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This Week in Poker: March 30 – April 5

Deepankur Gupta, Vaibhav Temani, Sahil Nair, Dhaval Mudgal
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  • RUPAM THAKUR April 6, 2022
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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!


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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!”

Deepankur Gupta
Deepankur Gupta


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.

Vaibhav Temani
Vaibhav Temani


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.

Sahil Nair
Sahil Nair


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.

Dhaval Mudgal
Dhaval Mudgal


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).

Manmeet Oberai
Manmeet Oberai


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

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Vaibhav Temani₹17.64 LakhsMillionaire Series#5 – Double Millionaire ₹75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sahil Nair₹14.79 Lakhs#BB2 MoneyMaker – ₹1 Crore GTDPokerBaazi
“CharlieDREW”₹14.51 LakhsMillionaire Series#3 – Sunday Millionaire ₹50 Lakhs GTD (1st Place ₹10 Lakhs GTD)Spartan Poker
Dhaval Mudgal₹11.56 LakhsMillionaire Series #7 – Monday Millionaire ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Debapriya Manna₹10.50 LakhsMillionaire Series#10 – Tuesday Millionaire ₹75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aniket Waghmare₹7.53 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kartik Ved₹6.31 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aditya Sushant₹6.12 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manish Lakhotia₹5.46 LakhsThe Elite (6-Max) – ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal Patni₹4.37 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rahul Jain₹4.19 LakhsDestiny ₹18 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Bharath Kumar₹4.16 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya Sushant₹4.04 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Myron Pereira₹3.94 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sandeep Tulsyan₹3.90 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Arsh Grover₹3.60 LakhsThe Endeavour – ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Goonjan Mall₹3.52 LakhsMillionaire Series#4 – ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Uday Singh₹3.26 LakhsThe Mint – ₹14 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Atishay Samuel₹2.73 LakhsSunday Special (On-time Rake Refund) - ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Arjanveer Singh Chadha₹2.61 LakhsBounty Builder HR (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Jasven Saigal
₹2.59 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Gaurav Sood₹2.43 LakhsSuper Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ritwik Khanna₹2.20 LakhsSunday Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Abhinav Iyer₹2.19 LakhsHighroller (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Deepankur Gupta₹2.12 LakhsThe Big Show – ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Piyush Jain₹1.96 LakhsBSS SPRINT 7-Max - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“coronapoker”₹1.94 LakhsMillionaire Series#1 Kick Off - ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rishab Malik₹1.91 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mohit Mehta₹1.82 LakhsMillionaire Series#11 – ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kanishka Samant₹1.73 LakhsMillionaire Series #2 – ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tanmay Benara₹1.69 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ayush Arora₹1.68 LakhsBSS MonsterStack 6-Max - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rajneesh Thakur₹1.57 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Blackdragon”₹1.56 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanket Arora₹1.55 LakhsMillionaire Series #6 ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anil Arora₹1.53 LakhsMillionaire Series #8 ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pawan Tez₹1.53 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nitin Rawat₹1.47 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Karan Malhotra₹1.44 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
JaiKiran Kumar₹1.44 LakhsMillionaire Series#9 – ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Amrit Mishra₹1.36 LakhsFTV Flamingo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“TheTamizhDurrr”₹1.35 LakhsFuturistic – ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“bunnyhigh”₹1.33 LakhsDaily SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“PaisaWala”₹1.24 LakhsFuuuul Value – ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Divyanshu Agrawal₹1.24 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Aditya Singh₹1.20 LakhsBattle Royale 8-Max - ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aditya Kulkarni₹1.18 LakhsDaily SPRINT – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mohsin Shaikh
₹1.05 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saransh Garg
₹1.01 LakhsNight on Stars - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rishi Mundhra₹1.01 LakhsFriday Bounty ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akansha Sehgal
₹88KWednesday Vibes ₹3 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
“Madmadmax123”₹87KVoyager – ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52


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!

MPL Poker's Vegas Leaderboard

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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!

BLITZPOKER Daily Premier Leaderboard

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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.


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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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