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This Week in Poker: September 15 – 21

This Week in Poker: September 15 – 21
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  • RUPAM THAKUR September 23, 2021
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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 biggest story emanating from the third week of September was the grand finale of Spartan Poker`s Final Table Series (FTS) 3.0. The series’ showstopper, the ₹2 Crores GTD FTS Main Event, was the last event to crown a champion. PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan bagged the coveted title and the 18K diamond-studded Gold Medallion reserved for the ultimate FTS champion for a career-best ₹33 Lakhs. He struck a heads-up deal with Young Gun Devang Yadav (2nd for ₹29.97 Lakhs). And since Wadhawan had carried two stacks to the final table, he was awarded the sixth-place payout on the shorter stack worth ₹8.54 Lakhs, pushing his cumulative winnings in the event to a monstrous ₹41.67 Lakhs. For his phenomenal performance, Ankit Wadhawan is our“PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek Singh, Manish Lakhotia, Shagun Jain, Sanjay Taneja, and Aman Kumar Sharma were the other standout winners of the week.

With the FTS 3.0 now over, its PokerStars India’s INCOOP, the daily-running marquees, and the two budget series – PokerBaazi’s IMPS Gold Edition and Spartan Poker`s UVS – that’s keeping the MTT players busy.

Offering more bankroll building options to players, BLITZPOKER has launched its ₹10K Game Changer Freeroll promotion. The daily-running freerolls are open to all losing cash game players on the site from September 21 to 30.

The recently launched poker site, IndiaPlays, is already eyeing a more significant share of the online gaming business. The gaming startup is planning to introduce rummy and fantasy sports on its gaming platform to diversify its revenue streams.

Meanwhile, Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8, is back with the third edition of the Asia Poker League (APL). Running from September 19 to October 3, the series offers a jaw-dropping ¥80,000,000 (~$12.5 million) in prize pool guarantees.

In other news, the state government of Karnataka tabled the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act, 2021, in the State Legislative Assembly on September 17. Like the ones drafted by Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, the Karnataka bill looks to ban and criminalize online gaming. The Assembly approved the bill on Tuesday, September 21.

In some positive news, the casinos in Goa are back in business. The government green-lighted their reopening last week, and the operations kickstarted on September 20, albeit at 50% capacity. The state guidelines require all patrons to be either double-vaccinated or carry a COVID-19 negative RTPCR report.

Moving to the international sphere, the buzz around the soon-to-start World Series of Poker (WSOP) is building up. In a late addition, the organizers have added 11 online bracelets to the fall series schedule slated to run from September 30 to November 23 in Las Vegas.

The sixth edition of PokerGO’s Poker Masters also closed its run at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. This past week saw Michael Addamo, Chris Brewer, Miles Rampel, and Mikita Badziakouski claim titles, with Addamo`s back-to-back wins in the last two events earning him the coveted Poker Masters Purple Jacket!

 

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It was an action-packed week with Spartan Poker’s FTS 3.0 and PokerStars India INCOOP dominating the virtual felts.

PokerGuru Ambassadors had a phenomenal week, with Ankit Wadhawan topping the charts with ₹46.08 Lakhs in cumulative earnings. Wadhawan took down Spartan Poker’s ₹2 Crores GTD FTS #31 – Main Event for a career-best ₹33 Lakhs. He also placed sixth in the event for ₹8.54 Lakhs – adding up to ₹41.67 Lakhs in total winnings, enough to make him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Ankit Wadhawan
Ankit Wadhawan

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in FTS #31 – Main Event for ₹41.67 Lakhs (cumulatively)

> 7th in FTS #26 – Head Hunter for ₹1.26 Lakhs

> 4th in The Weekly HighRoller for ₹1.13 Lakhs

> 5th in INCOOP-08 Bounty Builder HR for ₹89,365

> 6th in Maverick for ₹52,500

Young Gun Devang Yadav collected ₹31.41 Lakhs in weekly winnings, including the ₹29.97 Lakhs he won in the FTS #31 – Main Event, courtesy of a heads-up chop.

Devang Yadav
Devang Yadav

 

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in FTS #31 – Main Event for ₹29.97 Lakhs

> 15th in FTS#17 Big Game for ₹99,845

PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek Singh (opted-out from our tracking) was not far behind as he took down Spartan Poker’s ₹1 Crore GTD FTS#23 Highroller for a career-best ₹25.55 Lakhs.

Vivek Singh
Vivek Singh

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in FTS#23 Highroller for ₹25.55 Lakhs

Manish Lakhotia has been keeping a relatively low profile recently. However, the Siliguri-based pro bounced back into the spotlight this past week, collecting ₹21.15 Lakhs in cumulative weekly earnings. His biggest score of the week was the runner-up finish in Spartan Poker’s FTS#23 Highroller for ₹17.43 Lakhs that pushed him up to #2 in the annual leaderboard standings.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia

 

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in FTS#23 Highroller for ₹17.43 Lakhs

> 4th in Adda52 Millions for ₹2.15 Lakhs

The GameChanger 2.0 champion Shagun Jain grabbed the Sunday headlines when he took down Spartan Poker`s ₹1 Crore GTD FTS – The Feast for ₹15.80 Lakhs. From the scores we can validate, Jain racked up at least ₹21.15 Lakhs this week.

Shagun Jain
Shagun Jain

 

Some of his known top finishes include:

> 13th in FTS #17 Big Game for ₹1.18 Lakhs

> 1st in INCOOP – 31 The Classic for ₹1.41 Lakhs

> 6th in INCOOP – 29 Highroller for ₹1.40 Lakhs

> 8th in FTS #20 Monster Stack for ₹1.36 Lakhs

The FTS #31 – Main Event third-place finisher, Sanjay Taneja, lapped up ₹19.11 Lakhs in weekly earnings. Apart from finishing third in the FTS #31 Main Event, he also posted a 60th place score, collectively earning ₹18.37 Lakhs in the event.

Sanjay Taneja
Sanjay Taneja

 

Aman Kumar Sharma championed the FTS #17 – Big Game to win the sixth FTS Gold Medallion awarded at the series and a career-best ₹15.59 Lakhs.

Young Gun Gaurav Sood, Abhijeet Kumar, Apratim Sharma, Peush Singhvi, PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh, and former Millionaire champion Anurag Srivastava were the other big scorers this week.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Ankit 'D00MTR00P3R' Wadhawan₹33.13 LakhsFTS – Main Event ₹2 Crores GTDSpartan Poker
Shagun 'icansuckout' Jain₹15.80 LakhsFTS – The Feast ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Vaibhav 'Beautiful Mistakes' Sharma₹9.78 LakhsFTS#20 Monster Stack ₹60 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Chandan 'Flow Like Water' Arora₹8.12 LakhsFTS#26 - Head Hunter 40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aman 'HatodaTyagi; Bhadu₹7.72 LakhsFTS#29 ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vishal ‘Mitsen’ Singh₹6.86 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saurabh ‘saurabh21’ Rohila₹6.12 LakhsGodfather ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aadityakhandelwal₹6.12 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Chandan 'Meme lover' Arora₹5.65 LakhsFTS#26 Head Hunter ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
rraja007₹5.62 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankit 'Asymptote05' Khattar₹5.41 LakhsFTS#21 ₹28 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Myron ‘khAAbib’ Pereira₹5.04 LakhsINCOOP – 29 Highroller ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vishnu ‘violator2018’ Khandelwal₹5.04 LakhsINCOOP-62 Sunday Highroller ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Deepak ‘Checktrap6’ G Jain₹4.99 LakhsFTS#24 ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ankur ‘Aceleration’ Sehgal₹3.82 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aditya ‘The Paper House’ Kulkarni₹3.58 LakhsINCOOP-59 Sunday Special ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Gaurav ‘gaug17’ Sood₹3.53 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vikash 'charuz' Kumar₹3.50 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Siddhanth ‘ender’ Kripalani₹3.37 LakhsThe Weekly Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vishal 'Vishalb22' Bajaj₹3.30 LakhsINCOOP-74 [Bounty Builder HR] ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sagar Ajit 'Sadesai
' Desai
₹3.26 LakhsFTS#30 ₹14 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal 'cvc3333' Sharma₹3.21 LakhsMega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹16.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohit 'thejoker' Mehta₹3.10 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Akshay 'CallmeAK' Kapoor₹2.57 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Adarsh ‘lazygamer007’ Subham₹2.47 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Ujjwal 'CougarHunter69' Narwal₹2.31 LakhsINCOOP-72 [Sixth Sense PKO] ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Prithu ‘fna1tics’ Gaur₹2.01 LakhsINCOOP – 40 Uppercut ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sagar ‘sagarpupull’ C₹1.82 LakhsINCOOP – 18 Night on Stars ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Himanshu ‘himanshu_s’ Sehgal₹1.80 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Naresh ‘Emperor457’ Veeravalli₹1.75 LakhsIMPS#45 6-Max Mini Highroller ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vinay 'BeepBeepImaJeep' Rajpal₹1.65 LakhsFTS#22 ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ram 'JohnnieRunner-Runner' Kakkar₹1.50 LakhsFTS#19 ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Karan ‘Reg_Slayer’ Radia₹1.48 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kaji 'salim' Samsudeen₹1.43 LakhsFTS#16 ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kailen₹1,42 LakhsThe Race ₹6.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Karan 'Reg_Slayer' Radia₹1.40 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shagun ‘Sogani22’ Jain₹1.40 LakhsINCOOP – 31 The Classic ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
TheRealG₹1.33 LakhsReCharge ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohit ‘thejoker’ Mehta₹1.29 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
'Sanju0101'₹1.21 LakhsFTS#28 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sagar 'sagarpupull' C₹1.13 LakhsBattle Royale [7-Max] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Karan 'Apocalypto' Radia₹1.11 LakhsIMPS#61 ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Vishal ‘Mitsen’ Singh₹1.09 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Harsh ‘100crdream’ Dembla₹1.06 LakhsIMPS#75PLO Highroller ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anurag 'GutshotHaiBro' Srivastava₹1.03 LakhsINCOOP-75 [Uppercut Mini] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
imac2000₹1 LakhINCOOP – 42 Battle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rishab ‘NoChan(3’ Malik₹1 LakhINCOOP – 20 Deepstack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ashutosh.anand7₹80,842IMPS#68 ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Akansha 'akanshasehgal' Sehgal₹77,232DeepStack ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
‘RageAce00’₹57,667INCOOP-16 Total KO 100% ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
‘skbhai’₹54,960Daily Night Sprint ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Naresh ‘NareshNow’ Kumar₹52,253Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
‘rohhit2’₹49,740INCOOP-23 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Abhiroop ‘Ron007’ Gupta₹49,705Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD

Spartan Poker
Pankaj ‘Jmdpanku’ Sharma₹43,680IMPS#40 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
‘harishgujwar’₹39,086Afternoon Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mayank ‘9894t’ Thakkar₹37,231Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
‘Cardshark6191’₹35,281INCOOP-13 Afternoon on Stars ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
’Dem0nKing’₹33,102Afternoon Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sandeep ‘effuno’ Varma₹33,077Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
MrBigSlick139₹31,967Deepstack ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Nishant ‘Stockfull’ Pandey₹31,370IMPS#39 Daily ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Parv ‘kidppoker’ Jain₹29,522Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
‘AidenAdrian’₹26,460Punch ₹80K GTDPokerBaazi
Murali ‘grind121’ Mohan₹25,340Punch ₹80K GTDAdda52
‘Utgoverner’₹21,610INCOOP-19 Primetime Grind ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
‘100NUJ1’₹19,600IMPS#35 PLO ₹75K GTDPokerBaazi
Mukesh ‘Mukeshahuja’ Ahuja₹18,420IMPS#36 (6-Max) ₹80K GTDPokerBaazi
‘sssss951’₹17,480INCOOP-15 4-Max ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
‘Ronima1978’₹14,500Sundown Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
‘Rana21’₹14,140IMPS#34 KO 7-Max ₹60K GTDPokerBaazi
‘Somya2727’₹13,643INCOOP-21 Deep Hyper ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
'picnic123'₹12,900Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
‘Unforgettablebeast’₹12,856the Sundown Adda ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
Basant Kumar ‘Rush99’ Singh₹11,132Evening Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
‘Pkjha321’₹10,956Evening Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
‘44706625’₹10,546INCOOP-22 PL Omaha ₹30K GTDPokerStars India
‘nishantdreams’₹10,5006 Feet Under PLO Deepstack ₹25K GTDKhelo365
Aryaman ‘AryaKnight’ Arora₹9,357INCOOP-17 Bounty Builder Progressive KO ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Rajeshwar ‘Yashi9696’ Singh₹7,221Epic - 4 Card PLO ₹30K GTD

Spartan Poker
Aryaman ‘AryaKnight’ Arora₹7,167INCOOP-14 4-Max Progressive KO ₹40K GTDPokerStars India
Sharad ‘zimbawe’ Haridasan₹6,503PLO 500 ₹20K GTDAdda52

 

BLITZPOKER to Host ₹10K Game Changer Freeroll Daily For Losing Cash Game Players From September 21 – 30

BLITZPOKER has come out with a novel concept to give losing cash game players on the site a chance at recovering some of their losses. Its latest promotion, the ₹10K Game Changer Freeroll, has a ₹10K GTD freeroll running at 8.30 PM daily between September 21 to 30. This means there are 10 freerolls and ₹1 Lakh in total cash prizes up for grabs for cash game players.

BLITZPOKER

Read the complete report here

 

IndiaPlays Announces Plans to Launch Rummy & Fantasy Sports

The newly launched online poker platform, IndiaPlays, has announced plans to venture into rummy and fantasy sports this year. The company’s parent firm Delphine Networks recently acquired the popular rummy platform Rummy Adda to diversify into other real-money gaming verticals.

IndiaPlays to launch rummy and fantasy sports

Read the complete report here

 

Natural8`s Asia Poker League Runs From September 19 to October 3

Asia’s biggest online tournament series, the Asia Poker League (APL), is back for its third edition on Natural8.com. The series runs from September 19 to October 3 and offers a whopping ¥80,000,000 (~$12.5 million) in prize pool guarantees, with 20 Jade Trophies up for grabs.

Read the complete report here

 

Karnataka Governments Bill Banning Real-Money Online Gaming Approved by State Legislative Assembly

Karnataka has joined the list of southern states to introduce a bill banning online gaming. The state government tabled the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act, 2021, in the State Legislative Assembly, intending to ban all forms of real-money online gaming (except lotteries and horse racing) on September 17. The Assembly approved the bill without opposition on Tuesday, September 21.

Read the complete report here

 

Goa Casinos Reopen on September 20 With 50% Capacity

In a recent relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, the Goa government allowed casinos, spas, nightclubs, and other tourism avenues to reopen with 50% capacity from September 20. The Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, added that only fully vaccinated people or those who have tested negative for the viral infection would be permitted to these venues.

Pramod Sawant
Pramod Sawant

 

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WSOP Expands 11 Online Bracelets to Fall Series Schedule

In a last-minute announcement, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) added 11 online bracelets to the 88-event schedule of the annual WSOP series that’s set to take Las Vegas by storm from September 30 to November 23.

Read the complete report here

 

Poker Masters 2021

The sixth edition of PokerGO’s Poker Masters came to a close this week with one of Australia`s most revered poker pros, Michael Addamo, taking down the series’ last two events back-to-back for almost $1.84 Million collectively (includes $1.16 Million for winning the Main Event). His late dominance at the series pushed him to the top of the series leaderboard for an additional $50,000 and the coveted Purple Jacket.

Michael Addamo
Michael Addamo

 

Read the complete report here

Chris Brewer (Won Event #8: $25K NLHE for $427.5K), Miles Rampel (Won Event #9: $25K PLO for $365.5K), and Mikita Badziakouski (Won Event #10: $25K NLHE for $342K) won the other titles.

 

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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