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This Week in Poker: April 6 – 12

Weekly Recap | April 6 - 12
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis April 13, 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!

Summer’s here, and the action on the virtual felts was sizzling hot this week, with The Millionaire Series 4.0 winding down to a thrilling finale. The week’s top scorer, as expected, was the ₹1.50 Crores GTD Millionaire Series #27 – The Millionaire Main Event champion, Spartan Poker user ‘Pradzzz,’ who championed the event for an incredible ₹41.74 Lakhs. Due to the player wishing to remain anonymous, the #2 ranked player on the weekly charts, the Millionaire Main Event runner-up finisher, Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal, claims the bragging right to the “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Young Gun Gaurav Sood, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja, Adarsh Jha, and Ayush Garg were the week`s other big winners.

Cranking up the heat this April is MPL Poker’s recently launched Task For Rewards and Refer And Earn programs. All new users on the site can claim a 500 bonus after completing a few simple tasks on the site under the Task For Rewards promotions, while the Refer and Earn referral program lets players earn up to 1 Lakh in rewards for referring their poker friends on the site.

Up-and-coming online poker site, IndiaPlays has brought back its popular Progressive Leaderboard this month, guaranteeing at least 3 Lakhs in prizes.

For players looking to play the 2022 WSOP Main Event on a budget, Asia’s largest online poker site, Natural8, is handing out all-expenses-paid packages to the WSOP Main Event through its Road to Vegas promotion.

In some thrilling news for live MTT players, India`s longest-running live tournament brand, India Poker Championship, recently announced its comeback after a 24-month hiatus. The IPC Megastacks will run from May 17 to 22 at the Casino Vegas by Big Daddy in Jhapa, Nepal, and more details on the schedule are expected shortly.

But before that, the live MTT crowd will be seen in Goa for the Deltin Poker Tournament that kicks off on April 14 onboard Casino Deltin Royale. The six-event series boasts 2 Crores in guaranteed prizes and will run until April 19.

Moving to the international news, the 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey has been on a tear at the Triton Super High Roller Series Europe series’ in North Cyprus. The Poker Hall of Famer clinched his second title in less than a week in Event #4: $50K PLO of PokerGO’s SHRS Europe for $640,000, climbing to the top of the leaderboard standings.

Tom Vogelsang (Event #1: $25K PLO for $360,000), Mikita Badziakouski (Event #2: $50K Short Deck for $756,000), Marius Gierse (Event #3: $25K NLHE for $432,000) and Danny Tang (Event #5: $50K Short Deck for $640,000) won the other SHRS titles.


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The Millionaire Series 4.0 was the week’s star attraction, and we had already reserved the “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title for the ₹1.50 Crores GTD Millionaire Series #27 – The Millionaire Main Event champion! However, the eventual champion ‘Pradzzz’ who won the title for a massive 41.74 Lakhs, chose to remain anonymous, and hence the title passes on to the #2 ranked player of the week, Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal.

Ujjwal Narwal
Ujjwal Narwal


The 25-year-old IIT-ian, Ujjwal Narwal, finished runner-up in the Millionaire Series Main Event for 21.65 Lakhs. He followed up that spectacular performance by shipping Adda52’s The Mint for 3.53 Lakhs, posting an impressive 25.19 Lakhs through the week.

Young Gun Gaurav Sood`s online MTT domination continued even with his wedding just around the corner. This week, the dentist-turned-poker pro locked in ₹24.58 Lakhs, taking the #3 spot on the weekly charts!

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #16 – High Roller for 21 Lakhs

> 4th in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) for 1.09 Lakhs

PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja cracked into the top three of the annual rankings with his phenomenal performance this past week, adding 19.39 Lakhs.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #25 – Sunday Millionaire for 10.20 Lakhs

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s BSS MonsterStack (6-Max) for 42,243

> 5th in Adda52’s Sunday Showdown for 56,571

Adarsh Jha lapped up 16.73 Lakhs on the back of four breakout scores. He got his big break in PokerBaazi’s #BB3 MoneyMaker on Sunday. Though he missed claiming the title, he still walked away with the lion`s share of the prize money worth 14.96 Lakhs for his second-place finish, courtesy of a three-way deal.

Adarsh Jha
Adarsh Jha


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s #BB3 MoneyMaker for 14.96 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s BSS 2 Lakhs GTD for 63,219

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s Holdem Boost for 33,407

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s Holdem Boost for 30,717

Ayush Garg also joined the list of big scorers, netting 14.98 Lakhs this week.

Ayush Garg
Ayush Garg


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #19 – Elite Millionaire for 11.92 Lakhs

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s BSS SuperStack for 1.26 Lakhs

> 15th in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #16 – High Roller for 96,685

Biplob Rana, Harshad Barve, PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved, Sriram Sridhar, and Mukesh Surana were the week`s other top scorers!

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
“Pradzzz”₹41.74 LakhsMillionaire Series#27 - The Millionaire Main Event ₹1.50 Crores GTDSpartan Poker
Gaurav Sood₹21 LakhsMillionaire Series #16 – High Roller (6-Max) ₹65 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ayush Garg₹11.92 LakhsMillionaire Series #19 – The Elite (6-Max) ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harshad Barve₹11.15 LakhsMillionaire Series #13 – Wednesday Millionaire ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mukesh Surana₹10.96 Lakhs#BB3 MoneyMaker – ₹1 Crore GTDPokerBaazi
Ashish Ahuja₹10.20 LakhsMillionaire Series#25 – Sunday Millionaire ₹45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish Ahuja₹6.09 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kartik Ved₹6.01 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Madhur Kapoor₹5.45 LakhsThe Summit – ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vinay Rajpal₹5.04 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Devang Yadav₹3.82 LakhsMaverick – ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ujjwal Narwal
₹3.53 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTD
Anuj Yadav₹3.27 LakhsSunday Special (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anmol Mehta₹3.19 LakhsThe Endeavour 12 Lakhs GTD
Saransh Garg₹3.12 LakhsThe Pride – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dinesh Pilkhwal
₹2.66 LakhsReCharge ₹12 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Rajat Sharma₹2.64 LakhsSuper Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Shardul Parthasarathi
₹2.62 LakhsMega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹16 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Rachit Soni
₹2.50 LakhsThe Big Show ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Aditya Singh₹2.39 LakhsSunday Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Arun Sriram₹2.26 LakhsHighroller (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
“Gabbar1973”₹2.26 LakhsMillionaire Series#26 – ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Manish Lakhotia₹2.13 LakhsMillionaire Series #18 – ₹10 Lakhs GTD (Multi Entry)Spartan Poker
₹2.13 LakhsBounty Builder HR (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Nitin Arora₹1.93 LakhsMillionaire Series #14 ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“Realfc”₹1.87 Lakhs(7-Max) BSS SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ajay Jain₹1.79 LakhsMillionaire Series #20 – ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shardul Parthasarathi₹1.72 LakhsMonster Turbo – ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Prince Singh₹1.66 LakhsMillionaire Series #12 –₹7.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Debashis Bal₹1.66 LakhsBSS MonsterStack 6-Max – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Tanmay Benara₹1.65 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Jaikishan Jangid₹1.60 LakhsSPRINT (7-Max) – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Venkat Vishwanath
₹1.53 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD
Ashwin Vijay₹1.53 LakhsMS#24 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kritagya Sharma₹1.44 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Wilson Yomso₹1.44 LakhsMillionaire Series #17 –₹8.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“AceBoy”₹1.43 LakhsMS#28 D'Lite Day 2 - ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aditya Parashar₹1.38 LakhsDaily SPRINT - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Tanmay Benara
₹1.23 LakhsSPRINT (7-Max) – ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Areyann Gurbaxani₹1.21 Lakhs(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shriram Varma₹1.21 LakhsDaily SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“boosterx”₹1.20 LakhsFriday Bounty ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanish Chhabra₹1.13 LakhsLa Luna - ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mandar Madaye₹1.10 LakhsBattle Royale ₹4 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
“hanuman”₹1.08 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Janish Jain₹1.02 LakhsSPRINT (7-Max) - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vikhyat Ahlawat₹92KMillionaire Series #15 –₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Samay Modi
₹85KThe Race ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“mukuw”₹83KDeepstack ₹3.50 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Pawan Kumar₹83KVoyager ₹3 Lakhs GTD
Siddharth Kadel₹80KVoyager ₹3 Lakhs GTD
“THE.STORM”₹51KSundowner ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Rahul Sengar₹39KBig Bubble Rush ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India


MPL Poker Launches ‘Task for Rewards’ and ‘Refer and Earn’ Programs

MPL Poker has upped the ante by launching a one-of-its-kind Task For Rewards (TFR) and Refer And Earn programs.

Now, all new sign-ups on MPL Poker can collect a 500 bonus by completing a few simple tasks through the Task For Rewards! Simultaneously, the site has rolled out a very lucrative Refer and Earn program, promising up to 1 Lakh in rewards for players who refer their friends to the site.

MPL - Sign Up - Cover

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IndiaPlays’ Progressive Leaderboard Promotion Gives 3 Lakhs in Guaranteed Prizes!

After the resounding success of the Progressive Leaderboard in March, IndiaPlays has brought back the promotion in April, guaranteeing an even better 3 Lakhs in prizes.

IndiaPlays Brings Back Progressive Leaderboard

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Natural8’s “Road to Vegas” Promotion Is Giving Away All-Expenses-Paid Packages to the WSOP 2022 Main Event

With the 2022 World Series of Poker less than two months away, Natural8 is giving away an all-expenses-paid to the $10K buy-in WSOP Main Event through its Road to Vegas promotion. Now players looking to play the marquee tournament can win the package for a fraction of the cost through affordable satellites running round-the-clock on Natural8.

Road to Vegas

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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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