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This Week in Poker: May 25 – 31

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!

This past week was a terrific one for Team India in Vietnam. On Sunday, Mumbai-based poker pro Zarvan Tumboli lifted the WPT Prime Vietnam Main Event trophy, becoming the second Indian after MPL Poker Pro Dhaval Mudgal to claim the WPT Vietnam Main Event title. Tumboli waded past a record-breaking 777-player field to collect his second WPT title and a personal-best VND 3.050 Billion (~₹1.02 Crores), making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

The WPT Main Event heads-up was a dream come true for the Indian railbird, as Tumboli faced off with none other than the 2019 WPT India Main Event champion, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot. Munot collected a hefty VND 2.025 Billion in second place.

The breakout run in the Main Event by the Indians came just days after India`s first WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant captured Event #15: PLO for his second WPT trophy and VND 155 Million (~₹5.18 Lakhs).

While Team India’s spectacular success in Vietnam was the week’s highlight, MPL Poker’s India Poker Festival and Adda52’s Beat the Heat series drove up the virtual action. Rahul Nischal topped the online charts as he took down the ₹1 Crore GTD BTH Main Event on Sunday for ₹16.70 Lakhs.

The IPF #5 Mini Main Event winner Sreekanth Narayan, BTH Main Event runner-up finisher Vishal Tulsyan, Myron Pereira, Avijit Jaiswal, Sahil Chutani, and PokerGuru Ambassador Tarush Gupta were the week`s other top scorers.

The online MTT action will soon hit top gear with four headline MTT stops running in tandem before the weekend. While MPL Poker’s India Poker Festival (May 26 – June 5) is on the home stretch, PokerBaazi’s 1100 Texas Hold ‘em Championship (May 31 – June 19) got going yesterday. And further enforcements are approaching as India’s biggest-ever ₹33 Crores GTD India Online Poker Championship (June 2 – 19) starts tomorrow, followed by PokerStars India’s Summer Series (June 3 – 13) and Natural8’s Asian Poker League ( (June 3 – 19) the day after!

In good news for Pocket52 users, the site is handing out up to 70% cashback as part of its revamped Pocket Vault rewards program.

Coming back to live poker, many Indians have stayed back in Vietnam for the Asian Poker Tour Vietnam that’s coming up from June 7 – 19 at the Grand Loyal Poker Club, Grand Vista Hotel in Hanoi.

Speaking of the APT, the premium Asia-centric live tournament brand recently saw a change in ownership. APT Limited, part of the Asianlogic Group, has sold the brand to the newly formed APT Events Private Ltd., which has Malaysian poker pro Michael Soyza as one of the partners.

The biggest headline across the poker world was the start of the 53rd annual World Series of Poker that began proceedings yesterday. The much-awaited series is off to a promising start, with the first two events clocking in healthy turnouts. A sizeable Indian contingent is expected to be attending the mega-series, with India’s poker veteran Aditya Agarwal one of the early arrivals from India.

In other tournament highlights, the three-time bracelet winner Chance Kornuth clinched his first WPT title this week, winning the $3,800 Main Event at WPT Choctaw for $486,600.


Online Railbird Report

With so much happening in live events, the attention was slightly diverted from the online happenings. Rahul Nischal was the week`s top scorer with ₹16.78 Lakhs in total winnings. He won almost all of it, a whopping ₹16.70 Lakhs in Adda52’s ₹1 Crore GTD BTH Main Event on Sunday.

His top finishes include:

>1st in Adda52’s BTH Main Event for ₹16.70 Lakhs

Sreekanth Narayan was the other chartbuster! The former The Millionaire winner took down the IPF #5 Mini Main Event on MPL Poker for ₹10 Lakhs. Narayan FT-ed another two events – posting ₹14.26 Lakhs in weekly winnings.

Sreekanth Narayan
Sreekanth Narayan


His top finishes include:

> 1st in MPL Poker’s IPF#5 Mini Main Event for ₹10 Lakhs

> 4th in Spartan Poker’s Thursday High Roller for ₹2.52 Lakhs

> 5th in PokerStars India’s Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) for ₹80,319

Long-time circuit reg Vishal Tulsyan cashed out for ₹12.79 Lakhs, ₹12.01 Lakhs of which came from his runner-up finish in the BTH Main Event on Sunday.

Vishal Tulsyan
Vishal Tulsyan


Myron Pereira ran up his scorecard by ₹9.46 Lakhs. He won MPL Poker’s IPF#6 for ₹4.20 Lakhs and added a litany of FT finishes.

Myron Pereira
Myron Pereira


His top finishes include:

> 1st in MPL Poker’s IPF#6 for ₹4.20 Lakhs

> 6th in Adda52’s BTH High Roller for ₹1.65 Lakhs

> 6th in PokerStars India’s Bounty Builder HR for ₹55,477

> 4th in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Sundowner for ₹53,706

> 2nd in Adda52’s BTH Ice Cube for ₹41,478

The week`s other standout winners were the BTH Main Event third-place finisher Avijit Jaiswal, Sahil Chutani, Tarush Gupta, Kunal Vohra, and Mohit Mehta.


Notable Cashes of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Rahul Nischal₹16.70 LakhsBTH ME Finale ₹1 Crore GTDAdda52
Sreekanth Narayan₹10 LakhsIPF#5 Mini Main Event Finale ₹50 Lakhs GTDMPL Poker
Amrit Mishra₹8.91 LakhsBTH Highroller ₹30 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kunal Vohra₹7.87 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“sariyaa”₹6.90 LakhsThursday High Roller (6-Max) ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Raghav Chauhan₹6.22 LakhsThe Elite (6-Max) (IOPC Bubble) ₹28 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“inki_pinky_ponky”₹5.46 LakhsBTH Mega Shot ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Gautam Bansal₹5.35 LakhsBSS SuperStack - ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashish Munot₹5 LakhsDestiny 23.0 Finale ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vaibhav Sharma₹4.99 LakhsBTH Gangster ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aayush Arya₹4.64 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“chiku16”₹4.61 LakhsDestiny (IOPC Bubble) - ₹23 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
“elder_flower”₹4.59 LakhsWednesday Highroller (6-Max) - ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sahil Chutani₹4.56 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ashwin Vijay₹4.45 LakhsIPF#2 ₹20 Lakhs GTDMPL Poker
Aayush Arya₹4.23 LakhsTrending Thursday (IOPC Bubble) - ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Myron pereira₹4.20 LakhsIPF #6 MPL Poker ₹20 Lakhs GTDMPL Poker
Akhiesh Meena₹4.20 LakhsIPF #7 MPL Poker ₹20 Lakhs GTDMPL Poker
Mohit Mehta₹3.49 LakhsMega Stack ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
"VishuChi"₹3.82 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shalabh Bansal₹3.82 LakhsBTH Marvelous ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“rkcravi”₹3.14 LakhsSunday Special (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Anmol Mehta₹3.11 LakhsSuper Highroller (On-time Rake Refunds) - ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Kaleem Pasha₹2.79 LakhsBTH Freeze Finale ₹12.50 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“whodahellru”₹2.74 LakhsBTH Sunday Madness – ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Himanshu Kataria₹2.65 LakhsTHC#3 Megastack ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Yash Chitre₹2.65 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mohammad Azhar₹2.57 LakhsBTH PLO Bounty ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
“Gambling_buddha”₹2.52 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mithun Mahesh₹2.43 LakhsSunday Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
M Jimmy₹2.39 LakhsTHC#1 Kick-Off ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anuj Yadav₹2.37 LakhsBounty Builder HR (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Goonjan Mall₹2.30 LakhsHighroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerSatrs India
Ratul Steves₹2 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Prashant Baghmar₹1.86 LakhsThe Big Show ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Tanay Parekh₹1.78 Lakhs(7-Max) BSS SPRINT - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Tarush Gupta₹1.55 LakhsReCharge - ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ravinder Singh₹1.53 LakhsTHC#5 ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Arunkumar Singh₹1.53 LakhsSunday Sundowner ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Saurabh Jain₹1.48 LakhsFuturistic (IOPC FT) - ₹8.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nandkishore Meena₹1.47 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kunal Grover₹1.44 LakhsBSS MonsterStack 6-Max - ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“happyfish”₹1.42 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anmolraj Singh Chawla₹1.32 Lakhs(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Lokey Lokesh₹1.26 Lakhs(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mohit Mehta₹1.20 LakhsTHC#4 KO ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Himanshu Arora₹1.20 LakhsWeekly PLO-5 HighRoller ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
"ragemonster"₹1.18 LakhsTHC#2 (4-Max) Hyper Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Yuvraj Bhardwaj₹1.18 Lakhs(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sankalp Marwah₹1.11 Lakhs(7-Max) Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Aneesh Jain₹1.01 LakhsNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Pradip Ghosh₹98K(7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Gurpal Singh₹95K7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“bambyboo88”₹84KBattle Royale (8-Max) - ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
"screw_me"₹80KThe Race ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pradip Ghosh₹77KVoyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Yash Chitre₹58KVoyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
"1747R"₹43KUppercut Mini ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
"ITISJOHNY"₹10KSun Downer ₹10K GTD Khelo365


Spartan Poker to Host India’s Biggest-Ever Online MTT Series, ₹33 Crores GTD India Online Poker Championship, From June 2 – 19)

It`s almost here! India`s biggest-ever online MTT series, the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC), makes a return for its 13th edition on Spartan Poker (and partner sites BLITZPOKER, PokerHigh, and AIO Games) from June 2 – 19. With ₹33 Crores in prizes guaranteed across 132 events, the upcoming IOPC promises to be India’s grandest online poker series ever.

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PokerBaazi`s ₹10 Crores GTD 1100 Texas Hold ‘em Championship (May 31 – June 19) Makes a Strong Start

PokerBaazi`s much-awaited 1100 Texas Hold ‘em Championship (THC) got off to a flying start on May 31. The series comprises 100 tournaments, each with a fixed buy-in of ₹1,100, guaranteeing a colossal ₹10 Crores in prize money!

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Pocket52 is Offering 70% Cashback & Other Exciting Prizes as Part of Its Revamped Loyalty Program Pocket Vault

Pocket52’s revamped rewards program, Pocket Vault, offers up to 70% cashback to all users, alongside exciting prizes that include Vegas Packages, a Jaguar XF car, PlayStation 5, and others.

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Asian Poker League (APL) Returns on Natural 8 (June 3 – 19)

The Asian Poker League (APL) is returning to Natural8 for another edition from June 3 – 19. The series features 1,175 events, guaranteeing a massive ¥80 Million. Most of the events are scheduled in Asia-friendly time slots, and there are 20 Jade trophies to be won, with ¥10 Million GTD Main Event headlining the schedule.

The Asia Poker League
The Asia Poker League


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WPT Prime Vietnam Updates

The inaugural WPT Prime stop at the Crown Poker Club turned out to be a memorable one for Team India. The team bagged two titles in the 12-day-long series, starting with bracelet winner Aditya Sushant taking down Event #15: PLO for his second WPT title and VND 155 Million (~₹5.18 Lakhs) in prize money!

Aditya Sushant
Aditya Sushant


On the sidelines, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (5th for VND 118,000,000 – ₹3.95 Lakhs), Young Gun Gaurav Sood (6th for VND 90,000,000 – ₹3 Lakhs) and IPC Megastacks ₹100K High Roller champion Alok Birewar (8th for VND 57,400,000 – ₹1.92 Lakhs) final tabled Event #11: 8-Max Main Event Warm-Up.

Several Indian players made ITM finishes in Event #14: Megastack, Superstack Turbo event.

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As the series wound up, a substantial Indian attendance was witnessed in the Main Event. A total of nine Indians made it through to Day 2, with Zarvan Tumboli chip leading his way from Day 1C. Tumboli took his dominating stack to the finish line to win the country its second WPT Vietnam Main Event trophy. The event drew a record 777 entries, becoming WPT’s most significant event to be hosted in Asia. In what turned out to be a dream ending for the team, Tumboli beat fellow countryman Ashish Munot heads-up to win the title for a career-best VND 3.050 Billion (~₹1.02 Crores)!

Zarvan Tumboli
Zarvan Tumboli


Munot secured a personal-best VND 2.025 Billion in second place.

Ashish Munot
Ashish Munot


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Team India Cashes at 2022 WPT Prime Vietnam

RankPlayerPrize Amount
1st Zarvan Tumboli$131,394 (~ ₹1.02 Crores)
2nd Ashish Munot$87,237 (~ ₹67.65 Lakhs
22ndKunal Patni$4,739 (~3.67 Lakhs)
27thJasven Saigal$4,006 (~₹3.10 Lakhs)
36thGaurav Sood$3,446 (~₹2.67 Lakhs)
54thLaksh Pal Singh$2,628 (~₹2.04 Lakhs)
57thDhaval Mudgal$2,369 (~₹1.84 Lakhs)
85thAditya Sushant$1,852 (~₹1.44 Lakhs)
94thHarsh Dembla$1,745 (~₹1.35 Lakhs)

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.

IPC Megastacks: PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek Singh Ships ₹15K Mystery Bounty For ₹3.14 Lakhs

The first-of-its-kind IPC Megastacks Mystery Bounty made a single-day run on May 22. The ₹15K buy-in event registered 105 entries and PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek Singh (cover image) came out on top to collect his career-second live title and a ₹3.14 Lakhs payday (bounties extra)!

The 2018 DPT Deep Dive champion, Singh, held onto his start-of-final table chip lead until the end. Though his official payout states he took away ₹3.14 Lakhs, his final paycheque was much higher with the multiple bounties he procured.

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The heads-up between Vivek and Yuvraj Singh had started with the latter staring down at a 5:1 chip deficit. The overwhelming chip lead was impossible for Yuvraj to close, and the talented producer and poker player settled for a runner-up payday worth ₹1.94 Lakhs.

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The event’s format was such that once the money bubble burst, the remaining 14 players all had a bounty on them. But the bounty would not be the same for all. After every elimination, the player who secures the elimination would pick out the mystery bounty.

With the elimination of Caroline D’Souza in 15th place, the remaining 14 players were in the money. Nishant Sharma (10th for ₹27,800), Harsh Bubna (11th for ₹27,800), and Prajit Ghambir (14th for ₹24,700) were some of the known names to finish in the money.

The final table was live-streamed (on delay) across several social media channels. You can watch the FT replay below.

Final Table Chip Counts

1. Vivek Singh – 909,000

2. Yuvraj Singh – 813,000

3. Harshad Barve – 420,000

4. Faiz Alam – 349,000

5. Avijit Jaiswal – 180,000

6. Vikaash Shah – 160,000

7. Sarala Ramakrishnan – 154,000

8. Abhishek Jain – 151,000


Final Table Recap

Vikaash Shah was the first player to be eliminated from the final table when he jammed from the middle position for 115,000 with . Abhishek Jain re-shoved over the top from the cutoff for 141,000 with . The board ran , ending Shah’s run in eighth place. Jain picked out the bounty from a bowl following the knockout as per the Mystery Bounty format and pocketed the grand bounty of ₹1.57 Lakhs!

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Next to go was Harshad Barve. His went head-to-head with Avijit Jaiswal’s . The runout ousted Barve in seventh place. Jaiswal collected a ₹20,500 bounty.

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In a clash between two former stablemates, Vivek Singh opened to 50,000 from the hijack. The High Roller finalist Faiz Alam, making his second FT appearance in the series, jammed for 209K from the button. Singh called.

Vivek Singh

Faiz Alam

The community cards opened d12], and Singh’s flopped pair of Queens eliminated Alam in sixth place. Singh collected a ₹15,800 bounty.

Soon after that, Vivek Singh scored a double whammy by taking out Sarala Ramakrishnan and Abhishek Jain in the same hand. Ramakrishnan open-jammed UTG for 70K. Singh called, while Jain 3-bet to 225K. Singh was the only caller as the rest of the table folded.

Vivek Singh

Abhishek Jain

Sarala Ramakrishnan

Jain spiked two-pair on the flop , and Singh hit a set. Singh checked, and Jain fired a bet of 185K; before we knew it both players were all-in. The last two streets and bettered Singh’s hand to a one-card flush. Jain finished in fourth place, while Ramakrishnan walked out in fifth place. Singh picked up two bounties worth ₹13,800.

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Down to three-handed play, Singh fired a bet of 80,000 with , and Avijit Jaiswal 3-bet to 230,000 with . Yuvraj Singh folded, and Vivek Singh called. The flop gave Singh a pair of Queens and backdoor flush draw, while Jaiswal flopped a pair of sevens. Jaiswal led out for 155,000, and Singh called. The turn came , and Jaiswal moved all-in for 375,000, and Singh snap-called. The river sealed Jaiswal’s fate in third place. Singh collected a ₹12,300 bounty.

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The heads-up match began with Vivek Singh (2.6 Million) holding a 5:1 chip lead over Yuvraj Singh (530,000). Expectedly, it was a short-lived heads-up with Vivek coming out on top.

On the final hand, Vivek open-shoved for 2.6 Million with and Yuvraj Singh called for his last 490,000 with . The flop gave Vivek a two pair but kept Yuvraj’s hopes alive with a flush draw. The turn bettered Vivek’s hand to a full house. The on the river was inconsequential, relegating Yuvraj to a runner-up finish.

Vivek Singh
Vivek Singh


Complete Payouts of the 15K Mystery Bounty

PositionPlayer NamePrize Money
1Vivek Singh₹3,14,900
2Yuvraj Singh₹1,94,300
3Avijit Jaiswal₹1,16,600
4Abhishek Jain₹76,100
5Sarala Ramakrishnan₹58,800
6Faiz Alam₹48,300
7Harshad Barve₹41,000
8Vikaash Shah₹35,700
9Gopal Bajaj₹31,500
10Nishant Sharma₹27,800
11Harsh Bubna₹27,800
12Gagandeep Malik₹27,800
13Rishab Malik₹24,700
14Prajit Ghambir₹24,700


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Daily Majors: Pavankiran Bellamkonda, Arsh Grover, Nishant Kumar & Jyoti Ranjan Nayak Hit the Mid-Week Jackpot

The virtual felts were brimming with action on Wednesday, with the Final Table Series and National Poker Series once again churning out several breakout winners!

In the mad rush to win FTS medallions and NPS medals, the one player that stood out yesterday was Pavankiran Bellamkonda. Last year`s IOPC – Sunday Prime winner, Bellamkonda, topped the Wednesday charts after overcoming a guarantee-crushing field full of regs in FTS #24 – Big Game on Spartan Poker for career-best 12.29 Lakhs. He chopped the title heads-up with Tuesday’s NPS#16 Sprint winner, Young Gun Arsh Grover (2nd for 10.82 Lakhs).

Nishant Kumar was another relatively new name on top of the Wednesday charts. The satellite qualifier scored an insane ROI on his investment as he shipped PokerBaazi’s NPS#19 Double Jump for a personal-best 8.70 Lakhs. The Game Changer 4.0 champion, JaiKiran Kumar, finished runner-up for 6.10 Lakhs.

Last week`s Trending Thursday champion Jyoti Ranjan Nayak notched up another standout score by taking down Spartan Poker`s FTS #25 for 5.52 Lakhs and his first FTS silver medallion. Arunkumar Singh secured a runner-up payday worth 3.44 Lakhs.

Ayush Arora struck gold in PokerBaazi’s NPS #22 SPRINT (5-Max), winning the event for 3.52 Lakhs and his first NPS gold medal. Saransh Garg came second for 2.47 Lakhs.

The 2020 India Poker Champion Rubin Labroo came out on top in Adda52’s Maverick to win 3.07 Lakhs. He struck a three-way deal with Vinay B (2nd for 2.29 Lakhs) and PokerGuru Ambassador Ratul Steves (3rd for 2.13 Lakhs).

Arun Sriram is officially on a heater of a lifetime. Just two days after taking down FTS #14, the entrepreneur-cum-poker reg bagged his career-first NPS gold medal in PokerBaazi’s NPS#18 PKO Bout, pocketing 2.93 Lakhs. Avijit Jaiswal came second for 1.74 Lakhs, cementing his place at the top of the NPS Podium Leaderboard.

Tuesday`s NPS #15 Deepdive champion Ankit Bajaj went back-to-back as he won the NPS Freezeout for 1.88 Lakhs, picking up his second NPS gold medal on consecutive days. He chopped the title with Sumanth Kumar (2nd for 1.83 Lakhs).

Ravindra Arora (Won 7.50 Lakhs GTD FTS #23 for 1.41 Lakhs via a heads-up deal) and ‘hulk0111’ (Won 6.50 Lakhs GTD FTS #22 for 1.15 Lakhs via a heads-up deal) won the other FTS medallions yesterday.

Jimmy Arora (Won 5 Lakhs GTD NPS#21 for 1.39 Lakhs via a heads-up deal) and Arijit Chatterjee (Won 5 Lakhs GTD NPS#17 Hyper Sprint (5-Max) for 1.31 Lakhs) round out the list of NPS title winners.

Debneil Mukherjee, Harsh Dembla, Narendra Valuurupalli, Mohak Kapoor, Siddharth Kumar, Tapan Mansotra, Nitesh Mallanar, and Md Nazim won the other Wednesday marquees.

Here are the Wednesday highlights!


Spartan Poker

The fourth edition of the Final Table Series currently underway on Spartan Poker (and partner sites BLITZPOKER and PokerHigh) crossed the mid-way mark yesterday. Day 6 of FTS 4.0 had four events running, offering a collective 1.06 Crores in prize pool guarantees.

FTS #24 – Big Game – 70 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 4,400

Entries – 270

Re-entries – 97

Rebuys – 119

Prize Pool – 72,90,000

Places Paid – 55

Pavankiran ‘Rootahua Machi’ Bellamkonda had a breakout Wednesday run as he overcame a reg-laden 486-entry field in Spartan Poker`s 70 Lakhs GTD FTS #24 – Big Game, collecting a career-best 12.29 Lakhs, the FTS Gold Medallion, and a seat on the FTS The Masters Table. Tuesday’s NPS#16 Sprint champion, Young Gun Arsh ‘BigggTymeR’ Grover, missed out on bagging back-to-back titles and had to settle for a runner-up payday worth 10.82 lakhs, courtesy of a heads-up chop.

Last year`s IOPC – Sunday Prime winner, Pavankiran Bellamkonda, also cashed FTS #25 (65th for 7,905), banking an impressive 12.37 Lakhs (cumulatively). His smashing mid-week run has pushed him past the 1 Crore mark in tracked online earnings. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 1.05 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 25.12 Lakhs | Annual Winnings: 37.35 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2022: #2

MTT phenom Arsh Grover ITM-ed a total of six events yesterday, adding 11.18 Lakhs to his burgeoning poker bankroll. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 9.98 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 4.82 Crores | Annual Winnings: 74.71 Lakhs

Arsh Grover
Arsh Grover


PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer ‘bazzingaa’ Singh Chadha (10th for 1.15 Lakhs), Sanket ‘GentleMonster’ Arora (11th for 1.15 Lakhs), Mayank ‘bairaagee’ Shekhar (16th for 79,461), Young Gun Anuj ‘tittooTauji’ Yadav (17th for 79,461), Ayush ‘Tabono’ Garg (18th for 72,171), Vijendra ‘mukuw’ Sharma (19th for 72,171), and Rishab ‘NoChanc3’ Malik (20th for 72,171) were others who posted a deep run in the Wednesday flagship.

Pavankiran B
Pavankiran B


Final Table Results

  1. Pavankiran ‘Rootahua Machi’ Bellamkonda – 12,28,888*
  2. Arsh ‘BigggTymeR’ Grover – 10,82,041*
  3. Siddhanth ‘PluRibu$’ Kripalani – 6,48,081
  4. Zen_Master – 5,24,151
  5. Akshat ‘doubledown’ Sharma – 4,14,801
  6. papertiger – 3,19,302
  7. Prakash ‘Robin Van Charsi’ Gupta – 2,37,654
  8. Kshithesh ‘tobirama’ Siraboina – 1, 72,044

*denotes a heads-up deal


FTS #25 – 22 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 3,300

Entries – 464

Re-entries – 159

Rebuys – 338

Prize Pool – 28,83,000

Places Paid – 87

Last week`s Trending Thursday champion Jyoti ‘joey114114’ Ranjan Nayak clinched his second title in under a week with a victory lap in the 22 Lakhs GTD FTS #25, banking a personal-best 5.52 Lakhs and his first FTS silver medallion. Spartan Poker reg Arunkumar ‘denoi’ Singh pocketed 3.44 Lakhs in second place.

Jyoti Ranjan Nayak’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 1.94 Crores| Titles Won in 2022: #2

The 3,300 buy-in event attracted 961 entries, collecting a guarantee-crushing 28.83 Lakhs (over 30% more than its listed guarantee).

Jyoti Ranjan Nayak
Jyoti Ranjan Nayak


Final Table Results

  1. Jyoti ‘joey114114’ Ranjan Nayak – 5,52,095
  2. Arunkumar ‘denoi’ Singh – 3,43,654
  3. Sanat ‘orhem3001’ Mehrotra – 2,45,920
  4. Nijesh Patel – 1,90,278
  5. Ayush ‘Tabono’ Garg – 1,49,916
  6. Sunil ‘bababk’ Arora – 1,17,338
  7. hutu001 – 86,778
  8. Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra – 59,678


FTS #23 – 7.50 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 1,100

Entries – 409

Re-entries – 100

Rebuys – 343

Prize Pool – 8,52,000

Places Paid – 71

Ravindra ‘Raju2229’Arora came out on top in Spartan Poker`s 7.50 Lakhs GTD FTS#23, winning a site-best 1.41 Lakhs. A heads-up deal saw Mithilesh ‘StrangeSadhu’ Choubey pocketing 1.27 Lakhs in second place.

Ravindra Arora’s Spartan Poker stats: Site Winnings: 13.61 Lakhs | Site Profits: 1.48 Lakhs

Final Table Results

  1. Ravindra ‘Raju2229’ Arora – ₹1,40,766
  2. Mithilesh ‘StrangeSadhu’ Choubey – ₹1,27,273
  3. Anuj ‘tittooTauji’ Yadav – ₹74,209
  4. Vikram ‘MentalScience’ Mishra – ₹58,447
  5. No Hope – ₹45,923
  6. Nitin ‘NITINABD’ Rawat – ₹35,869
  7. Jasonroyce – ₹27,008
  8. Ishaan ‘potripper16’ Bhatia – ₹18,829

FTS #22 – 6.50 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 990

Entries – 373

Re-entries – 93

Rebuys – 287

Prize Pool – 6,77,700

Places Paid – 63

Spartan Poker user ‘hulk0111’ topped the 753-entry field in the 6.50 Lakhs GTD FTS #22, winning the FTS silver medallion and a site-best 1.15 Lakhs. The user chopped the title heads-up with ‘princeOpoker’ (2nd for 99,047).

‘Hulk0111’`s Spartan Poker stats: Site Winnings: 3.09 Lakhs.

Upcoming streamer Animesh ‘animeshth’ Thakur ITM-ed three events, collectively adding 73,919. His ITM finishes include:

Animesh Thakur
Animesh Thakur


> 4th in Spartan Poker’s FTS #22 for 47,100

> 2nd in Adda52’s Nighttide DST Adda for 24,146

> 97th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#18 PKO Bout for 2,673

Final Table Results

  1. hulk0111 – 1,14,767*
  2. princeOpoker – 99,047*
  3. Akshit ‘alwaysgud’ Madan – 59,299
  4. Animesh ‘animeshth’ Thakur – 47,100
  5. Jhoncarter – 36,935
  6. Goonjan ‘gmtesting’ Mall – 28,938
  7. Vikram ‘MentalScience’ Mishra – 21,754
  8. Gokul ‘The Greek Freak’ Raj – 15,452

*denotes a heads-up deal

The 30 Lakhs-added FTS 4.0 leaderboard still has Nitin ‘NITINBAD’ Rawat (3,184 points) in the lead with the player completing his fifth consecutive day at the #1 position. Vikram ‘MentalScience’ Mishra (2,242 points) and Rahul ‘Vasili Arkipov’ Lal (1,864 points) are in hot pursuit, with Young Gun Anuj Yadav (1,728 points) climbing up to #4.

FTS 4.0 Leaderboard Standings After Day 6

1Nitin 'NITINBAD' Rawat3,184
2Vikram 'MentalScience' Mishra2,242
3Rahul 'Vasili Arkipov' Lal1,864
4Anuj 'tittooTauji' Yadav1,727
5Rajat 'NoPrisoners' Sharma1,709
6Archit 'Archit789' Saraogi1,631
7Sanat 'orhem3001' Mehrotra1,630
8Vivek 'KasolHieghts' Singh1,560
9Arunkumar 'denoi' Singh1,500
10Sanket 'GentleMonster' Arora1,490

Narendra ‘bahubali007’ Valuurupalli (Won Monster Stack 2.50 Lakhs GTD for 58,125) and ‘Aces_utg’ (The Centurion 50K GTD for 7,387) won the other Spartan Poker marquees.



NPS#19 Double Jump – 25 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 11,000

Entries – 304

Re-entries – 129

Prize Pool – 43,30,000

Places Paid – 54

Nishant ‘rektace’ Kumar, who had sattied his way into the 25 Lakhs GTD NPS#19 Double Jump, booked an insane ROI on the investment as he took down the event for a career-best 8.70 Lakhs, also winning the prestigious NPS gold medal. The Game Changer 4.0 champion JaiKiran ‘testify’ Kumar collected the NPS silver medal and 6.10 Lakhs in prize money.

Nishant Kumar made another ITM finish in NPS#17 Hyper Sprint (65th for 2,121), adding 8.72 Lakhs (cumulatively). His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 79.42 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: 3.81 Lakhs

JaiKiran Kumar lapped up a collective 6.12 Lakhs on the back of two ITM finishes that include:

Jaikiran Kumar
Jaikiran Kumar


> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s NPS#19 Double Jump for 6,10,097

> 43rd in Spartan Poker’s FTS #22 for 2,425

Sahil ‘ImHighIshove’ Mahboobani cashed three events for a take-home of 4.02 Lakhs. His ITM finishes include:

Sahil Mahboobani
Sahil Mahboobani


> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s NPS#19 Double Jump for 3,92,298

> 30th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#20 NPS Freezeout for 6,247

> 60th in Adda52’s Maverick for 3,750

The #2 ranked player on the NPS Series Leaderboard and Podium Leaderboard standings, Rohit ‘ChubbyGhost’ Begwani, made away with a collective 3.14 Lakhs last night, including a fourth-place finish in NPS#19 Double Jump worth 2.90 Lakhs.

Nishant Kumar
Nishant Kumar


Final Table Results

  1. Nishant ‘rektace’ Kumar – 8,70,330
  2. JaiKiran ‘testify’ Kumar – 6,10,097
  3. Sahil ‘ImHighIshove’ Mahboobani – 3,92,298
  4. Rohit ‘ChubbyGhost’ Begwani – 2,90,110
  5. gd1921 – 2,17,799
  6. Bhumi ‘bossyyyy’ Sanket Shah – 1,74,499
  7. Rahul ‘slowroller’ Melwani – 1,45,488
  8. Adarsh ‘lazygamer007’ Subham – 1,16,044


NPS#22 SPRINT (5-Max) – 10 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 1,650

Entries – 607

Re-entries – 789

Prize Pool – 20,94,000

Places Paid – 144

Ayush ‘thesetminer’ Arora came out trumps in the 10 Lakhs GTD NPS#22 SPRINT (5-Max), winning his first NPS gold medal and 3.52 Lakhs in prize money (his second-best career finish). Saransh ‘saransh004’ Garg won the NPS silver medal and a 2.47 Lakhs cash prize.

Ayush Arora’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 35.21 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: 6.26 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2022: #1

The 9:30 PM event blew the advertised guarantee to smithereens with the final prize pool touching 20.94 Lakhs (over 2X the listed guarantee).

Ayush Arora
Ayush Arora


Final Table Results

  1. Ayush ‘thesetminer’ Arora – 3,51,792
  2. Saransh ‘saransh004’ Garg – 2,46,673
  3. Varun ‘omniknight’ Meena – 1,59,982
  4. Ankit ‘ankit9300’ Mathani – 1,18,520
  5. Harmeet ‘gurmeet786’ Kour – 88,367


NPS#18 PKO Bout – 10 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 2,200

Entries – 403

Re-entries – 447

Prize Pool – 12,75,000

Places Paid – 99

It`s official! Arun ‘vazharmorghulis’ Sriram is on a heater of a lifetime. Two days after clinching the FTS medallion in the 4.50 Lakhs GTD FTS #14 on Spartan Poker, Sriram added an NPS gold medal to his crowded trophy cabinet. The 38-year-old poker player from Bengaluru was the last player standing in the 10 Lakhs GTD NPS#18 PKO Bout and won 2.93 Lakhs (includes 66,556 in bounties).

Avijit ‘SwangoRay’ Jaiswal pocketed 1.74 Lakhs (includes 15,456 in bounties) and the NPS silver medal in second place, cementing his place at the top of the NPS Podium Leaderboard.

Last night, Arun Sriram notched up five ITM finishes, altogether banking 3.84 Lakhs. His ITM finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s NPS#18 PKO Bout for 2,92,996

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#20 NPS Freezeout for 56,017

> 16th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#22 Sprint for 18,427

> 48th in Spartan Poker’s FTS #25 for 11,244

> 18th in Spartan Poker’s FTS #22 for 6,303

Arun Sriram’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 2.69 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 91.07 Lakhs | Titles Won in 2022: #5 | Annual Winnings: 62.68 Lakhs | Ranked #20 in the 2022 Leaderboard Standings (Total Cashes)

Arun Sriram
Arun Sriram


Final Table Results (Includes Bounties)

  1. Arun ‘vazharmorghulis’ Sriram – 2,92,996
  2. Avijit ‘SwangoRay’ Jaiswal – 1,73,944
  3. Ganesh ‘Ganesh24’ Durgade – 1,12,444
  4. Dhaval ‘Faizal1506’ Doshi – 77,801
  5. Manish ‘KHATIDRAGON’ Jangid – 61,755
  6. Siddharth ‘GangnamGangi’ Gangwar – 47,846
  7. Yoanatanwar – 46,448
  8. Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni – 48,157


NPS#20 NPS Freezeout – 10 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 2,750

Total Entries – 403

Prize Pool – 10,07,000

Places Paid – 40

The first multi-flight event at NPS 2.0, 10 Lakhs GTD NPS#20 NPS Freezeout, played down to a winner last night. The 2,750 buy-in event registered a player field of 403 runners from two starting flights, just about surpassing its listed guarantee by 7,000.

Coming in fresh after clinching his first-ever NPS gold medal in NPS#15 Deepdive the day before, Ankit ‘Psycorp’ Bajaj went back-to-back by taking down NPS Freezeout for 1.88 Lakhs. A heads-up chop saw Sumanth ‘sp175’ Kumar taking home 1.83 Lakhs in second-place prize money.

Ankit Bajaj scored in three events yesterday, pocketing 2.44 Lakhs. His ITM finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s NPS Freezeout for 1,87,885

> 24th in Spartan Poker’s FTS #24 – Big Game for 50,980

> 45th in Adda52’s Maverick for 5,250

Ankit Bajaj’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: 3.86 Crores | Lifetime Profits: 1.08 Crores | Titles Won in 2022: #3 | Annual Winnings: 50.97 Lakhs | Ranked #35 in the 2022 Leaderboard Standings (Total Cashes)

Ankit Bajaj
Ankit Bajaj


Final Table Results

  1. Ankit ‘Psycorp’ Bajaj – 1,87,885*
  2. Sumanth ‘sp175’ Kumar – 1,83,379*
  3. Ritwik ‘Ritwikkhanna’ Khanna – 1,06,392
  4. Siddharth ‘Siddonuts’ Pandey – 73,245
  5. Arun ‘vazharmorghulis’ Sriram – 56,017
  6. Deepankur ‘Dp179’ Gupta – 45,237
  7. Achintya ‘achu0614’ Acharya – 36,975
  8. Sanjeeta ‘realkidsanju’ Kumari – 29,117

*denotes a heads-up deal


NPS#21 PLO5 Slam Dunk – 5 Lakhs GTD

Buy-in – 1,100

Entries – 338

Re-entries – 622

Prize Pool –