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This Week in Poker: March 3 – 9

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh March 10, 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!

We are now in the second week of March, and with Spartan Poker’s Final Table Series (FTS) 2.0 and PokerStars India’s MicroMillions commencing their weeklong runs, the action on the virtual felts has been off the charts.

Another flagship event, Adda52’s ATOC series, also wrapped up proceedings on Monday. Piyush Goenka took down the series’ showstopper, the ₹2 Crores GTD ATOC Main Event, for a career-best ₹36 Lakhs and the ATOC trophy. The victory makes Goenka the week`s top scorer, fetching him the PokerGuru Star of the Week title!

While there were no Millionaire tourneys this Sunday, but with Spartan Poker’s FTS 2.0 underway, there was a lot of electrifying action on offer. The first of the series’ eight featured events, the FTS #2 Kick-Off, was taken down by none other than Young Gun Gaurav Sood, who added an impressive ₹16.04 Lakhs to his illustrious poker resume.

Ankit Saurabh, Nitin Arora, Kshitij Kucheria, Vishal Kumar, Chandan Arora, Young Gun Anmol Mehta, Neha Saini, Raman Gujral, Himanshu Arora, PokerGuru Ambassador Ratul Steves, Amit More, and Priyank Kothari were among the other top scorers of the week.

PokerStars India’s ‘Star of the Month’ March leaderboard race closed out Week #2 on Sunday with promising poker talent Pratibh Saluja headlining the 25 qualifiers.

While Spartan Poker’s ongoing FTS 2.0 dominated most poker conversations for its massive guarantees and fantastic live-streams, PokerStars India’s MicroMillions has also been attracting quite a lot of attention from the micro-low stakes players. The series kicked off on March 7 and is slated to run till March 14, offering ₹1 Crore in prize pool guarantees.

For its cash game players, PokerStars India has doubled the cash rewards across all its weekly Cash Game Leaderboards, with players now getting the chance at winning ₹6.60 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes each week.

PokerBaazi has rolled out its biggest-ever cash game promotion, the ‘March Mania.’ Running from March 4 to 31, players will get the chance of winning from ₹1 Crore in prizes as part of the Daily Cash Smash 3.0 Leaderboards. The high-stakes players can claim up to 114% rake back through the Cash Climb.

While the online action will continue to heat up in March, live poker tournaments are finally making a comeback in Goa – the first time since the COVID-19 induced lockdown last year – with the DPT Xpress commencing its run at Deltin Royale from March 11 to 14.

Even on the international felts, live tournament poker has been steadily gaining traction. The APT Taiwan 2021 series played out at the VENUE this past week. The NT$ 2 Million GTD Main Event was shipped by Natural8 Ambassador Hui Chen Kuo, aka, Kitty Kuo for NT$724,200 (~$25,980). The NT$2 Million GTD Championships Event was won by local player Ping Hao Huang for NT$ 603,300 (~$21,647).

The Las-Vegas based player Qing Liu won his career-first WPT title in the WPT at Venetian Main Event on Tuesday for $752,880. Liu will get a shot at winning back-to-back WPT titles as he makes his way to the first of three World Poker Tour (WPT) Main Event delayed final tables, the 2020 WPT Gardens Poker Championship, on March 10 at the PokerGo Studios at the Aria, Las Vegas. The 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open is slated for May 16, and the 2020 WPT L.A. Poker Classic will take place on the following day, May 17.

In other news, the parent company of global online poker giant PokerStars, Flutter Entertainment, made a formal entry in the Indian rummy industry after acquiring a majority 50.1% stake in Indian online rummy operator Junglee Rummy for $66.2 Million (₹482 Crores). It has the option to buy out the remaining 49.9% of the company by 2025.

Casino behemoth Sands Corp has sold off its three prime properties, i.e., The Venetian and Palazzo, and the Sands Expo Convention Centre, on the Las Vegas strip to Apollo Global Management and VICI Properties for approximately $6.25 Billion.

WPT’s parent company, Allied Esports Entertainment, was given an unsolicited offer by US casino major Bally’s Corp to buy out all its outstanding equity interests for $100 Million. If Allied Esports decides to act on Bally’s Corp’s offer, it would have to terminate its ongoing sale transaction with Element Partners LLC.


Online Railbird Report

With Spartan Poker’s FTS 2.0 and PokerStars India’s MicroMillions running in tandem and Adda52’s ATOC playing down to a close, it’s been an intense week on the virtual felts. Piyush Goenka was the biggest winner this past week. He satellite his way into the ₹2 Crores GTD ATOC Main Event Finale, eventually besting the 1,722-player field to capture the trophy for a personal-best score of ₹36 Lakhs and a Panerai Black Seal watch. The career-defining score makes Goenka our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Piyush Goenka
Piyush Goenka


Falling in second-place to Goenka in the ATOC Main Event Finale was Ankit Saurabh, who padded his bankroll by a career-best ₹25 Lakhs.

Ankit Saurabh
Ankit Saurabh


His top finishes include:

-2nd in the ATOC Main Event Finale ₹2 Crore GTD for ₹25 Lakhs

– 3rd in the Sunday Night Rider ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD for ₹24,861

Nitin Arora FT-ed four events that included the ATOC Championship title. Arora closed out the week with ₹18.05 Lakhs added to his poker bankroll.

Nitin Arora
Nitin Arora


His top finishes include:

– 1st in ATOC Championship ₹35 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.06 Lakhs

– 3rd in ATOC Highroller ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹4.68 Lakhs

– 2nd in the Destiny ₹23 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.88 Lakhs

– 2nd in the – 5th in The Endeavour 12 Lakhs GTD for ₹72,398

Young Gun Gaurav Sood championed the FTS #2 Kick-Off, rounding off the week with over ₹16 Lakhs in recorded winnings.

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood


His top finishes include:

– 1st in the FTS#2 Kick-Off ₹75 Lakhs GTD for ₹14.39 Lakhs

Kshitij Kucheria was one of the ATOC Main Event Finale finalists and won over ₹11.85 Lakhs.

Kshitij Kucheria
Kshitij Kucheria


His top finishes include:

– 4th in the ATOC Main Event Finale ₹2 Crores GTD for ₹11.85 Lakhs

Vishal Kumar (ATOC Highroller ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹10.60 Lakhs), Chandan Arora (3rd in the ATOC Highroller ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹9.18 Lakhs), Young Gun Anmol Mehta (four FTs for over ₹10.45 Lakhs), Neha Saini (2nd in the FTS#2 Kick-Off ₹75 Lakhs GTD for ₹9.03 Lakhs), Raman Gujral (5th in the ATOC Main Event Finale ₹2 Crore GTD for ₹8.78 Lakhs), Himanshu Arora (2nd in the ATOC 6-Max Championship for ₹6.56 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Ratul Steves (6th in the ATOC Main Event Finale ₹2 Crore GTD for 6.47 Lakhs), Amit More (3rd in the FTS#2 Kick-Off ₹75 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.46 Lakhs) and Priyank Kothari (ATOC Thursday Feature ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.29 Lakhs), were the other big winners of the week.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Piyush 'pokerpassion' Goenka₹36 LakhsATOC Main Event Finale ₹2 Crores GTDAdda52
Gaurav ‘mozzie17’ Sood₹14.39 LakhsFTS#2 Kick-Off ₹75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vishal ‘vishalkumar1270’ Kumar₹10.60 LakhsATOC Highroller ₹50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nitin 'bigbluffs' Arora₹8.06 LakhsATOC Championship ₹35 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Priyank 'Piko1432' Kothari₹6.29 LakhsATOC Thursday Feature ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rahul 'Vasili Arkhipov' Lal₹6.24 LakhsDestiny ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Laksh 'LuckyBhai$' Pal Singh₹5.73 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aman ‘singhal07’ Singhal₹5.49 LakhsATOC Deepstack ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankit Omprakash ‘ON_MY_MAC’ Bajaj₹5.28 LakhsFTS #5 Double Stack ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sandy 'Ziigmund' Lamba₹4.20 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dgme₹4.03 LakhsATOC Wednesday Feature ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pranay 'setmeup' Chawla₹3.93 LakhsATOC Fast n Furious ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shravan 'FishStars' Chhabria₹3.78 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
borntrouble₹3.72 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankit 'd00mtr00p3r' Wadhawan₹3.37 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra₹3.20 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Paras 'SKAVANGER' V Dhaddha₹2.90 LakhsFTS#9 ₹13 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Danish 'pagla' Shaikh₹2.89 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashutosh ‘Msnugget’ Balodhi₹2.87 LakhsSunday Special Limited Edition ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Shivam ‘shivam699’ Khandelwal₹2.60 LakhsATOC Classic ₹12.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Letsgetthemoolah₹2.50 LakhsATOC Women’s Day Special ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Danish 'pagla' Shaikh₹2.20 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
pokraj₹2.18 LakhsATOC Orpheus ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanat ‘mehro2511’ Mehrotra₹2.12 LakhsFTS#6 ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Armaan 'armaan007111' Kochhar₹2.11 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anurag ‘TheDarkKnightReturns’ Srivastava₹2.10 LakhsFTS #3 ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddharth 'gabandheer' Pandey₹1.98 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saransh ‘iammrmeeseeks’ Garg₹1.97 LakhsFTS #1 ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Deepak ‘Checktrap6’ G Jain₹1.74 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni₹1.65 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rubin 'kornkid4' Labroo₹1.61 LakhsMicroMillions - 14 ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sahil 'inaboobham' Mahboobani₹1.54 LakhsUppercut ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Harshad 'omglukbox' Barve₹1.53 LakhsFuturistic ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pratibh ‘pratibhsaluja’ Saluja₹1.33 LakhsBlockbuster ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Amit 'a.kihsuak' Kaushik₹1.25 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pranav 'pranavpoker' Khandalkar₹1.25 LakhsBSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Bharat 'Thinkfloyd' Vasan₹1.22 LakhsBSS#3 MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
yash1805₹1.16 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Akash ‘killer gaming’ Mishra₹1.12 LakhsFTS #7 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Saurabh ‘bombardier’ Ramola₹1.10 LakhsMukkamaar ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rachit ‘Ganja_babe’ Soni₹1.02 LakhsHouse Party ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
picnic123₹1 LakhGrand Slam ₹4 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
nuclear_bis₹1 LakhEliminator [Progressive KO] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
StanlyeT94₹1 LakhBig Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Siddharth ‘siddonuts’ Pandey₹87,724Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
tweedu_taps₹87,366Micro Millions – 02 Sunday Special (L) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Azhar777₹86,000Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Ayush ‘lazyman’ Garg₹76,800ATOC Zeus ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ayush ‘lazyman’ Garg₹75,464Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Bhavit ‘Tyrogambit’ Jain₹73,161ATOC Icarus ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
pokraj₹71,500Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tanmaya 'tks5432' Sahoo₹70,995MicroMillions - 16 8-Max PKO ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Paulpogba₹70,443ATOCMaximus ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aayush ‘Aayush55’ Kawar₹66,737ATOC Maximus ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
nirmal512₹65,988Night Rider – Deepstack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shubham ‘backchod launda’ Agarwal₹64,909Micro Millions – 01 Warm-up ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Amit 'a.kihsuak' Kaushik
₹63,037Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
₹58,738Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Nikunj ‘livelynik2’ Doshi₹57,153Micro Millions – 04 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
₹54,144Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Naman ‘KidPoker09’ Puri₹54,000Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Jitendra ‘zxcvuiop’ Chordia₹53,970Micro Millions – 09 ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
beginner1258₹53,316Micro Millions – 03 Sunday Storm ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Piyush ‘BlackMamba’ Gaikwad₹52,064Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harsh ‘harsh1327’ Bubna₹50,867Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Lavesh ‘lavesh7’ Meena₹50,632ATOC Apollo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Praveen ‘PinaWXD’ KR₹50,470BSS#6 After Party ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashish 'Imgabru' Kumar₹50,3546-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Surya12₹50,2326-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Raghav ‘Raghavv‘ Siddalinga₹49,232ATOC Aquarius PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Harsh 'harsh1327' Bubna₹48,5426-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
YKARKI2147₹48,150The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Mayank 'mayhem97' Kajala₹47,0936-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
₹45,535Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Sahib ‘cumiconn’ Thakur₹45,233Micro Millions – 10 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
DestinyTraveller₹45,000Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
lucifyme₹44,200ATOC Hercules ₹1.7 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aarchit ‘Aarchit’ Dhadwal₹44,108ATOC Romulus ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
silentkid₹43,910Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anmolraj Singh ‘PINCIOTTI’ Chawla₹42,230Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Opulentadi₹42,122ATOC Apollo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shivam ‘shivam699’ Khandelwal₹41,2846-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sandeep ‘King19’ Singh Kohli₹40,1706-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
zravasya₹40,000Mega Spalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Sanjay 'sanjayg007' Gupta
₹36,730Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Kashi123 ₹36,450PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Shubham ‘NewBakchod’ Agarwal₹31,842ATOC Hyperion ₹1 Lakh GTDAdda52
Sankalp ‘Wobbegong’ Marwah₹30,680PLO BOOST Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Himanshu '[email protected]' Kataria₹30,427The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Casanovoracle₹29,540Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
nishaarya₹28,800Warrior Arena – Bounty ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Zeta Sagittarii₹28,785Micro Millions - 6 Bubble Rush ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Devrat ‘vickypune’ Singh₹26,687ATOC Hyperion ₹1 Lakh GTDAdda52
MsdRox31₹26,400Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
0parINDa0₹25,937Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
sonofagun₹24,480Battlefield Tuesday (WTB) ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Joonjoon₹24,000Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
np406₹23,748Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Pankaj ‘Pok3rking’ Nanda₹23,735ATOC Hyperion ₹1 Lakh GTDAdda52
SayyMyyName₹22,373Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Neeraj ‘SelfClaimedPro’ Kumar₹22,140Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Akshay ‘VaahBhaiVaah’ Gupta₹20,767Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Samaybk₹20,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
Rohit ‘Rebellion30’ Deoghare₹15,279Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
escanor1411₹15,059Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
Vishal0901₹15,000Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
bhauchal₹13,800Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Fallure₹12,900Hitman ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
WinMan4₹12,900Nitro ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Somenn ‘Prokiller’ Singh₹12,250Weekend Fun ₹50K GTDPokerDangal
RyadAli₹11,400Under The Gun PLO ₹20K GTDKhelo365
prashanth16₹10,3506 Feet Under ₹25K GTD PLOKhelo365
Jamsh1234 ₹9,777Micro Millions 08 Primetime Grind ₹75K GTDPokerStars India
Ravscorp₹8,600Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Vinay2001₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
m0ney₹7,875Insomnia ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
KING365₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
suryak₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
inderenggi₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Nisha0386₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Sanjeet69₹4,812Depositors Freeroll ₹25K GTDPokerDangal


Pratibh Saluja Headlines PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month” – March Week #2 Qualifiers

Pratibh Saluja topped the Week #2 standings in PokerStars India “Star of the Month” – March leaderboard race.

Pratibh Saluja
Pratibh Saluja


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PokerStars India’s 1 Crore GTD MicroMillions Well Underway, Site Doubles Cash Game Leaderboard Prizes in March

PokerStars India`s iconic micro-stakes series, the MicroMillions, is back for its third edition on the site. Starting on March 7, the series features 46 events guaranteeing ₹1 Crore in prizes.

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As a special offer for its cash game patrons, the site has doubled the cash rewards across all its weekly Cash Game Leaderboards, giving back twice the prizes, i.e., ₹6.60 Lakhs each week.

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PokerBaazi’s “March Mania” Offers 114% RakeBack & Over 1 Crore in Prizes

PokerBaazi has come out with its biggest cash game promotion to date – “March Mania.” The promotion runs from March 4 to 31 and offers players a chance to win from ₹1 Crore in prizes as part of the Daily Cash Smash 3.0 Leaderboards. High-stakes players can also claim up to 114% rake back through the Cash Climb.

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PokerStars’ Parent Company Flutter Entertainment Acquires Majority Stake in India-Facing Junglee Rummy

Flutter Entertainment, PokerStars’ parent company, has acquired a majority 50.1% stake in the Indian online rummy operator Junglee Rummy for $66.2 Million ₹482 Crores), with the option to buy the remaining 49.9% by 2025.

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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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