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This Week in Poker: July 15 – 21

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  • Namita Ghosh July 22, 2020
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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 fast approaching the end of July, and the online action continues to be the headline story for the industry. The domestic felts have been overflowing with big-ticket events, courtesy the ongoing IOPC on Spartan Poker, and the Adda52 Poker Fest (APF). With the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online commencing on GGPoker & Natural8 from July 19, Indian players have even more tourney options.

Starting off with the electrifying domestic action, this past week crowned yet another IOPC Millionaire in one of the country’s most incredible talents, Sriharsha Doddapaneni. The former WPT India champion was in close reckoning to win the Millionaire title last month but had lost out to site regular ‘McFly,’ settling for a runner-up finish worth ₹14.97 Lakhs instead. This time around, Doddapaneni went the distance in the ₹1.5 Crores GTD IOPC Millionaire Legends and captured the title, along with a personal-best ₹38.75 Lakhs! For this fantastic feat, Doddapaneni is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Raghav Bansal, Pranav Bagai, Aditya Agarwal, Siddarth Singhvi, Sahil Chutani, Deepak Bothra, Ashish Ahuja, Yohan Patel, and Mahima Walia Das were the other players who raked in seven-figure scores this past week.

When most of the leading online poker sites have been announcing massive guarantee tournament series, India’s first cryptographically secured RNG poker site, Pocket52 rolled out its exciting new rewards program, Pocket Vault. The loyalty program comprises seven levels and offers up to 80% cashback and up to 30% TDS refund to players.

On June 23, Adda52 had lost one of its most prominent Team Ambassadors, India’s poker superwoman, Nikita Luther, to Spartan Poker. Amidst talks of the brand dismantling its long-standing Pro Team, Adda52 subtly announced that it had signed on well-known TV host and VJ, Rannvijay Singha as its latest celebrity ambassador!

In other news, India’s only BSE-listed gaming company, Delta Corp, released its financial report for the quarter ending June 2020. Though the company has faced significant losses due to its casinos shutting down since mid-March, the surge in online gaming revenues over the past few months has gone a long way in keeping the company’s valuations intact.

Moving on to the international sphere, the ongoing 2020 WSOP Online has already awarded 21 bracelets on WSOP.com, with WPT Tour commentator and former bracelet winner Tony Dunst claiming the latest one in Event #21: $777 NLHE 6-Handed for $168,342.

Simultaneously, starting July 19, the series kicked-off on GGPoker, catering to a more international player base. The opening day brought a lot of drama as attendance records tumbled, server issues disrupted play, and allegedly DDOS attacks were executed. A critical bug was also detected by the operators, which led to the suspension of two ongoing events. Despite all this, Event #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty NLH 6-Handed played down to a winner with Japan’s Shoma Ishikawa becoming the first-ever player to win a WSOP bracelet on the GGPoker Network.

Earlier today, Finland’s Juha Helppi became the second player to win a bracelet on the network after taking down Event #35 $5K PLO Championship for $290,286.

 

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For the longest time, it has been Sunday that unfolded the most massive guaranteed flagships. Things have changed fast during the lockdown, and now, with Spartan Poker running its ₹25 Crores GTD IOPC series, practically every day looks like a Sunday!

The Sunday tourneys, on the other hand, have reached an all-time high. Championing this Sunday`s showstopper tourney was well-known poker pro Sriharsha ‘Potato Player’ Doddapaneni. The Mumbai-based poker pro championed the ₹1.5 Crores GTD IOPC#75 The Millionaire Legends for a staggering ₹38.75 Lakhs! He defeated ‘Queenhigh’ (runner-up for ₹23.21 Lakhs) heads-up to win his career-best score, earning himself the title of the PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Doddapaneni won another ₹3.02 Lakhs for his eighth-place finish in the ₹1 Crore GTD IOPC#54 High Roller. He has, in fact, overtaken last week’s AOPS ME champion Nitish Gupta on the top of the monthly online rankings and leads the charts with ₹58.44 Lakhs in winnings in July and counting.

Sriharsha Doddapaneni

 

The week’s second-biggest winner came on Thursday when Spartan Poker hosted the ₹1 Crore GTD IOPC#54 High Roller. Raghav ‘thatssosick’ Bansal won the tournament for ₹24.69 Lakhs, with Pranav ‘Boller’ Bagai (runner-up for ₹16.66 Lakhs) and Aditya ‘Yennefer’ Agarwal (3rd for ₹11.47 Lakhs) scoring deep runs.

Raghav Bansal
Raghav Bansal

 

Agarwal, a poker pioneer and a mentor to some of the country’s top-winning players, had quite a profitable week. He placed third in Adda52’s APF ₹1 Crore GTD Full House for ₹8 Lakhs and finished 33rd in The Millionaire Legends for 80,672. He accumulated ₹20.28 Lakhs from these three scores alone.

Aditya Agarwal

 

Championing Adda52’s APF ₹1 Crore GTD Full House was online reg Siddarth ‘badtameez_donk’ Singhvi, who outran 1,932 others to win ₹21 Lakhs.

Siddarth Singhvi

 

Runner-up Sahil ‘bluffme19’ Chutani padded his bankroll with ₹13.20 Lakhs.

Deepak ‘chimpoo’ Bothra, who had won the IOPC #46 Destiny for ₹12.09 Lakh last week, final tabled the APF Full House finishing ninth for ₹1 Lakhs. He also took down the ₹4 Lakhs GTD IOPC#64 for ₹58,911.

PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja (IOPC#62 The Elite ₹60 Lakhs GTD for ₹11.69 Lakhs), Yohan ‘PAPITO’ Patel (runner-up in IOPC#62 The Elite for ₹11.52 Lakhs) and former Millionaire champion, Mahima Walia ‘mambojojo’ Das (IOPC #73 Sunday Superstack ₹60 Lakhs GTD for ₹11.43 Lakhs) were the other top winners of the week.

The other notable scores of the week include –

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
Sriharsha ‘Potato Player’ Doddapaneni₹38.75 LakhsIOPC #75 The Millionaire Legends ₹1.5 Crores GTDSpartan Poker
Raghav ‘thatssosick’ Bansal₹24.69 LakhsIOPC#54 High Roller ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Siddarth ‘badtameez_donk’ Singhvi₹21 LakhsAPF Full House Finale ₹1 Crore GTDAdda52
Deepak ‘chimpoo’ Bothra₹12.09 LakhsIOPC #46 Destiny ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ashish 'Spewushhhiiiii' Ahuja₹11.69 LakhsIOPC#62 The Elite ₹60 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mahima Walia ‘mambojojo’ Das₹11.43 LakhsIOPC #73 Sunday Superstack ₹60 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal ‘TiltAtma’ Patni₹8.71 LakhsIOPC#53 Ultron ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sanket 'blackcod' Arora₹7.19 LakhsGodfather ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanket ‘cowboy12’ Jain₹7.04 LakhsAPF Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Surbhit ‘grovahova’ Grover₹6.23 LakhsAPF The Ballers ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Avadh 'cateyes' Shah₹5.80 LakhsIOPC#86 Mega Stack ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ranjeet ‘Rj147’ Negi₹5.31 LakhsIOPC#67 Titan Stack ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sreekanth 'n0thing' Narayan₹5.02 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanat 'mehro2511' Mehrotra₹4.80 LakhsAPF The Mint ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anirudh 'flash1' Reddy₹4.66 LakhsThe Summit ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Parikshit 'zapdos1311' Dhall₹4.27 LakhsIOPC#61 TGIF ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ro3bet₹4.16 LakhsIOPC#80 Recharge ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ankit 'Shippament' Wadhawan₹3.75 LakhsIOPC#63 Destiny IOPC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anmol 'Kaanchacheena' Mehta₹3.41 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Shardul ‘Faucet Failure’ Parthasarathi₹3.28 LakhsIOPC#55 ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anirudh ‘flash’ Reddy₹3.20 LakhsIOPC#48 Destiny IOPC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
666617₹3.14 LakhsIOPC#56 Destiny IOPC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rajat 'sharabikebabi' Sharma₹3.14 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Himanshu 'bagdwalhimanshu' Bagdwal₹3.05 LakhsMaverick ₹12.5 lakhs GTDAdda52
Iamfish₹3.02 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Hellblazer₹3.01 LakhsIOPC#68 House Party ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vivek 'Mystic Peaks' Singh₹2.94 LakhsHighroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
SidSparta21₹2.87 LakhsIOPC#47 ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhineet ‘pokemon13’ Jain₹2.74 LakhsAPF Big Slick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anujkumar 'aatmaan108' Kodam₹2.70 LakhsIOPC#88 Destiny - IOPC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
HerMess₹2.67 LakhsIOPC #87 12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Hiteshh₹2.52 LakhsIOPC #76 Big Daddy ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vishal 'IsnapUcry' Madan₹2.50 LakhsAPF Inception ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
sheldon11cooper₹2.25 LakhsMicro Millions-32 Night on Stars ₹11 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Chirag 'miyagi' Sodha₹2.21 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sreekanth 'n0thing' Narayan₹2.21 LakhsThe Ridge ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gaurav ‘gaug17’ Sood₹2.10 LakhsThe Crest ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
rhiotvaphi₹2.10 LakhsThe Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
laazzy₹2.05 LakhsPocket Aces ₹10 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Nadeem ‘blindgame’ Basha₹1.96 LakhsIOPC#69 Daredevil ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aman ‘zontory’ Bhadu₹1.95 LakhsUppercut Magic Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Nadeem 'SpadeHunter' Basha₹1.77 LakhsBSS MegaStack ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
deranzzdd₹1.77 LakhsIOPC#82 Destiny - IOPC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Unpredictable1₹1.48 LakhsIOPC #70 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
FunkeyFox₹1.47 LakhsIOPC#43 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Raghav ‘Ragtag24’ Wahi₹1.46 LakhsIMPS#58 Mini Main Day 2 ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Saahib ‘saahib’ Bawa₹1.39 LakhsAPF Table for Six ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pranay 'kabira speaking' Chawla₹1.39 LakhsIOPC #81 ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anish ‘anishsuri’ Suri₹1.38 LakhsIOPC #74 ₹6.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Karadia M₹1.38 LakhsBattle Royale ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
ConMan₹1.34 LakhsIOPC #50 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
AvraCadevra₹1.29 LakhsIOPC#65 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Paras ‘AAKKQQJJ’ Jain₹1.25 LakhsIOPC#66 Monster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
LuckyLuciano₹1.24 LakhsIOPC #44 Monster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shravan 'FishStars' Chhabria₹1.24 LakhsThursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Apocalypto₹1.24 LakhsBSS Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vaibhav 'vane_shado' Temani₹1.24 LakhsAPF Hexagram ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sid297₹1.22 LakhsIOPC#84 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ajay 'gabbarsingh' Dhayal₹1.17 LakhsIOPC#58 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bhanu 'spectre' Prakash₹1.15 LakhsIOPC #51 Monster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
FunkeyFox₹1.14 LakhsIOPC#59 Monster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Littleboy₹1.12 LakhsPocket Kings ₹5 LakhsPocket52
Dhinesh 'you3betl4bet' Kumar₹1.11 LakhsMicro Millions-34 Big Bubble Rush ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
FunkeyFox₹1.11 LakhsIOPC #78 NLHE ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harsh ‘kakori kabab’ Dembla₹1.08 LakhsSixth Sense ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Yashbohra₹1.07 LakhsPocket Kings ₹5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
trivarga₹1.05 LakhsMicro Millions-43 Battle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rajat ‘sharabikebabi’ Sharma₹90,720Super Tuesday ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Burglar90₹89,827Micro Millions-67 Final Warm-up ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
ansu1980₹88,470APF Sunday Punch ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rocky 'ravenvlaw410' Gehlot₹87,074Micro Millions-52 Friday Euphoria ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Priyank ‘Piko’ Kothari₹84,600IOPC #45 ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
FollowTheProcess₹83,665IOPC #49 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sep1994₹83,421APF Holdem Bash ₹5 LakhsAdda52
Shashank 'Jai Bajarangbali' Desai₹82,908IOPC#72 ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Harpreet ‘preet123’ Saluja₹82,750IOPC # 71 Monster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Imdad 'rahuljohn1983' Ahmed₹80,400Friday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Apocalypto₹80,400Tuesday MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sumit 'runrabbitrun' Advani₹77,2506-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
karangambhir25₹72,500APF Warm Up ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
ParasP₹72,000Reraise ₹2 Lakhs GTDKhelo365
MRvBEAST₹71,891Hexagram ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanjayrudramma₹70,000APF Warm Up 2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rishi 'ronaldo94' Mundhra₹70,000APF Warm Up ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
faizal1506₹68,625APF Warm-Up ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
amar21679₹68,625APF Late Night PLO ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Deepak ‘chimpoo’ Bothra₹68,610IOPC #52 ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
FunkeyFox₹67,711IOPC#77 4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
page_666₹67,500Whopper ₹3 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Noobdaddy7₹67,195IOPC #60 ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddhatth ‘Gabandheer’ Pandey₹66,461APF Late Night DST ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Hell12₹66,311Hexagram ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
tarun121284₹60,000Monday MegaStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
GODSENT₹59,894IOPC #83 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Deepak ‘chimpoo’ Bothra₹58,911IOPC#64 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
C_U_LATER₹56,300Saturday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
kingthinosc₹56,250Gladiator ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
lastlaugh₹56,250Gladiator ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDPocket52
[email protected]₹54,620The Classic Monday 2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rohit 'ddarsh' Agarwal₹54,000APF Tornamdo ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
ruzzanaire77₹54,000APF Head Shot ₹2 LakhsAdda52
rimtis₹53,128Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
poker.professorz4₹52,875Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.5Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dhappa₹52,500StackUp ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
CRED₹49,532Night Rider DeepStack Turbo ₹2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anilkk₹48,000Sunday PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
maunik_d17₹47,436Micro Millions-55 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Himadri₹46,440Pocket Queens ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Ritam ‘RitamB’ Bhattacharya₹46,418APF Buzz 2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dangerplayer₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Hell1King₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Vikasallin₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 LakhsPocket52
msms001₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
loll₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
itsmehere₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
SportsTalk24₹46,000Pocket Lunch ₹2 Lakhs GTDPocket52
BHRIGU23₹45,304APF Tornado ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
daakudaddy₹44,102Night Rider - Monster Stack 2.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sandeepnasa₹43,618Micro Millions-46 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
suryak₹43,000MegaSpalsh ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
gangol₹43,000BigBang ₹1 Lakh GTD NLHEKhelo365
noelpais₹42,656APF Buzz ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
hunterchikoo₹42,358APF Late Night DST ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Yeaces₹42,176Sunday Night Rider ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
THE_MOUTH₹42,000Dangal Friday ₹2 Lakhs GTD (6-Max)Poker Dangal
Sumit 'm0ney' Gupta₹38,780IMPS#26 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
abhinav1997₹38,747Micro Millions-37 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Raj Shrestha ‘rsj75’ Juneja₹38,235Micro Millions-72 Ultrasonic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
kingthinosc₹37,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
yogesh0712₹36,400IMPS #35 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
kunsuk₹35,520IMPS#62 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
fishyvishy22₹35,011Micro Millions-69 Sunday Storm ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
killerace56321₹35,000IMPS#53 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ladyking₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Easterdamz₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
MrShailesh₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
Acejpoker₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
jaymelan₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPocket52
KidChaos24₹34,500Pocket Dinner ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDPocket52
BlackBird111₹34,490IMPS#80 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
jatinhallan₹34,420IMPS#44 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Truelover2342₹34,420IMPS#71 Daily ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
apeman₹26,400Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
Nishant 'bluffmaster01' Chandna₹24,000Monday Blues ₹1 Lakh GTDPoker Dangal
Cruzz₹24,000Battlefield Tuesday ₹1 Lakh GTDPoker Dangal
Sumit ‘AAKKJJ’ Megotia₹21,500Hercules ₹1 Lakh GTDPocket52
Banerjee₹18,105Dominator NLHE ₹50K GTDKhelo365
KhalDrogo₹13,800Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
KhalDrogo₹12,900Hitman ₹30K GTD PLOKhelo365
Chopra₹12,500Wow Wednesday ₹50K GTDPoker Dangal
Ajit Singh ‘ace_bob’ Arora₹12,000Saturday Hustle ₹50K GTDPoker Dangal
picnic123₹10,7506 Feet Under PLO Deepstack ₹25K GTDKhelo365
harshak124₹7,200Grinder 2.0 NLHE ₹20K GTDKhelo365
Raskal₹7,200Grinder 2.0 NLHE ₹20K GTDKhelo365
harshak124₹7,200Grinder 2.0 NLHE ₹20K GTDKhelo365
nishantdreams₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
MUSA1432₹6,800Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTD NLHEKhelo365
Raskal₹6,800Grinder 2.0 NLHE ₹20K GTDKhelo365

 

Adda52 Announces Rannvijay Singha As It`s New Celebrity Ambassador

India’s largest online poker site Adda52 has signed on popular TV host and VJ of the ‘Roadies’ fame – Rannvijay Singha as its new celebrity ambassador. Singha joins Bollywood actor Minissha Lamba and poker pro Tarun Goyal on the brand’s fold.

Rannvijay Singha

 

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Pocket52 Announces 80% Cashback Through Pocket Vault Rewards Program

Up and coming online poker site Pocket52 has announced its brand-new Pocket Vaults rewards program offering up to 80% cashback to its users. The site has touted this as the “ultimate poker cashback program” that also features a seven-tiered Leaderboard.

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Pete Chen is the Latest Natural8 Ambassador

Asia-facing poker site Natural8 has onboarded well-known pro Pete Chen as its latest brand ambassador. Chen, who won the 2017 WPT Beijing Main Event, is currently ranked #3 on Taiwan’s all-time money list.

Pete Chen

 

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GGPoker Introduces Day 2 Staking

Leading global online poker network, GGPoker Network has rolled out an all-new Day 2 staking feature on its platform. The operator is hosting 54 bracelet events from the WSOP Online schedule, allowing players outside of Nevada and New Jersey to participate in the WSOP action.

The Day 2 staking feature allows poker fans and players to buy a portion of another player’s action once they reach Day 2 of a multi-day tournament.

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WSOP Online Series 2020

The 2020 WSOP Online Series was already well underway at WSOP.com. It finally began its concurrent run on GGPoker Network this week, bringing on a double dose of WSOP bracelet action!

The series’ opening day ran into technical issues as an unprecedented surge in player traffic and record participation in the opening events led to server issues. The site also allegedly fell victim to DDOS attacks. The issues prompted the operators to suspend for a week two ongoing events.

However, the action went by without incident the next day. The latest name added to the bracelet winners list was Finnish high stakes legend Juha Helppi, who captured Event #35 $5K PLO Championship for $290,286.

Juha Helppi

 

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Shoma ‘pp_syon’ Ishikawa became the first player to win a bracelet on GGPoker Network. He shipped Event #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty NLH 6-Handed for $117,650.

Shoma Ishikawa

 

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On WSOP.com, WPT commentator Tony ‘Panoramic’ Dunst outlasted a 206-player field to win Event #21: $777 NLHE 6-Handed on Tuesday for $168,342.

Tony Dunst

 

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Several first-timers were awarded bracelets. This list included names like Scott ‘BudLightLime’ Hempel (Event #18: $1,000 NLHE 8-Handed Turbo DeepStack for $181,060), Pat ‘IchiiKawawa’ Lyons (Event #17: $777 NLHE for $173,551), Kenny ‘Chopuh’ Huynh (Event #19: $400 NLHE for $133,857) and Guy ‘PhilLaak’ Dunlap (Event #15: $1,000 PLO 8-Max HR for $133,780).

 

WSOP Online Series Bracelet Winners (This Week)

EventPlayerPrize Amount (USD)
Event #35 $5,000 PLO ChampionshipJuha Helppi$290,286
Event #18: $1,000 NLHE 8-Handed Turbo DeepStackScott ‘BudLightLime’ Hempel$181,060
Event #17: $777 NLHEPat ‘IchiiKawawa’ Lyons$173,551
Event #21: $777 NLHE 6-HandedTony 'Panoramic' Dunst$168,342
Event #19: $400 NLHEKenny ‘Chopuh’ Huynh $133,857
Event #15: $1,000 PLO 8-Max HRGul ‘PhilLaak’ Dunlap$133,780
Event #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty NLH 6-HandedShoma ‘pp_syon’ Ishikawa$117,650
Event #16 $500 NLHE TurboHeezahustla$116,204
Event #20: $500 PLO 6-HandedKevin ‘therealkg’ Gerhart$97,572

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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