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This Week in Poker: February 8 – 14

This Week in Poker: February 8 – 14
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis February 15, 2023
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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 circuits. Here are this week’s top stories!

As we cross the midway mark in February and winter gives way to spring, the live and digital felts are coming alive with electrifying action.

While online tournament results are typically the top stories each week, this time, it is the first APT stop of the year – 2023 Asian Poker Tour Hanoi Vietnam VSOP grabbing the headlines for the phenomenal performance of the Indian contingent. Our Indian players locked in 24 ITM finishes in the season opener, including seven final table finishes, and brought back five APT trophies!

Shardul Parthasarathi banked the single biggest score among the Indian battalion. The Young Gun won Event #27: Single Day High Roller – 8 Max for VN₫875.61 Million, clinching his career-second APT live title (third overall), making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Where Parthasarathi had the biggest score in the team, Kunal Patni pulled out a scintillating run to bag two APT trophies back-to-back. The Goa resident went on a tear on the last two days of the series, championing Event #36: Hyper Turbo – 8 Max and Event #41: Hyper Turbo – 8 Max on consecutive days and scoring in four tourneys, netting VN₫442.97 Million in the series.

Ritesh Khatwani and WSOP bracelet winner Nikita Luther were the other Indians who lifted APT trophies, shipping Event #34: Hyper Turbo for VN₫53.11 Million and Event #22: NLH – Super Holdem (3 hole cards) – Hyper Turbo for VN₫85.37 Million respectively.

While the 2023 APT Hanoi Vietnam VSOP is now in the books, there’s still a lot of thrilling live-action to come. World Poker Tour is returning to Goa after a four-year break with the 4th edition of WPT India, offering 13 tournaments over a week-long schedule from April 12-18. The festival will be hosted onboard Casino Deltin Royale in Goa.

Moving over to the online updates, Sunday chartbuster Sahil Chutani topped the charts. The former poker stable operator championed Adda52 Big Game for the third time for ₹15.58 Lakhs, raking in ₹17.05 Lakhs in weekly winnings.

Areyann Gurbaxani was another trailblazer. The upcoming pro won three flagship tournaments in quick succession – Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹6.60 Lakhs and Mega Stack for ₹3.61 Lakhs, and PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) SPRINT for ₹2.07 Lakhs, accumulating ₹14.56 Lakhs across his weekly run.

Laksh Pal Singh, Young Gun Aayush Arya, and Guneet Kwatra were the week`s other top online scorers.

PokerBaazi’s brand-new PLO Championship Series culminated on Sunday, but the online poker site announced the third edition of the National Poker Series India, dubbed the “Olympics of Indian Poker.” NPS India 2023 is scheduled to run from March 29 to April 16 and guarantees over ₹25 Crores in cash prizes and 324 medals across 107 tournaments.

While the NPS 3.0 is still some time away, the third edition of PokerBaazi’s Baazi Turbo Series (BTS) is just around the corner. The fast-paced extravaganza features a whopping ₹5 Crore guaranteed prize pool across an eight-day run from February 19 – 26.

In other news, the two-judge Supreme Court bench of Justices Aniruddha Bose and Sudhanshu Dhulia was scheduled to hear the Special Leave Petitions filed by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on February 14. However, since they were listed at the bottom of the cause list, they were deleted. The Supreme Court website has posted a notice stating that the petitions may be heard on March 3.

Goa’s Captain of Ports (CoP) has proposed changes to mooring fees and rent for floating vessels like offshore casinos. The new fee structure replaces the old flat fee system based on vessel size with five categories and monthly fees ranging from ₹50 to ₹500 per sq. meter. Offshore casinos, transhippers, and floating restaurants will pay the highest rate of ₹500 per sq. meter while floating jetties will pay ₹400 per sq. meter, and all other vessels will pay ₹50 per sq. meter.

The Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, called for a national law to regulate online gaming in a recent session of Lok Sabha on February 8, a sentiment echoed by NCP MLA Rohit Pawar. Meanwhile, Manoj Chavan, General Secretary of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, has written to the Maharashtra state government requesting the implementation of the 1976 Maharashtra Casinos (Control and Taxation) Act to create jobs and revenue, citing the success of casinos in Goa.

The Global Poker Index and The Hendon Mob released the final list of nominees across 17 categories for the upcoming 4th Annual Global Poker Awards. The awards ceremony will take place on March 3 at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, where 29 awards will be presented.

The eight-event-long PGT Mixed Games series wrapped up on February 11, with Ben Lamb (Won Event #4: $10,300 Big Bet Mix for $186,300), Nick Guagenti (Won Event #5: $10,300 Triple Draw Mix for $171,075), Scott Abrams (Won Event #6: $10,300 Dealer’s Choice for $179,200), Jason Mercier (Won Event #7: $25.5K 10-Game Championship for $367,500), and Cary Katz (Won Event #8: $5,300 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw for $83,200) winning the last few PGT titles at the inaugural series.

 

Online Railbird Report

Poker coach Sahil Chutani made a resounding impact on the domestic virtual felts, emerging as the week`s top scorer. Across three deep runs on Sunday, he amassed an impressive 17.05 Lakhs, cementing his position as one of the most skillful and consistent players in the country. The former Young Gun, the most profitable player of 2022, most prominently championed Adda52 Big Game for an impressive third time, earning a whopping 15.58 Lakhs.

Sahil Chutani
Sahil Chutani

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Adda52’s Big Game for 57,73,215

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s PC#43 (PLO-4) for 1,15,600

 

Upcoming poker pro Areyann Gurbaxani was another prolific scorer and accumulated at least 14.56 Lakhs across his weekly run. He posted four podium finishes were headlined by three flagship tournament victories.

Areyann Gurbaxani
Areyann Gurbaxani

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for 6,60,473

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Mega Stack for 3,60,900

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) SPRINT for 2,06,520

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s Daily Value Boost for 85,000

 

The IOPC January 2021 The Crown champion Laksh Pal Singh was another standout winner with over 13.51 Lakhs in total winnings. His notable FT-ed three Sunday flagships – Adda52 Big Game (3rd for 6.81 Lakhs), Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack (2nd for 5.64 Lakhs), and Deepstack Turbo (7th for 59,619).

Laksh Pal Singh
Laksh Pal Singh

 

His top finishes include:

> 3rd in Adda52 Big Game for 6,81,000

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for 5,64,218

> 7th in Spartan Poker’s Deepstack Turbo for 59,619

 

Young Gun Aayush Arya grabbed the fourth position on the week`s online charts, adding 12.35 Lakhs to his poker bankroll. He won Spartan Poker’s The Elite on Friday for 6.54 Lakhs and followed it up with a third-place finish in the Sunday Superstack for 5.35 Lakhs.

Aayush Arya
Aayush Arya

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s The Elite (6-Max) for 6,53,535

> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for 5,35,013

 

Guneet Kwatra added a handsome 11.51 Lakhs this past week, including a runner-up finish in Adda52 Big Game (9.08 Lakhs).

Guneet Kwatra
Guneet Kwatra

 

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in Adda52 Big Game for 9,08,000

> 7th in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) BSS Championship for 1,30,000

 

Vikas Choudhary, Young Gun Gaurav Sood, Sreekanth Narayan, Gautam Bansal, Sumit Sapra, and Jimmy Arora were the week`s other top online scorers.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Sahil Chutani₹15.58 LakhsAdda52 Big Game ₹50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vikas Choudhary₹12.90 LakhsPC#44 (PLO-4) Main Event ₹1 Crore GTDPokerBaazi
Gautam Bansal₹10.09 LakhsValue Blast ₹1 Crore GTDPokerBaazi
Ritwik Khanna₹7.07 LakhsPC#23 (PLO-5) HighRoller ₹30 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Areyann Gurbaxani₹6.60 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aayush Arya₹6.54 LakhsThe Elite (6-Max) ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“Ayurveda”₹6.23 LakhsPC#33 (PLO-4) Highroller ₹30 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Raghuvinder Singh₹6.12 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tarush Gupta₹5.12 LakhsThe Ballers ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“Abhisheklowanshi”₹5.05 Lakhs(7-Max) BSS Championship ₹35 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ankit Bajaj₹4.52 LakhsBSS Superstack ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Armaan Kochhar₹4.33 LakhsTuesday High Roller (6-Max) – ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aniruddha Joshi₹4.17 LakhsNano ME ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Devendra Suthar₹4.12 LakhsWednesday High Roller (6 Max) ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sreekanth Narayan₹3.91 LakhsBSS HighRoller ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vaibhav Sharma₹3.69 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Avish Sharma₹3.67 LakhsThe Summit ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Areyann Gurbaxani – ₹3.61 LakhsMega Stack ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
"MTT Beast"₹3.53 LakhsDeepstack Turbo ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nishant Kumar₹3.49 LakhsArmageddon ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anuj Yadav₹3.44 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Reuben123”₹3.41 LakhsPC#43 (PLO-4) ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Neeraj Kumar₹3.27 LakhsUltron ₹17 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
purvisanghavi₹3.17 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sahil Nair₹3.04 LakhsSunday Special [8-Max, PKO] ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Avneesh Munjal₹3.01 LakhsDestiny 26.0 ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anurag Srivastava₹2.76 LakhsThe Colosseum ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Jimmy Arora₹2.74 LakhsPC#28 (PLO5) ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashwin Vijay₹2.56 LakhsNano Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhaval Mudgal₹2.55 LakhsThe Pride ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Hardik Nair₹2.34 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anindit Pan₹2.13 LakhsThe Big Show ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
p0kerguru₹2.07 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Areyann Gurbaxani₹2.07 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rahul Sahni₹2.01 LakhsMoney Heist - Triple Chance ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harsh Karanpuria₹2 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saransh Garg₹1.96 LakhsThe CashMaker - Triple Chance ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Chirag Sodha₹1.93 LakhsThe Big Bash [8-Max] PKO ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Neelakantan Murali₹1.77 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abilash Bala₹1.70 LakhsPC#42 (PLO-5) ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashish Ahuja₹1.54 LakhsFuturistic – Triple Chance ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vikhyat Ahlawat₹1.46 LakhsDaily Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“hik18”₹1.46 LakhsPC#45 (PLO-6) AfterParty ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“shraban56”₹1.43 LakhsDaily Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya Singh₹1.42 LakhsDaily Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Kidpoker07”₹1.42 LakhsBSS Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Raghav Siddalinga₹1.38 LakhsPC#32 (PLO-5) ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Himanshu Dewan₹1.38 LakhsPC#30 (PLO-4) ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kashish Sachdev₹1.37 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanjay Khanna₹1.28 LakhsDaily Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Chat.081”₹1.23 LakhsDaily Value Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ramu Kushwaha₹1.19 LakhsPC#25 (PLO-4) ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya Pratap Singh₹1.03 LakhsPC#27 (PLO-6) ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“akjn90”
₹88K(7-Max) Afiernoon Boost ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Carlton”₹86KPC#26 (PLO-5) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sashank Chakravarthy₹83,867Deepstack Turbo ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Periyar Selvam
₹71K(7-Max) Afternoon Boost ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Periyar Selvam₹71KAfternoon Boost ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Yash Chitre₹68K(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Jaigautam”
₹65KPC#35 (PLO-4) ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rahul Kaushik
₹65KPC#31 (PLO-6) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth Pandey₹58KEliminator [8-Max] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India

 

PokerBaazi’s National Poker Series India 2023 Promises Biggest-Ever 25+ Crores in Cash Prizes & 324 NPS Medals (March 29 – April 16)

PokerBaazi is bringing back “Olympics of Indian Poker,” the biggest-ever National Poker Series India 2023. Running from March 29 to April 16, the third edition of the NPS promises over ₹25 Crores in guaranteed prizes and 324 Gold/Silver/Bronze medals across 107 tournaments.

National Poker Series India 2023

Read the complete report here.

 

PokerBaazi’s 5 Crores GTD Baazi Turbo Series Returns Soon (February 19 – 26)

Brace yourself for PokerBaazi’s Baazi Turbo Series, which returns for its third running from February 19 – 26, guaranteeing a massive 5 Crores in prize money.

PokerBaazi's ₹5 Crores GTD Baazi Turbo Series 3.0

Read the complete report here.

 

WPT Prime India Returns to Casino Deltin Royale in Goa From April 12 – 18

The prestigious World Poker Tour will be returning to Goa’s picturesque shores after a four-year hiatus with the fourth edition of WPT Prime India. The exciting series offers 13 tournaments across a week-long schedule from April 12-18, to be held at the floating Casino Deltin Royale in Goa.

WPT Prime India 2023

Read the complete report here.

 

2023 APT Hanoi Vietnam VSOP Updates

The first APT festival of the year, the 2023 Asian Poker Tour Hanoi Vietnam VSOP, concluded on February 12. The 10-day-long series featured 34 events and attracted 667 unique players from 37 countries. The festival drew a mix of famous pros and first-time tournament players, with both pulling in the crowds, resulting in a mouthwatering VN₫62,078,725,000 being awarded in prize money.

The Indian battalion had an incredible run in the series, posting 24 cashes – making seven FT finishes and bringing back five APT trophies! While Spartan Poker Team Pro Nikita Luther was the first Indian to lift an APT trophy at the series, she had company in Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi, Ritesh Khatwani, and Kunal Patni.

Nikita Luther
Nikita Luther

 

The 2022 APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event champion, Shardul Parthasarathi, picked up just one score in the series, but that was enough to place him right on top of the Indian scorecard. The poker coach stormed past the 60-player field (47 unique) in Event #27: Single Day High Roller – 8 Max, capturing his career-second APT live title (third overall). He struck an even heads-up deal with Vietnam’s Pham Duy Anh, with both players netting VN₫875.61 Million each.

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi

 

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Though Parthasarathi banked the biggest score by an Indian at the series, Kunal Patni was the only ‘desi’ pro to win two tournaments. The banker-turned-poker pro ended his eight-year-long APT title hunt by taking down Event #36: Hyper Turbo – 8 Max on Saturday for VN₫106.94 Million.

Kunal Patni
Kunal Patni

 

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He followed it up by shipping Event #41: Hyper Turbo – 8 Max on Sunday for VN₫156.11 Million. Patni scored in four tournaments in the series, netting VN₫442.97 Million altogether.

Read the complete report here.

The only other Indian to win an APT trophy was Jaipur-based player Ritesh Khatwani. He took down Event #34: Hyper Turbo, winning his first-ever live tournament for VN₫53.11 Million.

Ritesh Khatwani
Ritesh Khatwani

 

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The series showstopper, the VN₫10 Billion GTD APT Hanoi Vietnam VSOP Main Event, saw Vietnam’s Hai Nam Hoang championing the 654-entry field to claim the lion’s share of the VN₫15.859 Billion prize pool worth VN₫2.79 Billion. Hoang struck an ICM deal with another local player Tuan Tai Nguyen (2nd for VN₫2.10 Billion), before taking down his maiden tournament title.

Hai Nam Hoang
Hai Nam Hoang

 

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Team India Scores at APT Hanoi Vietnam VSOP

 

RankNameEventPrize (VND)
2Zarvan TumboliEvent #1: APT Kickoff405 Million
13Kunal PatniEvent #1: APT Kickoff46.35 Million
15Amanpreet SinghEvent #1: APT Kickoff40.69 Million
37Praveen DwarkanathEvent #5: Mystery Bounty Hunter – Sponsored by Natural8 13 Million
29Praveen DwarkanathEvent #9: Sunday Special12.94 Million
27Prashant BhutoriaEvent #14: APT – Main Event89.61 Million
49Nikita LutherEvent #14: APT – Main Event59.47 Million
57Jasven SaigalEvent #14: APT – Main Event53.13 Million
63Pranav BagaiEvent #14: APT – Main Event53.13 Million
79Zarvan TumboliEvent #14: APT – Main Event46.79 Million
4Alok BirewarEvent #19: Single Day High Roller 243.78 Million
1Nikita LutherEvent #22: NLH – Super Hold'em (3 hole cards) – Hyper Turbo85.37 Million
5Praveen DwarkanathEvent #22: NLH – Super Hold'em (3 hole cards) – Hyper Turbo24.21 Million
5Pranav BagaiEvent #23: Single Day High Roller289.8 Million
5Zarvan TumboliEvent #25: Hyper Turbo63.07 Million
1Shardul ParthasarathiEvent #27: Single Day High Roller875.615 Million
22Ritesh KhatwaniEvent #31: Monster Stack29.77 Million
7Jasven SaigalEvent #32: APT – High Roller370.04 Million
17Kunal PatniEvent #32: APT – High Roller133.57 Million
22Ashish MunotEvent #32: APT – High Roller108.83 Million
1Ritesh KhatwaniEvent #34: Hyper Turbo53.11 Million
1Kunal PatniEvent #36: Hyper Turbo – 8 Max 106.94 Million
6Riyana RasheedEvent #40: Hyper Turbo14.65 Million
1Kunal PatniEvent #41: Hyper Turbo
156.11 Million

 

Complete List of Winners at APT Hanoi Vietnam VSOP

Event NameWinner NamePrize (VND)
Event #1: APT KickoffPhan Minh Duc520.52 Million
Event #2: Single Day High RollerMartin Finger186.24 Million
Event #4: Omaholic (PL Pre/NL Omaha High) – Hyper TurboKarolis Cekauskas34.22 Million
Event #5: Mystery Bounty Hunter – Sponsored by Natural8 Dinh Duc Linh473.75 Million
Event #6: APT/VSOP Superstar Invitational (Open Event) Mike Takayama1.45708 Billion
Event #8: Hyper TurboHoang Ha Nguyen60.69 Million
Event #9: Sunday SpecialYucheng Xiao332.51 Million
Event #12: Hyper TurboThe Vinh Nguyen176 Million
Event #13: NLH – Win The Button – Hyper Turbo Sergei Kamuz55.4 Million
Event #14: APT – Main EventHai Nam Hoang2.7942 Billion
Event #15: NLH/PLO – Single Day High Roller Namhyung Kim349.2 Million
Event #16: Monday MadnessDuncan Son114.423 Million
Event #18: NLH/PLO – Hyper TurboEvgenii Chernyi118.73 Million
Event #19: Single Day High Roller Lester Edoc689.93 Million
Event #20: Tuesday Tempest – Single Re-Entry Xianling Chen172.47 Million
Event #22: NLH – Super Hold'em (3 hole cards) – Hyper Turbo Nikita Luther85.37 Million
Event #23: Single Day High Roller – 8 Max Le Cong Vuong987.96 Million
Event #24: Women's Event Ferlyn Cabaling39.12 Million
Event #25: Hyper Turbo – 8 Max Ngoc Dai Nguyen177.96 Million
Event #26: Tick TockJinlong Hu82.57 Million
Event #27: Single Day High RollerShardul Parthasarathi875.615 Million
Event #28: Thursday ThunderWilly Kevin Portier219.79 Million
Event #29: Hyper TurboDuncan Son67 Million
Event #30: NLH – Crazy Pineapple – Hyper TurboAiridas Stazys44.5 Million
Event #31: Monster StackHoan Cong Le623.81 Million
Event #33: Hyper TurboWing Chun Yam154 Million
Event #34: Hyper TurboRitesh Khatwani53.11 Million
Event #35: APT Mini Main EventKelvin Tang387.63 Million
Event #36: Hyper Turbo – 8 Max Kunal Patni 106.94 Million
Event #37: Hyper TurboSandro Marco Burkhard47.38 Million
Event #38: High Speed Main EventJinlong Hu222.39 Million
Event #40: Hyper TurboManh Tuong Ha68.67 Million
Event #41: Hyper TurboKunal Patni156.11 Million

 

With this, we conclude this week’s roundup of the latest news updates and developments from the world of poker. We will return next week with our weekly report. Stay tuned.

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