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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”!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|Player||Prize Amount||Event||Poker Site|
|Sahil 'spin25' Thadani||₹18.16 Lakhs||Full House Finale ₹1 Crore GTD||Adda52|
|Yudhishter 'McFly' Jaswal||₹17.12 Lakhs||The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Arsh 'BigggTymeR' Grover||₹8.68 Lakhs||The Big Deal ₹35 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|tinda2706||₹7.37 Lakhs||Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Guneet 'GeeKay' Kwatra||₹6.10 Lakhs||Destiny ₹23 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Kapil ‘042-237-575-86’ Arora||₹5.86 Lakhs||The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ashish 'Spewushhhiiiii' Ahuja||₹5.79 Lakhs||Sunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sreekanth 'n0thing' Narayan||₹5.76 Lakhs||The Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ravindra 'wormhole' Arikeri||₹5.31 Lakhs||Godfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Anmol 'anzzzzz' Mehta||₹4.22 Lakhs||BSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Aniket 'WhiteRabbit' Sharma||₹3.96 Lakhs||The Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|lucidity1729||₹3.75 Lakhs||Maverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Rajat 'LungFakeer' Sharma||₹3.37 Lakhs||The Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Jacks24||₹3.20 Lakhs||Trending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Akshay ‘Jacks24’ Kadam||₹3.20 Lakhs||Mega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹16 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Devvrat ‘[email protected]’ Arya||₹3.01 Lakhs||Sunday Special - Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Guruprasad ‘fish_calling’ Gupta||₹2.73 Lakhs||The Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Shashank ‘Goldfish097’ Shekhar||₹2.64 Lakhs||Sunday Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Sameer 'Killersam' Tavanandi||₹2.35 Lakhs||The Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|magisterA1||₹2.08 Lakhs||Highroller ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Saahib ‘saahib’ Bawa||₹2.06 Lakhs||Iron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|beachka||₹1.78 Lakhs||Sunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|GulzarSahab||₹1.69 Lakhs||Monster Stack ₹7 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Joseph 'axone' Rochungh Touthang||₹1.68 Lakhs||Money Heist ₹7 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Arjanveer 'holdbaby' Singh Chadha||₹1.65 Lakhs||The Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Ankit 'starnaruto' Saurabh||₹1.63 Lakhs||Millionaire D’Lite ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|‘Reg_Slayer’||₹1.57 Lakhs||Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Raghav 'Raghavv' Siddalinga||₹1.54 Lakhs||Running Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Shashank ‘reconnecting’ Desai||₹1.40 Lakhs||Futuristic ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|DAN21||₹1.38 Lakhs||Wednesday Vibes ₹5.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sagar 'sagarpupull' Choudhury||₹1.36 Lakhs||Uppercut MAGIC Edition ₹7 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|ICMsucks||₹1.36 Lakhs||Hurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Chirag 'chiragkhanduja' Khanduja||₹1.31 Lakhs||BSS#3 6-Max MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|keysersoze2001||₹1.30 Lakhs||The Race ₹6.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Imdad 'rahuljohn1983' Ahmed||₹1.26 Lakhs||Grinders#39 Main Event ₹6 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Amarjeet 'ninjakar' Singh||₹1.24 Lakhs||Grinders#27 Highroller ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Siddharth ‘skaria1’ Karia||₹1.09 Lakhs||La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|nikpokernoob||₹92,186||Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Masroor 'jason911' Ansari||₹85,750||Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|iamraman||₹84,806||UVS#6 Monster Stack ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|future of me||₹81,134||The Flash ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sreeharsha ‘DonkeyCommitted’ Boneni||₹77,225||Battle Royale ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Devrat ‘vickypune’ Singh||₹68,865||Holdem Bash ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Shivam ‘ruskypanda’ Baldota||₹66,262||Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|vk21||₹63,367||Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|ybiitr||₹58,590||Grinders#16 Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Ajit 'ace_bob_here' Singh Arora||₹55,402||The Classic Progressive KO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|acesup||₹49,270||BSS#6 After Party ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain||₹48,300||Grinders#28 Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Harpreet 'mr.wayne' Gandhi||₹48,249||Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Harsh ‘kakori kabab’ Dembla||₹47,049||The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Dhaval 'dhavhe' Heda||₹46,010||6-Max Holdem BOOST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Raghavendra ‘ThikanaCK’ Hada||₹45,181||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Akshay ‘AkshayP’ Pathak||₹45,000||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|rajankaushik||₹45,000||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Aditya ‘pnutbutterbacon’ Navalkar||₹45,000||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|juddt147||₹44,520||6-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|RiyadAli||₹43,000||BigBang ₹1 Lakhs GTD NLHE||Khelo365|
|RageAce00||₹42,273||Uppercut Mini ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Supermo||₹42,065||Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|future of me||₹40,688||Sunday Night Rider ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Himanshu33||₹40,043||Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain||₹37,310||Grinders#38 6-Max ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Clinton Tavares||₹36,532||Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Amarjeet ‘ninjakar’ Singh||₹35,910||Grinders#29 PLO BOOST ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|AKSHAY ‘darulerofall’ GUPTA||₹35,644||Grinders#17 PLO BOOST ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Abhiroop ‘Daniel90’ Gupta||₹32,759||Ultimate DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain||₹30,680||PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|DeuceSeven09||₹30,433||Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|escanor1411||₹28,863||Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|mnk_820||₹28,827||Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Nawneet ‘Nawchunu2089’ Thakur||₹28,800||Warrior Arena – Bounty ₹1.2 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|rvk874||₹28,800||Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|Sourabh ‘GUNMAN7275’ Singh||₹27,488||UVS#2 ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|manas_099||₹27,310||Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|pankajC||₹27,000||Punch ₹80K GTD||Adda52|
|10SJS||₹25,771||Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|Shakthiman||₹24,680||Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|Siddharth ‘CARDashian66’ Kadel||₹24,150||Grinders#2 6-Max ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Queenofaces||₹24,000||Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerDangal|
|bangalorbluff||₹20,252||Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|poker9||₹20,000||Dominator ₹50K GTD||Khelo365|
|betontheriverr||₹19,607||Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTD||PokerStars India|
|Param0819||₹18,885||Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTD||PokerStars India|
|Ashwinip4873||₹18,328||Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|crushed8181||₹16,594||Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTD||PokerStars India|
|KillthemAll||₹16,500||Monday Blues ₹75K GTD||PokerDangal|
|Mnk_820||₹15,297||Afternoon On Stars ₹60K GTD||PokerStars India|
|RageAce00||₹14,879||Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTD||PokerStars India|
|AroraSahab||₹14,249||Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTD||PokerStars India|
|DILDAAR||₹13,800||Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTD||Khelo365|
|Neymar||₹12,900||Hitman PLO ₹30K GTD||Khelo365|
|pukle1995||₹12,900||Rivered ₹30K GTD||Khelo365|
|Abhi98||₹12,500||6 Feet Under PLO ₹25K GTD||Khelo365|
|barath0||₹11,110||Under The Gun ₹20K GTD PLO||Khelo365|
|narangsahab||₹9,300||Insomnia ₹30K GTD||PokerDangal|
|rughani||₹9,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|LOFAR365||₹8,600||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|Galu||₹8,600||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|inderenggi||₹8,000||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|RyadAli||₹8,000||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHE||Khelo365|
|Aabheer||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHE||Khelo365|
|faddenge||₹5,875||Depositors Freeroll ₹25K GTD||PokerDangal|
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.