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This Week in Poker: May 4 – 10

This Week in Poker: May 4 – 10
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis May 11, 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!

This past week was another busy one for online MTT players, with Spartan Poker`s Summer Celebration Series and PokerBaazi`s #BaaziBillion MoneyMaker grabbing the most attention. But the coming weeks look even more promising as India’s biggest online tournament, PokerBaazi’s ₹5 Crores GTD EndBoss, makes its comeback on May 18. After that, the online felts will experience a cacophony of action with blockbuster events like Spartan Poker’s IOPC June 2022, PokerBaazi’s 1100 Texas Hold’em Championship (THC), MPL Poker’s India Poker Festival, and PokerStars India’s Summer Series running almost in tandem!

But before the start of the insanely busy online MTT season, will be six days of adrenaline-charged live MTT action at the first-ever IPC Megastacks in Jhapa, Nepal. The four-event series will run from May 17 to 22 at the Spartan LIVE poker room at Casino Vegas by Big Daddy!

Coming back to the week`s biggest winners, expectedly, topping the charts is the ₹1.50 Crores GTD SCS #79 – High – Main Event champion, the freshly-minted PokerGuru Ambassador Tarush Gupta. He won the multi-flight event for a personal-best ₹27.78 Lakhs on Sunday, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, Siddharth Gangwar, Rising Star Ritwik Khanna, PokerGuru Ambassador Deepankur Gupta, Shashank Jain, Kunal Patni, Kanishk Upreti, Aditya Sushant, and Young Gun Anuj Yadav were the week`s other top scorers.

Speaking of IOPC June 2022, Spartan Poker finally unveiled the schedule for the much-awaited series this week. The 13th edition of the mega-series promises to be another record-setting one with ₹33 Crores in guaranteed prizes across 132 tournaments; it is India’s most massive online MTT series ever. The series will run from June 2 to 19 on Spartan Poker, BLITZPOKER, PokerHigh, and AIO Games.

Just before the IOPC June 2022 takes off, players will get the chance to participate in MPL Poker`s ₹8 Crores GTD India Poker Festival. The IPF runs from May 26 to June 5 and offers players an exciting combination of flagship MTTs and cash game promotions.

If you are looking for soft MTT action, check out Gamezy Poker’s Mega May Tournaments.

In the international headlines, PokerStars’ EPT Monte Carlo concluded on May 7. Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu won the Main Event title for a career-best €939,840, becoming the first Brazilian to win an EPT Main Event title.

Gianluca Speranza (€25K High Roller for €853,000), Pascal Lefrancois (€50K NLHE for €560,790), and Lucas Scafini (€1,100 France Poker Series Main Event for €250,000) were the other prominent winners at the series.

 

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Spartan Poker`s inaugural Summer Celebration Series came to a rousing close on Sunday! The series’ showstopper, ₹1.50 Crores GTD SCS #79 – High – Main Event, was championed by one of the latest PokerGuru Staking recruits, Tarush Gupta. Similar to how PokerGuru Ambassador Deepankur Gupta had won Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire last August, just days after joining PokerGuru Staking, Tarush Gupta, too, made quite the mark very early into his mentorship at the stable. On Sunday, Gupta raced past the 1,589-entry field in the SCS #79 – High – Main Event to claim the title and the ₹27.78 Lakhs top prize. He ended the week with ₹29.52 Lakhs winnings and bragging rights of becoming our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Tarush Gupta
Tarush Gupta

 

PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh comes in at #2 on the weekly charts! He posted four podium finishes throughout the week, collectively adding ₹22.74 Lakhs. He has also moved to #6 in the annual leaderboard rankings.

Laksh Pal Singh
Laksh Pal Singh

 

His top finishes include:

> 3rd in Spartan Poker’s SCS #79 – High – Main Event for 11.98

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Mega Stack – Millionaire Bubble for 3.40

> 2nd in Adda52’s The Mint for 2.64 Lakhs

> 3rd in PokerStars India’s Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) for 1.37 Lakhs

Siddharth Gangwar takes the #3 position in the weekly rankings. The online reg made runner-up finishes in two Sunday flagships – SCS – High – Main Event for a whopping ₹15.87 Lakhs and Adda52’s Mega Suit for ₹3.70 Lakhs – banking ₹20.02 Lakhs in one day. His weekly tally stood at ₹22.68 Lakhs.

Siddharth Gangwar
Siddharth Gangwar

 

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s SCS #79 – High – Main Event for ₹15.87 Lakhs

> 2nd in Adda52’s Mega Suits for ₹3.70 Lakhs

Rising Star Ritwik Khanna was another trailblazer with 21.34 Lakhs in cumulative winnings. His recent form has pushed him to #4 in the annual rankings.

Ritwik Khanna
Ritwik Khanna

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Adda52 Millions for 7.27 Lakhs

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s SCS #53 – High – Thursday Celebration for 4.46 Lakhs

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s The Summit for 2.37 Lakhs

> 6th in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) for ₹67,736

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s The Endeavour for 80,279

It`s clearly been an outstanding week for PokerGuru Staking as Deepankur Gupta is the third PokerGuru Ambassador to feature among the week`s top scorers! The upcoming poker superstar will best remember this past week for winning Spartan Poker’s SCS #55 – High Roller (6-Max) and Adda52’s The Mint. He also placed third in PokerBaazi’s The Pride, adding ₹17.77 Lakhs altogether.

Deepankur Gupta
Deepankur Gupta

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s SCS #55 – High Roller (6-Max) for 12.48 Lakhs

> 1st in Adda52’s The Mint for 2.98 Lakhs

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s The Pride for 1.24 Lakhs

The cash game reg Shashank Jain made quite the impression in MTTs this week, lapping up ₹17.45 Lakhs. He finished runner-up in Thursday’s SCS #55 High Roller and went the distance in Spartan Poker’s SCS #75 – High – Sunday Celebration to win the title for ₹9.01 Lakhs.

Shashank Jain
Shashank Jain

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s SCS #75 – High – Sunday Celebration for ₹9.01 Lakhs

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s SCS #55 – High Roller (6-Max) for ₹8.33 Lakhs

Kunal Patni was another player who FT-ed two flagship tournaments, adding ₹15.38 Lakhs.

Kunal Patni
Kunal Patni

 

His top finishes include:

> 4th in Spartan Poker’s SCS #79 – High – Main Event for ₹9.33 Lakhs

> 2nd in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹3.91 Lakhs

The last #BaaziBillion MoneyMaker played out on Sunday. India’s first WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant won #BB7 MoneyMaker for ₹14.76 Lakhs, becoming the 20th MoneyMaker champion. A heads-up deal saw Kanishk Upreti making away with a better ₹17.60 Lakhs in second place.

Aditya Sushant
Aditya Sushant

 

The #1 ranked player of the year, Young Gun Anuj Yadav, collected ₹14.64 Lakhs this past week.

Anuj Yadav
Anuj Yadav

 

His top finishes include:

> 4th in Spartan Poker’s SCS #55 – High Roller (6-Max) for 4.47 Lakhs

> 5th in Spartan Poker’s SCS #75 – High – Sunday Celebration for 2.69 Lakhs

> 6th in Adda52’s Adda52 Millions for 1.14 Lakhs

> 6th in PokerStars India’s Bounty Builder HR (On-time Rake Refund) for 57,721

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Tarush Gupta
₹27.78 LakhsSCS#79 – High – Main Event ₹1.5 Crores GTD
Spartan Poker
Aditya Sushant₹14.75 Lakhs#BB7 MoneyMaker ₹1 Crore GTDPokerBaazi
Deepankur Gupta₹12.48 LakhsSCS#55 – High Roller (6-Max) ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shashank Jain
₹9.01 LakhsSCS#75 – High - Sunday Celebration ₹35 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Gautam Bansal₹7.40 LakhsSCS#62 – High - Friday Celebration ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ritwik Khanna₹7.27 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Varun Vikrant Pande₹6.35 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Raghav Bansal₹6.25 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anurag Srivastava₹5.73 LakhsSCS#45 – High - Wednesday Celebration ₹27 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vaibhav Arora₹5.64 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Rubin Labroo₹4.82 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dishani Vijay₹4.55 LakhsThe Weekly Highroller - ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ritwik Khanna₹4.46 LakhsSCS #53 – High – Thursday Celebration ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish Ahuja₹4.32 LakhsThe Ballers - ₹22.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashish Ahuja₹3.91 LakhsSCS #47 – High – PLO High Roller ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vaibhav Arora₹3.82 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Laksh Pal Singh₹3.40 LakhsMega Stack – (Millionaire Bubble) ₹17 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhishek Pathak₹3.21 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Deepankur Gupta₹2.98 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shravan Chhabria₹2.83 LakhsBounty Builder HR (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Kanchan Sharma₹2.76 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mithun Mahesh₹2.73 LakhsSunday Special (On-time Rake Refund) ₹15 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Arsh Grover₹2.53 LakhsSunday Highroller (On-Time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
“bungakat”₹2.49 LakhsIMPS#46 (6-Max) MINI HIGHROLLER - ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Atishay Samuel₹2.10 LakhsHighroller (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Akhilesh Chauhan₹2.09 LakhsSCS#60 – High ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bashir Ahmed Bhat₹1.79 LakhsThe Big Show ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth Pandey₹1.68 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“chunu79”₹1.59 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“BROgoingPRO”₹1.56 LakhsSCS#74 – Mid ₹8 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Kunal Yadav₹1.41 LakhsIMPS#66 VALUE BLAST Final - ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
“screw_me”₹1.41 LakhsReCharge ₹8.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shivam Shukla₹1.37 LakhsIMPS#81 PLO-5 Highroller – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“happyfish”₹1.35 LakhsIMPS#65 ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Ruchika Sharma₹1.34 LakhsIMPS#41 ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pradip Ghosh₹1.21 LakhsIMPS#73 ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanchit Nag
₹1.18 LakhsSCS#77 – Mid ₹8 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Prateek Tibrewal₹1.10 LakhsSCS#78 – Low – Main Event ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Karan Anand₹1.09 LakhsSCS#63 – Mid – Monster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“Drock”₹1.08 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sahil Mahboobani₹1.01 LakhsNight on Stars - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Prince Singh₹94KIMPS#76 ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“ENGINERLONDA”₹90KSCS #48 – Mid – Monster Stack ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhishek Chhajer₹85KBattle Royale (8-Max) – ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
“mazearke”₹74KIMPS#31 Daily ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Suraj N Yadav₹74KThe Race ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Neelakantan Murali₹71KIMPS#40 Daily ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ishaan Pandya₹70KIMPS#32 (6-Max) Turbo ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Suraj N Yadav₹69KDeepstack ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“habzera”₹68KSCS#61 – Low – Super Centurion ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker

 

Schedule For the ₹33 Crores GTD IOPC June 2022 Out Now

The schedule of India`s biggest-ever online MTT series, the ₹33 Crores GTD India Online Poker Championship June 2022 edition, was finally released this week. The 13th edition runs from June 2 to 19 on Spartan Poker, BLITZPOKER, Pokerhigh, and AIO Games and comprises 132 tournaments headlined by the bigger than ever, ₹4 Crores GTD The Crown.

Announcement of IOPC June 2022 Schedule

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MPL Poker’s ₹8 Crores GTD India Poker Festival to Run From May 26 to June 5

While the Great Indian Gaming League is on the home stretch, MPL Poker has already lined up its next major promotion – the ₹8 Crores GTD India Poker Festival.

The first-ever IPF is a thrilling combination of tournaments and cash game promotions that runs from May 26 to June 5. The 13-event IPF series promises ₹4 Crores in guaranteed prize money and an ₹10 Lakhs-added IPF Leaderboard. Other promotions include attractive rakeback offers for cash game players across NLHE and PLO cash tables.

MPL Poker announces India Poker Festival

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Gamezy Poker’s ₹43 Lakhs GTD Mega May Tournaments Runs From May 1 -15

There is less than a week left for Gamezy Poker’s Mega May Tournaments to wrap up. There is a flagship tournament starting at 8 PM daily on the site, so join the action now to win from ₹43 Lakhs in guaranteed prizes till May 15.

Gamezy Poker's Mega May Tournaments

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2022 EPT Monte Carlo

PokerStars’ European Poker Tour Monte Carlo presented by Monte-Carlo Casino kicked off on April 28 at and completed its run on May 7.

Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu topped the 1,073-strong field in the €5,300 EPT Monte Carlo Main Event to claim a career-best €939,840, becoming the first Brazilian to win an EPT Main Event title!

Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu wins EPT Monte Carlo Main Event
Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu

 

Read the complete report here

Italy’s Gianluca Speranza captured the €25K High Roller title for €853,000 and his first-ever EPT trophy, following a heads-up deal with France’s Bruno Lopes (2nd for €703,990).

Gianluca Speranza
Gianluca Speranza

 

Read the complete report here

Canada’s Pascal Lefrancois outran the 34-entry strong field in the €50K NLHE to win the top prize of €560,790.

Pascal Lefrancois
Pascal Lefrancois

 

Brazilian poker player Lucas Scafini won the €1,100 France Poker Series (FPS) Main Event for a personal-best €250,000.

Lucas Scafini
Lucas Scafini

 

Read the complete report here

 

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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