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This Week in Poker: February 24 – March 2

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh March 3, 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!

February closed out in grandly, with the online felts continuing to dominate the action. Grabbing the spotlight this week was the two-time Destiny winner Siddhanth Kripalani. The Mumbai-lad did not win any tourneys this past week. Instead, he set the virtual felts ablaze with numerous deeps. Some of his top scores came in the ATOC Mini Main Event Finale (runner-up for ₹10.06 Lakhs), The Elite (runner-up for ₹4.57 Lakhs), and Trending Thursday (5th for ₹1.10 Lakhs), all adding up to ₹17.31 Lakhs in cumulative earnings. For his incredible performance, Kripalani is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja, the #3 ranked player last year, has not slowed down in his endeavors. This past week, he won two titles, namely, the ATOC Gladiator and the Sunday Superstack. He finished runner-up in the Trending Thursday and took 10th place in The Millionaire. All of this brought Ahuja ₹17.12 Lakhs in weekly earnings, making him the second-biggest winner since our last weekly update.

The week`s single-biggest score belonged to the ATOC Mini Main Event Finale champion Surbhit Grover who banked a mouth-watering ₹15.63 Lakhs on Sunday. Talking about the massive paydays, the former IOPC The Crown champion Harshit Sanghi was the other big Sunday winner. He ended up shipping his career-first Millionaire title for an impressive ₹13.65 Lakhs payday.

PokerGuru Ambassador Rony Chowdhury, Young Gun Gaurav Sood, Nitin Arora, Young Gun Kanchan Sharma, Sahil Chutani, Bharat Vasan, and Suresh O all found mention on the list of the week`s biggest winners.

The month-end brought with it a new PokerStars India “Star of the Month.” Online reg Armaan Kochhar won the bragging rights after taking down the February Finale last week. He won MTT tickets worth ₹1.15 Lakhs and a PokerStars India branded goodie bag.

While the 92-event-long Adda52 Tournament of Champions (ATOC) has been creating quite a stir on the virtual felts since February 25 and will continue to do so till March 8, all eyes are now set on the upcoming Final Table Series (FTS) 2.0 on Spartan Poker. Running from March 7 to 14, the series boasts a colossal ₹10 Crores in guaranteed prizes. The series’ main attraction will be the eight featured events that will be live-streamed across several platforms, including the PokerGuru Facebook page. Calling the action for these live-streamed events will the 3-member panel comprising of UK’s top poker pro Sam Razavi, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kevin Macphee, and Responsible Gaming Ambassador Muskan Sethi.

Baazi Games also came out with a special announcement of its own. The gaming startup revealed its digital association with famous Bollywood and TV actor Divyenndu, who will be promoting the company’s real-money platforms, PokerBaazi, BalleBaazi, and RummyBaazi.

In other news, India’s only BSE-listed casino and Hospitality Company, Delta Corp., revealed ambitious plans. The company is looking to spend ₹150 Crores building a new casino vessel to replace the Deltin Caravela. The ship in question will be made at the company’s recently acquired Waterways Shipyard and is expected to be ready by mid-2022. Moreover, it is looking to invest between ₹1,000 to ₹1,500 Crore to build its integrated resort in Pernem, Goa.

Live tournament poker is starting to find a footing – both in India and globally. The World Poker Tour (WPT) recently closed out its stop at Casino Sochi in Russia. 19-year-old Maksim Sekretarev shipped the ₽245,000 (~$3,300) entry buy-in Main Event, banking a career-best ₽11,996,600 (~$160,694).


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Siddhanth Kripalani needs no introduction! Not many players can boast of having won both the IOPC Millionaire United and the GameChanger – two of the most challenging and prestigious tourneys. Not to forget, he is the only player to date to have won the Destiny title in back-to-back weeks. Unlike some of the more recent “Stars of the Week’s,” Kripalani did not win a ₹1 Crore GTD Sunday flagship title to automatically land the title. Instead, he FT-ed three top-tier tourneys, collecting ₹17.31 Lakhs cumulatively. Kripalani`s blazing run fetches him the “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Siddhanth Kripalani
Siddhanth Kripalani


His top finishes include:

-2nd in the ATOC Mini Main Event Finale ₹75 Lakhs GTD for ₹10.06 Lakhs

-2nd in The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹4.57 Lakhs

– 5th in the Trending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.10 Lakhs

Hot on Kripalani’s trail is PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja, who encashed ₹17.12 Lakhs this week. His standout win was taking down the ATOC Gladiator.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja


His top finishes include:

– 1st in the ATOC Gladiator for ₹6.66 Lakhs

– 1st in Sunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.79 Lakhs

– 2nd in the Trending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.30 Lakhs

– 10th in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹1.57 Lakhs

ATOC Mini Main Event Finale champion Surbhit Grover netted ₹15.63 Lakhs this past week.

Surbhit Grover
Surbhit Grover


His top finishes include:

-1st in the ATOC Mini Main Finale ₹75 Lakhs GTD for ₹15 Lakhs

Rony Chowdhury was the second PokerGuru Ambassador this past week to rake in ten-figure winning. Chowdhury chopped The Millionaire title with Sanghi. In all, he added ₹14.99 Lakhs over the week.

Rony Chowdhury
Rony Chowdhury


His top finishes include:

– 2nd in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹13 Lakhs

– 9th in the ATOC Thursday Feature for ₹45,000

The Millionaire champion Harshit Sanghi cashed ₹14.03 Lakhs this week.

Harshit Sanghi
Harshit Sanghi


His top finishes include:

– 1st in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹13.65 Lakhs

MTT beast Young Gun Gaurav Sood continues to pull in scores faster than a supercharged magnet attracting iron fillings. He lapped up ₹12.88 Lakhs, much of which came with him shipping the ATOC Thursday Feature last week.

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood


His top finishes include:

– 1st in the ATOC Thursday Feature for ₹7.20 Lakhs

– 2nd in the Sunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.64 Lakhs

– 4th in the Futuristic ₹10 Lakhs GTD For ₹61,000

Nitin Arora was the last player standing in the Destiny last Wednesday. He registered ₹11.24 Lakhs in weekly winnings.

Nitin Arora
Nitin Arora


His top finishes include:

– 1st in the Destiny ₹23 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.09 Lakhs

– 2nd in the BSS #4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.94 Lakhs

– 2nd in the Blockbuster ₹6 Lakhs GTD for ₹94,860

Young Gun Kanchan Sharma (2nd in the ATOC Gladiator for ₹6.36 Lakhs), ‘EL_Gadafi’ (The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.78 Lakhs), ‘HerMess’ (3rd in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹6.66 Lakhs), Sahil Chutani (Won ATOC Deepstack Titan for ₹6.65 Lakhs), Bharat Vasan (3rd in The ATOC Mini Main Event ₹75 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.65 Lakhs) and Suresh O (Won ATOC Millions for ₹6.41 Lakhs) were the other big scores of the week.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Surbhit 'grovahova' Grover₹15 LakhsATOC Mini Main Event Finale ₹75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Harshit ‘HeroCaller’ Sanghi₹13.65 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Gaurav 'gauravarod' Sood₹7.20 LakhsATOC Thursday Feature ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
EL_Gadafi₹6.78 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish 'rocky3705' Ahuja₹6.66 LakhsATOC Gladiator ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sahil ‘bluffme19’ Chutani₹6.65 LakhsATOC Deepstack Titan ₹30 Lakhs GTD
Suresh ‘Siddle’ O₹6.41 LakhsATOC Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nitin 'Demogorgon' Arora₹6.09 LakhsDestiny ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja₹5.79 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aniket 'WhiteRabbit' Sharma₹4.25 LakhsATOC Invictus ₹17 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Bhanu 'Chennaino1' Prakash KC₹4.20 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vivek ‘vivek94540’ Singh₹3.90 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sriharsha 'ivey2' Doddapaneni₹3.88 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kartik ‘Pegasus1505’ Ved₹3.83 LakhsATOC Tuesday Feature ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vidyasagar ‘darubhai’ Darapu₹3.82 LakhsATOC Classic ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
borntrouble₹3.75 LakhsATOC 6 Max Monday Feature ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Abhishek 'Quant00' Reddy Rachur₹3.63 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aniket 'Ntwadumela' Waghmare₹3.38 LakhsMega Stack ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anudeep 'zeroseven' Gupta₹3.37 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ranjeet ‘Bedevilforyou’ Negi₹2.54 LakhsSunday Special - Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aayush 'Learnnwin' Arya₹2.52 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Utsav 'ranny006' Taneja₹2.35 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Avijit 'SwangoRay' Jaiswal₹2.08 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Akshay ‘darulerofall’ Gupta₹2.04 LakhsATOC Armani ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Raghavendra 'ThikanaCK' Hada₹1.96 LakhsATOC Achilles ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anuj 'Anuj16101' Laddhad₹1.79 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Advait 'Ronaldinho18' Rajguru₹1.76 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gursahib ‘PimpDaddyJiglo’ Singh Sethi₹1.68 LakhsMoney Heist ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sreekanth 'TheGTObot' Narayan₹1.66 LakhsFuturistic ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
anmol39₹1.48 LakhsATOC Helios ₹7 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Prakhar ‘Prak27’ Kapoor₹1.38 LakhsThe Millionaire D' lite ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia₹1.35 LakhsBlockbuster ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Nkb77₹1.31 LakhsThe Race ₹6.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ucallucry₹1.25 LakhsMukkamaar ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Akash 'as5072828' Sharma₹1.24 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anirban 'pottysingh' D Das₹1.21 LakhsBSS#3 Monster 6 – Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Priyank 'Piko1432' Kothari₹1.20 LakhsBSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ranjeet ‘Rj147’ Negi₹1.17 LakhsReCharge ₹9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
biraisb₹1.07 LakhsUppercut ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Daulat ‘rahulh1’ Gupta₹1.01 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹5.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Karan ‘999ayka999’ Jain₹1.01 LakhsEliminator [Progressive KO] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Mohit ‘thejokerrrr’ Mehta₹99,303La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pawan76₹86,000Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Amit ‘ragingbull’ Kaushik₹82,350ATOC Maximus ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vijay967₹82,350ATOC Maximus ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashit ‘nexus010’ Sharma₹80,918ATOC Icarus ₹3 Lakh GTDAdda52
Abhishek ‘Addysonu’ Sonu₹79,508Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anuj ‘chocha’ Manocha₹78,000Maximus ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ryan ‘plassma’ Cardoso₹78,000Maximus ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rishabh ‘rishabh002’ Gupta₹76,400Zeus ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anurag ‘AB2188’ Bamba₹72,554The Flash ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
PlusEv₹70,706ATOC Icarus ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
checkthat₹69,200ATOC Aquarius ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Parth 'pshark' Shah₹60,976Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Maiyad ‘sheru304c’ Niraj Kantilal₹59,400Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
somil lal₹58,204Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
nuclear_bis₹56,576Night on Stars ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
rdx1111₹56,123Uppercut Mini ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vaibhav ‘vroy219’ Roy₹56,000ATOC Maximus ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saahib ‘saahib’ Bawa₹55,600Romulus ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
pawanjindal₹55,600ATOC Romulus ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Srujan ‘gambling_buddha’ Gudelly₹52,969Reloaded ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shawn ‘echayan’ Jose₹51,200ATOC Hercules ₹2 Lakhs GTD
Mandar 'MAMA04' Madaye₹49,978Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shyam 'IconicSJ' Jogi₹49,7506-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Srujan ‘gambling_budha’ Gudelly₹49,582Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Deep ‘ChristopherCoke’ Patel₹47,290Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mohammad 'chandlerbing' Azhar₹46,5106-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Niteen ‘niteenplus’ Raj₹46,210ATOC Apollo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
sswapnil1904₹46,030Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Harrish ‘Realfc’ Chaudary₹45,7606-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rahul 'YOUAGAIN' Pruthi₹45,4026-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
anki20₹43,975Apollo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Chancetaker₹43,000Mega Spalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Newsolidcash₹42,7766-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek 'Terrier' Gupta₹42,449Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Swapnil 'pokpom1' Patil₹41,238Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sunny ‘sunny_naina’ Tuteja₹41,175ATOC Hercules ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tanmay Sanjay ‘tsb2127’ Bhalerao₹40,092Hercules ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akash ’WinMan4’ Arora₹40,000BigBang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Ashish ‘Notoriouskonvict’ Nailwal₹38,6306-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya ‘konstantin’ Singh₹36,065ATOC Apollo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gurukumarswami ‘SSMG6617’ Gaddigimath₹35,158Mega Freeze ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Alok 'ALOK.' Pawar
₹32,078Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Umesh ‘dhondu.chill’ Sharma₹32,036Deepstack ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
escanor1411₹30,633Ultrasonic ₹15 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
defeated₹30,058Hyperion ₹1 Lakh GTDAdda52
Rahul ‘GhatakTheGreat’ Sengar₹30,000PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
abhidread₹30,000PLO BOOST Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Taliwabang 'Meverick' Jamir₹28,990PLO BOOST Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Rajneesh ‘msdhoni’ Thakur₹28,150PLO BOOST Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
swaggstar234₹27,811Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Joonjoon₹26,400Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Ajit Singh ‘ace_bob’ Arora₹26,400Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
divid92₹24,870PBBS#25 (7-Max) HighRoller ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
₹24,825Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTD
PokerStars India
flashsurya₹24,500Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Shutterbug57₹24,000Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
schemer₹23,000Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
Iamuniverse₹23,000Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTD
prashant03₹21,126Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Chancetaker₹21,000Rivered PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
spirisci₹20,142Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Shivam 'ruskypanda' Baldota₹18,256Sunday Supersonic ₹75K GTDPokerStars India
pukie1995₹18,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
Swapnil 'pokpom1' Patil₹17,738Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
jkareti1994₹17,250Pocket jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
dashpro₹15,750Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
Chancetaker₹12,900Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
diven₹12,000Weekend Fun ₹50K GTDPokerDangal
Raj Kumar 'Fireman' Gahlot₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Santoshi₹11,5006 Feet Under PLO Deepstack ₹25K GTDKhelo365
jethalal008₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
samaresh1₹11,500Unravel ₹60K GTDPocket52
dnk150810₹10,350Under The Gun ₹20K GTD PLOKhelo365
vinnu87₹10,168Insomnia ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
yutah999₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
bharatsingh₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Attroz₹8,000Grinder ₹2.0 20K GTDKhelo365
MAM7070₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Rajiya99₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365

₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
fortunemaker₹6,900Bounty Hunterzzz ₹15K GTDKhelo365
Ashu079₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Sergeant₹4,813Depositors Freeroll ₹25K GTDPokerDangal


Armaan Kochhar is PokerStars India`s “Star of the Month” – February, Karan Jain Tops Week #1 Qualifiers in March Race

Armaan Kochhar was named the fifth “Star of the Month” by PokerStars India. The online reg won the February Finale on February 24 to win MTT tickets worth ₹1.15 Lakhs and a PokerStars India branded goodie bag.

Armaan Kochhar
Armaan Kochhar


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Karan Jain won two marquees titles last week to garner 992 TLB points, topping the SOTM March Week #1 leaderboard race.

Karan Jain
Karan Jain


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Baazi Games Announces Digital Association with Divyenndu

Baazi Games has announced a brand-new digital association with Bollywood and TV actor Divyenndu. Known more for his role as “Munna” in the popular Netflix series “Mirzapur,” Divyenndu will be promoting the company’s real-money platforms, PokerBaazi, BalleBaazi, and RummyBaazi, in soon-to-release digital campaigns.

Read the complete report here


And 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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