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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!
This past week was a special one, not only because of the exhilarating online action that kept player spirits high but also because the country celebrated the auspicious festivals of Durga Puja and Dussehra. But now that the Goddess has gone back to her heavenly abode and Ravan has been vanquished, let`s get you the week`s top stories!
The beloved Millionaire franchise returned yet again on Spartan Poker. The weekend headliner ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire was taken down by ‘Tokio999’ for a seven-figure score of ₹17.29 Lakhs. What makes this feat truly remarkable is that this was the second time in October that the mystery user won the Millionaire title. Chopping the top prize with ‘Tokio999’ for an almost comparable ₹17.20 Lakhs was an old-timer on the MTT circuit, Sumit Sapra, who gets the bragging right of becoming this week`s “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”
Young Gun Arsh Grover, PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul Raj, and accomplished regs Ravindra Arikeri and Sanat Mehrotra were among the other top scorers this week.
PokerStars India’s weekly leaderboard race, ‘Star of The Month’, wrapped up its third week with Adwait ‘adwait pol’ Pol capturing the pole position with 710 points. Sagar ‘sagarpupull’ Choudhury (655 points) and Himanshu ‘[email protected]’ Kataria (648 points) finished second and third in the standing.
Moving over to industry news, this was an eventful week for India’s leading fantasy sports portal Dream11, the title sponsor of the ongoing IPL 2020. The gaming behemoth acquired AI fantasy sports start-up FanDuniya for an undisclosed amount. Not just that, the company got a legal reprieve as well after the Rajasthan High Court dismissed a petition filed against the company accusing it of indulging in gambling.
However, despite Dream11’s good fortune, the online gaming industry continues to face backlash from the south-Indian political sector. Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder, Dr. S. Ramadoss, and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy have sent representations to the central government to ban online gaming.
Perhaps the most significant piece of news pertaining to the poker industry came in just hours ago today when Goa’s state government announced that casinos would be allowed to reopen from November 1.
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Spartan Poker’s ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire almost invariably turns out to grab the most attention in our weekly recap, and this week was no different. Gathering 1,796 entries, the tourney saw a new record being set as the yet-unknown player ‘Tokio999’ came out on top to win the title for a mouth-watering ₹17.29 Lakhs. While the prize money was nothing out of the ordinary for this flagship tourney, what made this victory stand out was that this was the second time in three weeks that the mystery player won this prestigious tourney!
APL Ambassador and former Millionaire Lite champion, Sumit ‘Sands Myth’ Sapra chopped the top prize with ‘Tokio999’ to collect ₹17.20 Lakhs. As ‘Tokio999’ has chosen to remain anonymous, the “PokerGuru Star of the Week!” title goes to Sapra instead.
Young Gun Arsh Grover is another player who has been in phenomenal form lately. Ranked #2 on the yearly rankings, Grover was one of our top scorers this week. Playing under the moniker ‘bigggtymer’, Grover battled across a 996 strong field in Adda52’s ₹60 Lakhs GTD Grand Mega Suits Finale on Sunday, claiming the title and top prize of ₹12.70 Lakhs.
The notable winners of the week include –
Player Prize Amount Event Poker Site
Tokio999 ₹17.20 Lakhs The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD Spartan Poker
Arsh ‘bigggtymer’ Grover ₹12.70 Lakhs Grand Mega Suits Finale ₹60 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Gokul ‘Super Kings’ Raj ₹7.40 Lakhs The Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Ravindra ‘wormhole’ Arikeri ₹6.86 Lakhs Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD Adda52
TheDarkKnightReturns ₹6.77 Lakhs Sunday SuperStack ₹35 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Sanat ‘mehro2511’ Mehrotra ₹6.19 Lakhs Godfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD Adda52
PsychG0D ₹5.62 Lakhs The Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Kunal ‘TiltAtma’ Patni ₹5.40 Lakhs Destiny ₹25 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Aditya ‘gangajal’ Sushant ₹5 Lakhs The Weekly Highroller ₹20 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
branthebroken ₹4.50 Lakhs The Summit ₹18 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Gaurav ‘gaug17’ Sood ₹4.20 Lakhs BSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Bharat ‘dorasingh’ Vasan ₹3.91 Lakhs Ultron ₹18 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Anurag ‘GutshotHaiBro’ Srivastava ₹3.12 Lakhs Sunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Armaan ‘tandavam’ Kochhar ₹3.07 Lakhs Maverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Harsh Kumar ‘kakori kabab Dembla ₹2.93 Lakhs Sunday Special Progressive Knockout (PKO) ₹15 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Gaush ₹2.88 Lakhs Titan Stack ₹13 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
varunkandaswami ₹2.62 Lakhs Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
beherapunya2111 ₹2.43 Lakhs Inception ₹10 lakhs GTD Adda52
footrocks ₹2.31 Lakhs Big Slick ₹12.50 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Monish ‘Monish1221’ Annthem ₹2.27 Lakhs The Pride ₹10 Lakhs PokerBaazi
raghav1990 ₹2.18 Lakhs Uppercut MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Ss_gilli ₹2.12 Lakhs TGIF ₹11 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Chirag ‘BadSirck’ Khandelwal ₹2.10 Lakhs The Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Gaurav ‘zillastar’ Bhandari ₹2.10 Lakhs Hijack Huskies ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Bharat ‘Thinkfloyd’ Vasan ₹2.10 Lakhs The Crest ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Xhudai ₹2 Lakhs Dangal Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerDangal
Armaan ‘space ace’ Kochhar ₹1.97 Lakhs Monster Stack ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
KidPoker2412 ₹1.83 Lakhs ReCharge ₹10 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Kanav ‘SneakyBlinders’ Parwal ₹1.74 Lakhs Money Heist ₹8.50 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Sandeep ‘effuno007’ Varma RS ₹1.32 Lakhs Battle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Pranav ‘GarviGujarat’ Desai ₹1.29 Lakhs BSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Haider ‘haider’ Madraswala ₹1.26 Lakhs Grinders#33 Main Event ₹6 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Jatin.ahuja ₹1.24 Lakhs Thursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Devrat ‘vickypune’ Singh ₹1.23 Lakhs Hurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Rahul ‘qwerty3239’ Singhroha ₹1.12 Lakhs Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Rajat ‘Happyfish’ Mahajan ₹1.12 Lakhs Table for 6 ₹4 Lakhs GTD Adda52
ankumalik ₹1.15 Lakhs Running Hot ₹5.5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Armaan ‘Armaan007111’ Kochhar ₹1.10 Lakhs Big Bubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Armaan ‘space ace’ Kochhar ₹1.06 Lakhs The Flash ₹5.50 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Karan ‘999AykA999’ Jain ₹1.03 Lakhs Eliminator Progressive KO ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Aarchit ‘Aarchit’ Dhadwal ₹98,069 La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Armaan ‘Armaan007111’ Kochhar ₹95,585 Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
picnic123 ₹86,000 Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTD Khelo365
Prashanth ‘nemesis9961’ Sekar ₹78,340 The Classic ₹3 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
sayal11 ₹77,485 Hexagram ₹3 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Rajneesh ‘msdhoni’ Thakur ₹77,250 Grinders#24 Friday SuperStack PokerBaazi
Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor ₹77,250 Grinders #14 6-Max Wednesday SuperStack PokerBaazi
Esoteric ₹71,159 House Party ₹4 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Parmaatma ₹64,962 Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Noobdaddy7 ₹58,000 Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Vysh4987 ₹56,376 Night Rider Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Mr.blue1205 ₹56,344 Monster Stack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
p10babu ₹53,600 Monday MegaStack ₹2 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Rajneesh ‘msdhoni’ Thakur ₹53,600 Grinders#29 Saturday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
KidPoker2412 ₹52,926 Monster Stack ₹2.25 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Mojji ₹51,367 Ultimate 6 Card PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Terrier ₹49,787 Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Aurkodyuti 'schak87' Das ₹48,970 Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
animess ₹46,087 Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Ganguli24 ₹46,000 MegaSpalsh ₹1 Lakh GTD Khelo365
latulkumar ₹42,000 Ragnarok ₹2 Lakhs GTD Pocket52
tiltpoker19 ₹33,344 Night Rider DeepStack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
mansh55 ₹25,688 Deepstack ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
magnum736 ₹23,341 Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTD PokerStars India
Shrvan ‘SSAHisoka’ Amlekar ₹23,000 Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTD Pocket52
Yuvi10 ₹23,000 Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTD Pocket52
PepperChicken ₹22,434 Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD PokerStars India
realruny ₹22,197 Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTD PokerStars India
cherishqueen ₹20,000 Dominator ₹50K GTD Khelo365
[email protected] ₹19,327 Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD PokerStars India
sumitm74 ₹17,079 Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
DreamTrendz ₹16,500 Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTD Pocket52
rvk874 ₹16,500 Monday Blues ₹75K GTD PokerDangal
gogikaran ₹16,500 Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTD Pocket52
AASHIRVAAD ₹12,900 Rivered PLO ₹30K GTD Khelo365
abhijeet007 ₹12,900 Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTD Khelo365
inderenggi ₹12,900 Hitman PLO ₹30K GTD Khelo365
phycoz ₹12,500 Unravel ₹50K GTD Pocket52
Chakri01431 ₹12,500 Unravel ₹50K GTD Pocket52
ThrowChips ₹12,500 Unravel ₹50K GTD Pocket52
Pubg2222 ₹12,000 Nitro PLO ₹30K GTD Khelo365
Abzr ₹11,500 Unravel ₹50K GTD Pocket52
Bijay ‘Jarvis590’ Sarkar ₹11,500 Unravel ₹50K GTD Pocket52
ProBaby ₹11,500 Unravel ₹50K GTD Pocket52
Ashu079 ₹9,200 Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD Khelo365
inderenggi ₹9,200 Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD Khelo365
maklas ₹8,600 Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD Khelo365
RASHDIP ₹7,500 Point Blank ₹15K GTD Khelo365
Chlambaba123 ₹6,800 Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD Khelo365
Pubg2222 ₹6,000 Bounty Hunterzzz ₹15K GTD Khelo365
Adwait Pol Headlines Week #3 of PokerStars India’s ‘Star of The Month’ October Leaderboard
PokerStars India’s mega leaderboard race, ‘Star of The Month’, completed its third week on Sunday with Adwait Pol topping the rankings. Playing under the moniker ‘adwait pol’, he gathered 710 points to claim the top seat. Sagar ‘sagarpupull’ Choudhury (655 points) and Himanshu ‘[email protected]’ Kataria (648 points) were next on the 25-player list qualifying for the Finale.
Read the complete report here
Dream11 Hogs the Spotlight After Acquiring AI Start-Up FanDuniya, Gets Legal Reprieve From Rajasthan HC
Fantasy sports giant Dream11 made the headlines for two particular reasons this past week. For starters, it acquired AI fantasy sports start-up FanDuniya for an undisclosed amount. It also got legal relief as the Rajasthan High Court dismissed a petition seeking a ban on the company`s activities on the grounds that fantasy sports were akin to gambling.
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PMK Founder S. Ramadoss & Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy Request Union Government to Ban Online Gaming
Less than a month after the state government of Andhra Pradesh enforced a ban on real-money online gaming, Tamil Nadu-based politician and Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder, Dr. S. Ramadoss, has urged the central government to ban online gaming on a national scale. Citing the case of a Puducherry youth, Vijaykumar, who had committed suicide after facing massive financial losses due to his online gambling habit, Ramadoss argued that real-money online gaming can ruin the lives of individuals and their families.
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Joining Ramadoss on his quest to get real-money online gaming banned in the country is Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy. The latter has requested the Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to ban online rummy and other gaming sites for similar reasons cited by Ramadoss.
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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.