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This Week in Poker: May 5 – 11

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh May 12, 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’re just coming off a super-charged week with Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire Series 2.0 closing out its smashing run on Sunday. With the COVID-19 pandemic unleashing a fresh wave of panic and Goa and Sikkim casinos shutting down, online poker was the only solace for poker players, many of whom have been forced back into lockdown mode. Nonetheless, The Millionaire drew traffic by droves, and we saw nearly thrice as many players raking in seven-figure winnings this week.

The one name that stands tall among the rest is PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved. The WSOP bracelet winner made a title-sweeping run on the closing day of the series by winning two titles, including the ₹1.5 Crores GTD Millionaire Series #16 – The Millionaire for ₹29.90 Lakhs. He scored twice more in the tourney to net a collective ₹30.32 Lakhs before taking down The Millionaire Series #14 – Deepstack shortly afterward for another ₹17.77 Lakhs. The operations head at PokerGuru Staking bagged his third title of the week last night in the Mega Stack – Millionaire Bubble, working up an impressive ₹52.76 Lakhs in weekly winnings, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Fellow stablemates Arjanveer Chadha and Ashish Ahuja also hogged the headlines for earning the “Super Achiever” badge – Ahuja for becoming the second player to make it into the “₹8 Crore Club” and Chadha for crossing ₹7 Crores in lifetime winnings.

Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, Goonjan Mall, Kanav Parwal, and Young Gun Gaurav Sood were the other top performers this week.

Across the virtual scape, PokerBaazi is celebrating the launch of its new and improved app by hosting its biggest cash game festival ever, the “Daily Cash Smash Extreme.” The cash game promotion runs from May 8 to May 17 and offers ₹10 Lakhs in prizes daily.

PokerDangal’s low-mid-stakes offering, the Dangal Value Series, got underway May 11 and promises over ₹35 Lakhs in total prize pool guarantees, even as BLITZPOKER’s 10:30 PM “BLITZ Covid Relief” tournament guaranteeing ₹75,000 is running daily till May 14.

While these are the domestic highlights, the $100 Million GTD WSOP Super Circuit Online Series (May 1 – 30) is gathering steam on the GGPoker Network.

While the pandemic situation is getting worse in India, things seem to have turned around in the U.S., with casinos slowly returning to their full capacity.

Promising more live poker action in Asia is the World Poker Tour (WPT) that announced the 2021 edition of the WPT Japan to run from September 12, 18-20 at Sammy Inc.’s Tokyo company headquarters.


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PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved has had a breakout week, and we are still only on the third day. The Mumbai resident went on a tear on Sunday, winning not one but two headline tourneys, including The Millionaire Series showstopper, the ₹1.50 Crore GTD Millionaire Series #16 – The Millionaire for ₹29.90 Lakhs. He scored twice more in the event to net a collective ₹30.31 Lakhs. He also took down the Millionaire Series #14 – Deepstack for ₹12.76 Lakhs. Two more deep runs saw Ved boost his bankroll by a whopping ₹44.26 Lakhs in Sunday winnings. He added the Mega Stack – Millionaire Bubble title to his tally last night for ₹4.56 Lakhs, in all, adding ₹52.76 Lakhs this week. For his phenomenal run, Kartik Ved is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved


His top finishes include:

– 1st in the Millionaire Series #16 – The Millionaire ₹1.5 Crore GTD for ₹29.90 Lakhs

– 1st in the Millionaire Series #14 – Deepstack ₹40 Lakhs GTD for ₹12.76 Lakhs

– 1st in Mega Stack ₹18 Lakhs GTD Millionaire Bubble for ₹4.56 Lakhs

– 3rd in The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.30 Lakhs

Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi lived up to his reputation of making runner-up finishes by taking second place in the Sunday “The Millionaire” for ₹16.61 Lakhs. Two more cashes in the event saw Parthasarathi pocket over ₹17.21 Lakhs in the Sunday flagship. His cumulative winnings through the week came in at ₹19.23 Lakhs.

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi


His top finishes include:

– 2nd in Millionaire Series #16 – The Millionaire ₹1.5 Crores GTD for ₹16.61 Lakhs

– 3rd in The Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.84 Lakhs

The #1 ranked player of the year, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, has been on a dream run, and the titles only keep piling up. Making a splash this week, the PokerGuru Staking member championed the ₹50 Lakhs GTD Millionaire Series #8 High Roller for ₹17.24 Lakhs, putting up ₹19 Lakhs in weekly earnings.

Laksh Pal Singh
Laksh Pal Singh


His top finishes include:

– 1st in the Millionaire Series #8 High Roller ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹17.24 Lakhs

Goonjan Mall was another MTT crusher who hit the Sunday headlines after topping 238 entries in the ₹50 Lakhs GTD Adda52 Big Game for ₹16.33 Lakhs. With ₹18.08 Lakhs in weekly winnings, Mall sits at #8 on the annual leaderboard standings.

Goonjan Mall
Goonjan Mall


His top finishes include:

-1st in Adda52 Big Game ₹50 Lakh GTD for ₹16.33 Lakhs

Kanav Parwal was another star performer at The Millionaire Series. He won Event #10 The Elite, and placed runner-up in Event #3, raking in ₹16.99 Lakhs in weekly winnings. His consistent performance also saw him topping The Millionaire Series leaderboard standings.

Kanav Parwal
Kanav Parwal


His top finishes include:

-1st in Millionaire Series #10 – The Elite ₹40 Lakhs GTD for ₹13.99 Lakhs

– 2nd in Millionaire Series #6 ₹7 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.49 Lakhs

Young Gun Gaurav Sood (collective winnings – ₹15.04 Lakhs), Myron Pereira (collective winnings – ₹14.40 Lakhs), Bhanu Prakash (collective winnings – ₹13.32 Lakhs), Yudhishter Jaswal (collective winnings – ₹12.99 Lakhs), Millionaire Series Monster Stack champion Arjun Kochhar 12.59 Lakhs), Vikranth Varma (collective winnings – ₹13.48 Lakhs), Millionaire United runner-up finisher Armaan Kochhar (collective winnings – ₹10.69 Lakhs), Young Gun Sanat Mehrotra (collective winnings – ₹10.53 Lakhs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul Raj (collective winnings – ₹10.07 Lakhs) were others who banked seven-figures through the week.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Kartik 'TheInternetKid' Ved₹29.90 LakhsMillionaire Series #16 - The Millionaire ₹1.5 Crores GTDSpartan Poker
Laksh Pal ‘LuckyBhai$’ Singh₹17.23 LakhsMillionaire Series #8 High Roller ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall₹16.33 LakhsAdda52 Big Game ₹50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kanav 'slickooo' Parwal₹13.99 LakhsMillionaire Series #10 – The Elite ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kartik 'TheInternetKid' Ved₹12.76 LakhsMillionaire Series #14 – Deepstack ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arjun 'Don Julio' Singh Kochhar₹11.65 LakhsMillionaire Series #5 – Monster Stack ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
pratap2904₹6.99 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhiraj 'supernuts' Lakhotia₹5.91 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
pratap2904₹5.74 LakhsDeepstack Madness ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Naresh 'Emperor457' Veeravalli₹5.08 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
acessorted₹4.70 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kartik 'TheInternetKid' Ved₹4.56 LakhsMega Stack (Millionaire Bubble) ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Uttam 'chinunew' Kumar Sinha₹4.30 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shashank 'indianrat' Desai₹4.06 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddhanth 'bullzeyepower' Kapoor₹3.55 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mohit 'thejoker' Mehta₹2.95 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Manish ‘theoldestkid’ Lakhotia₹2.74 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Amit ‘Stu Ungar 7694’ Kaushik₹2.67 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Kanchan 'Kanchansharma' Sharma₹2.58 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Srihari ‘zombieballs’ Bang₹2.31 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
NovaSky47₹2.30 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rehmat Singh ‘Seinfeld’ Walia₹2.25 LakhsReCharge ₹9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Haider ‘Donktown22’ Madraswala₹2.07 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashish 'lazyfish' Kumar₹2.01 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vinay 'vinay09' Rajpal₹1.92 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aniket 'Ntwadumela' Waghmare₹1.76 LakhsMillionaire Series #6 ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal 'NutsTodayBluffTomo' Patni₹1.69 LakhsThe Race ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Piyush 'jacks_apart' Jain₹1.64 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
bhaubhau₹1.57 LakhsMillionaire Series #15 - D’Lite ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aditya 'adit11' Kulkarni₹1.54 LakhsBSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
puffpuffpass₹1.53 LakhsMillionaire Series #17 ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tanay 'tannycruz' Hegde₹1.48 LakhsBSS#3 MonsterStack 6–Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Assina ‘Dr House’ Kuttappan₹1.36 LakhsMillionaire Series #11 ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal ‘FloatToMyBoat’ Patni₹1.35 LakhsHurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Oshuri₹1.32 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Daniel0617₹1.32 LakhsThe Flash ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Akshay ‘LalaSaab’ Kapoor₹1.30 LakhsSixth Sense ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Devrat 'vickypune' Singh₹1.27 LakhsBattle Royale 7-Max ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Biplob ‘hellhell’ Rana₹1.24 LakhsShip It ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Bhanu 'spectre' Prakash KC₹1.08 LakhsMillionaire Series #7 ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
anirudh2796₹1.04 LakhsVoyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kapildev77₹1 LakhGrand Slam ₹4 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
PabloDEscobar₹95,203Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Lemonade₹86,149Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rajjni007₹71,1906-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1. 5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
alex16₹67,370BSS#2 Afternoon ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya 'KesarDa' Kesharwani₹65,8286-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1. 5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
King19₹64,540Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
zenithblack₹58,9806-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
BigStack₹57,757Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
CURR¥300₹55,215The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal₹51,860Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gautam ‘M8a7’ Rohilla₹48,240Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Akshay ‘powershell42’ Asawa₹47,781The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aditya 'KesarDaa' Kesharwani₹44,826Sunday Night Rider ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Yash ‘hasyY@$#116’ Shrivastava₹43,695Uppercut Mini ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aman ‘KarmaPoker’ Parakh₹41,810BSS#1 Kickoff ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
₹41,483Ultrasonic ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Ankit 'bawa737' Bawa₹40,292Deepstack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Christo91₹40,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Shekhar 'shekhar_singh' Singh₹39,837Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
chauhan9186₹38,807Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
abarjatiya₹38,370PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Aaapus₹38,002Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sankalp ‘Wobbegong’ Marwah ₹35,110PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth 'SidSparta21' Ojha
₹31,609The Centurion ₹1 Lakh GTD
Spartan Poker
mr.wayne9975₹30,908Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Amit 'ragingbull' Kaushik
₹30,621Nighttide DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
Joonjoon₹26,532Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
chupchap fld kr₹23,965Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Praveen ‘pinawxd’ KR₹22,181The Centurion 1.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
₹16,628Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTD
PokerStars India
Padukon₹16,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
₹13,999Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
nishantdreams₹13,800Prime Time ₹30K GTDKhelo365
barath0₹12,900Hitman ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
acedealer₹11,5006 Feet Under Deepstack PLO ₹25K GTDKhelo365
Amit1195₹9,300Insomnia ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
Hardik24₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Abhi98₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
zravasya₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Abhi98₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365


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PokerDangal Announces “Race to Riches” Campaign Offering Over 2 Crores in Giveaways

PokerDangal has come out with the “Race to Riches” promotion for May, offering over ₹2 Crores in giveaways across the Dangal Value Series (DVS), Summer Cash Carnival, Summer Deposit Codes, and a 50% TDS Refund offer.

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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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