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This Week in Poker: September 23 – 29

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh September 30, 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!

The last week of September was full to the brim with online action as per the usual. Headlining the week`s scoreboard was Young Gun Kanchan Sharma! The up-and-coming poker pro championed one of the biggest flagships this week, Spartan Poker’s Destiny, where she traversed a field of 490 entries to collect a mouth-watering ₹6.62 Lakhs. Sharma even placed third in PokerBaazi’s The Pride on the same day for ₹99,700. Sharma only recently revealed that she plays under the moniker ‘Midge Maisel’ on Spartan Poker, so this valuable information went unreported in our previous reports. With ₹13.36 Lakhs in recorded earnings through the week, she is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

The other big mover and shaker was Siddartha Khandelwal, who shipped two flagship titles on Adda52 since our last weekly report. He won the Godfather on Thursday for ₹5.61 Lakhs, while taking down The Mint yesterday for ₹3.72 Lakhs. His weekly tally stood tall at ₹11.37 Lakhs.

Kunal Patni, Abhishek Goindi, and Vinayak Bajaj were among the other top scorers of the week.

It was an action-packed week as always on Spartan Poker. The Freezeout Master Series (FMS) was the star attraction of the platform leading up to the grand ₹50 Lakhs GTD FMS Main Event. One of the top poker talents of India, Sriharsha ‘Potato Player’ Doddapaneni, won the distinction of becoming the first-ever FMS Main Event champion on Sunday, banking ₹8.12 Lakhs in the process!

The week ahead promises more fireworks with Spartan Poker announcing the return of its popular Grand Poker Series (GPS). The fourth edition of this series is slated to run October 2 to 8, promising ₹7 Crores in guaranteed prizes.

Following the success of September’s ‘Ship-It’ series, Pocket52 has lined up a sequel, ‘Ship-It Again’ series in October. This month-long series boasts of ₹3.5 Crores in prize pool guarantees across 2,000+ tourneys and ₹14 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes.

With the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) now well underway, cricketers continue to be in demand for brand endorsements. The captain of the IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders, Dinesh Karthik, has been roped in by Dan Bilzerian’s official poker room, BLITZPOKER, for the site’s ongoing Blitz Premier League (BPL). Simultaneously, the fantasy sports portal Howzat has appointed Kumar Sangakkara, Keiron Pollard, and Irfan Pathan as its brand ambassadors.

In other reports, the BJP-ruled Goa government has granted the six offshore casinos another six-month extension to remain anchored on River Mandovi, effective from October 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021.

On the international front, PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg, who was one of the 11 people indicted in the Black Friday saga, was let go with a sentence of time served and a $30,000 fine by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in the Southern District of New York on September 23.


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The star performer this was the super talented and our Young Kanchan Sharma. Sharma came out on the top of a 490-entry field in Spartan Poker’s Wednesday flagship ₹25 Lakhs GTD Destiny to pocket her best-recorded score on the site, a paycheque worth ₹6.62 Lakhs. If Sharma also posted a third-place score in PokerBaazi’s ₹10 Lakhs GTD The Pride for ₹99,700 the same night, she was in smashing form through the week. The 26-year old budding poker talent raked in a third-place finish in the ₹18 Lakhs GTD Ultron worth ₹1.77 Lakhs. One of her best performances through the week came on Sunday when Sharma finished runner-up in the ₹30 Lakhs GTD Mega Suits on Adda52 for another hefty ₹3.97 Lakhs bankroll boost. Over this long tally of weeklong accolades, Sharma added a whopping ₹13.36 Lakhs to her scorecard to make it as our PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Kanchan Sharma
Kanchan Sharma


Hot on Sharma’s heels on the week`s scorecard is Siddartha Khandelwal, courtesy his two winning runs on Adda52. Sharma championed the Adda52-hosted ₹30 Lakhs GTD Godfather for ₹5.61 Lakhs and went on to ship the ₹15 Lakhs GTD The Mint for ₹3.72 Lakhs. With a third-place finish in PokerBaazi’s The Endeavour for ₹1.41 Lakhs and an eighth-place score in Adda52 Millions for ₹62,500 thrown in, Khandelwal raked in ₹11.37 Lakhs through the week.

Siddartha Khandelwal
Siddartha Khandelwal


The banker-turned poker pro Kunal ‘kunalpatni’ Patni was another top finisher on this week`s scoreboard. In addition to winning the Adda52 Millions for ₹5.02 Lakhs, Patni placed third in the ₹20 Lakhs GTD FMS #9 HighRoller for ₹2.43 Lakhs, and fifth in the ₹25 Lakhs GTD BSS SuperStack for ₹1.21 Lakhs. Alongside two more deep runs, Patni ended up a little short of a seven-figure haul with ₹9.85 Lakhs in recorded earnings.

Kunal Patni
Kunal Patni


Lighting up the weekend was Spartan Poker’s Freezeout Master Series. The series came to a smashing close on Sunday with the ₹50 Lakhs GTD FMS Main Event naming seasoned pro Sriharsha ‘Potato Player’ Doddapaneni as the champion. Doddapaneni collected a ₹8.12 Lakhs payout following a heads-up deal with ‘$ura13 (runner-up for ₹7.65 Lakhs). Doddapaneni, currently ranked #4 on the annual leaderboard, FT-ed PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller. Overall, Doddapaneni’s week’s earnings crossed ₹9 Lakhs through these scores.

Sriharsha Doddapaneni
Sriharsha Doddapaneni


Abhishek ‘MambaMentality’ Goindi (Sunday SuperStack ₹35 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.92 Lakhs) and Vinayak ‘bhai_on_mary_jane’ Bajaj (The Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.02 Lakhs) were the other prominent winners this week.

The notable scores of the week include –

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
Sriharsha ‘Potato Player’ Doddapaneni₹8.12 LakhsFMS Main Event ₹50 Lakhs GTD Day 2Spartan Poker
Abhishek ‘MambaMentality’ Goindi₹6.92 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kanchan 'Midge Maisel' Sharma₹6.62 LakhsDestiny ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddartha ‘Siddyk20’ Khandelwal₹5.61 LakhsGodfather ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
ricky behl₹5.25 LakhsFMS #9 Highroller ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vinayak ‘bhai_on_mary_jane’ Bajaj₹5.02 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD (6-Max)Adda52
Kunal 'kunalpatni' Patni₹5.02 LakhsMillions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shashank ‘Iverson003’ Shekhar₹4.85 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Alok ‘TheProfessional’ Birewar₹4.83 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹20 Lakhs GTD (6-Max)PokerBaazi
shiven999₹4.81 LakhsMega Suits ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ujjwal 'Mr_Robot' Narwal₹4.47 LakhsThe Summit ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja₹3.82 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD 8-MaxAdda52
Siddartha ‘siddyk20’ Khandelwal₹3.72 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTD 8-MaxAdda52
Yohan ‘PAPITO’ Patel₹3.64 LakhsUltron ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aditya ‘serendipity789’ Sushant₹3.54 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO 5,500 NLHE ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rajat ‘BloatedBelly’ Mahajan₹3.50 LakhsMega Stack ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
vidhan016₹3.15 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanish ‘sneakysani’ Chhabra₹3.13 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹11,000 NLHE ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
aakhrijanam₹3.03 LakhsHighroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor₹3 LakhsPocket Aces ₹15 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Anuj 'chocha' Manocha₹2.52 LakhsBig Slick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
bulletsbaby₹2.50 LakhsInception ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sandeep ‘SandeeSingh’ Singh₹2.40 LakhsTitan Stack ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
borntrouble₹2.32 LakhsTGIF ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
VINAY7690₹2.25 LakhsIMPS#59 Mini Main Day 2 ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rajat ‘LungFakeer’ Sharma₹2.21 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rajeev ‘7EVEN9INE’ Chaudhary₹2.10 LakhsThe Crest ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Armaan ‘Armaan007’ Kochhar₹2.10 LakhsThe Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya ‘SuperuSer’ Sushant₹2 LakhsReCharge ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ankit 'b00mtr00p3r' Wadhawan₹1.84 LakhsUppercut Magic Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ritwik ‘Ritwikkhanna’ Khanna₹1.76 LakhsBSS MegaStack ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shivam ‘LALLORONA’ Shukla₹1.75 LakhsDGS Main Event ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
saurabh21₹1.68 LakhsHijack Huskies ₹6 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vaibhav ‘alienrobot’ Sharma₹1.64 LakhsRunning Hot ₹6 Lakhs GTD (8-Max)Adda52
Kingtry₹1.50 LakhsPocket Kings ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
poker_king52₹1.43 LakhsTable For 6 ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
StupidCommonMan₹1.37 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
MI7₹1.37 LakhsThe Race ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Learnnwin₹1.27 LakhsThursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Armaan 'armaan007111' Kochhar₹1.25 LakhsUppercut Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ritwik 'Ritwikkhanna' Khanna₹1.20 LakhsBSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Prabhat1028₹1.12 LakhsEliminator Progressive KO ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
hopster99₹1.09 LakhsMoonlight ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Chemdawg₹1.04 LakhsHurricane ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
G6049080K₹1 LakhThe Bracelet ₹5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Myron ‘khAAbib’ Pereira₹99,391Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Shardul ‘Faucet Failure’ Parthasarathi₹95,813FMS#4 ₹3.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dhirendra ‘dhiru91’ Kumar₹93,709The Flash ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ranjeet ‘Bedevilforyou’ Negi₹92,663The Classic ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
whowizz₹91,760Battle Royale ₹5 LakhsPokerStars India
Sandeep 'effuno007' Varma RS₹91,225Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Dhinesh ‘kendralust’ Kumar₹86,400FMS#19 Monster Stack ₹3.6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
GKReddy₹86,000Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Sreeharsha ‘DonkeyCommitted’ Boneni₹85,359Big Bubble Rush ₹4 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Rishab ‘NoChanc3’ Malik ₹81,840Sunday Monster Stack ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Chirag ‘BadSirck’ Khandelwal₹80,4006-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Arpan 'Novus' Majhi₹80,400Friday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Himanshu ‘pokerbrat7’ Arora₹77,250Tuesday MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Proluck-7₹67,713FMS #14 ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Catfish₹62,250Pocket Whopper ₹3 Lakhs GTD
₹58,543Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
₹58,000Quad KO - 4 Max ₹2 Lakhs GTD
Jitendra ‘Jeet0’ Gadhwal₹56,300Saturday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Apocalypto₹56,300Monday MegaStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
ladypoker20₹56,000Quad KO 4-Max ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Prafull 'BulletsBaby' Hasbe₹54,931Holdem Bash ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
faizal1506₹54,000Afternoon Adda ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akshayj0708₹54,000Afternoon Adda ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
₹53,838Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Jasonroyce₹53,656Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Saurabh ‘Romosa’ Ramola₹51,875Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
MI7₹51,150Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
₹50,956Afternoon Adda ₹2 Lakhs GTD
Kunal “Kunal2706” Chaudhary₹50,900FMS #10 – Monster Stack 2.65 Lakhs GTD (FO)Spartan Poker
Gopal Kumar ‘pokkersstar’ Jha₹50,000Pocket Queen ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
₹49,748Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mamoonbhai007₹47,621Afternoon Adda 2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
karanmangla₹47,355Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
THE_MOUTH₹47,060DGS #1 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
SeaFish₹45,321Sunday PKO ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Prashanth ‘Anya Chalotra’ Sekar₹43,062FMS#5 Monster Stack 2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Chlambaba₹43,000MegaSpalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Rohit1713 ₹42,950IMPS#27 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
LOOSER_MM ₹42,575Afternoon Adda ₹2 Lakhs GTD (8-Max)Adda52
Siddharth ‘Siddonuts’ Pandey₹42,000IMPS#35 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
cooludit23₹42,000IMPS#54 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
redbow9158 ₹42,000IMPS#63 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth ‘Siddonuts’ Pandey ₹42,000IMPS#72 ₹2 Lakhs GTD

Arun ‘Devillll27’ Thakur ₹42,000IMPS#81 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
fortunemaker₹41,600Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
DesiKanye₹40,258Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Cruzz₹40,200DGS Event #9 - ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Guddu ‘Netflix’ Chaudhary₹37,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Naman ‘nammy09’ Puri₹37,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
SirMucksALot₹37,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Rajesh ‘BBBB111’ Dabolkar₹37,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Ankit ‘Ankkiii’ Pummy Talwar₹37,305DGS #5 ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
siddyfloyd ₹35,520IMPS#71 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
akhilnegi₹35,000IMPS#26 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Maddhav ₹35,000IMPS#44 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
STARKANNAN₹35,000IMPS#53 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Tinku14 ₹35,000IMPS#62 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
alex16 ₹35,000IMPS#80 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Neeraj ‘ns11pathak’ Sharma₹34,760IMPS#35 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Papa568₹34,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Happy84₹34,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
sachin1055₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Uday ‘Darinda’ Mondal₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Achal ‘believerinpain95’ Sonale₹34,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
rajsagar₹34,500Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Shashank ‘badmash’ Charvey₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Tanmay ‘Tanmo’ Chatterjee₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Harsh ‘Kakori kabab’ Dembla ₹34,413Sunday Stars – The Sunday Stars ₹2,200 NLHE ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Niteen ‘niteenplus’ Raj₹34,000Pocket Lunch 1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Siddharth ‘bluffMyNuts’ Mehndiratta₹31,837Reloaded ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
rajarshi₹26,800DGS Event #10 - ₹1 Lakh GTDPoker Dangal
Joonjoon₹25,750DGS #6 ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Somenn 'Prokiller' Singh₹24,150DGS Event#2 ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Gaurav ‘BIT00Poker’ Verma₹24,000Monday Blues ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
mnjain₹24,000Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTD (WTB)Poker Dangal
Prashant ‘kingslayer’ Jha₹22,520DGS Event #15 ₹80K GTDPokerDangal
prabhat64 ₹18,878Sunday Storm ₹2 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Jhalmanjhi₹18,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
abhijeet007₹10,000Under The Gun ₹20K GTD PLOKhelo365
Dhamiabhis₹7,360Who R U? ₹15K GTDKhelo365
Baazimaker₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Proplr007₹7,200Grinder 2.0 20K GTDKhelo365
sachin662₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
JonGregor₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHEKhelo365
nishantdreams₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365


Spartan Poker’ Grand Poker Series 4.0 Promises 7 Crores in Cash Prizes

The fourth edition of Spartan Poker`s Grand Poker Series (GPS) returns from October 2 to 11, offering a massive ₹7 Crores in guaranteed prizes. The 10-day long schedule will be headlined by two Millionaire editions, the GPS The Millionaire United and GPS The Millionaire, both featuring a ₹1 Crore prize pool guarantee. Additionally, the GPS Leaderboard will dish out ₹10 Lakhs in prizes to the top 10-ranked players on the leaderboard.

GPS 4.0 - Spartan Poker
GPS 4.0 – Spartan Poker


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Pocket52 Announces ‘Ship-It Again’ For October

Online poker site Pocket52 has announced the ‘Ship-It Again’ series for October featuring ₹3.5 Crores in guaranteed prizes across a month-long schedule of tournaments. The series also includes two leaderboards promising a total of ₹14 Lakhs in giveaways.

Ship It Again - Pocket52
Ship It Again – Pocket52


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Dinesh Karthik Joins BLITZPOKER For Blitz Premier League

Dan Bilzerian’s official poker room, BLITZPOKER, has joined hands with renowned Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik for the site`s ongoing Blitz Premier League (BPL).

Dinesh Karthik joins BlitzPoker
Dinesh Karthik joins BlitzPoker


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Howzat Onboards Cricketers Kumar Sangakkara, Keiron Pollard & Irfan Pathan as Brand Ambassadors

With the IPL 2020 in full swing, fantasy sports platform Howzat has onboarded three iconic cricketers, Kumar Sangakkara, Keiron Pollard, and Irfan Pathan, as its brand ambassadors.

Kumar Sangakkara, Keiron Pollard, and Irfan Pathan
Kumar Sangakkara, Keiron Pollard, and Irfan Pathan


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Goa’s Offshore Casinos Granted 6 Months Extension

The Pramod Sawant-led Goa government has granted another six-month extension to the six offshore casinos moored on the River Mandovi, effective till March 31, 2021.

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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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