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This Week in Poker: May 23 – 29

This Week in Poker: May 23rd - May 29th
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  • PG News May 31, 2018
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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker’ we bring to you the weekly round-up of the biggest online scores by Indian MTT players along with the top stories from both the live and online poker circuit.

Here are this week`s top stories


The temperatures seemed hotter than ever as the world’s biggest poker jamboree i.e. World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2018 has arrived in style with all the hullabaloo deserved by an event of such magnitude. This year will see the largest-ever Indian turnout at the series and while many have reached or are in transit, several others will join in at a later date. The next few weeks promise to be very interesting and PokerGuru will bring you highlights of all the action as it unfolds.

Leading up to the WSOP was the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl at the ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas that was taken down by USA’s Justin Bonomo for $5 Million with poker superstar Daniel Negreanu missing out at second place.

The party was simultaneously going at the APL Road Series Vol. 2 at Pro Poker Club in Vietnam where a huge Indian contingent is busy making waves with two side event titles already in the bag. Young Gun Devesh Thapar won the KO Bounty event while Adarsh Jayappa shipped the Super Deepstack Turbo event.

The aforementioned festivities didn’t seem to fade the online action as Indian pros came out all guns blazing on the virtual felts. The week’s biggest online success story was Shashank ‘Westworld’ Jain who won the PokerBaazi BSS ₹15 Lakhs GTD event to collect the ₹3.15 Lakhs top prize and is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week”.

In domestic affairs, a big delight came from PokerLion.com, which announced its new weekly raffle prize where one winner will get their hands on the Hero Maestro Scooter each week in June. Meanwhile, debacles in Goa continued as Corporation of City of Panaji finally intervened in the Maharaja Casino footpath barricade row this week.

In another huge news, Portugal has joined France and Spain in the PokerStars shared player pool, Poker Central and Twitch TV joined hands to live stream WSOP 2018 events, WSOP released its U.S. Circuit schedule for 2018-2019, Phil Galfond’s Run It Once poker site announced two features – auto seating and fixed buy-ins and Paddy Power Betfair acquired DFS site FanDuel.

We also have three important updates from world’s biggest poker site PokerStars. The online giant first stopped its real money games in Hong Kong, then came the announcement of a new game called Showtime Hold’em that is currently running on a trial basis on the international client followed by news of Team PokerStars pros hosting unique tournaments to give away PSPC Platinum Passes.

Besides the above, we also have tournament reports from Oriental Poker Championship, WPT Tournament of Champions Season XVI, WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship $25K High Roller, ARIA WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic, and WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event.


Online Railbird Report

The recent spate of upcoming players making BIG scores online continues, emphasizing the growing popularity of the sport. This week was no different as a bunch of well known pros mixed with new names came out shining with numerous big scores. The biggest one was from Shashank ‘Westworld’ Jain, who shipped the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday ₹15 Lakhs GTD (SuperStack)’ for ₹3.15 Lakhs and claims our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Shashank Jain
Shashank Jain

Other notable scores of the week include –

‘OMGZ_ITS_RB’ won ₹2.40 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Special – ₹5,000 NLHE, ₹12 Lakhs GTD’

Sumit ‘boronyx’ Sapra won ₹1.23 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday (₹5 Lakhs GTD) (MonsterStack Hyper-Turbo)’

Vishal ‘spartacus’ Tulsyan won ₹97,480 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Hysteria’

Deepak ‘Peacelover’ Singh won ₹38,000 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday (₹1 Lakh GTD) (Turbo Freezeout)’

Pratik ‘Lazybones’ Kumar won ₹35,000 for 1st place in the 9stacks ‘Sunday Stacks’


PokerLion.com Launches Weekly Raffle Prize Of Hero Maestro Scooter For June

India’s newest site PokerLion.com unveiled its June offer this week featuring a weekly Raffle prize of Hero Maestro scooter from June 4 to June 24. Players can earn a maximum three raffle tickets per day by playing MTT’s, minimum 50 hands in cash games and five Fish Party SNGs.

Read the complete story here.


PokerStars Pros to Give Away PSPC Platinum Passes

Several PokerStars pros will be giving away PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) Platinum Pass worth $30,000 each through unique, qualifying tournaments. The list of pros giving away the coveted passes include Felix Schneiders, Murat Tulek, Niklas Ehrenholz, Ben Spragg, Fintan Hand and Andre Akkari.

Read the complete story here.


Portugal Joins France & Spain in PokerStars Shared Player Pool For Southern Europe

In another historical development, Portugal has joined France and Spain in PokerStars’ shared player pool in Southern Europe, allowing online players to compete in common, real-money poker tables. To celebrate this news, PokerStars even announced a €5 Million guaranteed prize-pool online poker series in June.

Read the complete story here.


PokerStars Stops Real Money Gaming For Hong Kong Residents

In wake of China’s ban on all form of online poker apps and publicity, the online poker giant PokerStars emailed its Hong Kong based players, announcing the immediate stop to real money play in Hong Kong with effect from May 23.

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PokerStars Launches a New Game Variant – Showtime Hold’em

This past week, PokerStars’ much-awaited new poker game variant, Showtime Hold ‘em launched on PokerStars.com on trial basis. The game is a twist to the conventional Texas Hold ‘em and features a six-handed table where cards folded by players are revealed.

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‘Run It Once’ Poker Site to Feature Auto Seating & Fixed Buy-Ins

Phil Galfond revealed the two prime features of the online poker site ‘Run It Once’. These include auto seating and fixed buy-ins. Galfond stated that the site will focus on giving recreational players the attention and fair-game opportunity but will not bring a poor gaming experience for pros.

Read the complete story here.


APL Road Series Vol. 2 Vietnam

The Asia Poker Tour (APT) opened its APL Road Series Vol. 2 at Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam on May 25. Team India has won two titles already, including KO Bounty event title by Devesh Thapar and Super Deepstack Turbo event title by Adarsh Jayappa. The series will run through June 4 and a host of our challengers have made it to Day 2 in the VND 5 Billion GTD Main Event.

Adarsh Jayappa
Adarsh Jayappa

Read the complete story here.


Corporation of City of Panaji Intervenes in Maharaja Casino Footpath Barricade Row

Amid local outcry in Goa this week, Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) intervened in the row regarding the footpath-area occupied by Casino Maharaja in Panjim, asking Captain of Ports (CoP) to clarify whether it gave permission to Golden Globe Hotels Pvt. Ltd. (GGHPL) for this, else it will remove the ‘encroachment’.

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Poker Central Ties With Twitch TV to Live Stream WSOP 2018 Events

News came this past week about Poker Central tying up with popular streaming service Twitch TV to live stream 31 World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournaments including 25 final tables and has released its official schedule for the same.

Read the complete story here.


WSOP Releases U.S. Circuit Schedule For 2018-2019

Following the culmination of 2017-2018 Season of World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) tournaments, WSOP announced its U.S. Circuit Schedule for 2018-2019, featuring 28 stops including two new stops with the Horseshoe Baltimore stop no longer featuring in the schedule. Attractive features like big blind ante, new price points and increased starting chips have also been introduced.

Read the complete story here.


Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union May Go On Strike

News came this week that the Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union Local 226 voted to go on a strike by month-end unless contract agreements were settled by June 1. If a deal isn’t reached, nearly 50,000 workers across 34 different casinos in Vegas will walk off their jobs, which will surely impact the business during the busy summer season potentially impacting WSOP 2018.

Read the complete story here.


Paddy Power Betfair Acquires FanDuel

Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) acquired Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) site FanDuel this past week. PPB will hold a 61% stake and existing FanDuel investors will own 39% of the combined business. PBB is contributing its current US assets of $612 Million, $158 Million of cash in the merger and can opt to increase its stake in the future.

Read the complete story here.


Vietnam-Based ‘Laguna Lăng’Resort Acquires Casino License

The ‘Laguna Lăng’ resort in Vietnam has become the first resort in the country to acquire a casino license in the past 10 years for its $2 Billion resort project in Thua Thien Hue province. The resort is expected to begin casino operations by 2022.

Read the complete story here.


Oriental Poker Championship

The HK$16,500 Main Event of the inaugural Oriental Poker Championship (OPC) 2018 took place in the Venetian, Macau this past week and witnessed attendance from 513 players. Xiaobo Zhou dislodged strong contender, Ivan Leow to win the title and prize money of HK$1,451,000.

Xiaobo Zhou
Xiaobo Zhou

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The first-ever High Roller event at series was taken down by Malaysian player, Ivan Leow who topped the 43-player field to won his first career title – the OPC High Roller Macau and banked HK$1,442,300 for the feat.


Read the complete story here.


Matt Waxman Wins WPT Tournament Of Champions Season XVI

The final table of season-ending World Poker Tour (WPT) Tournament of Champions (TOC) concluded at the Esports Arena in Las Vegas this past week. It was the largest WPT TOC to-date with 80 WPT Champions Club members gunning for the coveted title. When the dust settled, Matt Waxman won the title and pocketed $463,375 for his stellar performance.

Matt Maxman
Matt Maxman

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Tom Marchese Wins WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship $25K High Roller

The Esports Arena in Las Vegas hosted its first live poker tournament, the World Poker Tour (WPT) Bellagio Elite Poker Championship $25K High Roller on May 25. 54 entrants battled over the trophy and by the end, Tom Marchese picked up the title along with the first-place prize worth $432,000.

Tom Marchese
Tom Marchese

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Darren Elias Wins ARIA WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic

The World Poker Tour (WPT) WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic was hosted at ARIA in Las Vegas with a $10,000 buy-in that created a prize pool of $1,555,200 from 162 entries. Three-time WPT title winner Darren Elias emerged victorious for $387,580 including a $15,000 seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions.

Darren Elias
Darren Elias

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Jerry Monroe Wins WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event

The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) tournaments for 2017-2018 rounded up with the Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event that witnessed participation from 677 players and generated a $1,015,500 prize pool. Jerry Monroe won his second career Main Event title, pocketed $208,184 in the process.


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And that is all for this edition of our weekly report. We will be here again next week, same time, so stay logged on to catch all the latest news from the world of poker.

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