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This Week in Poker: April 21 – 27

This Week in Poker
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis April 28, 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!

This past week has not been very encouraging, with India struggling to fight the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country recently touched another grim milestone as the overall deaths in the pandemic crossed the 2-Lakh mark. Over 3.60 Lakhs new cases were reported in the last 24 hours in yet another single-day record.

Reminiscent of last year, the second wave has brought back lockdowns in some parts of the country. The coastal state of Goa, which also happens to be the poker capital of India, saw the state government announce a weekend lockdown from April 29 to May 3. The live poker industry that had been gradually getting back to its feet since November last year has once again been brought to a standstill.

In the face of live poker shutting down, online poker is once again starting to witness a surge in traffic like last year. As always, the biggest-guaranteed event headlining the weekly action was Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire. The ₹5,500 entry buy-in event registered 2,078 entries resulting in a guarantee-smashing ₹1.04 Crores prize pool. The mystery user Kickercards won the event for a colossal ₹17.39 Lakhs payout. Uttam Kumar Sinha came in second for ₹9.53 Lakhs.

The mystery user ‘Kickercards’ was the top scorer this week. Still, since the player has chosen to remain anonymous, the “PokerGuru Star of the Week’ title passes on to seasoned pro Dhaval Mudgal. The musician and poker pro shipped Spartan Poker’s Destiny on Wednesday for ₹6.79 Lakhs and picked up a few more deep runs to accumulate ₹9.34 Lakhs in total winnings through the week.

Pranav Bagai, Gaurav Kaul, Shagun Jain, and Young Gun Sahil Chutani were among the other big scorers this week.

Speaking of the online poker boom, things will get pretty crazy in the coming months, starting off with Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire Series 2.0 coming up ahead from May 3 to 9. The week-long series will feature 17 tournaments and promises ₹5 Crores in prize pool guarantees!

Next up will be the National Poker Series (NPS). The series was supposed to be hosted live last year before the global pandemic derailed those plans. The NPS will now be making a virtual debut on PokerBaazi from June 13 to 27. The 64-event long series will offer ₹15 Crores in guarantees and ₹1 Crore in leaderboard prizes.

While online tournament action will be getting intense in the coming weeks, cash game enthusiasts need not be disheartened. NostraPoker has been hosting its PLO Leaderboard since April 21. The 10-day long leaderboard race will conclude on April 30, awarding ₹5 Lakhs to the top 10 ranked players.

Online poker seems to be prospering globally. Another big news saw WSOP reaffirming its association with GGPoker by announcing a packed online calendar of events. Starting off with the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series (May 1-May 30) on GGPoker/Natural8, the action will then move towards the 2021 WSOP Online series, with the domestic leg on WSOP.com (July 1-August 1) and the international leg on GGPoker/Natural8 (August 1-September 12). The online leg of the events will conclude with the WSOP Winter Online Super Circuit on GGPoker/Natural8, the dates for which are yet to be announced. The WSOP had previously announced a tentative schedule for the WSOP annual live series from September 30 to November 23.

In other news, India’s second-biggest online gaming company, Mobile Premier League (MPL), acquired the Delhi-based GamingMonk and launched Esports Arena.

PokerGO has announced the dates of its marquee live events this year, branding them as part of the new PokerGO Tour. Simultaneously, it has launched a new global poker ranking system to determine the best high-stakes MTT player.

Though live poker may be out of bounds in India, some international stops seem to be going ahead with their respective series. The LIPS Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship Main Event recently crowned a champion in Mikella Pedretti for $11,999.

The first-ever WPT DeepStacks Hanoi Main Event was championed by Nguyn Văn Phinh for VNđ 842,000,000 (~$36,522). He also won the ‘Player of the Series’ (POS) title.

With the COVID cases in the country rising exponentially, death tolls have also been peaking. The poker community received the shocking news of the untimely death of 32-year-old player Aman Kejriwal, who sadly succumbed to the deadly virus on April 24. At this time of crisis, we urge all of you to be extra careful. Stay safe, stay at home.

 

Online Railbird Report

With live poker getting pushed to the backburner, online poker witnessed a steady increase in traffic throughout the week. Headlining the weekly marquess was, as usual, Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire. The eight-figure guarantee tourney was championed by the mystery user ‘Kickercards’ for a whopping ₹17.39 Lakhs. Ideally, The Millionaire champion should have been our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.” However, since the player has chosen to remain anonymous, the title for this week has been bestowed upon veteran pro Dhaval Mudgal!

Dhaval Mudgal
Dhaval Mudgal

 

The 2018 WPT Vietnam Main Event champion raked in an impressive ₹9.34 Lakhs through the week. Mudgal took down Spartan Poker’s Destiny for ₹6.79 Lakhs and placing 13th in The Millionaire for ₹1.14 Lakhs to win our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title!

Poker Sports League CEO Pranav Bagai was also among the big scorers this week. He took down Spartan Poker’s The Elite for ₹7.95 Lakhs and wrapped up the week with ₹8.24 Lakhs in earnings.

Pranav Bagai
Pranav Bagai

 

PokerBaazi’s Value Bomb Extreme returned for its third edition last week. The event was shipped by Gaurav Kaul for ₹8.09 Lakhs.

Gaurav Kaul
Gaurav Kaul

 

The Game Changer 2.0 champion Shagun Jain took down Adda52’s Deepstack Madness on Sunday for ₹5.22 Lakhs and accumulated ₹6.98 Lakhs in total winnings this week.

Shagun Jain
Shagun Jain

 

Young Gun Sahil Chutani won PokerBaazi’s The Summit for ₹4.18 Lakhs, taking his weekly earnings to ₹4.91 Lakhs.

Sahil Chutani
Sahil Chutani

 

Sriharsha Doddapaneni (Won PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller), Sagar Gulati Won Adda52’s The Mint), Akshay Kadam (Won Adda52’s Maverick), and Jyoti Ranjan Nayak (Won Spartan Poker’s Mega Stack – Millionaire Bubble) were the other top winners.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Kickercards₹17.39 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
f00l4u₹8.32 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹40 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Gaurav 'kira1545' Kaul₹8.09 LakhsValue Bomb Extreme ₹50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pranav ‘Boller’ Bagai₹7.95 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
pokraj₹7.27 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Dhaval 'ElegantlyWasted' Mudgal₹6.78 LakhsWon Destiny ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
pokraj₹6.62 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rohit 'rohitvaswani' Vaswani₹6.54 LakhsWon Godfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shagun 'sogani94' Jain₹5.22 LakhsDeepstack Madness ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
PayYourDealer₹4.24 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sahil 'bluffme19' Chutani₹4.18 LakhsWon The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sriharsha 'ivey2' Doddapaneni₹4.15 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Flahoolick₹4.09 LakhsWon Trending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sagar ‘sagar28389’ Gulati₹3.98 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sagar ‘sagar28389’ Gulati₹3.97 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akshay 'jacks24' Kadam₹3.87 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Jyoti 'joey114114' Ranjan Nayak₹3.72 LakhsMega Stack (Millionaire Bubble) ₹17 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Amit 'Stu Ungar 7694' Kaushik₹3.10 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Gokul 'Haxton Jr' Raj₹2.98 LakhsSunday Highroller PKO ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Myron 'khAAbib' Pereira₹2.72 LakhsWon Highroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Siddhanth 'ender' Kripalani₹2.65 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Naresh 'Emperor457' Veeravalli₹2.45 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pawan ‘_luffy_1x1’ Tez₹2.16 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashit 'takemymoney' Kohal₹2.06 LakhsReCharge ₹9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vikram 'MentalScience' Mishra₹2.05 LakhsFuturistic ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Archit 'ReMorse123' Saraogi₹1.96 LakhsWon Monster Stack ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bibhu 'Vibhuiit17' Agarwal₹1.95 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Bhanu 'Chennaino1' Prakash KC₹1.78 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Naresh 'FreeFlow' Veeravalli₹1.71 LakhsMoney Heist ₹7 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Mitsen₹1.58 LakhsWon Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rahul 'LEd-ZEppELiN' Kumar M Jain₹1.54 LakhsThe Race ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Raag-bhav₹1.51 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anmol 'freakweird0' Agarwal₹1.46 LakhsBSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
Ankita 'ankumalik' Ajay₹1.33 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
LEGGO₹1.26 LakhsBSS#3 Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
stAtisticiAn₹1.23 LakhsWon Wednesday Vibes ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
DRUMLORD88₹1.04 LakhsThe Flash ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pradip 'Nit2donk' Ghosh₹1 LakhWon Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Siddharth ‘siddonuts’ Pandey₹96,614Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Attman 'att1992' Pradipbhai Velani₹96,224Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Devrat 'vickypune' Singh₹94,287La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Basant Kumar ‘Rush99’ Singh₹84,500Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankit ‘bawa737’ Bawa₹75,952Battle Royale ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Saksham 'Razorfish' Sharma₹61,6496-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Priyank 'Piko1432' Kothari₹57,6496-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sankalp 'Wobbegong' Marwah₹56,7106-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Yash ‘Reeraiser21’ Chitre₹56,394Uppercut Mini ₹2 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Manas ‘buttonraises’ Kalita ₹55,620Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Srujan ‘prasujji’ Gudelly ₹54,104Afternoon Adda ₹1.5 Lakh GTDAdda52
Sachin ‘Úllumanati’ Sharma ₹53,774Night Rider- Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sankalp 'Wobbegong' Marwah₹51,7666-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Yuvi0069 ₹51,050Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni ₹47,030Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Prison M!ke₹45,734The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
amar9031₹40,540PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Dhaval ‘dhavhe’ Heda ₹36,742Afternoon Adda ₹1 Lakh GTDAdda52
Akshay ‘AkshayP’ Pathak ₹34,570PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Shivam ‘broosky’ Shukla ₹34,300PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
aakash9031₹28,990PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
utkarsh1996₹26,400Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Narender modi₹24,174Deepstack ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Jokermaniac₹24,000Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Rohitsharma66₹22,000Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
aayushdok
₹21,805Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Salazar₹15,187Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
zravasya₹13,800Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
AKHILJACOB₹11,5006 Feet Under PLO Deepstack ₹25K GTDKhelo365
Ashu079₹10,000Under The Gun PLO ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Alexcy ‘JonGregor’ Newmai₹8,600Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
KamalDash00ter₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
rockon2002₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
rughani₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365

 

Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire Series 2.0 Returns From May 3 – 9

Spartan Poker is bringing back The Millionaire Series for its second edition from May 3 to 9. The seven-day schedule comprises 17 Millionaire-branded tourneys with a whopping ₹5 Crores guaranteed between them.

The Millionaire Series 2.0 - Spartan Poker
The Millionaire Series 2.0 – Spartan Poker

 

Read the complete report here

 

National Poker Series (NPS) to Make Its Digital Debut on PokerBaazi From June 13 – 27

After an almost year-long hiatus since it was announced, the National Poker Series (NPS) will finally be making its debut, albeit in a digital avatar on PokerBaazi, from June 13 to 27. There will be 64 tourneys held across the series, offering ₹15 Crores in prize pool guarantees, a massive ₹1 Crore in leaderboard prizes, and much more!

National Poker Series - PokerBaazi
National Poker Series – PokerBaazi

 

Read the complete report here

 

NostraPoker’s PLO Leaderboard Offers 5 Lakhs in Cash Prizes

From April 21 to 30, NostraPoker is hosting the “PLO Leaderboard!” for all high rollers. All those playing the ₹50/₹100 stakes and above stand a chance to win from the 10-day-long leaderboard race that will award ₹5 Lakhs to the top 10 ranked players.

NostraPoker
NostraPoker

 

Read the complete report here

 

Mobile Premier League Acquires E-Sports Gaming Platform GamingMonk

Mobile Premier League (MPL) has acquired Delhi-based GamingMonk and launched Esports Arena to widen its reach among the masses through mobile-friendly gaming titles.

Read the complete report here

 

Rise of COVID Cases Pushes Goa Government into Action

Goa Government Announces Night Curfew From April 21 to 30

From April 21 to 30, the Goa state government notified a night curfew from 10 PM to 6 AM, much to the dismay of the casino operators.

Read the complete report here

 

Weekend Lockdown Announced by Goa Government from April 29 to May 3

On April 28, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that Goa will be undergoing a four-day-long weekend lockdown from Thursday (7 PM) to Monday (6 AM). During this time, all establishments, including casinos, will remain closed. Only essential services and industrial activities will be allowed.

Read the complete report here

 

GGPoker & WSOP Announce WSOP Online Events Calendar in 2021!

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) recently announced a full calendar of online events starting with the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series that will take place on GGPoker/Natural8 from May 1-30.

The 2021 WSOP Online series is slated to run from July 1 to August 1 on WSOP.com, accessible only to players located in New Jersey and Nevada. International players can participate in the international leg of the series that will run from August 1 to September 1 on GGPoker/Natural8.

 

Read the complete report here

 

PokerGO Launches Its New Professional Poker Tour “PokerGo Tour”

Poker Central’s OTT arm PokerGO has released the dates for its marquee tourneys and branded them under a newly announced PokerGO Tour.

A PokerGO Tour Rankings system has also been announced to determine the most elite MTT player from 150 tournaments worldwide. The top performer on the PokerGO Tour will be named the “Player of the Year” (POY) and awarded a cash prize of $100,000.

PokerGO
PokerGO

 

Read the complete report here

 

And 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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