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This Week in Poker: September 25 – October 1

This Week in Poker - Sept 25 to Oct 1
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  • Namita Ghosh October 2, 2019
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October is here and the month comes wrapped in festivities for the country that celebrates Navratris and Durga Puja before getting drowned in the dazzling lights of Diwali! The spirit of celebrations has spilled over the poker felts as well bringing with it loads of action. For now, let’s take a look back at the week that was.

The past seven days belonged to the virtual felts, and there has been a noticeable surge in online action, driven mostly by the high-value tournaments at PokerBaazi and Spartan Poker. Dominating the show was yet another smashing edition of the PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL). The series was making a return after April, and kicked off on September 21 with a massive ₹7 Crores in guaranteed prizes! Having taken charge of the spanking new PokerBaazi LIVE poker room onboard Casino Pride 2, PokerBaazi experimented with the exciting live-online hybrid format in the two biggest events at the PPL. Both the High Roller 6-Max ₹70 Lakhs GTD (RE) and the MoneyMaker ₹1 Crore GTD events played down to the final table last weekend and following a week-long pause will next resume play at the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room in Goa (Oct 7-8)! Immediately after that, the Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) will kickoff, and you will be able to follow all the action in near real-time on PokerGuru!

But before all that, there’s another Spartan Poker flagship coming your way. Tweaking its signature Millionaire tournament, Spartan Poker has come out with The Millionaire X5 Edition – a ₹8,000 buy-in multi-flight tourney with three starting flights that run from Oct 4-6 and guarantees 1 Million to the top five finishers.

As far as online performances are concerned, it was the super talented Aditya Sushant who overshadowed the rest this week. He was an unstoppable force on the virtual felts and championed two majors on Spartan Poker – The Elite ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹4.78 Lakhs and the “5 For 5” for ₹5 Lakhs. The WSOP bracelet winner made two runner-up finishes as well – in the 9stacks’ The Joker ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.47 Lakhs and PokerStars India’s Sunday PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹57,341. His weekly report card has a litany of other scores, many of which we were unable to cover (we have a fix for this in the works), but with at least ₹13.40 Lakhs in online winnings, he is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

If fast-paced online action brought in good news this week, there were several disturbing developments as well. Kolkata that is considered a safe haven for poker saw raids conducted by the police at two different poker rooms. 14 people including the owner of Kolkata’s popular Mughlai cuisine restaurant chain, Arsalan, Akhtar Parvez were apprehended in this raids and charged with gambling, in direct contravention to the provisos of the West Bengal Gambling and Prize Competition Act, 1957 and also the 2015 judgement of the Calcutta High Court and the recent ruling by Calcutta High Court`s Circuit Bench at Jalpaiguri.

Goa seems to be dominating our weekly recap and this week was significant for the coastal state’s offshore casinos since the government has initiated proceedings to identify a suitable location in Aguada Bay to move offshore casinos. The opposition Congress has vehemently opposed the idea, however, citing social and environmental concerns.

Two exciting developments this week should help the mind sport spread out to the masses. In the first, PokerStars India has signed on as associate sponsors for the immensely popular reality TV show Bigg Boss! The other features news of the return of Poker Sports League (PSL) that is coming back for Season 3 in a much bigger avatar. There are ₹4 Crores in prizes and league founder Amit Burman has committed $2 Million to the league this year!

Setting the international felts on the fire are two ongoing stops – the WSOP International Circuit at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov and the WPT UK which is currently underway at Nottingham and scheduled to run till October 6. Coming up next is the European Poker Tour (EPT) Open Sochi that runs from October 4 to 13.


Online Railbird Report

Headlining the online scorecard is one of our first batch of Young Guns who also happens to be the country`s first WSOP bracelet winner – Aditya Sushant. This Chennai-based superstar has been unstoppable and won two titles on Spartan Poker this week – the 5 For 5 for ₹5 Lakhs, in addition to winning The Elite ₹25 Lakhs GTD ₹11,000 (RE) for ₹4.78 Lakhs. Sushant who enjoys cult popularity in the domestic circuit netted hefty sums for his two runner-up finishes in 9stacks’ The Joker ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.47 Lakhs and PokerStars India’s Sunday PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹57,341. This, along with a litany of other scores, saw him adding at least ₹13.40 Lakhs to his bankroll, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Aditya Sushant
Aditya Sushant

Among the other top performers, Mayank ‘Maahi13’ won the PPL #24: The Endeavour ₹60 Lakhs GTD for ₹11.24 Lakhs and Jaydeep ‘JDBhaiya’ Dawer championed the PPL #34 The Summit MonsterStack ₹35 Lakhs GTD for ₹8.26 Lakhs.

The PPL buzz may have settled down for now with it is a temporary lull before the hail storm. The two most prominent events on the schedule – PPL #35 High Roller & The MoneyMaker ₹1 Crore GTD are to play out their final tables in Goa next week. Adding to the excitement is the fact that the first-ever BPT ₹25K Main Event champion Puneet ‘neo1’ Dua is chip leading the final table in PPL #35 High Roller with a massive 2.74 Million stack. Over at The MoneyMaker ₹1 Crores GTD, it is Young Gun Siddharth ‘schemer’ Karia sitting in pole position with a stack of 3.832 Million. Both final tables will now take place at the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room in Goa on October 7 and 8 respectively.

Puneet Dua & Siddharth Karia
Puneet Dua & Siddharth Karia

The other notable scores of the week include –

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Mayank ‘Maahi13’₹11.24 LakhsPPL #24: The Endeavour ₹60 Lakhs GTD –Day 2PokerBaazi
Jaydeep ‘JDBhaiya’ Dawer₹8.26 LakhsPPL #34 The Summit MonsterStack ₹35 Lakhs GTD (5RE)PokerBaazi
Arsh ‘Button_Hai_Bro’ Grover₹7.96 LakhsPPL #29: The Vegas ₹40 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Mukesh ‘Mukteshwar0710’ Srivastava₹7.61 LakhsPPL #47: BSS SuperStack ₹30 Lakhs GTD (5RE)PokerBaazi
Wilson ‘kalingkaling’ Yomso₹6.84 LakhsPPL #28: PLO High Roller ₹30 Lakhs GTD (5 RE)PokerBaazi
Ameya ‘volcy’ Gokhale₹6.18 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja₹6.02 LakhsDestiny 11.0 ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aditya ‘SuperuSer’ Sushant₹5 Lakhs5 For 5 (₹5 Lakhs GTD For Top 5 Player)Spartan Poker
Chirag ‘mahikk’ Bhardwaj₹4.96 LakhsGodfather XI ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rajat ‘GarammasaIa’ Sharma₹4.93 LakhsSunday SuperStack ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aditya ‘SuperuSer’ Sushant₹4.78 LakhsThe Elite ₹25 Lakhs GTD ₹11,000 (RE)Spartan Poker
Nitesh ‘neo007’ Baliyan₹4.59 LakhsPPL#23 6-Max DST ₹20 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Ragesh ‘ragesh91’ Mishra₹4.34 LakhsThe Ballers ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ankur ‘Crimemastergogo’ Sehgal₹3.68 LakhsMega Stack ₹17 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Bharat ‘rungooserun’ Vasan₹3.67 LakhsThe Joker ₹15 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Sandeep ‘effuno’ Varma₹3.51 LakhsMega Stack ₹15 Lakhs GTD ₹3,300 (RE)Spartan Poker
Vaibhav ‘durrrr1310’ Saigal₹3.13 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Acesunited₹3.01 LakhsPPL #38 ValueTown ₹15 Lakhs GTD (5RE)PokerBaazi
Devang ‘trappyfish93’ Yadav₹2.94 LakhsSunday Special – Progressive KO – ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aditya Agarwal₹2.68 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
N00b N00b₹2.60 LakhsHead-Hunter ₹10 Lakhs GTD RESpartan Poker
Akshay ‘NoFuchsGiven’ Dhingra₹2.44 LakhsBig Slick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Alok ‘TheProfessional’ Birewar₹2.35 LakhsThe Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Vishal ‘Vishallb22’ Bajaj₹2.19 LakhsPPL #37 ₹10 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
xoredvoid₹2.16 LakhsGoa Fest ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
doshidhaval72₹2.10 LakhsHitman ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vikram ‘vikrambatra23’ Ved Batra₹2.05 LakhsMaverick ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vinayak ‘tuktuki’ Bajaj₹1.99 LakhsReCharge₹12 Lakhs GTD ₹2,200 RESpartan Poker
Vivek ‘KasolHieghts’ Singh₹1.94 LakhsTGIF ₹10 Lakhs GTD ₹1,650 (RE)Spartan Poker
_m0nk21₹1.64 LakhsUppercut Progressive KO (6-Max) MAGIC Edition ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Lazyman₹1.54 Lakhs₹6 Lakhs GTD Daily Hi-Fi ₹2,200 (RE)Spartan Poker
Ananya ‘acesaregood9’ Choudhary₹1.50 LakhsPPL#45 BSS PLO ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
noelpais₹1.47 LakhsHitman ₹7.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
vikramDotExe₹1.43 LakhsSunday Special (L) – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta₹1.37 LakhsPPL #48: BSS MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD (3RE)PokerBaazi
Jimmy ‘jeeven’ Arora₹1.33 LakhsPPL #39 PLO DST ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
KillThemAll₹1.26 Lakhs₹6 Lakhs GTD Daily Hi-Fi ₹2,200 RESpartan Poker
InfiNitty₹1.20 LakhsElectric Big Daddy ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
howdymodi₹1.20 LakhsPPL#25 PLO ₹5 Lakhs GTD (5RE)PokerBaazi
Potli6007₹1.18 LakhsPPL#22 5-Max Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Godzilllaa66₹1.13 LakhsPPL #31 DST ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Guddu ‘gudduhero20’ Chaudhary₹1.12 LakhsPPL #27: 6-Max SuperStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD (5RE)PokerBaazi
Pranjal ‘lilmessipranjal’ Gandhi₹1.10 LakhsSixth Sense ₹2,750 NLHE ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anuj ‘brockLesnar95’ Yadav₹1.10 LakhsSixth Sense ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Barakiel7₹1.03 LakhsNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
rdx1111₹98,871Monday Hustle ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ankit ‘helter_skelter’ Kapoor₹93,013Tuesday MonsterStack₹3 Lakhs GTD (5RE)PokerBaazi
Akshay ‘vibaks’ Nasa₹84,750Sunday Hexagram ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shiv04₹80,400Monday MegaStack₹3 Lakhs GTD (5 RE)PokerBaazi
Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni₹77,490PPL #30: 4- Max Hyper Turbo ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
BaniyaKiller₹77,123Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Naren‘IMUNAGI’ Purohit₹73,009Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Suhas ‘skullkiker’ N₹72,676PPL #26: ₹3 Lakhs GTD (3RE)PokerBaazi
xoredvoid₹71,250Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
xoredvoid₹69,053Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
pgp282₹68,750Ultimate PLO ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD ₹2,200 (RE)Spartan Poker
Bishal ‘xerxes’ Ghosh₹67,936Ultimate PLO ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD ₹2,200 RESpartan Poker
Aditya ‘MoneyHeist’ Kulkarni₹67,703StackUp @8 PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Ashok ‘Think_Tank’ Choudhary₹65,000StackUp @8 PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Harshit ‘Harsh114’ Sanghi₹65,000StackUp @8 PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
EIMonje₹65,000[email protected] 8 PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Anuj ‘brockLesnar95’ Yadav₹65,000StackUp @8 PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Arjunn ‘PataHeeHai’ Agarwal₹65,000StackUp @8PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Kamal ‘ksn123’Naruka₹59,599Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
azmadh₹59,534Sunday PLO – ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
rahuljohn1983₹54,589PPL #33 4-Max DST Hyper ₹2 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
mpaonker₹50,833Progressive KO – 4 Max ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anurag ‘13anurag’ Shrivastava₹48,944PPL#44 ₹2 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
firehawk729₹46,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD NLHE (Max 5 Rebuys)Khelo365
Rajesh ‘MCallingStation’ Shukla₹44,954Zoom 3-Max Progressive KO ₹1,650 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
yagyavalk₹44,421PPL #36 6-Max ₹2 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
SpoiledPila₹42,396Deepstack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Naveen ‘BUTLER’ Naik ₹42,225₹1.5 Lakhs GTD Battlefield Tuesday Poker Dangal
vinaash₹42,102Deepstack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Mukesh ‘Guruuu’ Surana₹42,000PPL#32 6-Max ₹2 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Armaan ‘armaan007111’ Kochhar₹38,6226 – Max NLHE ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
chintak₹27,600Deep Stack 60K GTD NLHE (Max 5 Rebuys)Khelo365


Poker Sports League (PSL) Comes Back

India’s first-ever poker league, Poker Sports League PSL) is back! Returning after a long break of 16 months, Season 3 of the PSL commences next month and will continue till February 2020. The announced edition features ₹4 Crores in the prize pool and Founder Amit Burman has committed an investment of $2 Million to the league this year.

PSL announces Season 3

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PokerStars India Signs on as Associate Sponsors For Bigg Boss Season 13

The India-facing arm of global poker brand PokerStars, PokerStars India, has entered a collaboration with the reality TV show Bigg Boss and will be the associate sponsors for the show’s ongoing Season 13 that premiered on Colors (VIACOM) on September 29.

PokerStars India become associate sponsors for Bigg Boss Season 13
PokerStars India become associate sponsors for Bigg Boss Season 13

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Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) Returning For 2nd Edition to PokerBaazi LIVE Goa From Oct 9-14

PokerBaazi’s flagship live poker tournament series, Baazi Poker Tour (BPT), is all geared up to take place at the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room onboard Casino Pride 2 starting October 9. Headlining the five-event series is India’s first-ever ₹50,000 Main Event ₹2 Crore GTD* while the ₹100,000 High Roller is the richest event on the schedule. Railbirds can follow all the live-action on PokerGuru.

BPT Coming to PokerBaazi LIVE from Oct 9 to Oct 14

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PokerStars Partners With Run It Up to Launch ‘Chat Plays Poker’

PokerStars has teamed up with Twitch streamer and Run It Up (RIU) founder Jason Somerville to launch a new and interactive poker game on Twitch – Chat Plays Poker.

PokerStars India partners with Run It Up Poker for Chat Plays Poker

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14 Arrested in Poker Club Raids in Kolkata; Calcutta High Court’s Circuit Bench at Jalpaiguri Gives Favourable Ruling

In a shocking incident, 14 people including the owner of Kolkata’s popular Mughlai cuisine restaurant chain, Arsalan, Akhtar Parvez, were arrested by Kolkata Police during raids at two poker clubs in the city. Even though poker is excluded from the ambit of gambling in West Bengal, the apprehended were booked under various sections of the IPC and the Gambling Act and remanded to police custody.

Kolkata Poker Clubs raid

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Just days after the unpleasant incident, came some uplifting news that evidently contradicts the case made out by the Kolkata Police in the story mentioned above. Hearing a petition filed by the Secretary of the Indian Poker Association (IPA) and long-time poker crusader, KN Suresh, the Calcutta High Court’s circuit branch in Jalpaiguri ruled that police and other law enforcement authorities cannot interfere or disrupt any poker games conducted by the club without a prior complaint or specific arrest warrant.

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Goa Government Looking to Relocate Offshore Casinos to Aguada Bay

With the deadline for offshore casinos to move out of River Mandovi fast approaching, the BJP government in Goa went on an overdrive to try and find possible locations to relocate the floating vessels. Taking the lead in this matter, Goa Ports Minister Michael Lobo is lobbying for a site at Aguada Bay and his department including the CoP has been tasked to make an on-site inspection to identify possible sites.

Michael Lobo
Michael Lobo

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With no alternate location in place, Goa’s state cabinet had little option but to extend the permission for offshore casinos to continue operating from River Mandovi by another six months, valid till March 31, 2020.

Goa Casinos

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In the latest development in this story, the Captain of Ports (CoP) has been directed to carry out the announced inspection of Aguada Bay. The major opposition party in the state, Congress, has vehemently opposed the same alleging that the move will spoil the Aguada Bay waters for the humpback dolphins that frequent the area and affect tourism.

Goa Govt considers Aguada Bay as site to relocate offshore casinos

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Vereeni Investments Acquires Stake in Nostragamus

Malta-based venture capital fund Veereni Investments has acquired a stake in India-facing real-money fantasy sports portal, Nostragamus.

Veereni Investments pick up stake in Nostragamus

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GST Council Hears GST Demands of Casino, Lottery & Horse Betting Sectors

During its scheduled meeting in Goa, the GST Council heard out various tax-related demands by the casino, lottery and horse-betting sectors. Due to the inability of the eight-member Group of Ministers (GoM) to come to a consensus, the Council turned down the demand of a uniform tax rate on lotteries. The casino sector’s demand for reducing the 28% GST has been referred to the GoM, and the Council may permit the restructuring of the current formula for charging GST on horse racing.

GST Council meeting in Goa
GST Council meeting in Goa

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The Stars Group Fined €400,000 by Dutch Gambling Regulator Kansspelautoriteit

The Stars Group (TSG), the parent company of PokerStars, has been fined €400K by Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit for allowing Dutch players to access PokerStars’ Europe-facing site.

TSG fined by Dutch regulator KSA

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Winamax Poker Open Dublin

The 10th edition of the Winamax Poker Open was hosted at Dublin’s famous City West Hotel from September 23 to 29, with 36 events on the schedule. The €500 Main Event registered 1,389 entries across three starting flights. In the end, Philippe Guillou took down the title and €70,000 in prize money following a four-way deal.

Philippe Guillou wins Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event
Philippe Guillou wins Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event

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Incidentally, this was the second final table finish for Guillou at the stop. He had only a few days ago finished third in the €1,000 High Roller that was taken down by Ireland’s Patrick Clarke for €40,640.

Patrick Clarke Takes Down Winamax Poker Open Dublin High Roller
Patrick Clarke Takes Down Winamax Poker Open Dublin High Roller

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Eric Baldwin Wins Venetian MSPT $1,100

Topping a field of 377 entries, Eric Baldwin took down the DeepStack Extravaganza III Event #29: $1,100 NLH MSPT $250K GTD to take home a paycheque worth $80,872.

Eric Baldwin Wins Venetian MSPT $1,100
Eric Baldwin Wins Venetian MSPT $1,100

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Jeffrey Trudeau Wins 7th Circuit Ring In WSOPC Seminole Coconut Creek High Roller

Jeffrey Trudeau outlasted a field of 73 entries in the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Coconut Creek $2,200 High Roller for his seventh circuit ring and $46,363 in prize money.

Jeffrey Trudeau takes down WSOPC Seminole Coconut Creek $2,200 High Roller
Jeffrey Trudeau takes down WSOPC Seminole Coconut Creek $2,200 High Roller

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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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