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This Week in Poker: March 17 – 23

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh March 24, 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 penultimate week of March turned out to be a blockbuster one on the virtual felts, with Spartan Poker and Adda52 running ₹1 Crore GTD flagships over the weekend.

Sahil Thadani was the week`s top scorer as he championed Adda52’s Full House Finale for a jaw-dropping ₹18.16 Lakhs. The tourney had made a comeback to the Adda52 felts following a month-long hiatus and registered 1,817 across eight starting flights. The cash game specialist Thadani outlasted Avinash Koneru (runner-up for ₹12.76 Lakhs) heads-up. For his stellar run, Thadani is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week”!

After the FTS 2.0 series, Spartan Poker immediately brought back its popular Millionaire franchise with a Millionaire edition lined up each weekend in March. The former Millionaire champion Yudhishter Jaswal claimed his career-second Millionaire title for a handsome ₹17.12 Lakhs, becoming the sixth player ever to do so.

Rising Star Ritwik Khanna, PokerGuru Ambassadors Ashish Ahuja and Arjanveer Singh Chadha, Young Guns Shardul Parthasarathi and Arsh Grover, along with Chirag Bhardwaj and Sreekanth Narayan, were the other top scorers this week.

PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month” leaderboard race will be drawing to a close with the March Finale today, with the site expected to announce a new promotion soon. Harsh Dembla topped the Week #4 qualifiers.

Micro-low stakes MTT players are in for a treat this week with Spartan Poker’s Ultimate Value Series (UVS) and the PokerBaazi Bankroll Builder Series (PBBS) commencing their run on Monday (March 22). Both stops will run until March 28.

Cash players also have reasons to celebrate with Khelo365 coming out with explosive offers for OFC players. The TDS-free site is offering attractive deposit bonuses and an enticing 50% rakeback on its OFC tables.

Simultaneously. NostraPoker has gone all out to woo high stakes players by announcing its first-ever Nostra Cash Carnival (March 25 to 31). Attractive deposit offers and a very juicy 200% TDS refund promotion is hard to ignore, even for the most discerning high rollers.

Good news always seems to come hand-in-hand with bad news. The domestic poker community was taken aback this week with news of industry professional Rohan Das’s untimely passing. The 30-year-old passed away in his sleep on March 21.

With the resurgence of live tournaments in Goa, live-action has steadily picked up the pace. Well-known player and industry veteran Ramesh Rao Thotapalli, who recently took down the DPT Xpress Main Event, has taken over the reins of the Casino Pride 1 poker room in Goa. The poker room has a rich legacy as the first vessel to operate a poker room on the Mandovi, and it’s now the fifth active poker room running from an offshore casino.

In a new twist to Tamil Nadu’s ban on real-money online gaming, the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) has challenged the ban by filing an intervention petition in the Madras High Court on March 22.

Canadian Twitch streamer Vanessa Kade has been in the news a lot lately. From her Twitter spat with Dan Bilzerian to challenging GGPoker’s complacent attitude towards its ambassador’s behavior, Kade has made the headlines consistently. She joined the US-facing online poker site Americas Cardroom as their latest brand ambassador on March 19. Adding to her latest good news, Kade won PokerStars’ Sunday Million 15th Anniversary for a whopping $1.51 Million!

The US-based casino conglomerate Bally’s Corp is on the verge of usurping the World Poker Tour (WPT) acquisition deal from Element Partners. Bally’s Corp has made a revised proposal to Allied Esports Entertainment of $90 Million in an all-cash deal.


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Two sought-after 1 Crore GTD tourneys, Spartan Poker’s Millionaire, and Adda52’s Full House, made a comeback this week, scorching up the heat on the virtual felts!

Headlining the week`s top winners is Sahil Thadani. The cash game reg overcame a field of 1,817 entries in Adda52’s Full House on Sunday to win a career-best 18.16 Lakhs. The massive seven-figure payday makes Thadani the week`s top scorer and our “PokerGuru Star of the Week”!

Sahil Thadani
Sahil Thadani


Yudhishter Jaswal was another player making headlines on Sunday. The Delhi-based poker reg took down The Millionaire title for an impressive second time, netting a hefty ₹17.12 Lakhs. Jaswal had won his first-ever Millionaire title in June 2020, and the latest title makes him the sixth player to clinch a second Millionaire title.

Yudhishter Jaswal
Yudhishter Jaswal


Avinash Koneru padded his bankroll by ₹12.82 Lakhs, much of which came with his second-place finish in the ₹1 Crore GTD Full House Finale for ₹12.76 Lakhs.

Jaswal might have denied Rising Star Ritwik Khanna The Millionaire title. Still, Khanna had an eventful run through the week to rake in ₹12.64 Lakhs in collective winnings.

Ritwik Khanna
Ritwik Khanna


His top finishes include:

– 2nd in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹9.54 Lakhs

– 7th in The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹63,210

– 5th in The Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹59,000

PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja shipped two tourneys this week, boosting his poker bankroll by ₹12.06 Lakhs.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja


His top finishes include:

-1st in the Sunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.79 Lakhs

-1st in the Excalibur for ₹2.65 Lakhs

– 4th in the Godfather for ₹1.87 Lakhs

Ahuja`s fellow stable-mate Arjanveer Singh Chadha was another standout performer. Chadha’s The Big Show win, along with several cashes, earned him ₹10.64 Lakhs.

Arjanveer Singh Chadha
Arjanveer Singh Chadha


His top finishes include:

– 4th in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹5.09 Lakhs

– 3rd in The Ballers for ₹2.58 Lakhs

– 1st in The Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.65 Lakhs


The other top scorers of the week were:

> Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi – Destiny and BSS SuperStack runner-up – cumulative winnings – ₹9.43 Lakhs

> Young Gun Arsh Grover The Big Deal champion – cumulative winnings – ₹9.11 Lakhs

> Chirag Bhardwaj – Full House third-place finisher – cumulative winnings – ₹9.03 Lakhs

> Sreekanth Narayan – The Ballers champion – cumulative winnings – ₹8.75 Lakhs

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Sahil 'spin25' Thadani₹18.16 LakhsFull House Finale ₹1 Crore GTDAdda52
Yudhishter 'McFly' Jaswal₹17.12 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Arsh 'BigggTymeR' Grover₹8.68 LakhsThe Big Deal ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
tinda2706₹7.37 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Guneet 'GeeKay' Kwatra₹6.10 LakhsDestiny ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kapil ‘042-237-575-86’ Arora₹5.86 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish 'Spewushhhiiiii' Ahuja₹5.79 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sreekanth 'n0thing' Narayan₹5.76 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ravindra 'wormhole' Arikeri₹5.31 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anmol 'anzzzzz' Mehta₹4.22 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aniket 'WhiteRabbit' Sharma₹3.96 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
lucidity1729₹3.75 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rajat 'LungFakeer' Sharma₹3.37 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Jacks24₹3.20 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Akshay ‘Jacks24’ Kadam₹3.20 LakhsMega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Devvrat ‘[email protected]’ Arya₹3.01 LakhsSunday Special - Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Guruprasad ‘fish_calling’ Gupta₹2.73 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shashank ‘Goldfish097’ Shekhar₹2.64 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sameer 'Killersam' Tavanandi₹2.35 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
magisterA1₹2.08 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Saahib ‘saahib’ Bawa₹2.06 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
beachka₹1.78 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
GulzarSahab₹1.69 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Joseph 'axone' Rochungh Touthang₹1.68 LakhsMoney Heist ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arjanveer 'holdbaby' Singh Chadha₹1.65 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ankit 'starnaruto' Saurabh₹1.63 LakhsMillionaire D’Lite ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
‘Reg_Slayer’₹1.57 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Raghav 'Raghavv' Siddalinga₹1.54 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shashank ‘reconnecting’ Desai₹1.40 LakhsFuturistic ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
DAN21₹1.38 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sagar 'sagarpupull' Choudhury₹1.36 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
ICMsucks₹1.36 LakhsHurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Chirag 'chiragkhanduja' Khanduja₹1.31 LakhsBSS#3 6-Max MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
keysersoze2001₹1.30 LakhsThe Race ₹6.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Imdad 'rahuljohn1983' Ahmed₹1.26 LakhsGrinders#39 Main Event ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Amarjeet 'ninjakar' Singh₹1.24 LakhsGrinders#27 Highroller ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth ‘skaria1’ Karia₹1.09 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
nikpokernoob₹92,186Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Masroor 'jason911' Ansari₹85,750Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
iamraman₹84,806UVS#6 Monster Stack ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
future of me₹81,134The Flash ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sreeharsha ‘DonkeyCommitted’ Boneni₹77,225Battle Royale ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Devrat ‘vickypune’ Singh ₹68,865Holdem Bash ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shivam ‘ruskypanda’ Baldota₹66,262Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
vk21₹63,367Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
ybiitr₹58,590Grinders#16 Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ajit 'ace_bob_here' Singh Arora₹55,402The Classic Progressive KO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
acesup₹49,270BSS#6 After Party ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain₹48,300Grinders#28 Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Harpreet 'mr.wayne' Gandhi
₹48,249Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Harsh ‘kakori kabab’ Dembla₹47,049The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Dhaval 'dhavhe' Heda₹46,0106-Max Holdem BOOST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Raghavendra ‘ThikanaCK’ Hada₹45,181Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Akshay ‘AkshayP’ Pathak₹45,000Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
₹45,000Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
Aditya ‘pnutbutterbacon’ Navalkar₹45,000Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
juddt147₹44,5206-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
RiyadAli₹43,000BigBang ₹1 Lakhs GTD NLHEKhelo365
RageAce00₹42,273Uppercut Mini ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
₹42,065Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
future of me₹40,688Sunday Night Rider ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Himanshu33₹40,043Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain₹37,310Grinders#38 6-Max ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Clinton Tavares₹36,532Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Amarjeet ‘ninjakar’ Singh₹35,910Grinders#29 PLO BOOST ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
AKSHAY ‘darulerofall’ GUPTA₹35,644Grinders#17 PLO BOOST ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhiroop ‘Daniel90’ Gupta₹32,759Ultimate DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain₹30,680PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
DeuceSeven09₹30,433Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
₹28,863Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
mnk_820₹28,827Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Nawneet ‘Nawchunu2089’ Thakur₹28,800Warrior Arena – Bounty ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
rvk874₹28,800Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Sourabh ‘GUNMAN7275’ Singh₹27,488UVS#2 ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
manas_099₹27,310Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
pankajC ₹27,000Punch ₹80K GTDAdda52
10SJS ₹25,771Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Shakthiman₹24,680Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Siddharth ‘CARDashian66’ Kadel₹24,150Grinders#2 6-Max ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Queenofaces₹24,000Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
bangalorbluff₹20,252Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
poker9₹20,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
betontheriverr₹19,607Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
Param0819₹18,885Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
Ashwinip4873₹18,328Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
crushed8181₹16,594Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
KillthemAll₹16,500Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
Mnk_820₹15,297Afternoon On Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
RageAce00₹14,879Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
AroraSahab₹14,249Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
DILDAAR₹13,800Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Neymar₹12,900Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
pukle1995₹12,900Rivered ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Abhi98₹12,5006 Feet Under PLO ₹25K GTDKhelo365
barath0₹11,110Under The Gun ₹20K GTD PLOKhelo365
narangsahab₹9,300Insomnia ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
rughani₹9,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
LOFAR365₹8,600Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Galu₹8,600Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
inderenggi₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
RyadAli₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHEKhelo365
Aabheer₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHEKhelo365
faddenge₹5,875Depositors Freeroll ₹25K GTDPokerDangal


Harsh Dembla Tops the Week #4 Standings in PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month” – March Race

PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month” (SOTM) leaderboard race will be naming its final SOTM today, with the 100 March qualifiers convening at 9 PM to play the Finale. Harsh Dembla topped the Week #4 leaderboard standings.

Harsh Dembla
Harsh Dembla


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Khelo365 Announces 40% Deposit Bonus & Up To 50% Rakeback For OFC Tables

The first online poker site to get the Nagaland Gaming License, Khelo365, has a bonanza of promotions for OFC players. The site is offering a 20% instant bonus and a 20% locked bonus on a minimum deposit of 20,000. Moreover, Khelo365 is handing out 50% rakeback on all OFC games via its OFC Cashback promotion. The promotion will run until April 25.

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NostraPoker Announces First-Ever Nostra Cash Carnival

Up-and-coming online poker site, NostraPoker is going all out to increase its high-stakes cash game action! The site has announced its first-ever Nostra Cash Carnival from March 25 to 31 with a unique cash leaderboard, ‘Hot Run Meter,’ that has 10 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes. If that was not enough, the site has a 40% deposit offer and a jaw-dropping 200% TDS refund offer running for cash game players playing the 100/200 and higher stakes.

Nostra Cover

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Ramesh Rao Thotapalli Takes Charge of the Casino Pride 1 Poker Room

In a move welcomed by the Indian poker community, industry veteran and the current DPTXpress Main Event champion, Ramesh Rao Thotapalli, took charge of the Casino Pride 1 poker room in Goa this week. Thotapalli brings onboard his long-standing industry experience in running cash game festivals and presence in the poker circuit.

Ramesh Rao Thotapalli
Ramesh Rao Thotapalli


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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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