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This Week in Poker: November 24 – 30

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  • Namita Ghosh December 1, 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!

With the 2021 WSOP now in the rear-view mirror, the week`s headlines were primarily the breakout MTT winners! And wrapping up November in grand fashion was Young Gun Anuj Yadav! The 25-year-old poker phenom created history on Sunday by taking down Spartan Poker’s Millionaire Series #24 – The Millionaire for a personal-best ₹28.92 Lakhs (cumulatively), becoming the first player to win The Millionaire title thrice. But that’s not all. The reclusive poker pro also shipped PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller for ₹2.55 Lakhs, netting ₹31.77 Lakhs in one session! Needless to say, Anuj Yadav is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Arun Sriram, Harshit Sanghi, Bhushan Sohani, Subhojt Roy, PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan, Pranav Khandalkar, Nishaanth Shanmughasundaram, Amar Mehta, and Naman Puri banked the other massive scores this week!

While Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire Series 3.0 kept the MTT action buzzing last week, the virtual felts are likely to witness a dull phase for most of December! However, the New Year promises to start with a bang with PokerBaazi`s all-new “PokerBaazi Classics!” The eight-day series is slotted from January 2 to 9 and comprises some of the most popular PokerBaazi flagships like The MoneyMaker and The Game Changer – guaranteeing a whopping ₹5 Crores across nine events!

But while there is still over a month for the “PokerBaazi Classics” to make its debut run, poker players should check out the MTT schedule on MPL Poker. The poker-arm of the fantasy giant MPL has made aggressive strides (especially in MTTs) in the last few weeks and is guaranteeing ₹45 Lakhs across all MTTs running on the site this week!

Speaking of India`s biggest gaming company, Dream Sports, the parent company of Dream11, closed an $840 Million (~₹6,252.2 Crore) funding round on November 24. The round was led by marquee investors like Falcon Edge, DST Global, D1 Capital Redbird Capital, and New York-based Tiger Global and hiked the company’s valuation to an astronomical $8 Billion.

Coming to the legal battle over the online gaming ban in Karnataka, the High Court held another on Tuesday. Advocate General Prabhulinga K Navadgi defended the government’s decision and the amended Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act 2021.

Moving on to the international sphere, the surge of COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic has created some panic, with EPT Prague and several other scheduled events either getting postponed or canceled. The 2021 WSOP Europe, however, is still running uninterrupted, although the 10 PM curfew imposed by the government prompted changes in the start and end times of a few events. Seven bracelets were awarded through the week, with Samuel Stranak (Event #4: €2K Pot-Limit Omaha), Emil Bise (Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event), Edmond Jahjaga (Event #5: €550 No-Limit Hold’em), Antoine Vranken (Event #6: €1,650 PLO/NLHE Mixed), Maximilian Klostermeier (Event #7: €5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha), Julien Martini (Event #8: €2,500 Short Deck Hold’em) and Sergiu Covrig (Event #9: €1,100 NLHE Bounty Hunter) bagging the prestigious gold hardware!

 

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Young Gun Anuj Yadav created history on Sunday when he won Spartan Poker`s Millionaire Series #24 – The Millionaire, becoming the first player to win The Millionaire title thrice. Yadav had brought two top stacks from Day 1A and Day 1B in The Millionaire and cashed through both, adding a personal-best ₹28.92 Lakhs cumulatively! He chopped the title heads-up with Arun Sriram.

What makes this feat even more commendable is that less than 30 minutes before winning The Millionaire, Yadav took down the Sunday Highroller on PokerStars India for ₹2.55 Lakhs. Rounding up a whopping ₹31.77 Lakhs to his Sunday tally, Yadav added a ginormous ₹37.42 Lakhs this past week, making him the obvious choice for the “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Anuj Yadav
Anuj Yadav

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in the Millionaire Series #24 – The Millionaire for ₹29.21 Lakhs (includes 64th place payout)

> 1st in the Sunday Highroller for ₹2.56 Lakhs

> 3rd in the Millionaire #20 – Millionaire United for ₹3.70 Lakhs

Arun Sriram entered The Millionaire #24 – The Millionaire with the Grinders #27 Highroller title under his belt and chopped the title heads-up with Anuj Yadav for a whopping ₹27.31 Lakhs! Sriram lapped up ₹33.09 Lakhs through the week!

Arun Sriram
Arun Sriram

 

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in the Millionaire Series #24 – The Millionaire for ₹27.31 Lakhs

> 1st in Grinders #27 Highroller for ₹1.57 Lakhs

> 3rd in Sunday Showdown for ₹1.07 Lakhs

The first-ever IOPC – The Crown and two-time The Big Deal champion, Harshit Sanghi, raked in ₹18.82 Lakhs in the last seven days. The 25-year-old poker reg from Kanpur chopped the Millionaire Series #13 Monster Stack with Amar Mehta for ₹9.16 Lakhs. His other standout score was his fourth-place finish in The Millionaire Series #24 – The Millionaire for ₹8.62 Lakhs.

Harshit Sanghi
Harshit Sanghi

 

Bhushan Sohani lapped up an impressive ₹17.69 Lakhs this past week. He won The Millionaire Series #18 – The Elite for ₹10.85 Lakhs, and FT-ed two other The Millionaire Series flagships to champion the series’ leaderboard for an additional ₹2.40 Lakhs!

Bhushan Sohani
Bhushan Sohani

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Millionaire Series #18 – The Elite for ₹10.85 Lakhs

> 4th in Millionaire Series #16 – High Roller for ₹4.67 Lakhs

> 2nd in Millionaire Series #19 for ₹1.30 Lakhs

Subhojt Roy came within striking distance of taking down the Millionaire Series #16 – High Roller but lost the heads-up battle to mystery player “Zeusneverlose.” The runner-up finish fetched Roy ₹13.66 Lakhs, forming the bulk of the ₹14.33 Lakhs he added through the week!

Subhojit Roy
Subhojit Roy

 

PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan (₹12.15 Lakhs), Pranav Khandalkar (₹11.46 Lakhs), Nishaanth Shanmughasundaram (₹10.09 Lakhs), Amar Mehta (9.72 Lakhs), and Naman Puri (₹9.28 Lakhs) were the top scorers of the week!

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Anuj Yadav₹28.92 LakhsMillionaire Series#24 – The Millionaire ₹1.50 Crores GTDSpartan Poker
“Zeusneverlose”₹15.05 LakhsMillionaire Series#16 – High Roller (6-Max – 1st Place ₹10 Lakhs GTD) ₹65 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bhushan Sohani₹10.90 LakhsMillionaire Series#18 – The Elite (6-Max – 1st Place ₹10 Lakhs GTD) ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harshit Sanghi₹9.16 LakhsMillionaire Series#13 – Monster Stack ₹40 Lakhs GTD (1st Place ₹10 Lakhs GTD)Spartan Poker
Aman Parakh₹7.92 LakhsMillionaire Series#22 – Deepstack (1st Place ₹10 Lakhs GTD) ₹45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vishal ‘vishalkumar1270’ Kumar₹6.12 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ayush ‘thesetminer’ Arora₹5.99 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gokul Raj₹5.76 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankit Bajaj₹5.41 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
geans89₹4.41 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Peacelover”₹3.90 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanish Chhabra₹3.49 LakhsMega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dhiraj Lakhotia₹3.40 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vaibhav 'WakhraSwagNi' Sharma₹3.25 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gokul Raj₹3.20 LakhsSunday Special -PKO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Harsh Dembla₹2.87 LakhsSuper Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sanket Banerjee₹2.63 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anuj Yadav₹2.56 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Devrat Singh₹2.54 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rubin Labroo₹2.50 LakhsBounty Builder HR ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
“Jp19”₹2.40 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Shashank14”₹1.98 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Laksh Pal Singh₹1.94 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sandeep ‘effuno’ Varma RS₹1.90 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanchit Anand₹1.73 LakhsMillionaire Series#25 – ₹9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
'Temple of RNGod'₹1.60 LakhsMillionaire Series – D’Lite ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“TM20”₹1.60 LakhsReCharge - ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arun 'vazharmorghulis' Sriram₹1.57 LakhsGrinders#27 Highroller ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Jaya Bharathkumar Prajapati₹1.53 LakhsMillionaire Series#19 - ₹9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rahul Lal₹1.42 LakhsMillionaire Series#17 - ₹9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kuldeep Kumar₹1.39 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Utsav Taneja₹1.37 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Karan 'karangogi' Malhotra₹1.25 LakhsGrinders#40 Main Event ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Yogesh 'pokerbrat0118' Choudhary₹1.24 LakhsBSS MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Arjun Bharadwaj₹1.22 LakhsBattle Royale [7-Max] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anmol Mehta₹1.21 LakhsThe Race ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pranav Khandalkar₹1.17 LakhsFriday Bounty ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Abhishek Chhajer₹1.10 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tanmay Benara₹1.10 LakhsDaily Sprint 6-Max ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Amar Iyer₹1.01 LakhsMillionaire Series#12 - ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddharth Karia₹1 LakhMillionaire Series#14 - ₹8.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shashank Shandilya₹1 Lakh₹10 Mein 10 Lakhpati ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Karan Radia₹99KNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Parth Budhraja₹90KDeepstack - ₹4.50 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Rehmat Singh Walia₹88KMillionaire Series#15 - ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“Oshuri” - ₹85KVoyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aditya Singh₹78KVoyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
munna1967₹47,008Daily Night Sprint ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
'tingting'₹43,970BSS ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
'aikansh98'₹42,916Grinders#28 6-Max Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
'7jerry7'₹40,958BSS Night Sprint ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Naresh Kumar₹34,268Afternoon Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Murali Mohan₹30,941Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
'5AA5'₹30,161Grinders#29 PLO Boost ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
sevenpockets₹26,800Daily Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Prashant 'prashant031' Pandagre₹24,754Grinders#39 6-Max ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Vivek 'viveksnmc10' Pal₹24,664Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
'ankitbawa'₹23,863BSS Kickoff ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Tarsh 'Ceepee' Mehrotra₹22,565BSS Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
‘TT52’₹21,600Punch ₹80K GTDAdda52
Vivek 'viveksnmc10' Pal₹21,155Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Rafiq 'Mrkhan' Khan₹12,162Grinders#30 PKO ₹60K GTDPokerBaazi
yogeshchhabra99₹12,018Grinders#38 ₹60K GTDPokerBaazi
Vishal Singh₹11,874Sundown Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
'gerrard09'₹11,820PLO Daily ₹40K GTDPokerBaazi
‘Ronima1978’₹9,988Evening Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
'thereallokimon'₹9,758Grinders#42 Turbo ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
'DaHodler'₹8,908Daily 5-Max ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
'Ganesh24'₹7,437Grinders#26 ₹60K GTDPokerBaazi
'einstein7'₹5,895Grinders#25 6-Max ₹30K GTDPokerBaazi
imtiaz7862₹1,907Grinders#37 ₹10K GTDPokerBaazi

 

PokerBaazi Announces ₹5 Crore GTD PokerBaazi Classics (January 2 9)

PokerBaazi is gearing towards ushering the New Year on a high with its all-new “PokerBaazi Classics!” The eight-day-long series runs from January 2 to 9 and will bring some of the site`s most popular flagships like The MoneyMaker and The Game Changer together for the first time, guaranteeing a mouth-watering ₹5 Crores across nine MTT attractions.

PokerBaazi Classics
PokerBaazi Classics

 

Read the complete report here

 

MPL Poker Now Offers ₹45 Lakhs GTD in MTTs (November 29 December 4)

MPL Poker has steadily upped its tournament offerings in recent weeks. Last week, the brand announced weekly flagships guaranteeing ₹40 Lakhs. Following the robust response, MPL Poker has upped the stakes to ₹45 Lakhs this week (November 29 to December 4).

 

Karnataka Advocate-General Submits Strong Arguments Defending Govt Ban on Online Gaming

On Tuesday, the Karnataka High Court conducted another hearing of the petitions filed by several gaming sector components against the government’s ban on online gaming. Making his submissions before the special Divisional Bench, Advocate General

Prabhulinga K Navadgi strongly defended the government`s rationale behind the ban and the amendments made to the Karnataka Police Act 2021.

Citing online gaming to be a menace than alcohol, the AG emphasized the new amendment to be social legislation imposed to prohibit activities injurious to public health and order. Navadgi also stressed that regulating online gaming is a gigantic task. Since the submissions were incomplete, the hearing was adjourned to Wednesday.

Read the complete report here

 

20121 WSOP Europe

The race to win bracelets did not end with the 2021 WSOP, with WSOP Europe kicking off at the King`s Resort in Rozvadov on November 19! The 15-event series has already awarded nine bracelets, and even with a COVID-19 scare in the country, the series has been largely unaffected. However, the schedule had to be changed to accommodate the government-imposed 10 PM curfew.

Switzerland’s Emil Bise has been the biggest winner at the series (so far), banking €276357 (~$312,994).

Emil Bise
Emil Bise

 

His prominent scores include:

> 1st in Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event for €250,175 (includes a €10,350 WSOPE Main Event ticket)

> 3rd in Event #8: €2,500 Short Deck Hold’em for €26,182.

The other bracelet winners of the week were:

PlayerEventPrize Money (EURO)
Emil BiseEvent #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event€250,175
Maximilian KlostermeierEvent #7: €5,000 PLO€204,100
Edmond JahjagaEvent #5: €550 NLHE€147,775
Antoine VrankenEvent #6: €1,650 PLO/NLHE Mixed€113,000
Samuel StranakEvent #4: €2K Pot-Limit Omaha€101,76
Sergiu CovrigEvent #9: €1,100 NLHE Bounty Hunter€79,282
Julien MartiniEvent #8: €2,500 Short Deck Hold’em€60,009

The series will continue until December 8, and PokerGO.com will live stream the final table action for four marquee events starting December 1 (today).

The event list includes Event #10: €25,000 Platinum High Roller, Event #11: €1,650 NLHE 6-Max, Event #13: €10,000 NLHE 6-Max, and Event #14: €10,350 Main Event.

 

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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