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This Week in Poker: October 14 – 20

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh October 21, 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!

The online poker sites don’t seem to be letting up, and for yet another week, they flooded the virtual felts with big-ticket tourneys. Spartan Poker`s popular Millionaire franchise returned for another run last week with PokerGuru Ambassador Naresh Veeravalli becoming the latest Millionaire champion! Trouncing a 2,132-entry pool, Veeravalli clinched his first Millionaire title for a jaw-dropping ₹17.79 Lakhs. His stellar performance makes him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

PokerBaazi brought back its renowned 1 flight ₹1 Crore GTD MoneyMaker tourney on Sunday. Offering ₹1 Crore in guarantee, the 12th edition of the MoneyMaker was championed by Bengaluru-based pro Banmanlang Lyndem who netted ₹17.46 Lakhs in the top prize.

PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh, Chandan Arora, Armaan Kochhar, Sagar Choudhury, Young Gun Arsh Grover, Ankur Sehgal, and PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul Raj were the week`s other top scorers.

PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month” leaderboard completed its second week, with Yash “[email protected]$#116” Shrivastava topping the rankings with 407 points.

World Poker Tour (WPT) is coming back with an annual stop in India; only this time, it’s virtual, i.e., WPT Online India series. The series will be taking place on WPT`s India partner Adda52.com from November 5 to 22 and the complete schedule is now out. Featuring 154 events, the 18-day-long series promises a whopping ₹13.5 Crores in guaranteed prizes, 32 WPT trophies, and leaderboard rewards worth ₹35 Lakhs!

Fast-growing online poker site, Pocket52 has reshuffled its schedule with the launch of the Bullet Value Series. The series kicked off October 16 and will run until October 31, comprising 1,200 high-value tourneys and ₹60 Lakhs in prize pool guarantees.

Poker Sports League’s (PSL) first-ever 2020 Virtual Poker League (VPL) culminated on October 17 with the Deccan Aces emerging as the champions. Led by former Kunal Patni, the Deccan Aces bested Chennai Troopers, even as the Delhi Czars finished third.

In other news, the Gujarat High Court (HC) order dated September 29 was made public last week. The court has asked the government to take appropriate steps towards online gambling, especially rummy in the state.

The inaugural Bounty Hunter Series (BHS) has also been running successfully on international poker network GGPoker/Natural8 and expected to continue until October 25. GGPoker has also come out with an all-new GGSquad, a dedicated team of poker streamers. This elite group comprises of six poker streamers, with prominent poker content creator and former PokerStars pro Kevin Martin becoming the latest to join the ranks.

 

Online Railbird Report

Cash game specialist and PokerGuru Ambassador Naresh ‘FreeFlow’ Veeravalli had a breakout Sunday. Veeravalli pierced his way through a 2,132-strong field in Spartan Poker’s ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire to capture his career-first Millionaire title for a massive ₹17.79 Lakhs! Also, his best online win to date, Veeravalli, boosted his online scorecard to ₹2.42 Crore and is deservedly our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Naresh Veeravalli
Naresh Veeravalli

 

Runner-up Sagar Choudhury pocketed a massive ₹9.96 Lakhs for his performance. Additionally, Choudhury final tabled three other tourneys for ₹11.83 Lakhs in total earnings through the week.

Sagar Choudhury
Sagar Choudhury

 

The other star attraction on Sunday was PokerBaazi’s ₹1 Crore GTD MoneyMaker. This was the 12th edition of the site`s celebrated tournament franchise, and the event garnered 1,027 entries to collect a guarantee-smashing ₹1.30 Crores prize pool. Bengaluru-based Banmanlang ‘bml2012’ Lyndem obliterated the competition to win a personal-best ₹17.46 Lakhs along with the bragging rights of becoming a MoneyMaker champion!

Banmanlang Lyndem
Banmanlang Lyndem

 

PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun ‘thepokeraja’ Mahesh placed runner-up for ₹12.24 Lakhs.

Mithun Mahesh
Mithun Mahesh

 

Another player deserving special mention for his breakout form is Armaan Kochhar. Throughout the week, the MTT reg was on a rampage and won an incredible six titles while making FT finishes in another nine tourneys! Kochhar earned a whopping ₹12.53 Lakhs over the week-long winning spree, and his most prominent win was him taking down the Adda52 Millions for ₹6.86 Lakhs. He also won the Inception for ₹2.08 Lakhs, and the Table For 6 for ₹1.39 Lakhs – to name a few.

Armaan Kochhar
Armaan Kochhar

 

Chandan ‘darkfish15’ Arora (Grand Mega Suits ₹60 Lakhs GTD for ₹12 Lakhs), Young Gun Arsh Grover (4th in The Millionaire for ₹5.30 Lakhs, won Adda52 ₹15 Lakhs GTD The Mint for ₹3.36 Lakhs, won PokerStars India Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.37 Lakhs), Ankur ‘Crimemastergogo’ Sehgal (The Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.40 Lakhs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul ‘Super Kings’ Raj (7th in The Millionaire for ₹2.64 Lakhs, won Destiny 16.0 Finale for ₹4.50 Lakhs) rounded out this week`s top scorers!

The notable winners of the week include –

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
Naresh ‘FreeFlow’ Veeravalli₹17.79 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Banmanlang 'bml2012' Lyndem₹17.46 LakhsThe MoneyMaker ₹1 Crore GTDPokerBaazi
Chandan ‘darkfish15’ Arora₹12 LakhsGrand Mega Suits ₹60 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankur 'Crimemastergogo' Sehgal₹7.40 LakhsThe Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nitin 'TheWitcher' Arora₹6.89 LakhsDestiny ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Armaan ‘tandavam’ Kochhar₹6.86 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhaval 'dirtyzoso' Mudgal₹6.20 LakhsGodfather ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Abhishek ‘MambaMentality’ Goindi₹6.04 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddhanth ‘Sidstack’ Kripalani₹5.76 LakhsBallers ₹22.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aniket 'anteman' Waghmare₹5.75 LakhsNano Main Event Finale ₹35 Lakhs GTDAdda52
dilbaghsingh₹4.97 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dabidi_Dibide₹4.73 LakhsUVS #35 Main Event ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vaibhav ‘WakhraSwagNi’ Sharma₹4.71 LakhsThe Summit ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gokul ‘Super Kings’ Raj₹4.50 LakhsDESTINY 16.0 FinaleSpartan Poker
Kanchan ‘thandicoke’ Sharma₹3.82 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rubin 'icantwin' Labroo₹3.68 LakhsUltron ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shagun 'Sogani22' Jain₹3.57 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ak1011₹3.36 LakhsNano Highroller ₹17 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arsh ‘bigggtymer’ Grover₹3.36 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vatsalya 'Bhoot_Uncle' Rao₹3.12 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
likeaboss85₹3.02 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Esoteric₹2.50 LakhsMega Stack ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Addysonu₹2.43 LakhsUppercut [6-Max] MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Arsh ‘BiggggTymeR’ Grover₹2.37 LakhsHighroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ritwik ‘Ritwikkhanna’ Khanna₹2.35 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
UnityPro₹2.12 LakhsTGIF ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor₹2.10 LakhsThe Crest ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Devvrat ‘glitch_d’ Arya₹2.10 LakhsHijack Huskies ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Missbluff₹2.10 LakhsThe Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vishnu ‘violator’ Khandelwal₹1.97 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vivekk ‘Vivek25’ Dube₹1.45 LakhsBSS MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
enjay1968₹1.43 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5.5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
PB21₹1.42 LakhsThe Race ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Armaan 'tandavam' Kochhar₹1.39 LakhsTable For 6 ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Lokimon₹1.39 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shailesh 'ArithemeticMean' Patel₹1.31 LakhsBig Bubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Neeraj ‘SelfClaimedPros’ Kumar₹1.30 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dhinesh ‘dhineshrocky007’ Kumar₹1.29 LakhsBSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Adithiyya 'Bezerkk1' Sb₹1.26 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Apocalypto₹1.24 LakhsThursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Devvrat ‘glitch_d’ Arya₹1.09 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
asdfmrinal₹95,056Night On Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Jigsaw1110₹88,056UVS#18 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pranay ‘pranay1245’ Thawait₹86,086 Uppercut Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Santoshi₹86,000Twister ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
pagalkutta₹80,400Friday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
april22g₹80,400Grinder#9 Tuesday Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
LuckyLuciano₹80,200UVS#36 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Divij ‘divij24’ Soni₹77,2506-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
LFG
₹72,187Mega Fezze ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Adwait Pol₹71,223Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Raghav ‘Raghavv’ Siddalinga₹62,750Hexagram ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kumar125₹60,000DMGS Main Event Day 2 ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Guruprasad ‘DONKAKING’ Gupta₹59,466Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sanjay ‘Apollo1’ Taneja₹55,558UVS#30 Deepstack Turbo ₹4.1 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
godblessu2₹53,600Saturday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
arun12raj₹53,600Grinders#4 Monday MegaStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Himanshu ‘hdwivedi3’ Dwivedi₹52,500Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
checkraise88 ₹51,150Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sleeptimer1₹49,702Monster Stack 2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vaibhav ‘Vakeel_sahab’ Arora ₹48,892Monster Stack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tarunpatro
₹46,424Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
PhoenixDI₹46,390Nano Ballers ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
vrockz₹46,371Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
TiltPoker7₹45,247Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo 2.20 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
notoriouskonvict1₹45,140Monster Stack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Janani ‘Khapa’ Ghosh₹45,000Ragnarok ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Desikanye₹44,671Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kumarish₹43,000MegaSpalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Santoshi₹43,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
luv anand₹41,121Night Rider DeepStack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
prabhat64₹39,889The Classic ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Himanshu ‘hdwivedi3’ Dwivedi₹37,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Chanddas1234₹37,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
MrBigSlick139₹36,080Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Armaan 'armaan007111' Kochhar₹31,249Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
muttonmm₹29,542Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Raasleela₹26,800DMGS Event#7 ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
muttonmm₹25,157Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
psychg0d₹24,626Nano Godfather ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Deepak 'Arav6007' Sharma₹24,000Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Addysonu₹23,113Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
MrBigSlick139₹22,890Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
MrBigSlick139
₹22,889Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD
PokerStars India
Kush97700₹22,330Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
pmmodi₹22,000Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
chanakya1008₹18,357Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
mister₹18,000DMGS Event #9 ₹60K GTDPokerDangal
bahubali₹18,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
Harsh ‘Littleboy’ Raaj₹17,250Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
puffpuffpass₹16,500Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
Anikk₹15,750Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
sakht8₹14,812TWENTY20 RUSH Time Tourney ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
chetan989₹12,900Nitro PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Lavekumar₹12,250Weekend Fun ₹50K GTDPokerDangal
Sumit ‘AAKKJJ’ Megotia₹12,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
KhalDrogo₹12,000Prime Time ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
pmmodi₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
MasterDevil’ Shekhar₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
nishaarya₹11,260DMGS Event #8 ₹40K GTDPokerDangal
Loveyoudeler₹10,7506 Feet Under ₹25K GTDKhelo365
Tecnology2₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
inderenggi₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Ashu079₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
bahubali₹6,000Bounty Hunterzzz ₹15K GTD

Khelo365

 

Yash Shrivastava Tops the PokerStars India ‘Star of the Month’ Week #2 Leaderboard Standing

The PokerStars India “Star of the Month” leaderboard race completed its second week on Sunday. Twenty-five more players booked their seats through ITM finishes in the two daily qualifying events on the site. Topping the Week #2 list was Yash “[email protected]$#116” Shrivastava, who collected 407 points primarily on the back of winning the ₹6 Lakhs GTD Battle Royale for ₹1.22 Lakhs.

Yash Shrivastava
Yash Shrivastava

 

Read the complete report here

 

WPT Unveils Complete Schedule For Inaugural WPT Online India Series

The complete schedule for the much-awaited 2020 WPT Online India series coming up on Adda52 is out! The series kicks off on November 5 and boasts ₹13.5 Crores in prize pool guarantees across 154 events that run through November 22.

There are a whopping 32 WPT trophies for the taking and leaderboard prizes worth ₹35 Lakhs across the MEGA and MINI leaderboards. Offering the poker-loving audience a chance to virtually enjoy the series, the brand will also be live-streaming many marquee tournies.

Read the complete report here

 

Pocket52 Launches ₹60 Lakhs GTD Bullet Value Series

India’s first cryptographically secured RNG site, Pocket52, while reshuffling its MTT schedule, introduced a fast-paced series called the Bullet Value Series. The festival commenced on October 16 and will host 1,200 high-value MTT’s promising ₹60 Lakhs in prize pool guarantees until October 31. This also includes a leaderboard race with ₹2.50 Lakhs in cash prizes for the top 25 finishers.

Read the complete report here

 

Deccan Aces Wins PSL’s Inaugural 2020 Virtual Poker League

As a precursor to its upcoming PSL – V season, Poker Sports League (PSL) hosted an exhibition charity league on its free to play poker app Hashtag Poker. Some of the country’s best poker players battled it out for a ₹10 Lakhs prize pool over four days, and eventually, the team Deccan Aces came out on top, with Chennai Troopers finishing runner-up and Delhi Czars placing third.

This was an #ALLINFORCHARITY league. The winning team donated the top prize of ₹5 Lakhs to ASSCOD, with runner-up and second runner-up teams also donating their prizes of ₹3 Lakhs and ₹2 Lakhs respectively to Super School India and United Way Chennai.

Read the complete report here

 

Inaugural Bounty Hunter Series Underway on Natural8

The inaugural Bounty Hunter Series (BHS) is successfully running on the GGPoker Network (GGPN). The series has over 500 PLO and NLHE tournaments and will continue till October 25. It also features the newly-introduced Speed Racer format with all players starting with a stack of 10 big blinds.

Alongside the BHS, a special edition of Beat the Pros also kicked off on Saturday.

GGPoker Ambassador Felipe Ramos was among the many champions at the series so far. He took down the BHS #012 Super MILLION$ Bounty Hunters for $212,334.44.

 

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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