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This Week In Poker: May 12 – 18

This Week In Poker
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis May 19, 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 start our weekly roundup as always with an update on the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be getting any better as the days go by. The country reported 2.67 Lakh cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday. At least 4,529 deaths were reported on the same day, the highest so far in a day. Even the tropical cyclone Tauktae wreaked havoc in several parts of the country. All of these were contributing factors to the surge in online poker traffic.

The week’s biggest offering, as always, was Spartan Poker’s ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire. For a second consecutive week (and for the fourth time this year), the flagship title landed with a PokerGuru Ambassador. Winning the flagship title this week was Vivek Singh, who pipped the former IOPC Millionaire United champion Siddhanth Kripalani (runner-up for ₹10.45 Lakhs) heads-up to win his career-first The Millionaire title and a personal-best ₹19.05 Lakhs (1st for ₹18.68 Lakhs and 36th for ₹36,337)! For his fantastic Sunday night run, Vivek Singh is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Manish Lakhotia, Sahil Mahboobani, Harshit Sanghi, Yudhishter Jaswal, Kushagra Mehta, and Young Gun Devang Yadav were the other big scorers this week.

Moving over to the promotions currently underway, it’s almost like a dream come true for the micro and low-stakes MTT players, with three online sites now running micro-stakes series. Spartan Poker`s popular Ultimate Value Series (UVS) made a comeback on May 17 and will all the way through May 23.

PokerBaazi is currently hosting the Indian Micro Poker Series (IMPS), and this too shall continue until May 23. Adda52 is also hosting its Nano Poker Series.

Still, if you don’t want to spend too much money and still win big, then that’s possible too. Khelo365 today announced the ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD “PokerGuru Freeroll,” a special FREEBUY tourney that`s free-to-enter for all PokerGuru signups. Existing Khelo365 players can win a ticket by making a ₹500 deposit or enter directly for ₹100.

Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8, has stepped up to join India`s fight against COVID-19 by announcing the “Unite To Fight Covid-19” Fundraising Campaign. The online site is aiming to raise $100K in donations, and the entire sum collected will go to CryptoRelief.

Even Indian celebrities have been doing their bit to fight the pandemic. Mobile Premier League brand ambassador and the skipper of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli’s COVID-19 relief initiative with wife and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma has received widespread attention. MPL Sports Foundation was one of the biggest contributors to the fundraise and donated a massive ₹5 Crores.

In other news, the World Poker Tour (WPT), in partnership with the Japan Poker Union and sponsors Sammy Inc, is set to visit Japan for the fifth consecutive year in September.

The U.S. Poker Open is coming back for its third edition in June. Only this time, as part of the recently launched PokerGO Tour. The 12-event series will run at the PokerGO Studio in Aria Resorts & Casino from June 3 to 15.

Moving on to live poker, the two delayed WPT final tables on hiatus since last year have finally wrapped up. Veerab Zakarian took down the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open for $674,840, while Indian-origin Balakrishna Patur won the WPT L.A. Poker Classic for $1.01 Million. The last of the delayed final tables, the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event Championship, saw ICU nurse Brek Schutten coming out on top to win $1.26 Million.


Online Railbird Report

PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek Singh charted a breakout run on Sunday by topping the 2,264-entry field in Spartan Poker’s ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire to win his first-ever The Millionaire title and a career-best ₹18.68 Lakhs. Singh also placed 36th in the Sunday flagship for another ₹36,337, earning a collective ₹19.05 Lakhs in the event. Singh earned a cumulative ₹19.70 Lakhs through the week, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Vivek Singh

Siliguri-based Manish Lakhotia moved up to #2 on the annual leaderboard standings, all of which can be attributed to him raking in ₹14.03 Lakhs this week.

Manish Lakhotia


His top finishes include:

– 1st in the Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.29 Lakhs

– 3rd in The Weekly Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.99 Lakhs

– 3rd in the Maverick for ₹1.59 Lakhs

– 2nd in the Blockbuster ₹6 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.20 Lakhs

Former IOPC Millionaire United champion Siddhanth Kripalani came within touching distance of winning a second The Millionaire title, eventually placing runner-up behind Vivek Singh to win ₹10.21 Lakhs. Kripalani cashed out twice more in the tourney, pocketing ₹10.45 Lakhs overall. The Mumbai resident added The Big Show title to his tally on Monday, boosting his weekly earnings to ₹13.95 Lakhs.

Siddhanth Kripalani


His top finishes include:

-2nd in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹10.21 Lakhs

– 1st in The Big Show ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹2 Lakhs

Seasoned reg Sahil Mahboobani featured among The Millionaire finalists. Mahboobani also won the ReCharge on Monday, lapping up ₹11.12 Lakhs this past week.

Sahil Mahboobani


His top finishes include:

– 4th in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹5.09 Lakhs

– 1st in the ReCharge ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.40 Lakhs

– 2nd in the Wednesday Vibes ₹7 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.27 Lakhs

– 3rd in the Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.01 Lakhs

The Elite champion Harshit Sanghi (collective winnings – ₹8.67 Lakhs), Yudhishter Jaswal (collective winnings – ₹8.59 lakhs), Destiny winner Kushagra Mehta (collective winnings – ₹8.38 Lakhs), and Young Gun Devang Yadav (collective winnings – ₹8.28 Lakhs) were the week’s other top scorers.


Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Vivek 'KasolHieghts' Singh₹18.68 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Harshit 'HeroCaller' Sanghi₹8.33 LakhsThe Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kushagra ‘The Unconventional’ Mehta₹8.17 LakhsDestiny ₹26 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sahil ‘$lim$hady19’ Chutani₹7.92 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹42 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Manish 'newkidpoker' Lakhotia₹7.29 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
pratap2904₹7.05 LakhsMega Suits ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Alok ‘APB1989’ Birewar₹5.95 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Amit ‘ragingbull’ Kaushik₹5.15 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Uttam Kumar ‘chinunew’ Sinha₹4.96 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gokul 'Nygma' Raj₹4.62 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shashank 'indianrat' Desai₹4.42 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
faujidhaba₹4.35 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sagar 'sagarpupul' Choudhury₹4.32 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
debapriya_12345₹4.32 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gaurav ‘3betPanda’ Sood₹3.73 LakhsSunday Highroller - Progressive KO ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ratul 'Atriohm' Steves₹3.32 LakhsMega Stack (Millionaire Bubble) ₹21 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Divik ‘stackattack555’ Arora₹3.25 LakhsDVS Main Event ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Rubin ‘kornkid4’ Labroo₹3.13 LakhsSunday Special - Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
sanchit1990₹2.96 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Mithun 'ThePokeRajaIN' Mahesh₹2.84 LakhsHighroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aman ‘Karmapoker’ Parakh₹2.75 LakhsMonster Stack ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Amar 'PsykoEko' B Iyer₹2.65 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sahil 'Captain Falcon' Mahboobani₹2.40 LakhsReCharge ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bhavit 'Tyrogambit' Jain₹2.30 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Oshuri₹2.24 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vishal 'Darky012' Ojha₹2.15 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Devvrat ‘[email protected]’ Arya₹2.07 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
rsh7777₹2.02 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddhanth ‘ender’ Kripalani₹2 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ritwik ‘ritwik27’ Khanna ₹1.93 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanish 'Sanish21' Chhabra₹1.92 LakhsFuturistic ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Armaan ‘tandavam’ Kochhar₹1.85 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankit 'ON_MY_MAC' Omprakash Bajaj₹1.65 LakhsThe Race ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
royalking7424₹1.58 LakhsIMPS #16 6-Max Highroller ₹5 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
flipper595₹1.46 LakhsBattle Royale ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
mj129₹1.43 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhinesh 'dhineshrocky007' Kumar₹1.35 LakhsBSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
mdigurgaon₹1,33 LakhsSixth Sense ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Himanshu 'pokerbrat7' Arora₹1.30 LakhsBSS#3 MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aman 'Karmapoker' Parakh₹1.25 LakhsUVS #6 Monster Stack ₹4.35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vaibhav 'vroy219' Roy₹1.21 LakhsHurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
raghav1990₹1.16 LakhsNight on Stars ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rajesh 'Folsom' Kumar₹1.04 LakhsMonster Stack ₹3.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Akshay 'nofuchsgiven' Dhingra₹93,250Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Karan ‘Collingwood’ Sitlani₹88,360IMPS#10 PLO HighRoller ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Akshay 'Jacks24' Kadam₹86,380Monster Stack ₹3.20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kamal 'kamalpunjabi11' Punjabi₹80,064Holdem Bash ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aman ‘KarmaPoker’ Parakh₹76,800IMPS#3 ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
iamraman₹72,776Sunday Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohak 'Tiltin' Kapoor₹70,4676-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
RPRAB₹69,300Afternoon Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dan0379₹68,460The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Shogun₹68,210IMPS#5 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Chirag 'chiragkhanduja' Khanduja₹64,2826-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Taliwabang 'Meverick' Jamir₹63,4006-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
₹63,250Ultimate 6 Card PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Utkarsh ‘Sam20542’ Shrivastava₹62,670Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
vagaram333₹60,620IMPS#1 Kickoff Turbo ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ankit ‘magnum736’ Saurabh₹58,937The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Prashanth ‘Iveyleague’ Sekar₹58,320BSS#6 After Party ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
rektace₹57,551Turbo ₹1.5 Lakh GTD
Shashank ‘indianrat’ Desai₹55,620Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Missbluff₹54,120BSS#2 Afternoon ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
iamraman₹51,792Sunday Kick-Off ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
BigStack₹51,633Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ajaykori₹50,700IMPS#11 DAILY 2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
madhumangall₹48,980IMPS#12 7-Max 2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anav ‘Greyhound15’ Bhayana₹48,759Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
kalkiom₹48,025Big Bubble Rush ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Philip ‘Philister’ Jude₹47,030Turbo 1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
dontTiltNLose₹46,917Reload ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Daniel0617₹45,650Mega Freeze ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anish 'HotsForTheSlots' Arora₹45,261UVS #4 ₹1.65 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Zain9619₹42,510BSS#1 Kickoff ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Maalwall₹40,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Manas 'Conclusion1100' Nayak₹39,550Sunday Knight Rider ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
₹39,400PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTD
Dan0379 ₹37,852Deepstack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
piyu545₹37,703Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
041195₹37,197Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Abhishek 'Addysonu' Sonu

₹36,490Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
j2sera₹36,000DVS Event #13 ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
akhil0488₹35,110PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Thebang02₹34,803Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Madbluffer₹34,314DVS Event #1 ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
software₹32,850IMPS#2 5-Max Hyper Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Anilkk₹32,744DVS Event 4 ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
gotchaF001₹32,558Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakh GTD PokerStars India
Sreeharsha 'DonkeyCommitted' Boneni₹31,703Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD
PokerStars India
Swapnil ‘pokpom1’ Patil₹31,257Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anish ‘sheldon11cooper’ Garg₹30,688Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
ashishkrgp₹29,087Sunday Punch ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tanay ‘tanayp’ Parekh₹28,463Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
luckbox₹27,951DVS Event 6 ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
The SittingDuck
₹27,826Afternoon on Stars ₹75K GTD
PokerStars India
durr1603₹27,777Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
kvanj123₹26,161Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
GPDK₹25,555DVS Event #7 ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
GPDK₹25,550DVS Event 7 ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Naval 'Kareem Lala' Lekhra₹25,361Afternoon Kick-Off ₹80K GTDSpartan Poker
Allinle₹24,570DVS Event #3 PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Gracias 'Grac5' T₹22,937UVS #1 ₹1.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Yasir 'xTyrionLannisterx' Anwar Siddiqui₹21,946UVS #2 ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
shubh14403₹21,720DVS Event 9 PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
habzera₹21,063UVS #5 - The Centurion ₹95K GTDSpartan Poker
Tapan ‘tweedu_taps’ Mansotra₹21,028Afternoon on Stars ₹75K GTDPokerStars India
Taliwabang ‘Meverick’ Jamir₹20,400IMPS#4 ₹74K DST GTDPokerBaazi
Utkarsh 'kidpokerNJ' Vaish₹19,843Sunday Deep Freeze ₹75K GTDSpartan Poker
gotchaF001₹19,204Afternoon on Stars ₹75K GTDPokerStars India
hercules0304₹19,104Deepstack ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
KK4848₹18,290IMPS #8 ₹60K GTDPokerBaazi
₹18,032Deepstack ₹70K GTD
PokerStars India
ajaashish₹17,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
luckbox₹16,848DVS Event #2 ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
Kalapaan₹16,624UVS #3 - PLO ₹55K GTDSpartan Poker
prokiller₹16,500DVS Event #14 ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
Aditya ‘Konstantin’ Singh ₹15,980IMP#9 4-Max Hyper Turbo ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
Divyanshu ‘StackKing’ Patel₹15,750Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
Galba14₹15,668DeepStack ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
Yogesh ‘pokerbrat0118’ Choudhary₹15,620IMP#7 ₹40K GTDPokerBaazi
Karle_jugad₹15,015DVS Event 8 ₹70K GTDPokerDangal
Shubham ‘backchod launda’ Agarwal₹14,734Afternoon on Stars ₹75K GTDPokerStars India
Karadia M₹12,600Deepstack ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
Maalwali₹12,000Hitman ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Reverse88₹12,000Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Vasu ‘aggrolegend’ Ramanan₹11,967Primetime Grind ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
srianudeep1993₹11,5006 Feet Under PLO Deepstack ₹25K GTDKhelo365
Harish705₹7,350Lunch Grind ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
IAmeroK8641l₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Amazonking₹6,960Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Sabopagli₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Padukon₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
poker9₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
arunQQQQ₹4,950DVS Free Entry ₹30K AddedPokerDangal
Aa_poker₹2,400Dangal Dinner ₹10K GTDPokerDangal


Khelo365 Announces 2.5 Lakhs GTD “PokerGuru Freeroll” on May 29

Fast-growing online poker site Khelo365 dropped a pleasant surprise today by announcing a massive ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD “PokerGuru Freeroll” on May 29. The FREEBUY structured tourney is open to all PokerGuru tracked Khelo365 users who sign up on the site using the promo code “POKERGURU.” Existing Khelo365 users can get in on the action by making a min deposit of ₹500 using the deposit code “POKERGURU500,” or buy-in directly for ₹100. There is a juicy ₹50,000 guaranteed to the winner.



Spartan Poker’s 1 Crore GTD Ultimate Value Series (UVS) Runs May 17 – 23

Spartan Poker is currently hosting its popular low-to-mid stakes series, the Ultimate Value Series (UVS). The ₹1 Crore GTD series got underway on May 17 and will run through May 23. The series is live on the Quadnet Poker Network and is open to BLITZPOKER and PokerHigh players.

Spartan Poker UVS May 2021



Natural8 Launches “Unite To Fight Covid-19” Fundraising Campaign

Natural8 has joined India’s fight against #COVID19 by launching the “Unite To Fight Covid-19” Fundraising Campaign. Natural8 aims to raise $100K in funding with the pledge to match all contributions dollar for dollar. All contributions will go to CryptoRelief.in.

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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