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This Week in Poker: July 7 – 13

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh July 15, 2021
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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!

After a two-week lull, the virtual felts were jolted awake with the 11th edition of the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) getting off to a flying start on Sunday (July 11)!

The long-time circuit reg Harshad Barve topped the weekly charts. The 38-year-old championed the first of IOPC’s six marquee tourneys, the ₹1 Crore GTD Blaze of Glory, for a personal-best ₹16.98 Lakhs! It should come as no surprise that his phenomenal run not only got Barve his first IOPC Gold Badge but also earned him the bragging rights to our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title!

Ashwin Vijay, Sagar Choudhury, Nikhil Arora, Abhishek Goindi, and Avinit Bagri were the other top scorers of the week.

The ongoing IOPC series promises to be the biggest attraction for poker players all through its 22-day run. The series, as the last edition, is live-streaming the final tables of all marquee events. Calling the action on the IOPC live streams are some of the most well-known faces of the domestic circuit like Aditya Sushant, Goonjan Mall, Zarvan Tumboli, and Young Gun Kanchan Sharma. The IOPC live streams are being hosted by Peter Abraham. So, if you missed the first live stream, be sure to catch all the rest!

It seems like the top online poker sites have taken it upon themselves to spoil the domestic circuit by hosting one mega-series after another! While the IOPC will keep the MTT community tied up until August 1, PokerBaazi will keep the action going for another week as the second edition of the Asian Poker Tour (APT) India Online Series returns from August 1 to 8. The series offers ₹8 Crore in prize pool guarantees, with 10 APT trophies and three Championship Rings up for grabs!

Adding to the exciting news that hit the grapevine on Tuesday, seasoned pro Kunal Patni was signed on by Adda52 (again), this time as their first-ever Game Ambassador. This is Patni’s second stint with the brand as he was part of the Adda52 Team Pro from 2015 to 2020.

The Battle of Malta is making its digital debut on Natural8 from July 11 to 25, promising $25 Million in guaranteed prizes.

Speaking of another online series already underway, the 2021 WSOP Online Series has given away 13 gold bracelets on its WSOP.com-leg, with another twenty bracelets left to be won before the international leg of the series takes flight on GGPoker/Natural8.

The 2021 World Poker Tour (WPT) Venetian Main Event found a winner in Chad Eveslage, who claimed his third WPT trophy of the year and $910,370 in prize money. However, the tourney will perhaps be better remembered for the fact that three female players made it to the final table, namely Kyna England (3rd for $448,755), Daniela Rodriguez (5th for $252,945), and Natural8 Ambassador Kitty Kuo (6th for $192,855).

The ongoing PokerGO Cup at ARIA Resort and Casino is on the home stretch now, with only one event to play out its final table before the series culminates. Alex Foxen won the opening event of the series, $10K NLHE, for his first title of the year. But it was Ali Imsirovic who hogged the limelight by grabbing two titles in under a week (Event #2: $10K NLHE and Event #4: $15K NLHE) that catapulted him to the top of the PokerGO Tour and series leaderboard standings. Daniel Negreanu is currently on the #2 spot on the series leaderboard after winning Event #7: $50K NLLHE for $700,000, ending an eight-year title drought.


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Pune-based Harshad Barve made a spectacular run on the final table of the IOPC Blaze of Glory on Monday as he took down the ₹1 Crore GTD event for a career-best ₹16.98 Lakhs, following a heads-up deal. The 38-year-old former professional water polo player, who has been playing poker for over a decade, raked in a collective ₹18.19 Lakhs over the week and is our PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Harshad Barve
Harshad Barve


Ashwin Vijay, who had entered the Blaze of Glory final table as the chip leader, was the other benefactor of the heads-up deal. Vijay placed runner-up for ₹12.01 Lakhs. He also won the Eliminator on PokerStars India, collectively adding ₹13.64 Lakhs this week.

Ashwin Vijay
Ashwin Vijay


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in the IOPC #4 – Blaze Of Glory ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹12.01 Lakhs

> 1st in the PokerStars India’s Eliminator ₹5 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.07 Lakhs

Sagar Choudhury added ₹12.33 Lakhs through the week. His biggest score was the ₹4.70 Lakhs he won for taking down The Elite on Friday.

Sagar Choudhury
Sagar Choudhury


His top finishes include:

> 1st in The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹4.70 Lakhs

> 2nd in Mega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹17 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.2 Lakhs

> 6th in Adda52 millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.06 Lakhs

> 3rd in Excalibur ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.05 Lakhs

Nikhil Arora has had a terrific week. He finished runner-up in the BSS #4 SuperStack on Sunday and went on a rampage with two top finishes on Tuesday, altogether adding ₹11.28 Lakhs through the week.

Nikhil Arora
Nikhil Arora


His top finishes include:

> 3rd in IOPC #16: Tuesday Prime ₹33 Lakhs GTD for ₹4.25 Lakhs

> 2nd in BSS #4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.93 Lakhs

> 1st in The Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.05 Lakhs

Abhishek Goindi was among the Sunday headliners as he took down the IOPC #2 Sunday Prime. Goindi closed out the week with ₹10.77 Lakhs in collective earnings.

Abhishek Goindi
Abhishek Goindi


His top finishes include:

> 1st in IOPC #2 – Sunday Prime ₹60 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.12 Lakhs

> 3rd in IOPC #3 – Sunday Spotlight ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.67 Lakhs

Avinit Bagri was another seven-figure winner and padded his bankroll for ₹10.29 Lakhs, primarily on the back of a runner-up finish in the IOPC #2 Sunday Prime.

Avinit Bagri
Avinit Bagri


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in the IOPC #2 – Sunday Prime ₹60 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.12 Lakhs

> 6th in the IOPC #16 – Tuesday Prime ₹33 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.43 Lakhs

Young Gun Siddharth Karia, Siddharth Singhvi, Arun Sriram, Ashish Kumar, PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh, and Sahil Chutani were the other top scorers this week.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Harshad ‘Omglukbox’ Barve₹16.97 LakhsBlaze of Glory – ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Abhishek ‘MambaMentality’ Goindi₹8.18 LakhsIOPC#2 Sunday Prime ₹60 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sahil ‘bluffme19’ Chutani₹6.50 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddarth 'PeterPunter' Singhvi₹6.16 LakhsIOPC#16 Tuesday Prime ₹33 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohit 'thejokerrrr' Mehta₹5.76 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashish ‘King$layer’ Kumar₹5.16 LakhsDestiny ₹24 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
rtuteja₹4.90 LakhsDeepStack Madness ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sagar ‘maniacmachi’ Choudhury₹4.75 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
bluechipp₹4.51 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹21 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta₹4.47 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Saroj 'Pepperchino' Mehta₹4.37 LakhsIOPC#10 Monday Prime ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rahul 'rahulpalawat' Jain₹4.33 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mithun 'thepokeraja' Mahesh₹4.22 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Nitin ‘Demogorgon’ Arora₹3.65 LakhsIOPC#3 Sunday Spotlight ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Karan 'collingwood' Sitlani₹3.40 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhijeet ‘2abhisingh’ Kumar₹3.17 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nikhil 'blastupinside' Arora₹3.05 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Arun 'realruny' Sriram₹3.03 LakhsSunday Highroller Progressive KO ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Haider 'Callmebabe' Madraswala₹2.98 LakhsIOPC #5 Dream Catcher ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish 'King$layer' Kumar₹2.77 LakhsIOPC#17 Tuesday Spotlight ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
tabahi2k18₹2.76 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
dp178₹2.63 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vinay 'BeepBeepImaJeep' Rajpal₹2.34 LakhsIOPC#12 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arjanveer 'holdbaby' Singh Chadha₹2.31 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ujjwal 'fourteenk' Narwal₹2.01 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Deepesh ‘prince1993’ Raka₹1.99 LakhsIOPC #6 ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Oshuri₹1.91 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Umesh 'dhondu.chilll' Sharma₹1.91 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vivekk 'MI7' Dube₹1.86 LakhsFuturistic ₹9.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhijeet ‘TheSupremeOne’ Kumar₹1.86 LakhsIOPC#18 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anuj 'Anuj16101' Laddhad₹1.84 LakhsMonster Stack ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal₹1.83 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Suraj N ‘MR.BEAST’ Yadav₹1.82 LakhsIOPC#1 Launch Party ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhijeet '2abhisingh' Kumar₹1.74 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Drunkenstein₹1.66 LakhsIOPC#14 PKO ₹6.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohak 'Tiltin' Kapoor₹1.63 LakhsBSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Naman 'Nammy09' Puri₹1.57 LakhsIOPC#15 DeepStack ₹4.85 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arun 'runyrules' Sriram₹1.56 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manish 'thekid' Lakhotia₹1.52 LakhsIOPC#11 Monday Spotlight ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rony 'bisadip176' Chowdhury₹1.51 LakhsBSS#3 MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aniket 'Ntwadumela' Waghmare₹1.46 LakhsIOPC#8 ₹5.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
LoopreviL₹1.35 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
faizal1506₹1.21 LakhsTornado ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
anuragaces₹1.05 LakhsBattle Royale [7-Max] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
kabir2298₹96,614Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
kimi_nj₹95,666Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anmol ‘anmol39’ Agarwal₹89,851La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
mavrick3532₹74,130BSS#6 Afterparty ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sandeep 'effuno' Varma RS₹73,1186-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Yash ‘Scylla’ Jain₹70,688Grinders #4 Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anish ‘HotsForTheSlots’ Arora₹70,095Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Friction21₹68,279Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sankalp ‘Wobbegong’ Marwah₹68,0926-Max Holdem DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashwini ‘DANIELDURR’ Panwar₹67,702Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arish 'YKNjonsnow' Taraporewala₹61,344Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
YKARKI2147₹54,871The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Karan ‘karan880’ Lochab₹49,039Afternoon Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Amol18₹47,440Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Karan ‘collingwood’ Sitlani₹47,030Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek ‘abhiom’ Chhajer₹46,480Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
gerrard09₹45,500BSS#2 Afternoon ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pawan '_luffy_1x1' Tez
₹44,504Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD
Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain₹44,340Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Saahib ‘saahib’ Bawa₹44,199Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
axestar99₹43,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
rpthepoet₹41,900Deepstack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Siddharth 'gangnam gangi' Gangwar₹41,136Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
hercules0304₹40,185Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
bleedforthis₹37,930Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
jaivee₹37,662Ultimate 5 Card PLO ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Prateek ‘ishuv’ Pandey₹37,390Ultimate DST 1.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
supersaiyan57₹36,310PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
goodnewz₹35,220Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
₹33,595Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Rahul ‘GhatakTheGreat’ Sengar₹33,330BSS#1 Kick-off ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
zealand_wade_7₹33,000The Closer ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDGood Poker
Ronuk ‘Redbullwings’ Lekhraj₹32,546Mega Freeze ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gabbar1510₹29,190Punch ₹80K GTDAdda52
Darsh111₹26,573Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sandeep ‘pizzakhanahai’ Chhabra₹26,190Sunday Punch 1.25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vaibhav 'Vaibsss' Bhatia₹24,000Warrior Arena ₹1 Lakh GTD Bounty REPokerDangal
BIT00Poker₹24,000Dangal Friday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Paras ‘AAKKQQJJ’ Jain₹21,172The Centurion ₹1.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
₹18,073Total KO 100% ₹50K GTD
PokerStars India
mukesh10₹17,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
Saahib ‘saahib’ Bawa₹15,444Sundown Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
UYIS9444₹13,750Daily ₹50K GTD PLOPokerDangal
₹12,161Primetime Grind ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
Mr_Ghost₹12,000Daily ₹50K GTD PLOPokerDangal
₹11,280Deepstack ₹50K GTD
PokerStars India
Sourabh ‘babu7275’ Singh₹11,113Evening Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
Sanjay 'baba1g10' Mohan
₹10,725Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTD
PokerStars India
Santoshi₹10,7506 Feet Under PLO Deepstack ₹25K GTDKhelo365
shibsambhu₹7,350LunchGrind ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
Abu23₹6,521Epic PLO ₹25K GTD
Spartan Poker
sid1290₹6,270Time Bomb ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi


PokerBaazi to Host 2nd Edition of APT India Online Series (August 1 – 8)

The second edition of the Asian Poker Tour (APT) India Online Series is returning on PokerBaazi from August 1 to 8. The eight-day series guarantees ₹8 Crore in cash prizes and an additional ₹30 Lakhs in Leaderboard prizes. There are 10 APT trophies, three Championship Rings and a luxury watch up for grabs!

APT India Online August 2021


Natural8 is Running The Battle of Malta $25 Million GTD (July 11 – 25)

Europe’s largest mid-stakes series, the award-winning Battle of Malta is making its debut run on Natural8 from July 11 to 25. The series has $25 Million in guaranteed prizes with the €3 Million GTD Main Event, the star attraction.


Read the complete report here


WSOP Online 2021 Updates

The 2021 WSOP Online Series awarded eight bracelets over the week on WSOP.com, starting with Tyler Denson, who won his career-first bracelet and a personal-best $175,700 in Event #6: $2,000 NLHE Deepstack.

Tyler Denson
Tyler Denson


Read the complete report here

Michael ‘stiltwalk’ Mercaldo (Won Event #7: $777 NLHE Lucky 7’s for $123,574), Carlos Welch (Won Event #8: $888 Crazy Eights for $124,369), ‘wingsuiter’ (Won Event #9:$400 NLH 6-Max for $81,534), Michael ‘njnj17’ Leib (Won Event #10: $333 NLHE for $81,645), Vijay Para (Won Event #11: $400 NLHE Ulta Deepstack for $86,210), Bryan Piccioli (Won Event #12: $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack for $83,332) and Ryan ‘Adopt_aDogg0’ Leng (Won Event #13: $1,000 NLH Freezeout for $108,654) were the other WSOP bracelet winners of the week.


And 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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