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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.
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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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|Player||Prize Amount||Event||Poker Site|
|Piyush 'pokerpassion' Goenka||₹36 Lakhs||ATOC Main Event Finale ₹2 Crores GTD||Adda52|
|Gaurav ‘mozzie17’ Sood||₹14.39 Lakhs||FTS#2 Kick-Off ₹75 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Vishal ‘vishalkumar1270’ Kumar||₹10.60 Lakhs||ATOC Highroller ₹50 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Nitin 'bigbluffs' Arora||₹8.06 Lakhs||ATOC Championship ₹35 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Priyank 'Piko1432' Kothari||₹6.29 Lakhs||ATOC Thursday Feature ₹30 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Rahul 'Vasili Arkhipov' Lal||₹6.24 Lakhs||Destiny ₹23 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Laksh 'LuckyBhai$' Pal Singh||₹5.73 Lakhs||The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Aman ‘singhal07’ Singhal||₹5.49 Lakhs||ATOC Deepstack ₹20 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ankit Omprakash ‘ON_MY_MAC’ Bajaj||₹5.28 Lakhs||FTS #5 Double Stack ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sandy 'Ziigmund' Lamba||₹4.20 Lakhs||BSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Dgme||₹4.03 Lakhs||ATOC Wednesday Feature ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Pranay 'setmeup' Chawla||₹3.93 Lakhs||ATOC Fast n Furious ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Shravan 'FishStars' Chhabria||₹3.78 Lakhs||The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|borntrouble||₹3.72 Lakhs||The Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ankit 'd00mtr00p3r' Wadhawan||₹3.37 Lakhs||The Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra||₹3.20 Lakhs||Trending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Paras 'SKAVANGER' V Dhaddha||₹2.90 Lakhs||FTS#9 ₹13 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Danish 'pagla' Shaikh||₹2.89 Lakhs||The Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Ashutosh ‘Msnugget’ Balodhi||₹2.87 Lakhs||Sunday Special Limited Edition ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Shivam ‘shivam699’ Khandelwal||₹2.60 Lakhs||ATOC Classic ₹12.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Letsgetthemoolah||₹2.50 Lakhs||ATOC Women’s Day Special ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Danish 'pagla' Shaikh||₹2.20 Lakhs||The Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|pokraj||₹2.18 Lakhs||ATOC Orpheus ₹8 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Sanat ‘mehro2511’ Mehrotra||₹2.12 Lakhs||FTS#6 ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Armaan 'armaan007111' Kochhar||₹2.11 Lakhs||Highroller ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Anurag ‘TheDarkKnightReturns’ Srivastava||₹2.10 Lakhs||FTS #3 ₹11 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Siddharth 'gabandheer' Pandey||₹1.98 Lakhs||Iron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Saransh ‘iammrmeeseeks’ Garg||₹1.97 Lakhs||FTS #1 ₹8 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Deepak ‘Checktrap6’ G Jain||₹1.74 Lakhs||Monster Stack ₹7 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni||₹1.65 Lakhs||The Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Rubin 'kornkid4' Labroo||₹1.61 Lakhs||MicroMillions - 14 ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Sahil 'inaboobham' Mahboobani||₹1.54 Lakhs||Uppercut ₹7 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Harshad 'omglukbox' Barve||₹1.53 Lakhs||Futuristic ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Pratibh ‘pratibhsaluja’ Saluja||₹1.33 Lakhs||Blockbuster ₹6 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Amit 'a.kihsuak' Kaushik||₹1.25 Lakhs||Wednesday Vibes ₹5.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Pranav 'pranavpoker' Khandalkar||₹1.25 Lakhs||BSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Bharat 'Thinkfloyd' Vasan||₹1.22 Lakhs||BSS#3 MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|yash1805||₹1.16 Lakhs||Battle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Akash ‘killer gaming’ Mishra||₹1.12 Lakhs||FTS #7 ₹6 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Saurabh ‘bombardier’ Ramola||₹1.10 Lakhs||Mukkamaar ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Rachit ‘Ganja_babe’ Soni||₹1.02 Lakhs||House Party ₹3.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|picnic123||₹1 Lakh||Grand Slam ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Khelo365|
|nuclear_bis||₹1 Lakh||Eliminator [Progressive KO] ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|StanlyeT94||₹1 Lakh||Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD||Khelo365|
|Siddharth ‘siddonuts’ Pandey||₹87,724||Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|tweedu_taps||₹87,366||Micro Millions – 02 Sunday Special (L) ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Azhar777||₹86,000||Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Khelo365|
|Ayush ‘lazyman’ Garg||₹76,800||ATOC Zeus ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ayush ‘lazyman’ Garg||₹75,464||Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Bhavit ‘Tyrogambit’ Jain||₹73,161||ATOC Icarus ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|pokraj||₹71,500||Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Tanmaya 'tks5432' Sahoo||₹70,995||MicroMillions - 16 8-Max PKO ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Paulpogba||₹70,443||ATOCMaximus ₹3.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Aayush ‘Aayush55’ Kawar||₹66,737||ATOC Maximus ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|nirmal512||₹65,988||Night Rider – Deepstack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Shubham ‘backchod launda’ Agarwal||₹64,909||Micro Millions – 01 Warm-up ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Amit 'a.kihsuak' Kaushik||₹63,037||Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Tkolte||₹58,738||Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Nikunj ‘livelynik2’ Doshi||₹57,153||Micro Millions – 04 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|XiJinPing||₹54,144||Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Naman ‘KidPoker09’ Puri||₹54,000||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Jitendra ‘zxcvuiop’ Chordia||₹53,970||Micro Millions – 09 ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|beginner1258||₹53,316||Micro Millions – 03 Sunday Storm ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Piyush ‘BlackMamba’ Gaikwad||₹52,064||Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Harsh ‘harsh1327’ Bubna||₹50,867||Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Lavesh ‘lavesh7’ Meena||₹50,632||ATOC Apollo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Praveen ‘PinaWXD’ KR||₹50,470||BSS#6 After Party ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Ashish 'Imgabru' Kumar||₹50,354||6-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Surya12||₹50,232||6-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Raghav ‘Raghavv‘ Siddalinga||₹49,232||ATOC Aquarius PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Harsh 'harsh1327' Bubna||₹48,542||6-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|YKARKI2147||₹48,150||The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Mayank 'mayhem97' Kajala||₹47,093||6-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Showman29||₹45,535||Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sahib ‘cumiconn’ Thakur||₹45,233||Micro Millions – 10 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|DestinyTraveller||₹45,000||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|lucifyme||₹44,200||ATOC Hercules ₹1.7 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Aarchit ‘Aarchit’ Dhadwal||₹44,108||ATOC Romulus ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|silentkid||₹43,910||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Anmolraj Singh ‘PINCIOTTI’ Chawla||₹42,230||Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Opulentadi||₹42,122||ATOC Apollo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Shivam ‘shivam699’ Khandelwal||₹41,284||6-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Sandeep ‘King19’ Singh Kohli||₹40,170||6-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|zravasya||₹40,000||Mega Spalsh ₹1 Lakh GTD||Khelo365|
|Sanjay 'sanjayg007' Gupta||₹36,730||Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Kashi123||₹36,450||PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Shubham ‘NewBakchod’ Agarwal||₹31,842||ATOC Hyperion ₹1 Lakh GTD||Adda52|
|Sankalp ‘Wobbegong’ Marwah||₹30,680||PLO BOOST Monster ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Himanshu '[email protected]' Kataria||₹30,427||The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Casanovoracle||₹29,540||Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|nishaarya||₹28,800||Warrior Arena – Bounty ₹1.2 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|Zeta Sagittarii||₹28,785||Micro Millions - 6 Bubble Rush ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|Devrat ‘vickypune’ Singh||₹26,687||ATOC Hyperion ₹1 Lakh GTD||Adda52|
|MsdRox31||₹26,400||Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|0parINDa0||₹25,937||Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|sonofagun||₹24,480||Battlefield Tuesday (WTB) ₹1 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|Joonjoon||₹24,000||Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerDangal|
|np406||₹23,748||Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|Pankaj ‘Pok3rking’ Nanda||₹23,735||ATOC Hyperion ₹1 Lakh GTD||Adda52|
|SayyMyyName||₹22,373||Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|Neeraj ‘SelfClaimedPro’ Kumar||₹22,140||Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|Akshay ‘VaahBhaiVaah’ Gupta||₹20,767||Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|Samaybk||₹20,000||Dominator ₹50K GTD||Khelo365|
|Rohit ‘Rebellion30’ Deoghare||₹15,279||Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|escanor1411||₹15,059||Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTD||PokerStars India|
|Vishal0901||₹15,000||Monday Blues ₹75K GTD||PokerDangal|
|bhauchal||₹13,800||Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTD||Khelo365|
|Fallure||₹12,900||Hitman ₹30K GTD PLO||Khelo365|
|WinMan4||₹12,900||Nitro ₹30K GTD||Khelo365|
|Somenn ‘Prokiller’ Singh||₹12,250||Weekend Fun ₹50K GTD||PokerDangal|
|RyadAli||₹11,400||Under The Gun PLO ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|prashanth16||₹10,350||6 Feet Under ₹25K GTD PLO||Khelo365|
|Jamsh1234||₹9,777||Micro Millions 08 Primetime Grind ₹75K GTD||PokerStars India|
|Ravscorp||₹8,600||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|Vinay2001||₹8,000||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|m0ney||₹7,875||Insomnia ₹30K GTD||PokerDangal|
|KING365||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|suryak||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|inderenggi||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|Nisha0386||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|Sanjeet69||₹4,812||Depositors Freeroll ₹25K GTD||PokerDangal|
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.
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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.