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This Week in Poker: September 22 – 28

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis September 30, 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!

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With September now ending, the virtual MTT action has gradually dried out. PokerStars India`s INCOOP, PokerBaazi`s IMPS Gold Edition, and Spartan Poker`s UVS have all completed their run, and it wouldn`t be amiss to say back-to-back MTT stops have impacted the poker liquidity significantly. Even the weekly flagships have seen their guarantees getting slashed practically across the board as sites struggle to minimize overlays in the face of declining turnouts.

The online action will soon be relegated to second-page, with the 2021 WSOP just around the corner. The pandemic resultant travel restrictions might have spoilt the prospects for a record Indian participation at the series this year. Nevertheless, WSOP regulars like Aditya Agarwal, Kartik Ved, Nikita Luther, Kunal Patni, Dhaval Mudgal, bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer, Young Gun`s Neel Joshi & Arsh Grover, and Sreeharsha Doddapaneni have confirmed their attendance at the annual series. So, be sure to keep an eye on PokerGuru for daily updates of all the happening in Sin City!

Coming back to the virtual felts, 23-year-old Mohammad Azhar topped the charts yet again as he won the Adda52 Big Game on Sunday for 15.37 Lakhs – his fifth seven-figure score of the year. The CAT aspirant added a cumulative 19.08 Lakhs in winnings this week, bagging our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Young Gun Sahil Chutani, Piyush Nanda, PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal Bajaj, and Manish Lakhotia were the other top weekly scorers.

October promises to be a blockbuster one for PokerBaazi players, with the site laying out unparalleled promotions and giveaways as part of its seventh-anniversary celebrations. The month is replete with offers like Cash Smash 7.0, LIC Leaderboard, EndBoss, T20 Fantasy, and much more, in all worth over 12 Crores in prizes.

Not to be outdone, Spartan Poker is bringing back its most-celebrated weekly tournament, The Millionaire, after a three-week hiatus. Starting on September 30, the popular weekend flagship will repeat its Thursday to Sunday routine each week, guaranteeing 20 Lakhs to the ultimate champion.

The new entrant IndiaPlays has an enticing ‘One India, One Rupee, One Lakh’ tournament for the recreational and small-stakes players coming up on October 2. Players can win from a 1 Lakh GTD prize pool for a meager 1 buy-in.

In another landmark legal victory for the RMG industry, the Kerala High Court, on September 27, struck down the state government’s notification banning online rummy. In its order, the court noted that the ban was arbitrary and violated the right to trade and commerce.

September 20 marked the start of live casino operations in Goa, and just a week later, we received news of live poker room operator Manish Adnani signing up as the operations head of the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room onboard Casino Majestic Pride in Goa.

While the WSOP is gearing to kick off, the Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) has returned at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas after a 33-month hiatus. The $300K buy-in event runs from September 27 to September 29, featuring some of the biggest names of the poker fraternity, including GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu, Alex Foxen, Seth Davies, Michael Addamo, Justin Bonomo, and many others.


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The weekend was choc-a-bloc with action with three prominent MTT stops playing down to a finale. Resultantly, seven big winners emerged, no one more so than Mohammad Azhar.

Mohammad Azhar
Mohammad Azhar


The 23-year-old poker reg has charted a dramatic climb up the popularity charts ever since his phenomenal NPS Main Event victory in June. On Sunday, he won the Adda52 Big Game for 15.37 Lakhs, his third-best career finish. In all, he added 19.08 Lakhs through the week, making him our PokerGuru Star of the Week!

The Adda52 Big Game victory helped him cross 2 Crores in annual winnings, catapulting him to #20 in the yearly leaderboard rankings.

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Adda52 Big Game for 15.37 Lakhs

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller for 2.35 Lakhs

> 9th in Spartan Poker’s Mega Stack – Millionaire Bubble for 30,000

> 5th in PokerStars India’s INCOOP-97 Uppercut Mini for 28,822

Young Gun Sahil Chutani scored 13.27 Lakhs this past week, including PokerStars India’s INCOOP-95 Highroller KO Championship title.

Sahil Chutani
Sahil Chutani


His top finishes include:

> 1st in PokerStars India’s INCOOP-95 Highroller KO Championship for 9.65 Lakhs

> 7th in Adda52 Big Game for 1.82 Lakhs

> 8th in PokerBaazi’s The Summit for 49,266

> 8th in PokerStars India’s INCOOP-124 Sunday Warm-up for 12,343

Piyush Nanda was another trailblazer who made the headlines for taking down the INCOOP-125 Main Event PKO title for a career-best 12.77 Lakhs (includes 5.54 Lakhs in bounties). He collected 13.14 Lakhs this past week.

Piyush Nanda
Piyush Nanda


His top finishes include:

> 1st in PokerStars India’s INCOOP-125 Main Event PKO for 12.77 Lakhs

> 1s n PokerStars India’s INCOOP-101 Afternoon on Stars for 34,028

The WPT India High Roller PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal Bajaj deserves a prominent mention. The MTT pro championed Adda52’s Godfather and FT-ed two other tourneys, adding up to 10.67 Lakhs in total earnings.

Vishal Bajaj
Vishal Bajaj


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Adda52’s Godfather for 6.20 Lakhs

> 2nd in Adda52’s Excalibur for 1.52 Lakhs

> 9th in PokerStars India’s INCOOP-125 Main Event PKO for 94,951

> 3rd in PokerStars India’s INCOOP-117 Micro KO Championship for 64,421

> 9th in PokerBaazi’s The Endeavour for 25,200

The #2 ranked player of the year, Manish Lakhotia, won Spartan Poker`s Sunday Superstack for the second time on Sunday. He rounded out the week with 10.35 Lakhs in total earnings.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


His top finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack 35 Lakhs GTD for 7.82 Lakhs

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s The Endeavour 12 Lakhs GTD for 1.13 Lakhs

The other top scorers included The Big Deal winner Siddharth Gangwar (10.17 Lakhs in cumulative winnings), Sunday Showdown & UVS #45 – Everest winner Vinayak Bajaj (10.14 Lakhs in cumulative winnings), and the INCOOP-125 Main Event PKO runner-up finisher PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul Raj (10.04 Lakhs in cumulative winnings).

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Sanjay 'Apollo1' Taneja₹6.37 LakhsThe Elite (6-Max) ₹27 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arjanveer Singh 'ballistik310' Chadha₹6.10 LakhsINCOOP-137 [Deepstack Championship] ₹35 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Lavesh 'Lavesh7' Meena₹4.52 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Abhishek 'Abhi23451' Pandey₹4.16 LakhsDestiny ₹22 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shashank ‘Goldfish03’ Shekhar₹3.82 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ajay ‘messironaldo007’ Dhayal₹3.47 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Suresh 'oil_trader' Kolli₹3.35 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Haider 'Haider' Madraswala₹3.19 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ankit 'Shippament' Wadhawan₹2.92 LakhsMega Stack Millionaire Bubble ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rajat ‘sharabikebabi’ Sharma₹2.42 LakhsINCOOP – 106 Uppercut ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Dhaval ‘Rehab77’ Mudgal₹2.35 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Atishay 'nutscracker' Samuel₹2.19 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Prabhat 'comeon' Kumar₹2.12 LakhsIMPS#96 (6-Max) HighRoller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Karan 'The Annihilator' Radia₹2.02 LakhsINCOOP-139 [PLO Championship] ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sandeep ‘thak’ Thakral₹2 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vineeth 'Luckywinner' Bolar₹1.96 LakhsUVS#29 Futuristic – UVS Special ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rohit ‘mrblue1205’ Malhotra₹1.96 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanat 'durrsanta' Mehrotra₹1.69 LakhsINCOOP-84 Night on Stars ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Karan 'Karangogi' Malhotra₹1.64 LakhsReCharge ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rishab 'Rish1994' Malik₹1.36 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shashank ‘Goldfish097’ Shekhar₹1.30 LakhsINCOOP – 108 Battle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aayush 'Eureka226' Arya₹1.28 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Yogesh ‘pokerbrat0118’ Choudhary₹1.22 LakhsIMPS#82 BIG KO ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Hell12₹1.09 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Atishay 'momstacos' Samuel₹98,844INCOOP-86 Deepstack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Yash ‘Babyshark21’ Chitre₹97,216Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Harsh 'harsh1327' Bubna₹96,600(5-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Instamuck₹87,046IMPS#91 ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ssick_One₹69,620Deepstack ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Raveena Sharma₹68,170UVS#46 ₹3.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kamal ‘kamalpunjabi1’ Punjabi₹67,680UVS#27 DeepStack ₹3.20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Srujan ‘gambling_buddha’ Grudelly ₹65,033UVS#40 Monster Stack ₹3.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ravindra ‘wormhole’ Arikeri₹55,343Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanu15₹48,730Night Rider – MonsterStack ₹2.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sarthak2222₹46,171INCOOP-82 Total KO 100% ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
‘Suchetana’₹43,750IMPS#83 Daily ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
sanskrit₹43,030IMPS#90 DAILY ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
‘scorpion14’₹43,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
shubhiks₹41,562INCOOP-89 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
vikas.₹42,374Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
‘Blackgold333’₹41,870IMPS#84 Turbo ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
'kibolche'₹38,873Deepstack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Abhishek 'Addysonu' Sonu₹38,294INCOOP-79 Afternoon on Stars ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
chiku16₹36,000Sunday Night Rider ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Amrit ‘amrit1111’ Mishra₹32,918Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Avish 'thehorse7' Sharma₹30,550Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
‘Dennis9229’₹30,070Daily Night Sprint ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
buffalosoldier₹27,500Mega Freeze (FO) ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
Sumeet 'Sumitsingh199' Rajpurohit₹25,800IMPS#87 ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Akhand 'akhand188' Shukla₹24,758INCOOP-87 Bigstack Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Palu9713₹23,038UVS#25 ₹1.25 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
Ssick_One₹21,506UVS#43 ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Blacknight9769₹21,388INCOOP-81 4-Max ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Sameer ‘_chipsy_’ Agarwal₹20,453UVS#17 ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
MrBigSlick139₹20,012INCOOP-85 Primetime Grind ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Underdoggg₹19,490UVS#14 ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
puffpuffpass₹17,996UVS#30 ₹1.05 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
‘Santoshi’₹17,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
‘vijaysoni7174’₹15,300Turbo ₹75K GTDPokerBaazi
rohin01₹14,500IMPS#86 ₹75K GTDPokerBaazi
‘Srinikumar’₹13,800Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Rahul ‘Vasili Arkipov’ Lal₹13,125UVS#16 4 Card PLO ₹50K GTDSpartan Poker
Iamgroot₹12,375Last Chance ₹45K GTDSpartan Poker
Mridul 'healingp' Kharkwal₹12,210INCOOP-88 Pl Omaha 6-MAx Turbo ₹25K GTDPokerStars India
‘Kamran777’₹12,140IMPS#81 6-Max ₹75K GTDPokerBaazi
akdolos₹11,960IMPS#88 ₹80K GTDPokerBaazi
‘sudeepsingh’₹11,590IMPS#79 ₹60K GTDPokerBaazi
'Ashu079'₹11,5006 Feet Under PLO ₹25K GTDKhelo365
ouroboros_₹10,373UVS#28 - 4 Card PLO ₹45K GTDSpartan Poker
‘AkguruPRO’₹10,340IMPS#78 4-Max Hyper Turbo ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
Ashwin ‘PabloEscobaaar’ Bhanushali₹9,988Evening Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
SAMPATKARA₹9,388INCOOP-83 Bounty Builder Progressive KO ₹40K GTDPokerStars India
‘mapaa’₹8,890IMPS#80 5-PLO ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
‘munukan’₹7,274Holdem 250 ₹20K GTDAdda52
manish_jangid₹7,150INCOOP-80 4-Max Progressive KO ₹35K GTDPokerStars India
Mohsin ‘gongo’ Shaikh₹7,000Midnight Bash ₹25K GTDAdda52
IshhChadha₹5,779Epic - 4 Card PLO ₹25K GTDSpartan Poker
'trickett'₹4,000Quick Feeze PLO ₹10K GTDKhelo365


PokerBaazi Celebrates 7th Anniversary Bash Promising Over 12 Crores in Prizes

PokerBaazi completes seven years of operations on October 24. The site is going all out with an array of fantastic offers and tournaments throughout September and October, promising over 12 Crores in prizes to celebrate the momentous occasion.

PokerBaazi’s 7th Anniversary Bash Comes With a Bag Full of Exciting Offers & Promotions!

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Spartan Poker`s The Millionaire Guarantees 20 Lakhs to the Winner

Spartan Poker`s most popular weekly tournament, The Millionaire, is coming back on September 30. The 5,500 buy-in weekend flagship retains its same five starting flights format from Thursday to Sunday. However, it now guarantees a whopping 20 Lakhs to the champion.

The Millionaire

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IndiaPlays Announces ‘One India, One Rupee, One Lakh’ Tournament

The newest Indian online poker site, IndiaPlays, will be running its ‘One India, One Rupee, One Lakh’ tournament on October 2 at 4:30 PM. The event guaranteed 1 Lakh for just a 1 buy-in.


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Manish Adnani Takes Charge of Operations at the PokerBaazi LIVE Poker Room in Goa

Industry veteran Manish Adnani has jumped ship to board PokerBaazi LIVE and will be spearheading the operations for the brand’s poker room onboard Casino Majestic Pride in Goa.

Manish Adnani PokerBaazi LIVE

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Kerala High Court Dismisses State Government’s Notification Banning Online Rummy

In another landmark legal victory for the real-money gaming sector, the High Court of Kerala on September 27 dismissed a notification issued by the state government in February to ban online rummy. Justice TR Ravi stated that the online rummy ban was arbitrary and violated the right to trade and commerce. It also violated the right to equality, guaranteed under the Indian constitution, the order read.

Kerala High Court

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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.

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