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This Week in Poker: July 21 – 27

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh July 28, 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!

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With the 11th edition of the India Online Poker Championship just a few days away from closing, the remainder of the week is guaranteed to witness explosive poker action. And there`s an action-packed August on the horizon with the APT Online Series India & WPT Online India set to kick off on August 1.

Coming to this past week’s online action, Mohit Bhati reigned supreme over everyone else. The 34-year-old took down two IOPC titles this week, including the IOPC High Roller for a jaw-dropping ₹23.25 Lakhs, adding up an impressive ₹32.66 Lakhs in total winnings. For his spectacular run, Mohit Bhati is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Amit Suresh Gehani, Young Gun`s Arsh Grover & Anuj Yadav, and Sumit Sapra, Mohammad Azhar were the other top winners of the week.

Even with the IOPC July Edition keeping the MTT players more than satiated, Spartan Poker has rolled out a value-laden promotion for cash game players. The Spartan 308 Cash Fest went live on July 25 and offers players a 200% deposit bonus and up to 108% withdrawable cash all through August.

The APT Online Series India returns for its second edition on PokerBaazi on August 1. If you are looking for a cost-effective way into the mega-series, check out the APT Mega Satty Series. The three-day satellite series runs from July 28 to 30, with 114 tickets valued over ₹30 Lakhs up for grabs!

Joining in the promotions mayhem is the fast-growing poker site, PokerDangal. The online poker operator has announced its leaderboard-centric cash game promotion, Cash Splash. There is ₹1 Lakh to be won daily through the promotion`s 20-day run from August 1 to 20.

In what is undoubtedly the most encouraging development for the online gaming industry this year, The Madras High Court`s first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy pulled up the Tamil Nadu government over the online gaming ban in Tamil Nadu. While hearing the pleas challenging the ban, the court criticized the justification provided by the government for the same and reserved its judgment for August 3 to be delivered through video conferencing.

Jumping over to the ongoing 2021 WSOP Online Series, eight bracelets were awarded over the course of the week. Only a few days are left for the WSOP.com-leg of the series to end, following which the series will move over to the GGPoker/Natural8 network, allowing international players, including Indians, a chance at winning the coveted gold bracelet.


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The 11th edition of the IOPC kept tournament players busy for another week, and Mohit Bhati headlined what was a blockbuster week of tournament action. The 34-year-old is a relatively lesser-known player in the circuit who made heads turn by winning two IOPC titles this past week, netting 32.66 Lakhs overall. Bhati had come into the week with the Sunday Prime win, and he carried the momentum through, shipping the IOPC #66 Wednesday Prime. Entering the IOPC #73 High Roller as the chip leader, Bhati went wire-to-wire to claim his third IOPC title for a career-best ₹23.25 Lakhs. Bhati’s stupendous form has won him the distinction of becoming our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Mohit Bhati
Mohit Bhati


His top finishes include:

> 1st in the IOPC #66 Wednesday Prime 50 Lakhs GTD for 8.23 Lakhs

> 1st in the IOPC #73 High Roller 1 Crore GTD for 23.25 Lakhs

The week’s singular biggest score was claimed by Amit Suresh Gehani, who championed the IOPC #92 Legends on Monday for 30 Lakhs.

Ami Gehani
Ami Gehani


His top finishes include:

> 1st in the IOPC #92 Legends 1.75 Crore GTD for 30 Lakhs

Young Gun Arsh Grover’s runner-up finish in the IOPC #92 Legends fetched him a ₹24.79 Lakhs paycheque, pushing him to #6 on the annual leaderboard standings.

Arsh Grover
Arsh Grover


The IOPC #92 Legends third-place finisher, Sumit Sapra, raked in a collective 22.31 Lakhs over the week.

Sumit Sapra
Sumit Sapra


His top finishes include:

> 3rd in the IOPC #92 Legends ₹1.75 Crore GTD for ₹14.70 Lakhs

> 1st in The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹4.56 Lakhs

> 2nd in the IOPC #74 Thursday Spotlight ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.04 Lakhs

Young Gun Anuj Yadav is the only player to win four titles at the ongoing IOPC July Edition – two of them he won this week. Yadav was denied a fifth IOPC win in the IOPC #73 High Roller, where he placed runner-up for 15.75 Lakhs. His weekly tally stands tall at 21.19 Lakhs.

Anuj Yadav
Anuj Yadav


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in the IOPC #73 High Roller 1 Crore GTD for 15.75 Lakhs

> 1st in the IOPC #79 15 Lakhs GTD IOPC #79 Friday Prime for 3.48 Lakhs

> 1st in the IOPC #64 6.85 Lakhs GTD for 1.34 Lakhs

The inaugural NPS Main Event champion Mohammad Azhar added an impressive 16.39 Lakhs to his poker bankroll this week.

Mohammad Azhar
Mohammad Azhar


His top finishes include:

> 1st in the IOPC #80 Friday Spotlight 60 Lakhs GTD for 11.64 Lakhs

> 3rd in The Weekly Highroller 12 Lakhs GTD for 4.17 Lakhs

Rajeev Kumar, Armaan Kochhar, Ritwik Khanna, PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh, Avadh Shah, Rubin Labroo, Aditya Singh, Young Gun Sanat Mehrotra, Ankit Khattar, and Kunal Patni were the other top scorers of the week.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Amit ‘Kavipri’ Gehani₹30 LakhsIOPC #92 Legends ₹1.75 Crore GTD
Spartan Poker
Mohit ‘jacktheripper’ Bhati₹23.25 LakhsIOPC#73 High Roller ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Mohammad 'ButtonsHaiBro' Azhar₹11.64 LakhsIOPC#80 Friday Spotlight ₹60 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohit ‘jacktheripper’ Bhati₹8.22 LakhsIOPC#66 Wednesday Prime ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rubin ‘imightwin’ Labroo₹8.19 LakhsIOPC #90 Sunday Prime ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Jaideep 'nawjas' Sajwan₹6.86 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ritwik 'Fisherman1997' Khanna₹6.74 LakhsIOPC#74 Thursday Prime ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sahil ‘imhighishove’ Mahboobani₹6.12 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ravindra ‘wormhole’ Arikeri₹6.07 LakhsIOPC #93 Wanderer ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Guneet 'guntz' Kwatra₹5.62 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sahil 'bluffme19' Chutani₹5.52 LakhsNPS Main Event Finale ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Srijan Batra₹5.30 LakhsIOPC#104 Tuesday Prime ₹32 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sumit 'boronyx' Sapra₹4.55 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Laksh ‘boomtlt23’ Pal Singh₹4.17 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aditya ‘konstantin’ Singh₹3.82 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ritwik 'Ritwikkhanna' Khanna₹3.65 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anuj 'tittooTauji' Yadav₹3.48 LakhsIOPC#79 Friday Prime ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Debayan 'MonsterD' Das₹3.48 LakhsIOPC#98 Monday Prime ₹21 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
MysticRiver₹3.42 LakhsIOPC #91 Sunday Spotlight ₹14 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Laksh Pal ‘LuckyBhai$’ Singh₹3.20 LakhsIOPC #74 Thursday Spotlight ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anmol ‘anmol39’ Agarwal₹3.05 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mithun ‘thepokeraja’ Mahesh₹2.85 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhimanyu 'PsychoDrama' Mittal₹2.81 LakhsNano Holdem Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddhanth ‘PluRibu$’ Kripalani₹2.74 LakhsIOPC #67 Wednesday Spotlight ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rishab 'ryuk' Malik₹2.72 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
him_070793₹2.63 LakhsSunday Highroller 12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aditya ‘ukid767’ Singh₹2.61 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Haider 'Callmebabe' Madraswala₹2.49 LakhsIOPC#81 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Advait ‘GTfO18’ Rajguru₹2.43 LakhsIOPC #106 Tuesday Spotlight ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
calm1712₹2.35 LakhsIOPC#75 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
ardneran1₹2.11 LakhsIOPC #105 All Rounder – Boost ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ujjwal ‘CougarHunter69’ Narwal₹2.09 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rajat 'ITMiser' Sharma₹2 LakhsIOPC#100 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Gaurav 'gauravarod' Sood₹1.96 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anant ‘Prometheius’ Purohit₹1.88 LakhsIOPC #68 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sanat 'mehro2511' Mehrotra₹1.65 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vishal 'CrownUpJr' Bajaj₹1.56 LakhsIOPC#99 Monday Spotlight ₹6.75 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Sreekanth ‘LaganaHiToHai’ Narayan₹1.53 LakhsUppercut MAGIC Edition ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Manish 'newkidpoker' Lakhotia₹1.42 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aman Parakh₹1.41 LakhsIOPC#102 ₹6.40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Debayan ‘MonsterD’ Das₹1.40 LakhsIOPC #94 PKO ₹8.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Avneesh 'IamAM' Munjal₹1.39 LakhsIOPC#77 Monster Stack ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Debneil 'ChhotaDon' Mukherjee₹1.37 LakhsBSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anuj 'tittooTauji' Yadav₹1.34 LakhsIOPC#64 ₹6.85 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Animesh ‘animess’ Sehgal₹1.34 LakhsIOPC #89 Monster Stack ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddharth 'Siddonuts' Pandey₹1.34 LakhsBSS#3 MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
s@kuni_m@m@₹1.31 LakhsIOPC#70 ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sumitm74₹1.29 LakhsSixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Gurpal ‘TheUndecided777’ Singh₹1.15 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saransh ‘iammrmeeseeks’ Garg₹1.15 LakhsIOPC #88 DeepStack ₹6.5 Lakhs GTD

Spartan Poker
happyfish₹1.09 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rohit 'Madmoney007' Singh₹1.01 LakhsIOPC#71 Monster Stack ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Surbhit 'grovahova' Grover₹98,153IOPC#96 ₹5.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
DeputyDong69₹97,000IOPC#103 ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal 'UnityPro' Sharma₹92,045IOPC#78 ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Jaikiran 'GOLI SODA' Kumar₹89,397IOPC #76 ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tanay 'tanayp' Parekh₹89,301Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
misraaniket₹84,500Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aditya ‘KesarDaa’ Kesharwani₹81,102IOPC#63 ₹3.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Joseph 'axone' Rochungh Touthang₹80,357IOPC#97 PKO ₹4.50 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Debneil 'noobneil' Mukherjee₹77,750Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kunal ‘NutsTodayBluffTomo’ Patni₹70,307IOPC#65 ₹4.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
p11muditg₹65,756The Classic ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
nikpokernoob₹58,574Big Bubble Rush ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Thlamuanpuia₹56,943Holdem BOOST DST 6-Max ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
rknitesh₹55,120Nano DST ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
dwanthomas₹54,3546-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5L GTDPokerBaazi
Nishant 'stockfull' Pandey₹50,780Nano Ballers ₹3 Lakhs GTD
₹50,026Nano DST ₹2 Lakhs GTD
Hakuna Matata₹49,383Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Karan 'karangogi' Malhotra₹47,6636-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Chirag 'chiragkhanduja' Khanduja₹46,5886-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Avinash ‘I_fart_u_faint’ Kumar₹44,760Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
sid1290₹43,670Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Rootahua Macchi₹43,365The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
bullets7777₹43,050Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
jackrabbit1007₹42,230Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Royalsagar₹40,170PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
ziya12₹40,100Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Sandeep 'effuno007' Varma₹38,859Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Karan 'gogikaran' Malhotra
₹36,905Ultrasonic ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
₹36,788Nano Siesta ₹1.35 Lakhs GTD
Monish ‘monish1965’ Kumar₹36,788Nano Siesta ₹1.35 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Noel ‘noelpais’ Pais₹36,788Nano Siesta ₹1.35 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Armaan ‘Armaan007’ Kochhar₹31,890PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Turnthatfor1₹31,200Nano Wednesday Adda ₹1.20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
sanjeevbhargava₹31,200Nano Thursday Adda ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
newbee87₹30,155Nano Maverick ₹1.65 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Reuben123₹28,150PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Sandeep ‘effuno007’ Varma RS₹28,975Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Himanshu ‘himkat@stars’ Kataria₹26,990BigStack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
mavrick3532₹26,660Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Rahul ‘GhatakTheGreat’ Sengar₹26,480Afternoon DST DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Tanu6585₹25,000Warrior Arena ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
SamsungApple₹24,000Dangal Friday ₹1 Lakh GTD

Queenofaces₹22,000Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
₹20,711Total KO 100% ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Satendra6162₹19,399Nano Crack Jack 75K GTDAdda52
₹17,309Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTD
PokerStars India
₹17,100Time Tourney 90 Minutes ₹50K GTD
PokerStars India
Devrat 'Vickypune' Singh
₹15,151Nano Crack Jack ₹75K GTD
julian_king1310₹14,794Ultra KO 75% ₹50K GTDPokerStars india
maaya420₹13,800Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
Jonathan₹13,800Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
wildshark100₹13,452Deepstack ₹50K GTD PokerStars India
₹13,183Deepstack ₹50K GTD
PokerStars India
₹10,611Nano Battleship ₹30K GTD
Jimmy ‘milliondollerdream’ Arora₹10,150Nano PLO 35K GTDAdda52
Aakash ‘Mr.Soprano101’ Bansal₹9,930Primetime Grind ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
₹9,930Primetime Grind ₹50K GTD
PokerStars India
Maalaxmitelecom058₹9,450Nano PLO ₹35K GTDAdda52
sofiakossermdr1996₹8,848Nano Battleship ₹30K GTDAdda52


Spartan Poker’s 308 Cash Fest Runs July 25 to August 31

Cash game players can now rejoice with Spartan Poker rolling out a very lucrative Spartan 308 Cash Fest. The promotion runs from July 25 to August 31 and offers players a 200% deposit bonus and a chance at winning up to 108% withdrawable cash.

Spartan Poker

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APT Mega Satty Series to Award 30 Lakhs in Tickets to the APT India Online

In the run-up to the second edition of the APT Online Series India scheduled for August 1 to 8, PokerBaazi is hosting a three-day APT Mega Satty Series from July 28 to 30. The site is running five mega satellites daily with 114 tickets worth over 30 Lakhs to be won.


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PokerDangal’s Cash Splash to Award 1 Lakh in Prizes Daily (August 1-20)

The go-to site for the low-mid stakes players, PokerDangal, has lined up the Cash Splash, a leaderboard-centric cash game promotion for August. Running from August 1 to 20, PokerDangal will be awarding 1 Lakh in prizes to 20 players daily – the top five players across four leaderboards.

PokerDangal’s Cash Splash to Award ₹1 Lakh in Prizes Daily to 20 Players From August 1-20

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Madras High Court to Pronounce Judgment on Pleas Challenging TN Online Gaming Ban on August 3

The first bench of the Madras High Court heard several pleas challenging the Tamil Nadu Gaming and Police Laws (Amendment) Act 2021 over two sessions this week. While hearing the arguments of the state and legal representatives of several online rummy companies on July 23, Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee criticized the state government’s blanket ban on online gaming.

Madras HC to Pronounce Judgement on Pleas Challenging Tamil Nadu’s Online Gaming Ban on August 3

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In the subsequent session, held on July 26, the High Court reserved his judgment in the matter for August 3 to be delivered through video conferencing.

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WSOP Online 2021 Updates

A total of eight bracelets were awarded at the WSOP.com leg of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online over the week. Headlining the list was Bradley Ruben, who bested the 1,551-entry field in Event #21: $600 PLO 6-Handed to win his second gold bracelet and $69,148.

Bradley Ruben
Bradley Ruben


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“Lastbullet” (Won Event #22: $600 NLH Knockout for $46,796), Ryan Hagerty (Won Event #23: $500 NLH for $67,207), Byung Yoo (Won Event #24L$400 NLH Monster Stack for $77,475), David Peters (Won Event #25: $7,777 NLHE Lucky &’High Roller for $283,940), Eric Vanauken (Won Event #26: $500 NLH The Big 500 Encore for $93,627), “lox10” (Won Event #27: $1K PLO Championship for $86,440), and Daniel Lazrus (Won Event #28: $3,200 NLH High Roller Championship for $205,347) were the other bracelet winners of the week.


And with this, we conclude this week’s roundup of the latest news updates and developments from the world of poker. We will return next week with our weekly report. Stay tuned.

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