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This Week in Poker: January 19 – 25

This Week in Poker - Amit Kaushik, Kanchan Sharma, Siddhanth Kripalani, Arjanveer Singh Chadha and Neel Joshi
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  • RUPAM THAKUR January 27, 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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Anyone following our Daily Majors updates will know that this week was all about the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC). Returning for its 12th edition on January 20, the series is off to a guarantee-crushing start and on track to blow its ginormous ₹30 Crores prize pool guarantee to smithereens!

IOPC completed a week`s run yesterday, and Ankit Bajaj headlines the fiercely-contested leaderboard standings with 5,466 points. Vinay Rajpal (5,297 points) and Spartan Poker user ‘NoConnection’ (5,141 points) are the other frontrunners to win the 1 Crore GTD leaderboard race.

Amit Kaushik was the biggest revelation this week! The upcoming poker streamer was a part of the massive 2,397-entry field in the ₹1.50 Crores GTD IOPC #24 – Blaze and chopped the title five-way on Sunday to collect a whopping ₹16.14 Lakhs in second place. And what`s best – he pulled out the smashing run while live-streaming his hectic grind across a marathon 12 hours! Proving that the Sunday run was no flash in the pan, Kaushik knocked out some other deep runs like winning PokerStars India`s Bounty Builder HR and placing third in IOPC #37 – Tuesday Spotlight. Sitting a very close #2 in the monthly/annual leaderboard standings, Kaushik posted ₹23.82 Lakhs in cumulative winnings, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Young Gun Kanchan Sharma grabbed all the eyeballs on Sunday for winning the IOPC #24 – Blaze on Spartan Poker. As mentioned above, she struck a heads-up deal in the event to collect a personal-best ₹17.99 Lakhs. She has brought two stacks to Day 2 and placed 33rd on the other for ₹60,784, cumulatively adding ₹18.60 Lakhs.

Young Gun Siddhanth Kripalani, PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha, Young Gun Neel Joshi, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja, Manish Lakhotia, Rubin Labroo, Harshad Barve, Ankit Bajaj, Amit More, Armaan Kochhar, and Anant Purohit were the other top scorers of the week!

Even with another 10 days of the IOPC extravaganza left to run, MTT players have the Asian Poker Tour India Online Series to look forward to. The third edition of the APT-branded series returns on Sunday and guarantees over ₹7 Crores across 43 events. There are nine APT Trophies and two Championship Rings to be won!

That`s not all! Asia-centric Natural8 will be running the Super Millions Week (January 31 – February 6), guaranteeing $40 Million across 42 events. Wait – there`s more, as the site also has another smashing edition of the Asia Poker League (APL) Online Series returning on January 30. The series will run all the way until February 13 with ¥80,000,000 in guaranteed prizes and 20 “Jade Trophy” events up for grabs!

The country celebrated its 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday, and online poker operators reflected the hues of national pride and patriotism by coming up with Republic Day-themed offers. MPL Poker and PokerHigh hosted special Republic Day tournaments, while IndiaPlays offered a deposit bonus.

In other news updates, the Mobile Premier League (MPL) CEO Sai Srinivas has reached out to the Indian government seeking a fund for up-and-coming online gaming developers to be set up to help the community grow.

The social gaming and entertainment setup WinZO onboarded YouTube content creator Ajey Nagar, AKA “CarryMinati,” as its brand ambassador. Nagar will produce gaming-centric content on his streaming channel “Carryislive.”

International online gaming giant PokerStars has entered a multi-year global partnership with Red Bull Racing ahead of the 2022 Formula One season.

Meanwhile, World Poker Tour (WPT) Season XX officially kicked off on January 21, with the WPT LuckyHearts Poker Open at Hollywood, Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The brand has announced a few changes to its Player of the Year (POY) points system.


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With the 12th edition of IOPC headlining the proceedings, Amit Kaushik walked away as the week`s chartbuster. Kaushik chopped the massive ₹1.50 Crores GTD IOPC #24 – Blaze five-way, placing runner-up for ₹16.14 Lakhs. He kept piling in scores throughout the week worth a collective ₹23.82 Lakhs to earn the bragging rights of becoming our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.’

Amit Kaushik
Amit Kaushik


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #24 – Blaze for ₹16.14 Lakhs, 294th for ₹15,149

> 1st in PokerStars India`s Bounty Builder HR for ₹2.72 Lakhs

> 3rd in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #37 Tuesday Spotlight for ₹1.70 Lakhs

> 7th in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #4 – Thursday Prime for ₹1.22 Lakhs

Our first and to-date only female Young Gun, Kanchan Sharma, missed winning the “Star of the Week” title by a whisker. She made a spectacular run in the ₹1.50 Crores GTD IOPC #24 – Blaze to walk away with the prestigious title and a career-best ₹17.99 Lakhs. Sharma had carried two stacks to Day 2 of the IOPC Blaze and placed 33rd on the second stack for ₹60,784, banking a cumulative ₹18.60 Lakhs. Her weekly tally touched an impressive ₹23.81 Lakhs.

Kanchan Sharma
Kanchan Sharma


The ranked #1 player in the annual/monthly standings, Young Gun Siddhanth Kripalani, had a terrific week. He went on a rampage taking down two marquee events, collectively adding ₹19.86 Lakhs.

Siddhanth Kripalani
Siddhanth Kripalani


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #22 – Sunday Prime for ₹12.03 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaazi`s The Weekly HighRoller for ₹5.41 Lakhs

> 7th in Adda52`s The Ballers for ₹77,234

PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha was another breakout winner who added ₹18.39 Lakhs.

Arjanveer Singh Chadha
Arjanveer Singh Chadha


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in PokerBaazi`s The Summit for ₹3.79 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaazi`s The Pride for ₹3.25 Lakhs

> 4th in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #4 – Thursday Prime for ₹2.68 Lakhs

> 4th in Adda52`s The Mint for ₹1.32 Lakhs

Young Gun Neel Joshi netted over ₹17.83 Lakhs this week, headlined by a fifth-place finish in IOPC #24 – Blaze.

Neel Joshi
Neel Joshi


His top finishes include:

> 5th in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #24 – Blaze for ₹13.07 Lakhs

> 1st in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #38 – All Rounder for ₹2.64 Lakhs

Another PokerGuru Ambassador, Ashish Ahuja, joined the party. He shipped the Excalibur and FT-ed another six events to walk away with ₹17.67 Lakhs in collective winnings.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Adda52`s Excalibur for ₹2.97 Lakhs

> 3rd in Adda52`s The Ballers for ₹2.95 Lakhs

> 2nd in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #37 – Tuesday Spotlight for ₹2.38 Lakhs

> 4th in PokerBaazi`s BSS SuperStack for ₹1.66 Lakhs

> 6th in PokerStars India`s Winter Series – 70 Super Highroller for ₹1.15 Lakhs

The #2 ranked player of 2021, Manish Lakhotia, looks determined to make another run at the top of the annual leader and lapped up ₹16.41 Lakhs this past week.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


His top finishes include:

> 6th, 8th, 131st, & 167th in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #24 – Blaze for ₹8.60 Lakhs

> 1st in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #2 for ₹2.17 Lakhs

> 5th in Adda52`s The Ballers for ₹1.46 Lakhs

> 3rd in Adda52`s Sunday Showdown for ₹1.10 Lakhs

The 2020 India Poker Champion Rubin Labroo was among the Sunday headliners, primarily on the back of his fourth-place finish in the ₹1.50 Crores GTD IOPC #24 – Blaze for ₹14.27 Lakhs (collectively). He also won PokerBaazi’s SPRINT to close out the week with ₹16.31 Lakhs in total earnings.

Rubin Labroo
Rubin Labroo


His top finishes include:

> 4th & 310th in Spartan Poker`s IOPC #24 – Blaze for ₹14.12 Lakhs & ₹15,149

> 1st in PokerBaazi`s SPRINT for ₹1.06 Lakhs

Harshad Barve, Ankit Bajaj, Amit More, Armaan Kochhar, and Anant Purohit were the big scorers of the week.


Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Kanchan Sharma₹18.60 LakhsIOPC #24 ₹1.50 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Siddhanth Kripalani₹12.03 LakhsIOPC #22 – Sunday Prime ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Amit More₹11.92 LakhsIOPC#11 – Friday Spotlight ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Armaan Kochhar₹7.79 LakhsIOPC#4: Thursday Prime ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rahul Singroha₹7.22 LakhsAdda52 Millions 25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vijendra Sharma₹6.62 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anant Purohit₹6.55 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aniket Waghmare₹6.49 LakhsDestiny ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harshad Barve₹5.81 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saurabh Rohila₹5.50 LakhsIOPC #23 – Sunday Spotlight ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mayank Makhija₹5.44 LakhsIOPC #30 – Monday Prime ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“Srini2021”₹5.42 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ayush Garg₹5.42 LakhsWinter Series-82 [Main Event] ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Siddhanth Kripalani₹5.41 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dhiraj Lakhotia₹4.97 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya Singh₹4.85 LakhsIOPC#5 Thursday Spotlight ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal Yadav₹4.72 LakhsWinter Series-70 [Super Highroller] ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Siddharth Pandey₹4.09 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mang Hanghing₹3.63 LakhsIOPC#10 – Friday Prime ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ankit Bajaj₹3.56 LakhsIOPC #25 – D’Lite Day ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arjanveer Singh Chadha₹3.25 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vaibhav Arora₹2.96 LakhsIOPC#6: All Rounder ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anmol Narang₹2.93 LakhsIOPC #31 – Monday Spotlight ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Devang Yadav₹2.61 LakhsWinter Series-63 [Highroller] ₹11 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
“Giraldik”₹2.58 LakhsIOPC #32 – All Rounder Monster Stack ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Yash Chitre₹2.53 LakhsIOPC#1 Launch Party ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anurag Srivastava₹2.44 LakhsIOPC#12 – All Rounder (Deepstack) ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“openended”₹2.23 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Samimeel”₹2.21 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manish Lakhotia₹2.17 LakhsIOPC#2 ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Lavesh Meena₹2.17 LakhsIOPC#3 Monster Stack ₹6.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“golddigger1905”₹1.96 LakhsIOPC#9 – DST ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anurag Srivastava₹1.73 LakhsIOPC#8 – ₹6.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohammad Azhar₹1.69 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Abhijeet Kumar₹1.66 LakhsIOPC #29 ₹6.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“ArMaGaDoN”₹1.62 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹6.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Puneet Sachan₹1.59 LakhsBSS MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Nishant Kumar₹1.58 LakhsIOPC#20 ₹ 7.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“KingOfAllSpades”₹1.57 LakhsBSS Sprint 7-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mayank Maruka₹1.42 LakhsIOPC #28 ₹7 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Nishant Kumar₹1.38 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“acessorted”₹1.28 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Akshay Kapoor₹1.17 LakhsBattle Royale 7-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
“ZEHER17"₹1.15 LakhsWinter Series-72 [Uppercut Mini] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ashish Kumar₹1.14 LakhsWinter Series-65 [Big Bubble Rush] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
“Gd1921”₹1.08 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rubin Labroo₹1.06 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pawan Kumar₹1.05 LakhsFriday Bounty ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“STEWIEGRIFFIN”₹97KLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mohit Mehta₹94KIOPC#7 – ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sankalp Marwah₹82KVoyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tanmay Bhalerao₹81KIOPC #27 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“cowboysinplay”₹70KWinter Series-58 [Bounty Builder] ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India


APT India Online Series is Back for its 3rd Edition! (January 30 – February 6)

PokerBaazi is readying to host the third edition of the prestigious Asian Poker Tour (APT) India Online Series. The ₹7 Crores-plus GTD mega fest takes off on Sunday, i.e., January 30, and will run 43 events right up to February 6. There are nine APT Trophies and two Championship Rings up for grabs during the eight-day-long series.

APT India Online Series

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Natural8 to Host Super Millions Week & APL Online Series

Asia’s top online poker room, Natural8, is on the anvil of hosting the $40 Million GTD Super Millions Week. The week-long series runs from January 31 to February 6.

The site has also announced another edition of one of Asia’s most popular online MTT stops – the Asia Poker League (APL) Online Series that starts on January 30 and will run until February 13. The upcoming APL Online Series edition features ¥80,000,000 in guaranteed prizes and 20 “Jade Trophy” events.


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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