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This Week in Poker: August 18 – 24

This Week in Poker 25-08-2021
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis August 25, 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!

We are now in the last week of August and also the final week of the WPT Online India Series. The mega series dominated the action on the virtual felts and, unsurprisingly, the single biggest score of the week belonged to the champion of the ₹80 Lakhs GTD WPT India Highroller, PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal Bajaj. The former Millionaire champion pocketed a career-best ₹21.60 Lakhs and ran deep in two more events to tally up more than ₹25 Lakhs in weekly winnings. For his phenomenal performance, Vishal Bajaj is our PokerGuru Star of the Week!

Vaibhav Sharma, Sumit Sapra, Srihari Bang, Amit Kaushik, and Rishab Malik were among the other big weekly scorers.

With August just days away from ending, September promises to be equally action-packed, with Spartan Poker and PokerBaazi announcing flagship events.

First up will be Spartan Poker’s Final Table Series (FTS) that returns for its third edition from September 10 to 19. Promising ₹12 Crores in prize pool guarantees across 30 events, the FTS 3.0 will return replete with massive GTD`s, exciting prizes, and enjoyable live streams.

At the same time, for the small-mid stakes players, PokerBaazi’s Indian Micro Poker Series (IMPS) Gold Edition brings a plethora of events to choose from. Putting up ₹3 Crores in guaranteed prizes across its 15-day-run (September 12 to 26), the IMPS has event buy-ins starting as little as ₹55 and with satellites to the series running for a meager ₹1 buy-in.

While the established poker sites are always coming up with lucrative offers and promotions, the recently launched, IndiaPlays, has also been doling out attractive bonuses to pull in the crowds.

Asia’s biggest online poker room, Natural8, is offering packages to the scheduled WSOP Live edition in Las Vegas as a part of the WSOP Amazing Race promotion.

After the landmark judgment passed by the Madras High Court on August 3, the court’s Madurai bench stated it expects the Tamil Nadu government to introduce a new law prohibiting online gaming within six months.

Moving on to the international sphere, the GGPoker/Natural8-leg of the 2021 WSOP Online Series has already run through 16 bracelets events, with four of them concluding this past week.

Over to the live tournament action, 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey claimed his first live poker tournament title of the year after taking Event #1: $25,000 Short Deck of the 2021 Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) Europe for $408,000.

Renowned poker coach and Raise Your Edge (RYE) founder Benjamin “bencb789” Rolle was announced as PokerStars’ latest brand ambassador on August 19.


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PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal Bajaj added an impressive ₹26.62 Lakhs this week, and most of it, on Friday. Bajaj decimated a star-studded final table in the ₹80 Lakhs GTD WPT India Highroller on Adda52 to win a career-best ₹21.60 Lakhs and his first WPT trophy. Bajaj topped the weekly charts and is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Vishal Bajaj
Vishal Bajaj


His top finishes include:

>1st in the WPT India Highroller ₹80 Lakhs GTD for ₹21.60 Lakhs

>1st in the Mega Stack ₹16.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.41 Lakhs

>5th in the Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTD for ₹91,705

This week’s WPT 3000 champion, Vaibhav Sharma, picked up three more FT finishes throughout the week to collect ₹20.44 Lakhs in weekly winnings.

Vaibhav Sharma
Vaibhav Sharma


His top finishes include:

>2nd in the WPT Quad 9 Finale 1 Crore GTD for ₹12.16 Lakhs

> 1st in the WPT 3000 for ₹3.44 Lakhs

> 8th in the WPT India Highroller for ₹2.60 Lakhs

> 4th in the BSS SuperStack 20 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.53 Lakhs

On Friday, Sumit Sapra finished runner-up to the weekly topper, Vishal Bajaj, in the WPT India Highroller, becoming the sixth player on our tracked database to cross ₹8 Crores in recorded online earnings. He wrapped up the week with ₹17.15 Lakhs in cumulative winnings.

Sumit Sapra
Sumit Sapra


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in the WPT India High Roller ₹80 Lakhs GTD for ₹13.60 Lakhs

> 4th in the Mega Stack Millionaire Bubble ₹16.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.25 Lakhs

The poker phenom Srihari Bang had been keeping a relatively low profile recently. However, the young lad bounced back into the spotlight this past week, shipping PokerBaazi’s The Weekly Highroller for ₹3.08 Lakhs and ending an over three-month-long title drought. He picked up several deep runs throughout the week, netting ₹16.40 Lakhs in cumulative winnings.

Srihari Bang
Srihari Bang


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in the Sunday Superstack ₹40 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.48 Lakhs

> 5th in the WPT Quad 9 Finale ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹4.85 Lakhs

> 1st in The Weekly Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.08 Lakhs

> 9th in the WPT India Highroller ₹80 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.20 Lakhs

The latest Sunday Superstack champion, Amit Kaushik, lapped up ₹14.90 Lakhs in weekly earnings.

Amit Kaushik
Amit Kaushik


His top finishes include:

>1st in the Sunday Superstack ₹40 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.24 Lakhs

> 2nd in The Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.55 Lakhs

The 26-year-old Rishab Malik clinched his career-first The Millionaire title on Sunday for ₹13.75 Lakhs. He booked ₹14.84 Lakhs in cumulative earnings this past week.

Rishab Malik
Rishab Malik


His top finishes include:

> 1st in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹13.75 Lakhs

> 8th in the Sunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹52,593

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Vishal ‘GigaaBet’ Bajaj₹21.60 LakhsWPT India High Roller ₹80 Lakhs GTDAdda52
xoredvoid₹17 LakhsWPT Quad 9 Finale ₹1 Crore GTDAdda52
Amit 'deshominisation' Kaushik₹8.24 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ankur ‘aceleration’ Sehgal₹7.87 LakhsWPT Gladiator ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankit ‘Asymptote05’ Khattar₹7.30 LakhsThe Big Deal ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Beautiful Mistakes₹6.75 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Avneesh 'IamAM' Munjal₹6.18 LakhsDestiny ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sahil 'bluffme19' Chutani₹5.40 LakhsWPT Tuesday Feature 8-Max ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Laksh 'boomtilt23' Pal Singh₹5.40 LakhsWPT Tuesday Feature 8-Max ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Myron ‘Zzzzz369’ Pereira₹4.76 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
C 'csat82' Satish₹4.42 LakhsWPT Deepstack ₹17 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shardul ‘duuurrrr’ Parthasarathi₹4.13 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Bhanu ‘Chennaino1’ Prakash KC₹3.93 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
C 'csat82' Satish₹3.75 LakhsWPT Monday Feature 6-Max ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Hiesenberg07₹3.62 LakhsWPT Wednesday Rush ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vaibhav ‘alienrobot’ Sharma₹3.43 lakhsWPT 3000 ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vishal ‘CrownUpJr’ Bajaj₹3.41 LakhsMega Stack - Millionaire Bubble ₹16.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Akshay ‘powershell’ Asawa₹3.27 LakhsMega Stack Millionaire Bubble ₹16.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mandar 'MAMA4000' Madaye₹3.25 LakhsSunday Special - Progressive KO ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Srihari ‘bangbang999’ Bang₹3.08 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rajat 'sharabikebabi' Sharma₹3.07 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Piyush 'aero' Jain₹2.84 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kartik ‘TheInternetKid’ Ved₹2.51 LakhsHighroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Nikhil 'blastupinside' Arora₹2.25 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anurag '13anurag' Srivastava₹2.20 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kanchan ‘thandicoke’ Sharma₹2.16 LakhsWPT Mini 6-Max ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nishaanth ‘superdeluxe’ Shanmughasundaram₹2.11 LakhsWPT PLO Bounty ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rakesh ‘noviceanari’ Sharma₹2.04 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Arjanveer ‘bazzingaa’ Singh Chadha₹1.96 LakhsFuturistic ₹9.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sanat 'mehro2511' Mehrotra₹1.89 LakhsWPT Table for 6 ₹7 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anmol 'anmol39' Agarwal₹1.77 LakhsWPT Mini 6-Max ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Himanshu 'baagdi' Bagdwal₹1.71 LakhsWPT Mini 6-Max ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
awarahoon₹1.65 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTD (7-Max)PokerBaazi
nirmal512₹1.56 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
TipsyGypsey.₹1.42 LakhsThe Race ₹6.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
vedabhambhani₹1.35 LakhsThe Race ₹6.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bharat ‘Thinkfloyd’ Vasan₹1.30 LakhsBSS SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
peacelover₹1.28 LakhsWPT Moonlight ₹6 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vikram ‘Poker_lover’ Mishra₹1.26 LakhsBSS Monster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Bharat 'Thinkfloyd' Vasan₹1.18 LakhsDaily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Nitin ‘philhermouth’ Arora₹1.17 Lakhs(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Akshay 'powershell' Asawa₹1.17 LakhsDaily Sprint 7-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pankaj ‘Jmdpanku’ Sharma₹1.17 LakhsDaily SPRINT 7-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rafiq 'Mrkhan' Khan₹1.16 Lakhs(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anirudh 'flash' Reddy₹1.10 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shubham ‘backchod’ Agarwal₹1.03 LakhsDaily SPRINT (7-Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek 'abhiaum' Chhajer₹1.01 LakhsSixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
archit810₹99,200WPT Hustle ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anirban ‘nocluewho’ D Das₹98,142Battle Royale [7-Max] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
sumit_5011₹88,695Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Dinny9₹85,280WPT Classic ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Jimmy ‘milliondollerdream’ Arora₹82,426WPT Multiplier ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Himanshu ‘baagdi’ Bagdwal₹75,000WPT Late Night PLO ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anurag ‘13anurag’ Srivastava₹62,403Holdem BOOST ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gautam 'M8a7' Rohilla₹62,170Holdem Boost ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gurukumarswami ‘jeeven79’ Gaddigimath₹60,375DVS 16 ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Murali ‘grind121’ Mohan₹60,238WPT Alpha ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
‘Bossbaby97’₹54,590Grinders#10 (6 Max) Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Clinton ‘Clinton Tavares’ Tavares₹54,113The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
az0₹52,000WPT Daily Warmup ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
mrbkg₹48,300DVS#7 – Deepstack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Ravi ‘Rvjn91’ Jain₹47,670Daily Night Sprint ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Karan '999AykA999' Jain₹46,810Uppercut Mini ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
BHOJANI2019₹46,087The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aman 'KarmaPoker' Parakh₹45,554Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dhaval ‘Dhavhe’ Heda₹43,160Grinders#4 (6 Max) Holdem Boost ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Christo91₹43,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Arun 'Devillll27' Thakur₹36,565Grinders#11 PLO-5 Boost ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
himanshu33₹35,942Deepstack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sunny92₹34,307DVS #6 PLO6 ₹1.20 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Pranav 'pranavpoker' Khandalkar₹31,248Grinders#12 6-Max ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Mnk_820₹30,658Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Akash ‘WinMan4’ Arora₹30,071DVS 12 PLO6 DST ₹1.20 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
thesunshine₹30,000DVS 18 PLO6 DST ₹1.20 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
‘Sunrise01’₹29,400Grinders#9 ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
88bluff₹25,987DVS 3 PLO DST ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Rohan ‘Theoldrod’ Sahni₹25,300Daily Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
‘Steelbala’₹25,292Daily Afternoon SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Hemant ‘Hkm2828’ Meena₹17,060Grinders#6 ₹80K GTD TurboPokerBaazi
Neeraj 'Neerajsh99' Sharma₹18,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
Akash ‘WinMan4’ Arora₹13,800Hitman ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
Sumit 'm0ney' Gupta₹11,562Grinders#8 ₹60K GTDPokerBaazi
Aauss₹11,5006 Feet Under Deepstack PLO ₹25K GTDKhelo365
Sunshine95₹9,825Grinders#2 ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
Kunal ‘Callmeifyoucan’ Yadav₹9,635Grinders#3 6-Max ₹50K GTD KOPokerBaazi
gamitt₹8,044WPT Regular 250 ₹25K GTDAdda52
Mohith ‘Makeitbig’ Vamshi₹6,750Grinders#1 ₹30K GTDPokerBaazi
ketugj₹6,740WPT PLO ₹30K GTDAdda52
Pushkar52₹5,800WPT Regular 200 ₹20K GTDAdda52
Ashu079₹4,600Quick Freeze PLO ₹10K GTDKhelo365
Samu 'Samurai420' Rai₹2,276Grinders#7 (Hyper) 5-Max ₹10K GTDPokerBaazi


PokerBaazi Unveils the IMPS Gold Edition Ft Over 3 Crores in Guarantees (September 12 – 26)

PokerBaazi has announced the Indian Micro Poker Series (IMPS) Gold Edition that guarantees over ₹3 Crores in prizes over a 15-day run from September 12 to 26. The brand has put up another ₹20 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes via two leaderboard races – the ₹12.50 Lakh GTD Series Leaderboard and the ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD Daily Leaderboard.


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Spartan Poker Announces 12 Crores GTD FTS 3.0 (September 10 – 19)

Spartan Poker is returning with the third edition of its Final Table Series (FTS) in September. The FTS 3.0 is returning with an amped-up ₹12 Crore guaranteed across 30 events and will run from September 10 to 19. The series will be headlined by the ₹2 Crores GTD FTS Main Event, where the winner will be awarded a Gold Medallion, a certificate, and a hamper.

FTS 3.0

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IndiaPlays Rolls Out Attractive Offers & Promotions For Indian Players

Newly launched online poker site, IndiaPlays is running lucrative bonus offers and promotions alongside daily, weekly freerolls and guaranteed tournaments. Apart from a ₹500 Signup Bonus, the site offers a First Deposit Bonus, Daily Deposit offers, 40% Rakeback, and Weekly Cash Game Leaderboard Prizes.


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Natural8 Offers WSOP Live Event Packages

Top Asian operator Natural8 is offering packages to the scheduled WSOP Live edition in Las Vegas. All players participating in the ongoing WSOP Online series on the site have the opportunity to win $400K in bonuses.

As part of the WSOP Amazing Race offer, players who top any of the nine leaderboards can win up to $3,500 Las Vegas live event buy-ins and an additional $1,500 in expenses. The WSOP Team Bling sponsorship is another way to win up to $25K Las Vegas live event buy-ins and an additional $5,000 for other expenses.


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WSOP Online 2021 Updates

The ongoing World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online on GGPoker/ Natural8 has handed out four more bracelets since last Wednesday.

Lithuania’s Vinca Tamasauskas bested the 267-player field in Event #13: $5,000 PLO Championship to win his career-first bracelet for $268,926.

Vincas Tamasauskas
Vincas Tamasauskas


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Renan Bruschi (Won Event #14: $500 The BIG 500 for $150,327), Samuel Vousden (Won Event #16: $1,050 WSOP GGMasters HR Freezeout for $274,519), Gaby Livshitz (Won Event #17: $400 PLOSSUS Bounty for $152,165) were the other bracelet winners of the week.

Renan Bruschi
Renan Bruschi


Event #15 $10,000 Heads-Up Championship is down to the semi-finals – to be played on September 4.

Several Indian players were seen in the thick of the action. “NewGambler” placed 18th in Event #17 for $3,774 (₹2.80 Lakhs). Young Gun Neel Joshi posted a 27th place finish in Event #16 for $7,246 (~₹5.37 Lakhs).

Neel Joshi
Neel Joshi


Event #18: $5,000 Short Deck Championship is now down to the seven-handed final table, and Russia’s Radmir “KOPOBA” Sabirov sits in the chip lead.


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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