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This Week in Poker: February 10 – 16

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh February 17, 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!

It was another action-packed week on the virtual felts with Young Gun Arsh Grover holding on to the “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title for a second consecutive week! The Delhi lad was in blistering form throughout the week and added a whopping ₹22.81 Lakhs in online cashes, taking his recorded virtual winnings to ₹7.28 Crores. Not only did he claim his career-first Millionaire title on Sunday for an impressive ₹13.77 Lakhs, he also took down PokerBaazi’s BSS SuperStack on the same day for ₹4.86 Lakhs. He also went on to place fifth in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹1.29 Lakhs on February 12.

However, Grover wasn’t the only Young Gun who was in stellar form this week. The 2020 leaderboard topper Gaurav Sood also locked in five six-figure scorers this week, out which three were title wins, bringing him ₹18.62 Lakhs in weekly earnings.

PokerGuru Ambassadors Ashish Munot and Vivek Singh, along with Sandy Lamba, Pravin Garle, Manish Lakhotia, Goonjan Mall, Attman Pradipbhai Velani and Suhas N. Yadav were among the other top performers this week.

Meanwhile, well-known reg Pranay Chawla topped Week #3 of PokerStars India’s ‘Star of the Month’ February leaderboard race with 454 points. He will headline this week’s top 25 finishers into the February finale that is all set to take place on February 24.

Speaking of finales, the Pocket52 Poker Sports League (PSL) Season 3 (Virtual) is also in its final week. With the league matches now in the books, Delhi Czars are now spearheading the team standings. Moreover, the penalty imposed on MPL Goan Kings and its team member Jai Saha for soft play was upheld by the PSL Review Panel.

In other news, this past week had a bit of romance in the air due to Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday. Many sites had featured holiday-themed freerolls and tournaments, including BLIZTPOKER, Pocket52 and Khelo365.

But if you missed all of that, don’t miss the recently launched reality series, ‘The Big Day’. Released on February 14, the Netflix show comprises six engaged couples as they prepare for their wedding day. Among the featured couples was poker commentator Aditya Wadhwani and his wife Gayeti Singh.

Moving on to more grim news, Kerala’s state government told the Kerala High Court (HC) that the government has proposed to regulate online rummy by issuing a notification under the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960. The notification proposes to remove the special exemption given to online rummy under the Gaming Act.

Bengaluru-based Mobile Premier League (MPL) is edging to become the second Indian gaming unicorn, after Dream11. The company reportedly closed a massive Series D funding round to the tune of $95 Million (~₹691 Crores) led by Composite Capital and Moore Strategic Ventures.

The online gaming platform Paytm First Games reportedly amassed ₹19.4 Crores in revenue, a 55% year-on-year (YOY) increase as revealed in the company’s financial statements for FY 2020.

 

Online Railbird Report

The virtual felts had their share of blockbuster runs this week and headlining them all was Young Gun Arsh Grover. Yes, Grover who had claimed the mantle of the “PokerGuru Star of the Week” last week has done it again! The Delhi-based pro added a whopping ₹22.81 Lakhs to his bankroll over the past seven days to defend the honor of being the week’s top performer. Grover was indeed in sublime form and grabbed two titles on Sunday. He entered the elite Millionaire club by winning the latest of Spartan Poker’s ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire for ₹13.77 Lakhs. Grover also won PokerBaazi’s ₹25 Lakhs GTD BSS SuperStack for ₹4.85 Lakhs!

Arsh Grover
Arsh Grover

 

His top finishes include:

– 1st in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹13.77 Lakhs

– 1st in the BSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹4.86 Lakhs

– 5th in The Ballers for ₹1.29 Lakhs

– Thursday 6-Max DeepStack ₹4 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.01 Lakhs

– 5th in the Sunday Special PKO ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹85,000

Young Gun Gaurav Sood may have outrun Grover in the 2020 annual leaderboard standings, but he trails the latter in the weekly cashes. Sood grabbed three titles and performed brilliantly in several other events to earn a hefty ₹18.62 Lakhs this week.

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood

 

His top finishes include:

– 1st in the Adda52 Millions for ₹6.95 Lakhs

– 1st in the Godfather for ₹6.12 Lakhs

– 4th in the Mega Suits ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.25 Lakhs

– 1st in the Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.14 Lakhs

– 3rd in the Sunday Special PKO ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.05 Lakhs

PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot earned an impressive ₹12.14 Lakhs this week, much of which came with his runner-up finish in The Millionaire.

Ashish Munot
Ashish Munot

 

His top finishes include:

-2nd in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹11.34 Lakhs

– 8th in The Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTD for ₹42,840

Another top performer this week is The Millionaire third-place finisher, Sandy Lamba who also won the BSS Monster and other scores adding ₹12.73 Lakhs to his tally.

Sandy Lamba
Sandy Lamba

 

His top finishes include:

– 3rd in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹8.52 Lakhs

– 1st in the BSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.24 Lakhs

– 6th in the Uppercut MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹63,686

Vivek Singh was the second PokerGuru Team Pro to pocket seven-figure winnings this week. Singh collected three FT finishes to add ₹10.27 Lakhs to his scorecard.

Vivek Singh
Vivek Singh

 

His top finishes include:

– 9th in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹1.68 Lakhs

– 2nd in Destiny ₹23 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.49 Lakhs

– 4th in The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.75 Lakhs

Another The Millionaire FT finisher Pravin Garle also ran deep in The Elite, just about missing the seven-figure mark by collecting weekly cashes to the tune of ₹9.26 Lakhs.

His top finishes include:

-6th in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹3.22 Lakhs

– 2nd in The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.59 Lakhs

Manish Lakhotia deserves a mention in this column, for his sublime performance that earned him ₹8.71 Lakhs this week.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia

 

His top finishes include:

– 1st in The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹4.05 Lakhs

– 2nd in the Mega Stack ₹16 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.95 Lakhs

– 2nd in the BSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD for ₹87,150

Goonjan Mall (Mega Suits for ₹7.35 Lakhs), Attman Pradipbhai Velani (The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.37 Lakhs) and Suhas N. Yadav (Sunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹5.13 Lakhs) were the other top performers of the week.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Arsh ‘BigggTymeR’ Grover₹13.77 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall₹7.35 LakhsMega Suits ₹30 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood₹6.95 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Attman Pradipbhai 'Boutmeup' Velani₹6.37 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gaurav 'gauravarod' Sood₹6.12 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Radiohead₹5.64 Lakhs Destiny ₹23 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Suhas N ‘Skullkiker’ Yadav₹5.13 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arsh 'Button_Hai_Bro' Grover₹4.85 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
pickpockets₹4.60 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manish 'thekid' Lakhotia₹4.05 LakhsThe Summit 15 LAC GTDPokerBaazi
Jayjit ‘David Blane’ Ray₹3.84 LakhsUVS#33 High Roller ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Laksh Pal ‘BoomTilt23’ Singh₹3.75 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shagun 'Sogani22' Jain₹3.63 LakhsSunday Highroller - Progressive KO ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vishal 'VishalMaharaj' Maharaj₹3.41 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pranay 'aankhdikhatahai' Chawla₹3.32 LakhsSunday Special – Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sunnyahuja₹3.27 LakhsBSS MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ayush ‘Proman502’ Garg₹3.21 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTD 6-MaxPokerBaazi
Kanchan ‘Midge Maisel’ Sharma₹3.11 LakhsMega Stack ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Foodie₹2.65 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kunal 'iAlwaysHaveIt' Patni₹2.56 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Bharath 'hzgod' Kumar₹2.46 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
joey114114₹2.46 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹16 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anirban ‘ajgar5’ D Das₹2.41 LakhsBig Slick ₹12.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vishal ‘Vishalb22’ Bajaj₹2.18 LakhsThe Uppercut MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ashwin ‘Ashwinvijay1399’ Vijay₹2.18 LakhsExcalibur ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Deepak Singh₹2 LakhsIron Man ₹I8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anirudh ‘flash’ Reddy₹1.90 LakhsUVS#37 Main Event ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Guruprasad 'DONKAKING' Gupta₹1.88 LakhsFuturistic ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anish ‘downswing4ever’ Arora₹1.87 LakhsMukkamaar ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
borntrouble₹1.80 LakhsReCharge ₹9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Janish Jain₹1.76 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Arjun 'cardshark91' Arora₹1.48 LakhsMonster Stack ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Masroor 'jason911' Ansari₹1.36 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Harsh ‘harsh20’ Karanpuria₹1.35 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashish ‘Notoriouskonvict’ Nailwal₹1.33 LakhsBlockbuster ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sandy 'Ziigmund' Lamba₹1.24 LakhsBSS 6-Max Monster ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anmolraj 'modi chai wala' Singh Chawla₹1.16 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Gaurav ‘3betPanda’ Sood₹1.14 LakhsNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pratibh ‘MrGTO’ Saluja₹1.04 LakhsHurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Abhineet ‘bankelal13’ Jain₹1.04 LakhsD'lite ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ranjeet Negi₹1.03 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ak1011₹1.03 LakhsThe Race ₹6.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arsh 'Button_Hai_Bro' Grover₹1.01 LakhsThursday 6-max DeepStack 4 LAC GTDPokerBaazi
Saahib 'saahib' Bawa₹93,642La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Himanshu 'venomaster' Aggrawal₹93,054UVS#29 ₹4.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Devvrat 'bhasm@sur1' Arya₹92,186Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Bhavit 'HarveyHomes' Jain₹89,223UVS#24 ₹4.45 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
MrBigSlick139₹87,263Eliminator [Progressive KO] ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
suryak₹86,000Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Sajjan Barnwal₹85,000The Flash ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mr.wayne₹83,943UVS #18 ₹5.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mitesh ‘mit2015’ Gupta₹75,488Voyager ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
acedealer₹75,000Valentines Day SPL ₹3 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
Vaibhav Roy₹71,000Voyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mohak 'Tiltin' Kapoor₹67,000Wednesday MegaStack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kirmizi Elma₹65,175Mega Freeze ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anav 'Greyhound15' Bhayana₹62,520UVS#23 ₹3.65 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vishal 'Juwadi' Gajaria₹57,420UVS #38 Monster Stack ₹3.6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Akshay ‘AkshayP’ Pathak₹56,300Saturday 6-Max SuperStack ₹2 Lakhs GTD
PokerBaazi
MrBigSlick139₹46,406Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
gerrard09₹45,000Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Satyam ‘Pkiller28’ Prakash₹45,000Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Raghavendra 'Pokeriyaa' Hada ₹44,628Uppercut Mini ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rehmat 'seinfeld' Singh Walia₹44,517Grinders#10 Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
bhavin1234₹44,501The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Chancetaker₹43,000Mega Spalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
Sean2382₹42,230Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Naman ‘KidPoker09’ Puri₹42,230Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Prakhar 'Prak27' Kapoor₹41,457UVS#16 1.9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
kd.₹40,623Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
dnk150810₹40,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
sanjbat
₹37,899Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Anmolraj 'modi chai wala' Singh Chawla₹37,880Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
shivaay24₹37,121Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
MiroKen₹35,311Sunday Night Rider ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ram 'TheLagLawyer' Kakkar₹34,671Sunday Warm-up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Shivam 'brooskyradio1' Shukla₹33,691Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
DestinyTraveller₹31,356Grinders#11 PLO Boost ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Sreeharsha 'DonkeyCommitted' Boneni₹30,569Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Varun 'wardev' Devayya₹30,488Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Sanjaysi₹30,400PLO BOOST Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Shooter19₹30,301Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rajneesh 'msdhoni' Thakur₹30,0006-Max Holdem BOOST₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
bleedforthis₹30,0006-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Karan ‘999AykA999’ Jain₹29,360Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Umesh ‘dhondu.chilll’ Sharma₹29,270Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
fzzzyyy₹28,820Grinders#12 6-Max ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Rehmat ‘seinfeld’ Singh Walia₹28,820Grinders#10 Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
sincityvegas₹28,800Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Sabur 'sabur' Ali₹28,150PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Swapnil 'pokpom1' Patil₹27,549Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Pulkit ‘FOLDAA’ Goyal₹26,400Dangal Friday ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Indu ‘Frozen24000’ Kumari₹26,078UVS #36 ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
CaptainLevi₹24,682UVS#22 95K GTDSpartan Poker
Joonjoon₹24,500Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Ashok ‘Ashok1098’ Choudhary₹23,113Afternoon on Stars ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Avinash ‘Maniac’ Kumar₹23,000Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
Siddharth 'WickedSid' Sagar₹22,000Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
Dharam9062₹17,250Pocket Jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
Garethparker₹17,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
Atif 'LuckyWoolf' Khan₹16,972The Centurian ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
RAV1619₹15,598Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
RyadAll₹14,000Under The Gun ₹20K GTD PLOKhelo365
Pawan76₹13,800Nitro PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Mangal ‘Didz’ Kumar₹13,800UVS #35 ₹60K GTDSpartan Poker
Santoshi₹12,900Hitman ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
khichdi₹12,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
AAsKKs₹12,000Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Rahulgandhi000₹12,000Weekend Fun ₹50K GTDPokerDangal
Taandav₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
zravasya₹10,0006 Feet Under ₹25K GTD PLO DeepstackKhelo365
chachachor₹9,300Insomnia ₹30K GTDPokerDangal
kenerhakho₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Teesmar2₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Hardik24₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
poker9₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
JonGregor₹7,200Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
DEEPA48₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Vivekkurmee₹5,500Depositors Freeroll ₹25K GTDPokerDangal

 

Pranay Chawla tops PokerStars India’s “Star of the Month” –February Week #3 Standings

Pranay Chawla booked his ticket into the February 24-slated “Star of the Month” – February finale this week. Chawla who won the latest edition of the ₹15 Lakhs GTD Sunday Special PKO on the site topped Week #3 standings with 454 points.

Pranay Chawla
Pranay Chawla

 

Read the complete report here

 

Pocket52 PSL Season 3 Updates

The Pocket52 Poker Sports League (PSL) Season 3 (Virtual) played past the League matches and has entered the FINALE week! While Deccan Aces overtook PokerDangal Kolkata Kings at the top of the team standings earlier in the week, the PSL Review Panel decided to uphold the penalty imposed on MPL Goan Kings and its team member Joey Saha for soft play.

Read the complete report here

Delhi Czars subsequently emerged as the Week #4 topper by collecting 28,000 points after an impressive performance in the Main Event. Deccan Aces placed second in team standings with 24,300 points. Both teams have qualified directly to the Finale.

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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