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This Week in Poker: November 11 – 17

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh November 18, 2020
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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!

As we hit the midway mark for November, the online felts are sizzling up with electrifying action!

Adda52’s WPT Online India series that went underway on November 5, is now nearing its home stretch. The magnum opus of the series, the ₹2.5 Crores WPT India Main Event kicked off on November 16 and has already played out two starting flights.

While there is still some time before the first-ever WPT Online India Main Event champion is announced, the biggest winner this past week was the ₹65 Lakhs GTD WPT India Super High Roller champion, Siddhanth Kripalani. The Game Changer 3.0 winner, Kripalani, also holds the distinction of being the only one so far to have won back-to-back Destiny titles. And now he added a WPT trophy to his list of achievements on Friday night along with a hefty ₹19.38 Lakhs paycheque. So, it should come as no surprise that Kripalani is our PokerGuru Star of the Week!

Tarun Goyal, Jasven Saigal, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot, and Pratibha Arya were next in the line of top scorers.

PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month” – November leaderboard race completed its second week on Sunday. Akash Sharma (744 points) headlined the 25 qualifiers who made it through to the Finale, with Amar B Iyer (580 points) and Mahesh Shyamsundar (487 points) taking up the second and third spots in standings, respectively.

Though the WPT Online India is about a week away from ending, with India Poker Championship’s brand-new Final Table Series (FTS) kicking off on Spartan Poker this week, the virtual action is not going to slow down. The series began on November 16, with the first three tournaments of the series playing out on November 17. Boasting a mouth-watering ₹8 Crores in guaranteed prizes, the FTS will continue till November 23, and six of its featured tournaments will be live-streamed on multiple platforms. The first of these featured events to be live-streamed is the FTS Kick-Off, which starts at 6 PM today.

The festival of Diwali may be over, but the fireworks on the online felts have not let up. Persisting with excitement, PokerStars India has announced the return of its Diwali Rush series. Running from November 22 to 29, the 55-tourney series promises ₹2.74 Crores in prize pool guarantees.

There was a surprise announcement from the World Series of Poker (WSOP) this weekend, with the brand announcing a $10K buy-in NLHE World Championship Main Event to crown the 51st WSOP Main Event champion. The event will be a live-online hybrid that will be hosted on GGPoker and WSOP.com. The final table of the two legs of the Main Event will play out live at King’s Casino Rozvadov (GGPoker FT) and Rio-All Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas (WSOP.com), respectively, with the two winners from each location playing down to a champion in Las Vegas on December 30.

In other news, the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) has finally accorded its formal approval for renewing the trade licenses for the six offshore casinos anchored on River Mandovi.

From the live international circuit, 21-year-old poker prodigy Landon Tice clinched his career-first live title in the 2020 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian $1,100 Main Event for a personal-best $201,529.


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The inaugural World Poker Tour (WPT) India Online is well underway now, and headlining the maestros who dominated the online felts was the former Game Changer champion, Siddhanth ‘Sidstack’ Kripalani. Kripalani trounced the 137-strong field in the week`s featured WPT Online tourney at Adda52 – the ₹65 Lakhs GTD WPT India Super High Roller to pocket a massive ₹19.38 Lakhs in prize money along with the WPT Trophy. While his stellar title win is his second-best career finish, he makes it as our PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Siddhanth Kripalani
Siddhanth Kripalani


Former Godfather champion Tarun ‘aggtarun’ Goyal finished runner-up for ₹12.20 Lakhs. Goyal also placed ninth in the WPT India 6-Max championship on November 15, to pocket ₹75,200, earning a cumulative ₹12.95 Lakhs from the two FT runs alone.

Tarun Goyal
Tarun Goyal


Jasven ‘bajateraho’ Saigal was the other star performer this past week. Saigal championed the WPT Wednesday Feature for ₹5.53 Lakhs and two days later, placed third to Kripalani and Goyal in the WPT India Super High Roller for ₹8.97 Lakhs, adding a whopping ₹14.50 Lakhs to his tally.

Jasven Saigal
Jasven Saigal


PokerGuru Ambassador and the 2019 WPT India Main Event champion Ashish ‘ragspoker’ Munot was another seven-figure winner. He collected ₹13.06 Lakhs over a week’s grind – the majority of it from three FT scores that included a third-place finish worth ₹1.81 Lakhs in The Weekly Highroller on November 14. The next day, he placed sixth in the Titan Stack for ₹69,550. But Munot really got to work on Sunday when he won his second WPT in the WPT Mega Stack for ₹9.03 Lakhs. The same day, he placed seventh in Spartan Poker’s Sunday SuperStack for ₹1.12 Lakhs.

Ashish Munot
Ashish Munot


Pratibha ‘TeamRocket’ Arya, who can brag of being one of the country’s most prominent female poker players, also hogged the headlines after she outlasted a 376-player field to win the WPT India 6-Max Championship for ₹9.40 Lakhs

Pratibha Arya
Pratibha Arya


Young Gun Siddharth ‘skaria1’ Karia (WPT Thursday Feature ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.08 Lakhs), ‘Paperboi’ (The Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.75 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh ‘LuckyBhai$’ Pal Singh (Destiny ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.17 Lakhs), Bharat ‘dorasingh’ Vasan (Sunday Superstack ₹35 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.77 Lakhs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Madhav ‘madzoopa’ Gupta (WPT Tuesday Feature tournament for ₹6.55 Lakhs) were the other prominent scorers this week.

The notable winners of the week include –

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
Siddhanth 'Sidstack' Kripalani₹19.37 LakhsWPT India Super High Roller ₹65 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pratibha ‘TeamRocket’ Arya₹9.40 LakhsWPT India 6 Max Championship ₹35 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashish 'ragspoker' Munot₹9.03 LakhsWPT Mega Stack ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddharth 'skaria1' Karia₹8.08 LakhsWPT Thursday Feature ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Paperboi₹7.75 LakhsThe Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Laksh ‘LuckyBhai$’ Pal Singh₹7.17 LakhsDestiny ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bharat ‘dorasingh’ Vasan₹6.77 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ujjwal 'fourteenk' Narwal₹6.45 LakhsWPT Friday Feature (3 Re Max)Adda52
Jasven 'bajateraho' Saigal₹5.53 LakhsWPT Wednesday Feature ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anant 'pro_baba' Purohit₹5.06 LakhsWPT Deepstack ₹17 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddharth 'Siddonuts' Pandey₹4.20 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anuj ‘anuj25395’ Yadav₹4.09 LakhsWPT India Mini Main Event Finale ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gaurav 'gaug17' Sood₹4.02 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek ‘AbhishekRathod’ Rathod₹3.73 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mahesh 'masteroffelts' Shyamsundar₹3.70 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹158 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Utkarsh ‘sam20542’ Srivastava₹3.67 LakhsWPT Monday Feature ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sahil 'bluffme19' Chutani₹3.45 LakhsWPT Diwali Special ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arjanveer Singh ‘ballistik310’ Chadha₹3.27 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Kanav ‘SneakyBlinders’ Parwal₹3.19 LakhsUltron ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Str8$$$Homey₹3.02 LakhsTitan Stack ₹13 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Saurabh ‘saurabh21’ Rohila₹2.97 LakhsWPT Monster Turbo ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
yash1805₹2.35 LakhsHighroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Akshat ‘takingcuntrol’ Sharma₹2.21 LakhsThe Crest ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rohan 'AnshAA' Soman ₹2.20 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
vishal_jain₹2.20 LakhsWPT Mini PLOAdda52
Raman 'tathagat' Gujral₹2.13 LakhsTGIF ₹11 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Vikranth ‘borntrouble’ Varma₹2.10 LakhsThe Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek ‘uncle_scrooge’ Kumar₹1.97 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nitin ‘Bigbluffs’ Arora₹1.91 LakhsWPT Table For 6 ₹6 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sahni1509₹1.70 LakhsUppercut [6-Max] MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
ankumalik₹1.63 LakhsWPT Mini 6-Max ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kanchan ‘Midge Maisel’ Sharma₹1.47 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
krisnair₹1.30 LakhsWPT Classic ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arun 'arusharma' Sharma₹1.28 LakhsWPT Classic ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dishvish₹1.27 LakhsBSS MegaStack ₹5 LakhsPokerBaazi
Anuj 'chocha' Manocha₹1.26 LakhsWPT Moonlight ₹6 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Juli ‘Lily8’ Kumari₹1.25 LakhsWPT Classic ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddhanth 'bullzeyepower' Kapoor₹1.25 LakhsWPT Classic ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddharth 'Siddonuts' Pandey₹1.24 LakhsBSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
BulletsBaby₹1.17 LakhsWPT Summary ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akshay ‘ak7208’ Panwar₹1.15 LakhsBig Bubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Bahubali2002₹1 LakhHouse Party ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kumarish₹92,000Twister ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
R ‘prakash7639’ Prakash₹89,964WPT Late Night PKO ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saahib 'saahib' Bawa₹89,906WPT Classic ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vinay 'vinay0902' Rajpal₹86,448WPT Multiplier ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Suresh ‘Wabi-$abi’ Kolli₹86,315Eliminator ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
UGOTBLUFF₹82,892FTS #1 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pankaj ‘Pok3rking’ nanda₹82,350WPT Multiplier 3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
vibhuiit17₹84,182WPT Late Night ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akash ‘as5072828’ Sharma₹82,132Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Arlan Mukhtar ‘Arsyyy’ Lanker₹78,000WPT Multiplier ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashit ‘nexus010’ Sharma₹75,000Tuesday Turbo ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
pokraj₹75,000WPT Late Night PKO ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Naveenbarkhageetu₹75,000WPT Late Night PLO ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Esoteric₹72,188Mega Freeze ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
papertiger₹62,096Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ShubhamBadjatya₹61,081Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
masternau17₹60,955Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Monty7₹57,564WPT Alpha ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
pokershokerr₹57,412Night - Rider Deepstack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rush99₹56,822WPT Alpha ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
anmol39₹56,798WPT Late Night PLO ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arjun 'beatthefish66' Arora₹53,026WPT November Fest ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Abhiroop ‘Daniel90’ Gupta ₹52,668WPT Alpha ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
petbot₹48,841Monster Stack - ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Chirag 'mahikk' Bhardwaj₹48,750WPT Hustle ₹1.95 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arjun ‘Beatthefish66’ Arora ₹47, 699WPT November Fest ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pabloescobarr₹47,616Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kasiav87₹46,932Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kartikey ‘Stavro99’ Raj ₹46,458WPT Novemberfest ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Smita ‘coconik’ Agarwalla₹46,200WPT Hustle ₹1.7 Lakhs GTDAdda52
jeet0₹46,119WPT Alpha ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
RyadAli₹46,000Mega Spalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Arjun ‘Beatthefish66’ Arora₹44,200WPT Hustle ₹1.7 Lakhs GTDAdda52
harikrishna351₹44,200WPT Hustle ₹1.7 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Amit1234007₹43,930WPT Hustle ₹1.70 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Chancetaker₹43,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
₹42,788The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Rohin ‘Comeback5’ Bhansali₹41,500Ragnarok ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
lokimon₹40,780WPT Late Night PLO ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Neeraj 'kumartomar' Kumar₹36,567WPT November Fest ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddharth 'si151190' Mehndiratta₹36,080Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pyaar₹36,080Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
nirmalag₹32,369WPT Novemberfest ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhirendra ‘dmkool007’ Kumar₹31,109Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sumitm74₹31,023Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
scylla₹30,6806-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1 Lakh GTD PokerBaazi
swAAmi₹30,000PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Mohak 'Tiltin' Kapoor₹29,280Grinders#10 6-Max Holdem BOOST 1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Dada19₹29,190WPT Battlefield ₹1 Lakh GTDAdda52
₹28,877Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
YOSHER₹28,634WPT Battlefield ₹1 Lakh GTDAdda52
matpoker₹28,015Grinders#11 PLO BOOST 1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Dheeraj 'Dangerplayer' Grover₹26,400Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
agoswami₹24,537WPT Battlefield ₹1 Lakh GTDAdda52
noxi₹24,510Grinders#9 1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Mahlima ‘zokid’ Fanai₹24,000Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Rise₹23,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
muckforvalue₹23,000Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
Wahi1989₹22,890Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
lawofaces ₹22,391Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
karannthakker ₹21,848Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
chirag29₹21,848Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
LBCrusher₹21,000Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Prerit 'robben1309' Bais
₹20,466Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD
PokerStars India
Himanshu ‘hdwivedi3452’ Dwivedi₹19,709Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Mackyboy7777₹18,721Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Hriday ‘MARRII’ Mondal₹17,535Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
Jeet24₹17,250Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
Kanan15₹16,500Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
gagan999₹16,380Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
Salazar₹15,750Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
JonGregor₹13,800Rivered PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
picnic123₹13,800Nitro PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Pappu ‘Pappuhero20’ Jaiswal₹12,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
VINVIN₹12,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
vicky2222₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Kettavan₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Rajesh 'ASH111' Dabolkar₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Neeraj ‘Professor’ Karn₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Santoshi₹8,600Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
6thsense₹8,500Bluff-Knight ₹50K GTD

yogendrameena₹8,500Bluff-Guard ₹50K GTDPocket52
Seehagaon123₹8,500Bluff-Lord ₹50K GTDPocket52
IAmeroK8641I₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Pubg2222₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
RedMercury₹7,360Multi KO ₹10K GTDKhelo365
LondonFM91₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
JonGregor₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
acedealer₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Santoshi₹6,900Who R U? ₹15K GTDKhelo365
thesunshine₹6,500Depositors Freeroll ₹25K GTDPokerDangal
DUMDAR₹5,400Bounty Hunterzzz ₹15K GTDKhelo365
Dileep34₹1,850Weekly Freeroll ₹10K GTDPokerDangal


Akash Sharma Leads 25 Week #2 Qualifiers in PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month” November Race

The PokerStars India “Star of the Month” – November leaderboard race completed its second week on Sunday. Leading another group of 25 qualifiers to the month-ending Leaderboard Finale was the ₹5 Lakhs GTD Night on Stars champion, Akash ‘as5072828’ Sharma (744 points). Amar B ‘PsykoEko’ Iyer (580 points) and Mahesh ‘masteroffelts’ Shyamsundar (487 points) ranked second and third in the leaderboard standings.

Akash Sharma
Akash Sharma


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IPC’s 8 Crores GTD Final Table Series Gets Underway on Spartan Poker

IPC`s ₹8 Crores GTD Final Table Series got off to a flying start on November 16. The inaugural series will live-stream the final table of six of its featured events, with some of the world’s most renowned poker players, including UK’s top poker pro Sam Razavi, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kevin Macphee, and Maria Ho to provide commentary and insights. The funnyman Ramesh Thotapalli and poker mom Radhika Shankar will also lend their voices to the live-stream.

Headlining the action will be the ₹2 Crores GTD FTS Main Event, where the winner walks away with an 18K Gold and diamond-studded Medallion along with a ₹10 Lakhs sponsorship from IPC, certificates, and gift hampers.

Read the complete report here


PokerStars India’s Diwali Rush Promises 2.74 Crores (Nov 22 29)

Keeping the festive spirits going well after Diwali, PokerStars India is rolling out the Diwali Rush series on November 22. The online fest has ₹2.74 Crores guaranteed across 55 tournaments and will offer eight days of non-stop action until November 27.

The showstopper will be the ₹50 Lakhs GTD PKO Main Event slated for November 29.

Read the complete report here


WSOP Announces Online-Live $10K Main Event

The WSOP has surprised the poker community by announcing a $10K buy-in NLHE World Championship Main Event that will feature a live-online hybrid structure. The Main Event will make two parallel runs on GGPoker and WSOP.com, with each of the final tables to play out live – King’s Casino Rozvadov for the GGPoker FT and the Rio-All Suite Hotel and Casino for the WSOP.com FT, respectively. The final two winners will then clash over a heads-up match in Las Vegas on December 30, and the eventual champion will be crowned as the 51st Main Event champion. In addition to the gold bracelet, he/she will win an additional $1 Million in prize money.

Read the complete report here


CCP Approves Renewal of Offshore Casino Trade Licenses

The Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP), in a Council meeting on November 11, granted its formal approval to renew the trade licenses for the six offshore casinos operating from River Mandovi.

Read the complete report here


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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