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This Week in Poker: April 27 – May 3

This Week in Poker: April 27 – May 3
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  • Namita Ghosh May 4, 2022
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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!

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With the summer heat rising, the action on the virtual felts has also been sizzling! After several weeks of relative quiet, the past week has been quite hectic with Spartan Poker’s (and partner sites BLITZPOKER and PokerHigh) Summer Celebration Series and PokerBaazi’s biggest-ever Indian Micro Poker Series driving up the online MTT action!

This past Sunday was a particularly spectacular one with not one but two ₹1 Crore GTD flagships playing down to a winner! While several players banked massive scores, towering over them all was Saransh Garg. He finished runner-up in PokerBaazi`s #BB6 MoneyMaker for a career-best ₹12.26 Lakhs. The career-defining finish came just a few days after he had won Spartan Poker’s Wednesday Highroller for ₹6.83 Lakhs, followed by a fourth-place finish in the Thursday Highroller the next day for ₹2.17 Lakhs. Garg topped the weekly charts with ₹21.83 Lakhs in total winnings, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

This week’s other top scorers were Sumit Sapra, Young Gun Abhinav Iyer, Subhayan Das, and Vinay Rajpal!

If you thought this week’s action was electrifying, then keep an eye out for what’s coming next! PokerBaazi’s brand-new 1100 Texas Hold ’em Championship (THC) will crank up the heat from May 31 to June 19, and dish out ₹10 Crores in guaranteed prizes across 100 tournaments – all of them featuring a fixed buy-in of ₹1,100.

All you cash game lovers, head over to BLITZPOKER to check out the site’s “Marvellous May” promotion has juicy deposit bonus offers running this month.

Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8, is hosting the first-ever Zodiac Festival from May 1 to 8, with a whopping ¥20 Million in guaranteed prizes up for grabs!

While the online action is picking up pace, live tournament poker is not far behind. Less than two weeks from now, the IPC Megastacks will be making its debut run in Jhapa, Nepal, guaranteeing a whopping ₹3.50 Crores in prize money across four tournaments. If you want to win your seat at the upcoming event, check out the Road to IPC promotion presently running on Spartan Poker (and partner sites BLITZPOKER and PokerHigh) for a chance to win all-expenses-paid packages!

In other news, Delta Corp. announced its plans to bring in a new vessel in August-September to replace the Deltin Caravela ship. The new ship is expected to increase the company’s current gaming capacity by 2.5 times.

Meanwhile, the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted by the GST Council held a meeting on May 2 and reportedly agreed to recommend GST at a flat 28% slab from the existing 18% on real-money online gaming. The GoM is likely to recommend doing away with a separate categorization of “skill” and “chance” gaming while computing GST.

Moving to the international circuit, the 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) kicked off on April 28 at the Casino Monte-Carlo. Spain’s Adrian Mateos is the biggest winner to emerge in the series (so far), as he won the €100,000 Super High Roller for €1,385,430.

Yuri Dzivielevski (Won €25,000 Single-Day High Roller for €448,515), Jean-Noel Thorel (Won €10,200 Mystery Bounty Event for €184,790), Lucas Scafini (Won €1,100 France Poker Series (FPS) Main Event for €250,000) and Pascal Lefrancois (Won €50,000 NLHE for €505,774) were other standout winners.

 

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Saransh Garg will remember this past week as one of the most defining moments of his poker career. On Sunday, he came whiskers close to taking down PokerBaazi’s flagship ₹1 Crore GTD #BB6 MoneyMaker, finishing runner-up for a career-best ₹12.26 Lakhs. Four days prior, he had scored a thumping victory in the Wednesday Highroller on Spartan Poker for ₹6.83 Lakhs, followed by a fifth-place finish in the Thursday Highroller the next day. With his scores adding up to a whopping ₹21.83 Lakhs, Garg topped the weekly charts, making him our PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Saransh Garg
Saransh Garg

 

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s #BB6 MoneyMaker for ₹12.26 Lakhs

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Wednesday Highroller for ₹6.83 Lakhs

> 5th in Spartan Poker’s Thursday Highroller for ₹2.17 Lakhs

Long-time circuit reg Sumit Sapra was another player busy boosting his online bankroll. Sapra took down PokerBaazi`s The Weekly HighRoller and made another smashing run on Sunday, finishing runner-up in the SCS #23 – High – Mega Celebration. Sapra added over ₹19.50 Lakhs through the week, taking the #2 spot in the weekly charts.

Sumit Sapra
Sumit Sapra

 

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s SCS #23 – High – Mega Celebration for ₹10.96 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller for ₹4.27 Lakhs

> 4th in Adda52 Millions for ₹2.56 Lakhs

The country’s first solo WSOP bracelet winner, Young Gun Abhinav Iyer, was another player who made heads turn on Sunday when he bested the 872-player field in PokerBaazi’s #BB6 MoneyMaker for ₹17.50 Lakhs. Another FT score in Adda52’s Mega Suits boosted Iyer’s weekly tally to ₹19.10 Lakhs.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s #BB6 MoneyMaker for ₹17.50 Lakhs

> 5th in Adda52’s Mega Suits for ₹1.35 Lakhs

The doctor-turned poker pro Subhayan Das scored his sixth title victory of the year in Spartan Poker’s SCS #23 – High – Mega Celebration, pocketing a career-best ₹18.61 Lakhs. The former APT India Online Main Event champion`s weekly total stood at ₹18.80 Lakhs, putting him at #4 in the charts.

Subhayan Das
Subhayan Das

 

The well-known TLB crusher Vinay Rajpal championed two marquee tournaments this week, Spartan Poker`s Destiny and PokerBaazi`s The Big Show. He also made it to the final tables of several Sunday flagships, altogether banking ₹13.85 Lakhs.

Vinay Rajpal
Vinay Rajpal

 

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in Adda52’s Mega Suits for ₹4.11 Lakhs

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Destiny for ₹3.47 Lakhs

> 3rd in PokerBaaz’s BSS SuperStack for ₹2.94 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaaz’s The Big Show for ₹2 Lakhs

Several other MTT regs added seven figures in earnings this past week. The list includes names like Harsh Dembla (Weekly cashes – ₹11.57 Lakhs), Young Guns Arsh Grover (Weekly cashes – ₹11.49 Lakhs), and Siddhanth Kripalani (Weekly cashes – ₹10.39 Lakhs), and Vinay B (Weekly cashes – ₹10.24 Lakhs).

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Subhayan Das₹18.61 LakhsSCS#23 – High - Mega Celebration Day 2 – ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Abhinav Iyer₹17.50 Lakhs#BB6 MoneyMaker ₹1 Crore GTDPokerBaazi
Rahul Singhroha₹7.67 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arsh Grover₹7.58 LakhsSCS#20 – High Sunday Celebration ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Jasven Saigal₹7.40 LakhsSCS#7 – High Friday Celebration ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nishaanth Shanmughasundaram₹6.01 LakhsThe Ballers Adda52
Saransh Garg₹6.83 LakhsWednesday Highroller (6-Max) ₹20 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Ankit Wadhawan
₹6.54 LakhsThursday Highroller (6-Max) ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mithun Mahesh₹6.12 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Vinay B₹5.19 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anirudh Reddy
₹4.55 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Sumit Sapra₹4.27 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mayank Maruka
₹3.90 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Harsh Dembla₹3.64 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹18 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Vinay Rajpal
₹3.47 LakhsDestiny ₹22 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Anurag Srivastava₹3.30 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sunil Saraf₹3.49 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Karan Malhotra₹3.42 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Siddhanth Kripalani₹3.30 LakhsSCS#37 – High - Tuesday Celebration ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shriram Varma₹3.01 LakhsSCS#29 – High - Monday Celebration ₹13 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Bhavyajeet Singh Rathore₹2.74 LakhsSCS#22 – Mid – Main Event ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Saurabh Rohila₹2.73 LakhsSunday Special (On-time Rake Refund) ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Faiz Alam
₹2.66 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Anurag Srivastava₹2.60 LakhsSunday Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vivek Singh₹2.56 LakhsSCS#5 – High ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Deepesh Raka₹2.47 LakhsBounty Builder (On-Time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Ujjwal Narwal₹2.18 LakhsSuper Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
“joecsaju”
₹2.10 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Vinay Rajpal₹2 LakhsThe Big Show ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Ashish Ahuja
₹1.95 LakhsHighroller (On-time Rake Refund) – 10 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
“Cera99”
₹1.93 LakhsSCS #31 – High ₹8.50 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Nadeem Basha₹1.91 LakhsSunday Showdown – 10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“OfcourseOfcourse”₹1.75 LakhsSCS #39 – High ₹7.75 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Kunal Yadav₹1.49 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Abhay Gupta
₹1.42 LakhsIMPS#16 6-Max ₹6 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Tanmay Benara₹1.41 LakhsIMPS#24 (6-Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Neel Haria₹1.40 LakhsIMPS#5 ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Raksha Agarwal
₹1.39 LakhsSPRINT (7 Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Abhijeet Kumar₹1.34 LakhsIMPS#1 Kickoff Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Devang Yadav₹1.28 LakhsDaily SPRINT (7-Max) - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhimanyu Mittal₹1.26 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Guruprasad Gupta₹1.23 LakhsDaily SPRINT (7-Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“vikri”₹1.13 LakhsDaily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“p0kerguru”
₹1.10 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dishani Vijay₹1.08 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ravindra Arikeri₹1.06 LakhsFriday Bounty ₹4 Lakh GTDAdda52
“kick_axxxs”₹96KSCS#1 – Low ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Atishay Samuel₹96KBattle Royale (8-Max) - ₹4 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
“pg83”₹91KIMPS#13 ₹4 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Archit Khandelwal₹90KWednesday Vibes ₹4 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Ajay Dhayal₹89KVoyager ₹3 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
“Niraj2401”₹87KNight on Stars - ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
“ganu12”
₹83KVoyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“Underground”₹72KSCS#6 – Low – Super Centurion ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“Chupacabra"₹65KIMPS#23 Daily ₹3 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Sagar Kavre
₹64KIMPS#15 Daily ₹3 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi

 

PokerBaazi’s ₹10 Crores GTD 1100 Texas Hold’em Championship Runs From May 31 to June 19

Want to become a Millionaire? Well, mark your poker calendar for PokerBaazi’s 1100 Texas Hold ’em Championship (THC), which boasts a colossal ₹10 Crores in guaranteed prizes spread across 100 tournaments, each event priced at only ₹1,100. The series also features Weekly and Series Leaderboard races, with ₹25 Lakhs in additional prizes.

PokerBaazi's 1100 Texas Hold'em Championship
PokerBaazi’s 1100 Texas Hold’em Championship

 

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BLITZPOKER “Marvellous May” Promotion Comes Laden With Deposit Bonuses

Cash game players should check out BLITZPOKER’s Marvellous May promotion! There are numerous deposit bonus offers for players to encash through the month, starting on deposits as little as ₹50 going up all the way to ₹1 Lakh.

Marvellous May
Marvellous May

 

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Natural8’s Week-Long Zodiac Festival Offers ¥20 Million in Guaranteed Prizes

Natural8’s brand-new Zodiac Festival has been up and running since May 1 and continues until May 8. The series features daily Zodiac Main Events with ¥250,000 GTD and the special Sunday-only Zodiac Main Events with ¥500K GTD, offering a combined prize pool guarantee of ¥20 Million. What’s even better, winners can also claim unique animal avatars.

Zodiac Festival
Zodiac Festival

 

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2022 EPT Monte Carlo Updates

PokerStars’ European Poker Tour is back after a three-year hiatus, and it’s making a comeback with a full-blown schedule of events at the Casino Monte-Carlo from April 28 to May 7.

The first €25,000 Single-Day High Roller of the series saw Brazilian star Yuri Dzivielevski outlasting the 74-entry strong field to clinch the PokerStars Spadie trophy and €448,515 in prize money.

Yuri Dzivielevski
Yuri Dzivielevski

 

Claiming his third tournament title (his second PokerStars EPT win), French entrepreneur Jean-Noel Thorel ran past an 83-entry strong field in the €10,200 Mystery Bounty Event to collect €184,790.

Jean-Noel Thorel
Jean-Noel Thorel

 

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Spain’s all-time money leader Adrian Mateos overcame a stacked 42-entry field in the €100,000 Super High Roller to pick up his 20th live tournament title and €1,385,430 in prize money.

Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos

 

Read the complete report here

Meanwhile, Day 2 of the €5,300 Main Event is currently underway. The tournament recorded 1,049 entries across two starting flights, and 307 among them booked their berth for Day 2. Late registrations are still open, and the Main Event needs another 50 entries to set a new attendance record.

 

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

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