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This Week in Poker: May 17 – 24

This Week in Poker: May 17 - 24
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  • Atmadeep Ghosh May 25, 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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How does it feel to witness the intense poker action on a Sunday that brought on India’s biggest online poker event – the ₹5 Crores GTD EndBoss, and an equally exciting IPC Megastacks? It’s just the start of another action-packed summer for poker enthusiasts!

The week’s biggest story was PokerBaazi’s ₹5 Crores GTD EndBoss crowning a champion in Jitendra Gadhwal! The 26-year-old IT professional from Delhi took down the third edition of India’s biggest online tournament for a life-altering ₹1 Crore. Gadhwal, who leapfrogged in the annual leaderboard, is also the weekly topper and hence our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!

Eshan Kapoor was the second biggest scorer of the week. His runner-up finish in the EndBoss fetched him a career-best ₹60.20 Lakhs. Poker streamer Bhushan Sohani locked in ₹31.40 Lakhs, wrapping up the week with ₹36.65 Lakhs in total winnings.

Delivering a big dollop of live action was the IPC Megastacks at Casino Vegas in Jhapa, Nepal. The series crushed all the past numbers and eventually concluded after Young Gun Siddhanth Kripalani captured the ₹60K Main Event for a personal-best ₹39.72 Lakhs! Kripalani struck a heads-up deal with India’s first WSOP bracelet winner and BPT March 2022 runner-up finisher, Aditya Sushant. Sushant collected a hefty ₹33.50 Lakhs for his another second-place finish.

Gautam Kaul, PokerGuru Ambassador Nadem Basha, Sparsh Gupta, Sandeep Tulsyan also added seven figures in weekly earnings, with Prateek Parakh making it to the top ten list.

With both major live and online series’ wrapping up, the virtual felts have been teeming with news of offers, promotions, and upcoming tournaments.

Online poker sites have started gearing up for the upcoming celebrations. Spartan Poker (and partner sites BLITZPOKER and PokerHigh) have announced the 13th edition of the country’s most prestigious MTT series, the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) in May end.

MPL Poker’s ₹8 Crores GTD India Poker Festival (IPF) (May 26 – June 5), PokerBaazi’s ₹10 Crores GTD 1100 Texas Hold‘em Championship (THC) (May 31 – June 19), and PokerStars India’s ₹3 Crores GTD Summer Series (June 3 – 13) are enough to keep the MTT players busy.

Cash game players can look forward to PokerBaazi’s ₹5 Crores GTD Cash Royale 2.0 (May 25 – June 23). The brand has also rolled out mega-satellites & deposit offers for the upcoming 1100 THC.

That’s not all! Gamezy Poker’s Gamezy 2.0 Rakeback promotion allows you to accumulate as many points as possible by playing cash games on the app across seven days! Don’t miss the opportunity to redeem as much as ₹50,000 in rakeback every week!

The IPC Megastacks may be over, but WPT’s third live outing in Vietnam and the first-ever WPT Prime Vietnam is busy running tournaments at the Crown Poker Club, Hanoi. Vietnam is a preferred destination for Indian pros. While most of the domestic crowd was busy at the IPC, PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal Bajaj (24th for ₹1.13 Lakhs, Young Gun Gaurav Sood (27th for ₹96,921), and PokerGuru Stakings’ Kartik Ved (44th for ₹70,184) cashed out at the WPT Opener, opening India’s scorecard at the series.

Vietnam’s Tu Phuong Nguyen shipped the WPT Opener for a career-best VND 745,000,000 (~$32,154).

It will blow up at the series, now that many players are heading to Vietnam straight from Jhapa.

 

Online Railbird Report

In one of the most thrilling weeks for online poker this year, PokerBaazi’s EndBoss, India’s biggest online poker tournament featuring a ₹5 Crore guarantee, crowned a champion on Sunday. After Abhishek Maheshwari and Eshan Chugh, the 26-year-old IT professional, Delhi-based Jitendra Gadhwal overcame the 1,254-player field, eventually bagging a career-defining ₹1 Crore. As the latest “EndBoss,” Gadhwal simply outshone the rest of the crowd, becoming the second-biggest winner ever in the country and our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Jitendra Gadhwal
Jitendra Gadhwal

 

Dominating the weekly leaderboard, the EndBoss runner-up finisher Eshan Kapoor pocketed a hefty payday of ₹60.20 Lakhs.

Eshan Kapoor
Eshan Kapoor

 

Nothing could have better for poker streamer Bhushan Sohani, as he placed third in the mega finale of EndBoss, for a lifetime best ₹31.40 Lakhs, cumulatively earning ₹34.22 Lakhs this week.

Bhushan Sohani
Bhushan Sohani

 

On Sunday, Gautam Kaul made it to the EndBoss final table and eventually placed fourth for an all-time best score of ₹21.56 Lakhs.

Gautam Kaul
Gautam Kaul

 

PokerGuru Ambassador Nadeem Basha may have kept a low profile over the past few months, but he made up for it this week. Basha placed fifth in the EndBoss for a mouthwatering ₹16.80 Lakhs. He also championed Spartan Poker’s Money Heist, lapping up almost ₹18.66 Lakhs in weekly earnings.

Nadeem Basha
Nadeem Basha

 

His top finishes include:

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s #BB8 ENDBOSS for ₹16.80 Lakhs

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Money Heist for ₹76,198

Sparsh Gupta, Sandeep Tulsyan, Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal and Prateek Parakh were the other top of this week.

 

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Jitendra Gadhwal
₹1 Crore#BB8 Endboss ₹5 Crores GTDPokerBaazi
Ujjwal Narwal
₹8.86 LakhsBTH Mojito ₹50 Lakhs GTD Finale
Adda52
Mohammad Azhar
₹7.97 LakhsBTH Monster ₹30 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Ritwik Khanna₹7.19 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Dhinesh Kumar₹6.20 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Rishab Malik₹5.24 LakhsSunday SuperStack - ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Ashwin Vijay₹4.84 LakhsThe Elite (6-Max) ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rajat Sharma
₹4.30 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Kunal Yadav
₹4.21 LakhsBTH Whale ₹20 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Kanav Parwal₹3.90 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akhilesh Chauhan₹3.88 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Ujjwal Narwal
₹3.23 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹13 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
“GudThimma”
₹2.97 LakhsSunday Special (On-time Rake Refund) ₹15 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Piyush Jain₹2.92 LakhsDestiny ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddharth Pandey₹2.72 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gautam Rohilla
₹2.71 LakhsThe Big Show ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Ujjwal Narwal
₹2.70 LakhsSuper Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Vaibhav Temani
₹2.63 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Arun Sriram₹2.63 LakhsMega Stack (IOPC Bubble) - ₹12.50 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Laksh Pal Singh
₹2.44 LakhsSunday Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Arjanveer Singh Chadha
₹2.43 LakhsBTH Head Shot ₹12.50 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Lavesh Meena
₹2.40 LakhsBounty Builder HR (On-time Rake Refund) - ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ujjwal Narwal₹2.19 LakhsHighroller (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Tarush Gupta
₹2.17 Lakhs(7-Max) BSS SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Kanav Parwal
₹2.10 LakhsBTH Sunday Madness ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Mohit Mehta
₹1.80 LakhsBTH Straight Up ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Sanish Chhabra₹1.49 Lakhs(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
“SICKafterCLICK”₹1.48 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Rishi Bhardwaj
₹1.44 LakhsReCharge (IOPC Bubble) - ₹6.50 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Tarush Gupta
₹1.43 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Anmolraj Singh Chawla₹1.37 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Arsh Grover₹1.37 LakhsBTH FTV Flamingo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Deepak Singh
₹1.31 LakhsSunday Sundowner - ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Hemant Meena₹1.25 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anmol Mehta
₹1.18 LakhsDaily SPRINT (7-Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Sagittarius”
₹1.16 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Karan Radia₹1.10 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddharth Pandey₹1.05 LakhsNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Puneet Sachan₹1.05 Lakhs(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Navneet Raj
₹1 LakhSPRINT (7 Max) 5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Mohammad Azhar₹97KBTH PLO ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
“BinjaNitches”₹92KFuturistic ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nadeem 'blindgame' Basha ₹76KMoney Heist - ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Vivek Karwa
₹67KThe Race (IOPC FT) - ₹3 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Aquib Ansari
₹51KHoldem BOOST ₹3 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi

 

PokerBaazi returns with its most popular cash game promotion, Cash Royale 2.0

Starting May 25 to June 23, PokerBaazi’s Cash Royale 2.0 promises value on the cash game tables of NLHE and PLO-4, PLO-5, and PLO-6 variants, offering as much as ₹16.67+ Lakhs in daily prizes – adding up to ₹5 Crores in added value.

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PokerGuru Users Can Avail To 25% Cashback! Deposit on MPL Poker and Win Free Tickets to the ₹4 Crores GTD India Poker Festival MTT Series!

MPL Poker now has 26 Deposit Offers to choose from, where players can encash free tickets to the upcoming IPF marquees by making minimal deposits of ₹10,000 to ₹1.50 Lakhs.

The deal gets even juicy with PokerGuru Special Cash Code! Deposit ₹2,500, ₹7,500, or ₹15,000, and avail of the PokerGuru-exclusive offer of up to 25% cashback on your deposit.

MPL - Article - Inside

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Gamezy’s All-New Rakeback 2.0 Promotion Allow Players to Redeem Up to ₹50,000 Every Week

Play in cash games on Gamezy’s app across seven days and accumulate as many points as possible! Get rewarded by putting more volume and redeeming as much as ₹50,000 in Rakeback every week!

Gamezy’s All-New Rakeback 2.0 Promotion

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IPC Megastacks

The guarantee-crushing IPC Megastacks is now in the rear-view mirror, and stealing the thunder towards the end was Young Gun Siddhanth Kripalani. Kripalani started as Day 2 chip leader and ended wearing the crown! The former Game Changer 3.0 champion, Young Gun Siddhanth Kripalani, took down the IPC Megatsacks – Main Event live title for a personal best score of ₹39.72 Lakhs. Including the online cashes, Kripalni overall earned ₹40.52 Lakhs over the week.

Siddhanth Kripalani
Siddhanth Kripalani

 

Kripalani chopped the title heads-up with the 2022 BPT Main Event runner-up, Aditya Sushant. Once a beast, always a beast! It’s not even two full months since Sushant posted the runner-up finish in the BPT Main Event title that he picked a whopping ₹33.50 Lakhs, courtesy of a heads-up deal.

Aditya Sushant
Aditya Sushant

 

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PokerGuru Ambassadors fared well at the live stop, and Vivek Singh grabbed his career-second live score, who captured the Mystery Bounty for ₹3.14 Lakhs after defeating Yuvraj Singh heads-up. Yuvraj Singh pocketed ₹1.94 Lakhs for his runner-up finish.

Vivek Singh
Vivek Singh

 

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Alok Birewar walked away with a personal-best ₹40.71 Lakhs after besting the 163-player field in the two-day ₹100K High Roller. Birewar chopped the title heads-up with Young Gun Arsh Grover, with the latter banking a payday of ₹31 Lakhs.

Alok Birewar
Alok Birewar

 

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Mahesh Shyamsundar claimed the series-opener ₹25K Kick-Off for his first live title and ₹8.15 Lakhs.

Mahesh Shyamsundar
Mahesh Shyamsundar

 

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WPT Prime Vietnam Updates

The first-ever WPT Prime Vietnam opened at the Crown Poker Club in Hanoi, Vietnam, on May 19 and has crowned 11 winners till now. The WPT Opener was among the early attractions, which drew a guarantee-smashing 596 entries across three starting flights. Vietnam’s Tu Phuong Nguyen championed the tourney for a career-best live score of VND 745,000,000 (~$32,154).

Tu Phuong Nguyen
Tu Phuong Nguyen

 

Team India opened its scorecard at the series with PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal Bajaj (24th for VND 34,000,000 – ₹1.13 Lakhs), Young Gun Gaurav Sood (27th for VND 29,000,000 – ₹96,921), and PokerGuru Staking’s Kartik Ved (44th for VND 21,000,000 – ₹70,184) posting cashes in the WPT Opener.

Vishal Bajaj
Vishal Bajaj

 

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With this, we conclude this week’s roundup of the latest news updates and developments from poker. We will return next week with our weekly report. Stay tuned.

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