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This Week in Poker: May 26 – June 1

This Week in Poker
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  • Namita Ghosh June 2, 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!

As we enter the month of June, the second wave of the COVID-19 is still raging across India. According to the statement issued by the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday morning, the country reported a rise in new coronavirus infections, with 1,32,788 people testing positive in the last 24 hours.

With the lockdown being extended in most states, the online poker sites, too, reported steady traffic growth, and most flagships recorded better turnouts since last week. Even though usually the “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title is whisked away by the winner of the biggest guaranteed weekly tourney, which on most weeks is Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire. However, Anirban D Das gets to call himself the “PokerGuru Star of the Week!” this time. The online phenom championed Adda52’s inaugural Adda52 Colossus for a whopping ₹19.66 Lakhs on Sunday. Before that, Das won Spartan Poker’s Futuristic and finished runner-up in the Monster Stack, raking in jaw-dropping ₹25.28 Lakhs through the week.

Coming back to The Millionaire, the former WPT India side event winner, Deepak Bothra, ended PokerGuru Staking`s three-week-long winning streak this Sunday. The IIM Indore alumnus trounced a guarantee-crushing 2,357-entry field to claim the lion’s share of the ₹1.17 Crores prize pool worth ₹20.29 Lakhs (includes three ITM finishes). He picked up two more deep runs throughout the week to accumulate ₹23.45 Lakhs in weekly winnings, standing #2 among the week`s top winners.

Goonjan Mall, PokerGuru Ambassadors Mithun Mahesh, Ankit Wadhawan and Vishal Bajaj, and Akshay Kapoor were among the other big weekly scorers.

The month of June is already looking up for MTT players. While PokerStars India`s inaugural Summer Series got underway on Tuesday, starting tomorrow, i.e., June 3, is PokerDangal`s micro-stakes Dangal Grinder Series (DGS).

One of the most recent online poker sites to enter India, GoodPoker, has rolled out its loyalty program, the “VIP Club,” awarding players cashback for playing on the site.

Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8, has another massive month of promotions lined up in June with leaderboard-based giveaways worth a jaw-dropping $7.20 Million.

In a development that rings danger for the gaming industry, the GST Council set up a panel comprising state ministers to look at the current valuation of services offered by online gaming portals, casinos, lotteries, and horse racing and to recommend changes, if any, in the next six months.

The live poker scene in the US is opening up fast, and reports indicate that plexiglass dividers and other restrictions have been done away with at most poker rooms in Las Vegas. Last weekend, The Venetian in Las Vegas hosted several high roller tourneys as part of its 2021 Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series. Ali Imsirovic (Won Event #1: $10K NLHE for $200,200), Shawn Daniels (Won Event #2: $10K NLHE for $175,500) and Sean Perry (Won Event #3: $25,000 NLH High Roller for $365,500) emerged as the champions.


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Anirban D Das was an indomitable force this week, with no less than 10 finishes under his belt. However, his trailblazing Sunday run in Adda52’s first-ever ₹70 Lakhs GTD Adda52 Colossus brought him into the headlines. Das toppled a 166-player field in the Super High Roller to collect a personal-best ₹19.66 Lakhs. His long trail of deep runs added to an impressive ₹25.28 Lakhs weekly haul, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Anirban D Das
Anirban D Das


His top finishes include:

> 1st in the Adda52 Colossus ₹70 Lakhs GTD -– ₹19.66 Lakhs

> 1st in Futuristic ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.15 Lakhs

> 2nd in Monster Stack ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.47 Lakhs

Cash game specialist Deepak Bothra went neck-to-neck with Das. The 36-years old pro, a CA and an alumnus of IIM Indore ran deep in the Ballers before a bumper Sunday sent his MTT profit graph soaring. Bothra stamped his name as Spartan Poker`s latest ‘The Millionaire’ champion, collecting a career-best ₹19.45 Lakhs. He had brought two more stacks to Day 2 and cashed on both of them to collectively win ₹20.29 Lakhs in the event. The best part was that The Millionaire victory brought him his first tourney title of the year and for Bothra, who had decided to take a sabbatical from poker for the rest of the year, it meant going on a break after a momentous win. Bothra’s total winnings this past week stood at ₹23.45 Lakhs.

Deepak Bothra
Deepak Bothra


His top finishes include:

> 1st in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹19.45 Lakhs

> 3rd in Destiny ₹29 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.68 Lakhs

> 11th in The Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹35,877

The #6 ranked player of the year, Goonjan Mall, was also the only one from the top 10 annual list to score seven figures. Mall posted numerous FT finishes, prominently placing third in the Adda52 Colossus on Sunday for ₹10.77 Lakhs. He collectively added ₹16 Lakhs through the week.

Goonjan Mall
Goonjan Mall


His top finishes include:

> 3rd in the Adda52 Colossus ₹70 Lakhs GTD for ₹10.77 Lakhs

> 1st in the Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.91 Lakhs

> 6th in The Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹1 Lakhs

Last week’s The Millionaire champion, PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh, continued his hot run to add another ₹15.88 Lakhs over the week, much of which can be attributed to his runner-up finish in the Adda52 Colossus.

Mithun Mahesh
Mithun Mahesh


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in the Adda52 Colossus ₹70 Lakhs GTD for ₹14.55 Lakhs

> 7th in the Deepstack Madness for ₹66,330

PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan is one of three PokerGuru Staking members headlining the week`s top winners. He lapped up over ₹13.70 Lakhs this past week.

Ankit Wadhawan
Ankit Wadhawan


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in The Big Deal ₹33 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.61 Lakhs

> 4th in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹5.40 Lakhs

Fellow stablemate and former The Millionaire champion Vishal Bajaj also made seven-figure earnings of ₹12.25 Lakhs.

Vishal Bajaj
Vishal Bajaj


His top finishes include:

> 1st in the Excalibur for ₹3.21 Lakhs

> 2nd in The Ballers for ₹4.30 Lakhs

> 3rd in the Trending Thursday ₹20 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.11 Lakhs

Poker streamer Akshay Kapoor makes the cut on account of his impressive runner-up finish in The Millionaire. In all, Kapoor raked in ₹11.23 Lakhs through the week.

Akshay Kapoor
Akshay Kapoor


The Big Deal champion Abhinav Iyer (Collective Winnings – ₹11.86 Lakhs), Sunday Superstack champion Aditya Singh (Collective Winnings – ₹11.67 Lakhs), and Sahil Mahboonani (Collective Winnings – ₹9.30 Lakhs) were the week’s other top scorers.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Anirban ‘ajgar5’ D Das₹19.66 LakhsAdda52 Colossus ₹70 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Deepak ‘chimpoo’ Bothra₹19.45 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Aditya ‘konstantinn’ Singh₹9.40 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹42 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhishek 'PoeticInjustice' Gubba₹8.70 LakhsThe Elite ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Abhinav 'hightr0ller' Iyer₹7.43 LakhsThe Big Deal ₹33 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aniket 'anteman' Waghmare₹7.11 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddharth ‘cooking_nuts’ Gangwar₹6.83 LakhsDestiny ₹29 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sadhu16₹5.58 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kartik ‘Pegasus1505’ Ved₹5.05 LakhsDeepstack Madness ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhinesh 'dhineshrocky007' Kumar₹5.04 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sanat 'mehro2511' Mehrotra₹5.02 LakhsBSS#4 SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anmol 'anzzzzz' Mehta₹4.73 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Atul 'atulkhurana' Khurana₹4.61 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anurag ‘NormanBates’ Srivastava₹4.20 LakhsThe Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manish ‘newkidpoker’ Lakhotia₹4.02 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sujith 'dancingshrimp' Kumar₹3.82 LakhsMega Stack (Millionaire Bubble) ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
041195₹3.24 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Prince 'NaNki' Singh₹3.02 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja₹2.75 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aditya 'adit11' Kulkarni₹2.48 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddhanth 'Liu Kang' Kapoor₹2.32 LakhsMonster Stack ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Siddharth ‘champ-ak’ Pandey₹2.23 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anirban 'pokernoob' D Das₹2.15 LakhsFuturistic ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Atishay 'pokergod56' Samuel₹2.09 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Yash 'Babyshark21' Chitre₹2.08 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
zomunk₹1.99 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall₹1.91 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rajesh 'Folsom' Kumar₹1.90 LakhsReCharge ₹9.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bharath ‘hzgod’ Kumar₹1.90 LakhsSummer Series-06 Sixth Sense ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
avi098x₹1.85 LakhsThe Race ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Advait 'Ronaldinho18' Rajguru₹1.82 LakhsBSS#3 6-Max MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dhruv ‘pabloescobalu’ Balaram₹1.68 LakhsBSS#5 MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
OfcourseOfcourse₹1.56 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹9 Lakhs GTD

Spartan Poker
Dhaval ‘dirtyzoso’ Mudgal₹1.49 LakhsHurricane ₹4.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dev112410₹1.32 LakhsOFC Fantasy Series #3 - High Roller ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
LaufingBuddha₹1.30 LakhsVoyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Abhishek ‘Addysonu’ Sonu₹1.23 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anmol ‘freak_weird0’ Agarwal₹1.16 LakhsSummer Series – 08 Uppercut Mini ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Gautam ‘rabbithunter’ Kaul₹1.15 LakhsShip It ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
KaBooM2330₹1.12 LakhsUppercut ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Akshay ‘darulerofall’ Gupta₹1.10 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rishabh 'rishlangda' Baj₹1.07 LakhsVoyager ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Deepesh 'deep12322' Raka₹1 LakhNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Abhiroop 'Ron007' Gupta₹87,471Monster Stack ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
brv07₹79,3806-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pawan ‘Pawan46’ S₹78,120BSS#6 After Party ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
₹77,763Monster Stack ₹4 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Anmolraj Singh ‘modi chai wala’ Chawla₹72,699Battle Royale ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Cheifisback₹72,4506-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Tanmaya ‘RTD27’ Gupta ₹72,212Monster Stack ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Kunal 'callmeifyoucan' Yadav₹71,6106-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Adarsh 'Subham007' Subham₹70,396Big Bubble Rush ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India

₹68,625Afternoon Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
Jilebii₹64,116Afternoon Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ravee 'Raveestar007' Gohil
₹63,000Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Vishal 'VishalMaharaj' Maharaj
₹60,913Night Rider - DeepStack Turbo ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Srinivas 'sunshay211' Akshay

₹60,772Night Rider - Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Karan ‘gogikaran’ Malhotra₹60,312The Classic ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Debayan ‘MonsterD39’ Das₹57,868Deepstack ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain₹54,670Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Prince ‘NaNki’ Singh₹54,080Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
thesword₹53,300Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vineesh ‘VanielNegranu’ Bhatia₹51,430Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Kiran0388₹50,370Night DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
vr055₹49,040Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Morgan B₹48,791Night Rider- Monster Stack ₹2.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Champ10n₹46,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
supee54₹45,869Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTD

PokerStars India
Vakeel.sahab₹45,276Ultimate 5 Card PLO ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rishab ‘Rishh14’ Jain ₹44,504Nighttide DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
kw1996₹41,980Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Hemu0212₹41,720PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Janish ‘janish1998’ Jain₹40,960Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Gautam ‘M8a7’ Rohilla₹40,850Afternoon DST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
5AA5₹37,600PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Amarjeet ‘ninjakar’ Singh₹36,050PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Anupam ‘anupam_aryan’ Mishra₹33,735 Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
7binga7₹31,127Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
wildshark100₹27,954Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Sharad ‘zimbawe’ Haridasan₹27,800Punch ₹80K GTDAdda52
Ajit ‘ace_bob’ Singh Arora₹27,720Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
₹26,654Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTD
PokerStars India
Sarthak '[email protected]' Sharma₹26,437Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
LBCrusher₹26,400Dangal Friday ₹1.20 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
₹24,090The Centurion ₹1.10 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Falconwagon₹23,554Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Joonjoon₹20,040Wednesday PLO ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerDangal
davaa dondup
₹18,442Afternoon on Stars ₹75K GTD
PokerStars India
VVV13₹18,342The Centurion ₹1.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Suresh 'pokergambit' Kolli₹18,135OFC Fantasy Series #2 ₹75K GTDSpartan Poker
Raj777878₹18,050Afternoon on Stars ₹75K GTDPokerStars India
DeuceSeven09₹17,436Afternoon on Stars ₹75K GTDPokerStars India
Narendra Modi₹17,259Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
Shivam ‘cyflopse’ Jain₹16,728Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
nishantdreams₹15,000Dominator ₹50K GTDKhelo365
LondonFM21₹13,800Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
₹12,281Deepstack ₹50K GTD
PokerStars India
Nitin 'nitinrawat768' Rawat
₹11,958Evening Adda ₹50K GTD
Mridul ‘healingp’ Kharkwal₹11,933Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
Samaybk₹10,7506 Feet Under PLO Deepstack ₹25K GTDKhelo365
swAAmi₹10,661Striker - 5 Card PLO ₹45K GTD
Spartan Poker
MR. PRANK₹7,818OFC Fantasy Series #1 ₹30K GTDSpartan Poker
bahuball₹4,240Quick Freeze ₹10K GTD PLOKhelo365
akhilnegi₹1,775Weekly Freeroll ₹10K AddedPokerDangal


PokerDangal’s 25 Lakhs GTD Dangal Grinder Series Runs June 3 9

PokerDangal is coming back with another edition of the Dangal Grinder Series (DGS). The micro-stakes series runs from June 3 to 9, offering ₹25 Lakhs in prizes across 20 tourneys. The series will also host a ₹10K Freeroll on June 3, and there are ₹3 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes for the serious grinders.

Read the complete report here


GoodPoker Announces “VIP Club” Player Loyalty Program

GoodPoker, the latest online poker site to launch in India, recently launched its loyalty program, the “VIP Club,” to attract more players to the site. For every real-money hand a user plays, they will receive VIP coins, adding up to 1 VIP coin for every ₹9.50 in rake contributed. These VIP coins can then be redeemed for real money on the GoodPoker platform.

Read the complete report here


Natural8 is Giving Away $7.20 Million in June!

After closing out a smashing 2021 WSOP Super Circuit Online Series, Natural8, Asia’s largest online poker room, has announced leaderboard-based giveaways to the tune of $7.20 Million in June.

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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