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This Week in Poker: February 9 – 15

This Week in Poker - Vinay B, Vishal Ojha, Manish Lakhotia, Avish Sharma and Aditya Singh
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  • Namita Ghosh February 16, 2022
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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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After an electrifying start to February, this past week was a relatively eventful one for MTT regs. With the IOPC and APT India now over, the MTT enthusiasts will have to make do with the regular weekly tournaments before Spartan Poker’s Final Table Series and PokerBaazi’s National Poker Series drive up the action in March.

However, it was not all gloomy in poker land! One of the most-watched legal battles finally came to an end on Tuesday, Friday 15, with the Karnataka High Court, like the Madras High Court last year, striking down the state government`s online gaming ban, calling it unconstitutional.

Coming back to online poker, Vinay B topped the weekly charts. He bagged two titles in three days, winning the Adda52 Millions and the Voyager, adding ₹10.11 Lakhs to his weekly tally, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Vishal Ojha, Manish Lakhotia, Avish Sharma, Aditya Singh, and Abhishek Goindi were the other top scorers of the week.

The online MTTs are guaranteed to pick up in pace when we hit March, with Spartan Poker`s Final Table Series returning for its fourth edition from March 4 to 13. The 10-day-long series will have some of the best poker players in the country vying for a share of the ₹13 Crores in cash prizes guaranteed across 41 marquee tournaments.

In the meantime, Quadnet Poker Network`s (Spartan Poker, BLITZPOKER, and PokerHigh) budget series, the Ultimate Value Series, has kept the low to mid-stakes players busy. Offering over ₹1.40 Crores in guaranteed prizes, the UVS schedule runs till February 20.

Now, some great news for all those who have been waiting with bated breath for the return of live MTTs in Goa – the wait is over! The Baazi Poker Tour is returning to the PokerBaazi LIVE room on-board the Casino Majestic Pride from March 23 to 28. The series schedule is expected to come out soon, so stay tuned on PokerGuru for more details.

In other news, Head Digital Works has signed up Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan as the brand ambassador for its online gaming platform A23. Khan will be featuring in the brand’s first-of-its-kind responsible gaming campaign, ‘Chalo Saath Khele.’

The high-stakes eight-event series, 2022 PokerGO Cup, wrapped up this week. Sean Perry took down the Main Event for $640,000 and was the only player to win two events at the series. However, even he couldn`t stop Jeremy Ausmus from staking his claim on the PokerGO Championship Cup.

One of the most iconic poker shows, “High Stakes Poker,” is returning for its ninth season on Monday, February 21, exclusively on PokerGO. Season 9 of the popular NLHE cash game show was filmed inside the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, with the stakes starting at $200/$400 and going all the way up to $500/$1,000. Season 9 includes 14 high-octane episodes featuring poker superstars like Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, and others.


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Even in the absence of an eight-figure guaranteed event or a flagship MTT series, Vinay B still managed to rake in seven-figure this week. He had a dominating Sunday run when he took down the Adda52 Millions and posted another five deep finishes. On Tuesday, Vinay B added another title to his name by taking down the Voyager. In all, he lapped up ₹10.11 Lakhs in online MTTs, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Vinay B
Vinay B


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Adda52 Millions for ₹6.79 Lakhs

> 1st in Adda52’s Voyager for ₹80,000

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s House Party for ₹58,140

Vishal Ojha was another player bagging two titles this week, and he filled in ₹8.93 Lakhs into his weekly tally. He took down Spartan Poker’s Destiny for a career-best ₹5.83 Lakhs last Wednesday before championing PokerBaazi’s The Big Show on Tuesday.

Vishal Ojha
Vishal Ojha


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Destiny for ₹5.83 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s The Big Show for ₹1.80 Lakhs

> 2nd Adda52’s La Luna for ₹65K

The #2 ranked player of 2021, Manish Lakhotia, seems to be making another run for the POY title. The MTT pro from Siliguri won two events and made several other close runs, altogether adding ₹8.52 Lakhs this week.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Adda52’s Nano ME Finale for ₹4.02 Lakhs

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s The Pride for ₹1.22 Lakhs

> 3rd in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller for ₹1.09 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerStars India’s Night on Stars for ₹1.01 Lakhs

Last month`s PokerBaazi Classics Game Changer third-place finisher, Avish Sharma, was the Sunday chartbuster as he took down Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹8.40 Lakhs, bagging the single-largest score this past week.

Avish Sharma
Avish Sharma


Aditya Singh accumulated ₹7.28 Lakhs in weekly earnings, headlined by his victory run in PokerBaazi’s Endeavour on Tuesday.

Aditya Singh
Aditya Singh


His top finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s The Endeavour for ₹3.02 Lakhs

> 5th in Spartan Poker’s ReCharge for ₹54,740

> 4th in PokerBaazi’s BSS MonsterStack for ₹47,553

Poker pro and coach Abhishek Goindi made it on this list for winning the Godfather last Thursday. The Poker Bootcamp India co-founder padded his online bankroll by ₹7.09 Lakhs.

Abhishek Goindi
Abhishek Goindi


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹6.20 Lakhs

> 17th in Spartan Poker’s The Elite for ₹41,762

Aditya Singh, Siddhanth Kripalani, Siddharth Pandey, PokerGuru Ambassador Rony Chowdhury, and Basant Kumar Singh were among the week`s other top scorers.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Avish Sharma₹8.40 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vinay B₹6.79 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Abhishek Goindi₹6.20 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vishal Ojha₹5.83 LakhsDestiny ₹22 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anuj Yadav₹4.41 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shardul Parthasarathi₹4.33 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹21 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rony Chowdhury₹4.21 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Manish Lakhotia₹4.02 LakhsNano ME Finale ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Neville Katrak₹3.55 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTD
Sanish Chhabra₹3.19 LakhsSunday Special PKO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ravindra Arikeri₹3.13 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanket Arora₹3.03 LakhsSunday Sundowner ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aditya Singh₹3.02 LakhsThe Endeavour 12 Lakhs GTD
Simon Mint₹2.88 LakhsMega Stack ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Md Zeeshan₹2.72 LakhsNano Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Atishay Samuel₹2.39 LakhsSunday Highroller 10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Neelakantan Murali₹2.33 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanat Mehrotra₹2.30 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sanat Mehrotra₹2.30 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vishal Ojha₹1.80 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Akhil Pilla₹1.77 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Archit Saraogi₹1.60 LakhsReCharge ₹8.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mandar Madaye₹1.56 Lakhs(7-Max) BSS SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
“ToTheMoon”₹1.54 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vivek Singh₹1.50 LakhsDaily Boost ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shashank Mehrotra₹1.43 LakhsDaily Boost ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shashank Mehrotra₹1.43 LakhsDaily Boost ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kunal Yadav₹1.43 LakhsBSS MonsterStack (6-Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth Gangwar₹1.37 LakhsMonster Turbo 5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Atishay Samuel₹1.32 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT 5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“David2000”₹1.21 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Devang Mehta₹1.14 LakhsBattle Royale (7 Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anish Arora₹1.13 LakhsSprint 7-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vignesh Kumar₹1.13 LakhsDaily Boost ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Madhur Sandal₹1.11 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“AAKQJ1000”₹1.08 LakhsThe Race ₹4.50 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Siddharth Karia₹1.06 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Manish Lakhotia₹1.01 LakhsNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Amit Kaushik₹1.01 LakhsDeepstack ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“roney72”₹1 Lakh₹10 Mein 10 LakhpatiPokerBaazi
Kripansh Khosla₹95KSundowner ₹4.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“Oled”₹85KDeepstack ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“usbcable2”₹63KVoyager 3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vijay Pandit₹77KVoyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“LARA LARA”₹73KUVS#4 – (Multi Entry) ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
S Ganeshan₹69KSundowner ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“usbcable2”₹63KUVS#10 – ₹4.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker


Spartan Poker’s Final Table Series 4.0 Has Over ₹13 Crores in GTS Prizes Across 41 Events (March 4 – 13)

The Final Table Series is coming back next month! Spartan Poker (also BLITZPOKER and PokerHigh) will be hosting the fourth edition of the FTS from March 4 to 13. As always, there will be massive cash prizes on offer, with the series putting up a combined 13 Crores in guaranteed prizes across 41 events.

The two multi-flight events will be grabbing the most attention at FTS 4.0, i.e., ₹2 Crores GTD FTS Main Event and the ₹1 Crore GTD FTS Supreme. And for the consistent performers, there will be ₹30 Lakhs up for grabs in leaderboard prizes.


BLITZPOKER’s Ultimate Value Series Runs From February 14 to 20

Quadnet Poker Network`s Spartan Poker, BLITZPOKER, and PokerHigh have been running the Ultimate Value Series since February 14. The budget series will continue until 20. There`s an enticing ₹1.40+ Crores in cash prizes guaranteed across 47 events.

Ultimate Value Series

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Karnataka High Court Strikes Down State Govt.’s Online Gaming Ban

In a landmark legal victory for India`s real-money gaming industry, the Karnataka High Court lifted the online gaming ban in the state, calling it unconstitutional.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Krishna S Dixit struck down the various amendments to the Karnataka Police Amendment Act, 2021, which banned online games like rummy and poker to be played for stakes.

Online Gaming

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Baazi Poker Tour Dates Announced (March 23 – 28)

Signaling the much-awaited return of live MTTs in Goa, PokerBaazi recently announced the dates for its flagship Baazi Poker Tour (BPT).

The upcoming series will be held at the PokerBaazi LIVE room on-board the Casino Majestic Pride from March 23 to 28, making it the first domestic MTT stop in Goa in over two years.


Shah Rukh Khan Joins Head Digital Works’ Ace2Three As Brand Ambassador

Online gaming giant Head Digital Works has signed up Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan as the brand ambassador for its online gaming platform A23, aka Ace2Three. Khan will, for starters, feature in the brand’s “Chalo Saath Khele” campaign and promote responsible gaming.

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PokerGO Cup 2022

The 2022 PokerGO Cup ran a full eight-event schedule at the PokerGO Studios inside the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Taking down the series finale was none other than the Event #2: $10K NLHE winner Sean Perry, who topped the 32-entry field in $50K Main Event to win $640,000.

Sean Perry
Sean Perry


Despite Perry’s two title victories at the series, Event #4 champion Jeremy Ausmus topped the series’ leaderboard. Ausmus cashes a total of four times in the series for $824,500 in cumulative winnings, locking in the PokerGO Championship Cup and the $50,000 championship bonus.

Jeremy Ausmus
Jeremy Ausmus


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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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