi, Vikhyat Ahlawat, Abhishek Kumar, and Arjanveer Singh were the week`s other top online scorers.


Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Arman Khan₹17.20 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Neel Joshi₹9.17 LakhsBig Whale ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kabir Tandon₹7.44 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sreekanth Narayan₹6.20 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Abhishek Kumar₹5.79 LakhsPC#7 (PLO-6) HighRoller – ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Arjanveer Singh Chadha₹5.26 LakhsThe Ballers – ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Omprakash Jureshiya₹5.21 LakhsThe Elite – ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shyam Sundar₹5.14 Lakhs(7-Max) BSS Championship ₹35 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Avish Sharma₹4.70 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller – ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mitesh Gupta₹4.47 LakhsThursday High Roller (6-Max) ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“phoenix7777”₹4.34 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mohit Mehta₹4.23 LakhsThe Summit ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“IBluffULol”₹3.90 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saurabh Rohila₹3.89 LakhsDeepStack Turbo (6-Max) ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“AffableSatan”₹3.87 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gautam Bansal₹3.84 LakhsBSS HighRoller ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aayush Arya₹3.80 LakhsTuesday High Roller ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nitesh Katiyar₹3.58 LakhsNano ME ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saurabh Rohila₹3.49 LakhsPC#15 (PLO-6) ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vikhyat Ahlawat₹3.26 LakhsPC#3 (PLO-6) ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Maddhav Kohli₹3.16 LakhsUltron ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Chirag Sodha₹2.88 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhinesh Kumar₹2.80 LakhsThe Colosseum [6-Max] ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Amit Kaushik₹2.85 LakhsNano Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Michael Keishing₹2.68 LakhsDestiny 26.0 ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Amit Kaushik₹2.66 LakhsMega Stack ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“JCchon413”₹2.58 LakhsPC#23 (PLO-6) ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Harsh Bubna₹2.56 LakhsSunday Special [8-Max] PKO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Subhayan Das₹2.24 LakhsThe Pride ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gaurav Mittal₹2.22 LakhsPC#13 (PLO-5) ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Harsh Bubna₹2.22 LakhsBounty Builder HR ₹9 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
“nirwair”₹2.09 LakhsThe Big Bash ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Hardik Nair₹2 LakhsFuturistic - Triple Chance ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anirban D Das₹1.77 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Frediefish”₹1.70 LakhsPC#1 (PLO-5) KickOff ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anuj Yadav₹1.53 LakhsMonster Stack PKO ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vivek Parmar₹1.43 LakhsDaily Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Hemant Meena₹1.43 LakhsDaily Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Jayanta Das₹1.36 LakhsPC#8 (PLO-6) KO - ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vikram Surana₹1.35 LakhsPC#6 (PLO-5) - ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Abhi3292”₹1.33 LakhsDaily Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Parag Shah₹1.32 LakhsDaily Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vikhyat Ahlawat₹1.23 LakhsMoney Heist - Triple Chance ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“Onix”₹1.16 LakhsPC#22 (PLO-5) ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“shades92”₹1.10 LakhsPC#4 (PLO-5) ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“night890_jf26OP73oN"₹1.08 LakhsPocket Bullets ₹6 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Nitin Rawat₹1.02 LakhsPC#16 (PLO-5) ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Samarth Bhandari₹1.02 LakhsPC#24 (PLO-4) ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dhaval Doshi₹97K(7-Max) Afternoon Boost ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ankit Nahar₹86KPC#5 (PLO-4) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Harshit Sanghi₹86KPC#14 (PLO-4) ₹5 Lakhs GTD
“Pakanpa”₹82K(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Harsh Bubna₹82KPC#2 (PLO-4) ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rohit Yadav₹75K(7-Max) Afternoon Boost ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Narendra Singh₹68K(7-Max) Afternoon Boost ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi


PokerBaazi’s 1 Crore GTD The MoneyMaker to Run Five Times in May as Part of “The Fantastic Five Edition!”

India’s leading online poker site, PokerBaazi, returned with another BIG announcement after the successful conclusion of its record-crushing National Poker Series India 2023. The poker operator has come out with the “The Fantastic Five Edition” of its flagship single-flight 1 Crore GTD tournament, The Money Maker, with a staggering 5 Crores guaranteed across five The MoneyMaker editions in May.

This edition will mark the first time that PokerBaazi will host five back-to-back The MoneyMaker tournaments in a month, each with a guaranteed prize pool of 1 Crore.

PokerBaazi's The Fantastic Five Edition of The MoneyMaker

Read the complete report here.


PokerBaazi`s Indian Micro Poker Series Gold Edition is Back With 3-Plus Crores GTD (April 30 – May 14)

PokerBaazi has announced the return of the Indian Micro Poker Series Gold Edition from April 30 to May 14, 2023, with a guaranteed prize pool of 3 Crores. The 15-day flagship budget-offering series boasts 116 tournaments with buy-ins ranging from a super-affordable 55 to 1,375.

PokerBaazi`s Indian Micro Poker Series Gold Edition April 30 – May 14

Read the complete report here.


PokerStars India 5-Year Fiesta Anniversary Special Boosted GTD Tournaments Get Underway

PokerStars India completed five years of operations on April 17, and marking the occasion, it is hosting the anniversary-special “5-Year Fiesta,” offering boosted guaranteed leaderboards and MTTs, massive anniversary freerolls, and rakeback promotions – guaranteeing a whopping 1.50 Crores. The site hosted a special 10 Lakhs GTD Anniversary Freeroll on April 26, marking the start of the Anniversary Special Boosted GTD Tournaments!

PokerStars India 5 Year Anniversary Fiesta
PokerStars India 5 Year Anniversary Fiesta

Read the complete report here.


PokerMatch India’s 8.80 Lakhs GTD High Roller PKO Will Make the Sunday Grind More Bountiful

PokerMatch India is spicing up Sundays with their new High Roller PKO tournaments, guaranteeing 8.80 Lakhs across four weekly editions from April 23 to May 14! Don’t miss out on the chance to win big and qualify through affordable satellites for just 22.

PokerMatch India’s High Roller PKO Tournaments (April 23 – May 14)

Read the complete report here.


With this, we conclude this week’s roundup of the latest news updates and developments from the poker world. We will return again next week with another weekly report. Stay tuned.

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