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This Week in Poker: September 8 – 14

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  • Namita Ghosh September 16, 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!

After two weeks of downtime, the online scene has exploded with activity, with three high voltage MTT stops starting days apart from each other. Spartan Poker FTS 3.0, PokerBaazi’s IMPS Gold Edition, and PokerStars India’s INCOOP all hit the ground running this week.

With an abundance of massive guaranteed tournaments, the week registered a slew of big winners. However, none more consistent than Haider Madraswala, who stormed his way to the top of the weekly charts. The old-timer has been on the rampage with two title wins and two runner-up finishes, adding 25.72 Lakhs this past week. Being the only player to net over 25 Lakhs in online winnings, Madraswala, deservedly, is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

M Balakrishnan, Mohammad Azhar, Manash Kalita, Anmol Agarwal, Sahil Chutani, and PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh were the other big scorers of the week.

With so much MTT action running all across, sites are going all out to get crossover traffic to hit the cash tables. PokerBaazi is closing in on its seventh anniversary and is pulling out all the stops to make the occasion momentous for the poker community. Just weeks after dropping the news of TheEndBoss 2.0, the site launched two cash game promotions – Cash Smash 7.0 and LIC Leaderboard – both promising 3.50 Crores in guaranteed prizes. The promotions are already live on the site and continue until October 31.

Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8, also has a hoard of lucrative offers and promotions for September, including the Super MILLION$ Week with $15 Million in guaranteed prizes.

Moving over to the international sphere, the GGPoker/Natural8-leg of the 2021 WSOP Online Series wrapped up on September 12. A total of six gold bracelets were awarded during the final week of play, with France’s Arnaud Enselme claiming the last bracelet of the series in Event #33: $500 The Closer for $360,223. However, Russia’s Aleksei Vandyshev hogged the spotlight in the closing week of the series as he championed the $5,000 Main Event Online Championship for a jaw-dropping $2.54 Million.

Coming to live-action, after the successful culmination of Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) Europe, PokerGO is now streaming high-stakes MTT action from the Poker Masters series taking place at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas. The opening week witnessed a lot of high-octane action, with six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu capturing his second live title of the year in Event #5: $50K NLHE for $178,000. The win has made the GGPoker Ambassador the frontrunner in the race for the Purple Jacket.

The week also witnessed a host of new signups. Yuri Dzievielevski, aka “theNERDguy” was onboarded by partypoker as its new sponsored Team Pro, while PokerStars announced Rafael Moraes as its latest ambassador. The 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker partnered with European e-wallet digital payments provider MuchBetter, and Darren Elias joined BetMGM’s partypoker US network as a brand ambassador.


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Online poker has been the prevailing theme for the better part of two years now – ever since the COVID-19 virus reared its ugly head in the world. And even after all this time, the numbers continue to hold on strong.

On the domestic front, the MTT regs got almost two weeks off between the WPT Online India Series and FTS 3.0. The action has especially escalated in the last few days as PokerBaazi`s IMPS Gold Edition and PokerStars India`s INCOOP have significantly increased the count of daily marquees.

The “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title goes to Haider Madraswala, hands down the most consistent player of the week. Madraswala all but filed his nomination for the title last Wednesday itself with a runner finish in Spartan Poker`s Destiny. The online reg couldn`t have asked for a better start at FTS 3.0. He championed FTS #2 Friday Special for a hefty 9.75 Lakhs, bagging the first Gold Medallion of the series. And just two days later, he won another 7.38 Lakhs for his runner-up finish in the FTS #8 Sunday Special. He also took down the latest The Big Show on PokerBaazi. With 25.72 Lakhs earned over the week, he scored more than double of everyone else on the list.

Haider Madraswala
Haider Madraswala


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in the Destiny 23 Lakhs GTD for 4.27 Lakhs

> 1st in the FTS #2 Friday Special 50 Lakhs GTD for 9.75 Lakhs

> 2nd in the FTS #8 Sunday Special 60 Lakhs GTD for 7.38 Lakhs

> 1st in The Big Show 7.50 Lakhs GTD for 1.66 Lakhs

M Balakrishnan collected 12.05 Lakhs through the week, headlined by two title victories in the Trending Thursday and the Destiny 20.0 SnG Finale.

His top finishes include:

> 1st in the Destiny 20.0 Finale SNG 10 Lakhs GTD for 5 Lakhs

> 1st in the Trending Thursday 20 Lakhs GTD for 3.46 Lakhs

> 3rd in the FTS #6 11 Lakhs GTD for 1.09 Lakhs

Arun Karthik topped the 60 Lakhs GTD FTS #8 Sunday Special to collect a seven-figure score worth 11.65 Lakhs.

Mohammad Azhar added anotherThe Big Deal title to his name – his second consecutive time winning the Thursday flagship. He FT-ed two other events, adding 11.58 Lakhs this week.

Mohammad Azhar
Mohammad Azhar


His top finishes include:

> 1st in The Big Deal 30 Lakhs GTD for 7.80 Lakhs

> 7th in the FTS #5 Saturday Special 40 Lakhs GTD for 1.33 Lakhs

> 7th in The Endeavour 12 Lakhs GTD for 81,534

PokerGuru Ambassador Ashutosh Balodhi was another one of the week’s movers and shakers. He started out with a sixth-place finish in Wednesday’s Destiny and took down Adda52`s Mega Suits on Sunday. In all, he earned almost 11.34 Lakhs.

Ashutosh Balodhi
Ashutosh Balodhi


His top finishes include:

> 1st in the Mega Suits 25 Lakhs GTD for 5.02 Lakhs

> 2nd in the Iron Man 8 Lakhs GTD for 1.24 Lakhs

> 2nd in the INCOOP – 6 Sixth Sense 10 Lakhs GTD for 1.41 Lakhs

Manash Kalita, Anmol Agarwal, Sahil Chutani, and PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh were the other top scorers of the week.

Top Winners of the Week:

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Arun 'Rohini Sharma' Karthik₹11.64 LakhsFTS#8 Sunday Special ₹60 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohammad ‘Cupid stunt’ Azhar₹7.79 LakhsThe Big Deal ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Manash 'Silver555' Kalita₹7.79 LakhsFTS#5 Saturday Special ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mantri97₹6.65 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nitesh 'KATIYAR11' Katiyar₹5.62 LakhsDestiny ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sandeep 'thak' Thakral₹5.62 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
dstar₹5.52 LakhsNano Main Event ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashutosh ‘senojwod’ Balodhi₹5.01 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
M 'LACHANCE' Balakrishnan₹5 LakhsDestiny 20.0 Finale ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dishani 'Dishvish' Vijay₹4.17 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kartik 'TheInternetKid' Ved₹3.92 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni₹3.91 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vaibhav ‘GTO_LIFE_GG’ Sharma₹3.70 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Betoo₹3.47 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTDAdda52
M ‘LACHANCE’ Balakrishnan₹3.46 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Goonjan ‘gmtesting.ind’ Mall₹3.28 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anurag 'GutshotHaiBro' Srivastava₹3.13 LakhsINCOOP-08 Bounty Builder HR ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
arushiagarwal₹3.09 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manish 'diamond101' Ranjan₹2.89 LakhsFTS#15 ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Shagun ‘sogani94’ Jain₹2.85 LakhsNano Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rishab 'NoChan(3' Malik₹2.51 LakhsHighroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Arjanveer 'bazzingaa' Singh Chadha₹2.37 LakhsFTS#9 ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhijeet ‘TheSupremeOne’ Kumar₹2.35 LakhsFTS #1 ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish ‘notoriouskonvict1’ Nailwal₹2.20 LakhsFTS #3 ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
duecesftw₹2.04 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dhaval 'faizal1506' Doshi₹2.04 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD
Jaideep 'NNomadas'Sajwan₹1.97 LakhsUppercut [6-Max] Magic Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Arvind ‘Flippopotomus’ Halaharvi₹1.94 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Harsh 'kakori kabab' Dembla₹1.90 LakhsINCOOP-06 Sixth Sense ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sachin 'durrred' Sharma₹1.78 LakhsFTS#12 ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shashank 'reconnecting' Desai₹1.69 LakhsFTS#7 ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Haider ‘Haider’ Madraswala₹1.65 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dhinesh 'dinzy009' Kumar₹1.45 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shashank 'reconnecting' Desai₹1.25 LakhsFTS#10 ₹6 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Shashank 'reconnecting' Desai₹1.25 LakhsFTS#10 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohitkumar 'FloatingMonkey' Bohra₹1.16 LakhsFTS#13 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
bloodring_banger₹1.13 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish 'TRIPPINonACID' Kumar₹1.12 LakhsBattle Royale (7-Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vijay 'VIJAYAIR01' Singh₹1.09 Lakhs(5-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
rkrohan@&₹1.03 LakhsINCOOP-09 Uppercut Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Gautam 'M8a7' Rohilla₹1.02 Lakhs(5-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Killshot0510₹99,377La luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Raghav 'scambrahm' Ananth₹97,733IMPS#5 ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
tanusri111₹97,083Daily SPRINT 5-Max ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Karan ‘The Annihilator’ Radia₹96,614Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anmolraj 'anmolrajy' Singh Chawla₹95,728Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
KickOff11₹74,525Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Juli ‘Lily8’ Kumari₹62,259Nano DST ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anurag '13anurag' Srivastava₹61,410Holdem BOOST ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Biplob 'hellhell' Rana
₹59,389Monster Stack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Hemant ‘hkm2828’ Meena₹58,850Daily Night Sprint ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
R ‘prakash7639’ J Prakash₹56,442Nano Godfather ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Karan 'Apocalypto' Radia₹56,240Holdem BOOST ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Samu ‘AKumarss’ Rai₹56,057Big Bubble Rush 2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Jimmy 'jeeven' Arora₹51,602Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Faiz ‘AilaGaya’ Alam₹51,000Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
banti111₹48,600Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
'Siryourchipsplease'₹46,604Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.1 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
CURR¥300₹45,321Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
‘loneraker’₹44,167Ultrasonic ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Harsh 'kakori kabab' Dembla₹42,841The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
'rajesh1010'₹37,007Daily Afternoon SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Neeraj ‘SelfClaimedPro’ Kumar₹33,900PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Keechad₹35,759Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
cardshark6191₹34,101Time Tourney: 90 Minutes ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Arun 'Devillll27' Thakur₹34,036PLO5 BOOST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Dhirendra 'dhiru91' Kumar₹31,490PLO5 BOSST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
100NUJ1₹30,550PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Sankalp 'Wobbegong' Marwah₹28,150PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek ‘Addysonu’ Sonu₹26,779Ultra KO 100% ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Murali ‘grind121’ Mohan₹25,506Nano Thursday Adda ₹90K GTDAdda52
Messironaldo007₹23,428Nano Siesta ₹1 Lakh GTDAdda52
'Zed49'₹22,062Epic ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
‘ladda’₹21,180Daily Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
goblem00₹20,485Nano Crack Jack ₹70K GTDAdda52
be_desi₹20,418Ultra KO 90% ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
'Viktor0802'₹19,054The Centurion Boost ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
Vikram ‘swingtrader23’ Ved Batra₹18,251Afternoon On Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
Vivek 'viveksnmc10' Pal₹16,710Turbo ₹75K GTDPokerBaazi
Raman 'Ranzoo9' Arora₹16,710Turbo 75K GTDPokerBaazi
Anand 'easywithducks' Babu Pallikona₹16,298Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
‘Vegas316’₹15,592Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
Sreeharsha 'DonkeyCommitted' Boneni₹14,596Primetime Grind ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
'Jaydeep777'₹13,800Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
‘Rk2241’₹13,300Turbo ₹75K GTDPokerBaazi
‘Ilikewinning69’₹12,519Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
‘Bhanuhansu1’₹12,500Bounty Wednesday ₹50K GTDPokerDangal
Mahlima 'zokid' Fanai₹12,250PLO5 Thursday ₹50K GTDPokerDangal
vipinrrrr₹12,2005-max Daily ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
'Bhanusharma1111'₹11,5006 Feet Under PLO Deepstack ₹25K GTDKhelo365
Vaibhav ‘vaibsss’ Bhatia₹11,240Primetime Grind ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
LYM2020₹10,581Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Ashish Kumar 'Notoriousladka' Yadav₹10,1115-Max Daily ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
Firdosh123₹8,424Nano Battleship ₹30K GTDAdda52
Abhishek372₹7,623Nano PLO ₹25K GTDAdda52
'picnic123'₹4,600SUN DOWNER ₹10K GTDKhelo365


PokerBaazi’s Cash Smash 7.0 & LIC Leaderboard Each Offer 3.50 Crore in Prizes (Sept 13 – Oct 31)

September might be a busy month for the MTT crowd, but cash game players have enough incentive to put in volume as well. Starting September 13 and up to October 31, PokerBaazi runs two promotional offers dishing out 3.50 Crore in each. The popular cash game promotion, Cash Smash 7.0, offering 3.50 Crore in prizes during their 18-day-long run. The site has also brought back the Loss Insurance Cover (LIC) Leaderboard that will run NLHE, PLO-4, and PLO-5 leaderboard sprints offering prizes.

Cash Smash 7.0
Cash Smash 7.0


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Natural8 Running Super Million$ Week, Offering a Chance to Win From $15M GTD Series & 4 Special Edition WSOP Rings (Sept 12 – 19)

Natural8 has come up with attractive offers for September. This includes the Super MILLION$ Week that offers players a chance to win from the $15M GTD series and four Special Edition WSOP rings from September 12 to 19.

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WSOP Online 2021

The GGPoker/Natural8-leg of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online completed its second edition on September 12. The series began on July 26, with 33 bracelets up for grabs.

Russia’s Aleksei Vandyshev grabbed his career-first gold bracelet in the biggest event of the series, Event #27: $5,000 Main Event Online Championship, walking away with a life-changing $2.54 Million.

Aleksei Vandyshev
Aleksei Vandyshev


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Poland’s Dominik Panka grabbed one of the last bracelets at the series, winning Event #28: $2,100 Bounty Championship NLHE for $185,228.

Dominic Panka
Dominic Panka


India’s first solo WSOP gold bracelet champion, Young Gun Abhinav “OBellaCiao” Iyer, placed 10th in the event for $17,383 (includes $5,164 in bounties).

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


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Closing the curtains on the series was France’s Arnaud Enselme, who championed the final tourney, i.e., Event #33: $500 The Closer for his first gold bracelet and $360,223.

Arnaud Enselme
Arnaud Enselme


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Ruslan “Sovs20” Rishko (Won Event #32: $210 WSOP Bounty Double MILLION$ for $282,586), Vlad Martynenko (Won Event #29: $1,500 FIFTY STACK for $250,198), Jase Regina (Won Event #30: $525 WSOP Beat the Pros [Freezeout] for $75,342) and Yuhan “HansNevrLose” Liu (Won Event #31: ¥815 WSOP Zodiac Autumn Festival for ¥563,257 (~$87,404), were also among the last of the series’ champions.


Poker Masters 2021

Offering a fresh dose of international high-stakes action, the 2021 Poker Masters opened for action at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on September 9. The soon-to-be-dad Shannon Shorr shipped the series opener, $10K NLHE for #205,000.

Shannon Shorr
Shannon Shorr


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Over the weekend, GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu won his second tournament title of the year by taking down Event #5: $50K NLHE for $178,000. Negreanu’s win has pushed him to the top of the Purple Jacket leaderboard race.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu


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Sean Perry (Won Event #2: $10K NLHE for $206,400), Brock Wilson (Won Event #4L $10K NLHE for $189,800), Stephen Chidwick (Won Event #7: $10K NLHE for $183,600), Adam Hendrix (Won Event #3: $10K PLO for $186,300) and Maxx Coleman (Won Event #6: $10K 8-Game for $120,000) have also win 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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