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This Week in Poker: December 23 – 29

TWIP - Shyam Kumar, Avijit Jaiswal, Manish Lakhotia, Palash Nandwani and Anirudha Joshi
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  • Namita Ghosh December 30, 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!

We are now on the penultimate day of the year and before it ends, let’s take a final look at the week that just passed us by in our last ‘This Week in Poker’ recap for 2020.

As has been the case for months now, the virtual felts witnessed electrifying action, especially with Spartan Poker hosting the final Millionaire tourney of the year. The tourney crowned a champion in 27-year-old Shyam Kumar, who bagged a career-best ₹17.19 Lakhs, along with the “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title!

The runner-up Avijit Jaiswal locked in an impressive ₹9.50 Lakhs and walked away with a cumulative ₹10.09 Lakhs in winnings on Sunday.

Manish Lakhotia, PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha, Ashok Kumar Kailash, Abhishek Goindi, Ashok Kumar Kailash, and Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal were among the other big scorers of the week.

PokerStars India`s ‘Star of the Month’ – December leaderboard race completed its Week #4 run on Sunday. Topping the final round of 25 qualifiers was Palash Nandwani, who topped the charts with 467 TLB points after shipping the Sunday Special PKO. The finale is slated for 9 PM tonight.

PokerDangal’s ₹5 Lakhs GTD GLORY came to a close on December 26, with Aniruddha Joshi, aka ‘Pocketaces_’ coming out on top to win ₹1.25 Lakhs. That`s not all! He also booked himself a berth as a team member of the Kolkata Kings at Poker Sports League’s (PSL) upcoming Season 3 Virtual!

Aniruddha Joshi
Aniruddha Joshi


Spartan Poker is all set to dominate the poker felts in the New Year with the 10th edition of its flagship India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) series making a comeback from January 14 to 31. The series offers a whopping ₹28 Crores in prize pool guarantees, and further sweetening the deal, the site has rolled out an extensive range of deposit offers to all the series’ featured events and other star attractions.

Moving to the international sphere, the WSOP.com leg of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event took place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on December 28. Louisiana’s Joseph Hebert emerged victorious, banking a jaw-dropping $1.553 Million payday. He will now face off against Argentinian pro Damian Salas, who had shipped the international leg (GGPoker/Natural8) of the Main Event on January 3 to determine who will become the 51st World Champion!


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‘Tis was a week of festive celebrations, and lighting up the virtual felts was the final Millionaire edition of the year. 27-year-old Shyam Kumar outran a field of 2,040 entries to enter the elite “Millionaire`s Club” for a whopping ₹17.19 Lakhs. Kumar, who hails from Gaya and is an alumnus of IIM Lucknow, had won his way into Day 1C through a ₹330 satellite. Kumar`s trailblazing win not only made him the final Millionaire champion of 2020 but also the year’s last “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Shyam Kumar


Avijit Jaiswal pocketed ₹9.50 Lakhs for his runner-up finish in The Millionaire, while also placing 42nd in the tourney for another ₹27,336, to collectively earn ₹9.77 Lakhs. Along with a 12th place finish in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller for ₹31,586, Jaiswal added ₹10.09 Lakhs to his bankroll on Sunday.

Avijit Jaiswal


Manish Lakhotia was another MTT reg who featured among the week`s standout winners. While Lakhotia banked a runner-up score worth ₹4.06 Lakhs in The Elite on Friday, he followed that up with a fourth-place score in Adda52’s Mega Suits on Sunday for ₹2.25 Lakhs. With two more FT scores in The Mint and the Mega Stack on Tuesday, Lakhotia earned well over ₹8.96 Lakhs through the week.

Manish Lakhotia


PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha is another name that made the top winners list. Chadha captured PokerBaazi’s Wednesday flagship, The Pride, for ₹2.21 Lakhs. Just two days later, he placed fourth in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹1.87 Lakhs. He hogged the limelight again on Sunday when he took down the Adda52 Millions for ₹4.74 Lakhs, all in all, adding ₹8.83 Lakhs to his week`s tally.

Arjanveer Singh Chadha


Ashok Kumar Kailash (Sunday SuperStack ₹35 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.77 Lakhs), Abhishek Goindi (3rd for ₹6.50 Lakhs, 215th for ₹10,812 in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD), Ashok Kumar Kailash (Sunday SuperStack ₹35 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.77 Lakhs) and Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal (The Elite ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.99 Lakhs) were the other top scorers of the week.

The notable winners of the week include –

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
Shyam 'Glober' Kumar₹17.19 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Ashok Kumar 'iamfish' Kailash₹6.77 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ujjwal 'Paperboi' Narwal₹5.99 LakhsThe Elite ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aamir 'flipper1' Husain₹5.76 LakhsMega Suits ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arjunn ‘Arjunn Ag’ Agrawal₹5.73 LakhsDestiny ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aditya 'balls86' Kumar Patodia₹5.62 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
rakesh666₹5.25 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Arjanveer 'arjan30' Singh Chadha₹4.74 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
sheetal 'DADDY5050' jain₹3.75 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
shrey.poker₹3.48 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashit ‘D.Carwin1’ Sharma₹3.31 LakhsMega Stack ₹17 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Akshay 'powershell42' Asawa₹3.27 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Palash ‘pal-ash7’ Nandwani₹3.11 LakhsSunday Special – Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ranjeet 'rj147' Negi₹3.04 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
IBluffULol₹2.65 LakhsExcalibur ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pranav ‘pranavpoker’ Khandalkar₹2.65 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya 'adit11' Kulkarni₹2.37 LakhsBig Slick ₹12.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arjanveer Singh ‘holdbaby’ Chadha₹2.21 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sagar ‘strangeplay’ Choudhury₹2.11 LakhsTitan Stack ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Saurabh 'darksider' Rohila₹2 LakhsRecharge ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
acessorted₹1.93 LakhsThe Big Show ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sahil ‘ImHighIshove’ Mahboobani₹1.92 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Chirag 'WhyworrY_56' Sodha₹1.84 LakhsUppercut Magic Edition 6-Max ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pawan ‘_luffy_1x1’ Tez₹1.62 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Charsilaladka₹1.37 LakhsTGIF ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dhaval ‘dhavhe’ Heda₹1.33 LakhsBlockbuster ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
anu222₹1.33 LakhsGrinders#39 Main Event ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
pocketaces_₹1.25 LakhsGlory Day 2 ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Poker_king52₹1.25 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arsh ‘Button_Hai_Bro’ Grover₹1.24 LakhsBSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth 'skaria1' Karia₹1.22 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
AAyush1618₹1.22 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ravindra 'wormhole' Arikeri₹1.15 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
tournament_007₹1.15 LakhsBig Bubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
ASG 961₹1.08 LakhsUppercut Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Saurabh 'darksider' Rohila₹99,009Flash ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bahubali2002₹94,661The Race ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Utsav ‘rannyOO6’ Taneja₹90,999Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
max20₹86,000Twister ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
RaiseUrEdge₹78,855House Party ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sandeep 'effuno007' Varma RS₹76,265Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Delzoid5₹70,375Tuesday Turbo ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Utsav ‘ranny006’ Taneja₹67,000Wednesday MegaStack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anuj ‘chocha’ Manocha₹66,772Voyager ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Divanshu ’f1sh’ Khurana₹60,000Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dhinesh ‘kendralust’ Kumar₹59,037Mega Freeze ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
kidbuu₹56,300Saturday 6-Max SuperStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
lolthisguy₹55,600Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Himanshu ‘bagdwalhimanshu’ Bagdwal₹53,604Voyager ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pokemoon₹53,600Monday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
robert_ford9₹49,575Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Abhishek ‘thegrinder’ Garg₹46,736Voyager ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
CrimeMasterGoGo₹46,000Mega Spalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Ram ‘mowgumotu’ Kakkar ₹44,330Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Newsolidcash₹44,330Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Suresh ‘Oil_trader’ Kolli₹44,330Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sonushejpal₹44,330Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Avinash ‘Seiborg99’ Anand₹44,030Sunday Night Rider ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
SUBHAM8₹44,000Ragnarok ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Hemu0212₹42,230Friday 5PLO ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
bigstackbully58₹40,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Gopal Kumar ‘pokkersstar’ Jha₹36,442Reloaded ₹2 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Newsolidcash₹36,080Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dhirendra 'dmkool007' Kumar₹34,225Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
sachin9734 ₹33,500Grinders#18 ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
pokerlord6969 ₹31,780Deepstack ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
jinedo₹31,734Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Unleashed2519 ₹30,698Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Ram 'TheLagLawyer' Kakkar
₹30,818Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Swapnil 'pokpom1' Patil₹30,488Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Akansha ‘Gogikaran’ Sehgal₹30,400Grinders#38 6-Max ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Growmore ₹30,000Grinders#29 PLO BOOST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
matpoker₹30,000PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Faiz ‘AilaGaya’ Alam₹29,280Grinders#16 6-Max Holdem BOOST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
np406₹28,623Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ajoy ‘Ajoy94’ Bala ₹27,610Grinders#30 ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhi42798n₹26,670Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Zeta Sagittarii
₹24,920Sunday Warm-up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
getsetgo666₹24,341Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
rohit25king₹24,000Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
vinaash₹23,748Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
janu201120₹23,114Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
BugsBinny₹23,000Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTD
adi1028₹23,000Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
suryak₹23,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
Rebellion30₹19,811Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTD
PokerStars India
Mahakaal4₹17,250Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
daniel_negreanu₹17,250Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
rkcravi₹16,689Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Cruzz₹15,750Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
suryak₹12,900Prime Time ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
apalece₹12,900Rivered ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Daft1728₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
jethalal008₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Rickdiculous₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Janani ‘Khapa’ Ghosh₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Jeneva₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Srinikumar₹10,000Under The Gun PLO ₹20K GTDKhelo365
LondonFM91₹9,432Who R U? ₹15K GTDKhelo365
Varen₹8,680Insomnia ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
ApniDuniya₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Gaurav90₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
RyadAli₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Sandhiya1122₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Raasleela₹2,496Dangal Dinner ₹10K GTD



Palash Nandwani Tops Final Week Qualifiers For PokerStars India December Leaderboard Finale

PokerStars India’s ‘Star of the Month’ – December leaderboard race saw the final group of 25 qualifiers making it to the finale. Palash Nandwani topped the weekly standings with 467 TLB points.

The 100 December qualifiers will be converging for the finale at 9 PM tonight. The winner will be declared the “Star of the Month’” – December and will receive MTT tickets worth ₹1.15 Lakhs, with the runner-up to take home ₹35,000 worth of tournament tickets.

Palash Nandwani


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Spartan Poker Announces Mega Deposit Codes For 28 Crores GTD IOPC 2021

The announcement of the 10th edition of Spartan Poker`s India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) set the poker community buzzing with excitement. And taking the excitement several notches higher was the rollout of an entire range of deposit offers by the site. Players can win tickets to marquee IOPC tourneys by making deposits starting as little as ₹2,500.

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Joseph Hebert Wins WSOP.com Leg of WSOP Main Event

The final table of the WSOP.com leg of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event played out at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on December 28. Louisiana’s Joseph Hebert, who had entered the final table as the chip leader, defeated Ron Jenkins heads-up to win a life-changing $1.553 Million. He will be facing the GGPoker-leg Main Event champion, Damian Salas, on January 3 over the bragging rights of becoming the 51st World Champion and the additional $1 Million reserved for the winner.

Joseph Hebert


Three-time bracelet champion Upeksha De Silva was disqualified from the FT and handed out the ninth-place payout after he tested positive for COVID-19.

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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 in the New Year. Till then, stay safe and enjoy your New Year celebrations!

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