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This Week in Poker: September 29 – October 5

This Week in Poker: September 29 – October 5
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  • Namita Ghosh October 7, 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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The 52nd Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is finally here. The mega series made a grand comeback at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on September 30 and with much aplomb. With Indian players forced to make a 14-day layover in a country on the US safe-list, we haven`t seen the usual WSOP suspects in action yet. However, we do have news of several from the Indian contingent en route to WSOP. So keep following PokerGuru for daily updates from Sin City.

Coming to the domestic online felts, with no major MTT series presently underway, Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire stole the spotlight this week. After a three-week hiatus, the popular tourney returned with a revamped format guaranteeing ₹20 Lakhs up top. The mystery user SiValee emerged as the eventual champion and won ₹17.60 Lakhs following a heads-up deal with Dhinesh Kumar. A former Millionaire LITE champion, Kumar netted ₹14.38 Lakhs for his runner-up finish. He wrapped up the week with ₹15.57 Lakhs in cumulative winnings, making him our PokerGuru Star of the Week!

Harshit Sanghi, Vishnu Khandelwal, Young Gun Anuj Yadav, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, Young Gun Siddhanth Kripalani, Sanish Chhabra, and Akash Malik were the week`s other big scorers.

Spartan Poker has market dominance in online tournaments and the site`s busy hosting Champions Week (October 4- 10) as part of its Daily Poker Marathon, a weeklong fiesta of events guaranteeing ₹5 Lakhs or ₹10 Lakhs up-top daily. Even its VIP Club has been made more player-friendly with no more VIP Level resets each month as part of the new VIP Level Stay feature.

Not to be outdone, BLITZPOKER has come out with an “Outrageous October” promotion that offers cash game players a chance at claiming over ₹2.40 Lakhs in bonuses through various deposit offers.

In breaking news, all online gaming for stakes in Karnataka has been banned, barring lotteries and horse racing. Playing online poker, rummy, or fantasy sports for stakes is now a criminal offense in the state. On Monday, Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot gave his assent to the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Bill, 2021, two weeks after the Bill was passed by the state legislative assembly. The following day the Karnataka government notified the law, officiating the gaming ban.

Moving to the international sphere, nine bracelet winners have already been crowned at the 2021 WSOP. One of the first marquee events at the series, Event #4: $500 The Reunion NLHE, was taken down by 35-year-old Long Ma for $513,604.

Earlier in the week, poker superstar Jason Koon was signed by GGPoker as the brand’s newest Global Ambassador.


Online Railbird Report

Former Millionaire LITE champion Dhinesh Kumar came within touching distance of winning his second Millionaire title this past Sunday. He was part of a heads-up deal that declared ‘SiValee’ the winner for ₹17.60 Lakhs. Nevertheless, Kumar’s runner-up finish earned him a hefty ₹14.38 Lakhs. He worked up scores worth ₹15.57 Lakhs through the week, emerging as one of the week’s top scorers and our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Dhinesh Kumar
Dhinesh Kumar


The first-ever IOPC – The Crown champion Harshit Sanghi won two titles on Spartan Poker this week, claiming Destiny and The Big Deal. Sanghi’s overall scores amounted to ₹13.58 Lakhs.

Harshit Sanghi
Harshit Sanghi


> 1st in The Big Deal ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.55 Lakhs

> 1st in the Destiny ₹21 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.56 Lakhs

Two-time Destiny champion Vishnu Khandelwal bagged ₹13.53 Lakhs over the week. Khandelwal won the Destiny and final-tabled three more events.

Vishnu Khandelwal
Vishnu Khandelwal


> 1st in Godfather 25 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.13 Lakhs

> 5th in The Big Deal 30 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.21 Lakhs

> 2nd in Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.97 Lakhs

Young Gun Anuj Yadav posted third-place finishes in The Millionaire and The Big Deal, which comprised the major chunk of the ₹12.23 Lakhs he earned over the week.

Anuj Yadav
Anuj Yadav


His top finishes include:

> 3rd in The Millionaire (Top Place ₹20 Lakhs GTD) for ₹6,76,500

> 3rd in The Big Deal 30 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.32 Lakhs

This week’s The Summit champion, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, Siddhanth Kripalani, Sanish Chhabra and, Akash Malik were the other big scorers of the week.

Notable winners of the week:

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
SiValee₹17.59 LakhsThe Millionaire (Top Place ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
mansoon₹7.47 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Samimeel₹6.65 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
BenjaminSisko₹6.12 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akash 'braceletdreams' Malik₹5.98 LakhsThe Elite ₹27 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bujo₹5.85 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sushil 'lex_veldi82' Kumar₹4.47 LakhsDeepstack (Top Place ₹5 Lakhs GTD)Spartan Poker
MallaNi₹3.65 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddhanth ‘ender’ Kripalani₹3.59 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Chandan ‘darkfish15’ Arora₹3.56 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddhanth 'ender' Kripalani₹3.68 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anmol ‘Kaanchacheena’ Mehta₹3.62 LakhsSunday Special PKO ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Myron ‘khAAbib’ Pereira₹3.14 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Abhishek 'abbie1987' Batra₹2.65 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Laksh 'B00MTilt23' Pal Singh₹2.21 LakhsBounty Builder - HR ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rebelliousking7₹2.02 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
MallaNi₹2 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aditya 'adit11' Kulkarni₹1.92 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanish 'Sanish21' Chhabra₹1.80 LakhsFuturistic ₹9.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vinayak ‘bhai_on_mary_jane’ Bajaj₹1.77 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
anubhavanand2010₹1.53 LakhsFriday Bounty ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Md ‘007Bahubali’ Zeeshan₹1.50 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Miteshkumar ‘mikefrbike’ Gupta₹1.38 LakhsReCharge ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shawn 'LoopreviL' Jose₹1.37 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shawn 'LoopreviL' Jose₹1.37 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
JaiKiran 'GOLI SODA' Kumar₹1.32 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Advait 'Ronaldinho18' Rajguru₹1.12 LakhsBSS Sprint 7-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanish 'Sanish21' Chhabra₹1.05 LakhsBSS MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Royalsagar₹1.03 Lakhs(5-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anmol 'freak_weird0' Agarwal₹1.01 LakhsBattle Royale 7-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aayush ‘Learnnwin’ Arya₹99,4805-Max Daily SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
‘aikansh98’₹98,532(5-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
the_brave₹97,216Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
kimi_nj₹96,614Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
janspeed₹96,600(5-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Yash ‘Babyshark21’Chitre₹88,422La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Madan 'Madan_shri19' Shrivastav₹87,691Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
bloording_banger₹62,119Sunday Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
glycen₹56,160Nano DST ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
rassu1234₹55,840Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
NanuPOW₹52,451Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sarthak2222₹50,820Holdem BOOST ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
'emo919'₹46,732BSS ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Piyush ‘noname3006’ Nanda₹44,371Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
‘SreeLeela’₹43,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Dhirendra ‘dmkool007’ Kumar₹41,087The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sreeharsha 'DonkeyCommitted' Boneni₹40,758Deepstack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Abhiroop ‘Daniel90’ Gupta₹40,500Afternoon Adda ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kailen₹39,552Sunday Night Rider ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
cheatcode007₹36,570PLO5 BOOST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
'ssmg6617'₹34,578Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Navaneesha ‘Np406’ P₹34,005Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
'eldestmonk'₹33,829BSS Night Sprint ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
‘sssp’₹33,713Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
'conversestruck'₹32,136BSS Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
MILKYBARKID₹29,107Ultimate 4 Card PLO ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
shraban56₹26,735Nano Monday Adda ₹90K GTDAdda52
kashish007₹24,830Daily Afternoon SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Somz9₹23,663Ultimate 6 Card PLO ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
t9ace₹22,581Nano Siesta ₹1 Lakh GTDAdda52
RaiseyourEdge₹21,494Epic ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
‘maanav1012’₹20,883Total KO 100% ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
ved234₹18,964Nano Crack Jack ₹70K GTDAdda52
Naman ‘CairyHunt09’ Puri₹18,893Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
LaCatedral₹18,500OFC Pineapple OH Tournament ₹50K GTDSpartan Poker
Yuvraj 'yuvrajlo9097' J Lohakpure₹16,937Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
fate03₹15,737The Centurion (Boost) ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
‘dillliwala’₹14,500Sundown Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
Animesh 'animeshth20' Thakur₹14,326Turbo ₹75K GTDPokerBaazi
Piyush ‘noname3006’ Nanda₹14,118Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDAdda52
‘Ashu079’₹13,800Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
‘MrShelby0007’₹13,777Deepstack ₹50K GTDAdda52
‘Sethu99’₹13,375Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
angrychidiya₹12,375Last Chance (Boost) ₹45K GTDSpartan Poker
'trickett'₹11,5006 feet Under PLO Deepstack ₹25K GTDKhelo365
'pm2404'₹11,364Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
'jiteshamritkar'₹10,737Daily 5-Max ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
'pm2404'₹10,215Primetime Grind ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
‘Oshuri’₹9,900Evening Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
‘tonyg202014’₹9,729Primetime Grind ₹50K GTDAdda52
harry1998haru₹8,680Nano Battleship ₹30K GTDAdda52
Reddington1₹7,922The Centurion ₹70K GTDSpartan Poker
KARNI7₹7,250Nano PLO ₹25K GTDAdda52
kk010203₹5,824Striker ₹18K GTDSpartan Poker
Alexcy 'JonGregor' Newmai₹4,300Quick Freeze ₹10K GTDKhelo365


Spartan Poker Announces Champions Week & Improved Loyalty Program

Spartan Poker has a weeklong schedule of flagship tournaments lined up as part of its Daily Poker Marathon – Champions Week (October 4- 10). The site is running two marquee events daily at 8 PM and 9.30 PM, offering ₹5 Lakhs or ₹10 Lakhs in guaranteed prizes to the day`s flagship tournament winner.

Read the complete report here


BLITZPOKER’s “Outrageous October” Offers Over ₹2.40 Lakhs in Bonuses For Depositing Players

BLITZPOKER has come out with an “Outrageous October” offer unleashing an array of deposit offers for cash game players. As part of the promotion, depositing players can claim over ₹2.40 Lakhs in bonuses this month on using specific deposit codes when making a deposit.


Read the complete report here


GGPoker Onboards Jason Koon As Global Brand Ambassador

GGPoker has onboarded high-stakes MTT crusher Jason Koon as its latest Global Brand Ambassador. Koon joins Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Dan Bilzerian, and Fedor Holz in representing GGPoker both in live and online events. He will also play a vital role in strengthening the poker site’s security and game integrity efforts and act as an advocate for the high roller & high-volume players.

Jason Koon
Jason Koon


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WSOP 2021 Updates

The 52nd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is finally underway at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, unleashing an exciting flurry of bracelet events. The series-opener Event #1: $500 Casino Employee NLHE was claimed by Caesars Palace dealer Jimmy Barnett for $39,013.

James Barnett
James Barnett


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In other highlights, Connor Drinan won his second bracelet in Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 Or Better, bagging a $163,252 payday.

Connor Drinan
Connor Drinan


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Tyler Cornell (Won Event #6: $25K High Roller NLHE for $833,289), Jesse Klein (Won Event #2: $25K HORSE for $554,182), Long Ma (Won Event #4: $500 The Reunion NLHE for $513,604), Martin Zamani (Won Online Event #1 WSOP.com $5,300 NLHE Freezeout for $210,600), Jaswinder “Jesse” Lally (Won Event #7: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed for $97,915), ‘NJ_AcesmarkA’ (Won Online Event #2: WSOP.com NLHE BIG 500 for $89,356) and Jeremy Ausmus (Won Event #3: $1K COVID-19 Charity Relief Event for $48,681) were the other WSOP bracelet winners of the week.


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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