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This Week in Poker: September 1 – 7

This Week in Poker: September 1 - 7
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  • Namita Ghosh September 8, 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!

After two months of high-octane MTT action, things seem to have settled down somewhat this week. The only silver lining in an otherwise uneventful week was Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire that crowned a first-time champion in Abhishek Jain. The 30-year-old from Siliguri won the title for a career-best ₹17.03 Lakhs just four days after his third-place finish in Spartan Poker`s Destiny. With a commendable 19.34 Lakhs in recorded winnings throughout the week, Jain tops the charts to clinch our PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Among the other standout winners was PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit Wadhawan, who won the Destiny, even as Young Gun Arsh Grover shipped the Godfather and Running Hot. The Millionaire runner-up Pravin Garle, Young Gun Anuj Yadav, Vinay BK, PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal Bajaj, Mohammad Azhar, Rishab Malik, and Archit Saraogi were the other top scorers of the week.

Enough of the calm. We’re looking ahead at three flagship series on the horizon! Spartan Poker’s Final Table Series (FTS 3.0) gets going on Friday (September 10) and will unleash 30 high-value events promising ₹12 Crores in guaranteed prizes.

The other heavy-duty series coming up ahead is PokerStars India’s India Championship of Online Poker (INCOOP). The site`s fourth flagship MTT offering of the year, INCOOP, returns for its second edition from September 14 to 28. There is a whopping ₹5.70 Crores guaranteed across 142 high-value events.

For the low to mid-stakes players, PokerBaazi will be hosting the Indian Micro Poker Series (IMPS) Gold Edition from September 12 to 26.

Moving on to the top developments, the online gaming sector was delivered another massive blow this week. On Saturday, the Karnataka state cabinet unanimously decided to ban all forms of online betting activities, except lotteries and horseracing. Like bans imposed in other southern states, all forms of real-money online betting are to be declared a criminal activity in Karnataka. On September 13, the government will table a draft bill seeking amendments to the Karnataka Police Act, 1963, to enact the ban.

However, not all the news was gloomy. Goa’s Ports Minister Michael Lobo hinted that the government might permit casinos to reopen in October after evaluating the COVID-19 situation in the country.

In another positive development, Goa’s Investment Promotion Board (IPB) finally approved Delta Corp’s ambitious Integrated Resort project at Dhargal, Pernem, and the company`s share prices have witnessed a sharp increase in reaction to this news.

Moving to the international live updates, the Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) Europe came to a close on Wednesday. The former Polish professional handball player and high stakes cash game crusher Wiktor Malinowski walked away with the Main Event title and a personal-best $3.70 Million.

The 2021 WSOP Online Series on GGPoker/Natural8 is only four days away from the finish line. With only a handful of bracelets left to be won, all eyes are on the $20 Million GTD Main Event Online Championship. The event registered a 4,092-player field overlaying over $500K. It`s down to the final table with Brazil’s Edson Tsutsumi Jr. leading the group. India’s fifth bracelet champion, “Mandovi,” was among the handful of Indians who made Day 2 and finished 27th for $68,301 (₹50.15 Lakhs).


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Spartan Poker’s ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire was the star attraction this week and saw 30-year-old Abhishek Jain storm his way into the “Millionaire`s Club” after toppling a 1,863-strong field on Sunday to win a career-best ₹17.03 Lakhs. Jain had placed third in Destiny for ₹2.31 Lakhs four days ago. With ₹19.34 Lakhs in recorded winnings this week, Jain is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Abhishek Jain
Abhishek Jain


His top finishes include:

> 1st in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹17.03 Lakhs

> 3rd in the Destiny ₹23 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.31 Lakhs

PokerGuru AmbassadorAnkit Wadhawan added ₹11.91 Lakhs in weekly winnings. Over half of this figure came from his winning run in the Destiny. He also FT-ed The Summit and the BSS SuperStack.

Ankit Wadhawan
Ankit Wadhawan


His top finishes include:

> 1st in the Destiny ₹23 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.12 Lakhs

> 3rd in The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.75 Lakhs

> 5th in the BSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.08 Lakhs

Young Gun Arsh Grover had quite the run on Adda52 this past week. He won the Godfather and Running Hot titles, in addition to final tabling the Maverick, netting over ₹10.75 Lakhs.

Arsh Grover
Arsh Grover


His top finishes include:

> 1st in the Godfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.13 Lakhs

> 1st in the Running Hot for ₹1.48 Lakhs

> 3rd in the Maverick for ₹1.54 Lakhs

PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh worked up ₹10.51 Lakhs in recorded winnings this week.

Mithun Mahesh
Mithun Mahesh


His top finishes include:

> 3rd in The Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTD for ₹6.59 Lakhs

> 1st in the Bounty Builder ₹10 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.52 Lakhs

Pravin Garle placed runner-up in The Millionaire for ₹9.46 Lakhs, and his weekly tally touched approximately ₹10 Lakhs.

Pravin Garle
Pravin Garle


Young Gun Anuj Yadav, Vinay BK, PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal Bajaj, Mohammad Azhar, Rishab Malik, and Archit Saraogi were the other top scorers.

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Abhishek 'ajain236'Jain₹17.03 LakhsThe Millionaire ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Mohammad "Cupid stunt' Azhar₹7.92 LakhsThe Big Deal ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rahul 'sttoned'Kumar₹7.03 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anuj ‘tittooTauji’ Yadav₹6.97 LakhsThe Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
GajaniG₹6.86 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankit 'Shippament' Wadhawan₹6.12 LakhsDestiny ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arsh ‘BigggTymeR’ Grover₹6.12 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Bharat 'Lorenzovonmatterhorn'Vasan₹4.55 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Amar 'Thespecialone' Mehta₹4 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Devrat ‘Vickypune’ Singh₹3.93 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sahil 'bluffme19' Chutani₹3.88 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
ThatsItAllin₹3.63 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sanat 'mehro2511' Mehrotra₹3.51 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Shashank ‘Goldfish03’ Shekhar₹3.47 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhinesh ‘dhineshrocky007’ Kumar₹3.43 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Joseph 'axone' Rochungh Touthang₹3.42 LakhsMega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹16.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shravan ‘lukBo$$13’ Chhabria₹3.31 LakhsHighroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Arjanveer 'ballistik310' Singh Chadha₹3.08 LakhsSunday Special Progressive KO ₹18 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
royalty₹2.87 LakhsMystique E-GTDAdda52
Mithun 'ThePokeRajaIN' Mahesh₹2.52 LakhsBounty Builder HR ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Karan 'Apocalypto' Radia₹2.52 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vishal 'Vishzz' Bajaj₹2.24 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
goofy25₹2.02 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
bubba88₹2 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akhilesh ‘GM2318’ Gautam₹1.88 LakhsUppercut Progressive KO MAGIC Edition ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Padma37₹1.68 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pokerrozer₹1.65 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rahul Kumar M 'Kya_scenebro' Jain₹1.57 LakhsReCharge ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arsh 'BigggTymer' Grover₹1.48 LakhsRunning Hot ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
uLimp_iRaise₹1.39 LakhsWednesday Vibes ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sarpatta₹1.38 LakhsBSS MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
sagarvasan₹1.36 LakhsFuturistic 9.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Himanshu 'shambolic794' Arora₹1.32 LakhsThe Race ₹6.75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arjanveer 'holdbaby' Singh Chadha₹1.27 Lakhs(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Amrit ‘amrit1111’ Mishra₹1.26 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Swapnil 'norm_macdonald' Patil₹1.22 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ayush 'Proman502' Garg₹1.19 LakhsDaily SPRINT 7-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kamal ‘kamalpunjabi’ Punjabi₹1.13 LakhsBattle Royale (7-Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ikka5₹1.07 LakhsDaily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Dhirendra ‘dhiru91’ Kumar₹1.04 Lakhs(7-Max) BSS SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Akhand ‘akhand188’ Shukla₹1.01 LakhsNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anmol ‘freak_weird0’ Agarwal₹99,727Sixth Sense ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Raghav 'FuckedUpLife' Siddalinga₹94,250Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
demonrulzz₹92,389Deepstack ₹4.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vinay 'Vinstill' Bk₹92,243Daily Sprint 5-Max ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Deepankur ‘dp178’ Gupta₹82,089Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Harsh 'harsh1327' Bubna₹77,061Holdem BOOST ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aayush 'Learnnwin' Arya₹74,830Holdem BOOST ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pranav ‘pkpok13’ Khandalkar₹65,245The Classic PKO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
giraffebanger₹57,866Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2.1 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nehrasaab₹57,810Afternoon Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
King19₹55,137Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Manash ‘Silver555’ Kalita₹49,741Monster Stack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sanjay 'smr1g10' Mohan₹48,750Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
mimoh₹47,030Turbo ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gurukumarswami ‘jeevan79’ Gaddigimath₹46,309Afternoon Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tanay ‘tanayp’ Parekh₹46,085The Classic Progressive KO ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
‘efrnd’₹44,504Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
pokerdudee₹42,027Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Akshay ‘VaahBhaiVaah’ Gupta₹40,719Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Oshuri₹40,606Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Umesh ‘dhondu.chilll’ Sharma₹37,083Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Amod1001₹36,864Punch ₹90K GTDAdda52
swAAmi₹35,910PLO5 BOOST ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
somyasheshank₹33,800Punch ₹90K GTDAdda52
Swapnil ‘PokPom1’ Patil ₹30,781Ultrasonic ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
branthebroken₹29,839PLO Boost Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Karan ‘The Annihilator’ Radia₹29,821Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Nawneet 'nawchunu2089' Thakur₹29,252Daily Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
MeraDeshMahaan₹28,817Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Janish 'janish1998' Jain₹28,300Daily Afternoon SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
yd199999₹26,990Bigstack Turbo ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Highflyer₹23,076The Centurion ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
Karan ‘gogikaran’ Malhotra₹20,384Sunddown Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
OfcourseOfcourse₹20,192Epic ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
AZRI007₹16,706Time Tourney ₹45K GTDPokerStars India
gauravboi₹16,031Ultra KO 75% ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
MynameAK47₹15,446Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
bopin₹14,415Morning Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
Bharath ‘hzgod’ Kumar₹13,642Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
Akash ‘as5072828’ Sharma₹13,616Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
chunu79₹13,046Evening Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
MeraDeshMahaan₹13,029Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
pkpr2020₹12,933Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
madnanbalaji₹12,900Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
MrJkz₹12,594Primetime Grind ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
Shiv 'som1' Kumar₹12,0605-Max Daily ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
bigshotkapil₹11,765Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
bvrn₹11,214Evening Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
Rasdeep ‘newsolidcash’ Kumar₹10,502Primetime Grind ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
Sachin 'noxi' Gupta₹9,8645-Max Daily ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
Bhanu ‘Aloo29’ Prakash Mishra₹8,715Epic 6 Card PLO ₹30K GTDSpartan Poker
grandpalessons₹8,206Midnight Bash ₹25K GTDAdda52
Mancity2021₹7,181Epic Insomniac ₹20K GTDSpartan Poker
Kavita ‘Krish147’ Uppal₹4,345Epic Insomniac ₹15K GTDSpartan Poker
vickyab₹1,355Insomniac ₹5K GTDSpartan Poker


PokerStars India’s INCOOP to Make 2nd Run (Sept 14 – 28) With 5.70 Crores GTD

MTT players get ready for the India Championship of Online Poker (INCOOP) that hits the PokerStars India client from September 14 to 28. The series guarantees ₹5.70 Crores across 142 events with ticket giveaways, a series leaderboard, and much more.

Read the complete report here.


Karnataka Cabinet Approves Ban on Online Betting

Online poker and rummy could soon become illegal in Karnataka. This decision was taken by the state cabinet in a meeting on Saturday, and all forms of online betting, except for lottery and horseracing, could soon be declared a criminal activity.

The government will table a draft bill to amend the Karnataka Police Act, 1963, on September 13.

Karnataka Online Gaming

Read the complete report here


WSOP Online 2021

The GGPoker/Natural8-leg of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online 2021 is on its final stretch, with only four days left before the showdown.

The biggest attraction at the series, the $5,000 Main Event Online Championship, brought in 4,092 entries across a marathon of 27 starting flights. The event is now down to its nine-handed final table, with Brazil’s Edson “CrownUpTsu” Tsutsumi Jr leading the pack with 101 big blinds.

Edson Tsutnami
Edson Tsutnami


Several Indian players were seen in action on Day 2, and India’s fifth bracelet champion “Mandovi,” posted the deepest run from the country, finishing 27th for $68,301 (₹50.15 Lakhs).

The final table convenes at 5 PM (GMT) on September 11, and the action will be live-streamed on GGPoker`s Twitch channel.

Read the complete report here

Event #15: $10K Heads-up NLHE Championship also played out its finals. France’s Arthur Conan emerged triumphant to claim the top prize of $466,167.

Arthur Conan
Arthur Conan


Read the complete report here

Alexandru Papazian (Won Event #26: $888 Crazy Eights for $241,128), David “ZONEDin” Jackson (Won Event #25: $777 Lucky Sevens for $194,178) and Nuno “Albertov” Capucho (Won Event #23: $600 Deepstack Championship for $190,274) were the other bracelet winners of the week.


Wiktor Malinowski Wins Super High Roller Bowl Europe Main Event

This past Wednesday, the high-stakes online crusher from Poland, Wiktor “Limitless” Malinowski, added another significant accomplishment to his poker resume. A former professional handball player, Malinowski, took down the Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) Europe Main Event title for a career-best $3.70 Million.

Wiktor Malinowski
Wiktor Malinowski


Read the complete report here

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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