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This Week in Poker: July 29 – August 4

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  • Namita Ghosh August 5, 2020
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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!”

Manoj Singh
Manoj Singh

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 –

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
h4r5hv33r₹9.80 LakhsDestiny ₹30 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Ratul ‘MuscariAs’ Steves₹8.67 LakhsThe Hercules ₹50 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Srihari 'bangbang99' Bang₹8.33 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sathish ‘Jaqkten’ Ananth₹7.36 LakhsThe Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mandar ‘Thewall233’ Darade₹5.48 LakhsThe Summit ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Avish ‘thehorse7’ Sharma₹5.37 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Chirag 'chilling' Sodha₹3.95 LakhsUltron ₹22 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rony ‘GoGetters1’ Chowdhury₹3.50 LakhsSunday Special – Progressive KO ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
rpawar2092₹3.47 LakhsHighroller ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Dhaval ‘BithBecool’ Mudgal₹3.25 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Himanshu ‘hdwivedi3’ Dwivedi₹3.22 LakhsPocket Aces ₹15 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia₹3.07 LakhsGPS#3 ReCharge ₹14 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Magic suitcase₹3 LakhsMoney Heist ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
spewcialist₹2.83 LakhsTitan Stack ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aman ‘alwaysriver’ Kejriwal₹2.34 LakhsThe Crest ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
adukre₹2.21 LakhsUppercut 6-Max MAGIC Edition ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Himanshu 'ISquirtBullets' Dewan₹2.20 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mohit ‘thejoker’ Mehta₹2.20 LakhsTGIF ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sandy ‘Ziigmund’ Lamba₹2.10 LakhsThe Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
solidpoker₹2.08 LakhsInception ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sandy ‘Ziigmund’ Lamba₹1.87 LakhsBSS MegaStack ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
palash777₹1.73 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
MR8BEAST₹1.63 Lakhs6-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
theoldestkid₹1.58 LakhsBattle Royale ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Harveyhomes₹1.53 LakhsPocket Kings ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Jasven ‘JasvenSaigal’ Saigal₹1.52 LakhsThursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Nirmal ‘varonir’ Sankhla₹1.47 LakhsDaredevil ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
cardshark6191₹1.35 LakhsBubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anirban ‘pottysingh’ D Das₹1.33 LakhsBSS MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
meeklown₹1.27 LakhsHouse Party ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arjunn ‘Arjunn Ag’ Agrawal₹1.26 LakhsGPS#4 The Flash ₹6.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nishant ‘Balaark’ Pandey₹1.22 LakhsNight On Stars ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pranay 'aankhdikhatahai' Chawla₹1.22 LakhsBattle Royale Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Harsh 'Anandilal Katpitiya' Bubna₹1.14 LakhsSunday MonsterStack ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tanmoy ‘Tanmo’ Chatterjee₹1.12 LakhsPocket Kings ₹5 LakhsPocket52
kd69₹1.12 LakhsThe Bracelet ₹5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
shar88₹1.10 LakhsMega Freeze ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pranay 'aankhdikhatahai' Chawla₹96,018Friday Euphoria ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
raghav1990₹94,367Saturday Eliminator ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Suraj 'soorajtodi' Todi₹94,361GPS #7 ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sreeprakaash ‘fitzmagic’ Seetharaman₹88,600GPS #5 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
anand85₹86,692GPS #10 ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ritwik ‘Ritwikkhanna’ Khanna₹80,860Tuesday MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Vivek ‘acchemicals’ Karwa₹79,831Monster Stack ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ravenclaws₹79,205GPS #2 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sumit2121₹74,550Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
abirxta₹73,440Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Acessquare₹70,175Monster Stack ₹3.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
karannthakker₹67,500Pocket Whopper ₹3 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Vishnu ‘violator’ Khandelwal₹64,954Hexagram ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ss_gilli₹62,455Monster Stack ₹3.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
LuckyLuciano₹62,435GPS #1 ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Magic suitcase₹60,460Night Rider DeepStack Turbo ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sandeep 'pizzakhanahai' Chhabra₹60,000Monday MegaStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Prince 'WhySoSick' Kumar₹58,336Night Rider ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
powertou₹58,320Saturday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
umboJetPack₹57,784The Classic Monday ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Have More Butter Chicken₹55,000Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vicky3160₹54,428Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Somesh 'JackNotMa' Patel₹53,948Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Centering₹53,750Pocket Queens ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Tiger10₹53,386Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
hunkpoker₹52,625MonsterStack ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Baba_Tufaani₹52,510Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
OneLuckyOne₹50,820Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Winnow₹50,000StackUp ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Bidya 'Ankit420' Shankar₹49,740Dangal Friday (6-Max) ₹2 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
Zilelahi₹47,839Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ravanisback₹46,585Sunday PKO ₹2 LakhsPoker Dangal
DrHunk₹46,500Sunday Night Rider ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
HousePlayer52₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
BigMiskate₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Somesh ‘JackNotMa’ Patel₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Naman ‘nammy09’ Puri₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 LakhsPocket52
BulletsBaby₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Guddu ‘Netflix’ Chaudhary₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Sumit ‘Sumit_Saraswat’ Saraswat₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Expert₹43,381Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kinghigh₹43,200MegaSpalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Kinghigh₹43,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
yashos13₹41,653Sunday Warm-Up ₹3 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Abhijeet ‘‘sexylady7766’ Kumar₹38,773Sunday Storm ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Loknath ‘VIVOIPL’ Mukherjee₹37,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Dhawal 'Pokerpro5553' Bagaria₹37,226GPS #6 ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tanvir ‘jungliaunty’ Gulia₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
jungliaunty₹34,500Pocket Dinnet ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
ChasingAces₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
kd69₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Naman 'nammy09' Puri₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Ron007₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Cruzz₹28,800Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
starboy00₹24,240Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakhs GTD (WTB)Poker Dangal
Blewjob₹24,000Monday Blues ₹1 Lakh GTDPoker Dangal
Killer₹23,000Pocket Jacks ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
rockon2002₹20,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
harshak124₹13,800Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Gautham010₹12,900Nitro PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Dwall₹12,500Wow Wednesday ₹50K GTDPoker Dangal
777Grkrn777₹12,360Saturday Hustle ₹50K GTDPoker Dangal
lchhabra15₹12,000Prime Time ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
apalece₹10,200Under The Gun PLO ₹20K GTDKhelo365
inderenggi₹7,040Grinder 2.0 NLHE ₹20K GTDKhelo365
pukie1995₹6,975Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Proplr007₹6,960Grinder 2.0 NLHE ₹20K GTDKhelo365
ajaashish₹6,900Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHEKhelo365
Sheshnag ₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
nagato₹6,800Grinder 2.0 NLHE ₹20K GTDKhelo365


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.

Pocket52 Announces Blue
Pocket52 Announces Blue


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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.

Kristen Bicknell
Kristen Bicknell


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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.

Enrico Camosci
Enrico Camosci


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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.

Yesha Punjabi
Yesha Punjabi


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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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