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This Week in Poker: December 2 – 8

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh December 9, 2020
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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!

The first week of December is now in the books, and as we approach the end of 2020, the online action has once again picked up speed, with Spartan Poker’s brand-new The Millionaire Series getting underway on December 7.

The trailblazer this past week was none other than Siliguri-based Manish Lakhotia. The Chemical engineer turned poker pro has been in spectacular form these last few weeks posting several deep runs; the 34-year-old seemed to be on the precipice of a big score. He finally hit the jackpot on Sunday as he took down The Millionaire Warm-Up for a personal-best ₹17.03 Lakhs! The former IOPC Millionaire United champion also final tabled Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹2.47 Lakhs, raking in a cumulative ₹19.62 Lakhs through the week. No points for guessing then that Lakhotia is the “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Young Gun Gaurav Sood, Ashraf Ali, Rubin Labroo, Arjun Pasricha, Young Gun Anmol Mehta, Sandeep Singh, Sanket Arora, and PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer ‘arjan30’ Singh Chadha were others who featured among the other top scorers of the week.

The end of the month meant that PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month” – November leaderboard race also came to a close. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot championed the 100-player Finale on December 2 to win ₹1.15 Lakhs worth of MTT tickets and a PokerStars India goodie bag. Simultaneously, the December race also closed out its first week on Sunday with PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja headlining the first lot of 25 qualifiers.

With the holiday season fast approaching, online poker sites have gone on hyperdrive, doling out attractive tournaments and promotions for their user bases. First up, we have the fast-growing online poker site, Pocket52, that will be celebrating its second birthday this month with a grand ₹5 Lakhs GTD Birthday Bash Freeroll on December 13.

Joining in the winter celebrations, PokerDangal announced three lucrative promotions. The ‘Hit the Mark’ promotion is aimed at the cash game players, while the Christmas freerolls worth ₹50,000 and other special deposit offers are sure to add cheer to every poker player`s Christmas celebrations.

Another significant announcement came from the Asian Poker Tour (APT) that has launched APT India Online Series in association with PokerBaazi. The series will run from January 15 to 26, 2021, and promises ₹8 Crores in guaranteed prizes across 48 tournaments.

Moving to the international sphere, the race to crown the 2020 World Champion of Poker has started. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10K NLHE World Championship, better known as the WSOP Main Event, commenced its run at GGPoker/Natural8 on November 29 and logged in 674 entries across three starting flights. A total of 179 runners made it through to Day 2 that played out on December 7. The field eventually dwindled down to the nine-handed final table, with Brazil’s Brunno Botteon bagging the end of the day chip lead. The FT will be played live at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov on December 15. The WSOP.com leg of the Main Event starts in a few days.

The other top story featured controversy’s favorite child and the self-proclaimed King of Instagram,’ Dan Bilzerian, who has become the latest poker personality to join Team GGPoker as its brand ambassador. He will be representing the company in both live and online ventures.

In other news, Andhra Pradesh recently passed the AP Gaming (Amendment) Bill 2020 in the state legislative assembly by voice note banning all real-money online gaming.

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has introduced new guidelines on real-money gaming (RMG) advertisements starting December 15. The new guidelines will be applicable for ads of all real-money gaming platforms on mediums like print, television, and digital.

On December 3, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court led by Justice Ashok Bhushan alongside Justices R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah upheld the notification issued under the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, that brought lottery and other real-money games under the ambit of GST, settling the long, contentious issue once and for all.

The current political and legal developments in Karnataka do not look very favorable for the real-money gaming industry. The High Court of Karnataka last week asked the state government to respond to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on all forms of online gambling and betting until appropriate regulations are framed.

Landing yet another damaging blow to the real-money gaming industry, the Madras High Court on December 7 refused to grant an interim stay on the ordinance promulgated by the Tamil Nadu government banning all forms of real-money games. The writ petition seeking the stay was filed by online rummy platform Junglee Games.


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Spartan Poker has sure laid out the red carpet with an exclusive The Millionaire Series. As a prelude to the upcoming extravaganza, the site ran a special ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire Warm-up tourney last weekend. The former IOPC Millionaire United champion Manish Lakhotia topped the 1,975-strong player field in the tourney to secure a career-best ₹17.03 Lakhs. Additionally, Lakhotia also placed third in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹2.47 Lakhs to collect more than ₹19.62 Lakhs this week – making him the week’s biggest scorer and also our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


Running hot on Lakhotia’s heel is our Young Gun Gaurav Sood, who made most of his deep runs in the big-ticket tourneys count. He FT-ed an impressive five flagship tourneys, collecting over ₹17 Lakhs in prize money. Sood caught his biggest score in the Adda52 Millions on Sunday, which he won for ₹6.50 Lakhs. But he also captured PokerBaazi’s BSS Superstack for ₹5.02 Lakhs and finished runner-up in The Elite for ₹4.48 Lakhs.

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood


The Millionaire runner up Ashraf Ali also makes the top winners list with ₹9.46 Lakhs in earnings.

The Millionaire Warm-Up third-place finisher Rubin Labroo pocketed ₹6.59 Lakhs, while also coming in third in Tuesday’s The Mint for ₹2.41 Lakhs, collecting over ₹9.10 Lakhs this week.

Rubin Labroo
Rubin Labroo


Another standout scorer was the former Millionaire United champion and first-ever FTS Main Event winner, Arjun Pasricha. In addition to placing fourth in The Millionaire Warmup for ₹4.77 Lakhs, Pasricha went on to champion the ₹35 Lakhs GTD Sunday SuperStack for ₹6.77 Lakhs, earning ₹11.54 Lakhs from these two scores alone. His blazing run this past week has catapulted him to #3 on this year`s profit leaderboard.

Arjun Pasricha
Arjun Pasricha


Young Gun Anmol Mehta makes the featured winner’s lineup for taking down the ₹30 Lakhs GTD Mega Suits for ₹7.29 Lakhs, while also posting three more FT finishes, including a fourth-place score worth ₹1.33 Lakhs in PokerStars India’s ₹15 Lakhs GTD Sunday Highroller. In all, Mehta added almost ₹10 Lakhs to his bankroll this past week.

Anmol Mehta
Anmol Mehta


Sandeep Singh (Destiny for ₹7.02 Lakhs), Sanket Arora (Godfather for ₹6.53 Lakhs and Iron Man for ₹1.62 Lakhs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer ‘arjan30’ Singh Chadha (The Ballers for ₹5.62 Lakhs) was the week’s other big winner.

The notable winners of the week include –

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
Manish 'thekid' Lakhotia₹17.03 LakhsThe Millionaire Warm-up ₹1 Crore GTD Day 2Spartan Poker
Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta₹7.29 LakhsMega Suits ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sandeep ‘SandeeSingh’ Singh₹7.02 LakhsDestiny ₹27 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arjun 'lol this guy' Pasricha₹6.77 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Apoorva 'apgo' Goel₹6.64 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sanket ‘blackcod’ Arora₹6.53 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood₹6.50 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arjanveer 'arjan30' Singh Chadha₹5.62 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gaurav 'gaug17' Sood₹5.02 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ankur 'Stonecold' Sehgal₹4.02 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rajat ‘LungFakeer’ Sharma₹3.62 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pranjal ‘lilmessipranjal’ Gandhi₹3.84 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vikram ‘GreenSTUFF79’ Mishra₹3.39 LakhsSunday Special - Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
papertiger₹3.29 LakhsUltron ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ferrari089₹3.27 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Akshit 'alwaysgud' Madan₹3.17 LakhsMillionaire Series #5 DeepStack ₹21 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sahil 'ImHighIshove' Mahboobani₹2.95 LakhsMillionaire Series #3 Monster Stack ₹14 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddhanth ‘ender’ Kripalani₹2.65 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vinay ‘ContemporisT’ B₹2.59 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vishnu 'Violator' Khandelwal₹2.51 LakhsMillionaire Series #6 ₹13 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rajat 'sharabikebabi' Sharma₹2.42 LakhsHighroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Avinash 'Seiborg09' Anand₹2.40 LakhsTitan Stack ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ikka5₹2.35 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ratul ‘riverking021’ Steves₹2.19 LakhsExcalibur ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Naman ‘namsbohra’ Bohra₹2.10 LakhsThe Crest ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhay Singh ‘IpwnYOUdwn9’ Chowdhery₹2.03 LakhsMillionaire Series #2 ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harsh ‘BuddhaBhikari’ Dembla₹1.93 LakhsBig Slick ₹12.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vineet ‘whale’ Kumar₹1.93 LakhsThe Big Show ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mahima 'mambojojo' Walia Das₹1.90 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Prashanth 'Anya Chalotra' Sekar₹1.89 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vishal 'BLueWhale222' Madan₹1.86 LakhsTGIF ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
IamINEVITABLE₹1.71 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanket 'blackcod' Arora₹1.62 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aayush ‘Aayusharya’ Arya₹1.45 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Naval 'Kareem Lala' Lekhra₹1.38 LakhsMillionaire Series #1 ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashit 'nexus010' Sharma₹1.27 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rony 'bisadip176' Chowdhury₹1.24 LakhsBSS MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Harsh '100crdream' Dembla₹1.23 LakhsBSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
ziraan₹1.21 LakhsUppercut Magic Edition 6-Max ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Shashank 'GOAT-245' Desai₹1.17 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Nikhil ‘billabang1’ Arora₹1.15 LakhsMillionaire Series #4 ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sushant ‘Tryndamere’ Singh₹1.16 LakhsHurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Babyshark21₹1.12 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTD 6-MaxAdda52
kanvarlal₹1.10 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
GarethBale₹1.08 LakhsThursday 6-Max DeepStack ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shashank ‘GOAT-245’ Desai₹1.04 LakhsUppercut Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Suraj B ‘SlickkkBob’ Udayashankar₹1.04 LakhsBig Bubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
rajiya99₹1 LakhGrand Slam ₹4 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Kunal 'iAlwaysHaveit' Patni₹93,920Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ashit ‘Cringing’ Sharma₹91,225Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Reverse88₹86,000Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Utkarsh ‘sam20542’ Srivastava₹84,850Voyager ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sandeep 'effuno' Varma RS₹79,235Voyager ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ritwik 'Fisherman1997' Khanna₹75,625Mega Freeze ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Utsav 'ranny006' Taneja ₹70,216Wednesday MegaStack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Nihit₹63,666House Party ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
UnityPro₹59,888Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Uttam 'chinunew' Kumar Sinha₹59,728Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mangubansal₹56,145Monster Stack 3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Str8$$$Homey₹55,638Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Himanshu ‘Hsupta’ Bisht₹53,600Saturday 6-Max SuperStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mukesh ‘Mukeshahuja’ Ahuja₹53,600Monday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Surajk123₹51,794Night Rider –DeepStack Turbo ₹2.2 LakhsSpartan Poker
Yashi9696₹51,441Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Divya Prakash 'sabkaabaap' Jain₹46,917Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddartha 'siddyk20' Khandelwal
₹46,656Sunday Night Rider ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
yutah999₹46,000Mega Spalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
kracker ₹45,817Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohak 'Tiltin' Kapoor
₹43,330Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
Abhiroop 'Ron007' Gupta₹42,300Reloaded ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sheru304c₹42,105Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gaurav ‘GraceOfGod’ Chhabira₹41,065Ragnarok ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Abhiroop ‘Ron007’ Gupta ₹40,535Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kklol₹40,000BigBang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Siddharth ‘gangnam gangi’ Gangwar₹36,548Deepstack ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Kabira36₹36,080Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
infusion_leo ₹36,080Turbo 1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mukesh 'Mukeshahuja' Ahuja₹35,5306-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1 Lakh GTD
rishlangda₹34,306Ultimate DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rishab19₹32,977Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Swapnil ‘pokpom1’ Patil₹32,772Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Suresh ‘Wabi-$abi’ Kolli ₹30,829Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Somenn ‘Prokiller’ Singh₹28,800Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Arpan ‘Novus’ Majhi₹28,1506-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
makeitbig ₹28,150PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
magnum736₹26,465Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Arpan ‘Novus’ Majhi₹26,400Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
moneymind₹25,515Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
RAV1619₹24,309Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ashit ‘Cringing’ Sharma₹23,748Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
RAV1619₹22,885Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Imtheking₹22,022Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
NRI95₹22,000Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
Ashok ‘Ashok1098’ Choudhary₹21,848Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
moneymind₹20,250Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Samaybk₹20,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
Siddharth 'gangnam gangi' Gangwar₹19,712Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
KOHINOOR₹17,250Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
Luckyexpress₹17,250Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
Aniruddha ‘Pocketaces_’ Joshi₹16,500Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
Hriday ‘MARRII’ Mondal₹16,065Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
tanishkhori₹12,900Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Luckystars₹12,500Unravel ₹50K GTD

shaktimunjal₹12,000Weekend Fun ₹50K GTDPokerDangal
Jeet ‘Tanmay007’ Mondal₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
pokerking84₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Jeet ‘Tanmay007’ Mondal₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Jeet ‘Tanmay007’ Mondal₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Jitu ‘Jitendra1’ Jaat₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Arjunsumra₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
KING365₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
edward₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Teesmar2₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
mhconline₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD
CrimeMasterGoGo₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Ashu079₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Xhudai₹6,500Depositors Freeroll ₹25K GTDPokerDangal
Sampaw₹5,100Bounty Hunterzzz ₹15K GTD

RedMercury₹4,300Stop Watch ₹10K GTD Khelo365
More2win₹1,950Weekly Freeroll ₹10K GTDPokerDangal


PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja Tops the December Week #1 Standings

The PokerStars India “Star of the Month” – December leaderboard race is already on its second week. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja accumulated 666 TLB points in the opening week of December to top the list of 25 qualifiers moving to the month-ending Finale.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja


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PokerBaazi to Host 1st-ever Asian Poker Tour (APT) India Online Series

Prominent Asian poker live tournament brand, Asian Poker Tour (APT), will be making its online debut in India next month with the APT India Online Series in partnership with PokerBaazi. The series will run from January 15-26 and give away more than ₹8 Crores across 48 events.

APT India Online

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Pocket52’s December Promotions

Celebrates 2nd Birthday With 5 Lakhs GTD Birthday Bash Freeroll

Pocket52 has announced a ₹5 Lakhs GTD Birthday Bash Freeroll on December 13 to mark the completion of its two years of operations.

Pocket52 Birthday Bash

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Launches The Reborn Series

Pocket52 has launched a brand-new ‘The Reborn Series’ in December, offering ₹1.3 Crores in MTT guarantees spread through the month.

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PokerDangal is Offering ‘Hit the Mark,’ ‘Christmas Special Deposit Offers’ & ‘Freerolls’ in December

PokerDangal has launched three new promotions for December. For cash game players, there is the ‘Hit the Mark’ promotion. It has also launched special deposit offers and weekly Christmas Freerolls promising ₹50,000 in total giveaways.


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Dan Bilzerian Joins GGPoker as Brand Ambassador

Self-proclaimed “King of Instagram” and poker player Dan Bilzerian has joined the GGPoker as the poker network`s latest brand ambassador and will be representing the brand both live and online.

Dan Bilzerian
Dan Bilzerian


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WSOP Main Event Updates

The GGPoker leg of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10K NLHE World Championship, aka the WSOP Main Event, has played down to the final table, and leading the final nine is Brazil’s Brunno Botteon, who carries a monstrous stack of 10,317,743.

The event registered 674 entries across three starting flights generating a prize pool of $6,470,400. A total of 179 qualifiers converged to play Day 2 earlier this week, and while 80 spots were assured payouts, all the nine finalists have already secured $75,360.

The final table will be played live at Kings Casino in Rozvadov on December 15. The eventual champion will pocket a paycheque of $1,500,969, along with qualifying for the heads-up finale with the WSOP.com Main Event champion on December 30 in Las Vegas.

Brunno Botteon
Brunno Botteon


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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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