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This Week in Poker: March 31 – April 6

This Week in Poker
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis April 7, 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!

The first week of April witnessed a complete revamp of the top order on the annual leaderboard, with Manish Lakhotia jumping ahead of PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh and Young Gun Gaurav Sood to claim the #1 spot. The Siliguri-based poker pro had a breakout run headlined by two title wins – PokerBaazi’s BSS#4 SuperStack on Sunday and Spartan Poker’s The Big Deal on Monday. In all, he raked in ₹14.17 Lakhs in weekly earnings, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

The week`s featured tourney, Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire, crowned a new champion in Sanish Chhabra, who banked ₹13.80 Lakhs for his second-best career finish.

PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha fell one spot short of winning the Millionaire title for a second time, but a heads-up chop ensured him a runner-up payout worth ₹12.91 Lakhs. He took down two tourneys through the week – Spartan Poker’s Futuristic and PokerBaazi’s Monster Turbo, landing the #2 spot on the annual rankings.

Young Gun Sahil Chutani also featured among the breakout performers on Sunday with ₹8.07 Lakhs in cumulative winnings.

Mohit Mehta, Myron Pereira, Vatsalya Rao, Anirban D Das, and Jaydeep Dawer were the other top performers this past week.

If March was fantastic, poker players have a blockbuster April to look forward to. With the first Millionaire tourney of April in the books, Spartan Poker will be hosting three more The Millionaire editions all through the month.

PokerBaazi has the Value Bomb Extreme coming up later this month. The multi-flight event will commence on April 21 and run till April 25, promising a ₹50 Lakhs prize pool guarantee at an extremely affordable ₹1,100 entry buy-in!

The first online poker site to get the Nagaland gaming license, Khelo365, has a no TDS policy. To make its offering more exciting for cash game players, the site has extended its 50% rakeback offer to all cash games all through April.

Promotions are running rampant on Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8, which is giving away a jaw-dropping $8.70 Million in promotions this month through exclusive promotions, Daily Cash Game leaderboards, All-in or Fold promotions, Flip & Go Daily leaderboards, GGCare, and Honeymoon promotions. The site also launched two new game modes on April 2, i.e., the Five Card Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO-5) and N-Stack tournaments.

And it doesn`t end there. MTT players have the GG Spring Festival (GGSF) to keep them busy. The series runs from April 4 to 25 and promises a whopping $150 Million in prize pool guarantees.

The going was not all good for the gaming industry, with the Karnataka High Court asking the state government to table a proposal for regulating real-money gaming by May 27. This was in response to a petition filed by Sharada DR regarding the regulation of real money gaming, and all hints point towards a complete ban on real-money gaming in Karnataka.

With IPL 2021 all set to kick-off on April 9, the latest celebrity to join the fantasy sports bandwagon is Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh. The ‘Gully Boy’ actor was roped in by gaming portal My11Cricle, making him their first non-sports celebrity brand ambassador.

There have been a string of new signups by online poker giant PokerStars. The online poker company owned by Flutter Entertainment has roped in UK’s poker phenom Sam Grafton, Canadian pro Parker Talbot, and its former Team Online pro Andre Coimbra as brand ambassadors. Its panel of Twitch streamers has also expanded with the addition of Mark ‘naigo1’ Foresta, Keith ‘AccidentalGrenade’ Becker, and Lasse ‘WisternJL’ Jagd Lauritsen.

The biggest news to hit the global poker fraternity came on April fool’s day, i.e., April 1, with WSOP announcing a tentative schedule for its annual live series in Las Vegas this year. The mega-series is expected to return after a yearlong hiatus from September 30 to November 23 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Even with the WSOP eyeing a fall running, The Venetian has gone ahead with its summer series, the DeepStack Extravaganza Poker Series. The series started on March 29 and will continue till April 25.

Moving to the live poker sphere, PokerStars’ European Poker Tour (EPT) Sochi Main Event crowned a champion in 23-year-old Russian pro Artur Martirosian, who pocketed ₽24,633,000 (~$325,316) and his first-ever EPT title!

 

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Reigning supreme on the weekly charts this week was the two-time Millionaire winner Manish Lakhotia. The 2020 December leaderboard topper was engaged in a highly contested race with PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh and Young Gun Gaurav Sood for the #1 rank on the yearly leaderboard these past few weeks. On Sunday, Lakhotia successfully dislodged Singh from his top seat after the former posted ₹5.76 Lakhs in cumulative winnings, which included shipping PokerBaazi’s BSS#4 SuperStack. He went on to win Spartan Poker’s The Big Deal on Monday, pushing his weekly tally to ₹14.17 Lakhs (₹11.86 Lakhs in profit). For his blistering run, Lakhotia is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia

 

His top finishes include:

– 1st in the ₹35 Lakhs GTD The Big Deal for ₹7.65 Lakhs

– 1st in the ₹20 Lakhs GTD BSS#4 SuperStack for ₹4.20 Lakhs

– 5th in the ₹25 Lakhs GTD Adda52 Million for ₹1.56 Lakhs

The latest Millionaire champion, Sanish Chhabra, raked in ₹13.80 Lakhs this week (₹12.69 Lakhs in profits). The first-ever INCOOP Main Event champion overcame a massive 1,895-entry field to win the Spartan Poker flagship for ₹13.46 Lakhs!

PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha narrowly missed claiming the Millionaire title. Nevertheless, a heads-up chop saw him walk away with ₹12.91 Lakhs in second-place prize money. The Chandigarh-based pro lapped up ₹13.44 Lakhs in weekly earnings (₹11.20 Lakhs in profit), and his stellar run this week has placed him at the #2 spot on the annual leaderboard.

Arjanveer Singh Chadha
Arjanveer Singh Chadha

 

His top finishes include:

– 2nd in ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire for ₹12.91 Lakhs

– 1st in ₹10 Lakhs Futuristic for ₹1.89 Lakhs

– 1st in ₹5 Lakhs GTD Monster Turbo for ₹1.39 Lakhs

Young Gun Sahil Chutani joins the list of top scorers on the back of his trailblazing run on Sunday. He accrued ₹8.44 Lakhs in weekly winnings (₹7.35 Lakhs in profits).

Sahil Chutani
Sahil Chutani

 

His top finishes include:

– 1st in ₹25 Lakhs GTD Adda52 Million for ₹6.95 Lakhs

– 12th in ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire for ₹1.12 Lakhs

The other big scorers of the week include ‘borntrouble’ (anonymity requested), Mohit Mehta, Myron Pereira, Vatsalya Rao, Anirban D Das, and Jaydeep Dawer.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Sanish 'Sanish21' Chhabra₹13.45 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Manish 'thekid' Lakhotia₹7.65 LakhsThe Big Deal ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sahil ‘bluffme19’ Chutani₹6.95 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anant ‘Prometheius’ Purohit₹6.28 LakhsDestiny ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja₹6.19 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kapil 'selffish' Arora₹6.09 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vatsalya ‘TooEasy’ Rao₹5.06 LakhsMega Suits ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Jaydeep 'GOOGLE' Jaswantlal Dawer₹5.01 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sreekanth 'n0thing' Narayan₹4.64 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manish 'thekid' Lakhotia₹4.20 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Devrat 'Vickypune' Singh₹3.82 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
aimhigh1₹3.77 LakhsMega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
jacksparrow1995₹3.74 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddhanth ‘PluRibu$’ Kripalani₹3.71 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rajat 'happyfish' Mahajan₹3.62 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Raghav 'thatssosick' Bansal₹3.21 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
041195₹2.86 LakhsSunday Special - Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rachit ‘baba_ramdev’ Soni₹2.64 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
flipper595₹2.63 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sandeep 'Chor' Bhatnagar₹2.35 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashit ‘nexus010’ Sharma₹2.10 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vishnu 'violator2018' Khandelwal₹1.96 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rumit 'Viking$$barbie' Khade₹1.96 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Masroor ‘jason911’ Ansari₹1.91 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arjanveer Singh ‘bazzingaa’ Chadha₹1.89 LakhsFuturistic ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Majestic₹1.78 LakhsMoney Heist ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Atul ‘atulkhurana’ Khurana₹1.69 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shardul ‘Faucet Failure’ Parthasarathi₹1.63 LakhsThe Race ₹6.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gaurav ‘mozzie17’ Sood₹1.54 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sagar 'sagarpupull' Choudhury₹1.45 LakhsUppercut Magic Edition ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Siddhanth 'Sidstack' Kripalani₹1.44 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arjanveer 'arjan30' Singh Chadha₹1.38 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sreekanth 'n0thing' Narayan₹1.24 LakhsBSS#3 Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pranav 'pranavpoker' Khandalkar₹1.24 LakhsBSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Champ10n₹1.20 LakhsGrand Slam ₹4 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Arpan 'Distroyer' Majhi₹1.09 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Karan ‘Reg_Slayer’ Radia₹1.06 LakhsHurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mohit 'thejoker' Mehta₹1.06 LakhsThe Flash ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sriko5₹1.01 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ritwik ‘Fisherman1997’ Khanna₹1 LakhSixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
cardshark6191₹96,614Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ankit ‘starnaruto’ Saurabh₹80,750Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sumanth 'sp175' Kumar₹78,500Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
MentalScience₹63,800Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
JC1870 ₹58,590BSS#6 After Party ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shikamaaru₹58,226Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ranveer 'seven2222' Singh Sandhu
₹57,810Afternoon Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
atulkhurana₹54,261Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sunnyahuja ₹51,770BSS#2 Afternoon ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
spraveen₹51,1986-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
blacksuit22₹51,0606-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
13rishabh₹49,508Holdem BOOST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Persie ₹47,016Night Rider Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ANCIENT MARINER₹46,266Deepstack ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
cerealkiller₹46,1276-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Naman ‘KidPoker09’ Puri₹45,600Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
60kk108₹45,441The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Mohit ‘imohitahuja21’ Ahuja₹44,000Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dennis9229₹43,910Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Varun ‘wardev’ Devayya₹43,451Uppercut Mini ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
samv₹43,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Animesh ‘animeshth20’ Thakur₹42,230Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Swapnil 'sswapnil1904' Sawant₹40,9436-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
cardshark6191₹36,653Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
efrnd
₹35,826Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
ultrahuma331₹33,125Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Poker_Basilisk₹32,474Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ravi ‘Rvjn91’ Jain₹31,035Mega Freeze ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
arjit2892₹30,980The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
abarjatiya₹30,970PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
saurav29₹30,820PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Sush000₹30,586Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Arindam 'darkhorse94' Nayak₹30,000PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
si151190₹30,000PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Tanmay 'PlusEv' Benara
₹29,764Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Divyanshu ‘divroxxx’ Patel₹29,248Sunday Storm ₹1.5 LakhsPokerStars India
Chandan ‘RunBarryRun’ Arora₹27,528Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
nikpokernoob₹26,496Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
manish60712₹24,640Punch ₹80K GTDAdda52
Arpan 'Vasusenaa' Majhi₹23,897Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
jjmaliakal₹23,897Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
namanv4₹23,896Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
vipdaredevil₹23,896Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Maryjane1997₹19,107Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
inderenggl₹18,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
KK4848₹16,915The Centurion ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
AlluArJun00₹13,800Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Nawabfratoll₹13,800Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
D Badshaa₹11,419Deepstack ₹50,000 GTDPokerStars India
hengokamki₹10,7506 Feet Under 25K GTD PLO DeepstackKhelo365
trk34₹10,200Under the Gun ₹20K GTD PLOKhelo365
Loveyoudeler₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
bahubali₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Dhum33₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHEKhelo365
Inderenggi₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
LondonFM91₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Aabheer₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHEKhelo365

 

Khelo365 Announces Upto 50% Rakeback on OFC Cash Tables

The TDS-free site, Khelo365, has extended its 50% rakeback offer on OFC tables to all cash games. The offer will run all through the month!

Read the complete report here

 

Natural8 Announced Massive Giveaway in April

Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8, is giving away $8.70 Million in promotions this month through Natural8’s exclusive promotions, Daily Cash Game leaderboards, All-in or Fold promotions, Flip & Go Daily leaderboards, GGCare, and Honeymoon promotions.

Read the complete report here

Natural8 also launched two new game modes on April 2, namely the Five Card Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO-5) and N-Stack tournaments.

Read the complete report here

The site is currently hosting the biggest online poker series ever, the GG Spring Festival (GGSF), from April 4 to 25, with a massive $150 Million in guarantees.

Read the complete report here

 

Karnataka High Court Requests State Government to Decide on Regulating Online Gaming by May 27

The Karnataka High Court has kept the state government on a tight leash and has given it a May 27 deadline to file its response on the petition seeking to ban all forms of online betting and gambling in the state. The matter has been adjourned till June 1.

Read the complete report here

 

My11Circle Signs Ranveer Singh as Brand Ambassador

Ahead of IPL 2021, eminent Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh has been roped in by My11Circle as their brand ambassador.

Read the complete report here

 

WSOP Announces Tentative Dates For 2021 Live Series, Online Edition & WSOP Europe

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) dropped a bombshell on April 1 by releasing dates for the much-awaited annual live series in Las Vegas. Coming back after a one-year hiatus, the live mega-series will return on September 30 and run till November 23 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Read the complete report here

 

Artur Martirosian Champions EPT Sochi Main Event

23-year-old online poker phenom, Russia`s Artur Martirosian championed the first EPT Main Event of the year at Casino Sochi for ₽24,633,000 (~$325,316).

Artur Martirosian
Artur Martirosian

 

Read the complete report here

 

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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