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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!
August kicked off with quite the aplomb with a flurry of activity on the virtual felts. With two major networks marred with technical difficulties, Spartan Poker steered the online MTT action with the launch of its Grand Poker Series (GPS). The weeklong series commenced on August 3, and the biggest-guaranteed tourney hosted in the series thus far was the ₹35 Lakhs GTD GPS Destiny. Drawing in 754 entrants, the event crowned a champion is Manoj ‘h4r5hv33r’ Singh, who pocketed a career-best ₹9.80 Lakhs! For his exceptional performance, Singh is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”
PokerGuru Ambassador Ratul ‘MuscariAs’ Steves, Srihari ‘bangbang99’ Bang, and Sathish ‘Jaqkten’ Ananth banked the next top scores this past week.
While the GPS has been keeping the mid-to-high stakes players busy, Pocket52 has rolled out its biggest-ever ‘Blue’ series, catering to the low-to-mid stakes players. This month-long series features over ₹4.5 Crores in guaranteed prizes, with buy-ins ranging from ₹11 to ₹4,400!
Coming up ahead is the PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL) that starts on August 7. Boasting a mammoth ₹7.3 Crores in prize pool guarantees, the series will run until August 16, and features 62 high-value tournaments, including the ₹1 Crore GTD The MoneyMaker!
Moving on to the international sphere, the WSOP.com leg of the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online is now in the books. A total of 31 bracelets were awarded, with Nahrain ‘2Rivers’ Tamero claiming the final gold bracelet in Event #31: $1,000 NLH Championship for $310,832. The series will continue to play out on GGPoker and Natural8.
Even though a bracelet victory still eludes Team India, that is not to say that the team`s run at the series has been entirely uneventful with two Indian players posting final table finishes last week. This week, Aditya ‘inonhmeansfu’ Sushant placed 110th in Event #50: $2,100 Bounty Championship for ₹6.82 Lakhs.
A former IPC side event winner, Yesha’Iconic’ Punjabi from Australia, made quite a few heads turns this week when she final tabled Event #46: $500 Deepstack NLHE, placing ninth for ₹8.66 Lakhs!
Moving to the business news, Goa’s Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) is on the verge of changing its previous decision of not renewing the trade licenses of offshore casinos. After three offshore casinos approached the CCP asking for the renewal of their trade licenses, Mayor Uday Madkaikar stated that their applications have been kept on hold and that a decision to renew their licenses would be taken later.
Following the banning of 59 Chinese apps last month, another 47 Chinese apps were added to the watch list by the Indian government, including the likes of TikTok Lite, a clone of the popular short video app, TikTok, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, VFY Lite, and BIGO LIVE Lite.
While we are on the topic of apps, Facebook researchers have developed a general AI framework called Recursive Belief-based Learning (ReBeL). The new AI is capable of achieving better-than-human performance in heads-up, No-Limit Texas Hold ’em poker while using less domain knowledge than any previous poker-playing AI.
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Technical glitches impacted the big-ticket tourneys on top sites like Adda52 and PokerBaazi this week. Though the action seemed to have dulled out after the high-octane run of the IOPC and the APF, there were several big winners.
Headlining them all is Manoj ‘h4r5hv33r’ Singh, who topped a 754-player field to capture Spartan Poker’s ₹30 Lakhs GTD Destiny for ₹9.80 Lakhs. Singh has also become the first player to book a seat into the Destiny 15.0 SnG Finale. Being the week’s top performer, Singh is also our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”
PokerGuru Ambassador Ratul ‘MuscariAs’ Steves (PokerStars India’ The Hercules ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.67 Lakhs), Srihari ‘bangbang99’ Bang (Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.33 Lakhs) and Sathish ‘Jaqkten’ Ananth (Spartan Poker’s The Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.36 Lakhs) were the other top scorers this week.
The notable scores of the week include –
|Player||Prize Money||Event||Poker Site|
|h4r5hv33r||₹9.80 Lakhs||Destiny ₹30 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ratul ‘MuscariAs’ Steves||₹8.67 Lakhs||The Hercules ₹50 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Srihari 'bangbang99' Bang||₹8.33 Lakhs||Sunday Superstack ₹50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sathish ‘Jaqkten’ Ananth||₹7.36 Lakhs||The Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Mandar ‘Thewall233’ Darade||₹5.48 Lakhs||The Summit ₹20 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Avish ‘thehorse7’ Sharma||₹5.37 Lakhs||BSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Chirag 'chilling' Sodha||₹3.95 Lakhs||Ultron ₹22 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Rony ‘GoGetters1’ Chowdhury||₹3.50 Lakhs||Sunday Special – Progressive KO ₹18 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|rpawar2092||₹3.47 Lakhs||Highroller ₹18 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Dhaval ‘BithBecool’ Mudgal||₹3.25 Lakhs||Sunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Himanshu ‘hdwivedi3’ Dwivedi||₹3.22 Lakhs||Pocket Aces ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia||₹3.07 Lakhs||GPS#3 ReCharge ₹14 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Magic suitcase||₹3 Lakhs||Money Heist ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|spewcialist||₹2.83 Lakhs||Titan Stack ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Aman ‘alwaysriver’ Kejriwal||₹2.34 Lakhs||The Crest ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|adukre||₹2.21 Lakhs||Uppercut 6-Max MAGIC Edition ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Himanshu 'ISquirtBullets' Dewan||₹2.20 Lakhs||The Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Mohit ‘thejoker’ Mehta||₹2.20 Lakhs||TGIF ₹12 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sandy ‘Ziigmund’ Lamba||₹2.10 Lakhs||The Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|solidpoker||₹2.08 Lakhs||Inception ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Sandy ‘Ziigmund’ Lamba||₹1.87 Lakhs||BSS MegaStack ₹8 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|palash777||₹1.73 Lakhs||Monster Stack ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|MR8BEAST||₹1.63 Lakhs||6-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|theoldestkid||₹1.58 Lakhs||Battle Royale ₹7 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Harveyhomes||₹1.53 Lakhs||Pocket Kings ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Jasven ‘JasvenSaigal’ Saigal||₹1.52 Lakhs||Thursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Nirmal ‘varonir’ Sankhla||₹1.47 Lakhs||Daredevil ₹6 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|cardshark6191||₹1.35 Lakhs||Bubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Anirban ‘pottysingh’ D Das||₹1.33 Lakhs||BSS MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|meeklown||₹1.27 Lakhs||House Party ₹6 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Arjunn ‘Arjunn Ag’ Agrawal||₹1.26 Lakhs||GPS#4 The Flash ₹6.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Nishant ‘Balaark’ Pandey||₹1.22 Lakhs||Night On Stars ₹8 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Pranay 'aankhdikhatahai' Chawla||₹1.22 Lakhs||Battle Royale Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Harsh 'Anandilal Katpitiya' Bubna||₹1.14 Lakhs||Sunday MonsterStack ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Tanmoy ‘Tanmo’ Chatterjee||₹1.12 Lakhs||Pocket Kings ₹5 Lakhs||Pocket52|
|kd69||₹1.12 Lakhs||The Bracelet ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|shar88||₹1.10 Lakhs||Mega Freeze ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Pranay 'aankhdikhatahai' Chawla||₹96,018||Friday Euphoria ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|raghav1990||₹94,367||Saturday Eliminator ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Suraj 'soorajtodi' Todi||₹94,361||GPS #7 ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sreeprakaash ‘fitzmagic’ Seetharaman||₹88,600||GPS #5 ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|anand85||₹86,692||GPS #10 ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ritwik ‘Ritwikkhanna’ Khanna||₹80,860||Tuesday MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Vivek ‘acchemicals’ Karwa||₹79,831||Monster Stack ₹3.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ravenclaws||₹79,205||GPS #2 ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sumit2121||₹74,550||Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|abirxta||₹73,440||Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Khelo365|
|Acessquare||₹70,175||Monster Stack ₹3.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|karannthakker||₹67,500||Pocket Whopper ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Vishnu ‘violator’ Khandelwal||₹64,954||Hexagram ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ss_gilli||₹62,455||Monster Stack ₹3.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|LuckyLuciano||₹62,435||GPS #1 ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Magic suitcase||₹60,460||Night Rider DeepStack Turbo ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sandeep 'pizzakhanahai' Chhabra||₹60,000||Monday MegaStack ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Prince 'WhySoSick' Kumar||₹58,336||Night Rider ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|powertou||₹58,320||Saturday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|umboJetPack||₹57,784||The Classic Monday ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Have More Butter Chicken||₹55,000||Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Vicky3160||₹54,428||Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Somesh 'JackNotMa' Patel||₹53,948||Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Centering||₹53,750||Pocket Queens ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Tiger10||₹53,386||Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|hunkpoker||₹52,625||MonsterStack ₹3.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Baba_Tufaani||₹52,510||Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|OneLuckyOne||₹50,820||Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Winnow||₹50,000||StackUp ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||9stacks|
|Bidya 'Ankit420' Shankar||₹49,740||Dangal Friday (6-Max) ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Poker Dangal|
|Zilelahi||₹47,839||Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ravanisback||₹46,585||Sunday PKO ₹2 Lakhs||Poker Dangal|
|DrHunk||₹46,500||Sunday Night Rider ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|HousePlayer52||₹46,000||Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|BigMiskate||₹46,000||Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Somesh ‘JackNotMa’ Patel||₹46,000||Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Naman ‘nammy09’ Puri||₹46,000||Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs||Pocket52|
|BulletsBaby||₹46,000||Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Guddu ‘Netflix’ Chaudhary||₹46,000||Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Sumit ‘Sumit_Saraswat’ Saraswat||₹46,000||Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Expert||₹43,381||Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Kinghigh||₹43,200||MegaSpalsh ₹1 Lakh GTD||Khelo365|
|Kinghigh||₹43,000||Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD||Khelo365|
|yashos13||₹41,653||Sunday Warm-Up ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Abhijeet ‘‘sexylady7766’ Kumar||₹38,773||Sunday Storm ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Loknath ‘VIVOIPL’ Mukherjee||₹37,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Dhawal 'Pokerpro5553' Bagaria||₹37,226||GPS #6 ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Tanvir ‘jungliaunty’ Gulia||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|jungliaunty||₹34,500||Pocket Dinnet ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|ChasingAces||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|kd69||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Naman 'nammy09' Puri||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Ron007||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Cruzz||₹28,800||Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTD||Poker Dangal|
|starboy00||₹24,240||Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakhs GTD (WTB)||Poker Dangal|
|Blewjob||₹24,000||Monday Blues ₹1 Lakh GTD||Poker Dangal|
|Killer||₹23,000||Pocket Jacks ₹1 Lakh GTD||Pocket52|
|rockon2002||₹20,000||Dominator ₹50K GTD||Khelo365|
|harshak124||₹13,800||Hitman PLO ₹30K GTD||Khelo365|
|Gautham010||₹12,900||Nitro PLO ₹30K GTD||Khelo365|
|Dwall||₹12,500||Wow Wednesday ₹50K GTD||Poker Dangal|
|777Grkrn777||₹12,360||Saturday Hustle ₹50K GTD||Poker Dangal|
|lchhabra15||₹12,000||Prime Time ₹30K GTD PLO||Khelo365|
|apalece||₹10,200||Under The Gun PLO ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|inderenggi||₹7,040||Grinder 2.0 NLHE ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|pukie1995||₹6,975||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|Proplr007||₹6,960||Grinder 2.0 NLHE ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|ajaashish||₹6,900||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHE||Khelo365|
|Sheshnag||₹6,800||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|nagato||₹6,800||Grinder 2.0 NLHE ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
Spartan Poker’s GPS Edition 2 is Underway!
Spartan Poker has followed up its record-smashing IOPC with the second edition of the Grand Poker Series (GPS). The 36-event schedule promises over ₹5 Crores in guaranteed prizes and began proceedings on August 3.
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Pocket52 Announces Its Biggest-Ever Series “Blue” For August
Hot on the heels of its month-long Grand Poker Sprint (GPS), Pocket52 has rolled out its biggest online series to-date – Blue! Also, a month-long affair, the series began on August 1 and has events ranging from buy-ins as low as ₹11 to ₹4,400. In all,more than ₹4.5 Crores will be given away in prize money, alongside ₹15 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes.
Read the complete report here
WSOP Online 2020
The ongoing 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online wrapped up its schedule of 31 bracelet events on WSOP.com this week. All the attention is now on GGPoker and Natural8,which is hosting the second leg of the series.
Close to a dozen more champions were crowned over the week, and headlining the show was the world’s top-ranked female pro Kristen Bicknell. The three-time female GPI POY winner outlasted an 892-player field to capture Event #44: $2,500 NLHE 6-Handed for $356,412, adding a third bracelet to her tally.
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While Bicknell tops the week’s winners, Italy’s Enrico ‘GTOExploiter’ Camosci is hot on Bicknell’s heels and the series’ latest winner. Camosci topped 1,168 entries in Event #50: $21,00 Bounty Championship to win his career-first bracelet and $327,319.
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Team India`s participation at the series has undoubtedly increased, and this week there were at least 18 confirmed scores raked in by Indians. One of the most prominent of them came from former bracelet champion Aditya ‘inonhmeansfu’ Sushant, who placed 110th in Event #50 for ₹6.82 Lakhs.
Topping the list of Indian scorers are ‘raavan’ (Event #41: COLOSSUS – 15th for ₹15.39 Lakhs) and ‘machii’ (Event #41: COLOSSUS – 21st for $14,680 – ₹10.97 Lakhs).
Headlining the list of “desi” winners was a former IPC side event winner, Yesha ‘Iconic’ Punjabi from Australia,who placed 9th in Event #46 $500 Deepstack NLHE ₹8.66 Lakhs. She picked up another score in Event #44: $2,500 NLHE 6-Handed, placing 59th for ₹5.02 Lakhs.
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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.