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This Week in Poker: May 6 – 12

This Week in Poker
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  • RUPAM THAKUR 2 months ago
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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 along with the top stories from both the live and online poker circuit.

Here are this week’s top stories!

With the nation-wide lockdown still going on strong, online poker was the theme of the week once again. The biggest action was centered on the prime global sites like GGPoker Network (WSOP Super Circuit Online Series), partypoker (WPT Online) and Natural8 (APT Online Series). There was some epic action unfolding at the domestic platforms as well!

India’s first WSOP bracelet champion Aditya ‘SuperuSer’ Sushant, is no stranger to poker stardom. Sushant was seen galloping on the winning horse, as he outlasted a field of 1,076 entries to conquer the latest Millionaire edition, SSS The Millionaire ₹1 Crore on Sunday for a whopping ₹20.32 Lakhs. While the scores are just an add-on to Sushant glittering resume, the Millionaire title got him his best score on Spartan Poker to date. For this sterling feat, Sushant is our PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

While Sathish ‘Jaqkten’ Ananth was denied the Millionaire title, he pocketed a sizeable paycheque of ₹12.38 Lakhs for coming in second.

Falling close behind Sushant in the list of big winners was ‘grovahova’ who topped a 1,927 player field to take down Adda52`s Full House ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹20 Lakhs. The player denied seasoned reg Dhaval ‘dirtyzoso’ Mudgal the title. Mudgal pocketed an impressive seven-figure payout of ₹11.79 Lakhs himself.

Young Gun Arsh ‘BigggTymeR’ Grover (SSS#48 High Roller ₹60 Lakhs GTD for ₹15.11 Lakhs) and former Millionaire LITE champion Dhinesh ‘kendralust’ Kumar (SSS#40 Destiny ₹45 Lakhs GTD for ₹11.67 Lakhs) were the other standout performers of the week.

The Spartan Super Series (SSS) is now well in the corridor, and May is turning out to be as action-packed as predicted. The second edition of PokerStars India’s INSCOOP is already underway since May 10. There are 185 events in all, promising an unbelievable ₹8.1 Crores in prize pool guarantees! Spartan Poker has, in the meantime, three more Millionaire editions planned for this month. Opening to action on the coming Sunday will be The Millionaire United ₹1 Crore GTD, which will be followed by UVS The Millionaire Lite on May 24 and The Millionaire X5 on May 30-31.

Given the increased spike in player traffic, the virtual sites have also amped up their tournament and cash game offerings. PokerBaazi is running a cash game fest TDS Carnival that lets cash game players enjoy up to 100% tax-free withdrawals up until July 1.

Fast-growing site Poker Dangal has also revved up its Sunday offerings, with the Dangal Sunday Series (DSS) ₹4 Lakhs GTD now replaced with the Dangal Sunday Value Series (DSVS) ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD. Going live on the site on May 15 is the Cash MAYrathon rakeback promotion that assures cash game players cashback of up to ₹2.5 Lakhs for an entire month.

Now, a quick breeze-through the international online action. Six of the 18 ring events at the ongoing WSOP Online Super Circuit have crowned champions, and the most recent podium finisher was ‘JoaoValli’ who topped 3,615 entries to win Event #6 Deepstack Bounty Hunters for $51,879 and a WSOP gold circuit ring. UK’s superstar Charlie Carrel dominated the spotlight at the WPT Online Series after he won the series’ first $25,500 buy-in Super High Roller for $600K. Meanwhile, the 12-day long 2020 APT Online Series played all the way down to the wire with Alex Wei Xiang Lee taking down the Main Event for $91,350, and Denmark’s Michael Kim Falcon winning the APT Player of the Series title.

Back home, the Kerala government is drawing up plans to resume lottery sales from May 18, in a phased manner. The country lost one of its earliest gambling kingpins – Ratan Khattri. The ‘Matka King’ passed away in Mumbai last Saturday at the age of 88.

The MPL-hosted two-day long Charity Chess tournament #CheckmateCovid turned out to be quite a crowd puller. GM Ankit Rajpura emerged the winner for a cash prize of ₹1 Lakhs, and the tournament collected ₹15 Lakhs for COVID-charity.

Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden has signed up with Nextwave Multimedia to join leading digital cricket franchise, World Cricket Championship (WCC) as a commentator.

In international updates, the PokerStars ‘Stars CALL For Action’ Charity concluded with David Costabile of the Breaking Bad fame outrunning a host of Hollywood A-listers and sports icons to claim the bragging rights. Costabile defeated Brazilian footballer Douglas Costa in the final showdown. PokerStars has laudably donated $1 Million to the prize pool. While half of the collections were donated to Care Internationals, the other half was given away to different charities.

The GGPoker Network has added TotoGaming to its growing portfolio. On the other hand, as MPN prepares to shut down on May 18, at least nine poker skins are expected to move to iPoker Network.

As the U.S. casino sector readies up to reopen, Europe’s biggest casino, King’s Casino and Resort in Rozvadov has finally resumed limited operations.


Online Railbird Report

Another exciting week on the virtual felts saw India ‘poster boy’ for poker, Aditya ‘SuperuSer’ Sushant add yet another sought-after online title to his ever-expanding resume. Sushant triumphed over a field of 1,076 entries in Spartan Poker’s SSS The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD last Sunday, raking in a hefty payday of ₹20.32 Lakhs! For this stellar performance, Sushant is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Aditya Sushant


Adda52’s Full House ₹1 Crore GTD was another marquee Sunday tourney. However, despite attracting a field of 1,927 entries across five starting flights, the tourney still suffered an overlay amounting to ₹3.65 Lakhs. Anonymous user grovahova took down the event to win ₹20 Lakhs. Meanwhile, runner-up Dhaval dirtyzoso Mudgal persisted with his phenomenal form and banked another impressive seven-figure score of ₹11.79 Lakhs.

Dhaval Mudgal
Dhaval Mudgal


Young Gun Arsh ‘BigggTymeR’ Grover and former Millionaire LITE champion Dhinesh ‘kendralust’ Kumar were also among the big scorers this past week. While Grover shipped Spartan Poker’s SSS High Roller ₹60 Lakhs GTD for ₹15.11 Lakhs on May 7, Kumar won the SSS Destiny ₹45 Lakhs GTD on May 6 for ₹11.67 Lakhs.

Arsh Grover & Dhinesh Kumar


The other notable scores of the week include –

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
Aditya ‘SuperuSer’ Sushant₹20.32 LakhsSSS#68 The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
grovahova₹20 LakhsFull House ₹1 Crore GTDAdda52
Arsh ‘BigggTymeR’ Grover₹15.11 LakhsSSS#48 High Roller ₹60 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dhinesh ‘kendralust’ Kumar₹11.67 LakhsSSS#40 Destiny ₹45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Madhav ‘Madzoopa’ Gupta₹9.47 LakhsSSS#69 Sunday SuperStack ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sreekanth ‘n0thing’ Narayan₹8.90 lakhsAOPS Mandovi ₹35 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vikranth 'borntrouble' Varma₹8.75 LakhsAOPS Panjim ₹35 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anuj ‘tittooTauji’ Yadav₹8.52 LakhsSSS#56 The Elite ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta ₹8.21 LakhsAOPS Calangute ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ujjwal 'CougarHunter69' Narwal₹5.78 LakhsINSCOOP - 06 Sunday Highroller ₹30 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Neel 'Worm33' Joshi₹5.34 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanish 'sneakysani' Chhabra₹4.91 LakhsNSCOOP- 03 Sunday Special ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Callmebabe₹4.73 LakhsSSS#47 Ultron ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Devvrat 'glitch_d' Arya₹4.20 LakhsAOPS Sinquerim ₹12.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gaurav ‘Gaush’ Sharma₹4.14 LakhsMega Stack ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
angrybot777₹3.98 LakhsINSCOOP - 16 Battle Royale ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Raghav 'Raghavv' Siddalinga₹3.90 LakhsAOPS Colva ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manas ‘manashnayak’ Nayak₹3.69 LakhsMaverick ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nitesh 'noplay' Shrothi₹3.51 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Hitesh 'buntai' Batra₹3.19 LakhsAOPS Bambolim ₹12.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gagandeep Singh ‘gaganhyd’ Malik₹3.10 LakhsAOPS Candolim ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gaurav ‘VantaBlack’ Gupta₹3.06 LakhsSSS#56 TGIF ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
FunkeyFox₹3.04 LakhsReCharge₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
@rjun320₹2.94 LakhsHighroller INSCOOP Edition ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
waghonblood$₹2.82 LakhsSSS #12 DareDevil ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja₹2.44 LakhsThe Crest ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Arsh 'Button_Hai_Bro' Grover₹2.33 LakhsThe Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sagar ‘sagarpupul’ Choudhury₹2.32 LakhsThe Ridge ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rocky 'ravenvlaw410' Gehlot₹2.31 LakhsINSCOOP -28 Sixth Sense ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sandeep ‘effuno007’ Varma RS₹2.25 LakhsSaturday Eliminator PKO ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
cardshark91₹2.18 LakhsSSS #64 House Party ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
KA21₹2.17 LakhsAOPS Aguada PLO ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
SaniyaIND₹2.15 LakhsBSS MegaStack ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
pokergambit₹2 LakhsSSS #63 20K Lite (₹2 Lakhs to Top 2 GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal ‘cvc’ Sharma₹1.99 LakhsThe Race ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Myron ‘khAAbib’ Pereira₹1.91 LakhsNight on Stars ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Neeraj ‘SelfClaimedPros’ Kumar₹1.64 LakhsSSS#71 Big Daddy ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kaushik ‘breadbutterjam’ Tibrewal₹1.61 LakhsUppercut INSCOOP Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Manish 'newkidpoker' Lakhotia₹1.61 LakhsAOPS Table for 6 ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
aashnaint₹1.59 LakhsAOPS Table For 6 ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anirban 'ajgar5' D Das₹1.53 LakhsAOPS Table For 6 ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankit 'akj290' Jajodia₹1.49 LakhsThe Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anuj ‘anuj1610’ Laddhad₹1.43 LakhsAOPS Brunch ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sahil 'Kabi143' Verma₹1.37 LakhsAOPS PKO Shots ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
chauhan188₹1.37 LakhsAOPS PKO Shots ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhawal ‘Pokerpro5553’ Bagaria₹1.35 LakhsSSS#41 Mega Freeze ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vishal ‘amarkhatri999’ Tulsyan₹1.33 LakhsAOPS Brunch ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
waghoneblood$₹1.32 LakhsSSS#53 Afternoon Showdown ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Edge₹1.29 LakhsDestiny Junior₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Thomas Shelby 009₹1.29 LakhsSSS#67 Afternoon Showdown ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Piko₹1.28 LakhsSSS #57 Monster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
kaila0218₹1.25 LakhsPokerStars Anniversary Freeroll ₹10 Lakhs AddedPokerStars India
thejoker₹1.25 LakhsAfternoon Showdown MonsterStack ₹5.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Uday ‘uday219’ Singh₹1.19 LakhsAOPS CrackJack ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ishan ‘potripper16’ Bhatia₹1.17 LakhsSSS#49 Big Bounty ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
powertostar₹1.15 LakhsBattle Royale Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Banmanlang 'bml2012' Lyndem₹1.15 LakhsAOPS CrackJack ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Czar₹1.11 LakhsAfternoon Blaze ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
GABRUJAWAN₹1.11 LakhsINSCOOP - 12 Battle Royale Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
BatteryDead₹1.10 LakhsMonster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
mannu425₹1.08 LakhsAOPS CrackJack₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Amit ‘Magnemo’ Sahu₹1.05 LakhsSSS#45 Afternoon Showdown – Monster Stack ₹5.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
DOWNSWING₹1.03 LakhsAfternoon Blaze ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
corona virus₹1.02 LakhsDeep Freeze ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
kc30₹99,480Afternoon Blaze ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Devvrat ‘[email protected]’ Arya₹98,537Friday Euphoria ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Dhaval ‘dhavhe’ Heda₹96,600Afternoon Blaze ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
kingfour₹91,282SSS #50 Monster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ravinder9₹90,140SSS#70 Reloaded ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
InchWorm₹86,445Hexagram ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
i_am_who_knocks₹85,669INSCOOP -24 Super Tuesday ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Myron ‘priyankAAchoprAA’ Pereira₹84,450BSS PKO ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gagi01₹84,450Monday MegaStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Paawan ‘ukissmyace’ Bansal₹84,060Friday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
chauhan188₹81,146AOPS Afterparty PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pranav 'mithrandir16' Anand₹80,400Tuesday MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
dhamiabhis₹80,000Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Jacks24₹78,275SSS#44 Monster Stack ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rahul ‘qwerty3293’ Singroha₹76,800AOPS AfterParty PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Prabhat 'uchichaa19' Paliya₹76,514INSCOOP - 18 NLHE ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
foldkardunga₹76,400AOPS Afterparty DST ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rohit ‘bane07’ Kumar Agarwal₹75,125AOPS Brunch ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sourabh ‘ravenclaw410’ Gehlot₹73,500Ultimate PLO ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
heartbroker₹72,875Ultimate PLO ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
fragileninja₹72,096INSCOOP -30 Bigstack Turbo ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
ButtonRaiseSS₹70,634INSCOOP -26 Ultra KO 75% ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Karan 'karan880' Lochab₹70,600AOPS Afterparty PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vaibhav ‘AllinPavBhaji’ Temani₹69,750SSS#46 ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
tripacesotop₹69,485SSS#66 Sunday Afternoon Hi-Fi ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Akshit_bunny₹66,919Night Rider Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Piyush ‘BlackMamba’ Gaikwad₹66,713Ultimate PLO ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
kingss₹66,450Night Rider DeepStack Turbo ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
chicken-dinner₹64,612Ultimate PLO ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rjbhoir₹64,604Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ravenclaw410₹64,506SSS#37 Monster Stack ₹3.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
dagadfool₹64,396Ultimate PLO ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Namannnn₹63,450Hotline ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Amitshivhare₹63,450Night Rider DeepStack Turbo ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
penguin07₹63,426AOPS Under The Gun ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tokio999₹63,333Ultimate PLO ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
tks5432₹62,498The Classic Saturday ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Gaush₹61,708SSS#52 Hotline ₹3.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rugal 'smokijoejr' Advani₹61,243INSCOOP - 14 Ultra KO 90% ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sagar ‘strangeplay’ Choudhury₹59,752SSS#54 ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
invincible090₹57,800Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
rinodphilip₹56,387AOPS AfterParty PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
SAMWELL TARLY₹56,340SSS #9 Saturday Hi-Fi ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
tks5432₹55,920INSCOOP -33 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anirban D ‘pottysing’ Das₹53,300Saturday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
ms1189₹53,119INSCOOP - 07 Sunday Storm ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
MONEYHEIST420₹53,117Sunday Night Rider ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
King₹51,046Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rishab 'riverrshiverr' Jain₹50,042INSCOOP - 21 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
ingloriousbasterds₹49,039SSS#65 NLHE ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
kdm007₹48,764SSS#39 ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rocky 'ravenvlaw410' Gehlot₹48,543INSCOOP - 09 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Kiki19₹48,000DSS MAIN ₹2 Lakhs GTD PLOPoker Dangal
Indianavatar21₹47,273Pocket Kings ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
MrKhan₹46,000Pocket Kings ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Mihir ‘gameofdeath’ Thakkar₹44,940AOPS AfterParty PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
gangol₹43,000MegaSpalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Srivats₹43,000BigBang ₹1 Lakh GTD NLHEKhelo365
Vibhatsu₹41,200SM#5 StackUp @8 PM ₹2 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Sagar ‘strangeplay’ Choudhury₹39,585SSS #58 ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harsh ‘harsh1327’ Bubna₹39,039Battlefield Tuesday ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
waghoneblood$₹33,491SSS#36 ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Emoboy₹31,280Pocket Lunch ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
masterroshi521₹29,755The Centurion ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Professor₹28,500Pocket Lunch ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
notoriouskonvict1₹27,030SSS#51 ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
emoboy₹27,000Pocket Lunch ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
Comeback5₹25,000Pocket Lunch ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
tradeofjack₹24,192Dangal Friday ₹1 Lakh GTDPoker Dangal
Bangbang23₹24,000Monday Blues ₹1 Lakh GTDPoker Dangal
peddamallus₹23,561Gladiator 1 Lakh GTDPocket52
Govindmalviya36₹18,000Dominator ₹50k GTD NLHEKhelo365
Prashant ‘kingslayer’ Jha₹14,616Wow Wednesday ₹50K GTDPoker Dangal
hateme₹12,250Saturday Hustle ₹50K GTDPoker Dangal
Belivesek₹10,200Hitman ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
Ashu079₹10,200Prime Time ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
Ashu079₹9,9286 Feet Under ₹25k GTD PLO DeepstackKhelo365
Chancetaker₹9,568Who R U? 15K GTD NLHEKhelo365
amity007₹7,268Point Blank ₹15K GTD NLHEKhelo365
Jindaal₹7,200Quick Freeze ₹20K GTD PLOKhelo365
venky1996₹7,200Under The Gun ₹20K GTD PLOKhelo365
dhamiabhis₹6,450Bounty Hunterzzz ₹15K GTD NLHE KnockoutKhelo365
Ceepee₹5,500Grinder ₹15k GTD NLHEKhelo365
Nk2346₹5,500Grinder ₹15K GTD NLHEKhelo365
prithvii₹5,440Grinder ₹15K GTD NLHEKhelo365
Manuvm131313₹5,376Grinder ₹15k GTD NLHEKhelo365
Tolltax₹5,100Grinder ₹15K GTD NLHEKhelo365


PokerBaazi Launches TDS Carnival

It`s literally a carnival for cash game players at PokerBaazi as the site has rolled out a new promotion ‘TDS Carnival’ offering players up to 100% tax-free withdrawals. Players are only required to play and earn Reward Points (RPs) to avail of tax-free withdrawals.

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A Month-Full of Millionaire Offerings at Spartan Poker

With SSS The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD drawing all the attention this weekend, Spartan Poker also three more Millionaire editions lined up this month. The Millionaire United ₹1 Crore GTD is slated for May 17, followed by UVS The Millionaire Lite on May 24 and The Millionaire X5 on May 30-31.

The Millionaire United
The Millionaire United


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WSOP Online Super Circuit Series

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is presently hosting the biggest-ever online series in poker history, the WSOP Online Super Circuit on GGNetwork. The series guarantees $100 million across all events and has 18 WSOP Circuit gold rings to give away. Among the prominent winners so far are, ‘274AS’ (Event #4: Monster Stack for $135,000) and ‘BlaireauEnColere‘ (Event #5: BIG $500 for $330,411).

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The third WSOP ring event of the series, the Deepstack Bounty Hunters crowned Justin ‘PetitFoxx’ Zhu as the champion, handing him out a $47,528.80 paycheque. German poker pro and GGPoker Ambassador Fedor Holz shipped the $5K High Roller (non-ring event) for $95,443.

Fedor Holz


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WPT Online Series

The World Poker Tour (WPT) has collaborated with partypoker and is currently running the first-time ever WPT Online Series. The biggest winners at the series so far are a follows:

Poker superstar Charlie Carrel topped Event #14: Super High Roller after defeating the formidable Ali Imsirovic heads-up to win $600K.

Charlie Carrel

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Canadian poker superstar Sam Greenwood won Event #11: High Roller for a whopping $257K.

One of the first featured High Roller tourneys on the schedule, Event #09 $5,200 High Roller $1M GTD, saw Pascal Hartman winning the title after striking a heads-up deal with Bulgarian icon Dimitar Danchev for $205,826

Sam Greenwood


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APT 2020 Online Series

Closing out a smashing 12-day run, the 2020 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Online Series finally got over on May 10. Denmark’s Michael Kim Falcon won the APT Player of the Series (POS) on the back of his winning performances in the PLO Turbo, followed by his blistering victory in the APT Championships on the closing day.

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Alex Wei Xiang Lee captured the inaugural APT Online Main Event title for $91.35K.

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APT Online Series Winners

EventWinnerPrize (USD)
Featured: $800 Championships $250K GTDMichael Kim 'DirtyDuck' Falcon$97,444.51
Featured: $500 Main Event $200K GTDAlex Wei Xiang 'DblBarrel' Lee$91,353.53
#21: $5,000 Super High Rollers $100K GTDJustin 'PetitFoxx' Zhu$53,383.12
Featured: $200 Mini Main Event $75K GTDPete 'Turbo Pete' Chen$40,058.92
#01: $300 Monster Stack $30K GTD'putipupu'$28,380.62
#31: $300 Monster Stack $30K GTD'Steven van ZZZZZZ'$24,816.68
#32: $1,000 High Rollers $30K GTD'tikkapokka'$24,362.59
#11: $300 Monster Stack $30K GTD'fish3098'$21,940.76
#12: $1,000 High Rollers $30K GTD'fish3098'$19,812.41
#54: $500 High Rollers $30K GTD'Louis Butron'$18,866.87
#02: $1,000 High Rollers $30K GTDMichael Soyza$18,288.30
#49: $300 Monster Stack $30K GTD'5betbluff.1'$16,690.11
#38: $500 High Roller Turbo $15K GTD'kirrard28'$14,571.92
#19: $500 High Roller Turbo $15K GTD'readytoship'$12,711.52
#47: $500 High Roller Turbo $15K GTD'putipupu'$11,966.81
#09: $500 High Roller Turbo $15K GTD'Daddy Cool'$11,749.24
#52: $500 High Roller Turbo $15K GTD'WhiteChick'$11,749.24
Featured: $400 PLO Championships $25K GTDPhachara 'Phachara W' Wongwichit$11,687.40
#05: $500 High Roller Turbo $15K GTD'PidrPan'$11,369.67
Featured: $400 Short Deck Championships $25K GTDPaul 'DingZhu88' Teoh$10,786.14
#29: $500 High Roller Turbo $15K GTDHo Bao 'Yummers' Qiang$10,356.51
#55: $200 Progressive Bounty $15K GTD'elchobi'$9,186.57
#37: $200 Progressive Bounty $12.5K GTD'omeroz01'$8,658.59
#13: $200 Progressive Bounty $12.5K GTD'BUIKIA'$8,339.54
#45: $300 NLHE $15K GTD'Bnet01'$8,149.88
#17: $200 Progressive Bounty $12.5K GTD'Dosobyc'$8,018.36
#28: $300 NLHE $15K GTD'Dosobyc'$7,660.64
#46: $200 Progressive Bounty $12.5K GTD'-AC-'$7,660.44
#33: $200 NLHE Freeze-Out $10K GTDDicky ‘Floatingworld’ Tsang$7,460.25
#27: $200 Progressive Bounty $12.5K GTD'TheDuck1'$7,225.95
#22: $200 NLHE Freeze-Out $12.5K GTD'Shan Yang'$6,579.61
#04: $200 Progressive Bounty $12.5K GTDDicky ‘Floatingworld’ Tsang$6,231.51
#50: $200 NLHE Freeze-Out $10K GTD'GodBlesCouplCunselin'$6,220.86
#43: $200 NLHE Freeze-Out $10K GTD'Rollpounder'$6,196.95
#56: $100 NLHE $15K GTD'fckGTO'$5,916.52
#26: $200 NLHE Freeze-Out $12.5K GTD'MK FALCON'$5,882.74
#08: $100 NLHE $10K GTD'High-Tower'$4,977.38
#51: $50 Micro Monster Stack $10K GTD'zhangyk'$4,467.25
#03: $100 NLHE Freeze-Out $5K GTD'TheJourney'$4,401.91
#23: $50 Micro Monster Stack $10K GTD'yoshiro333'$4,392.60
#20: $50 NLHE Turbo $10K GTD'Adon Lantis'$4,359.78
#18: $100 NLHE $10K GTD'readytoship'$4,239.44
#14: $50 Micro Monster Stack $10K GTD'edger'$4,202.38
#06: $50 NLHE Turbo $10K GTDQuang ‘anh961’ Ngoc$4,135.77
#15: $100 NLHE Freeze-Out $5K GTD'BoJackHorseman'$4,113.22
#57: $50 NLHE Turbo $15K GTD'LongBTC'$4,052.60
#10: $50 NLHE Turbo $10K GTD‘Goldig’$3,821.34
#44: $50 NLHE Turbo $10K GTD'rapid11'$3,770.94
#24: $100 Short Deck $5K GTD'tikkipokka'$3,550.05
#16: $50 NLHE Turbo $10K GTD‘AfternoonAA’$3,543.67
#30: $50 NLHE $10K GTDSimon ‘Fireburns’ Burns$3,417.40
#42: $100 Short Deck $5K GTD'sgtPiet'$3,308.51
#35: $50 NLHE Turbo $10K GTD'Buddha Kid'$3,067.23
#48: $50 NLHE Turbo $10K GTD'mochalov13!'$2,914.97
#07: $100 PLO $5K GTD'cmore13'$2,790.38
#36: $100 PLO $5K GTD'PodPivkovich'$2,719.26
#39: $50 NLHE Turbo $10K GTD'AAFuxX'$2,593.32
#34: $50 PLO $5K GTD'JACKPOT.'$2,222.79
#25: $50 PLO Turbo $5K GTD'3WW..'$2,083.67
#53: $50 PLO Turbo $5K GTDMichael Kim 'DirtyDuck' Falcon$1,984.02


Matthew Hayden Joins World Cricket Championship Game

Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden has been roped in by Nextwave Multimedia to lend his voice for virtual cricket on the company`s leading digital cricket franchise, the World Cricket Championship (WCC).

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Coronavirus Pandemic – Gaming Sector Updates

Kerala Looking to Resume Lottery Sales

The Kerala government plans to resume the sale of lottery tickets from May 18. State Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac has informed that the government will be resuming the sale in a phased manner.

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MPL’s #CheckmateCovid Raises 15 Lakhs

Mobile Premier League (MPL), in collaboration with the Karnataka government and the United Karnataka Chess Association hosted a charity Chess tournament called ‘Checkmate COVID’ on May 2 & 3. The efforts paid off as the tournament was able to raise ₹15 Lakhs that was donated to the Chief Minister Relief Fund. GM Ankit Rajpura won the first prize worth ₹1 Lakh in the tournament.

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David Costabile Wins PokerStars ‘Stars CALL For Action’ Charity Tournament

Breaking Bad star David Costabile won the PokerStars hosted ‘Stars CALL for Action’ Charity Tournament organized at the initiative of comedian and poker player Hank Azaria and screenwriter Andy Bellin.

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Casino Industry Gears Up to Reopen

Most casinos across the U.S. are preparing to reopen soon. The Coeur d’Alene Casino in Idaho was among the first on-land casinos in the country to resume operations after the extended lockdown. While no timeline has been officially communicated on the reopening of casinos in Nevada, Nevada Gaming Control board has issued specific guidelines that the casinos will need to follow at the time of reopening.

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Sandra Douglass Morgan


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Wynn Resorts Ltd. has opened an on-site COVID-19 testing facility for the employees at its casino properties.

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Europe’s largest casino, the King’s Resort has reopened after two-months. The casino had pulled down its shutters on March 13 in the wake of the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in Europe.

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Vietnam’s Corona Resort and Casino is another major gambling venue that has resumed operations on May 8 following social distancing measures and increased health safety measures in place.

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Grand Korea Leisure Co Ltd (GKL), resumed its gaming operations on May 6 after a 43-day shutdown.

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‘Matka King’ Ratan Khatri Passes Away

Ratan Khatri, aka the ‘Matka King,’ breathed his last at his central Mumbai home last Saturday at the age of 88. Khatri was known for running a gambling network for more than three decades.

Ratan Khatri


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Nine Online Poker Rooms to Transition From MPN to iPoker

With the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) preparing to shut down on May 19, various operators like Red Star Poker, OlyBet, Betsson Group’s Betsson Poker, betsafe, NordicBet, Coolbet, GiG, Paf, and PCF Poker will be making the switch to the iPoker Network.

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GGNetwork Adds TotoGaming

GGNetwork recently partnered with TotoGaming, operated by a well-known platform provider Digitain. TotoGaming is the latest addition to GGNetwork`s fast-growing portfolio of sites.

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Denmark Blocks 16 Illicit Gambling Portals

Denmark’s gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden recently blacklisted 16 illegal gambling sites. The 16 sites include two sports betting sites, seven online casinos, and seven eSports betting domains.

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Louisiana Senate Committee Approves 2 Sports Betting Bills

The Louisiana Senate Committee has approved two sports betting bills, namely Bill 378 and 130 recently. Both bills allow electronic wagering, but only from the premises of a casino.

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Hong Kong Police Busts Gambling Syndicate

Hong Kong police recently busted a gambling syndicate of 17 people that had reportedly profited HK$133 million (US$17.2 million) in just 14 months of operations. The gang allowed locals to play online casino games like baccarat, slots, poker, blackjack and dice games on a foreign gambling site.

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Buenos Aires Casino Owners Oppose Online Gambling Licensing

Casino operators in Buenos Aires (Argentina) are protesting the government’s move to permit licensed online gambling. Federal Judge Enrique Lavié Pico approved the request filed by the two casino operators and has given directions for further study of the case.

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West Virginia Lottery Commission Okays Online Gambling

The West Virginia Lottery Commission recently approved a set of emergency rules for online gambling in the state that could result in the state opening up legalized online gambling soon.

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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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