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This Week in Poker: December 30 – January 5

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh January 6, 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!

Welcome to the first ‘This Week in Poker’ update of 2021! We start off this recap with news from the domestic online poker circuit. With live poker tournaments still pretty much out of the picture, the online poker action continues to be the driving force for the industry.

Topping this week`s online charts, we have Sagar Choudhury. The IIM-Rohtak alumni went on a trailblazing run on Friday (January 1), ringing in the New Year celebration in style! Choudhury couldn`t have asked for a better start to the year as he shipped two flagship tourneys on the day, Spartan Poker’s The Elite and PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller. This, along with a litany of deep runs through the week, helped him accumulate an impressive ₹13.65 Lakhs in winnings, making him our first “PokerGuru Star of the Week” of 2021!

Next in line is the two-time Millionaire champion, Manish Lakhotia. The Siliguri-based pro had topped the December online leaderboard, and there was no let-up in form for this MTT crusher who championed two tourneys this past week – Spartan Poker’s Sunday SuperStack and Adda52’s La Luna.

PokerGuru Ambassador`s Ashish Ahuja and Laksh Pal Singh alongside Jaideep Sajwan and Sahil Mahboobani were the other big scorers this week.

PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month” leaderboard race found another champion with online reg Siddharth Gangwar bagging the “Star of the Month” – December title. He won MTT tickets worth ₹1.15 Lakhs and a PokerStars India goodie bag for the win! That`s not all! Gangwar is already chasing back-to-back titles, having topped the January Week #1 standings to storm his way into the January Finale.

January has all the bearings to be an explosive month! Spartan Poker`s India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) – January 14 to 31 – Adda52 ‘January Suit Up’ series – January 1 to 31 – and PokerBaazi`s APT 2021 Online Series India – January 15 to 26 – promise a firecracker start in the New Year!

There is good news for poker players interested in some passive income. India`s fastest-growing online poker site, MPL Poker, recently threw open its affiliate program offering players the best-in-the-industry commissions for referring players to the site.

The biggest news from the international sphere was the online-live hybrid 51st WSOP Main Event. Argentinian pro Damian Salas, who had won the GGPoker-leg of the Main Event, defeated Louisiana’s Joseph Hebert, the WSOP.com leg champion, heads-up in Las Vegas to win the bragging rights of becoming the new World Champion. He won an additional $1 Million for the win along with the most sought after bracelet in poker.

Grabbing headlines was news of another former World Champion, the 2003 WSOP Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker, who parted ways with PokerStars after endorsing the brand for 17 years.

Huckleberry Seed was named the 59th inductee to the Poker Hall of Fame (PHoF) and the lone player to make it in the “Class of 2020. ” He beat out other accomplished nominees like Matt Savage, Isai Scheinberg, Eli Elezra, and Antonio Esfandiari.


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The first week of 2021 belonged to Sagar Choudhury. The Mumbai-based pro championed two flagship tourneys on Friday alongside a string of FT finishes. In all, he collected almost ₹13.65 Lakhs through the week, making him our first “PokerGuru Star of the Week” of 2021.

Sagar Choudhury
Sagar Choudhury


His top finishes include:

  1. 1st in the ₹25 Lakhs GTD The Elite on Spartan Poker for ₹54 Lakhs
  2. 1st in the ₹12 Lakhs GTD The Weekly HighRoller on PokerBaazi for ₹64 Lakhs
  3. FT finishes in The Ballers, Titan Stack, Sunday Special PKO and BSS MegaStack, Choudhury


Manish Lakhotia features yet again among the top winners! The December leaderboard topper raked in almost ₹12.20 Lakhs through the week.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia


His top finishes include:

  1. 1st in the ₹25 Lakhs GTD Sunday SuperStack on Spartan Poker for ₹30 Lakhs
  2. 1st in the ₹5 Lakhs GTD La Luna on Adda52 for ₹19 Lakhs
  3. FT finishes in Mega Suits, The Big Show, The Mint, and Sixth Sense


PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja ranked #3 on the annual leaderboard last year. The Chandigarh-based MTT crusher looks on track to make 2021 even more eventful. He cashed over ₹9.50 Lakhs this past week – most of it through three title victories.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja


His top finishes include:

  1. 1st in the ₹30 Lakhs GTD Mega Suits on Adda52 for ₹04 Lakhs
  2. 1st in the ₹10 Lakhs GTD Highroller on PokerStars India for ₹90 Lakhs
  3. 1st in the ₹5 Lakhs GTD Voyager on Adda52 for ₹82,500


Ahuja’s fellow teammate Laksh Pal Singh was not far behind. His biggest haul came in The Elite, a tourney he chopped with Sagar Choudhury to win ₹5.37 Lakhs. Singh also FT-ed The Ballers, cashing in almost ₹7.32 Lakhs this past week.

Laksh Pal Singh
Laksh Pal Singh


Seasoned reg Sahil Mahboobani placed runner-up in the Godfather for ₹3.78 Lakhs and placed fourth in The Ballers for ₹1.87 Lakhs, raking in almost ₹6.98 Lakhs.

Sahil Mahboobani
Sahil Mahboobani


‘PsychG0d’ (Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.86 Lakhs), The LagLawyer (Godfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.25 Lakhs), The Game Changer 4.0 winner, JaiKiran Kumar (Destiny ₹22 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.83 Lakhs), and ‘pokraj’ (The Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.62 Lakhs) were the other big winners this past week.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
PsychG0d₹6.86 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
mowgumotu₹6.25 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja₹6.04 LakhsMega Suits ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
JaiKiran 'Laard Labakdas' Kumar₹5.83 LakhsDestiny ₹22 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
pokraj₹5.62 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD

Sagar 'Strangeplay' Choudhury₹5.54 LakhsThe Elite ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Manish 'thekid' Lakhotia₹5.30 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Psycorp₹4.86 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anuj 'anuj25395' Yadav₹3.82 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sagar ‘sagarpupul’ Choudhury₹3.64 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vivek 'KasolHieghts' Singh₹3.29 LakhsMega Stack ₹17 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Guneet ‘GSK1515’ Kwatra₹3.12 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
wolfbacki45₹3.07 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pawan ‘_luffy_1x1’ Tez₹2.90 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Amit ‘RagingBull’ Kaushik₹2.73 LakhsExcalibur ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ratul 'Atriohm' Steves₹2.55 LakhsUltron ₹13 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tokio999₹2.46 LakhsTitan Stack ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nitin ‘philhermouth’ Arora₹2.35 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya Kumar ‘balls86’ Patodia₹2.28 LakhsBig Slick ₹12.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
TheLagLawyer₹2.09 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Siddhanth 'PluRibu$' Kripalani₹2.05 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddharth ‘champ-ak’ Pandey₹2.01 LakhsReCharge ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vinod 'Jamesoo7' Bhasker₹1.98 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashish 'Spewushhhiiiii' Ahuja₹1.90 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
asaRishi₹1.88 LakhsThe Big Show ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sreeharsha ‘yUDdam’ Boneni₹1.57 LakhsTGIF ₹8.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anirban ‘pottysingh’ D Das₹1.45 LakhsBlockbuster ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Chirag 'Chiragkhandelwal' Khandelwal₹1.41 LakhsThe Race ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Devvrat ‘[email protected]’ Arya₹1.33 LakhsBig Bubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
asaRishi₹1.32 LakhsNew Year Bonanza Turnament ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Yash 'Babyshark21' Chitre₹1.28 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Yash9694₹1.27 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anirban 'pottysingh' D Das₹1.27 LakhsBSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shivam ‘brooskyradio1’ Shukla₹1.27 LakhsUppercut Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aditya 'konstantin' Singh₹1.20 LakhsBSS MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Manish ‘newkidpoker’ Lakhotia₹1.19 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Devvrat 'glitch_d' Arya₹1.11 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nachiketa 'KnowsBleed' Jha₹1.06 LakhsUVS#12 - DeepStack Boost ₹4.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mithun 'aghoraa'₹1.01 LakhsHurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kaushal33₹1 LakhGrand Slam ₹4 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Harsh 'harsh1327' Bubna₹96,238Battle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pratibh ‘Pratibh Saluja’ Saluja₹92,186Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
maglumagic27₹87,218UVS #6 ₹4.35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ricardo₹86,000Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
faze123₹82,750Voyager ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Faiz 'MidStakeGrinder' Alam₹82,534The Flash ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish 'rocky3705' Ahuja₹82,500Voyager ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Amit ‘quark’ Kaushik₹75,710Wednesday MegaStack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aarchit ‘Aarchit’ Dhadwal₹75,369Voyager ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Partho ‘SpidermanIndia’ Datta₹62,597Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
manish.89₹59,480Monday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
PokerQueen1911₹56,678Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish ‘Notoriouskonvict’ Nailwal₹56,300Saturday 6-Max SuperStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
83KK₹55,500Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ero Sennin₹54,820Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
yutah999₹50,000Mega Spalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
kinghigh₹46,000BigBang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Ajit 'ace_bob_here' Singh Arora₹45,823The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Kj3939₹44,760Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Jat777₹43,070Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya ‘Konstantin’ Singh₹42,230Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
sidarth1₹42,225Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
BhootAAya₹42,000Ragnarok ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
maglumagic27₹40,150Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.45 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
Trilok 'heartbroker' Meena₹38,689UVS#11 - The Centurion ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
jmdpanku27₹38,528Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
₹38,445Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Paras ‘AAKKQQJJ’ Jain₹38,176UVS #4 ₹1.65 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
vegasbaby1892₹37,847Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Amit 'amit_3103' Sinha₹36,460PBBS#34 Main Event ₹2 Lakhs GTD – Day 2PokerBaazi
yash1805₹35,330Deepstack ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pankaj ‘jmdpanku27’ Sharma₹33,498Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Amit ‘Stu Ungar 7694’ Kaushik₹32,956Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
goMUCKurself₹30,000PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Nutbuster1992₹30,000PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
uhhhhlala₹30,0006-Max Holdem Boost ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Yuvraj ‘Yuvi0069’ Bhardwaj₹29,8406-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth ‘Siddonuts’ Pandey₹29,560PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Raksha ‘Rakshajindal’ Agarwal₹28,1506-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth 'Siddonuts' Pandey₹28,1506-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1 LakhPokerBaazi
Bhuvan ‘se7en2’ Arora₹27,060PBBS#25 7-Max Highroller ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
GOODFATHER999₹25,157Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
asdfmrinal₹25,157Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTD

PokerStars India
Zeta Sagittarii₹24,081Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Arpan 'Novus' Majhi₹24,000BattleField Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Venkata Suman 'fuddu' Kudithipudi₹23,962UVS #2 ₹1.20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Viking12345₹23,000Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
jevan₹23,000Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
iamankiyyadav₹21,848Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Hrhamid₹21,500Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
LALLRONA₹21,000Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
jinedo₹20,734Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Akash ‘fisheater0510’ Gupta₹19,940Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Bhishma₹17,250Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
₹16,524Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
HassiAces₹16,500Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTD
hajaara₹16,500Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
Sudhanshu01₹15,186Monday Blues ₹75K GTDPokerDangal
SamSax13 ₹14,831Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
GKReddy₹12,900Nitro PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Rickdiculous₹12,144Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
moneymind₹12,000Weekend Fun ₹50K GTDPokerDangal
Akqj₹11,960Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Puffpuffpass₹11,684Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Dinesh ‘Mahabir1993’ Tigga₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Turulab₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
Dinesh 'mahabir1993' Tigga₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
yutah999₹10,000Under The Gun ₹20K GTD PLOKhelo365
wsopwinner₹9,300Insomnia ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
sonofagun₹8,400Insomnia ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
kkiol₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Jitendersingh₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
R410A₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Sandhiya1122₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
ApniDuniya₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Sabran1₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHEKhelo365
Pokerking123₹2,400Dangal Dinner ₹10K GTDPokerDangal


PokerStars India`s “Star of the Month” – December, Siddharth Gangwar Tops January Week #1 Leaderboard Standings

Siddharth Gangwar made the headlines twice over this week. He caught his big break on December 30 when he topped the 100-player field in the PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month” December Finale to win MTT tickets worth ₹1.15 Lakhs and a PokerStars India goodie bag. He was back on the grind almost immediately and accumulated an impressive 677 TLB points last week to top the SOTM January Week #1 standings.

Siddharth Gangwar
Siddharth Gangwar


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MPL Poker’s Affiliate Program Offers Lucrative Earning Potential

Fantasy sports giant Mobile Premier League (MPL) added poker to its platform almost a year ago. The poker platform has been growing by leaps and bounds since making it the country`s fastest-growing online poker network. MPL Poker recently rolled out its affiliate program publicly, guaranteeing the best-in-the-industry commissions to high potential affiliates.

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Damian Salas Emerges as the 51st WSOP World Champion!

And we have a new World Champion! The 51st World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event heads-up finale took place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on January 3. Argentina’s Damian Salas, who’d entered the finale after winning the GGPoker-leg of the Main Event, defeated the WSOP-leg champion, Louisiana-based Joseph Hebert, to claim the additional $1 Million, along with the bracelet and the bragging rights of becoming the 51st WSOP World champion.

Damian Salas
Damian Salas


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Chris MoneyMaker Parts Ways With PokerStars

Chris Moneymaker – the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion – whose blazing run almost 18 years ago made poker a household game in the US, parted ways with online poker giant PokerStars after endorsing the brand for 17 years.

Chris MoneyMaker
Chris MoneyMaker


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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 in the New Year. Till then, stay safe and enjoy your New Year celebrations!

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