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This Week in Poker: June 16 – 22

This Week in Poker
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis June 23, 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!

The National Poker Series (NPS), currently making its debut run on PokerBaazi, was the biggest story this week. Launching on June 13, the inaugural series has already run through 10 of its scheduled 15 days.

Needless to say, many big scorers this week were NPS Medal winners. And towering over everyone else – and by some margin – is PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhwan. This online phenom went on a tear, winning three NPS medals, one Gold and two Silver, along with two more FT finishes to net a whopping ₹42.92 Lakhs through the week. On the back of his breakout run, Ankit Wadhawan is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

With the NPS currently underway, it is evident that the focus has slightly shifted from Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire. The ₹1 Crore GTD flagship ended up filling in a ₹6.80 Lakhs deficit this week, with Anmol Narang coming out on top to collect a personal-best ₹17.42 Lakhs (cumulative). He also won an NPS Gold Medal in the NPS#62 Time Bomb, posting ₹19 Lakhs in weekly earnings.

Satyam Prakash, Manish Lakhotia, Vinayak Bajaj, PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha, Mohammad Azhar, Pranav Bang, Pawan Tez, Kunal Patni, Anirban D Das, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashutosh Balodhi, and Rising Star Ritwik Khanna were the other names at the top of the weekly charts.

While the NPS is the biggest online festival running currently, come July 11, the attention will shift back to Spartan Poker with the start of the 11th edition of the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC). The 22-day-long series promises an unheard-of ₹30 Crores in prize pool guarantees across 140 tournaments.

Up-and-coming online poker site, NostraPoker had good news for all PLO cash game players on its platform. The site`s latest promotion, the “Poker Highstakes & Midstakes Leaderboard Offer,” got underway on June 17 and will run through July 1, and there are ₹15 Lakhs in cash prizes to be won in the leaderboard-centric promotion.

Bringing the fun factor to poker, PokerStars India has launched ‘Sundays With PokerStars’ in collaboration with ace comedians Samay Raina and Tanmay Bhat. The dynamic duo will be streaming poker games live on PokerStars India every Sunday on their YouTube channels, and the last stream was nothing short of a laugh riot.

Moving onto live poker, even though there were several live stops running, none grabbed media attention like the invite-only 2021 World Poker Tour (WPT) Heads-Up Championship. The event hosted virtually on PokerKing completed its five-day run last night with 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey emerging as the winner. He defeated Finnish pro Patrik Antonius in three straight matches in the Finals to claim the $400,000 top prize. Antonius took home $200,000 for his runner-up finish.


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NPS has been dominating the virtual action, just like PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan. The young pro picked up two titles and three runner-up finishes this past week to round up ₹42.92 Lakhs in total winnings. Three out of Wadhawan’s five FT finishes came at the NPS, pushing him at the top of the NPS Podium Leaderboard with one Gold and two Silver Medals for 25 points. For his incredible performance, Ankit Wadhawan is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!

Ankit Wadhawan
Ankit Wadhawan


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s NPS#36 Super Highroller ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹16.71 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s NPS#30 Deepstack Championship ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹10.66 Lakhs

> 1st in Adda52’s Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.07 Lakhs

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s NPS#54 BIG KO ₹20 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.47 Lakhs

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday ₹23 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.13 Lakhs

Of the eight NPS marquees on the schedule, the NPS#36 Super Highroller featured the biggest entry buy-in of all. Satyam Prakash championed the event to win a handsome ₹23.88 Lakhs, becoming one of the four players who qualified for the ‘NPS Night of Champions’ this week.

Satyam Prakash
Satyam Prakash


30-year-old Anmol Narang was another breakout winner. Not only did the player win the latest Spartan Poker ‘The Millionaire; title on Sunday for ₹17.42 Lakhs, but he also bagged an NPS Gold Medal in PokerBaazi’s NPS#62 Time Bomb on Tuesday for ₹63,501, lapping up over ₹19 Lakhs in weekly earnings.

Anmol Narang
Anmol Narang


The #1 ranked player on the annual leaderboard, Manish Lakhotia, sits a close second to Ankit Wadhawan in the June leaderboard standings, and he accumulated an impressive ₹18.45 Lakhs in weekly earnings. His stellar weekly run has also helped him become the fourth player on our tracked database to breach the ₹8 Crore mark in recorded online winnings.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


His top finishes include:

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s NPS#36 Super Highroller ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹10.74 Lakhs

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Mega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹17 Lakhs GTD for 3.51 Lakhs

> 6th in Adda52’s The Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹52,500

> 6th in Spartan Poker’s The Race ₹7 Lakhs GTD for ₹31,583

> 8th in Adda52’s Sunday Showdown ₹8 Lakhs GTD for ₹23,208

Vinayak Bajaj escaped the spotlight all week long because he did not win any flagships, but the IIT Kharagpur alumnus posted an impressive six FT finishes. This included an NPS Bronze Medal in the NPS#54 BIG KO, placing third for ₹2.30 Lakhs. In all, he added ₹18.40 Lakhs in weekly winnings.

Vinayak Bajaj
Vinayak Bajaj


His top finishes include:

> 4th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#36 Super Highroller ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹7.96 Lakhs

> 4th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#23 Double Jump ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.88 Lakhs

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s NPS#54 BIG KO ₹20 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.30 Lakhs

> 4th in Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday ₹23 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.85 Lakhs

> 5th in PokerStars India’s Uppercut MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹57,161

> 7th in Adda52’s Sunday Showdown ₹8 Lakhs GTD for ₹31,662

PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha, Mohammad Azhar, Pranav Bang, Pawan Tez, Kunal Patni, Anirban D Das, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashutosh Balodhi, and Rising Star Ritwik Khanna were the other top scorers of the week.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Satyam 'Pkiller28' Prakash₹23.87 LakhsNPS#36 - NPS (6-Max) Super Highroller ₹1 Crore GTDPokerBaazi
Anmol 'luckychewy23' Narang₹17.20 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Vikrant ‘borntrouble’ Varma₹11.05 LakhsNPS#48 NPS Mini-Main Event Warm-up ₹50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mohammad ‘chandlerbing’ Azhar₹10.70 LakhsNPS #21 NPS Kick-Off 50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ankit 'd00mtr00p3r' Wadhawan₹10.65 LakhsNPS#30 (7-Max) DeepStack Championship ₹50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pawan ‘_luffy_1x1’ Tez₹7.66 LakhsThe Big Deal ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashutosh 'SpewMonkey' Balodhi₹7.13 LakhsThe Elite ₹33 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ankit ‘d00mtr00p3r’ Wadhawan₹7.07 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Romit 'tilt83' Advani₹6.91 LakhsNPS#23 NPS Double Jump ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pranav 'I'mThePlayboi' Bang₹6.83 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pranav ‘I'mThePlayboi’ Bang₹6.31 LakhsDestiny 20.0 ₹26 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Deepak 'bothras' Bothra₹5.77 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
panther193₹5.63 LakhsNPS#49 Sunday Slam Dunk ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gokul ‘Niruha’ Raj₹4.96 LakhsDeepStack Madness ₹20 Lakhs GTD (8-Max)Adda52
Ritwik 'Ritwikkhanna' Khanna₹4.94 LakhsNPS#23 Big KO ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashish 'xznny112' Nailwal₹4.78 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kritagya 'Kritagya_17' Sharma₹4.78 LakhsNPS#37 Marathon ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Annant ‘Yennnefer’ Jain₹4.71 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhishek ‘patrick2312’ Pathak₹3.75 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shagun 'Sogani22' Jain₹3.61 LakhsSunday Highroller - PKO ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Manish 'thekid' Lakhotia₹3.53 LakhsMega Stack (Millionaire Bubble) ₹17 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vinay 'vinay0902' Rajpal₹3.14 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kumar ‘23offsuits’ Vatsal₹2.99 LakhsNPS#47 Marathon ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Chanti 'Majay' Nayak₹2.95 LakhsNPS#24 NPS Freeze Out ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Arsh 'BiggggTymeR' Grover₹2.88 LakhsHighroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Amar ‘kidpoker0109’ Mehta₹2.61 LakhsNPS#50 Sprint ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
akshai₹2.59 LakhsNPS#26 Sprint (5-Max) ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
demons_rulzz₹2.55 LakhsSunday Special - PKO ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Deep ‘ChristopherCoke’ Patel₹2.52 LakhsNPS#59 Slam Dunk ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anish 'HotsForTheSlots' Arora₹2.28 LakhsMoney Heist ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Archit 'rocketarchie' Khandelwal₹2.17 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
energetic52₹2.09 LakhsNPS#31 Slam Dunk ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Arun ‘vazharmorghulis’ Sriram₹2.06 LakhsRecharge ₹9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arjanveer ‘arjan30’ Singh Chadha₹2.04 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
daredevilcalls₹2.02 LakhsNPS#56 Hyper Sprint (4-Max) ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanat ‘mehro2511’ Mehrotra₹2.02 LakhsNPS#22 PKO ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shashank ‘shazhank’ Choudhary₹1.97 LakhsNPS#32 Sprint ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
LorenzoVonMatterhorn₹1.79 LakhsFuturistic ₹9.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arsh ‘BiggggTymeR’ Grover₹1.74 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
shankar_usha₹1.65 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vakeel.sahab₹1.55 LakhsMonster Stack ₹9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rasik ‘Bluffmaster69’ Bhatia₹1.48 LakhsNPS#53 Sprint ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kunal ‘callmeifyoucan’ Yadav₹1.46 LakhsNPS#29 Evening Sprint ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni₹1.32 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Bhanu 'Chennaino1' Prakash KC₹1.23 LakhsNPS#35 Knockout ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pankaj ‘Jmdpanku’ Sharma₹1.23 LakhsNPS#25 PLO Slam Dunk ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Bhanu ‘Chennaino1’ Prakash KC₹1.23 LakhsNPS#35 Knockout ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vishal 'Darky012' Ojha₹1.21 LakhsThe Race ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sumit1386₹1.19 LakhsNight on Stars ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
SatyenTrehan₹1.17 LakhsNPS#38 Hyper Sprint ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
SatyenTrehan₹1.17 LakhsNPS#38 Hyper Sprint ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dhaval ‘Ace of hearts’ Doshi₹1.06 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arun ‘runyrules’ Sriram₹1.03 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Bharath 'hzgod' Kumar₹99,256Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
₹89,810NPS#33 DST (7-Max) ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD
Monish ‘Monish1221’ Annthem₹86,590NPS#27 Relay (6-Mx) ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ajay ‘Raakaa1’ Agrawal₹81,660NPS#19 Hyper Sprint ₹2 Lakhs GTD

Debayan 'debz19' Das₹80,592Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kunal 'Charsilaladka' Chaudhary₹72,923Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rajeev 'AthenaVolt' Kumar₹65,988Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Utkarsh ‘kidpokerNJ’ Vaish₹65,819Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anirban ‘nocluewho’ Das₹63,800Battle Royale ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anmol ‘airball’ Narang₹63,501NPS#62 Time Bomb ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sumit 'ronav' Chhabra₹61,675Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Aditya 'ukid767' Singh₹58,327Uppercut Mini ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pyaar₹54,104Afternoon Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
MiracleC₹49,680Sunday Kick-Off ₹2 lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ChupaRustam2901₹48,871Holdem Bash ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Anmolraj 'modi chai wala' Singh Chawla₹48,312The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Somz9₹47,882Ultimate 6 Card PLO ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
041195₹47,753Big Bubble Rush ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
swami₹47,293Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ankkii₹46,687Weekend Special ₹2.25 Lakhs GTDGoodPoker
Karan ‘Karangogi’ Malhotra₹46,634Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
HaddUU₹46,612Ultimate 5-Card PLO ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
CashMeIfYouCan₹45,504Sunday Night Rider ₹1. 5 lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bisu4444₹43,610NPS#45 PLO5 DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kshitij ‘kmk1127’ Kucheria₹42,464The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
chemmyp₹41,942Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
₹41,828Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD
Arpit Jain, a.k.a ‘bilbobaggins1₹40,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Karan 'gogikaran' Malhotra
₹35,831Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTD
PokerStars India
MrBigSlick139₹34,028Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
₹33,693Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Salazar₹33,000The Closer ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDGoodPoker
88##.332##76_5957113₹33,000The Closer ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDGoodPoker
lavesh786₹32,772Sunday Warm-up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
MrBigSlick139₹32,225Deepstack ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vivekk 'MI7' Dube₹31,800Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Russell92₹31,500The Closer ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDGoodPoker
MrBigSlick139₹30,951Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Anmol 'freakweird0' Agarwal₹30,413NPS#51 Time Bomb ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
kickersk₹29,674Reloaded ₹2 lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Chaitanya ‘crylighter’ Dhingra₹29,042Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
SotalyTober₹28,800Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Ankit 'Ankkiii' Pummy Talwar₹28,800Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
acesnkings12₹28,189Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Varun 'wardev' Devayya₹27,873Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD
PokerStars India
Avinash ‘fish with gun’ Kumar₹25,989BigStack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
cabinmirror$₹24,909Epic ₹1.3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Buntydon₹24,582Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
₹24,291Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD
PokerStars India
PimpinDonks₹22,055The Centurion ₹1.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nawchunu2089₹22,000Daily PLO Grind ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
AkkiZed₹22,000Daily PLO Grind ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
bendly₹21,000Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Srijan ‘TheDawnFacere’ Batra₹19,384The Centurion ₹1.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sanzoo₹19,192The Centurion – Deepstact Boost - ₹1.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
manish.jangid₹18,970Afternoon On Stars ₹75K GTDPokerStars India
₹17,968Total KO 100% ₹50K GTD
PokerStars India
ANGLE99₹17,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
₹16,849Afternoon on Stars ₹75K GTDPokerStars India
₹16,710Deepstack ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
Adwait 'Adwait Pol' Pol
₹15,674Ultra KO 90% ₹50K GTD
PokerStars India
₹15,562Afternoon on Stars ₹75K GTD
PokerStars India
Don365₹15,000Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
lilholdem143₹14,920Deepstack ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
tomdwan2₹13,800Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Mohsin 'gongo' Shaikh
₹12,904Evening Adda ₹50K GTD
₹12,894Deepstack ₹70K GTD
PokerStars India
Saibaba78₹12,161Primetime Grind ₹60K GTD
PokerStars India
₹11,967Primetime Grind ₹60K GTD
PokerStars India
user162188548₹9,200Snacks ₹40K GTDGoodPoker
Nishant ‘Balaark’ Pandey₹8,752Primetime Grind ₹60K GTDPokerStars India


Spartan Poker’s IOPC July Edition Offers a Record-Shattering 30 Crores in Prize Pool Guarantees (July 11 – August 1)

After announcing the 11th edition of the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) earlier in the month, Spartan Poker finally released the complete schedule for the upcoming poker extravaganza this week. The series runs from July 11 to August 1 and guarantees a jaw-dropping ₹30 Crores across 140 events in its 22-day-long run. There is an additional ₹1 Crore in leaderboard prizes to be won as well.

IOPC July 2021

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NostraPoker is Giving Away 15 Lakhs in Cash Prizes Through its “Poker Highstakes & Midstakes Leaderboard Offer” (June 17 – July 1)

From June 17 to July 1, NostraPoker has put up ₹15 Lakhs in cash prizes in its “Poker Highstakes & Midstakes Leaderboard Offer” for all PLO cash game players on the site.

NostraPoker HighStakes and Midstakes Leaderboard Offer

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PokerStars India’s ‘Sundays With PokerStars’ Ft. Ace Comedians Samay Raina & Tanmay Bhat

PokerStars India has collaborated with the ‘Kings of stand-up comedy’ and YouTube sensations Samay Raina and Tanmay Bhat to host celebrity live streams ‘Sundays With PokerStars.’ The duo will be streaming poker games live on PokerStars India every Sunday on their YouTube channels with new celebrity guests each week. Check out this week`s stream here.

Get Ready to Spice Up Your Weekends With PokerStars India’s ‘Sundays With PokerStars’ Ft. Ace Comedians Samay Raina & Tanmay Bhat

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And 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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