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This Week in Poker: December 22 – 28

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  • RUPAM THAKUR December 29, 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!

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Happy holidays to you all! With Christmas past us and 2022 just days away, it’s that time of the year when we take stock of the year gone by. If you haven’t been checking our updates regularly, do breeze through our year-end special features that offer a quick and concise wrap-up of the different trends and developments of the year.

2021 indubitably belonged to online poker, and the final week was no different. While the Christmas and holiday vibes did affect turnouts, poker sites were busy doling out Christmas and New Year promotional freebies. Adda52 is hosting the ₹1.68 Crore GTD New Year Carnival (Dec 26 – Jan 2) offering six Goa packages. There’s regular tournament action on Spartan Poker, but the brand’s announcement of the ₹30 Crore GTD India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) did give us a fresh burst of excitement! The 12th IOPC is slated to run from January 20 to February 6, 2022, and features 116 events.

PokerStars India is also taking a strong headstart to 2022 with its ₹1.60 Crores GTD Winter Series to run from January 11 to 16, with 46 events on the schedule.

Coming to the tournament highlights, it was the long-time circuit regular Kanishka Samant claiming the bragging rights of becoming the year’s final “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Samant was the only player who earned over “₹10 Lakhs” this week, collected on the back of an incredible 10 final table finishes. His best score came on Sunday when he almost won The Weekly HighRoller but finished runner-up eventually for ₹2.64 Lakhs. Bharat Vasan, PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha, Ayush Garg, Jasven Saigal and Young Gun Sanat Mehrotra were the other top scorers of the week.

In a major development, the Karnataka High Court conducted the final hearing on the petitions filed against the state government’s recently notified law banning all forms of online gaming, on December 22. The court has now reserved its judgement and is expected to come out with the same after the court reopens on January 1, 2022.

Moving to the international sphere, the first season of the PokerGo Tour concluded on December 21. Taking down the final event of the series was Slovenian poker pro Rok Gostisa, who won the $50,000 buy-in PokerGO Tour Championship for a career-best $689,100. While high-stakes MTT phenom Ali Imsirovic was crowned the 2021 PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate Player of the Year (POY) and was awarded $200,000 in prize money!

The 2021 Wynn Winter Classic showstopper, Wynn Winter Classic Championship, saw Massachusetts native Eli Berg championing the event for $626,499 and the Wynn Trophy.


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The Christmas and New Year celebrations are in full swing forcing virtual action to slow down towards the end of the year. The final week of December had no big series’ running on the virtual felts, and thus the regular marquee tournaments were the only options available for players.

MTT pro Kanishka Samant was the only player to cross the “₹10 Lakhs” mark in weekly scores this week. He banked a collective ₹10.85 Lakhs, including an incredible ten FT finishes. For his blistering run, Samant is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Kanishka Samant
Kanishka Samant


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in The Weekly HighRoller for ₹2,63,686

> 3rd in The Summit for ₹1,70,554

> 7th in Sunday Superstack (IOPC Bubble) for ₹1,17,810

> 2nd in PKO (IOPC Bubble) for ₹93,802

> 4th in Blockbuster for ₹83,257

> 4th in Bounty Builder HR for ₹79,099

> 3rd in Battle Royale 7-Max for ₹51,491

> 4th in Holdem Boost for ₹37,461

> 2nd in Dinner PLO Adda for ₹24,333

> 2nd in Evening Sprint for ₹21,348

The two-time Sunday Superstack champion Bharat Vasan was another who featured among the week’s standout winners. He earned close to ₹8.30 Lakhs through the week, including a title win in PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller for ₹3.12 Lakhs.

Bharat Vasan
Bharat Vasan


His top finishes include:

> Won The Weekly HighRoller for ₹3,11,634

> 3rd in Sunday Highroller for ₹1,83,734

> 5th in The Summit for ₹94,834

> 3rd in Night on Stars for ₹58,573

> 3rd in La Luna for ₹48,720

The ranked #5 player of the year, PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha, also made the top winners list. The Chandigarh-based pro captured Spartan Poker’s Wednesday flagship, the Destiny, for ₹5.03 Lakhs. He hogged the limelight again on Sunday when he placed 4th in Adda52’s Roller Coaster for ₹1.93 Lakhs, all in all, adding ₹7.93 Lakhs to his week’s tally.

Arjanveer Singh Chadha
Arjanveer Singh Chadha


The former The Millionaire champion Ayush Garg championed Adda52’s Godfather Thursday for ₹5.50 Lakhs. The next day, he made two 6th place finishes in The Elite (IOPC Bubble) for ₹1.12 Lakhs and The Ballers for ₹85,000, lapping a collective ₹7.53 Lakhs in weekly scores.

Ayush Garg
Ayush Garg


MTT pro Jasven Saigal FT-ed three flagship tournaments, including two runner-up finishes, which comprised the significant chunk of the ₹7.39 Lakhs he earned over the week.

Jasven Saigal
Jasven Saigal


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in The Ballers for ₹4,11,865

> 2nd in Carousel for ₹2,70,665

> 6th in Mechanical Bull for ₹45,806

Young Gun Sanat Mehrotra, the four-time Destiny winner Nitin Arora, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, Shagun Jain, and PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh were the other top scorers of the week.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Laksh Pal Singh₹5.95 LakhsRoller Coaster ₹20 Lakhs GTD
Nitin Arora₹5.89 LakhsSunday Superstack ((IOPC Bubble)) ₹30 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Ayush Garg₹5.50 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arjanveer Singh Chadha₹5.03 LakhsDestiny ₹19 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shagun Jain₹4.47 LakhsCarousel ₹17.50 Lakh GTD
“bencb789”₹4.20 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD
Mithun Mahesh₹3.79 LakhsThe Summit 15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Karan Radia₹3.75 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ankit Wadhawan₹3.42 LakhsSunday Special PKO ₹15 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
“rj147”₹3.09 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“ash_9”₹3.05 LakhsMechanical Bull ₹12 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashish Kaushik₹3.02 LakhsMega Stack (IOPC Bubble) ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“raghav14082”₹2.43 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gaurav Sood₹2.39 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Sanket Banerjee₹2.25 LakhsBounty Builder HR ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
“Madhavkad07”₹2.19 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Varen Chugh₹2.13 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“luck chance”₹1.86 LakhsReCharge ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
₹1.72 LakhsGravitron ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gurpal Singh₹1.71 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Keshav Kumar Jha₹1.71 LakhsDevil's Wheel ₹7 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“Aikansh98”₹1.43 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aikansh Ghusinga₹1.28 LakhsBSS MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Raghav Ananth
₹1.22 LakhsMoney Heist ₹6 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Siddharth Karia₹1.19 LakhsThe Race (IOPC FT) ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aniket Jain₹1.11 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tanmay Benara₹1.10 Lakhs(6-Max) SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aman Parakh₹1.09 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“bagdadi345”₹1.08 LakhsBSS Sprint 7-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mayank Maruka₹1 LakhNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
“Shubham123456789”₹89K(6-Max) SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Karan Malhotra₹83KBumper Car ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kunal Yadav₹78KBattle Royale (7-Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pradip Ghosh₹77KDeepstack ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“repustlit”₹73KDeepstack ₹4 Lakhs GTD (IOPC FT)Spartan Poke
Karan 'Apocalypto' Radia₹61KHoldem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
'Navneet78'₹59KBSS ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
'royalking7424'₹50KDaily Night Sprint ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
'funkin'₹36KBSS Kickoff ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
'lucifer4820'₹32KBSS Night Sprint ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
'flipper'₹27KPLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek 'abbie1987' Batra₹27KDaily Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
'kokilong'₹26KBSS Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
'tandroid'₹25KSprint 1 PM ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
'simar78'₹23KUltrasonic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anudeep 'zeroseven' Gupta₹23KEvening Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
simar78₹23KUltrasonic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Clinton 'Clinton Tavares' Tavares₹16KAfternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
'tingting'₹14KPLO-5 Sprint 75K GTDPokerBaazi
'min2thomas'₹13KDeepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
'pokerbrat801'₹11KPrimetime Grind ₹50K GTDPokerStars India


Spartan Poker’s 30 Crores GTD IOPC Returns For Its 12th Edition

India’s most extensive bi-annual series, Spartan Poker’s India Online Poker Championship (IOPC), returns for its 12th edition in January 2022. The 18-day series will run from January 20 to February 6, 2022, and guarantees ₹30 Crores across 116 events.

IOPC January 2022 - Spartan Poker

Read the complete report here


PokerStars India to Host 1.60 Crores GTD Winter Series

PokerStars India’s Winter Series returns this January with a massive ₹1.60 Crores in guaranteed cash prizes to win across 46 value-laden events running from January 11 to 16.

Winter Series

Read the complete report here


Karnataka High Court Reserves Judgment in Online Gaming Ban Case After Final Hearing

The Karnataka High Court heard the parties’ final submissions and directed the remaining petitioners to submit written rejoinders. A final decision is awaited in the Online Gaming ban case after the court reopens after the winter break on January 1, 2022.

Karnataka High Court

Read the complete report here


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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