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This Week in Poker: April 7 – April 13

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh April 14, 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!

As we approach the midway mark in April, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has captivated the cricket-crazy country’s attention. Surprisingly, the first week of the popular cricket extravaganza had no significant impact on the MTT turnouts.

Setting the virtual felts ablaze this week was PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh. The 24-year-old MTT pro had stormed his way to the top of the annual rankings after shipping the IOPC – The Crown on February 1, and he stayed put at #1 for six consecutive weeks. That is before Manish Lakhotia dethroned him last week. Singh bounced back strong with his smashing Sunday night run, putting him back on top of the yearly leaderboard. Landing the Chandigarh-based pro there was his “The Millionaire” victory for ₹14.47 Lakhs. He added three more final table finishes to his tally through the week, adding up to an impressive ₹27.62 Lakhs in cumulative winnings.No points for guessing that Singh is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Singh’s PokerGuru Staking teammate Ashish Ahuja also had a stellar run this week. The lawyer-turned-poker pro championed the Destiny for ₹6.61 Lakhs and FT-ed two other marquees to work up ₹13.80 Lakhs in weekly winnings.

Prabhat Paliya came close to claiming his career-first Millionaire title on Sunday, but fell one spot short, ultimately settling for a second-place payout worth ₹11.90 Lakhs. He raked in ₹12.18 Lakhs in weekly earnings.

Ashit Sharma and Manish Lakhotia were the other two prominent names who added seven figures to their bankroll this past week.

Raghav Bansal, Kanchan Sharma, Niharika Bindra, and Ajay Sharawat were the other top scorers of the week.

The start of the 2021 IPL has presented online poker sites with the perfect opening to cash in on the cricket craze. And it’s almost a contest between them, with each poker site trying to outdo the other in churning out special IPL-themed promotions.

Spartan Poker has taken the lead in this department (and by a significant margin) by announcing “The Great Cash Pitch”! The site has already established itself as one of the leading poker tournament brands in the country. Now running alongside the UVS, this latest cash game promotion, touted to be the biggest-ever cash game promotion hosted in the country, offers an unheard-of 6 Crores in prizes. The promotion kicked off on April 11 and is slated to run till May 31.

While the cash game enthusiasts have The Great Cash Pitch to participate in, tournament lovers can look forward to PokerBaazi’s Value Bomb to make a comeback later in the month in a new avatar. Revamped as the ‘Value Bomb Extreme,’ the site has reduced the event buy-in from ₹2,750 to ₹1,100. The multi-flight tourney will run from April 21 to 25 with an insane ₹50 Lakhs prize pool guarantee.

After the Nostra Cash Carnival and the High Hand and Bad Beat Jackpots’ success, NostraPoker has rolled out a week-long cash game leaderboard challenge, the PLO Midstakes, that will run from April 12 to 18.

Going IPL-themed, BLITZPOKER has announced a 1 Lakh GTD Freeroll tournament, namely the FREEHIT that starting April 17, will play out every Saturday at 10 PM.

Adding to the big guarantee flagships hosted by the online poker portals, two micro stakes series commenced this week – Spartan Poker’s Ultimate Value Series (UVS) and Adda52’s Nano Poker Series (NPS), offering lucrative value to the low-to-mid-stakes players.

With the IPL fever now catching on, sports personalities are in high demand, especially among fantasy sports platforms. The latest cricketers to join the ever-growing list of celebrities to endorse fantasy platforms include former Indian spin bowler Harbhajan Singh, who was signed on by fantasy gaming portal Fan2Play to headline their “#letpanga” campaign. Up-and-coming batsman Prithvi Shaw has joined SportsXchange as their brand ambassador.


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PokerGuru Ambassador, Young Gun, and IOPC The Crown Main Event champion, Laksh Pal Singh, added another prestigious title to his glittering poker resume this week – The Millionaire!

Singh trounced a 1,927-player field in Spartan Poker`s 1 Crore GTD The Millionaire on Sunday to win 14.47 Lakhs*. His brilliant Sunday run pushed him over Manish Lakhotia and fellow Team Ambassador Arjanveer Singh Chadha on the annual leaderboard, landing him the #1 rank.

While winning The Millionaire would have been a week well spent for any MTT pro, it was the best of four FT finishes for Singh. He accumulated 27.62 Lakhs this week, pushing his annual tally north of ₹1.41 Crores. For his trailblazing performance, Singh is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Laksh Pal Singh
Laksh Pal Singh


His top finishes include:

– 1st in The Millionaire 1 Crore GTD for 14.47 Lakhs

– 2nd in the adda52 Big Game 50 Lakhs GTD for 8.88 Lakhs

– 3rd in the Godfather for 2.50 Lakhs

– 3rd in The Summit 15 Lakhs GTD for 1.77 Lakhs

Fellow stablemate Ashish Ahuja was another star performer. Ahuja won the Destiny on Wednesday and placed fourth in The Millionaire on Sunday, adding 13.80 Lakhs in cumulative earnings through the week.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja


His top finishes include:

– 4th in The Millionaire 1 Crore GTD for 5.07 Lakhs

– 5th in The Summit 15 Lakhs GTD for 98,678

– 1st in the Destiny 23 Lakhs GTD for 6.61 Lakhs

The Millionaire runner-up Prabhat Paliya walked away with a personal-best 11.90 Lakhs in the tourney. Paliya’s cumulative earnings over the week stood at 12.18 Lakhs.

Prabhat Paliya
Prabhat Paliya


Ashit Sharma has been a revelation this year. His phenomenal form has already seen him posting 14 FT finishes in April alone. He raked up 12.16 Lakhs in winnings this week.

Ashit Sharma
Ashit Sharma


His top finishes include:

– 3rd in The Elite 30 Lakhs GTD for 3.59 Lakhs

-2nd in The Endeavour 12 Lakhs GTD for 1.94 Lakhs

– 3rd in the Maverick for 1.53 Lakhs

– 3rd in the Mukkamaar 10 Lakhs GTD for 1.01 Lakhs

– 2nd in the Blockbuster 6 Lakhs GTD for 99,666

Last week`s star Manish Lakhotia has not let up on his winning form either. He collected over 10.27 Lakhs this week and is presently ranked #2 on the annual leaderboard with over ₹1.36 Crores in recorded winnings.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


His top finishes include:

– 1st in the Sunday Special PKO 15 Lakhs GTD for 2.84 Lakhs

– 5th in The Elite 30 Lakhs GTD for 2.30 Lakhs

– 4th in the Deepstack Madness for 1.59 Lakhs

– 7th in the Sunday SuperStack 30 Lakhs GTD for 98,016

-6th in the Trending Thursday 16 Lakhs GTD for 90,332

MTT reg Raghav Bansal, Kanchan Sharma, Niharika Bindra, and Ajay Sharawat were the other big scorers.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Mitsen₹15.23 LakhsAdda52 Big Game ₹50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Laksh Pal ‘LuckyBhai$’ Singh₹14.47 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Kartik ‘TheInternetKid’ Ved₹6.86 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja₹6.61 LakhsDestiny ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Niharika ‘nutcracker303’ Bindra₹5.96 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
dillan747₹5.51 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Myron ‘zzzzz369’ Pereira₹5.22 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ajay 'ajaysharawat' Sharawat₹5.11 LakhsDeepstack Madness ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Armaan 'Armaan007' Kochhar₹4.45 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Alok 'apb1989' Birewar₹4.17 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
aryamancr7₹3.93 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rishab 'ryuk' Malik₹3.88 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Jagat 'jk307' Bhandari₹3.72 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manish ‘theoldestkid’ Lakhotia₹2.84 LakhsSunday Special - Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Exhaust₹2.82 LakhsMega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dinesh 'Daddu26' Singh₹2.79 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth 'champ-ak' Pandey₹2.65 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gokul 'Nygma' Raj₹2.31 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Lemonade₹1.98 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanat 'durrsanta' Mehrotra₹1.96 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
chiku16₹1.86 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Surbhit ‘grovahova’ Grover₹1.80 LakhsReCharge ₹9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Saransh 'saransh004' Garg₹1.65 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ankita 'ankumalik' Ajay₹1.54 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddharth 'skaria1' Karia₹1.53 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Alok ‘ALOK.’ Pawar₹1.49 LakhsMoney Heist ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shadoow₹1.48 LakhsFuturistic ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
MALLI0035₹1.41 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sanish 'sneakysani' Chhabra₹1.34 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Dhinesh 'kendralust' Kumar₹1.30 LakhsThe Race ₹6.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gambler42₹1.28 LakhsBSS#3 Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Akshay 'darulerofall' Gupta₹1.24 LakhsBSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth 'gabandheer' Pandey₹1.06 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shivam 'Ruskypanda' Baldota₹1.01 LakhsHurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Clinton Tavares₹1 LakhNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pranav 'PranV' Agrawal₹94,694Battle Royale 7-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Nitin 'nitinrawat768' Rawat₹93,920Ship It ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
WuZetian₹90,225The Flash ₹4.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Buntyjii₹85,718UVS #6 ₹4.65 Lakhs GTD Monster StackSpartan Poker
Jasonroyce₹81,803UVS #12 DeepStack Boost ₹4.85 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
roshanA1₹77,568Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Yash ‘gambler11’ Jaiswal₹75,776Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
crazyass93₹69,925Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
ChupaRustam2901₹68,762Holdem Bash ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
₹67,650Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Induprakash ‘Fixed Odds’ Mishra₹64,526Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor₹62,070BSS#2 After Party ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rivert₹60,080BSS#2 Afternoon ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Priyank ‘Satoshi_Nakamoto’ Kothari₹58,300Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
₹54,571Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
raosantosh₹51,2956-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
pizzabite₹51,0606-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ram 'TheLagLawyer' Kakkar₹50,223The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Shivam 'broosky' Shukla₹50,1196-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pratibh ‘pratibhsaluja’ Saluja₹49,040Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Armaan ‘armaan007111’ Kochhar₹47,924Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Naman 'KidPoker09' Puri₹47,5766-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek 'lastlocal' Jaisinghani₹47,5766-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
ameya7777₹46,681Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dennis9229₹43,070Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shiva ‘psilocybin7’ Balram₹40,904Sunday Night Rider ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
StanlyeT94₹40,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
RageAce00₹35,806Uppercut Mini ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
sarvesh tawde₹35,788Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
sumitsurana ₹35,609Nano Mint ₹1.5 Lakh GTDAdda52
Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor₹35,380PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Anish ‘sheldon11cooper’ Garg₹35,269Sunday Warm-up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
bhoot986₹35,145Ultimate DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
The SittingDuck₹34,705Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Skdoc₹34,000Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Mr.Soprano101₹33,939Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
₹33,554Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
bjTILTing₹32,604Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
STZ994₹32,320Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
amar21679₹30,680PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Himanshu ‘shambolic794’ Arora₹29,033UVS #4 ₹1.85 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gaurav ‘megantereon’ Sharma₹28,430PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Ashish ‘goodpoker68’ Garg₹28,150PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
₹28,150PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTD
Siddharth ‘gangnam gangi’ Gangwar₹27,940Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
asdfmrinal₹26,990Big Stack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
₹26,348Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD
PokerStars India
Bhushan ‘funchampion’ Sohani₹26,065UVS #2 ₹1.30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohnish 'earthling87' Assudaney
₹25,155Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Psyberation₹24,548The Centurion ₹90K GTD Deepstack Boost RESpartan Poker
Ajit 'ace_bob' Singh Arora₹22,595Sunday Punch ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kiran ‘D Badshaa’ Pawar₹19,917Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
samv₹18,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
Gurpal ‘twizelll’ Singh₹17,530Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
Adwait 'Adwait Pol' Pol₹16,362Ultra KO 90% ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
GUNMAN7275₹13,796Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Zravasya₹12,000Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Reverse88₹11,850Under The Gun ₹20K GTD PLOKhelo365
Inderenggi₹11,700Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Manuvm131313₹10,0006 Feet Under PLO ₹25K GTDKhelo365
‘7binga7₹9,973Primetime Grind ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Teesmar2₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Bhanusharma1111₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Inderenggi₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Kapildev77₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
rughani₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
arun153351₹6,640Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365


Spartan Poker Rolls Out Cash Game & Tournament Extravaganzas

“The Great Cash Pitch” Offers 6 Crores in Prizes

Spartan Poker’s biggest cash game promotion to date – “The Great Cash Pitch,” went live on April 11 and will until May 31. Open to players across stakes, the promotion features leaderboard challenges with over 6 Crores in prizes.

The Great Cash Pitch
The Great Cash Pitch


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UVS Underway, Offers 1 Crore in Prizes

Spartan Poker’s signature Ultimate Value Series (UVS) that caters to low to mid-stakes players, returned for its fourth edition of the year on April 12. The week-long series promises over 1 Crores in prizes pool guarantees and 3 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes.

Ultimate Value Series
Ultimate Value Series


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NostraPoker Rolls Out “PLO Midstakes” Leaderboard Challenge

Hot on the heels of its High Hand and Bad Beat Jackpot promotions, NostraPoker has launched a week-long cash game leaderboard challenge – “PLO Midstakes.” Players need to collect PLO points by playing on the 10/ 20 and 25/ 50 PLO cash tables on the site from April 12 to 18. The top 10-ranked players will get a share of 2 Lakhs in cash prizes.



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BLITZPOKER to Host FREEHIT 1 Lakh GTD Freeroll Every Saturday

BLITZPOKER has announced a 1 Lakh GTD Freeroll tournament, FREEHIT, through the cricket season. Starting April 17, the FREEHIT will be played every Saturday at 10 PM.

Players who make a minimum deposit of 500 on the site can enter the event for free. On making multiple deposits of 500, users can win multiple tickets to play the FREEHIT freeroll.




Harbhajan Singh Joins Fan2Play, Prithvi Shaw Signed Up by SportzXchange

With the IPL underway, fantasy gaming has been on an uptick. Cricket professionals are very much in demand, and the recent spate of signups saw spin king Harbhajan Singh being onboarded by fantasy sports site Fan2Play to spearhead their “#letpanga” campaign.

Another platform, SportsXchange, has signed up Prithvi Shaw as its new brand ambassador.

Harbhajan Singh and Prithvi Shaw
Harbhajan Singh and Prithvi Shaw


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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 again next week with our weekly report. Stay tuned.

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