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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!!”
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.
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.
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.
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 –
|Player||Prize Money||Event||Poker Site|
|Sriharsha ‘Potato Player’ Doddapaneni||₹8.12 Lakhs||FMS Main Event ₹50 Lakhs GTD Day 2||Spartan Poker|
|Abhishek ‘MambaMentality’ Goindi||₹6.92 Lakhs||Sunday SuperStack ₹35 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Kanchan 'Midge Maisel' Sharma||₹6.62 Lakhs||Destiny ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Siddartha ‘Siddyk20’ Khandelwal||₹5.61 Lakhs||Godfather ₹30 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|ricky behl||₹5.25 Lakhs||FMS #9 Highroller ₹20 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Vinayak ‘bhai_on_mary_jane’ Bajaj||₹5.02 Lakhs||The Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD (6-Max)||Adda52|
|Kunal 'kunalpatni' Patni||₹5.02 Lakhs||Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Shashank ‘Iverson003’ Shekhar||₹4.85 Lakhs||BSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Alok ‘TheProfessional’ Birewar||₹4.83 Lakhs||The Weekly HighRoller ₹20 Lakhs GTD (6-Max)||PokerBaazi|
|shiven999||₹4.81 Lakhs||Mega Suits ₹30 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Ujjwal 'Mr_Robot' Narwal||₹4.47 Lakhs||The Summit ₹20 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja||₹3.82 Lakhs||Maverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD 8-Max||Adda52|
|Siddartha ‘siddyk20’ Khandelwal||₹3.72 Lakhs||The Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTD 8-Max||Adda52|
|Yohan ‘PAPITO’ Patel||₹3.64 Lakhs||Ultron ₹18 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Aditya ‘serendipity789’ Sushant||₹3.54 Lakhs||Sunday Special Progressive KO 5,500 NLHE ₹18 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Rajat ‘BloatedBelly’ Mahajan||₹3.50 Lakhs||Mega Stack ₹18 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|vidhan016||₹3.15 Lakhs||The Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Sanish ‘sneakysani’ Chhabra||₹3.13 Lakhs||Sunday Highroller ₹11,000 NLHE ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|aakhrijanam||₹3.03 Lakhs||Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor||₹3 Lakhs||Pocket Aces ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Anuj 'chocha' Manocha||₹2.52 Lakhs||Big Slick ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|bulletsbaby||₹2.50 Lakhs||Inception ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Sandeep ‘SandeeSingh’ Singh||₹2.40 Lakhs||Titan Stack ₹15 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|borntrouble||₹2.32 Lakhs||TGIF ₹12 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|VINAY7690||₹2.25 Lakhs||IMPS#59 Mini Main Day 2 ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Rajat ‘LungFakeer’ Sharma||₹2.21 Lakhs||The Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Rajeev ‘7EVEN9INE’ Chaudhary||₹2.10 Lakhs||The Crest ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Armaan ‘Armaan007’ Kochhar||₹2.10 Lakhs||The Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Aditya ‘SuperuSer’ Sushant||₹2 Lakhs||ReCharge ₹10 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ankit 'b00mtr00p3r' Wadhawan||₹1.84 Lakhs||Uppercut Magic Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Ritwik ‘Ritwikkhanna’ Khanna||₹1.76 Lakhs||BSS MegaStack ₹8 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Shivam ‘LALLORONA’ Shukla||₹1.75 Lakhs||DGS Main Event ₹10 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|saurabh21||₹1.68 Lakhs||Hijack Huskies ₹6 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Vaibhav ‘alienrobot’ Sharma||₹1.64 Lakhs||Running Hot ₹6 Lakhs GTD (8-Max)||Adda52|
|Kingtry||₹1.50 Lakhs||Pocket Kings ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|poker_king52||₹1.43 Lakhs||Table For 6 ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|StupidCommonMan||₹1.37 Lakhs||Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|MI7||₹1.37 Lakhs||The Race ₹7 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Learnnwin||₹1.27 Lakhs||Thursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Armaan 'armaan007111' Kochhar||₹1.25 Lakhs||Uppercut Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Ritwik 'Ritwikkhanna' Khanna||₹1.20 Lakhs||BSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Prabhat1028||₹1.12 Lakhs||Eliminator Progressive KO ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|hopster99||₹1.09 Lakhs||Moonlight ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Chemdawg||₹1.04 Lakhs||Hurricane ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|G6049080K||₹1 Lakh||The Bracelet ₹5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Myron ‘khAAbib’ Pereira||₹99,391||Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Shardul ‘Faucet Failure’ Parthasarathi||₹95,813||FMS#4 ₹3.75 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Dhirendra ‘dhiru91’ Kumar||₹93,709||The Flash ₹5.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Ranjeet ‘Bedevilforyou’ Negi||₹92,663||The Classic ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|whowizz||₹91,760||Battle Royale ₹5 Lakhs||PokerStars India|
|Sandeep 'effuno007' Varma RS||₹91,225||Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Dhinesh ‘kendralust’ Kumar||₹86,400||FMS#19 Monster Stack ₹3.6 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|GKReddy||₹86,000||Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Khelo365|
|Sreeharsha ‘DonkeyCommitted’ Boneni||₹85,359||Big Bubble Rush ₹4 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Rishab ‘NoChanc3’ Malik||₹81,840||Sunday Monster Stack ₹4 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Chirag ‘BadSirck’ Khandelwal||₹80,400||6-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Arpan 'Novus' Majhi||₹80,400||Friday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Himanshu ‘pokerbrat7’ Arora||₹77,250||Tuesday MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Proluck-7||₹67,713||FMS #14 ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Catfish||₹62,250||Pocket Whopper ₹3 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|arcadiaaa||₹58,543||Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|ankumalik||₹58,000||Quad KO - 4 Max ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Jitendra ‘Jeet0’ Gadhwal||₹56,300||Saturday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Apocalypto||₹56,300||Monday MegaStack ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|ladypoker20||₹56,000||Quad KO 4-Max ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Prafull 'BulletsBaby' Hasbe||₹54,931||Holdem Bash ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|faizal1506||₹54,000||Afternoon Adda ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Akshayj0708||₹54,000||Afternoon Adda ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Hellblazer||₹53,838||Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Jasonroyce||₹53,656||Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.4 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Saurabh ‘Romosa’ Ramola||₹51,875||Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|MI7||₹51,150||Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Childbeer||₹50,956||Afternoon Adda ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|Kunal “Kunal2706” Chaudhary||₹50,900||FMS #10 – Monster Stack 2.65 Lakhs GTD (FO)||Spartan Poker|
|Gopal Kumar ‘pokkersstar’ Jha||₹50,000||Pocket Queen ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|sam059424||₹49,748||Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Mamoonbhai007||₹47,621||Afternoon Adda 2 Lakhs GTD||Adda52|
|karanmangla||₹47,355||Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|THE_MOUTH||₹47,060||DGS #1 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Poker Dangal|
|SeaFish||₹45,321||Sunday PKO ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|Prashanth ‘Anya Chalotra’ Sekar||₹43,062||FMS#5 Monster Stack 2.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Chlambaba||₹43,000||MegaSpalsh ₹1 Lakh GTD||Khelo365|
|Rohit1713||₹42,950||IMPS#27 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|LOOSER_MM||₹42,575||Afternoon Adda ₹2 Lakhs GTD (8-Max)||Adda52|
|Siddharth ‘Siddonuts’ Pandey||₹42,000||IMPS#35 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|cooludit23||₹42,000||IMPS#54 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|redbow9158||₹42,000||IMPS#63 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Siddharth ‘Siddonuts’ Pandey||₹42,000||IMPS#72 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Arun ‘Devillll27’ Thakur||₹42,000||IMPS#81 ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|fortunemaker||₹41,600||Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD||Khelo365|
|DesiKanye||₹40,258||Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|Cruzz||₹40,200||DGS Event #9 - ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|Guddu ‘Netflix’ Chaudhary||₹37,500||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Naman ‘nammy09’ Puri||₹37,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|SirMucksALot||₹37,500||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Rajesh ‘BBBB111’ Dabolkar||₹37,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Ankit ‘Ankkiii’ Pummy Talwar||₹37,305||DGS #5 ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Poker Dangal|
|siddyfloyd||₹35,520||IMPS#71 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|akhilnegi||₹35,000||IMPS#26 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Maddhav||₹35,000||IMPS#44 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|STARKANNAN||₹35,000||IMPS#53 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Tinku14||₹35,000||IMPS#62 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|alex16||₹35,000||IMPS#80 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Neeraj ‘ns11pathak’ Sharma||₹34,760||IMPS#35 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerBaazi|
|Papa568||₹34,500||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Happy84||₹34,500||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|sachin1055||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Uday ‘Darinda’ Mondal||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Achal ‘believerinpain95’ Sonale||₹34,500||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|rajsagar||₹34,500||Pocket Lunch ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Shashank ‘badmash’ Charvey||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Tanmay ‘Tanmo’ Chatterjee||₹34,500||Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Harsh ‘Kakori kabab’ Dembla||₹34,413||Sunday Stars – The Sunday Stars ₹2,200 NLHE ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Niteen ‘niteenplus’ Raj||₹34,000||Pocket Lunch 1.5 Lakhs GTD||Pocket52|
|Siddharth ‘bluffMyNuts’ Mehndiratta||₹31,837||Reloaded ₹2 Lakhs GTD||Spartan Poker|
|rajarshi||₹26,800||DGS Event #10 - ₹1 Lakh GTD||Poker Dangal|
|Joonjoon||₹25,750||DGS #6 ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerDangal|
|Somenn 'Prokiller' Singh||₹24,150||DGS Event#2 ₹1 Lakh GTD||PokerDangal|
|Gaurav ‘BIT00Poker’ Verma||₹24,000||Monday Blues ₹1 Lakhs GTD||PokerDangal|
|mnjain||₹24,000||Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTD (WTB)||Poker Dangal|
|Prashant ‘kingslayer’ Jha||₹22,520||DGS Event #15 ₹80K GTD||PokerDangal|
|prabhat64||₹18,878||Sunday Storm ₹2 Lakhs GTD||PokerStars India|
|Jhalmanjhi||₹18,000||Dominator ₹50K GTD||Khelo365|
|abhijeet007||₹10,000||Under The Gun ₹20K GTD PLO||Khelo365|
|Dhamiabhis||₹7,360||Who R U? ₹15K GTD||Khelo365|
|Baazimaker||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|Proplr007||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 20K GTD||Khelo365|
|sachin662||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
|JonGregor||₹7,200||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHE||Khelo365|
|nishantdreams||₹6,800||Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD||Khelo365|
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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.