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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!
As September rolls into October, the online action is not showing any signs of slowing down. This past week was dominated by not just one but two ₹1 Crore GTD tournaments, namely Spartan Poker‘s GPS The Millionaire United and Adda52’s Full House Finale. The latter’s champion, Akash Gupta, triumphed over a 1,686-strong entry field to take home the week’s single- biggest payout worth ₹22 Lakhs! For his incredible run, Gupta is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”
Coming to Spartan Poker, the site is currently hosting the Grand Poker Series (GPS) that boasts a mouth-watering ₹7 Crores in prize pool guarantees. The series features two Millionaire events, the first of which, The Millionaire United, played down to a winner last Sunday. The undisputed topped on the annual rankings for 21 consecutive weeks, Young Gun Gaurav Sood, added the missing Millionaire title to his impressive resume worth a whopping ₹17.75 Lakhs. He also happened to final table the Full House Finale (7th for ₹2 Lakhs), banking ₹19.75 Lakhs for the day!
Goonjan Mall, Chirag Sodha, Sumit Sapra, Kalpesh Mehta, Shashank Jain, and Gokul Murugesan were among the other big scorers this week.
It has been a happening week for PokerStars India that rolled out several attractive promotions for its players. Starting off with the ‘Play For A Cause’ Charity Tournament Series that commenced on October 2. Embracing the spirit of giving during the Daan Utsav week, the site has been hosting a series of charity tournaments. This seven-day-long series features a ₹550 entry-buy-in charity tournament every day from 9 PM until October 8.
Perhaps, the most exciting announcement from the site this week was the launch of the brand-new “Star of the Month” leaderboard. Starting October 5, players have been chasing the weekly leaderboard through two daily qualifying tournaments on PokerStars India. All players who finish ITM in any of the two daily MTTs scheduled for 7.30 PM and 10.30 PM from Monday to Saturday, and the 5 PM and 10.30 PM tourneys on Sundays will be ranked on this leaderboard. Every week, the top 25 players will qualify for the finale that will award the top 2 finishers each month with tournament tickets worth ₹1.50 Lakhs!
Another leading online poker site that made some mind-boggling announcements this week was PokerBaazi. The October lineup of promotions on the site looks nothing short of spectacular with the ₹1 Crore GTD MoneyMaker, the Cash Dash 2.0, Cash Climb, and PLO-4 Leaderboard promising players a lot of value!
Massive tournaments have returned on GGPoker-Natural8 with the World Poker Tour (WPT) currently running the inaugural WPT Asia Online series on the network. The series started October 3 and will continue until October 25, promising a record HK$100 Million in guaranteed prize pools (~US$ 12.9 Million).
In other news, the Andhra Pradesh government, just two weeks after banning real money online gaming in the state, has reportedly started looking into the possibility of allowing offshore casinos within the Indian territorial waters off the Visakhapatnam coast. This proposed project came into being following the state`s financial derailment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The gloom for the casino operators in Goa continues, as the government is yet to decide on the reopening of casinos as a part of its Unlock 5.0 plans.
On the international front, in the third major takeover in the global gaming sector this year, US casino giant Caesars Entertainment acquired the London-based sports betting major, William Hill, for $3.7 Billion (£2.9 Billion). The acquisition is expected to be completed in the second half of 2021.
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The week’s topper on the virtual felts and our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” is Akash ‘Akashgupta1’ Gupta. A player with a relatively modest scorecard of online wins, Gupta catapulted himself into the elite echelons of champions after besting a field of 1,686 entries and defeated ‘realkidsanju’ (runner-up for ₹12.07 Lakhs) heads-up to capture the ₹1 Crore GTD Full House Finale on Adda52 for ₹22 Lakhs!
Third-place finisher Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall pocketed a hefty ₹8 Lakhs in the event. Mall also placed sixth in The Ballers for ₹91,961, for a cumulative tally of ₹8.91 Lakhs this week. The bumper scores helped him gain entry into the “₹5 Crore-Club.”
Whiskers behind Gupta is Young Gun Gaurav ‘mozzie17’ Sood, who collected a whopping ₹21.92 Lakhs over three big scores this week. The 25-year-old online phenom has a long list of accolades to his name. Still, he finally entered the elite “Millionaire’s Club” after winning Spartan Poker’s ₹1 Crore GTD GPS The Millionaire United last Sunday for ₹17.75 Lakhs. Displaying a consistent form, he also placed third in PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller for ₹2.17 Lakhs and finished seventh in the ₹1 Crore GTD Full House Finale for ₹2 Lakhs. With his trailblazing run, Sood, who has been the undisputed topper of our annual online rankings for 21 weeks, has firmly cemented his domination on the same for yet another week!
This was a super-profitable week for Baazi Games’ Chirag Sodha, a top contender in several flagships. Sodha collected his biggest paycheque of the week by winning Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹6.13 Lakhs. He made another winning run in Spartan Poker’s Destiny to pocket a ₹6.10 Lakhs payout and ran whiskers close to the title in PokerBaazi’s BSS SuperStack. He eventually finished runner-up in this event to collect ₹3.52 Lakhs. In all, Sodha earned ₹15.75 Lakhs through the week.
Sumit Sapra also won two titles this week to pad his bankroll with over ₹8.58 Lakhs. He first captured the Maverick on Adda52 for ₹3.75 Lakhs and followed through by taking down the Weekly HighRoller on PokerBaazi for ₹4.83 Lakhs.
Kalpesh ‘joecaalsoa’ Mehta (IMPS#122 Main Event ₹50 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.59 Lakhs), Shashank ‘westworld’ Jain (GPS #4 The Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.51 Lakhs) and Gokul ‘gokul5381’ Murugesan (Godfather ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.20 Lakhs) were the other top winners this week.
The notable scores of the week include –
|Player||Prize Money||Event||Poker Site|
|Akash ‘Akashgupta1’ Gupta||₹22 Lakhs||Full House Finale ₹1 Crore GTD||Adda52|
|Gaurav ‘mozzie17’ Sood||₹17.75 Lakhs||GPS The Millionaire United ₹1 Crore GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Kalpesh ‘joecada’ Mehta||₹8.59 Lakhs||IMPS#122 Main Event ₹50 Lakhs GTD Day 2||PokerBaazi|
|Shashank 'westworld' Jain||₹7.51 Lakhs||GPS #4The Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Gokul ‘gokul5381’ Murugesan||₹7.20 Lakhs||Godfather ₹30 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Vaibhav ‘Nikka Zaildar’ Sharma||₹6.33 Lakhs||GPS#12 Sunday Superstack ₹40 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Chirag 'cs56' Sodha||₹6.13 Lakhs||The Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Chirag 'chilling' Sodha||₹6.10 Lakhs||Destiny ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Abhishek 'singhsaab' Goindi||₹5.02 Lakhs||BSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Pranav ‘IJustGamb0l’ Desai||₹4.91 Lakhs||Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Sumit ‘boronyx’ Sapra||₹4.83 Lakhs||The Weekly HighRoller ₹20 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Sahil 'ImHighIshove' Mahboobani||₹4.70 Lakhs||The Summit ₹20 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Vikas ‘Vikas267’ Yadav||₹3.99 Lakhs||The Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Sreeharsha ‘yUDdam’ Boneni||₹3.87 Lakhs||GPS #23 Mega Stack ₹20 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sumit 'Hammer_Head' Sapra||₹3.75 Lakhs||Maverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Advait 'Ronaldinho18' Rajguru||₹3.23 Lakhs||Ultron ₹18 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Advait ‘Ronaldinho18’ Rajguru||₹3.15 Lakhs||The Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|steamin||₹3 Lakhs||GPS #8 Titan Stack ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Bron2win||₹3 Lakhs||Pocket Aces ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Ratul 'MuscariAs' Steves||₹2.96 Lakhs||Sunday Special Progressive KO ₹18 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja||₹2.74 Lakhs||Big Slick ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ujjwal 'CougarHunter69' Narwal||₹2.57 Lakhs||Sunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor||₹2.27 Lakhs||IMPS#96 HighRoller ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Devvrat 'flopCheck' Arya||₹2.20 Lakhs||The Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|mansh55||₹2.12 Lakhs||Uppercut Magic Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Guruprasad ‘DONKAKING’ Gupta||₹2.11 Lakhs||GPS #13 – Money Heist ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|singhal07||₹2.06 Lakhs||Hijack Huskies ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Rajat ‘BloatedBelly’ Mahajan||₹1.85 Lakhs||GPS #24 The Race ₹8 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Shagun 'sogani22' Jain||₹1.76 Lakhs||BSS MegaStack ₹8 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Mohit 'thejoker' Mehta||₹1.63 Lakhs||GPS #3 TGIF ₹12 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|fiery||₹1.56 Lakhs||Running Hot ₹6 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Sanjay 'Floppednuts' Kumar||₹1.39 Lakhs||Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Harshad ‘Laiibhari’ Barve||₹1.30 Lakhs||GPS #9 House Party ₹6.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Harshad ‘Laiibhari’ Barve||₹1.30 Lakhs||GPS #28 ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|rekop21||₹1.30 Lakhs||Hurricane ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Siddharth ‘si151190’ Mehndiratta||₹1.29 Lakhs||Thursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Deranzzdd||₹1.27 Lakhs||Monster Stack ₹7.5 Lakhs||Spartan Poker|
|Jitendra 'Jeet0' Gadhwal||₹1.24 Lakhs||BSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|sheldon11cooper||₹1.23 Lakhs||Big Bubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|[email protected]||₹1.05 Lakhs||GPSS #10 Deepstack Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|chikchik||₹1.05 Lakhs||GPS #25 ₹4.75 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Dhirendra 'dmkool007' Kumar||₹1.02 Lakhs||Uppercut Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|acedealer||₹1 Lakh||Kick Starter ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Khelo365|
|TheAnnihilator||₹94,737||Night On Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Himanshu ‘hdwivedi3. Dwivedi||₹94,000||Pocket Kings ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Balsingh||₹92,000||Twister ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Khelo365|
|Sahil 'inaboobham' Mahboobani||₹91,225||Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Siddharth ‘skaria1’ Karia||₹90,241||Hexagram ₹3.5 Lakhs GTD 6-Max||Adda52|
|Guruprasad ‘DONKAKING’ Gupta||₹83,351||GPS#20 ₹3.25 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|gogikaran||₹85,311||Moonlight ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Aladdin||₹82,570||Tuesday MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Sandeep Singh 'King19' Kohli||₹80,400||Friday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|OrangeZuce||₹80,200||GPS#17 ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Vinay 'Vinstill' Bk||₹77,250||6-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|UGOTBLUFF||₹76,409||GPS#11 Monster Stack ₹4.75 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ntwadumela||₹75,067||GPS #2 ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|papertiger||₹74,485||GPS #22 – Monster Stack ₹4.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|IbuHateLa||₹71,432||Mega Freeze ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Naman ‘nammy09’ Puri||₹62,250||Pocket Whopper ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|StupidCommonMan||₹56,385||Afternoon Adda ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|NutsOrBust90||₹56,385||Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|chikchik||₹54,842||Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Noobdaddy7||₹54,258||Night Rider - Monster Stacks ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Dhawal 'Pokerpro5553' Bagaria||₹52,978||Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|EunSeom||₹51,875||The Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Monu12121||₹50,000||Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Vivek ‘acchemicals’ Karwa||₹49,837||GPS #21 ₹2.25 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|It’s Easy M’kay||₹46,929||GPS#16 ₹2.4 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|tribal||₹46,710||GPS #7 Boost ₹3.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|rajsagar||₹46,250||Pocket Queen ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Seiborg09||₹45,978||GPS #1 ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|pucki||₹44,847||Night Rider DeepStack Turbo ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ishant 'Lynyrd.Skynyrd' Verma||₹44,180||IMPS#99 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|nutskibhookh||₹43,436||Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Kaushal33||₹43,000||MegaSpalsh ₹1 Lakh GTD||Khelo365|
|Ravi1204||₹43,000||Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD||Khelo365|
|Sumit ‘m0ney’ Gupta||₹42,910||IMPS#117 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|No Plan B||₹42,564||Monster Stack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Sunnyahuja||₹42,110||IMPS#90 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|AndhaDhun||₹42,000||IMPS#108 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|ILLUMINATI||₹42,000||IMPS#126 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|ingloriousbasterds||₹41,748||Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|sam059424||₹38,155||GPS #6 ₹2.25 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|animess||₹37,849||GPS#15 Reloaded ₹2.65 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|CallingMe||₹37,500||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|rajsagar||₹37,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Saurabh ‘Romosa’ Ramola||₹37,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Pokerbaazdeev||₹36,872||Sunday PKO ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|Tinku14||₹35,520||IMPS#89 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|lakhyaniv||₹35,520||IMPS#116 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Aceofhearts||₹35,520||IMPS#125 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|palash1||₹35,190||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Karan ‘karannthakker’ Thakker||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|ghachak||₹34,500||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Mrbobo||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Zaminder||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Fireman||₹34,500||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Gitanshu ‘Zamindar’ Mehta||₹34,500||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|sharkpeaks||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|ausnelson||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Abzr||₹34,500||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|callmeifyoucan||₹34,420||IMPS#98 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Rajaji Naredra 'mymaa' Prajapati||₹34,420||IMPS#107 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|avadesh609||₹33,000||Dangal Friday ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|Lightspeed||₹28,800||Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|Jraj07||₹25,000||Monday Blues ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerDangal|
|Mahlima ‘zokid’ Fanai||₹24,000||Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTD (WTB)||PokerDangal|
|nas131519||₹23,706||Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerStars India|
|maklas||₹20,000||Dominator ₹50K GTD||Khelo365|
|picnic123||₹12,900||Prime Time ₹30K GTD PLO||Khelo365|
|Kaushal33||₹12,900||Hitman ₹30K GTD PLO||Khelo365|
|Srinikumar||₹12,900||Nitro PLO ₹30K GTD||Khelo365|
|getsetgo666||₹12,630||Play For A Cause – Involve Education Charity Special ₹50K GTD||PokerStars India|
|Sat567||₹12,500||Wow Wednesday ₹50K GTD||PokerDangal|
|smokeup||₹12,000||Saturday Hustle ₹50K GTD||PokerDangal|
|apalece||₹10,000||6 Feet Under ₹25K GTD PLO Deepstack||Khelo365|
|PK17121984||₹9,294||Play For A Cause - Manjhi Development Foundation Charity Special ₹50K GTD||PokerStars India|
|Veer7700||₹8,996||Play For A Cause - 'Bridge of Sports Foundation' Charity Special ₹50K GTD||PokerStars India|
|adrit||₹8,000||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHE||Khelo365|
|rockon2002||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|ROSHAN3244||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
PokerStars India Launches ‘Star of the Month’ Leaderboard Race
PokerStars India`s brand-new ‘Star of the Month’ leaderboard race is ON! Underway on the site since October 5, players have been collecting TLB points on the weekly leaderboard through two daily qualifying tournaments. Each week’s top 25 players will progress to the finale, where the winner will receive MTT tickets worth ₹1.15 Lakhs, while the runner-up will walk away with tickets worth ₹35,000.
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PokerStars’s India’s ‘Play For a Cause’ Charity Poker Series is Underway
PokerStars India has also rolled out a seven-day-long ‘Play For A Cause’ Series in association with United Way of Chennai during the Daan Utsav week. The series kicked off October 2 and will be culminating on October 8. The series features a ₹50K GTD, ₹550 entry buy-in charity tourney running every day at 9 PM. The site will be donating all the proceeds it collects from the tourneys to seven different charities.
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Inaugural WPT Asia Online Series to Feature HK$100 Million in Prizes
The World Poker Tour (WPT) and GGNetwork have joined forces for the first-ever WPT Asia Online series that began on October 3 and will continue until October 25. The series features 22 trophy events promising a total of HK$100 Million in guaranteed prize pools (~US$ 12.9 Million) and will comprise seven National Championship Events, alongside the WPT Asia Main Event.
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PokerBaazi Announces MoneyMaker & Lucrative Cash Game Offers for October
PokerBaazi has formalized its October offerings, and we must say, they look spectacular. Headlining the tournament action will be the brand’s flagship ₹11,000 entry buy-in ₹1 Crore GTD MoneyMaker that will make a single-day run on October 18. For the cash game players, there is a vast bouquet of promotions like the Cash Dash 2.0, Cash Climb, and PLO-4 Leaderboard promising up to 90% rakeback!
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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.