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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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|Player||Prize Amount||Event||Poker Site|
|Harshad ‘Omglukbox’ Barve||₹16.97 Lakhs||Blaze of Glory – ₹1 Crore GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Abhishek ‘MambaMentality’ Goindi||₹8.18 Lakhs||IOPC#2 Sunday Prime ₹60 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sahil ‘bluffme19’ Chutani||₹6.50 Lakhs||Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Siddarth 'PeterPunter' Singhvi||₹6.16 Lakhs||IOPC#16 Tuesday Prime ₹33 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Mohit 'thejokerrrr' Mehta||₹5.76 Lakhs||The Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ashish ‘King$layer’ Kumar||₹5.16 Lakhs||Destiny ₹24 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|rtuteja||₹4.90 Lakhs||DeepStack Madness ₹20 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Sagar ‘maniacmachi’ Choudhury||₹4.75 Lakhs||The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|bluechipp||₹4.51 Lakhs||Trending Thursday ₹21 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta||₹4.47 Lakhs||The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Saroj 'Pepperchino' Mehta||₹4.37 Lakhs||IOPC#10 Monday Prime ₹23 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Rahul 'rahulpalawat' Jain||₹4.33 Lakhs||Godfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Mithun 'thepokeraja' Mahesh||₹4.22 Lakhs||BSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Nitin ‘Demogorgon’ Arora||₹3.65 Lakhs||IOPC#3 Sunday Spotlight ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Karan 'collingwood' Sitlani||₹3.40 Lakhs||The Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Abhijeet ‘2abhisingh’ Kumar||₹3.17 Lakhs||Maverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Nikhil 'blastupinside' Arora||₹3.05 Lakhs||The Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Arun 'realruny' Sriram||₹3.03 Lakhs||Sunday Highroller Progressive KO ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Haider 'Callmebabe' Madraswala||₹2.98 Lakhs||IOPC #5 Dream Catcher ₹12 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ashish 'King$layer' Kumar||₹2.77 Lakhs||IOPC#17 Tuesday Spotlight ₹11 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|tabahi2k18||₹2.76 Lakhs||Sunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|dp178||₹2.63 Lakhs||The Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Vinay 'BeepBeepImaJeep' Rajpal||₹2.34 Lakhs||IOPC#12 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Arjanveer 'holdbaby' Singh Chadha||₹2.31 Lakhs||The Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Ujjwal 'fourteenk' Narwal||₹2.01 Lakhs||Iron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Deepesh ‘prince1993’ Raka||₹1.99 Lakhs||IOPC #6 ₹7 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Oshuri||₹1.91 Lakhs||Sunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Umesh 'dhondu.chilll' Sharma||₹1.91 Lakhs||Uppercut MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Vivekk 'MI7' Dube||₹1.86 Lakhs||Futuristic ₹9.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Abhijeet ‘TheSupremeOne’ Kumar||₹1.86 Lakhs||IOPC#18 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Anuj 'Anuj16101' Laddhad||₹1.84 Lakhs||Monster Stack ₹8 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal||₹1.83 Lakhs||The Big Show ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Suraj N ‘MR.BEAST’ Yadav||₹1.82 Lakhs||IOPC#1 Launch Party ₹12 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Abhijeet '2abhisingh' Kumar||₹1.74 Lakhs||Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Drunkenstein||₹1.66 Lakhs||IOPC#14 PKO ₹6.75 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Mohak 'Tiltin' Kapoor||₹1.63 Lakhs||BSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Naman 'Nammy09' Puri||₹1.57 Lakhs||IOPC#15 DeepStack ₹4.85 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Arun 'runyrules' Sriram||₹1.56 Lakhs||Running Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Manish 'thekid' Lakhotia||₹1.52 Lakhs||IOPC#11 Monday Spotlight ₹6 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Rony 'bisadip176' Chowdhury||₹1.51 Lakhs||BSS#3 MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Aniket 'Ntwadumela' Waghmare||₹1.46 Lakhs||IOPC#8 ₹5.75 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|LoopreviL||₹1.35 Lakhs||Wednesday Vibes ₹7 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|faizal1506||₹1.21 Lakhs||Tornado ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|anuragaces||₹1.05 Lakhs||Battle Royale [7-Max] ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|kabir2298||₹96,614||Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|kimi_nj||₹95,666||Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Anmol ‘anmol39’ Agarwal||₹89,851||La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|mavrick3532||₹74,130||BSS#6 Afterparty ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Sandeep 'effuno' Varma RS||₹73,118||6-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Yash ‘Scylla’ Jain||₹70,688||Grinders #4 Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Anish ‘HotsForTheSlots’ Arora||₹70,095||Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Friction21||₹68,279||Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Sankalp ‘Wobbegong’ Marwah||₹68,092||6-Max Holdem DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Ashwini ‘DANIELDURR’ Panwar||₹67,702||Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Arish 'YKNjonsnow' Taraporewala||₹61,344||Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|YKARKI2147||₹54,871||The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Karan ‘karan880’ Lochab||₹49,039||Afternoon Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Amol18||₹47,440||Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Karan ‘collingwood’ Sitlani||₹47,030||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Abhishek ‘abhiom’ Chhajer||₹46,480||Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|gerrard09||₹45,500||BSS#2 Afternoon ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Pawan '_luffy_1x1' Tez||₹44,504||Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain||₹44,340||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Saahib ‘saahib’ Bawa||₹44,199||Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|axestar99||₹43,000||Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD||Khelo365|
|rpthepoet||₹41,900||Deepstack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Siddharth 'gangnam gangi' Gangwar||₹41,136||Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|hercules0304||₹40,185||Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|bleedforthis||₹37,930||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|jaivee||₹37,662||Ultimate 5 Card PLO ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Prateek ‘ishuv’ Pandey||₹37,390||Ultimate DST 1.75 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|supersaiyan57||₹36,310||PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|goodnewz||₹35,220||Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|hercules0304||₹33,595||Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Rahul ‘GhatakTheGreat’ Sengar||₹33,330||BSS#1 Kick-off ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|zealand_wade_7||₹33,000||The Closer ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Good Poker|
|Ronuk ‘Redbullwings’ Lekhraj||₹32,546||Mega Freeze ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Gabbar1510||₹29,190||Punch ₹80K GTD||Adda52|
|Darsh111||₹26,573||Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sandeep ‘pizzakhanahai’ Chhabra||₹26,190||Sunday Punch 1.25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Vaibhav 'Vaibsss' Bhatia||₹24,000||Warrior Arena ₹1 Lakh GTD Bounty RE||PokerDangal|
|BIT00Poker||₹24,000||Dangal Friday ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerDangal|
|Paras ‘AAKKQQJJ’ Jain||₹21,172||The Centurion ₹1.10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|jul1u592||₹18,073||Total KO 100% ₹50K GTD||PokerStars India|
|mukesh10||₹17,000||Dominator ₹50K GTD||Khelo365|
|Saahib ‘saahib’ Bawa||₹15,444||Sundown Adda ₹50K GTD||Adda52|
|UYIS9444||₹13,750||Daily ₹50K GTD PLO||PokerDangal|
|bankrollmanager||₹12,161||Primetime Grind ₹60K GTD||PokerStars India|
|Mr_Ghost||₹12,000||Daily ₹50K GTD PLO||PokerDangal|
|ratishharsha1||₹11,280||Deepstack ₹50K GTD||PokerStars India|
|Sourabh ‘babu7275’ Singh||₹11,113||Evening Adda ₹50K GTD||Adda52|
|Sanjay 'baba1g10' Mohan||₹10,725||Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTD||PokerStars India|
|Santoshi||₹10,750||6 Feet Under PLO Deepstack ₹25K GTD||Khelo365|
|shibsambhu||₹7,350||LunchGrind ₹30K GTD||PokerDangal|
|Abu23||₹6,521||Epic PLO ₹25K GTD||Spartan Poker|
|sid1290||₹6,270||Time Bomb ₹50K GTD||PokerBaazi|
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!
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.
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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.
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.