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This Week in Poker: November 6 – 12

This Week in Poker Nov 6-12
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  • Namita Ghosh November 15, 2019
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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!

It was another landmark week for Indian poker, both online and live. Most of the updates came in from Asia, starting with Team India taking down the Match Poker Asian Nations Cup 2019 in Taiwan – the first time this title was won by India. Captained by Gaurav Gala, the team will next be participating in the World Championships that take place in Peru this December. Moving some 1,700 Kms across the South China Sea, we have the city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam hosting the Asian Poker Tour (APT) for the third time this year. Indians once again came out in massive numbers, and the results were equally impressive. Seasoned pro Akshay Nasa did the country proud by taking down the biggest tournament at the series, the VND 8 Billion GTD Main Event, to win a career-best ₹46 Lakhs. PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan finished fourth while four others made it in the money. This is the second time this year that the title is coming back to India. Young Gun Abhinav Iyer was the first Indian to win the APT Vietnam Main Event in January. He may have busted the Main Event out of the money, but Iyer has made it to Day 2 in the second-largest event at the stop, the VND 6 Billion GTD Championships Event alongside four other Indians. The other report worthy performance was delivered by another circuit regular Sahil Chuttani, who posted a sixth-place finish in the High Rollers, not to forget the early deep runs by Sajal Gupta, Ashish Munot and Pankaj Kothari.

Now, if the live updates look impressive, then the online report card reads even better this week. The undisputed industry leader for online tournaments, Spartan Poker, has rolled out quite the spread of Millionaire`s this month. The first of three Millionaire`s attracted 857 runners across three starting flights, collecting a guarantee-smashing ₹2.18 Crores in prize money. It turned out to be a life-changing Sunday for Anish ‘Illusionist’ Patra. The 27-year old who has a day job as a Product Manager chopped The Millionaire with Vikranth Varma to lay claim on the title and a ₹46.21 Lakhs payday. Not stopping at this, Patra went on to win Adda52`s Mega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹4.88 Lakhs! With his cumulative earnings on Sunday coming to a mind-boggling ₹51.10 Lakhs, Patra is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

As for Varma, a runner-up added a massive ₹40.32 Lakhs to his bankroll. PokerGuru Ambassador Nadeem ‘blindgame’ Basha (3rd for ₹17.98 Lakhs) and Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia (4th for ₹12.53 Lakhs) also collected seven-figure scores.

Over at Jeju Shinhwa World, Landing Casino in Jeju, Korea, the second edition of the PokerStars LIVE Asia Jeju Red Dragon saw its Main Event crown a champion in China’s Zhihao Zhang. He dominated a record-breaking 869 entries to capture the title along with KRW 345,370,000 (~₹2.12 Crores) in prize money.

The other prominent international event, the third annual Poker Masters, has come visiting the PokerGo Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino with 10 events on the schedule. Starting off with Isaac Baron, who took down the series-opener $10,000 NLHE for $223,100, the series has crowned several worthy champions. Headlining the wins was British Poker Open (BPO) champion Sam Soverel who took down the $25,000 PLO for $25,000. Soverel, who is leading the 2019 Poker Masters race with 690 points, is assured to add to his tally after making it to the final table of the last event on the roster – the $100K NLH Main Event – booking his claim on the prestigious Poker Masters Purple Jacket!

In other international developments, poker power couple Live Boeree and Igor Kurganov have parted ways with PokerStars.

The other breaking news features the winner details of Season 4 of the Match Indian Poker League (MIPL). Running from November 13 to 14, it was the Haryana Hawks who came out to win the season, denying past winners Mumbai All Stars the chance of becoming the first two-time winners in the league`s history!


Online Railbird Report

Dominating a field of 857 entries, Anish ‘Illusionist’ Patra took down the most prominent online tournament this week – Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire Legend ₹2 Crores GTD following a heads-up chop with Vikranth Varma. It turned out to be a life-changing Sunday for Patra who in addition to the ₹46.21 Lakhs he won in the Millionaire, went on to take down Adda52`s Mega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹4.88 Lakhs to earn a cumulative ₹51.10 Lakhs. Patra’s stellar run makes him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Anish Patra
Anish Patra

The other Millionaire`s this week were – Varma, who finished runner-up in the Spartan Poker Millionaire for ₹40.32 Lakhs, PokerGuru Ambassador Nadeem ‘blindgame’ Basha (3rd for ₹17.98 Lakhs) and Manish ‘thekid’ Lakhotia (4th for ₹12.53 Lakhs).

Notable Scores of the week include –

PlayerPrizeEventPoker Site
Anish ‘Illusionist’ Patra₹46.21 LakhsThe Millionaire Legends ₹2 Crores GTDSpartan Poker
Chirag ‘chilling’ Sodha₹7.76 LakhsDestiny 12.0 – ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
blindgame₹6.31 LakhsThe Elite ₹25 Lakhs GTD (RE)Spartan Poker
Venkatesh ‘Borissss’ Mukundan ₹5.90 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
xoredvoid₹5.70 LakhsGodfather XI ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
a_one₹5.36 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Gaurav ‘gaug17’ Sood₹5.05 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Anish ‘anishpatra’ Patra₹4.88 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ayan ‘interlalia_1’ Ray₹4.67 LakhsSSS#11 Mega Stack ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
comeon₹3.89 LakhsG.O.A. ₹20 Lakhs (RE)PokerBaazi
Akash ‘K9_A_2’ Shekhar₹3.67 LakhsThe Joker ₹15 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Nishant ‘DoJingBULLETSS’ Sharma₹3.47 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO SE ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Siddharth ‘siddchat’ Chaturvedi₹3.35 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Anurag ‘NormanBates’ Srivastava ₹3.08 LakhsThe Ballers ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rajat ‘sharabikebabi’ Sharma₹2.87 LakhsHighroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Nikhil ‘billZ’ Arora₹2.55 LakhsMaverick ₹10 Lakhs GTD Adda52
[email protected]₹2.45 LakhsHead-Hunter ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ameya ‘Encashed’ Gokhale₹2.38 LakhsThe Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
bossman_anmol₹2.22 LakhsGoa Fest ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Jitendra ‘Jeet0’ Gadhwal₹2.20 LakhsFRI-YAY ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dhinesh ‘you3betl4bet’ Kumar ₹2.16 LakhsUppercut Progressive KO 6-Max ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Karan ‘Reg_Slayer’ Radia₹2.11 LakhsHitman ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saket ‘saker’ Kumar₹2.11 LakhsBig Slick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Venkatesh ‘Borissss’ Mukundan₹2.05 LakhsSSS#5 ReCharge ₹13 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sagar ‘sagarpupull’ Choudhury₹1.87 LakhsSunday Special (L) ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Hell₹1.52 LakhsSSS#6 Hi-Fi ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gaurav ‘mozzie17’ Sood₹1.49 LakhsThunder ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)9Stacks
GTO_LIFE_GG₹1.45 LakhsSixth Sense No Limit Hold-em ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
mumbaifish₹1.43 LakhsSSS#12 Hi-Fi ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pratyush ‘PlayMyWay’ Singh₹1.30 LakhsTGIF ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tiger10₹1.26 LakhsElectric Big Daddy ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Naval ‘Kareem Lala’ Lekhra₹1.22 LakhsSSS#2 Afternoon Showdown ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
vinaash₹1.19 LakhsMonday Hustle ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars
gaur83₹1.11 LakhsNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Akhilesh ‘Aone1’ Singh₹1.02 LakhsGrinders #14 6-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Vikas ‘nohomejerome’ Yadav ₹90,029Tuesday MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Royalflush2019₹86,000Deepstack ₹2 Lakhs GTD (Re Raise)Khelo365
Tokio999₹85,560Electric Afternoon Hi-Fi ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pushkin ‘Magnetor600’ Saxena₹81,536Hexagram ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vishal ‘FlopturnRiver’ Madan₹80,400Monday MegaStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD (5RE)PokerBaazi
aayush3110₹78,660Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Chirag ‘chilling’ Sodha₹73,830SSS#3 Afternoon Hi-Fi ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
FreeFlow₹70,543Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sanjay ‘Floppednuts’ Kumar₹68,751Hexagram ₹2 Lakhs GTD (FO)Adda52
Luxcozii₹67,500StackUp @8 PM 2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
MalgudiDays₹67,500StackUp @8 PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Crazyslapper₹67,500StackUp @8 PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Dhappa₹67,470[email protected] 8PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Wassup1₹64,350Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
loThbrOck₹60,505Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pankaj ‘agentwinner’ Kothari₹53,868BSS PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
[email protected]₹51,860Progressive KO 4-Max ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
KNOCKMEOUT999₹50,691The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
furiosa₹50,652Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Karann ‘karan1515’ Dembla₹50,250Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
udarchis₹46,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Ayush ‘Kyanaamrakhu’ Garg₹45,6346-Max NLHE ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
goenkabros₹43,000Mega Splash ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Anuj ‘brockLesnar95’ Yadav₹40,679Deep Stack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
hellaces₹33,000Warrior Arena ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
Vikash ‘marajuana11’ Kumar₹31,710Battlefield Tuesday ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
fakeer₹26,800Sunday Bonanza ₹1 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
fishcall₹24,192Dangal Friday ₹1 Lakh GTDPoker Dangal
sristi₹24,000Deep Stack ₹60K GTDKhelo365
tourneypro₹24,000Monday Texas ₹1 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
Harsh ‘harsh1327’ Bubna₹21,902Sunday Warm-Up ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aki8888₹18,000Wow Wednesday ₹75K GTDPoker Dangal


Spartan Poker Announces IPC, IOPC & IPC Awards for January

Even with the Millionaire extravaganza underway on Spartan Poker, the brand has unveiled big plans for January. The India Poker Championship IPC) Awards will be hosted on-board Casino Big Daddy on January 14. They will act as the perfect precursor for the first IPC stop of 2020 that is slated to run from January 15 to 19. Rounding up the January round of offerings from Spartan will be the site`s flagship India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) that runs from January 22 to February 9.

Spartan Poker Announces IOPC, IPC for January
Spartan Poker Announces IOPC, IPC for January

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Poker Dangal Announces Destiny Changer 25 Lakhs GTD

Poker Dangal is eyeing an entry in the big leagues, and in the first significant step in that direction, the online platform has announced its largest-ever tournament – Destiny Changer. Boasting of a massive ₹25 Lakhs guarantee, the ₹5,500 buy-in event starts at 7.30 PM on November 24 and promises at least ₹10 Lakhs to the champion!

Poker Dangal Destiny Change

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Team India Wins the IFMP Asian Nations Cup

Team India comprising of Tanmay Bagga, Rishab Jain, Aditya ‘Bitti’ Agarwal, Prateek Mishra, Krina Gala, and Taran Mundkar, and captained by Gaurav Gala put up an inspiring run at the 2019 IFMP Asian Nations Cup. Dominating the competition on all three days, the team convincing took down the IFMP Asian Nations Cup trophy!

Team Taiwan (756.5 points) finished second, Team Australia (750 points) was third, and Team Singapore (730 points) placed fourth.

Team India With Varun Goenka
Team India With Varun Goenka

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Poker Power Couple Liv Boeree & Igor Kurganov Leave PokerStars

Poker playing couple Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov, have announced their departure from PokerStars’ roster of Team Pros. Boree had joined the brand in 2010, and Kurganov in 2017.Liv Boeree & Igor Kurganov

Liv Boeree & Igor Kurganov

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APT Vietnam 2019

The Asian Poker Tour (APT) Vietnam is currently playing out its third and final edition of the year at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. The series kicked off on November 6 and has already crowned a dozen champions.

With a massive Indian contingent in attendance, results were bound to follow. Sajal Gupta and PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot were the first to score from Team India with a deep run in the Monster Stack. Pankaj Kothari added to the teams tally with a runner-up finish in the PLO Hi-Single Day.

The attention then shifted to the Main Event that logged in 436 entries across three starting flights. A total of 13 Indians found their way into Day 2 of the Main Event, but only six among them advanced to Day 3. Charting the most phenomenal rise was Akshay Nasa, who, despite starting Day 2 as one of the short stacks, not only survived but managed to carry the second-biggest stack among the 52 runners advancing to Day 3! An unstoppable Nasa cruised into the final table, where unfazed by the big swings, he continued his blistering run all the way to the heads-up. Following an ICM deal with Vincent Chauve, Nasa defeated the latter to snag the title to win a career-best VND 1,486,560,000 (~₹46 Lakhs)!

Akshay Nasa wins APT Vietnam Main Event
Akshay Nasa wins APT Vietnam Main Event

PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan was the other stand-out performer at the stop. Like Nasa, Wadhwan was also in the reckoning to win the Main Event title, but he fell three places short in fourth place worth VND 608,730,000 (~₹18.83 Lakhs) in prize money. In addition to Nasa and Wadhawan, four more Indians posted scores at the event.

Ankit Wadhawan
Ankit Wadhawan

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The other notable scorer, Sahil Chuttani, final-tabled the High Rollers, bringing back a sixth-place finish.

Sahil Chuttani
Sahil Chuttani


Team India Finishes At APT Vietnam

Akshay NasaMain Event VND 8 Billion GTD1stVND 1,486,560,000 - ₹46 Lakhs
Ankit Wadhawan Main Event VND 8 Billion GTD4th VND 608,730,000 - ₹18.83 Lakhs
Madhav Gupta Main Event VND 8 Billion GTD11th VND 131,550,000 – ₹4.06 Lakhs
Dhaval Mudgal Main Event VND 8 Billion GTD14th VND 109,620,000 – ₹3.38 Lakhs
Sahil ChuttaniHigh Rollers6thVND 84,000,000 - ₹2.61 Lakhs
Ashish MunotMain Event VND 8 Billion GTD30thVND 52,870,000 - ₹1.63 Lakhs
Vinay AgarwalMain Event VND 8 Billion GTD36th VND 52,870,000 - ₹1.63 Lakhs
Pankaj KothariPLO Hi-Single Day2ndVND 35,030,000 -₹1.65 Lakhs
Sajal GuptaMonster Stack 18thVND 34,960,000 - ₹1.07 Lakhs
Ashish MunotMonster Stack 116thVND 16,860,000 - ₹51,658
Sumit SapraHead Hunter10thVND 14,140,000 - ₹43,891

The second featured tournament at the stop, Championships Event VND 6 Billion GTD, has also taken flight, and Day 1A is already done and dusted. Abhinav Iyer leads five other Indians, namely, Yasheel Doddanavar, Sahil Chuttani, Vivek Rughani, Meherzad Munsaf, and PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh.


APT Vietnam Winners

PlayerEventPrize Money
Akshay NasaMain EventVND 1,486,560,000
Kwun Ngai Vincent LiHigh Rollers - No Pos PointsVND 572,050,000
Joakim AnderssonHigh Rollers - Single DayVND 506,710,000
Joakim AnderssonHigh RollersVND 497,610,000
Stephane CarrierMonster StackVND 279,670,000
Linh TranHigh Rollers - Single DayVND 217,280,000
Qian XuboNo Limit Hold'emVND 215,830,000
Jeonggyu ChoNLH -Single DayVND 174,178,000
Ngo Trong HieuNLH -Single DayVND 168,610,000
Michael ShangHead Hunter BountyVND 162,830,000
Huy KieuShort DeckVND 147,000,000
Kim Michael EnriquezDeep Stack TurboVND 138,315,000
Lin Che-liPLO HiVND 135,280,000
Mike KimPLO Hi - Single DayVND 87,830,000


Clerical Error Shows Robert Campbell is WSOP POY Winner Not Daniel Negreanu

In a shocking revelation, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) revealed on November 9 that a clerical error had resulted in six-time WSOP bracelet holder Daniel Negreanu being wrongly declared as the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year (POY) title winner. The title was thereafter awarded to the correct champion – Robert Campbell.

Daniel Negreanu mistakenly adjudged WSOP POY
Daniel Negreanu mistakenly adjudged WSOP POY

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Red Dragon JEJU 2019

The second edition of the PokerStars LIVE Asia Jeju Red Dragon kicked off at the Jeju Shinhwa World, Landing Casino, on November 9. After the KRW 5M High Roller was taken down by KRW Liuheng Dai (KRW 159,052,000), six more vents have crowned champions.

While the prior edition had attracted several Indian pros, most Indians have skipped this edition in favor of APT Vietnam.

The signature Red Dragon Main Event has smashed its previous record of 613 entries by garnering 869 entries across three starting flights. Topping the field, China’s Zhihao Zhang took down the event to win KRW 345,370,000 (~₹2.12 Crores).

Zhihao Zhang won the Red Dragon Main Event
Zhihao Zhang won the Red Dragon Main Event

Jeju Red Dragon Winners

PlayerEventPrize Money
Zhihao ZhangMain EventKRW 345,370,000
Liuheng Dai
High Roller - NLH Shot ClockKRW 159,052,000
Ben LaiHigh Roller - NLH Shot ClockKRW 48,018,000
Jizhong WangNLH - KnockoutKRW 36,440,000
Hui RaoNLH - 15 Mins. LevelKRW 18,253,000
Yake WuNLH - 15 Mins. LevelKRW 14,403,000
Xianchao Shen
NLH - 15 Mins. LevelKRW 10,371,000


Poker Masters 2019

The third annual Poker Masters presently underway at the PokerGo Studio, ARIA Resort & Casino, has been a star-studded affair. The 10-event series that kicked off on November 4 is fast edging towards culmination. After the series-opener, $10,000 NLHE was won by Isaac Baron for $223,100, a slew of other events have crowned champions. Ryan Laplante won Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha to net a $186,000 payday, his second-largest career cash. British Poker Open (BPO) champion Sam Soverel triumphed in yet another event and took down $25,000 PLO for $25,000.


2019 Poker Masters Event Results

EVENT #1 $10,000 NLHIsaac Baron$223,100
EVENT #2 $10,000 PLORyan Laplante$186,000
EVENT #3 $10,000 SHORT DECKJonathan Depa$133,200
EVENT #4 $10,000 8-GAMEJared Bleznick$153,000
EVENT #5 $10,000 BIG BET MIXJulien Martini$166,400
EVENT #6 $25,000 NLHKristen Bicknell$408,000
EVENT #7 $25,000 PLOSam Soverel$340,000
EVENT #8 $25,000 NLHSergi Reixach$369,000
EVENT #9 $25,000 NLHKahle Burns$416,500

Currently, Chris Hunichen leads the final table in the $100K NLH Main Event with a stack of 1,795,000. Sam Soverel, who was leading the 2019 Poker Masters Purple Jacket race with 690 points, also managed to find a spot on the final table. With this deep run, Soverel is almost certain to win the Purple Jacket.

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Jack Salter Takes Down WPTDS Montreal CA$1,650 NLHE to Win A$155,000

Besting a field of 596 entries, Jack Salter took down the World Poker Tour (WPT) DeepStacks Montreal CA$1,650 NLHE for CA$151,220 ($123,016). Salter’s win takes his live tournament winnings beyond the $8 Million-mark.Jack Salter Wins WPTDeepStacks Montreal

Jack Salter Wins WPTDeepStacks Montreal

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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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