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This Week in Poker: April 1 – 7

This Week in Poker: April 1 – 7
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  • Namita Ghosh April 8, 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 along with the top stories from both the live and online poker circuit.

Here are this week’s top stories!

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has enveloped the most significant parts of the world, and as on date, there are at least 1.43 million people infected, and 82,143 reported dead due to the virus. India has entered Day 16 of its 21-day lockdown, but the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down. The country, as of today, has 5,360 positive cases with the death toll standing at 164.

As the country fights the challenge of limiting the spread of the deadly virus, the virtual felts are offering more than just a distraction for the poker players. The online operators have been more than obliging, launching bigger and higher-value tourneys to play. The biggest piece of action took place at Spartan Poker, where The Millionaire ₹1.5 Crores GTD played out last Sunday. The tourney gathered 688 entries across two starting flights, and 121 entries made it to Day 2. The final table turned out to be an exhilarating affair, with several seasoned regs like Aditya Agarwal, Siddharth Mundada, and Siddarth Singhvi in contention for the title. Stepping past all of them to join the millionaire league was the still unknown player ‘tittooTauji.’ The player, who preferred to remain anonymous, became the latest Millionaire champion banking a life-changing ₹42.93 Lakhs after defeating Singhvi heads-up.

Singhvi is a player needing no introduction, and this week he seems to have turned up his aggression several notches up. In addition to his impressive runner-up finish in The Millionaire that fetched him his personal-best ₹25.76 Lakhs, Singhvi also took down the Adda52’s AOPS Hitman for ₹4.34 Lakhs. He went on to add another six final table finishes to his tally this past week for a whopping ₹32.37 Lakhs. Singhvi’s winning consistency makes him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

While Mundada (3rd for ₹14.34 Lakhs) and Agarwal (4th for ₹10.30 Lakhs), both hit seven-figure scores this week, Siddhanth Kripalani was another standout performer. This Mumbai-based player seems to be making the most of his time under lockdown, having won both the Destiny ₹45 Lakhs GTD and the PMVS #24 Main Event SuperStack ₹40 Lakhs GTD recently, adding a sizeable ₹22.25 Lakhs to his online winnings.

If hosting the best-in-the-industry tournaments was not enough, Spartan Poker has further incentivized its customer base by overhauling its rewards program. The site launched its new VIP Club loyalty program this week, replacing the previous Royalty Program, and with umpteen rewards for both tournament and cash game players!

Making the headlines this week was news of former Indian cricket team captain and iconic player Mahendra Singh Dhoni joining PokerStars India as the site`s new brand ambassador. Dhoni replaces Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in endorsing the brand’s offerings.

Meanwhile, the gaming sector has stepped up in efforts towards COVID-19 relief activities. The two big casino operators, Delta Corp (Deltin Group) and Pride Casino Group, contributed ₹51 Lakhs each towards Goa’s efforts against the outbreak. Both companies have committed that they will provide essentials like medication, medical devices, food, and ration, etc., to the 7,000 employees of the state’s casino sector.

Contributions have been pouring in from the online poker sites as well. Spartan Poker was the first site to pledge at least ₹3 Lakhs every month for efforts to control the pandemic. PokerBaazi, too, has announced a special tournament series where it will be donating the entire tournament fee of the Main Event, along with an equivalent amount from its side to the Delhi Youth Welfare Association (DYWA). The funds donated will be used for supporting daily wage workers with ration and money.

Adda52 is also giving away the tournament rake equaling ₹2.5 Lakhs from its new tournament Falcon. Not only that, but the entire rake collected in all AOPS Warm-Up tourneys will be contributed towards COVID-19 relief measures.

The impact of the pandemic has forced the live gaming sector to a standstill. In more updates on this front, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa were asked to shut down. The WPT has once again rescheduled its WPT Taiwan stop to December, while APT has partnered with Natural8.com to launch the APT 2020 Online Series that will run from April 29 to May 10. Meanwhile, the APT Philippines slated for April-end has been canceled altogether.

Even King’s Casino in Rozvadov has extended its closure till September 1. Surprisingly, two live poker series went on unhindered at the Chinese Texas Poker Hold ‘em Association (CTP) Club in Taiwan this week with the poker room operators citing necessary precautions were taken. The CTP Club hosted the Global Poker League (GPL) from March 28 to April 6, followed by the Master Poker Series.

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Yet another week dominated by online poker saw Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire Legends ₹1.5 Crores GTD grabbing the headlines. With 688 entries, the flagship tourney generated a colossal ₹1.71 Crores prize pool. Only 121 players made it to Day 2, where stepping past a star-studded table was ‘tittooTauji.’ The mystery player defeated seasoned reg Siddarth ‘PeterPunter’ Singhvi to become the latest Millionaire champion and took home a jaw-dropping ₹42.93 Lakhs!

Even though Singhvi lost the heads-up battle, the runner-up finish got him a seven-figure score worth ₹25.76 Lakhs – his most massive online cash to-date! Far from done, the Pune-based pro went on to win Adda52’s AOPS Hitman for another ₹4.34 Lakhs earlier today, raking in ₹30.10 Lakhs over these two wins alone. While he pulled in many other scores, he final-tabled an impressive six more tournaments this week – The Race (9th for ₹24,539), AOPS Siesta (5th for ₹13,122), AOPS Millions (8th for ₹94,500), AOPS Siesta (8th for ₹5,108), Big Stack (6th for ₹29,340), and AOPS Holdem (4th for ₹59,925). Over these scores alone, he fattened his wallet by an impressive ₹32.37 Lakhs, and for this, he is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Siddarth Singhvi
Siddarth Singhvi


Two more regs Siddharth ‘Sidddhu’ Mundada (3rd for ₹14.34 Lakhs) and India’s poker superstar Aditya ‘Yennefer’ Agarwal (4th for ₹10.30 Lakhs) performed brilliantly in The Millionaire to earn sizeable payouts.

Siddarth Mundada & Aditya Agarwal
Siddarth Mundada & Aditya Agarwal


Another standout performer was Siddhanth Kripalani, who won two titles this week. Kripalani took down the Destiny ₹45 Lakhs GTD for ₹13.52 lakhs and the PMVS #24 Main Event SuperStack ₹40 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.73 Lakhs, earning a cumulative ₹22.25 Lakhs.

Siddhanth Kripalani
Siddhanth Kripalani


The notable scores of the week include –

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
tittooTauji₹42.93 LakhsThe Millionaire Legends ₹1.5 Crores GTDSpartan Poker
Arunkumar ‘arunk8186’ Anandan₹15.74 LakhsMega Suits Finale ₹60 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddhanth ‘sidstack’ Kripalani₹13.52 LakhsDestiny ₹45 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Jimmy ‘Jabberwocky’ George₹11.15 LakhsThe Elite ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gaurav ‘VantaBlack’ Gupta₹10.59 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Naresh ’emperor457′ Veeravalli₹10.30 LakhsAOPS Godfather ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ravinder ‘wormhole’ Arikeri₹9.05 LakhsAOPS Whale ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddhanth ‘ender’ Kripalani₹8.73 LakhsPMVS#24 Main Event SuperStack ₹40 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sahil ‘ImHighIshove’ Mahboobani₹7.64 LakhsPMVS #8 HR Summit ₹30 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhinav ‘checkshove’ Iyer₹7.60 LakhsAOPS Millions ₹35 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nishant ‘FunkyouFTW1’ Sharma₹6.36 LakhsMega Stack ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Manish ‘potlords’ Gandhi₹6.13 LakhsUltron ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja₹5.47 LakhsAOPS Big Slick ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nishant 'nishant177' Sharma₹4.49 Lakhshe Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddarth 'badtameez_donk' Singhvi₹4.34 LakhsAOPS Hitman ₹12.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
heisenber942₹3.97 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ameya ‘Encashed’ Gokhale₹3.72 LakhsReCharge ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Hitesh ‘hiteshbhai999’ Batra₹3.61 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ankit ‘akj290’ Jajodia₹3.57 LakhsPMVS#3 The Pride ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
crymeariver₹3.51 LakhsAOPS Holdem High ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vidwath ‘phoenix66990’ Shetty₹3.29 LakhsAOPS Inception ₹12.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shravan ‘lukBo$$13’ Chhabria₹3.10 LakhsHighroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Amit ‘ZombieFish’ Tejura₹3.01 LakhsTGIF ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ujjwal ‘Mr_Robot’ Narwal₹2.99 LakhsPMVS #18 The Crest ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ujjwal ‘Mr_Robot’ Narwal₹2.99 LakhsThe Crest Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja₹2.90 LakhsThe Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Deepak ‘peacelover’ Singh₹2.63 LakhsAOPS Big PLO ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Myron ‘mehhhhh’ Pereira₹2.62 LakhsDare Devil ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sreekanth ‘n0thing’ Narayan₹2.59 LakhsPMVS#22 The Monster ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rubin ‘kornkid’ Labroo₹2.48 LakhsPMVS #9 MegaStack ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sumit ‘boronyx’ Sapra₹2.48 LakhsPMVS #13 Fri-Yay ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Harry ‘hypnotiser’ Singh₹2.40 LakhsThe Race ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anuj Kumar ‘aatman108’ Kodam₹2.17 LakhsBig Daddy ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rohit ‘PillowFight22’ Mishra₹2.04 LakhsNight On Stars ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vaibhav ‘Nikka Zaildar’ Sharma₹2.04 LakhsDeep Freeze ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
999AykA999₹1.94 LakhsUppercut 6-Max MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Callmebabe₹1.93 LakhsBig Bounty ₹8.5 Lakhs GTD (PKO RE)Spartan Poker
Jaydeep ‘JDBhaiya’ Dawer₹1.85 LakhsPMVS#4 7-Max ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
MansaMusa₹1.83 Lakhs20K Lite - ₹2 Lakhs to Top 2 Places GTDSpartan Poker
Mithun ‘Intuitionnn’ Mahesh₹1.82 LakhsDestiny Junior ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ujjwal ‘Mr_Robot’ Narwal₹1.81 LakhsSummit Mini ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vivek 'Nutpeddling729' Singh₹1.81 LakhsEndeavour Mini ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerbaazi
Neel ‘Worm236’ Joshi₹1.80 LakhsSaturday Eliminator ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sandy ‘Narcos’ Lamba₹1.72 LakhsAOPS Hold-em 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
suneethkalmady₹1.70 LakhsPMVS#25 BSS MegaStack ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Avinash ‘Pokerface63’ Anand₹1.69 LakhsAfternoon Showdown – Monster Stack ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nishant 'DoJingBULLETSS' Sharma₹1.61 LakhsMicro Series-16 Sixth Sense ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
louis02₹1.60 LakhsAfternoon Showdown – Monster Stack ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Steel1₹1.59 LakhsHouse Party ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhinav ‘Schumi91’ Iyer₹1.58 LakhsMega Freeze ₹6.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ankitmodi₹1.51 LakhsAOPS Falcon ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Neeraj ‘SelfClaimedPro’ Kumar₹1.50 LakhsTID#7 – Take It Down ₹6 Lakhs GTD9stacks
CopyNinja₹1.49 LakhsPMVS #7 ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Suraj ‘cc’ Rathi₹1.47 LakhsPMVS #14 8-Max ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
shinchan786₹1.45 LakhsMonday Hustle ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ashish 'rocky3705' Ahuja₹1.45 LakhsAOPS Falcon ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
DangerDaddy₹1.40 LakhsAOPS Falcon ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vaibhav ‘vaibsaarav’ Shah₹1.40 LakhsAOPS Hold-em 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aditya ‘Adit11’ Kulkarni₹1.37 LakhsAOPS Falcon ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhawal ‘Pokerpro555’ Bagaria₹1.35 LakhsElectric Afternoon ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
potripper16₹1.34 LakhsAfternoon Showdown ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Priyank ‘Piko1432’ Kothari₹1.32 LakhsPMVS #19 8-Max ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
samiksett₹1.30 LakhsAOPS Warm Up ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shardul ‘F – Bomb’ Parthasarathi₹1.28 LakhsMonster Stack ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Myron ‘priyankAAchoprAA’ Pereira₹1.28 LakhsPMVS#21 ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shuchi ‘pescatarian8’ Chamaria₹1.25 LakhsAfternoon Showdown ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
kidplay₹1.24 LakhsPMVS#23 BSS PLO ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja₹1.23 LakhsAOPS Mini PLO ₹6 Lakhs GTDAdda52
GSB621₹1.21 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pranjal ‘lilmessi’ Gandhi₹1.19 LakhsPMVS#2 ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aman ‘alwaysriver’ Kejriwal₹1.18 Lakhs PMVS#5 ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rohan ‘AnshAA’ Soman₹1.17 LakhsPride Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ayush ‘Proman502’ Garg₹1.17 LakhsBout Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerbaazi
Chirag ‘mahikk’ Bhardwaj₹1.13 LakhsAOPS Warm Up ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
saltwater₹1.13 LakhsAfternoon Showdown ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gurukumarswami ‘urug79’ Gaddigimath₹1.10 LakhsPMVS #12 DeepStack Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shardul ‘F – Bomb’ Parthasarathi₹1.09 LakhsDestiny Junior ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rachit ‘hack_R27’ Parihar₹1.08 LakhsMicro Series-02 Sunday Special (L) ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Drona21₹1.08 LakhsBig Stack ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
thisisme16₹1.06 LakhsBig Bubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Mohak 'sparkie' Kapoor₹1.06 LakhsAOPS Warm Up ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
dontcare₹1.05 LakhsMonster Stack ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
supernuts₹1.05 LakhsPMVS #15 ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Babboo₹1.05 LakhsTID#3 – Take It Down ₹4 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Aravind ‘BenDingBuLLets’ Raju₹1.04 LakhsTID #4 – Take It Down ₹4 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Bharat ‘rungooserun’ Vasan₹1.04 LakhsTID #5 – Take It Down ₹4 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Prabhat ‘Bulletsonfire’ Kumar₹1.04 LakhsTID #6 Take It Down ₹4 Lakhs GTD9stacks
thedesiviper ₹96,018Fast Friday ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rohit ‘PillowFight22’ Mishra₹94,294Thursday Thrill ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Bheem Singh ‘Dragonglass’ Meena₹94,120PMVS #17 6-Max ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
pinnug1₹93,473Thursday Flash ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harsh ‘Anandilal Katpitiya’ Bubna₹92,623Reloaded ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Varun ‘wardev’ Devayya₹92,550Saturday Speedway ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
flopped₹89,532The MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Prince ‘NaNki’ Singh₹87,033PMVS#1 8-Max ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerbaazi
Dheeraj ‘sarkar’ Bisht₹86,625Ultimate PLO ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kabir ‘desiphoenix’ Uppal₹85,414PMVS #10 KO ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Srihari ‘bangbang999’ Bang₹83,296PMVS #6 8-Max ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
BrodaV₹81,804Deepstack Bounty ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harshit ‘hashstack’ Chopra₹81,360Hexagram ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
CYCLONE1121₹78,498Tuesday Flash ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
pp2717₹75,625Ultimate PLO ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Akash ‘WinMan4’ Arora₹74,610Fri-Yay Mini ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
dhavhe₹73,117PMVS #16 ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
pot-pan₹72,340Night Rider ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal ‘cvc’ Sharma₹70,175Electric Night Rider ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Paras 'AAKKQQJJ' Jain₹69,099Ultimate PLO ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Chirag ‘chilling’ Sodha₹66,150Ultimate PLO ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
The AnnihiIator₹63,697Micro Series-18 PKO 8-Max ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
AnishV₹60,542Micro Series-03 Sunday Storm ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Jimmy ‘brahmos999’ Arora₹60,459Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ingloriousbasterds₹60,000Unstoppable ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ingloriousbasterds₹59,405Ultimate PLO ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Singhchamp₹57,645PMVS #11 5-Max WTB ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pankaj ‘blom89’ Rautela₹56,920Night Rider ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Monish ‘monish1965’ Kumar₹56,300Monday Megastack PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
barneyboy₹55,375Unstoppable ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
vishal352₹55,369Micro Series-10 ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anant ‘Pro’ Purohit₹54,466Ultimate PLO ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
crazyhunter400₹54,422Micro Series-05 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Fishonthetable₹54,063Night Rider ₹3.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
An_ant₹53,600DSS Main – ₹2 Lakhs GTD PLOPoker Dangal
Tejas ‘fookerpoker’ Kadam₹53,210Micro Series-01 Warm-up ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Akash ‘Akash0510’ Gupta₹53,104Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sandeep ‘effuno007’ Varma RS₹50,441The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Haji Mastan₹50,0005 For 5 – 50K to Top-5 GTDSpartan Poker
Suresh ‘oil_trader’ Kohli₹50,0005 For 5 – 50K to Top-5 GTDSpartan Poker
whateverhaha₹50,0005 For 5 – 50K to Top-5 GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja₹50,0005 For 5 – 50K to Top-5 GTDSpartan Poker
Vinay ‘Netflixxed’ B₹50,0005 For 5 – 50K to Top-5 GTDSpartan Poker
businessman1₹49,412Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Piyush303₹46,583Unstoppable ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
alexander.d.gr8₹46,546NLHE 6-Max ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
vprashanth.iitkgp₹46,500Electric Deep Freeze ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ajitesh ‘bazzinga29’ Bhargava₹44,119PMVS #20 Hyper Turbo ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Duce7₹37,956Unstoppable ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
barneyboy₹37,920Unstoppable ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shoodain₹37,299Micro Series-20 Supersonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
starboy00₹36,000Battlefield Tuesday ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
Ajit ‘ace_bob’ Singh Arora₹26,620Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
jit ‘ace_bob’ Singh Arora₹26,136Dangal Friday ₹1 Lakh GTDPoker Dangal
skillking₹24,000Monday Blues ₹1 Lakh GTDPoker Dangal
Shubham ‘UPayMyRent’ Tyagi₹15,048Wow Wednesday ₹50K GTDPoker Dangal
Arunav ‘frankie08’ Mitta₹14,638Saturday Hustle ₹50K GTDPoker Dangal

Spartan Poker Announces All-New VIP Club Loyalty Program

Leading online poker site has overhauled its rewards program with the launch of an all-new VIP Club. W.e.f April 5, the new rewards program has replaced the previous Royalty program on the site. There are numerous sops for tournament and cash game players and extra attractions like cash rewards, international travel packages, tournament tickets, etc.

Spartan Poker's New VIP Club Loyalty Program
Spartan Poker’s New VIP Club Loyalty Program


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WSOP.com to Host $4+ Million GTD Spring Online Championships Series

Despite the Coronavirus outbreak raging across the U.S. currently, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is still holding out on announcing the cancelation of its annual summer run in Las Vegas. The brand has, in the meantime, announced its biggest online series for U.S. players – the Spring Online Championship Series. The online series features over $4 Million in guaranteed prize money across 100 events and will be hosted from April 5 to May 3.

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PokerStars India Onboards Former Indian Cricket Captain MS Dhoni As Brand Ambassador

In one of the most high-profile celebrity tie-ups to take place in the poker industry so far, online poker site PokerStars India has roped in former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its new brand ambassador. Dhoni replaces Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the face of the India-facing poker site.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni


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Coronavirus Pandemic Affects Global Poker Industry

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has dealt a severe blow to the world’s economy and affected the live poker and casino industry in a significant way. While most of the major live poker brands had already started calling off their scheduled stops right from early February, there were several more cancelations this week.

Brands like the WSOP continue to move the action to the online felts, even as the Indian poker industry has taken a commendable stand to come together in the fight against COVID-19.

Indian Poker Industry Steps Up in Fight Against COVID -19

Two of India’s major gaming firms, Delta Corp (Deltin Group) and Pride Casino Group, have contributed ₹51 Lakhs each towards Goa’s efforts against the outbreak. Delta Corp’s President-Operation Anil Malani and Pride Group’s Managing Director Shrinivas Nayak met Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant recently and handed him the cheques. The companies have also committed to helping in providing essentials like medication, medical devices, food, and ration employees to 7,000 people employed in the state’s casino sector, police, and stranded people.

Anil Malani & Shrinivas Nayak With Pramod Sawant
Anil Malani & Shrinivas Nayak With Pramod Sawant


Online poker sites also continued to pitch in for COVID-19 relief activities. Spartan Poker had pledged to donate at least ₹3 Lakhs every month towards the cause.


Another industry leader, PokerBaazi, has announced a special tournament series and will be giving away the entire tournament fee raised from the Main Event and an equivalent amount from the company’s side to the Delhi Youth Welfare Association (DYWA) for supporting daily wage workers.


Stepping forward, Adda52 has launched a special tournament named the Falcon and will be donating its total rake amounting to ₹2.5 Lakhs, along with the entire rake collected in all AOPS Warm-Up events for COVID-19 relief measures.

Several poker pros have contributed generously towards various COVID-19 relief efforts. India’s poker veteran Aditya Agarwal and his wife, Shuchi Chamaria, have donated ₹50,000 to Aneka Goel’s COVID-19 campaign in Mumbai. Bollywood actor and player Siddhanth Kapoor has set up a COVID-19 relief fundraiser to help people affected by the outbreak.

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Casino Industry, Live Stops Affected

The week saw a slew of new announcements from poker brands declaring the cancelation or postponement of their live poker stops.

The World Poker Tour (WPT) has, for the second time, postponed its WPT Taiwan series, which has now been moved to December 11-21.

The Asian Poker Tour (APT) has partnered with Natural8.com for its APT 2020 Online Series that will run from April 29 to May 10. The APT has also officially canceled the APT Philippines series that was due to begin on April 27.


Surprisingly, the Master Poker Series is on track and currently underway at the Chinese Texas Poker Hold’em Association (CTP Club) in Taiwan. The CTP Club that is located in Taipei, also hosted the Global Poker League (GPL) that ran from March 28 to April 6.

GPL and Masters Poker Series Hosted in Taiwan
GPL and Masters Poker Series Hosted in Taiwan


Europe’s biggest casino, King’s Casino in Rozvadov, has extended its closure till at least September 1.

Also closing down this week were Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa properties.

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Caesar Entertainment Levied Record Fine by UKGC

Caesars Entertainment Corp reportedly raked in record revenues in the first two months of the year before the Coronavirus outbreak put a brake on businesses worldwide. In another significant hit during these trying times, the company’s U.K. arm has been stamped with a record fine of £13 Million ($15.75 Million) by the U.K. Gambling Commission (UKGC) over regulatory issues.

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partypoker Goes Live in Italy

Global poker giant partypoker has returned to Italy after a four-year hiatus. The company has obtained a gaming license to operate in the country and went live on April 1.

partypoker goes live in Italy
partypoker goes live in Italy


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Germany Sports Betting Licensing Hits Legal Hurdle

The Administrative Court of Darmstadt in Germany has suspended the licensing process for legal sports betting. The country had enforced the State Treaty of Gambling and was on its way to formalize the licensing process. However, Austrian betting operator Vierklee filed a complaint in the Administrative Court, alleging discrepancies in the process of licensing.

Germany's Administrative Court of Darmstadt
Germany’s Administrative Court of Darmstadt


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Macau Gaming Revenue Suffers Dramatic Fall in March

The Coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe blow to Macau’s casino industry. According to reports, the region’s casinos registered a 79.7% or $657.5 Million decline in its gross gaming revenue for March, as compared to the same period last year.

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And with this, we conclude this week’s roundup of the latest news updates and developments from the world of poker. We will return next week with our weekly report, till then stay indoors and stay safe!


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