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This Week in Poker: June 30 – July 6

This Week in Poker
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis July 7, 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!

With the National Poker Series (NPS) culminating on June 27 and the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) set to begin on July 11, the MTT circuit seems to have taken a two-week breather. Expectedly, this resulted in a majority of the flagships suffering overlays this past week.

The week`s headline event, Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire, found a champion in former Game Changer 2.0 winner Shagun Jain. The online beast took down his career-first Millionaire title for a ginormous ₹17.89 Lakhs (cumulative). For his stellar run, Shagun Jain is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Sagar Choudhury, Ankit Bajaj, Manish Lakhotia, PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh, Young Gun Sanat Mehrotra, and NPS champion Mohammad Azhar were the other standout winners of the week.

The 11th edition of the IOPC is just around the corner, and with an astronomical ₹30 Crores in guaranteed prize money, it has all the making of becoming a landmark event. The series will be open to players on all poker platforms on the Quadnet Poker Network, and one of these sites, BLITZPOKER, has announced a flurry of deposit offers, with free tickets to the IOPC satellites up for grabs.

Cash game lovers have to check out PokerStars India’s new ‘Cardex’ promotion. Players need to collect five pieces through the Cardex every day from July 5 to 18 by playing on the NLHE cash game tables on the site for an opportunity to win up to ₹3 Lakhs daily!

Not to be outdone, PokerDangal is currently running “The Big Race” leaderboard race. The weeklong promotion runs from July 5 to 11 and is open to all players from ₹1/₹2 to ₹50/₹100 stakes. There are ₹2.50 Lakhs in cumulative prizes to be won through three leaderboard races.

Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8, is hosting the inaugural Short Deck Series from July 4 to 11 with $1 Million in guarantees.

There is finally some light at the end of the dark tunnel for India’s casino industry. The Sikkim government opened the doors to all three casinos in the state on July 6 after a two-month-long hiatus.

Moving onto the international sphere, the 2021 WSOP Online Series kicked off on July 1 and has already handed out six gold bracelets.

Meanwhile, Andrew Moreno championed over a record-setting 1,328-entry field in the $10 Million GTD Wynn Millions to bank a personal-best $1.46 Million.


Online Railbird Report

Action on the virtual felts was back to the usual tournament runs this week, with Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire offering the biggest payouts. The former Game Changer 2.0 champion, Shagun Jain, outran the 1,836-entry field in the weekend flagship to clinch his career-first Millionaire title and an impressive ₹17.89 Lakhs payday (1st for ₹17.38 Lakh, 31st for ₹39,300, and 186th for ₹11,700). Jain’s impressive Sunday run included a runner-up finish in Adda52`s Sunday Showdown. With ₹19.74 Lakhs in weekly earnings, Jain topped the weekly charts and is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Shagun Jain
Shagun Jain


His top finishes include:

– 1st in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹17.89 Lakhs* (cumulative)

– 2nd in Sunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.54 Lakhs

– 13th in the Highroller ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹22,011

Sagar Choudhury scored several deep runs this past week, most prominently making three top-three finishes. And even though he couldn’t convert any of them into a title victory, he added ₹11.84 Lakhs through the week and currently sits at #12 on the annual leaderboard standings.

Sagar Choudhury
Sagar Choudhury


His top finishes include:

– 2nd in the Mega Stack Millionaire Bubble ₹17 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.82 Lakhs

– 2nd in the BSS#4 SuperStack for ₹3.68 Lakhs

– 3rd in PokerStars Highroller for ₹1.30 Lakhs

Ankit Bajaj came out on top in last week`s Destiny to claim his best-recorded finish of the year, a paycheque worth ₹5.86 Lakhs. He final-tabled several other tourneys, padding his bankroll by ₹11.16 Lakhs.

Ankit Bajaj
Ankit Bajaj


His top finishes include:

– 1st in the Destiny ₹26 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.86 Lakhs

– 2nd in The Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.03 Lakhs

– 6th in the Mega Suits Finale ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.76 Lakhs

The #1 ranked player on the annual leaderboard, Manish Lakhotia fattened his poker bankroll for over ₹10.99 Lakhs this week, most of which came from his winning runs in the Adda52 Millions and The Mint.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


His top finishes include:

– 1st in the Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.50 Lakhs

– 1st in The Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.72 Lakhs

PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh scored a hefty ₹6.45 Lakhs from his runner-up finish in Adda52`s Mega Suits Finale. He collected ₹10.32 Lakhs over the week.

Mithun Mahesh
Mithun Mahesh


His top finishes include:

– 2nd in the Mega Suits Finale ₹50 Lakhs for ₹6.45 Lakhs

– 3rd in The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.16 Lakhs

– 7th in the Sunday Special PKO ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹53,183

Young Gun Sanat Mehrotra won the Adda52-hosted Mega Suits for the second time for ₹8.80 Lakhs, collectively adding ₹10.19 Lakhs this past week.

Sanat Mehrotra
Sanat Mehrotra


His top finishes include:

– 1st in Mega Suits ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.80 Lakhs

NPS champion Mohammad Azhar enjoyed another commendable run this week. The 23-year-old championed Spartan Poker`s The Elite on Friday, ending the week with scores worth ₹7.63 Lakhs. Starting out with 2X the starting stack, he took down the ₹10 Lakhs-added NPS Night of Champions SNG convincingly to win ₹7 Lakhs in Real Cash Bonus (RCB).

Mohammad Azhar
Mohammad Azhar


The other headline winners of the week were:

> Radhika Choukhany (Runner-up in The Millionaire for ₹9.77 Lakhs)

>Armaan Kochhar (Collective winnings – ₹8.84 Lakhs)

> The Big Deal champion Rohan Bhasin (Collective winnings – ₹8.25 Lakhs)

> Godfather champion Sahil Mahboobani (Collective winnings – ₹8.13 Lakhs)

> BSS SuperStack champion Vivekk Dube (Collective winnings – ₹7.19 Lakhs)

> Anirban D Das (Collective winnings – ₹7.11 Lakhs)


Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Shagun ‘icansuckout’ Jain₹17.38 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Sanat 'mehro2511' Mehrotra₹8.80 LakhsMega Suits Finale ₹50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rohan 'The Sightseer' Bhasin₹8.25 LakhsThe Big Deal ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
bluechipp₹8.16 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohammad ‘ButtonsHaiBro’ Azhar₹6.66 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Manish 'newkidpoker' Lakhotia₹6.50 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sahil ‘ImHighishove’ Mahboobani₹6.12 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankit Omprakash ‘ON_MY_MAC’ Bajaj₹5.86 LakhsDestiny ₹26 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vivekk 'Vivek25' Dube₹5.26 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddhanth Kripalani₹4.98 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Umang 'Umang94' Kakarania₹4.80 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
LorenzoVonMatterhorn₹4.17 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹21 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
bencb789₹3.96 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rishi 'ronaldo94' Mundhra₹3.75 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manish ‘newkidpoker’ Lakhotia₹3.72 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
lailaterilelegi₹3.06 LakhsMega Stack (Millionaire Bubble) ₹17 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Chirag 'miyagi' Sodha₹2.89 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashwin ‘Ashwinvijay’ Vijay₹2.80 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ujjwal ‘CougarHunter69’ Narwal₹2.76 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ravinder 'Ravikirti' Singh₹2.63 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Karan 'gogikaran' Malhotra₹2.42 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rajesh ‘PokerKnight’ Uttam₹2.30 LakhsMoney Heist ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vishnu ‘violator2018’ Khandelwal₹2.19 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Gabbar1510₹2.11 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
LorenzoVonMatterhorn₹2.12 LakhsMonster Stack ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish ‘King$layer’ Kumar₹1.78 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Md '007Bahubali' Zeeshan₹1.77 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanish 'Sanish21' Chhabra₹1.76 LakhsBSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sushil 'lex_veldi82' Kumar₹1.74 LakhsReCharge ₹8.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Karan ‘Reg_Slayer’ Radia₹1.60 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Peushup Eugene₹1.58 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akshay 'darulerofall' Gupta₹1.54 LakhsBSS#3 MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Yash 'Babyshark21' Chitre₹1.53 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nikhil ‘louis02’ Yadav₹1.52 LakhsFuturistic ₹9.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tanmaya 'tks5432' Sahoo₹1.32 LakhsBattle Royale 7-Max ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Atishay 'pokergod56' Samuel₹1.21 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anuj 'Anuj16101' Laddhad₹1.11 LakhsThe Race ₹6.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
faizal1506₹98,704Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
puchusharma1₹97,960Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhinesh ‘you3betl4bet’ Kumar₹97,576Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
jjmaliakal₹95,303Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Jimmy ‘jeeven’ Arora₹72,900BSS#6 Afterparty ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Amit ‘OUT4FISHING’ Malhotra₹68,788Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harrish 'Realfc' Chaudary₹68,4806-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Michael ‘folditnoob’ Keishing₹66,073Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
MARRII₹63,000The Big One ₹3 Lakhs GTDGoodPoker
KHATIDRAGON₹62,0736-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Tarush Gupta₹61,6496-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek 'abhiom' Chhajer₹54,5906-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
gauravboi₹52,280The Classic Progressive KO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
kidwithim₹51,881The Classic ₹3 Lakhs GTD (9-Max)PokerStars India
₹47,890Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTD

₹47,440Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
Suraj ‘MR8BEAST’ N Yadav₹45,830Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shubham20₹43,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
₹41,530PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTD
Raghav 'mrbean98' Ananth
₹41,365Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD
Khatriking₹41,280PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek ‘Terrier’ Gupta₹41,135Ultimate 5 Card PLO ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Deep ‘saviordeep’ Bhavsar₹40,928Night Rider – Deestack Turbo ₹2.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ronywalker₹39,410Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
min2thomas₹39,141Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Manoj ‘Cutymannu’ Sharma₹38,955Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
PadfootProngs₹36,204Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
slowrollme₹35,790PBBS#34 Main Event ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
₹34,620Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakh GTD
heisenberg07₹33,620Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek ‘Addysonu’ Sonu₹33,504Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
schemer₹32,295The Closer 1.5 Lakhs GTDGoodPoker
GoGoneGo₹31,500The Closer ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDGoodPoker
hashtagpo₹29,783Punch ₹80K GTDAdda52
Anuj ‘Anuj16101’ Laddhad₹26,527Afternoon Kick-off ₹70K GTDSpartan Poker
Sagar ‘CertifiedPRO’ Harwani₹25,569Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
₹24,300Punch ₹90K GTD
Gaurav ‘BIT00Poker’ Verma₹24,000Warrior Arena ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
morphine₹22,183The Centurion ₹1.10 Lakhs GTD DeepstackSpartan Poker
mafakaralte7₹21,134Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
flashsurya₹21,000Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Rootahua Macchi₹20,403Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
Shankara ‘Clownfish’ Pawan₹17,839The Centurion ₹1.10 lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
dopeinderx₹16,949Deepstack ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
Mhk123₹16,419Energise ₹50K GTDSpartan Poker
Bhanusharma1111₹16,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
swaggstar234₹15,769Deepstack ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
keechad₹15,369Primetime Grind ₹50K GTD PokerStars India
Ashwinip4873₹14,826Total KO 100% ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Navaneesha ‘np406’ P₹14,043Ultra KO 90% ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Hardik240711₹13,800Hitman ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
Skn70₹12,650Evening Adda 50K GTDAdda52
₹12,256Evening Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
Fakeer₹12,000Daily ₹50K GTD 5PLOPokerDangal
More2win₹12,000Daily ₹50K PLOPokerDangal
Akash ‘Arorasahab’ Arora₹11,240Primetime Grind ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
IameroK8641l₹10,7506 Feet Under ₹25K GTD PLO DeepstackKhelo365
gauravarora77₹10,722Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
Sg2611₹10,500Insomnia ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
Abhishek 'Pok3rbaaz' Srivastava

₹8,038PBBS#19 Megastack ₹25K GTDPokerBaazi
₹5,964PBBS#20 ₹20K GTD
₹2,508PBBS#18 PLO ₹5K GTD
₹1,515PBBS#16 ₹5K PKO GTD
PeregrinTook₹530PBBS#17 Hyper ₹2K GTDPokerBaazi


PokerStars India’s ‘Cardex’ Promotion Assures A Prize Up to 3 Lakhs Daily (July 5-18)

PokerStars India is running an exciting new cash game promotion, “Cardex,” from July 5 to 18. All NLH cash game players on the site have a chance to win a mystery prize up to ₹3 Lakhs every day – all by collecting five pieces and unlocking the Cardex.

Read the complete report here


BLITZPOKER Launches Deposit Offers to the 30 Crores GTD IOPC Satellites

BLITZPOKER has gone live with some enticing Deposit Offers. Depositors now have a chance to grab free tickets to the satellites of three marquee events on the ₹30 Crores GTD IOPC schedule.

Read the complete report here


PokerDangal’s The Big Race is Giving Away 2.50 Lakhs in Cash Prizes (July 5 11)

All cash game players playing stakes ₹1/₹2 to ₹50/₹100 on PokerDangal stand a chance of winning from ₹2.50 Lakhs in prizes from the “The Big Race” leaderboard offer. The promotion runs from July 5 to 11 and pays out prizes across three separate leaderboard races basis the no. of real money hands a player plays in the weeklong promotion.

Read the complete report here


Natural8 Announces Inaugural Short Deck Series From July 4 – 11

GGPoker Network (GGPN) and Natural8 are currently hosting the inaugural Short Deck Series. The first-of-its-kind MTT series runs from July 4 to 11 with $1 Million in tournament guarantees.

Read the complete report here


Casinos in Sikkim Reopen

With the government of Sikkim easing restrictions, all the three casinos of Sikkim, including Deltin Denzong, Casino Mahjong, and Casino Sikkim, reopened on Tuesday, July 6, after remaining shut for exactly two months.

Read the complete report here


WSOP Online 2021 Updates

The WSOP Online 2021 series has awarded six gold bracelets at the 33-event strong series on WSOP.com.

Jeremiah ‘freestylerr’ Williams emerged victorious in Event #5: $1,000 NLH 8-Max to claim the bracelet for $139,600.24 first-place prize.

Jeremiah Williams
Jeremiah Williams


Read the complete report here

Among the other winners, New Jersey’s Jose ‘deposit’ Noboa won the series opener, the Event #1: NLH Big 500 Kick-Off for his career-first WSOP gold bracelet and a $105,161 payday.

Read the complete report here


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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