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This Week in Poker: July 28 – August 3

This Week in Poker: July 28 – August 3
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  • Namita Ghosh August 5, 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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August got off to a firecracker start as the 11th edition of the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) on Spartan Poker wrapped up its showstopper IOPC – The Crown, just as two other high-voltage events, the APT Online Series India & WPT Online India, commenced proceedings.

Dominating the week’s action was the ₹3.50 Crore GTD IOPC The Crown. The magnum opus registered a massive 3,758 entries across its week-long, and the survivors played to an eight-handed final table on Sunday night. The finalists reconvened on Monday evening to contend for the grand prize. Poker maestro Aditya Agarwal had started out as the final table chip leader, and for the most part, dominated the final table action. The heads-up started out with Agarwal commanding a 10:1 chip lead against Vaibhav Temani. To most, it seemed like the match was done and dusted in Agarwal’s favor. Still, the 33-year-old Temani overcame the overwhelming odds and that too against a formidable opponent, becoming the latest IOPC The Crown champion, and banking the biggest score of the year (so far) worth ₹58.02 Lakhs (cumulative)! For this incredible performance, Vaibhav Temani is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Poker coach Aditya Agarwal missed out on grabbing the prestigious title, but he still walked away with a phenomenal ₹36.14 Lakhs (cumulative) payday!

Guneet Kwatra, Young Gun Anuj Yadav, Anirban Das, Young Gun Siddhanth Kripalani, and Sriharsha Doddapaneni were the other big weekly scorers.

While online tournament series have been hogging the spotlight, online poker brands have been simultaneously doling out attractive offers and promotions. Deposit offers seemed to be the flavor of the week.

PokerStars India has brought back its ever-popular 100% Reload Bonus Offer. The site had previously run the promotion in January and May, and this time around, the promotion is running from August 2 to 15. If you missed the offer the first two times, it’s fairly simple. All you have to do to claim a 100% bonus on your next deposit on PokerStars India is to use the Bonus Code ‘BOOST’ while depositing.

The deposit offer on BLITZPOKER is part of the site’s ‘Astronomical August’ promotion primarily targeting cash game lovers. Like the site’s ‘June Jackpot’ promotion, you have to make a deposit on the site using a specific code to receive the corresponding bonus. You can use each bonus code twice during the promotion period, adding over ₹11,000 in bonuses.

The online action and promotions aside, this was a memorable week for India’s online gaming industry. On August 3, the first bench of the Madras High Court comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, in a historic moment for the industry, struck down the Tamil Nadu Gaming and Police Laws (Amendment) Act 2021, calling it ‘excessive and disproportionate.’ However, the state government has made it clear that it`s unwilling to seek regulation of the industry and retaliated to the judgment by doubling down on its intention to ban online gaming. State Law Minister S. Regupathy, on August 4, announced the government’s intentions to table a law prohibiting online games like rummy while following due procedures and specifying valid reasons.

Moving onto the 2021 WSOP Online Series, the WSOP.com-leg of the series concluded on July 31 with Chris Moorman grabbing the last bracelet of the series in Event #29 $800 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Deepstack for $102,406. The GGPoker/Natural8-leg of the series kicked off on August 1 and has already crowned two champions in Bartlomiej Swieboda and Joao Simao.


Online Railbird Report

The final week of Spartan Poker’s India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) tingled with excitement as the series’ most anticipated event, the ₹3.50 Crores GTD IOPC #138 – The Crown opened to action. Running past a guarantee-smashing 3,758-entry field and a star-studded final table was Vaibhav Temani. Temani came into the final table fourth in chips but went toe-to-toe to outrun world-class opponents to claim the ₹57.26 Lakhs up-top. He also placed 66th in the event for ₹76,287, collectively earning ₹58.02 Lakhs. Temani wrapped up a super-successful week with winnings worth ₹58.02 Lakhs and is hands-down our PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Vaibhav Temani
Vaibhav Temani


Team PokerGuru was chasing to defend the IOPC- The Crown title that was last won by PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh in January. Poker coach and team mentor Aditya Agarwal had entered the IOPC – The Crown final table as the chip leader, a position he consolidated entering the heads-up against Temani. With the latter denying Agarwal the bragging rights, Agarwal still took home a hefty ₹36.14 Lakhs.

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal


Bengaluru-based Guneet Kwatra came strikingly close to shipping the ₹1.40 Crore GTD IOPC Super High Roller. The former Millionaire champion eventually lost the title to mystery player ‘Pradzzzz,’ but added ₹23.80 Lakhs to his kitty for the runner-up finish, altogether earning ₹26.78 Lakhs over the week.

Guneet Kwatra
Guneet Kwatra


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in the IOPC #117 Super High Roller ₹1.40 Crore GTD for ₹23.80 Lakhs

> 74th in the IOPC #138 – The Crown for ₹1.66 Lakhs

Young Gun Anuj Yadav went on a breakout run at the IOPC, winning a record five titles at the series and topping the leaderboard. This week, Yadav pocketed at least ₹24.83 Lakhs (we do not have his accurate stats as he is opted out of our tracking), much of which came with a third-place finish in the IOPC #138 – The Crown worth ₹21 Lakhs.

Anuj Yadav
Anuj Yadav


His top finishes include:

> 3rd in the IOPC#138 The Crown ₹3.5 Crores GTD for ₹21 Lakhs (cumulatively ₹22 Lakhs)

> 1st in the IOPC #135 All Rounder SNG for ₹3 Lakhs

> 1st in the IOP #125 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.10 Lakhs

> 4th in the IOPC #118 Thursday Spotlight ₹13 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.19 Lakhs

Anirban D Das aka ‘Mr. Consistent’ raked in scores worth ₹19.94 Lakhs.

Anirban D Das
Anirban D Das


His top finishes include:

> 8th in the IOPC #117 – Super High Roller ₹1.40 Crore GTD for ₹4.69 Lakhs

> 4th in the APT#16 PLO Highroller ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.06 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s Blockbuster for ₹1.49 Lakhs

> 102nd in the IOPC #138 – The Crown for ₹1.33 Lakhs

Young Gun Siddhanth Kripalani placed fourth in the IOPC #138 – The Crown for ₹17.02 Lakhs, adding up ₹19.89 Lakhs through the week.

Siddhanth Kripalani
Siddhanth Kripalani


The defending IOPC Super High Roller champion Sriharsha Doddapaneni made an impressive attempt to defend his title and ended up winning ₹15.47 Lakhs for placing third. Over the week, Doddapaneni padded his bankroll by ₹18.93 Lakhs.

Sriharsha Doddapaneni
Sriharsha Doddapaneni


His top finishes include:

> 3rd in the IOPC #117 – Super High Roller ₹1.40 Crore GTD for ₹15.47 Lakhs

> 48th in the IOPC #138 – The Crown for ₹2.65 Lakhs

PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal Bajaj, Mohit Bhati, Rajeev Kumar, Harshit Sanghi, Vinay Rajpal, Abhishek Shah, Mayank Jaggi, Kunal Patni, Rajat Sharma, PokerGuru Ambassadors Ankit Wadhawan, and Gokul Raj, as well as Vinayak Bajaj and Avadh Shah, were the other top scorers this week.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
1. Vaibhav ‘AllinPavBhaji’ Temani₹57.26 LakhsIOPC#138 The Crown ₹3.5 Crores GTDSpartan Poker
Pradzzz₹35.22 LakhsIOPC #117 Super High Roller ₹1.40 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Mohit 'jacktheripper' Bhati₹9.97 LakhsIOPC #124 Friday Spotlight ₹55 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vishal 'Tokio999' Tulsyan₹9.57 LakhsIOPC#110 Wednesday Prime ₹50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pavankiran ‘Rootahua Machi’ B₹8.79 LakhsIOPC#135 Sunday Prime ₹60 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
stardust₹7.77 LakhsAPT #4 Sunday Major ₹40 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Chikuu36₹7.68 LakhsWPT India 6 Max Championship ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sreekanth ‘GL1DE’ Narayan₹6.71 LakhsIOPC #116 – Thursday Prime ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vikash 'Mantvik' Mantri₹6.16 LakhsAPT#16 PLO Highroller ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Adithya 'Rlox1' N G₹6.12 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Jitesh ‘shooter19’ Kumar₹6.07 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Piyush ‘anCap’ Ravi₹5.58 LakhsIOPC #139- Value Mine ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vishnu 'violator' Khandelwal₹5.40 LakhsWPT Tuesday Feature ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Satnam ‘LUCKYS0007’ Singh₹5.39 LakhsWPT Super Stack ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aditya ‘Konstantin’ Singh₹4.17 LakhsThe Weekly Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vinayak ‘salmanbhai’ Bajaj₹3.92 LakhsAPT #1 Kickoff ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mohammad 'chandlerbing' Azhar₹3.90 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Saumya "bigcards" Agarwal₹3.67 LakhsWPT Monday Feature 6 Max ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rajeev ‘AthenaVolt’ Kumar₹3.41 LakhsMega Stack ₹16.50 Lakhs GTD – Millionaire BubbleSpartan Poker
Ashwin ‘Ashwinvijay1399’ Vijay₹3.18 LakhsWPT Kickoff ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gokul 'Niruha' Raj₹3.10 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anuj 'titootauji' Yadav₹3 LakhsIOPC#136 All Rounder SNG ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhishek 'Addysonu' Sonu₹3 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Saroj 'Pepperchino' Mehta₹2.89 LakhsIOPC #123 Friday Prime ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sumit_5011₹2.70 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Buhr “C@mage” Advirkar₹2.59 LakhsIOPC #118 Thursday Spotlight ₹13 Lakhs GTD

Spartan Poker
Devrat ‘Vickypune’ Singh₹2.44 LakhsWPT Monster Turbo ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhinesh 'dhineshrocky007' Kumar₹2.29 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pabloescobat₹2.12 LakhsAPT#18 Megastack ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anuj 'tittooTauji' Yadav₹2.10 LakhsIOPC#125 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dhinesh 'dinzy009' Kumar₹2.05 LakhsWPT Mini 6-Max ₹8 Lakhs GTD
calyx420₹1.81 LakhsIOPC #11 All Rounder PKO ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Neeraj 'Jannat52' Kumar₹1.71 LakhsIOPC #119 All Rounder ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pravin ‘littlejony’ Garle₹1.71 LakhsAPT#13 (6-Max) Turbo ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ujjwal ‘Mr vishnani’ Vishnani₹1.68 LakhsIOPC#111 Wednesday Spotlight ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Parth 'ucallucry' Budhraja₹1.63 LakhsReCharge ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vivek 'victor2coolsmart' Karwa₹1.53 LakhsWPT Table for 6 ₹7 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vivek 'Vivek94540' Singh₹1.51 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Arish 'YKNjonsnow' Taraporewala₹1.47 LakhsAPT#19 (6-Max) Turbo ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
PradhanLi₹1.42 LakhsThe Race ₹6.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta₹1.36 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Saahib 'Str8$$$Homey' Bawa₹1.17 LakhsIOPC#121 ₹5.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vikram 'MentalScience' Mishra₹1.13 LakhsIOPC#108 PKO ₹5.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ritwik ‘Ritwikkhanna’ Khanna₹1.12 LakhsAPT#8 DST ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Bhanu Prakash ‘Chennaino1’ KC₹1.05 LakhsAPT #9 PKO ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anurag 'Krifard' Rawat₹1.01 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rajesh Kumar ‘ChivasRegal’ Shukla₹1 LakhIOPC #114 ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Dhaval 'D1D1D' Doshi₹98,693Uppercut ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
kabir2298₹94,563Battle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Faiz ‘LFGgggg’ Alam₹90,774Night on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
durrred₹89,810IOPC #115 ₹4.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
M 'LACHANCE' Balakrishnan₹89,345IOPC#122 ₹4.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Himanshu ‘baagdi’ Bagdwal₹83,159WPT Hustle ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kalidenalii₹80,200The Flash ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
suhael₹63,729IOPC #113 ₹3.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nishachar₹56,9436-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
deadpan16₹55,787Battle Royale 7-Max ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Mohit 'thejoker' Mehta₹55,639IOPC#120 ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
starnaruto₹54,5906-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
Jason Koon₹49,616Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aditya ‘Opulentadi’ Sharma₹47,250Afternoon Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
DeuceSeven09₹44,025The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Harsh 'harsh1327' Bubna
₹42,225Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
Abhishek ‘Addysonu’ Sonu₹40,688Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Blackace9₹39,030Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
janspeed₹37,870Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Sahil 'you3bi4b' Nair₹37,0946-Max Holdem Boost DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
birjukumar₹36,975Nighttide DST ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Monk555₹36,810Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
ThikanaCK₹35,069Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
75##.717##9_2257163₹33,000The Closer ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDGoodPoker
Sankalp 'Wobbegong' Marwah
₹30,970PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTD
Akash 'winnerwinner' Punshi
₹30,918Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTD
underdawgg₹30,150Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
₹28,990Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakh GTD
Amit ‘Stu Ungar 7694’ Kaushik₹28,731Time Tourney 90 Minutes ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
rkcravi₹27,082Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Faiz ‘AilaGaya’ Alam₹26,640PLO BOOST Monster ₹1 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Zangam₹25,760Punch for ₹80K GTDAdda52
Armaan ‘armaan007111’ Kochhar₹24,423Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Rajneesh ‘msdhoni’ Thakur₹24,110PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
777Grkrn777₹24,000Warrior Arena ₹1 Lakh GTD Bounty REPokerDangal
flashsurya₹24,000Dangal Friday ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
88bluff₹22,000Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
maaya420₹21,000Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
newbie884₹20,752Ultra KO 90% ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
robert_ford9₹18,770Ultra KO 75% ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Djsjsjsjsjsjsjsjsjsj₹17,918The Centurion ₹1.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
kidwithim₹17,396Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
041195₹16,791Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
kimi_nj₹15,590Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
hardyindin₹15,093Bigstack Turbo ₹70 GTDPokerStars India
Pranav ‘PranV’ Agrawal₹15,045Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
badlAA13,431Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
shubh79₹13,309Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
Shailu1456₹12,967Sundown Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
dhamlabhis₹12,900Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
kimi_nj₹12,024Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
padamjain₹11,813Striker 5 Card PLO ₹45K GTD

Spartan Poker
Sagar ‘sagar28389’ Gulati₹11,494Sundown Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
maaya420₹10,7506 Feet Under ₹25K GTD PLO DeepstackKhelo365
fuckRey₹10,562Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
RKGRKG₹9,881Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
ShipIT@MONEY₹8,396Primetime Grind ₹40K GTDPokerStars India
ShipIT@MONEY₹8,107Primetime Grind ₹40K GTDPokerStars India
nikj33l₹7,083Primetime Grind 40K GTDPokerStars India


PokerStars India Brings Back 100% Reload Bonus Offer (August 2 – 15)

PokerStars India has brought back its 100% Reload Bonus Offer, offering 100% matched bonuses on player deposits from August 2 to 15.

100% Reload Bonus Offer is Back on PokerStars India (August 2-15)

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BLITZPOKER’s Astronomical August Offers Exciting Deposit Bonus Offers

BLITZPOKER’s latest promotional offering for cash game players – Astronomical August – offers over ₹11,000 in bonuses.

BLITZPOKER’s Astronomical August Comes Laden With Exciting Deposit Bonus Offers

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WSOP Online 2021 Updates

The WSOP.com leg of the 2021 WSOP Series culminated this week, with the action simultaneously shifting to GGPoker/Natural8 for players outside the U.S.

Chris Moorman grabbed one of the last gold bracelets on offer on WSOP.com, winning Event #29: $800 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Deepstack for $102,406. This was Moorman’s career-second gold bracelet.

Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman


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Mitchel Halverson (Won Event #30: $600 NLHE 6-Max Championship for $84,057), Brad Zusman (Won Event #31: $500 NLH Summer Saver for $79,683), Drew O’ Connell (Won Event #32: $1,000 NLH Championship for $146,893), and Dan Sindelar (Won Event #33: $500 NLHE Grand Finale for $159,100) were the other WSOP.com bracelet winners.

In the GGPoker-leg of the series, Bartlomiej Swieboda walked away with his career-first bracelet in Event #1: $50 The Return NLHE for $161,111.

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Brazilian pro Joao Simao finally got the WSOP monkey off his back by shipping Event #2: $1,111 Caesars Care Charity Event for $206,075.

Joao Simao
Joao Simao


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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 next week with our weekly report. Stay tuned.

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