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This Week in Poker: September 29 – October 6

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh October 7, 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!

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!

Akash Gupta
Akash Gupta


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.”

Goonjan Mall
Goonjan Mall


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!

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood


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.

Chirag Sodha
Chirag Sodha


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.

Sumit Sapra
Sumit Sapra


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 –

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
Akash ‘Akashgupta1’ Gupta₹22 LakhsFull House Finale ₹1 Crore GTDAdda52
Gaurav ‘mozzie17’ Sood₹17.75 LakhsGPS The Millionaire United ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Kalpesh ‘joecada’ Mehta₹8.59 LakhsIMPS#122 Main Event ₹50 Lakhs GTD Day 2PokerBaazi
Shashank 'westworld' Jain₹7.51 LakhsGPS #4The Elite ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gokul ‘gokul5381’ Murugesan₹7.20 LakhsGodfather ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vaibhav ‘Nikka Zaildar’ Sharma₹6.33 LakhsGPS#12 Sunday Superstack ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Chirag 'cs56' Sodha₹6.13 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Chirag 'chilling' Sodha₹6.10 LakhsDestiny ₹25 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Abhishek 'singhsaab' Goindi₹5.02 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pranav ‘IJustGamb0l’ Desai₹4.91 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sumit ‘boronyx’ Sapra₹4.83 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sahil 'ImHighIshove' Mahboobani₹4.70 LakhsThe Summit ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vikas ‘Vikas267’ Yadav₹3.99 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sreeharsha ‘yUDdam’ Boneni ₹3.87 LakhsGPS #23 Mega Stack ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sumit 'Hammer_Head' Sapra₹3.75 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Advait 'Ronaldinho18' Rajguru₹3.23 LakhsUltron ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Advait ‘Ronaldinho18’ Rajguru₹3.15 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
steamin₹3 LakhsGPS #8 Titan Stack ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bron2win₹3 LakhsPocket Aces ₹15 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Ratul 'MuscariAs' Steves₹2.96 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja₹2.74 LakhsBig Slick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ujjwal 'CougarHunter69' Narwal₹2.57 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor₹2.27 LakhsIMPS#96 HighRoller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Devvrat 'flopCheck' Arya₹2.20 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
mansh55₹2.12 LakhsUppercut Magic Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Guruprasad ‘DONKAKING’ Gupta₹2.11 LakhsGPS #13 – Money Heist ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
singhal07₹2.06 LakhsHijack Huskies ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rajat ‘BloatedBelly’ Mahajan₹1.85 LakhsGPS #24 The Race ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shagun 'sogani22' Jain₹1.76 LakhsBSS MegaStack ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mohit 'thejoker' Mehta₹1.63 LakhsGPS #3 TGIF ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
fiery₹1.56 LakhsRunning Hot ₹6 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanjay 'Floppednuts' Kumar₹1.39 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Harshad ‘Laiibhari’ Barve₹1.30 LakhsGPS #9 House Party ₹6.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harshad ‘Laiibhari’ Barve₹1.30 LakhsGPS #28 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
rekop21₹1.30 LakhsHurricane ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddharth ‘si151190’ Mehndiratta₹1.29 LakhsThursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Deranzzdd₹1.27 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7.5 LakhsSpartan Poker
Jitendra 'Jeet0' Gadhwal₹1.24 LakhsBSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
sheldon11cooper₹1.23 LakhsBig Bubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
[email protected]₹1.05 LakhsGPSS #10 Deepstack Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
chikchik₹1.05 LakhsGPS #25 ₹4.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dhirendra 'dmkool007' Kumar₹1.02 LakhsUppercut Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
acedealer₹1 LakhKick Starter ₹4 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
TheAnnihilator₹94,737Night On Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Himanshu ‘hdwivedi3. Dwivedi₹94,000Pocket Kings ₹5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Balsingh₹92,000Twister ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Sahil 'inaboobham' Mahboobani₹91,225Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Siddharth ‘skaria1’ Karia₹90,241Hexagram ₹3.5 Lakhs GTD 6-MaxAdda52
Guruprasad ‘DONKAKING’ Gupta₹83,351GPS#20 ₹3.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
gogikaran₹85,311Moonlight ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aladdin₹82,570Tuesday MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sandeep Singh 'King19' Kohli₹80,400Friday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
OrangeZuce₹80,200GPS#17 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vinay 'Vinstill' Bk₹77,2506-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
UGOTBLUFF₹76,409GPS#11 Monster Stack ₹4.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ntwadumela₹75,067GPS #2 ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
papertiger₹74,485GPS #22 – Monster Stack ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
IbuHateLa₹71,432Mega Freeze ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Naman ‘nammy09’ Puri₹62,250Pocket Whopper ₹3 Lakhs GTDPocket52
StupidCommonMan₹56,385Afternoon Adda ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
NutsOrBust90₹56,385Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
chikchik ₹54,842Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
₹54,258Night Rider - Monster Stacks ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Dhawal 'Pokerpro5553' Bagaria₹52,978Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
EunSeom₹51,875The Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Monu12121₹50,000Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Vivek ‘acchemicals’ Karwa₹49,837GPS #21 ₹2.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
It’s Easy M’kay₹46,929GPS#16 ₹2.4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
tribal₹46,710GPS #7 Boost ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
rajsagar₹46,250Pocket Queen ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Seiborg09₹45,978GPS #1 ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
pucki₹44,847Night Rider DeepStack Turbo ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ishant 'Lynyrd.Skynyrd' Verma₹44,180IMPS#99 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
nutskibhookh₹43,436Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kaushal33₹43,000MegaSpalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Ravi1204₹43,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Sumit ‘m0ney’ Gupta₹42,910IMPS#117 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
No Plan B₹42,564Monster Stack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sunnyahuja ₹42,110IMPS#90 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
AndhaDhun₹42,000IMPS#108 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
ILLUMINATI ₹42,000IMPS#126 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
ingloriousbasterds₹41,748Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sam059424₹38,155GPS #6 ₹2.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
animess₹37,849GPS#15 Reloaded ₹2.65 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
CallingMe₹37,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
rajsagar₹37,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Saurabh ‘Romosa’ Ramola₹37,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Pokerbaazdeev₹36,872Sunday PKO ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Tinku14 ₹35,520IMPS#89 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD
lakhyaniv₹35,520IMPS#116 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aceofhearts₹35,520IMPS#125 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
palash1₹35,190Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Karan ‘karannthakker’ Thakker₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
ghachak₹34,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Mrbobo₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Zaminder₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Fireman₹34,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Gitanshu ‘Zamindar’ Mehta₹34,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
sharkpeaks₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
ausnelson₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Abzr₹34,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
callmeifyoucan₹34,420IMPS#98 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rajaji Naredra 'mymaa' Prajapati₹34,420IMPS#107 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
avadesh609₹33,000Dangal Friday ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Lightspeed₹28,800Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Jraj07₹25,000Monday Blues ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Mahlima ‘zokid’ Fanai₹24,000Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTD (WTB)PokerDangal
nas131519₹23,706Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
maklas₹20,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
picnic123₹12,900Prime Time ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
Kaushal33₹12,900Hitman ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
Srinikumar₹12,900Nitro PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
getsetgo666₹12,630Play For A Cause – Involve Education Charity Special ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Sat567₹12,500Wow Wednesday ₹50K GTDPokerDangal
smokeup₹12,000Saturday Hustle ₹50K GTDPokerDangal
apalece₹10,0006 Feet Under ₹25K GTD PLO DeepstackKhelo365
PK17121984₹9,294Play For A Cause - Manjhi Development Foundation Charity Special ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Veer7700₹8,996Play For A Cause - 'Bridge of Sports Foundation' Charity Special ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
adrit₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHEKhelo365
rockon2002₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
ROSHAN3244₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365


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.

Read the complete report here


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.

Read the complete report here


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.

Read the complete report here


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!

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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