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This Week in Poker: July 24 – 30

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  • Namita Ghosh July 31, 2019
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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker’ we bring you the weekly roundup of the biggest online scores by Indian MTT players along with the top stories from both the live and online poker circuit.

Here are this week’s top stories

The last few days have brought with them announcements that promise to revive the “Golden Era” of live poker in Goa. While the writing was on the wall when the top three online brands took over live poker rooms onboard the offshore casinos in Goa, it was only last week that we saw the plans pan out. Both BPT (Casino Pride 2) and IPC (Big Daddy Casino) announced stops as a result of which Indian poker players now have a major live series to play in Goa every month till October. The cards are already in the air at the Deltin Royale poker room with the last DPT of 2019 officially underway. The four-event series will run all through August 5, and we will be posting tournament updates daily.

While we’re still talking about Goa, the state Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant made a significant announcement on Monday concerning the casino industry. Sawant confirmed that the upcoming international airport in Mopa will house casinos as part of integrated resorts, putting to rest (at least partially) speculations around the relocation of offshore casino presently moored on the Mandovi River. But while the relocation news itself was a cause of celebration for the industry, Sawant`s added caveat that only airline passengers would have access to casinos, spoiled the party.

If live tournament action has been enthusing, the online felts back home haven’t lacked at belting out big winners. Last weekend belonged to a 20-year-old Bengaluru poker player Srihari Bang who enjoyed the run of a lifetime in the weekend-majors. He rose to the top of a massive 2,842-entry field in the IOPC Millionaire to win a career-best ₹48.56 Lakhs. That was not all; as in his Sunday grind that lasted almost 14 hours, he took down another major, this time the Sunday Special PKO on PokerStars India for ₹2.85 Lakhs. Bang`s Saturday scores included winning the Upper Cut on PokerStars India and another final-table finish in an IOPC event. In total, Bang took home a life-changing ₹54.35 Lakhs last weekend! No points for guessing that he is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Upcoming poker site Uma Poker had a busy weekend as well as its flagship USOP series closed out another smashing run. US-based Anchit ‘allin’ Agarwal was the biggest Sunday winner on the site as he bested the 358- player field (268 unique entries and 90 re-entries) in the USOP Main Event to win ₹8.40 Lakhs.

Moving back to live tournament action, we have a good number of Indians in the mix at the ongoing Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila and the team has done well so far. After a career shaping run last year, Sahil Agarwal is back at a stop he knows well and has found early success already. He finished runner-up in the PHP 55K Deepstack NLHE for PHP 530,100 (~₹7.15 Lakhs), the best score for the team yet. Worth pointing out that bracelet winners Iyer and Sushant are both present at the stop having flown in after attending the WPT Gardens Poker Festival $5,000 Main Event.

As July comes to an end, the richest poker tournament in history, the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series London is set to take the Hilton hotel in London by storm. Just two days back, billionaire poker player Bill Perkins is reported to have confirmed his attendance in the £1 Million buy-in event, bringing the list of confirmed attendees at this historical event to 50 runners!

If Triton promises high-stakes action, also on the international poker map for August are the partypoker MILLIONS Europe (Aug 5-8) at Rozvadov and 888poker LIVE Sochi (Aug 8-15).

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The weekend turned out to be smashing for 20-year old Srihari ‘bangbang1999’ Bang who came out on the top of a massive 2,842-entry field in the IOPC Millionaire, winning a career-best ₹48.56 Lakhs. He took home two more titles and made a final table finish netting a colossal ₹54.35 Lakhs last weekend. For his inspiring run, Srihari Bang is our PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Srihari Bang
Srihari Bang

Other notable scores of the week include –

Vinay ‘Vinstill’ BK won ₹5.30 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘BSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD’

Sanket ‘blackcod’ Arora won ₹2.20 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Fri-YAY ₹10 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

‘ballerscholar’ won ₹1.32 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘The Monster 6- Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

Abhishek ‘ketchup’ Kumar won ₹1.24 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘BSS Megastack ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

‘ASHWINKUMAR’ won ₹80,000 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘Twister ₹2 Lakhs GTD Deepstack NLHE’

Himanshu ‘ISquirtBullets’ Dewan won ₹56,135 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘BSS PLO ₹2 Lakh GTD (Half RE)’

Abhishek ‘TheGrinder333’ Garg won ₹47,497 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Stars ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

‘Vanadev’ won ₹46,000 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘Mega Splash ₹1 Lakh GTD NLHE’

‘Rughani’ won ₹40,800 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD NLHE’

Shagun ‘Sogani22’ Jain won ₹38,595 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘The Classic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD’

‘ParaDroid42’ won ₹31,249 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Warm-Up ₹1,100 NLHE ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD’

‘vivekkurmee’ won ₹24,269 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Supersonic ₹1,100 NLHE’

‘subhampa’ won ₹17,500 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Sunday ₹1 Lakh GTD (RE)’

‘Talaketu’ won ₹17,200 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘Deep Stack ₹40K GTD NLHE’

Ajay ‘raakaa1’ Agarwal won ₹15,214 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Storm ₹1 Lakh GTD’

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USOP 3 Crores GTD on Uma Poker Turns Out to be a Smashing Success

One of the incumbents in the online industry, Uma Poker has stood out for the massive guarantee tournaments that the site hosts. It’s recent offering – UMA Series of Poker (USOP) – turned out to be a smashing success.

Pros and recreational players alike were seen winning titles. While known names like Arjun ‘Banana’ Pasricha (₹9,900 buy-in Mini Main Event for ₹5.70 Lakhs) and Shravan ‘acesup44’ Chhabria (USOP Crazy 8 Freezeout for ₹2.57 Lakhs) featured among the early winners at the series, relatively lesser-known Anchit ‘allin’ Agarwal (USOP Main Event ₹40 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.40 Lakhs) and Abhay ‘Baba123’ Randhawa (USOP Closer ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.23 Lakhs) headlined the winners towards the end.

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Baazi Poker Tour is Coming Back From October 9-14 at Casino Pride 2

PokerBaazi has announced the second edition of its flagship Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) live poker series, that will be held at the soon-to-be-launched PokerBaazi LIVE poker room onboard Casino Pride 2 in Goa from October 9-14.

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Goa CM Pramod Sawant Says New Mopa International Airport Casinos Will Allow Only Airline Passengers

In a written response to a question by BJP legislator Wilfred D’Sa, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant assured everyone present that all offshore casinos would be relocated to the upcoming airport in Mopa soon. The announcement came with a strong caveat that only airline passengers would be permitted in these casinos.

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APPT Manila

The 10-day long 25-event PokerStars sponsored Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila kicked off at the iconic Okada Casino in Manila on July 26 with a sizeable Indian contingent in attendance. Action at the series has been intense right from the get-go, with the series-opener PHP 16,000 APPT Kickoff registering a record 924 entries. Vishal Tajpuria was the only Indian who managed to post a score (41st for PHP 48,000 – ₹64,747) in the event.

While Tajpuria was busy in the Kickoff, Sahil Agarwal was chasing the title in the PHP 55K Deepstack. He came close, falling whiskers short in second place to win PHP 530,100 (~₹7.15 Lakhs).

Sahil Agarwal

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The series’ second featured tournament, the PHP 33,000 APPT National also saw a big battalion of Indians in contention and three Indians headlined by Abhinav Iyer (32nd for PHP 93,000 – ₹1.25 Lakhs) finished in-the-money.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer

Team India Cashes at APPT Manila

EventPlayerFinishPrize Money
PHP 55,000 Deepstack NLHESahil Agarwal2ndPHP 530,100 - ₹7.15 Lakhs
PHP 33,000 APPT NationalAbhinav Iyer32ndPHP 93,000 - ₹1.25 Lakhs
PHP 33,000 APPT NationalJaideep Sajwan57thPHP 70,000 - ₹94,820
PHP 33,000 APPT NationalMani Singh63rdPHP 70,000 - ₹94,820
PHP 16,000 KickoffVishal Tajpuria41stPHP 48,000 - ₹64,747

The action has since shifted to the PHP 25,000 Megastack NLHE Shot Clock Freezeout where India`s first bracelet winner Aditya Sushant has advanced to Day 2 with a stack of 200,000. Both Iyer and Sushant are also expected to play the PHP 500,000 (~₹6.77 Lakhs) buy-in APPT Super High Roller –Re-Entry that kicks off at 3 PM (PHT) today.

Aditya Sushant

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The biggest winner of the week remains Jinlong Hu who took down the APPT Kickoff for PHP 2,675,000.

Winners at APPT Manila

EventPlayerPrize Money
PHP 16,000 APPT KickoffJinlong HuPHP 2,675,000
PHP 100K NLHE Shot ClockBobby ZhangPHP 1,563,600
PHP 100K NLHE Shot Clock FreezeoutWayne ZhangPHP 1,066,000
PHP 55,000 NLHE DeepstackNobuhito OgoPHP 829,700
PHP 10,000 NLHE DeepstackMichael de LeonPHP 337,400
PHP 10,000 NLHE FreezeoutChunsan FanPHP 271,400
PHP 8,000 NLHE Knockout FreezeoutGang TaoPHP 242,300
PHP 8,000 NLHE Turbo FreezeoutCharalampos LappasPHP 127,000


WPT Announces Inaugural Cambodia Stop

World Poker Tour (WPT), this past week announced that the first-ever WPT Cambodia will take place from November 16-25 at the stunning NagaWorld Integrated Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The series will be headlined by the $1,100 (~₹75,594) Main Event that promises a juicy $250,000 (~₹1.71 Crore) prize pool guarantee.

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Borgata Chasing Phil Ivey’s 2019 WSOP Winnings

Borgata has come chasing the $10.1 Million owed to it by 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey and his gaming partner Kelly Sun. As per reports, the Atlantic City-based Borgata Hotel and Casino obtained a formal writ of execution against Ivey and Sun from the Nevada District Court and followed Ivey`s progress all summer. As soon as Ivey reached Day 3 of the $50K Poker Players Championship (PPC) on June 27, the casino served a notice to the WSOP claiming that it had the authority to seize Ivey’s winnings in the event.

Phil Ivey

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Josh Prager Takes Down $1,650 Ante Up World Championship Main Event

The $1,650 Ante Up World Championship hosted at Thunder Valley Casino Resort drew 469 hopefuls across two starting flights. Josh Prager struck a heads-up deal with Wood Bailey to win the title and $114,434 in prize money.

Josh Prager wins $1,650 Ante Up World Championship

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Mathias Siljander Wins the Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event

Besting 194 other rivals, Mathias Siljander took down the 2019 Tallinn Summer Showdown €1,100 Main Event for €46,700.

Mathias Siljander wins the Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event

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Jason Gray Wins 2019 The Star Sydney Championships $5K Challenge for $118,830

The highly anticipated 2019 edition of Sydney Championships kicked off at The Star Sydney on July 11, and among the latest list of champions was U.K’s Jason Gray who won the series’ second most expensive event, the A$5K Challenge, for A$171,572 (~$118,552).

Jason Gray wins the Sydney Championships A$5K Challenge

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Hollis Holcomb Wins WSOPC Choctaw Main Event

Besting a field of 975 entries, Hollis Holcomb took down the $1,700 Main Event at the year’s first World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit stop, WSOPC Choctaw Durant, for $255,535. Holcomb denied seven-time gold ring winner Vincent Moscati the eighth ring by running past him heads-up to capture his own first live title.

Hollis Holcomb takes down WSOPC Choctaw Durant

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Roger Teska Wins WPT Gardens Poker Festival, Nipun Java Finishes 11th

The first stop of World Poker Tour (WPT) Season XVIII, i.e., WPT Gardens Poker Festival $5,000 Main Event attracted 373 entries that included a trio of former Indian bracelet winners namely, Nipun Java, Aditya Sushant, and Abhinav Iyer. Though all three advanced to Day 2, only Java could return with cash, finishing 11th for $28,445 (~ ₹19.59 Lakhs). The tournament was eventually taken down by Roger Teska for $368,475.

Roger Teska & Nipun Java

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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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