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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!
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The year’s first live MTT series, the Baazi Poker Tour, got over last week. And with that, online MTTs have roared back to life with the fourth edition of The Millionaire Series on Spartan Poker (and partner sites BLITZPOKER and PokerHigh) driving most of the action!
As is the usual trend, Sunday’s biggest winner is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!” And taking the honors this week is PokerGuru Ambassador Deepankur Gupta! The 24-year-old poker pro from Gurgaon finished runner-up in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #5 – Double Millionaire on Sunday, with the IOPC The Crown July champion Vaibhav Temani taking down the title. Both players cashed ₹17.64 Lakhs each. The very next day, Gupta shipped PokerBaazi’s The Big Show and made away with an impressive ₹20.69 Lakhs in weekly winnings.
Sahil Nair, MPL Poker Pro Dhaval Mudgal, and Manmeet Oberai were the other players to rake in seven-figure scores this week.
Mobile Premier League`s ten-week-long Great Indian Gaming League has been making a lot of noise, and for all the right reasons! Underway since March 24, the GIGL offers a never-seen-before ₹2,000 Crores in prizes across all of MPL`s gaming verticals and will run till May 29. Among the plethora of GIGL promotions, MPL Poker players have the Cash Bash and Vegas Dream to keep them busy throughout the summer.
The Cash Bash runs from April 1 to 24 and will have cash game players vying for a share of ₹3 Crores in prizes, including a 60% rake back at the mid to high-stakes and direct payouts at the low stakes.
MPL Poker`s Vegas Dream promotion is for anyone dreaming about going to Las Vegas for the 2022 WSOP. The Vegas leaderboard will award the top 10 players all-expenses-paid packages to WSOP worth over ₹50 Lakhs.
This summer, there is a lot to look forward to for cash game players, with BLITZPOKER rolling out the Daily Premier Leaderboard and All-In April promotions. The Daily Premier Leaderboard (April 4-30) has ₹1 Lakh in daily prizes for low-stakes players. At the same time., the month-long All In April deposit offers can fetch you over ₹90,000 in bonuses.
Moving over to the industry news, the multi-gaming platform, Games24x7 recently became the third Indian online gaming company to enter the unicorn club, after Dream11 and Mobile Premier League. The company raised $75 Million in a funding round led by Malabar Investments at a $2.50 Billion valuation.
In international news, the Triton Poker Special Edition Series has been the center of attention for the high-stakes MTT community. The series has been taking place at the Merit Royal Hotel Casino and Spa in North Cyprus since April 2. The series-opener, Event #1: $50K 6-Handed NLHE, was taken down by Hungarian pro Andras Nemeth for a career-best $1.08 Million. Netherlands’ Teun Mulder won Event #2: $100K NLH 8-Handed for $1.94 Million.
Sean Winter was another standout winner this past week! He took down back-to-back events at the rear end of the 2022 U.S. Poker Open to whisk the championship title from under Tamon Nakamura’s nose!
Online Railbird Report
With the BPT March 2022 edition in the rear-view mirror, all the poker heavyweights returned to the virtual felts this week with gusto. And sounding off the electrifying action on Sunday was the second #BaaziBillion MoneyMaker on PokerBaazi and Spartan Poker`s (and partner sites BLITZPOKER and PokerHigh) biggest-ever The Millionaire Series.
Topping the charts through the blockbuster week was the former The Millionaire winner & PokerGuru Ambassador Deepankur Gupta. The 24-year-old Gurgaon resident made heads turn on Sunday with his second-place finish in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #5 – Double Millionaire! If that was not enough, he took down PokerBaazi’s The Big Show the following day, netting a whopping ₹20.69 Lakhs for the week`s work. Gupta`s smashing run put him on top of the weekly charts, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”
His top finishes include:
> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #5 – Double Millionaire for ₹17.64 Lakhs (₹17.76 Lakhs overall)
> 1st in PokerBaazi’s The Big Show for ₹2.12 Lakhs
The IOPC The Crown July 2021 champion Vaibhav Temani shipped the Millionaire Series #5 – Double Millionaire title for ₹17.64 Lakhs. Temani closed out the week with ₹17.91 Lakhs in total winnings.
The former The Hercules winner Sahil Nair had an eventful week as well. He won the ₹1 Crore GTD #BB2 MoneyMaker on PokerBaazi for a personal-best ₹14.79 Lakhs, becoming the 15th player to bag the prestigious title. He FT-ed two more events, altogether adding ₹17.05 Lakhs.
His top finishes include:
> 1st in PokerBaazi’s #BB2 MoneyMaker for ₹14.79 Lakhs
> 6th in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller for ₹69,846
> 5th in PokerBaazi’s BSS MonsterStack for ₹42,243
This week, MPL Poker Pro Dhaval Mudgal raked in ₹15.51 Lakhs. And most of his winnings came from his thumping victory in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #7 – Monday Millionaire for ₹11.56 Lakhs.
His top finishes include:
> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series#7 – Monday Millionaire for ₹11.56 Lakhs
> 2nd in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹2.50 Lakhs
The former SVS – The Millionaire winner Manmeet Oberai piled in a career-best ₹14.97 Lakhs from his second-place finish in #BB2 MoneyMaker (via a heads-up chop).
Myron Pereira, Aniket Waghmare, Rising Star Aman Parakh, Manish Lakhotia, and PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved were the other top scorers of the week.
Notable Winners of the Week
Player Prize Amount Event Poker Site
Vaibhav Temani ₹17.64 Lakhs Millionaire Series#5 – Double Millionaire ₹75 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Sahil Nair ₹14.79 Lakhs #BB2 MoneyMaker – ₹1 Crore GTD PokerBaazi
“CharlieDREW” ₹14.51 Lakhs Millionaire Series#3 – Sunday Millionaire ₹50 Lakhs GTD (1st Place ₹10 Lakhs GTD) Spartan Poker
Dhaval Mudgal ₹11.56 Lakhs Millionaire Series #7 – Monday Millionaire ₹35 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Debapriya Manna ₹10.50 Lakhs Millionaire Series#10 – Tuesday Millionaire ₹75 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Aniket Waghmare ₹7.53 Lakhs Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Kartik Ved ₹6.31 Lakhs Mega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Aditya Sushant ₹6.12 Lakhs Godfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Manish Lakhotia ₹5.46 Lakhs The Elite (6-Max) – ₹20 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Kunal Patni ₹4.37 Lakhs The Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Rahul Jain ₹4.19 Lakhs Destiny ₹18 Lakhs GTD
Bharath Kumar ₹4.16 Lakhs The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Aditya Sushant ₹4.04 Lakhs The Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Myron Pereira ₹3.94 Lakhs Trending Thursday ₹15 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Sandeep Tulsyan ₹3.90 Lakhs Maverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Arsh Grover ₹3.60 Lakhs The Endeavour – ₹12 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Goonjan Mall ₹3.52 Lakhs Millionaire Series#4 – ₹10 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Uday Singh ₹3.26 Lakhs The Mint – ₹14 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Atishay Samuel ₹2.73 Lakhs Sunday Special (On-time Rake Refund) - ₹15 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Arjanveer Singh Chadha ₹2.61 Lakhs Bounty Builder HR (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
₹2.59 Lakhs The Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Gaurav Sood ₹2.43 Lakhs Super Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Ritwik Khanna ₹2.20 Lakhs Sunday Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Abhinav Iyer ₹2.19 Lakhs Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Deepankur Gupta ₹2.12 Lakhs The Big Show – ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Piyush Jain ₹1.96 Lakhs BSS SPRINT 7-Max - ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
“coronapoker” ₹1.94 Lakhs Millionaire Series#1 Kick Off - ₹10 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Rishab Malik ₹1.91 Lakhs Sunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Mohit Mehta ₹1.82 Lakhs Millionaire Series#11 – ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Kanishka Samant ₹1.73 Lakhs Millionaire Series #2 – ₹7 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Tanmay Benara ₹1.69 Lakhs Iron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Ayush Arora ₹1.68 Lakhs BSS MonsterStack 6-Max - ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Rajneesh Thakur ₹1.57 Lakhs (7-Max) SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
“Blackdragon” ₹1.56 Lakhs (7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Sanket Arora ₹1.55 Lakhs Millionaire Series #6 ₹5 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Anil Arora ₹1.53 Lakhs Millionaire Series #8 ₹7 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Pawan Tez ₹1.53 Lakhs Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Nitin Rawat ₹1.47 Lakhs (7-Max) SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Karan Malhotra ₹1.44 Lakhs (7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
JaiKiran Kumar ₹1.44 Lakhs Millionaire Series#9 – ₹6 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Amrit Mishra ₹1.36 Lakhs FTV Flamingo ₹5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
“TheTamizhDurrr” ₹1.35 Lakhs Futuristic – ₹7 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
“bunnyhigh” ₹1.33 Lakhs Daily SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
“PaisaWala” ₹1.24 Lakhs Fuuuul Value – ₹10 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Divyanshu Agrawal ₹1.24 Lakhs (7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Aditya Singh ₹1.20 Lakhs Battle Royale 8-Max - ₹4 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Aditya Kulkarni ₹1.18 Lakhs Daily SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
₹1.05 Lakhs La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTD Adda52
₹1.01 Lakhs Night on Stars - ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Rishi Mundhra ₹1.01 Lakhs Friday Bounty ₹4 Lakhs GTD Adda52
₹88K Wednesday Vibes ₹3 Lakhs GTD
“Madmadmax123” ₹87K Voyager – ₹3 Lakhs GTD Adda52
MPL Poker Can Make Your Vegas Dream Come True
On March 24, MPL has launched India’s biggest gaming promotion, the ten-week-long Great Indian Gaming League. A major attraction at this mega festival is the two leaderboard-centric promotions running on MPL Poker – Cash Bash and Vegas Dream.
The Cash Bash runs from April 1 to 24 and offers players ₹3 Crores in total prizes, including a 60% rake back at the mid to high-stakes and direct payouts at the low stakes.
The Vegas Dream runs the entirety of the GIGL, i.e., until May 29. Like the Cash Bash, all players need to consistently hit the cash tables on MPL Poker and collect points. The top 10 players on the Vegas Dream Leaderboard will get to live their Vegas Dream by winning all-expenses-paid packages to WSOP, with over ₹50 Lakhs worth of packages to be won!
Read the complete report here
Win From ₹1 Lakh in Prizes Daily Through BLITZPOKER’s Daily Premier Leaderboard
BLITZPOKER’s Daily Premier Leaderboard is for the low-stakes cash game players. Play cash games from the ₹1/₹2 to ₹5/₹10 stakes on the site from April 4 to 30 to get ranked on the ₹35K Holdem Leaderboard, ₹55K PLO Leaderboard, and the ₹10K OFC Leaderboard. Fifty players stand a chance to win ₹1 Lakh in Game Bonus daily!
Read the complete report here
BLITZPOKER is Giving Away ₹90K in Deposit Bonuses in ‘All-In April’ Deposit Offers
BLITZPOKER’s “All In April” deposit offers can fetch you juicy bonuses on your deposits on the site this month. The promotion is open to players across stakes, starting on deposits as little as ₹50 and increasing to ₹1 Lakh throughout April.
Read the complete report here
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.