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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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
|Player||Prize Amount||Event||Poker Site|
|Anuj Yadav||₹28.92 Lakhs||Millionaire Series#24 – The Millionaire ₹1.50 Crores GTD||Spartan Poker|
|“Zeusneverlose”||₹15.05 Lakhs||Millionaire Series#16 – High Roller (6-Max – 1st Place ₹10 Lakhs GTD) ₹65 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Bhushan Sohani||₹10.90 Lakhs||Millionaire Series#18 – The Elite (6-Max – 1st Place ₹10 Lakhs GTD) ₹50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Harshit Sanghi||₹9.16 Lakhs||Millionaire Series#13 – Monster Stack ₹40 Lakhs GTD (1st Place ₹10 Lakhs GTD)||Spartan Poker|
|Aman Parakh||₹7.92 Lakhs||Millionaire Series#22 – Deepstack (1st Place ₹10 Lakhs GTD) ₹45 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Vishal ‘vishalkumar1270’ Kumar||₹6.12 Lakhs||Mega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ayush ‘thesetminer’ Arora||₹5.99 Lakhs||Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Gokul Raj||₹5.76 Lakhs||The Ballers ₹22.50 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ankit Bajaj||₹5.41 Lakhs||Godfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|geans89||₹4.41 Lakhs||BSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|“Peacelover”||₹3.90 Lakhs||Maverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Sanish Chhabra||₹3.49 Lakhs||Mega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Dhiraj Lakhotia||₹3.40 Lakhs||The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Vaibhav 'WakhraSwagNi' Sharma||₹3.25 Lakhs||The Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Gokul Raj||₹3.20 Lakhs||Sunday Special -PKO ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Harsh Dembla||₹2.87 Lakhs||Super Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Sanket Banerjee||₹2.63 Lakhs||The Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Anuj Yadav||₹2.56 Lakhs||Sunday Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Devrat Singh||₹2.54 Lakhs||The Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Rubin Labroo||₹2.50 Lakhs||Bounty Builder HR ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|“Jp19”||₹2.40 Lakhs||The Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|“Shashank14”||₹1.98 Lakhs||Iron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Laksh Pal Singh||₹1.94 Lakhs||Highroller ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Sandeep ‘effuno’ Varma RS||₹1.90 Lakhs||Sunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Sanchit Anand||₹1.73 Lakhs||Millionaire Series#25 – ₹9 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|'Temple of RNGod'||₹1.60 Lakhs||Millionaire Series – D’Lite ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|“TM20”||₹1.60 Lakhs||ReCharge - ₹8 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Arun 'vazharmorghulis' Sriram||₹1.57 Lakhs||Grinders#27 Highroller ₹6 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Jaya Bharathkumar Prajapati||₹1.53 Lakhs||Millionaire Series#19 - ₹9 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Rahul Lal||₹1.42 Lakhs||Millionaire Series#17 - ₹9 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Kuldeep Kumar||₹1.39 Lakhs||The Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Utsav Taneja||₹1.37 Lakhs||Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Karan 'karangogi' Malhotra||₹1.25 Lakhs||Grinders#40 Main Event ₹6 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Yogesh 'pokerbrat0118' Choudhary||₹1.24 Lakhs||BSS MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Arjun Bharadwaj||₹1.22 Lakhs||Battle Royale [7-Max] ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Anmol Mehta||₹1.21 Lakhs||The Race ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Pranav Khandalkar||₹1.17 Lakhs||Friday Bounty ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Abhishek Chhajer||₹1.10 Lakhs||La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Tanmay Benara||₹1.10 Lakhs||Daily Sprint 6-Max ₹4 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Amar Iyer||₹1.01 Lakhs||Millionaire Series#12 - ₹7 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Siddharth Karia||₹1 Lakh||Millionaire Series#14 - ₹8.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Shashank Shandilya||₹1 Lakh||₹10 Mein 10 Lakhpati ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Karan Radia||₹99K||Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Parth Budhraja||₹90K||Deepstack - ₹4.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Rehmat Singh Walia||₹88K||Millionaire Series#15 - ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|“Oshuri” - ₹85K||Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Aditya Singh||₹78K||Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|munna1967||₹47,008||Daily Night Sprint ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|'tingting'||₹43,970||BSS ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|'aikansh98'||₹42,916||Grinders#28 6-Max Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|'7jerry7'||₹40,958||BSS Night Sprint ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Naresh Kumar||₹34,268||Afternoon Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Murali Mohan||₹30,941||Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|'5AA5'||₹30,161||Grinders#29 PLO Boost ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|sevenpockets||₹26,800||Daily Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Prashant 'prashant031' Pandagre||₹24,754||Grinders#39 6-Max ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Vivek 'viveksnmc10' Pal||₹24,664||Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|'ankitbawa'||₹23,863||BSS Kickoff ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Tarsh 'Ceepee' Mehrotra||₹22,565||BSS Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|‘TT52’||₹21,600||Punch ₹80K GTD||Adda52|
|Vivek 'viveksnmc10' Pal||₹21,155||Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Rafiq 'Mrkhan' Khan||₹12,162||Grinders#30 PKO ₹60K GTD||PokerBaazi|
|yogeshchhabra99||₹12,018||Grinders#38 ₹60K GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Vishal Singh||₹11,874||Sundown Adda ₹50K GTD||Adda52|
|'gerrard09'||₹11,820||PLO Daily ₹40K GTD||PokerBaazi|
|‘Ronima1978’||₹9,988||Evening Adda ₹50K GTD||Adda52|
|'thereallokimon'||₹9,758||Grinders#42 Turbo ₹50K GTD||PokerBaazi|
|'DaHodler'||₹8,908||Daily 5-Max ₹50K GTD||PokerBaazi|
|'Ganesh24'||₹7,437||Grinders#26 ₹60K GTD||PokerBaazi|
|'einstein7'||₹5,895||Grinders#25 6-Max ₹30K GTD||PokerBaazi|
|imtiaz7862||₹1,907||Grinders#37 ₹10K GTD||PokerBaazi|
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.
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).
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:
|Player||Event||Prize Money (EURO)|
|Emil Bise||Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event||€250,175|
|Maximilian Klostermeier||Event #7: €5,000 PLO||€204,100|
|Edmond Jahjaga||Event #5: €550 NLHE||€147,775|
|Antoine Vranken||Event #6: €1,650 PLO/NLHE Mixed||€113,000|
|Samuel Stranak||Event #4: €2K Pot-Limit Omaha||€101,76|
|Sergiu Covrig||Event #9: €1,100 NLHE Bounty Hunter||€79,282|
|Julien Martini||Event #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.