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WSOP 2022: Aditya Agarwal & Kartik Ved Make Day 2 in Event #46; Fabian Brandes, Daniel Zack & David Perry Win Bracelets on Day 22

Day 22 of the 53rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) had seven bracelet events running. Three of them played down to a winner, with Fabian Brandes (Event #39: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed), Daniel Zack (Event #40: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship), and David Perry (Event #43: $500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em) winning the shiny gold bracelet.

Zack had won Event #15: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship earlier in the month, and his latest victory has catapulted him to the top of the WSOP Player of the Year standings.

From Team India, Aditya Agarwal and PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved were seen in action on Tuesday. The mentor-mentee duo entered Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em, and both carried a stack forward. Agarwal bagged a stack of 138,500, while Ved will be bringing 103,500 to Day 2. Chris Brewer (485,000) headlines the 277 players moving to Day 2 in Event #46 from a starting field of 850 entries. Late registration is open till the start of Day 2, and we will likely see more players jumping in.

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal


The five-handed final table of Event #37: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em was finally formed on Day 4. Tyler Gaston (64,000,000) commands the chip lead heading into the final day.

Event #44: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship saw 97 players return for Day 2, with 17 players joining in before the start of play, locking in a 209-player field. Only 22 runners survived the day’s onslaught, with Bryce Yockey (1,465,000) bagging the end-of-day chip lead.

Event #45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed drew 1,438 entrants, and by the end of the opening day`s play, the field had whittled down to just 97 players, with Joshua Stefansky (1,660,000) topping the day-end chip counts.


Event #37: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em – Day 4

One of the biggest events of the series, Event #37: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit Hold’em drew a massive 7,961 player field over two starting flights, and after four action-packed days, only five players remain.

Day 4 began with 24 players, all of them battling for a seat at the final table. Each of them was guaranteed at least $43,849, but all eyes were on that grand first-place prize money of $1,125,189.

After roughly 11 hours of play, Tyler Gaston (64,000,000) bagged the chip lead, heading into the final table. He is closely followed by Yuliyan Kolev (58,300,000), a 2021 Online WSOP bracelet winner.

Gaston looks in a great position to lock in his maiden gold WSOP bracelet. Gaston was in sublime form on Tuesday as he orchestrated six eliminations acquiring massive pots each time, and there will be no stopping him if he continues his hot streak on the final day.

The remaining five finalists have locked up $301,346 each and will be taking their seats for a shot at the prestigious bracelet on Wednesday. The final day`s play resumes at 4 PM (PDT) on June 22 and will be live-streamed on PokerGO on a one-hour security delay.

Tyler Gaston
Tyler Gaston


Final Table Chip Counts

1. Tyler Gaston – 64,000,000

2. Yuliyan Kolev – 58,300,000

3. Oren Rosen – 43,000,000 36

4. Yita Choong – 22,900,000

5. Dominic Brazier – 10,200,000


Event #44: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship – Day 2

Event #44: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship had 97 returning players from Day 1, and another 17 players jumped in before the start of Day 2, creating a player pool of 209 entrants. Twenty-two runners made it to the end of the day’s play. The event registered 60 more entries than last year’s turnout generating a hefty $1,948,925 prize pool.

Bryce Yockey (1,465,000) bagged the overnight chip lead, followed by Eric Wasserson (1,025,000), Jerry Wong (885,000), Ben Lamb (875,000), and Andrew Yeh (865,000), who were capped off the top five stacks of the day.

Among the bracelet winners still in contention include Eric Rodawig (835,000), Mike Gorodinsky (825,000), Ismael Bojang (750,000), John Racener (710,000), Gary Benson (640,000), Andres Korn (510,000), Day 1 chip leader Philip Long (420,000), Eugene Katchalov (355,000), Shaun Deeb (320,000), Maxx Coleman (190,000), Brad Ruben (130,000) and Yuri Dzivielevski (40,000).

Notables who could not make Day 3 but finished in the money include Paul Volpe (24th for $17,669), Robert Mizrachi (27th for $17,669), Mike Matusow (28th for $16,155), Kevin Song (30th for $16,155) and Jeff Madsen (31st for $16,155).

A slew of notables fell out before reaching the money. And the unfortunate lot included top names like Phil Ivey, David Baker, Michael Mizrachi, Daniel Weinman, Dylan Linde, the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Robert Campbell, Alex Livingston, and Anthony Zinno.

The remaining 22 players will reconvene at 2 PM (PDT) on Wednesday, June 22, where they will play down to a champion who will take home the $487,129 top prize and the gold bracelet!

Bryce Yockey
Bryce Yockey


End of Day 2 Chip Counts

1. Bryce Yockey – 1,465,000

2. Eric Wasserson – 1,025,000

3. Jerry Wong – 885,000

4. Ben Lamb – 875,000

5. Andrew Yeh – 865,000

6. Eric Rodawig – 835,000

7. Mike Gorodinsky – 825,000

8. Ismael Bojang – 750,000

9. John Racener – 710,000

10. Gary Benson – 640,000

11. Paul Sokoloff – 625,000

12. Christopher Chung – 510,000

13. Andres Korn – 510,000

14. Philip Long – 420,000

15. Eugene Katchalov – 355,000

16. Shaun Deeb – 320,000

17. Matt Glantz – 270,000

18. Aaron Kupin – 215,000

19. Craig Chait – 195,000

20. Maxx Coleman – 190,000

21. Brad Ruben – 130,000

22. Yuri Dzivielevski – 40,000


Event #45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed – Day 1

Event #45: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed attracted 1,438 entrants, creating a $1,918,395 prize pool. After 17 levels of play, 97 players progressed to Day 2.

Joshua Stefansky (1,660,000) bagged the chip lead and is the only player with over a million chips under his belt. John Riordan (972,000), Vincent Moscati (959,000), and Mark Liedtke (943,000) carried forward the other top stacks.

Former bracelet winners Dylan Weisman (803,000), David Williams (769,000), Dash Dudley (742,000), David Prociak (721,000), and Brandon Cantu (700,000) are the other big names still in contention.

The top 216 places were assured payouts. Among the notables who finished in the money on Day 1 were Steven Kelly (98th for $3,528), Aristeidis Moschonas (102nd for $3,235), Steven Wolansky (108th for $3,235), Indo-Australian Ashish Gupta (118th for $3,006), Chad Holloway (139th for $3,006) and Daniel Weinman (162nd for $2,630).

The remaining players will return for Day 2 at noon (PDT) on June 22.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

1. Joshua Stefansky – 1,660,000

2. John Riordan – 972,000

3. Vincent Moscati – 959,000

4. Mark Liedtke – 943,000

5. Daniel Tordjman – 853,000

6. Hossein Ghodosi – 826,000

7. Dylan Weisman – 803,000

8. David Levy – 784,000

9. Sander Vanwesemael – 772,000

10. David Williams – 769,000


Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1

The latest bracelet event to kick off on Tuesday was Event #46: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em. The event witnessed a host of poker heavyweights in action, with a ton of them proceeding to Day 2.

India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal has had one the best starts to this year’s series. The Goa resident has already run deep in three events, even final tabling Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em, where he finished ninth for $23,634 (~₹18.36 Lakhs). He was seen back in action in this event and will be returning for Day 2 with a stack of 138,500 that puts him in the middle of the field at 131st place among the 277 survivors.

Former bracelet winner PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved will be joining his mentor on Day 2 with a stack of 103,000.

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved


The event logged in 850 entries, breaking the last year’s record of 604. While 277 runners have survived the day’s onslaught, with the late registrations open till the start of Day 2, the player pool will likely expand further.

The top two stacks are almost even in chips, with Chris Brewer (485,000) having a mere 5,000 chips more than Oliver Bosch (480,000) in second place.

Some of the biggest names who made Day 2 include the 2013 Main Event champion Ryan Riess (317,500), two-time bracelet winner Calvin Anderson (255,000), Chance Kornuth (339,500), Daniel Negreanu (211,000), 2019 Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino (179,500), Spanish poker legend Adrian Mateos (74,000) and Scott Seiver (45,000).

Day 2 will commence at 2 PM (PDT) on June 22 at the Bally’s Ballroom.

Chris Brewer
Chris Brewer


Top Ten Chips Counts at the End of Day 1

1. Chris Brewer – 485,000

2. Oliver Bosch – 480,000

3. Christian Pham – 455,000

4. Fikret Kovac – 432,000

5 . Aaron Van Blarcum – 428,500

6. Ian O’Hara – 419,000

7. Taylor Paur – 395,000

8. Hui Kuo – 392,000

9. Tobias Duthweiler – 387,000

10. Rui Bouqet – 370,500


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Spartan Poker’s Biggest-Ever ₹4 Crores GTD IOPC – The Crown Will Name a Champion on Sunday!

The 13th edition of India’s most sought-after online MTT series, the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC), has been a raging success! Underway on Spartan Poker (and partner sites), almost ₹29 Crores in cash prizes have already been awarded at the flagship series, with as many as 22 players banking over ₹10 Lakhs!

With just two days left for the series to wrap, the IOPC is heading towards a scintillating finale for what has already been a historical series. And the biggest prize of them all, the IOPC – The Crown is the one thing on every poker player’s mind.

Boasting a whopping ₹4 Crores prize pool guarantee, the IOPC – The Crown is the biggest yet in IOPC’s history. In addition to the colossal cash prize, it has a 0.8-carat diamond-studded gold crown awaiting the ultimate champion. The prestigious tournament has already played out five starting flights and has another three flights left to run.

The IOPC has always held the reputation as the country’s richest and most prestigious online poker stop, and Spartan Poker has further raised the bar with the IOPC June 2022 series. The centerpiece of the country’s biggest-ever online MTT series, IOPC – The Crown comes with a never-seen-before 4 Crores prize pool guarantee, making it:

Ø the biggest tournament ever to be hosted on Spartan Poker

Ø the biggest guaranteed IOPC Main Event

Ø the second-biggest guaranteed tournament in India

It is a historic tournament in the making, and the eventual winner will etch their name in the annals of Indian poker. Could that be you? If you haven’t qualified for Day 2 yet, what are you waiting for – there are just three more flights to go! And wait, even if you have – you have three more chances to get multiple stacks forward for an opportunity to win life-changing money!


4 Crores GTD IOPC The Crown

The IOPC – The Crown is the quintessential Main Event of the IOPC. Previously known as the IOPC – Millionaire Main Event, the event was rebranded as IOPC – The Crown during the ninth IOPC edition in July 2020.

The ₹11,000 buy-in magnum opus has gradually upped the stakes in guarantees from ₹3 to ₹3.50 Crores. However, this time, the IOPC – The Crown offers a whopping ₹4 Crores in guaranteed prizes. And that too for the same buy-in!

The IOPC The Crown commenced on June 13 and has already completed five of its eight starting flights. The five flights registered 2,467 entries across them, collecting a ₹2,46,70,000 prize pool. Here is the break-up of the entry field through the first five starting flights:

  • Day 1A – 468
  • Day 1B – 441
  • Day 1C – 490
  • Day 1D – 514
  • Day 1E – 554


The 4,000-player guarantee looks well in sight to be beaten, with an average of 500 entries required through each of the three remaining flights.

So far, 349 players have qualified for Day 2, with Saurabh ‘Beast555’ Jain (383,945) holding on to the overall chip lead. All the starting flight qualifiers will converge at 10 PM on Sunday, June 19, to play down to a winner.

The last three flights will take place on:

  • Day 1F: 7 PM on June 18
  • Day 1G: 1 PM on June 19
  • Day 1H: 4 PM on June 19


IOPC – The Crown Champions: A Lookback

The Kanpur-based entrepreneur Harshit Sanghi was the first-ever IOPC The Crown champion and walked away with a jaw-dropping ₹47.33 Lakhs.

Harshit Sanghi
Harshit Sanghi


Sanghi has once again made Day 2 of the mega tourney. Though he says he has not had a great series so far, he is looking forward to reclaiming ‘The Crown.’

“The current IOPC is going as bad as it can be for me. I have qualified for Day 2 of The Crown, and hopefully, I can replicate the performance from the past and win it one more time,” he said when we reached out to him earlier today.

PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal Singh donned the gold and diamond-studded crown in the IOPC January 2021 Edition, banking a career-best ₹51.81 Lakhs.

Laksh Pal Singh
Laksh Pal Singh


Vaibhav Temani pulled off a miraculous victory against poker superstar Aditya Agarwal heads-up to win the IOPC – The Crown title in the June 2021 Edition, taking home a ₹57.26 Lakhs top prize.

Vaibhav Temani
Vaibhav Temani


41-year-old banker Amit Gehani was the most recent player to win the prestigious IOPC – The Crown title in the January 2022 edition. With a phenomenal IOPC track record that includes winning the IOPC Legends in 2021 and the IOPC High Roller in 2022, Gehani took home a personal-best ₹56.40 Lakhs payday for his IOPC The Crown win.

Amit Gehani
Amit Gehani


You can join this glorious list of winners as well!

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WSOP 2022: Abhinav Iyer Makes Day 2 in Event #34; Aditya Agarwal & Kartik Ved Add to Team India’s Scorecard on Day 17

Day 17 of the 53rd annual World Series Of Poker (WSOP) was a busy one, with seven bracelet events on the tap. Three events crowned champions in Daniel Weinman (Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed), Brian Hastings (Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship), and Nino Ullmann (Event #33: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em).

India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal picked up his 51st WSOP cash (his third at this year`s series), finishing 58th in Event #33: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em for $8,950 (~₹6.99 Lakhs).

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal


Adding to Team India`s scorecard on Day 17 was PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved, who finished 263rd in Event #34: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em for $2,407 (~₹1.87 Lakhs). While Ved failed to make Day 2, Young Gun Abhinav Iyer kept his bracelet hopes alive and bagged a stack of 200,000, putting him 92nd in chips among the 158 survivors from a starting field of 1,772. Croatia’s Gregor Šverko (1,046,000) commands the chip lead heading into Day 2.

Aditya Sushant was the lone Indian player returning on Day 2 of Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. but fell out before the money bubble. Twenty-two players made it through the day`s play, and leading the Day 3 charge will be David Williams (2,125,000).

Richard Ashby (387,100) bagged the chip lead in Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event. The event registered 281 entrants, and only 101 will be returning for Day 2 on Friday.

Day 1 of Event #36: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better saw a starting field of 471 entries dwindle down to 152. Pearce Arnold (244,500) bagged the day-end chip.


Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. – Day 2

The event with a unique format, Event #32: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E., saw a starting field of 264 survivors whittle down to 22 after ten levels of play on Day 2.

Leading from the front is David Williams, who bagged up a stack of 2,125,000. A WSOP veteran, Williams is chasing his second gold bracelet. With an impressive record of nearly $5 Million in career WSOP earnings, this will be his fifth cash of the series.

Trailing Williams is Jason Daly (2,015,000), who won a massive pot to take the second chip to Day 3. Interestingly, Daly took a seat at the wrong table on Day 2. The tournament authorities made an exception since he had already played one hand at that table. That wrong seat definitely proved to be lucky for him.

The sole Indian player to make it to Day 2, Aditya Sushant, fell out before the money bubble burst.

Aditya Sushant
Aditya Sushant


Day 1 chip leader Tamon Nakamura (1,005,000) carries the eighth-biggest stack to Day 3. Two women players feature among the top five stacks, namely, Michelle Roth (1,405,000) and poker industry veteran Shirley Rosario (1,170,000).

Record producer and bracelet winner Steven Albini (970,000) and the 2012 bracelet winner Steven Loube (900,000) were among the other notables advancing to Day 3.

Day 3 will begin on June 17 at noon (PDT) inside the Bally’s Event Center, where players will reconvene to play down to a winner who will walk away with the prestigious gold bracelet and a $196,089 top prize.

David Williams


End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. David Williams – 2,125,000
  2. Jason Daly – 2,015,000
  3. Michelle Roth – 1,405,000
  4. Richard Bai – 1,310,000
  5. Shirley Rosario – 1,170,000
  6. Robin Rightmire – 1,140,000
  7. Kyle Loman -1,110,000
  8. Tamon Nakamura – 1,005,000
  9. Peter Brownstein – 975,000
  10. Steven Albini – 970,000
  11. Steven Loube – 900,000
  12. Danny Chang – 900,000
  13. Murilo Figueredo – 770,000
  14. Jason Bigelow – 750,000
  15. Eddy Vataru – 595,000
  16. Maurizio Melara – 585,000
  17. James Morgan – 555,000
  18. Ziya Rahim – 365,000
  19. Jamie McCarrel – 270,000
  20. John Fahmy – 265,000
  21. Michael Estes – 140,000
  22. Adrian Panocki – 85,000


Event #34: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1

Event #34: $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em saw 1,772 runners signing up to play. After 17 levels of play, only 158 among them bagged and tagged for Day2.

Among the Day 2 survivors was India’s first solo bracelet winner, Abhinav Iyer, who accumulated a stack of 200,000, putting him in 92nd position amongst the surviving field. Iyer has already cashed twice at this year`s series and is chasing the 33rd WSOP cash of his career.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik Ved was another Indian pro who entered the event, and he fell out in 263rd place for $2,407 (~₹1.87 Lakhs), picking up his first cash of the series.

Kartik Ved
Kartik Ved


Croatia’s Gregor Šverko (1,046,000) headlines the advancing field. Keith Kordowski (812,000), 2014 WSOP Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson (488,000), Kevin Schulz (666,000), Raffaele Sorrentino (788,000), and the defending WSOP Main Event champion Koray Aldemirall (200,000) are among the notables who made Day 2.

However, another player to keep tabs on will be Athanasios Polychronopoulos (588,000), who won the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event in 2011 and 2013. Polychronopoulos will return with the hope of repeating that feat and taking it down for the third time.

The event generated a giant $2,365,620 prize pool, much higher than last year’s figures.

The players will return for Day 2 at noon (PDT) on June 17.

Top Ten Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Gregor Sverko – 1,046,000
  2. Keith Kordowski – 812,000
  3. Raffaele Sorrentino – 788,000
  4. Jason Hickey – 752,000
  5. Michel Leibgorin – 679,000
  6. Kevin Schulz – 666,000
  7. Euan McNicholas – 626,000
  8. Jonas Wexler – 621,000
  9. Christopher Maguire – 607,000
  10. Athanasios Polychronopoulos – 588,000


Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event – Day 1

Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event logged in 281 entries, which dropped to 101 by the time bags were brought out.

Richard Ashby (387,100) emerged as the end-of-day chip leader, while Steve Friedlander (204,200), Bariscan Betil (199,300), Sterling Savill (195,900), and Brian Rast (193,900) also advanced with big stacks to Day 2.

The field was littered with top pros, and several among them like Frank Kassela (123,500), Robert Mizrachi (101,400), and former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Reiss (68,400), Phil Ivey (51,300), and Daniel Negreanu (23,600) are still in contention.

Day 2 will resume at 1 PM (PDT) on Friday, June 17. With the money bubble yet to burst, Day 2 will bring on significant action, with the remaining 101 players vying to make it in the money. Only 43 places get paid with a min-cash good for $4,000.

Richard Ashby


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Richard Ashby – 387,100
  2. Did Not Report – 273,000
  3. Steve Friedlander – 204,200
  4. Bariscan Betil – 199,300
  5. Sterling Savill – 195,900
  6. Brian Rast – 193,900
  7. Keith Lehr – 191,400
  8. Andrew Robl – 184,000
  9. Daniel Mayoh – 180,500
  10. David Prociak – 171,700


Event #36: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better – Day 1

Four-hundred-and-seventy-one players signed up for Event #36: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and after 15 levels of play, the field whittled down to just 152 survivors.

Pearce Arnold bagged the most enormous stack of 244,500 and is closely followed by Kenny Hsiung, who has 224,000. Bruce Hoyt is a distant third with 196,000.

Some big names who survived the opening day`s play include Michael Mizrachi (104,500), Mike Matusow (90,500), Allen Kessler (36,500), and Jose Paz-Gutierrez (54,500).

Day 2 will begin at 2 PM (PDT) on June 17 in the Bally’s gold section. The top 71 places are assured a min-cash of $2,421, while the champion is guaranteed a $135,260 payday and the WSOP gold bracelet.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1

  1. Pearce Arnold – 244,500
  2. Kenny Hsiung – 224,000
  3. Bruce Hoyt – 196,000
  4. Ali Eslami – 189,500
  5. Chad Campbell – 185,000
  6. Angelo Mancini – 171,500
  7. Yuichi Kanai – 167,500
  8. Harris Soetikno – 165,000
  9. John Holley – 163,500
  10. Claude Marbleu – 155,000


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This Week in Poker: June 8 – 14

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!


June has been a phenomenal month for poker all around. While the virtual felts witnessed high-octane action with Spartan Poker`s IOPC June 2022 and PokerBaazi`s 1100 THC Series adding significant value to the daily flagships, the Indian rail had plenty to cheer with Indians making waves at the 2022 WSOP and APT Vietnam!

With so much happening, it is no surprise that the week`s big winners were players who won or ran deep in the flagship events.

BTR Staking founder Young Gun Sahil Chutani grabs our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!” title for defending his IOPC – Legends title on Sunday! He added a jaw-dropping ₹62.46 Lakhs to his weekly tally!

The week’s other top scorers were Dhruvin Kothari, Anmol Narang, Anurag Srivastava, and Deepak Raina.

With the IOPC on its final week, things are going to sizzle up as two more marquees, including the stop’s star attraction, the whopping ₹4 Crores GTD IOPC – The Crown, that plays down to a champion on Sunday.

While the Texas Holdem Championship (THC) is on its last legs, PokerBaazi recently announced the renewal of its exclusive India partnership with the Asian Poker Tour. Sounding off the extension will be the biggest-ever APT India Online Series. The fourth edition of the series runs from July 1 to 10 and has over ₹10 Crores in the guaranteed prize pool, spread across 59 tournaments. The flagship series will hand out 10 APT Trophies and two Championship Rings through its 11-day run!

Cash game players can win from ₹1 Lakh in daily game bonuses through BLITZPOKER’s ‘Malamaal Daiy’ promotion. Running until June 29, the promotion has been curated especially for the low-stakes grinders playing from ₹1/₹2 to ₹5/₹10 stakes.

Coming to the live action, Team India is off to one of its most promising starts ever at the WSOP with Young Gun Abhinav Iyer, India’s poker pioneer Aditya Agarwal, 2020 PokerStars LIVE Red Dragon Manila High Roller champion Ankit Ahuja, and Manan Bhandari scoring in various bracelet events at the ongoing 2022 WSOP.

Moving closer to home, the APT Vietnam Hanoi series has also seen an influx of Indian participants, and the team has exerted a dominating presence at the inaugural stop. Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi made the headlines this week after taking down the VND 5 Billion GTD APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event, clinching his career-first live title and a mammoth VND 1,929,250,000 (~₹64.84 Lakhs). PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot banked VND 1,286,190,000 for his runner-up finish, his second one within two weeks since his second-place finish in WPT Prime Vietnam. Two other players have lifted APT Trophies since with Alok Birewar taking down Event #13: NLHE 2 for VND 191.84 Million and the 2022 WPT Vietnam Main Event champion Zarvan Tumboli shipping Event #17: Hyper Deep Stack Turbo for VND 73.06 Million.


Online Railbird Report

Like the week before, this past week laid out electrifying MTT action with Spartan Poker`s IOPC and PokerBaazi`s THC heading into their final week.

Headlining the blockbuster week was the poker coach, Young Gun Sahil Chutani. On Sunday, the high-stakes cash game specialist defended his IOPC – Legends title on Spartan Poker and impressively carried two stacks to the FT, taking home a mammoth ₹47.11 Lakhs overall (a three-way deal). And if that was not enough, he championed PokerStars India’s Sunday flagship, Summer Series-65 [Super Highroller], and won another two titles, filling in a whopping ₹62.46 Lakhs across his weekly run. Chutanu`s blistering run has pushed him to #3 in the weekly charts, making him an obvious choice as our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Sahil Chutani
Sahil Chutani


His top finishes include:

  • 1st in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #79 – Legends (6-Max) for ₹36 Lakhs
  • 1st in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹07 Lakhs
  • 1st in PokerSrats India’s Summer Series-65 [Super Highroller] for ₹05 Lakhs
  • 1st in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #59 – All Rounder (Monster Stack) for ₹20 Lakhs
  • 8th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #56 – Thursday Prime for ₹81,043


The CA from Gujarat, Dhruvin Kothari, chopped the IOPC #79 – Legends (6-Max) title with Sahil Chutani and Anmol Narang, netting ₹29.37 Lakhs in third place. He also took down IOPC #76 – Sunday Prime for another ₹14.74 Lakhs. Kothari comes in at #2 in the weekly rankings with ₹44.42 Lakhs in total winnings.

Dhruvin Kothari
Dhruvin Kothari


His top finishes include:

  • 3rd in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #79 – Legends (6-Max) for ₹37 Lakhs
  • 1st in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #76 – Sunday Prime for ₹74 Lakhs


The former The Millionaire and Destiny champion, Anmol Narang, takes the #3 spot in the weekly rankings. He finished runner-up in IOPC #79 – Legends (6-Max) for a personal-best ₹31.32 Lakhs (cumulatively ₹32.13 Lakhs).

Anmol Narang
Anmol Narang


The former IOC – The Millionaire Main Event champion, Anurag Srivastava, raked in ₹21.90 Lakhs this week. He made a litany of top finishes, most notably taking down the IOPC #65 – Friday Spotlight for ₹10.30 Lakhs and placed eighth in IOPC #79 – Legends (6-Max) for ₹4.33 Lakhs.

Anurag Srivastava
Anurag Srivastava


His top finishes include:

  • 1st in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #65 – Friday Spotlight for ₹30 Lakhs
  • 8th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #79 – Legends (6-Max) for ₹33 Lakhs
  • 2nd in Adda52’s The Mint for ₹23 Lakhs
  • 4th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #82 for ₹56,980


The 2020 DPTX ₹15K Main Event champion, Deepak Raina, pocketed a whopping ₹20.65 Lakhs (three-way deal) after taking down Spartan Poker`s IOPC #57 – High Roller and cumulatively added ₹21.15 Lakhs throughout the week.


Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Sahil Chutani₹38.36 LakhsIOPC#79 – Legends (6-Max) - ₹2.50 Crores GTDSpartan Poker
Deepak Raina₹20.65 LakhsIOPC #57 – High Roller (6-Max) - ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Vishal Tulsyan₹15 LakhsSummer Series – 82 Main Event – ₹15 Lakhs for 1st – ₹75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Dhruvin Kothari₹14.74 LakhsIOPC#76 - Sunday Prime - ₹65 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rahul Kumar₹10.42 LakhsIOPC #49 – Wednesday Prime - ₹55 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anurag Srivastava₹10.31 LakhsIOPC #65 – Friday Spotlight - ₹55 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Amit Sarupariya₹8.83 LakhsTHC#64 Mini Main Event ₹50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Saurabh Jain₹8.12 LakhsIOPC #56 – Thursday Prime - ₹38 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“chaty”₹6.50 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sahil Chutani₹6.07 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vishal Bajaj₹5.98 LakhsIOPC #85 – Monday Prime ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gopal Bajaj₹5.84 LakhsIOPC #92- Tuesday Prime ₹33 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Saurabh Rohila₹5.06 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sahil Chutani₹5.05 LakhsSummer Series -65 Super Highroller – ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pranay Chaudhry₹4.90 LakhsBSS Superstack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vishal Tulsyan₹4.75 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aayush Arya₹4.68 LakhsThe Ballers - ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Pranay Chawla₹4.14 LakhsIOPC#77 Sunday Spotlight - ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Wilson Yomso₹4.12 LakhsIOPC#78 - Wanderer - ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Haider Madraswala₹4.10 LakhsNano ME Finale ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dinesh Singh₹3.95 LakhsIOPC #58 – Thursday Spotlight - ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vivek Singh₹3.90 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aman Parakh
₹3.69 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTD
Prabhat Saini₹3.36 LakhsIOPC #50 – Wednesday Spotlight - ₹17 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Tanmay Benara₹3.35 LakhsIOPC #86 - Monday Spotlight ₹17 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Paras Jain₹3.34 LakhsIOPC #64 – Friday Prime - ₹22 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“Darkelf97”₹2.93 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD
Myron Pereira₹2.52 LakhsSummer Series–55 Highroller – ₹12 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India
Haider Madraswala₹2.43 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sahil Mahboobani₹2.38 LakhsIOPC #66 – All Rounder (6-Max) - ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“kapz”₹2.36 LakhsThe Big Show – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“shubham3153”₹2.35 LakhsTHC#53 (6-Max) Turbo ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Biswadip Chowdhury₹2.35 LakhsSunday Showstopper - 10L GTDMPL Poker
“FTBeast”₹2.35 LakhsIOPC #93 - Tuesday Spotlight ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Anant Purohit₹2.32 LakhsTHC#43 Deepstack ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vishal Ojha₹2.29 LakhsTHC#68 Superstack ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Muthukumar Rajgopalan₹2.29 LakhsTHC#48 Superstack ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rajarshi Biswas₹2.24 LakhsTHC#63 Sunday Monsterstack ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sahil Chutani₹2.20 LakhsIOPC #59 All Rounder (Monster Stack) – ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mahesh Shyamsundar₹2.17 LakhsIOPC #51 – All Rounder - ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sandeep Varma RS₹2.09 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Akshat Sharma₹2.03 LakhsSummer Series-45 [Night on Stars – PKO Edition] ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Avinash Kumar₹1.91 LakhsSummer Series -85 The Big Crunch – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Arjanveer Singh Chadha₹1.88 LakhsIOPC #94 - All Rounder ₹11 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
₹1.84 LakhsTHC#73 Superstack ₹15 Lakhs GTD
Manju Devi₹1.76 LakhsMonday Madness – ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDMPL Poker
“sunrunner”₹1.62 LakhsIOPC #87 – All Rounder (6-Max) ₹11 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Gaurav Bhutra₹1.49 LakhsIOPC #46 8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“abhighosh31”₹1.45 LakhsIOPC #48 ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ankit Saurabh₹1.36 LakhsTHC#69 Monsterstack – ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“Himanshu0707”₹1.35 LakhsTHC#45 (7-Max) Turbo ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Surbhit Grover₹1.34 LakhsIOPC #82 ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mohit Savargaonkar
₹1.14 LakhsIOPC #89 – ₹7 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
₹1.14 LakhsTHC#74 Frenzy ₹6 Lakhs GTD (R+A)
“Samimeel”₹1.11 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Swapnil Patil₹1.08 LakhsSummer Series -47 Deepstack – ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Tanmay Benara₹1.06 LakhsTHC#44 Megastack ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“overthinker”₹1.01 LakhsTHC#70 Megastack – ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth Gangwar₹1 LakhTHC#75 (7-Max) Turbo ₹6 Lakhs GTD
Akshay Gupta
₹89KTHC#72 Megastack ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Armaan Kochhar
₹82KSummer Series–57 The Classic – ₹5 Lakhs GTD
PokerStars India


PokerBaazi to Host Biggest-Ever ₹10+ Crores GTD APT India Online Series from July 1 –10

India’s most trusted online poker site, PokerBaazi, has extended its exclusive partnership with the premiere live tournament brand Asian Poker Tour for two more years. And the poker operator is kicking off this extended collaboration by hosting the biggest-ever APT India Online Series next month.

Returning for its fourth edition, the series will run from July 1 to 10 and boasts over ₹10 Crores in guaranteed prize money, spread across 59 tournaments! There are 10 APT Trophies and two APT Championship Rings to be won in the upcoming series.

PokerBaazi Announces Biggest-Ever ₹10+ Crores GTD APT India Online Series (July 1-10)

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BLITZPOKER’s Malamaal Daily Promotion Offers ₹1 Lakh in Game Bonus Daily (June 9-29)

In an exciting new promotion exclusively for the low-stakes grinders (playing on the ₹1/₹2 to ₹5/₹10 cash tables), BLITZPOKER is running a Malamaal Daily Promotion until June 29. The leaderboard-centric promotion has ₹1 Lakh in prizes (game bonus) up for grabs daily, making for a total giveaway value of ₹21 Lakhs.

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2022 WSOP Updates

The 53rd annual World Series Of Poker (WSOP) is off to a record start! Multiple events registered record-shattering entry fields, and a slew of both first-time and repeat winners walked away with the gold bracelet.

Headlining Team India`s run in Las Vegas this week was the country`s first solo bracelet winner, Young Gun Abhinav Iyer, who made an FT run in Event #25: $800 NLHE Deepstack. The Young Gun banked $56,388 (~₹43.99 Lakhs) in seventh place, posting his 32nd WSOP cash.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


Rob Wazwaz captured his first-ever gold bracelet in the event for a personal-best $358,346.

Rob Wazwaz wins WSOP 2022 Event 25
Rob Wazwaz


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Aditya Agarwal (18th for $38,231 ~₹29.82 Lakhs) and Ankit Ahuja (33rd for $31,033 ~₹24.21 Lakhs) crossed the money line in Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em. Mike Jukich championed the event, taking home his career-first bracelet and a jaw-dropping $966,577 payday.

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal


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Manan Bhandari was another player who added to India’s tally of WSOP cashes with his 32nd place finish in Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed for $6,585 (~₹5.13 Lakhs).

Manan Bhandari
Manan Bhandari


Daniel Weinman took down his career-first bracelet in the event for $255,359.

Daniel Weinman wins WSOP 2022 Event 30
Daniel Weinman


Christopher Chatman, Jeremy Ausmus, Adam Friedman, Denis Nesterenko, Stefan Lehner, Bryan Schultz, Ben Diebold, Jake Schindler, Michael Moncek, Daniel Zack, Dominick Sarle, and Leo Soma were other notable bracelet winners.


2022 WSOP Bracelet Winners of the Week

PlayerEventPrize Money (USD)
Jake SchindlerEvent #12: $50K High Roller NLHE$1,328,068
Mike JukichEvent #21: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em$966,577
Stefan LehnerEvent #16: $3,000 NLHE$558,616
Leo SomaEvent #14: $1,500 6-Handed NLHE$456,889
Daniel ZackEvent #15: Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Or Better Championship$440,757
Rob WazwazEvent #25: $800 NLHE Deepstack$358,346
Bryan SchultzEvent #18: $1,000 Freezeout$330,057
Ben DieboldEvent #10: $10K Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship$299,488
Adam FriedmanEvent #22: $10K Seven Card Stud Championship$248,254
Christopher ChatmanEvent #24: $1,000 Flip & Go$187,770
Dominick SarleEvent #17: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw$164,243
Michael MoncekEvent #13: $1,500 Limit Hold’em$145,856
Jeremy AusmusEvent #23: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em$142,147
Denis NesterenkoEvent #20: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw$108,250


2022 APT Vietnam Hanoi Updates

While the world’s richest and most prestigious poker festival, the 2022 WSOP, is underway in Las Vegas, the 2022 Asian Poker Tour Vietnam Hanoi is witnessing an insane summer rush by Team India.

Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi made his way into the history books after taking down the series’ headliner, VND 5 Billion GTD APT Vietnam Hanoi Main Event, for a massive VND 1,929,250,000 (~₹64.84 Lakhs), along with the APT Trophy and APT Championship Ring.

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi


Two weeks after placing runner-up in the WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot again came second, banking an admirable VND 1,286,190,000.

Ashish Munot
Ashish Munot


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Adding to India’s number of title wins in the series, the IPC Megastacks ₹100K High Roller champion Alok Birewar shipped Event #13 NLHE 2 for VND 191.84 Million. Meanwhile, the 2022 BPT ₹100K Highroller winner Zarvan Tumboli won the Hyper Deep Stack Turbo for VND 71 Million.

ALok Birewar wins 2022 APT Vietnam Hanoi NLHE 2
ALok Birewar


Huy Quang Nguyen championed the 293-player field in the VND 1 Billion GTD Mystery Bounty to collect VND 325.60 Million (~₹10.93 Lakhs).

Huy Quang Nguyen
Huy Quang Nguyen


Vaibhav Sharma FT-ed the event, finishing seventh for VND 49.96 Million (VND 40.70 Million in bounties), netting VND 90.66 Million (~₹3.04 Lakhs) overall.

Vaibhav Sharma
Vaibhav Sharma


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Circuit regular Jasven Saigal FT-ed the two-day Head Hunter, placing fifth for VND 29.96 Million (~₹1.01 Lakhs), while Ankit Jajodia took fifth in the VND 11 Million buy-in PLO Event for VND 17.16 Million (~₹57,844).

Jasven Saigal
Jasven Saigal


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Terry Nguyen, Nguyen Manh Tuan, Pham Tien Dung, Phachara Wongwichit, Kajornnut Prirunrueng, and Hung Manh Dinh won the other APT Trophies this week.


And with this, we conclude this week’s roundup of the latest news updates and developments from poker. We will return again next week with our weekly report. Stay tuned.

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