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MeitY Concludes Dialogue on Draft Online Gaming Rules With Parents, Students & Educationists

With the legality of real-money online gaming affirmed by various courts in India, the Central Government has been proactive in its attempt to regulate the largely unorganized industry, which has become a significant contributor to the country`s tax coffers.

Last week, the Union Minister of State for MeitY, the nodal agency to oversee the gaming industry, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, stated that discussions on the draft rules for online gaming would be held with relevant stakeholders to get their input.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar
Rajeev Chandrasekhar


On January 11, MeitY consulted the grassroots-level stakeholders, like parents, students, and educationists, to address other areas of concern, like the addiction to online gaming in children. During the meeting, the educators suggested that the planned self-regulatory organizations “operate at an arm’s length from the industry” and frame “objective criteria” to prevent the industry`s misuse of the process.

A self-regulatory body (SRO), proposed under the draft rules for online gaming, will be an institutional body comprising all online gaming stakeholders tasked with registering online gaming intermediaries and certifying what a permitted online game is and what is not.

Chandrasekhar explained that the SRO would have “equitable representation” by all industry stakeholders. He further added that the government would approve the SRO’s planned obligations as outlined by its board.

“We are going by the principle of accountability and transparency. The government will certainly not allow the industry to hijack the SRO,” Chandrasekhar said.

“Gamer representatives there hold as much importance and sway on SRO’s conduct as does the NCPCR representative or the NCW representative or the gaming industry representative or the government representative,” Chandrasekhar added.

The participants had a barrage of suggestions in their arsenal, which included the quantitative and qualitative distinction between games and appropriate age-verification systems. They also lobbied for giving SROs significant authority, allowing them to regulate in-game material, addiction, and psychological problems brought on by such games.

PokerBaazi Team Pro Muskan Sethi was among the list of invitees representing the poker community.

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Priyank Kanoongo, Chairperson of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), was among the list of invitees at the discussion. He suggested that an “institutionalized mechanism” involving prominent institutions or the country’s top psychiatric institutes should be considered while constituting the SRO. He also raised concerns about the downloading of illegal online games from sources like VPNs (virtual private networks), speaking in favor of expanding the ambit of the SRO.

The sect of teachers at the meeting said that online games might help children’s “holistic development.” Still, they also noted the “risks,” citing rising instances of cyberbullying and harassment of women on social media and a need for tools to regulate time spent by players on such platforms.

The SRO should be required to submit monthly reports outlining the details of the nature of grievances received. At the same time, the government should constantly monitor the experience of the youth with such platforms through regular sessions with parents, students, and teachers were key takeaways from the discussion.

Some participants wanted clarity about the implications of the proposed rules for in-game purchases. The MoS clarified that all online financial transactions would require e-KYC.

Other suggestions included:

> Prominent and ample warning messages should be made unskippable, reminding users, especially children, about the time and money they might have already spent on online gaming.

> Few thought institutions like NCPCR or National Commission for Women should have a permanent chair on the SRO. SRO’s composition should be a mix of economy, protection, and invention.

> A young student drew attention to China’s limited-hour gaming policy and suggested that India too could look at setting certain limits, albeit less harsh, say 12-13 hours a week.

One of the loopholes in the draft rules we previously mentioned was also among the list of topics. According to the rules, an online game is a game offered on the internet and accessible by a user through a computer resource if they make a deposit with the expectation of earning winnings.

The MoS has agreed to re-examine this narrow definition. The government has invited submissions on the draft by January 17 and expects the new online gaming rules to be ready in February.

As per the draft rules, which were used as the benchmark for discussion, the SROs will have representation from different fields of life, including an eminent independent person from the field of online gaming, sports, or entertainment; an individual who represents online game players; an individual from the field of psychology, medicine or consumer education; an individual with practical experience in the field of public policy, public administration, law enforcement or public finance, to be nominated by the government; and an individual from the field of technology.

“We want to make online gaming another aspect of our digital economy where startups and entrepreneurs create more and more games and compete with the world’s best. At the same time, we have a mandate given to us by the Prime Minister that the internet, as it evolves and grows, must represent a place of trust and safety,” the Minister said.

This round of deliberations was insightful, and the next round of consultations with the online gaming industry stakeholders is proposed to be held soon.


This is a developing story! Keep following PokerGuru for all the latest updates.

Top Videos of the Week: December 4 – 10

In this weekly feature, we list down the most trending videos from the poker world. From the craziest to the funniest – from the interesting to the bizarre – you’ll find it all here every week!

The PokerGuru Show S3E04 Ft. Zarvan Tumboli

In Episode 4 of The PokerGuru Show Season 3, we caught up with a player who has been instrumental in ensuring the Indian tricolor flies high on the Asian felts, the first-ever WPT Prime Main Event champion Zarvan Tumboli! A poker champ, a doting family man, and an insatiable foodie, Tumboli has been keeping the Indian rail entertained with his poker prowess and off-felt antics.

The Mumbai-based pro’s breakout run began in March, and since then, he has won six live titles and has secured a total of seven titles. Going by his phenomenal form, it was no surprise that Spartan Poker onboarded Tumboli as a brand ambassador in July. In a candid interview with PokerGuru`s Saumya Paithankar, Tumboli talks about his love for playing live poker and his innumerable experiences. He also shares how he became a Spartan Poker Team Pro and much more!

Champions Speak Ft. Spartan Poker’s ₹1.50 Crores GTD LEGEND #25 Esteem Champion Gursimrann Brar

In this week`s Champion’s Speak, we caught up with a recent chartbuster, Spartan Poker’s ₹1.50 Crores GTD LEGEND #25 Esteem champion, Gursimrann Brar! The 35-year-old broke past a stacked 1,903-player field in the LPS flagship to win a jaw-dropping ₹26.06 Lakhs – over 3X his previous best score. Hear all about Brar`s poker journey and exciting career as a sports lawyer below.


Your Poker Guy Podcast Ft. Shashank Shekhar

In the most recent Your Poker Guy podcast, Parth Jain invited Shashank Shekhar. The IOPC #93 – Super High Roller runner-up, Shekhar, had a heart-to-heart with ‘Your Poker Guy,’ where he spoke about his college days, his poker-related studies, how his family reacted to him playing poker, and more. Watch his interview below.


Chota Machhi Streams MTTs

Our very own Chota Machhi, AKA Arpit Jain, took a shot at APT glory in PokerBaazi’s ₹35 Lakhs GTD APT#14 Sunday Major last Sunday. While his run didn’t exactly go as planned, there were some memorable moments on the 90-minute stream.


Gautam Rohilla, Muskan Sethi, Puneet Sachan, Aditya Wadhwani, Abhishek Goindi, Laksh Pal Singh & Gaurav Mittal Stream For PokerBaazi

PokerBaazi recently celebrated its seventh anniversary and has been steadily stepping up its stream game. The site had a notable reg streaming on its YouTube channel daily this past week.

On Sunday, Gautam Rohilla played the ₹35 Lakhs GTD APT#14 Sunday Major and ₹50 Lakhs GTD BSS Championship Event.


On Monday, the newly-appointed PokerBaazi team, pro Muskan Sethi, streamed her run in the ₹6 Lakhs GTD APT#17 MonsterStack and ₹10 Lakhs GTD APT#18 (PKO – RE).


On Tuesday, the GOAT’s runner-up finisher Puneet Sachan streamed his gameplay in the ₹25 Lakhs GTD APT#24 HIGHROLLER and ₹12 Lakhs GTD APT#25 MegaStack.


On Wednesday, Aditya Wadhwani joined the action in the ₹50 Lakhs GTD APT#29 Mini Main Event and ₹15 Lakhs GTD APT#30 SuperStack.


On Thursday, the other new addition to PokerBaazi`s pro team roster, Abhishek Goindi, duo-streamed with Aditya Wadhwani. They took on the ₹50 Lakhs GTD APT#35 SuperStack and the ₹15 Lakhs GTD APT#36.


On Friday, it was MTT-phenom Laksh Pal Singh’s turn to get a virtual rail going, and he played the ₹5 Lakhs GTD APT#39.


On Saturday, Gaurav Mittal showed off his streaming skills by diving into the ₹20 Lakhs GTD APT#45 PLO5 Highroller.


Monster Poker Community’s Utsav Taneja, Arpan Roy Choudhury, Kamal Punjabi & Vasu Bansal Stream MTTs

The Monster Poker Community’s streamers followed their busy weekly grinding schedule with four streams.

On Sunday, Utsav Taneja took on PokerStars India’s ₹1 Crore GTD BBS #37 Main Event.


On Monday, Arpan Roy Choudhury streamed his run in Spartan Poker’s ₹3 Lakhs GTD LEGEND #72 Multi-Entry.


On Wednesday, Kamal Punjabi checked in on MPC`s YouTube channel, streaming his gameplay in Spartan Poker’s ₹3 Lakhs GTD LEGEND #85.


On Friday, Vasu Bansal continued his cash game challenge on PokerStars India.


Aniruddha Joshi Streams MTTs

Budding streamer Aniruddha Joshi provided PLO enthusiasts with great content by posting three updates on his YouTube channel this week.

On Sunday, he streamed his run in Spartan Poker`s ₹2 Lakhs GTD LEGEND #64 PLO 4 and played ₹10/₹25 PLO cash games on the side.


Joshi was back on Wednesday, where he joined the action in Spartan Poker’s ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD PLO Monster Stack.


On Saturday, he put in some more volume on the ₹10/₹25 PLO cash tables and joined the ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD LEGEND #100 PLO 4.


Shivam Jain & Harshdev Jhirmiria Stream For Spartan Poker

On Wednesday, Shivam Jain entered Spartan Poker’s ₹8 Lakhs GTD LEGEND #87 Deepstack Turbo.


Spartan Poker’s very own Harshdev Jhirmiria clocked four thrilling streams this week.

On Tuesday, he played the ₹8 Lakhs GTD LEGEND #81 on Spartan Poker.


He was back on Wednesday, streaming the ₹30 Lakhs GTD LEGEND #84 Wednesday Showdown.


Without taking a day off, he was back to the streaming grind, playing the ₹35 Lakhs GTD LEGEND #91 Thursday Showdown.


And on Friday, he took a shot in the Day 1E flight of the ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD LEGEND Main Event.


Devvrat Singh Kaurav Streams MTTs

With a jam-packed schedule of streams, Devvrat Singh kept the entertainment going.

He got his weekly streaming gig going by taking on Spartan Poker’s ₹6 Lakh GTD Legend #75 Turbo.


On Tuesday, he jumped into PokerBaazi’s ₹4 Lakh GTD APT#22 (4-Max) Hyper.


Keeping up with the busy schedule, Kaurav joined Gamezy’s ₹3.50 Lakh GTD Whiplash on Wednesday.


After taking a day off, he was back in action on Friday, streaming Spartan Poker’s ₹15 Lakh GTD Legend #98 Multi-Entry.


Sawan Kumar Streams MTTs

Sawan Kumar got a stream going on Thursday, where he played PokerBaazi’s ₹8 Lakhs GTD APT#37 (6-Max) Turbo.


Rahul Kumar Streams MTTs

The Player Hunt Season 2 participant, Rahul Kumar, was busy throughout the week and streamed thrice.

On Sunday, he made a strong bid for the title in Pocket52’s PFS headliner, ₹10 Lakhs GTD Pocket Kings.


He was back in action on Monday and took on Spartan Poker’s ₹6 Lakhs GTD LEGEND #75.


Kumar took a day’s break after getting back to his streaming routine and played Spartan Poker’s ₹8 Lakhs GTD Legend #87 Deepstack Turbo on Wednesday,


Super MILLION$ Show – S02E69

GGPoker’s Super MILLION$ Show returned with the cards-up FT replay of the site’s $10,300 buy-in WSOP Winter Circuit Super MILLION$, with Jeff Gross and Brian Rast taking on the commentating duties.

The Super High Roller flagship attracted 722 entrants, creating a $7,220,000 prize pool. Israel’s “Corenkas” championed the tournament for a whopping $1,095,775 top prize. Hong Kong’s Biao Ding banked a runner-up payday worth $845,129.


High Stakes Duel III Round V – Phil Hellmuth v/s Jason Koon – PokerGO

The biggest one-on-one clash in High Stakes Duel history concluded recently with Jason Koon defeating Phil Hellmuth in Round 5 of High Stakes Poker Duel III. You can watch the one-hour preview of the match below or the complete replay with a subscription to the PokerGO app.


Cards-up FT Coverage of PokerStars’ Sunday Million (Day 2 & FT)

PokerStars streamed Day 2 of the $1 Million GTD Sunday Million, with Nick Walsh & Arlie Shaban calling the action.

Bulgaria’s “llewxa” won the weekly flagship for $80,776.


Raise Your Edge Podcast Ft. Joey Ingram

In the most recent episode of the Raise Your Edge podcast, the legendary Joey Ingram joined Bencb once again for some insightful discussions canvassing everything from poker to meditating and finding your passion.


The Lock-In Ft. Lance Bradley

The hosts of The Lock-in Podcast, David Lappin and Dara ‘O’ Kearney, got locked in with the WPT director of media and player communications Lance Bradley. The trio had a lot of exciting conversations about poker book writing, poker journalism, and today’s online poker landscape. They also look at ambassadors’ and players’ roles in the content creation space and much more!

Top 5 Low Stakes Poker Hacks – Phil Galfond

In the most recent Top Five episode, Phil Galfond shared his best “hacks” to help his viewers gain an edge in low-stakes games. He elaborated on the different styles of play and what to observe in the opponent when they change dramatically between the level of stakes you’re playing and much more.


PokerStaples Stream Highlights – Jaime Staples

Check out partypoker Ambassador Jaime Staples‘ latest stream highlights below.


Stream Highlights – Lex Veldhuis

PokerStars Ambassador Lex Veldhuis released another highlight video of his MTT streams.


Cash Game Action – Live at the Bike

Watch cash game action live from the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles!




Cash Game Action – The Lodge

Check out the high-stakes cash game action live from The Lodge Card Club in Texas!






Keep following PokerGuru for a compilation of the top poker videos each week!

PokerBaazi Onboards the Dynamic Duo of Abhishek Goindi & Muskan Sethi As It’s Latest Team Pros

One of India’s leading online poker sites, PokerBaazi, just made an exciting announcement. The brand has onboarded poker coach Abhishek Goindi and poker diva Muskan Sethi as its latest Team Pros! Nearly five months after Bollywood superstar Shahid Kapoor was signed on as a celebrity brand ambassador, PokerBaazi will now have this ‘dynamic duo’ represent the brand on the live and online felts.

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This exciting news comes just after PokerBaazi announced a record-high of 5,000 concurrent players on the site, with 1,600 players on the cash tables in early November. Touted to be ‘India’s most trusted online poker site,’ PokerBaazi has been creating many waves in the poker circuit. From hosting the biggest online poker tournaments, such as G.O.A.T & EndBoss, to recording the most cash table traffic on an Indian poker platform to date, PokerBaazi has well and truly dominated all aspects of Indian poker.

So, it comes as no surprise that the brand would look to rope in two of the most experienced and renowned names in the domestic circuit as Team Pros. Abhishek Goindi and Muskan Sethi have been a part of the Indian poker entourage for several years. While their individual poker journeys have been unique and inspiring, their combined poker prowess is a force to be reckoned with.

Goindi has been a poker coach for some time and has helped improve several aspiring players’ gameplay. Sethi’s social media presence has drawn in many women players to the sport. Both Goindi and Sethi are well-known content creators and have previously hosted their own YouTube talk shows surrounding poker.

Let’s get to know the new PokerBaazi Team Pros a little better!


About Abishek Goindi

The poker coach, Abhishek Goindi, is perhaps one of the most easily recognizable faces of the domestic circuit. The co-founder of Poker Bootcamp India (PBCI) started his poker journey in 2007 during a two-month summer break while still in high school. By the time he joined Christ College in Bengaluru, Goindi was already a regular at playing micro-stakes cash games with friends.

Abhishek Goindi
Abhishek Goindi


He attributes some of his early success to French poker veteran Philippe Davis, who taught him some tricks and staked him. Goindi won ₹42K in a tournament at Davis’ place and was hooked. Ultimately, going pro was not a difficult decision for Goindi. The going was not all rosy, though; for a short while, he worked at HSBC Bank, returning to poker as soon as possible.

Over the years, Goindi has had an on-again, off-again relationship with poker. During his break from poker in 2013, he worked as a sports consultant for the World Sport Group. In 2016, he launched his online poker site – At one point, he also worked as a consultant with Adda52.

With ₹2.67 Crores in live tournaments winnings, Goindi’s biggest score to date came in the 2012 Macau Poker Cup – Red Dragon Event in Macau, where he finished runner-up for $136,245. Goindi has won titles at events like Aces Unlimited, India Poker Legend, APT Manila, PokerGuru Tour & Deltin Poker Tournament.

The man has also been steadily working on his online game and has built up quite a repertoire of FT finishes. He presently boasts ₹3.69 Crores in recorded online earnings, and ₹1.34 Crores in net profits.


About Muskan Sethi

It requires immense determination, gusto, and passion for a woman to succeed in the male-dominated poker industry. Muskan Sethi is a perfect amalgamation of all three qualities!

Muskan Sethi
Muskan Sethi


Sethi was introduced to poker very early on in life by her father and what started as a passing interest has now blossomed into a successful career. The Delhi girl’s claim to fame was her appearance in the PokerStars Shark Cage TV show. Since then, her life has been on an upward trajectory, bringing her unbounded success and recognition. Sethi is a proud recipient of the “First Ladies” award by the Hon’ble President of India.

This isn’t Sethi’s first rodeo being a Team Pro. She has previously represented Adda52, PokerStars India, and was also appointed as the Responsible Gaming Ambassador for the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) in 2019.


About PokerBaazi

PokerBaazi officially launched on October 23, 2014, and dealt its first hand on October 24. The unrelenting efforts of its co-founders ensured the site picked up traction quickly, and within a month of operations, it had dealt over 1 Lakh hands. The site’s offerings were so well-received that by February 2015, it had dealt a million hands!

In March 2022, PokerBaazi hit another significant milestone, dealing its 1 Billionth hand, a moment it shared with the players through the #BaaziBillion campaign.

In May, the site crossed 1000+ Concurrent players on its cash tables. In September, the site completed 8 years of operations, and in November, PokerBaazi hit a new milestone of 5,000 concurrent players on the site with 1,600 players on the cash tables.

It is one of the select Indian online poker sites to boast an utterly indigenous product built in-house. It would not be an overstatement to say that PokerBaazi’s revamped platform (and app) is at par, if not superior, to any other poker platform worldwide.

PokerBaazi has come a long way since its humble start eight years ago and has helped put Indian poker on the world map. However, looking at its growth trajectory, it’s evident that the brand still has a long way to go.

Keep following PokerGuru for the latest updates and promotions from PokerBaazi!

WSOP 2022: Espen Jørstad Wins Main Event For $10 Million; Chaos Ensues on the Las Vegas Strip Interrupting Ongoing Bracelet Events

Day 47 at the 2022 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) started as a glorious day for poker as a brand new World Champion was crowned in Norway’s Espen Jørstad. The poker pro and Twitch streamer took down Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event World Championship for a career-best $10 Million. He defeated Australian Adrian Attenborough (2nd for $6 Million) heads-up to top a field of 8,663 players, the second-largest in WSOP history. Argentina’s Michael Duek finished third with $4 Million.

Espen Jørstad - 2022 WSOP Main Event Champion
Espen Jørstad – 2022 WSOP Main Event Champion


The four most recent Main Event winners have all been international players from outside the USA. Germany’s Koray Aldemir won in 2021, Argentina’s Damian Salas took it down in 2020, and Iranian-born German citizen Hossein Ensan was the last man standing in 2019. 2018 was the last time an American player, John Cynn, won the most prestigious title in poker. This year, no American made it further than sixth place – Jeffrey Farnes (6th for $1.75 Million).

The jubilation that usually follows the conclusion of the Main Event was disrupted when a freak accident at the MGM Grand Casino led to a false rumor of an active shooter on the prowl being circulated through casinos. Expectedly, the rumor caused panic among patrons at the MGM Grand Casino and several others, including the Paris Ballroom at the WSOP.

A rush among players to leave for shelter caused a stampede, which left many players injured, and the three bracelet events that were still ongoing, Event #85: $1,500 The Closer, Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship, and Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em, had to be unceremoniously paused.


The WSOP soon clarified that the rumors about shots fired at Paris & Bally’s were false.


They even asked players to return to their respective seats for the bagging process.


The WSOP later announced that all ongoing Saturday events would restart at noon (PDT) on Sunday, July 17.


Eventually, the chaos subsided, and several players returned to bag and tag their stacks.

Day 3 of Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. was unaffected by the alleged shootout incident. The event played to the final three players, with Poland’s Tomasz Gluszko (5,320,000) bagging the overnight chip lead.

Day 1B of Event #85: $1,500 The Closer was halted with 477 runners still in the field. These players will return at noon on July 17 and play through Level 22 (currently 16:47 remaining in Level 17). After completing Level 22, they will take a one-hour break before converging with the 75 qualifiers of Day 1A at 5 PM (PDT) for Day 2.

When the play was interrupted, Allan Alejandro (812,000) was chip leading the tournament. Eight Indians were also among the 477-player Day 1B field: Sriharsha Doddapaneni (412,000), Young Guns Arsh Grover (290,000), and Neel Joshi (282,000), along with PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (211,000), Muskan Sethi (150,000), Tarun Goyal (120,000), Paawan Bansal (111,000) and Kunal Punjwani (92,000).

Sriharsha Doddapaneni, Arsh Grover, Neel Joshi, Ashish Ahuja, Muskan Sethi, Tarun Goyal, Paawan Bansal & Kunal Punjwani
Sriharsha Doddapaneni, Arsh Grover, Neel Joshi, Ashish Ahuja, Muskan Sethi, Tarun Goyal, Paawan Bansal & Kunal Punjwani


Day 2 of Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship ended abruptly. Forty-five players are still left in contention from a starting field of 394 entries, and Daniel Rezaei (1,389,000) has the most chips in play.

Abhinav Iyer (692,000) was among the top 15 stacks in the fray, while Shashank Jain busted out before the interruption.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


Unlike the previous two events, Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em did not release any EOD chip counts. A list of assorted chip counts was shared, showing bracelet winners Alex Foxen (456,000), David “ODB” Baker (401,000), Yuri Dzivielevski (320,000), and Hossein Ensan (292,000) holding the top stacks.

Shashank Jain informed us that after busting Event #86, he jumped into Event #87 and had carried 72,000 to Day 2.

Shashank Jain


Besides the Main Event and Event #84, the only other tournament that proceeded without interruptions was [Online] $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em Second Chance. Fred “staeks” Li outlasted the 781-entry field to win his first WSOP bracelet and $159,060.


WSOP Tournaments Paused – Paris Ballroom Evacuated

Just hours after the 2022 WSOP Main Event champion was crowned, chaos rained down at the summer series as reports of an active shooter on the Las Vegas strip sent tables and chips flying while players scrambled towards the exits.

As it turns out, there was no shooting at all.

Nearly a mile down Las Vegas Boulevard, a glass door at the MGM Grand Casino had shattered, causing patrons and valet staff to flee, assuming there had been a shootout. Word quickly spread on social media, and it wasn’t long before it reached someone inside the Paris Ballroom at the 2022 WSOP.

Murmurs turned into panic, and then a stampede of players, dealers, and staff rushed towards the exits, no doubt remembering the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting just outside the Mandalay Bay Casino in 2017. A total of 60 people were killed and hundreds more injured by a lone gunman at the country music concert on that fateful day five years ago.

Some WSOP patrons reported injuries afterward. Poker pro Vanessa Kade said she fell and skinned her knee in the commotion. Circuit winner Michael Trivett said he was trampled on his way out of the casino and hurt his leg.


Although there were initial attempts to restart some of the events, too many of the players were no longer in the building, and there was still the matter of sorting out all of the spilled-over chip stacks. As a result, the three bracelet events being played out in the Paris Ballroom were ended early for the evening, with staff being instructed to bag the chips for the players who were no longer there.

The final table of Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. continued until three players remained. The Daily Deepstack tournaments, Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold ’em Championship, and Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold ’em, also resumed, although some players were blinded off.

The false shooting report also affected poker rooms at other venues, including the MGM Grand, Aria, Caesars Palace, and Bellagio.


Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. – Day 3

Day 3 of Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. commenced with 22 hopefuls getting back into action to resume their pursuit for the bracelet. After a marathon ten hours of play, it was decided that a fourth day would be required to play down to a champion.

Poland’s Tomasz Gluszko (5,320,000) holds the chip lead and is the only player with over 5 Million in the bag. Trailing Gluszko are Roberto Marin (4,465,000) and Lawrence Brandt (3,300,000).

The $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. generated an $873,090 prize pool from 327 entrants, and the top 50 places were assured payouts.

Richard Tatalovich (4th for $61,789), four-time WSOP bracelet winner Kevin Gerhart (5th for $44,415), Kristan Lord (6th for $32,583), Perry Friedman (7th for $24,403), and Yarron Bendor (8th for $18,669) busted through the course of the final table.

Day 3 field was replete with former bracelet winners, and those who missed out on the final table action included Mike Wattel (14th for $9,536), Andrew Brown (18th for $6,835), and John Racener (20th for $6,835).

Other notables who reached Day 3 but fell short of making it to the final table were Day 1 chip leader Andre Akkari (11th for $11,664), Lena Wang (14th for $7,978), Jordan Siegel (17th for $6,835), and Mauricio Ferreira Pais (22nd for $6,835).

The three contenders will resume play at the Bally’s Event Center at 2 PM (PDT), with the first hand of a round of Razz.

Tomasz Gluszko
Tomasz Gluszko


End of Day 3 Chip Counts

  1. Tomasz Gluszko – 5,320,000
  2. Roberto Marin – 4,465,000
  3. Lawrence Brandt 3,300,000

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Richard Tatalovich – $61,789
  2. Kevin Gerhart – $44,415
  3. Kristan Lord – $32,583
  4. Perry Friedman – $24,403
  5. Yarron Bendor – $18,669


Event #85: $1,500 The Closer – Day 1B

The second and final starting flight of Event #85: $1,500 The Closer, Day 1B, locked in 2,039 entries. The top 306 runners were assured a min-cash of $2,406. However, the play was paused abruptly, with 477 players still in contention.

While Day 1B is still not officially over, Allan Alejandro (812,000) has the biggest stack in play. Waheed Feda (793,000) and Shaun Deeb (745,000) have the following two big stacks.

Eight Indians feature among the 477 Day 1B participants: Sriharsha Doddapaneni (412,000), Young Guns Arsh Grover (290,000), and Neel Joshi (282,000), along with PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja (211,000), Muskan Sethi (150,000), Tarun Goyal (120,000), Paawan Bansal (111,000) and Kunal Punjwani (92,000).

Sriharsha Doddapaneni
Sriharsha Doddapaneni


With the money bubble looming overhead, the remaining 477 runners will return to complete Day 1B at noon (PDT) on July 17.

Top 10 Chip Counts of Day 1B (Ongoing)

  1. Allan Alejandro – 812,000
  2. Waheed Feda – 793,000
  3. Shaun Deeb – 745,000
  4. Nikita Kalinin – 693,000
  5. Ronnie Ballantyne – 650,000
  6. Rodney Boswell – 630,000
  7. Yuzu Wang – 614,000
  8. Bernie Wen – 591,000
  9. Nissar Quraishi – 559,000
  10. Kang Hyun Lee – 555,000


Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship – Day 2

Day 2 of Event #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship saw 37 late entrants join the 150 Day 1 survivors. The Day 2 field helped expand the field size to 394.

Daniel Rezaei (1,389,000) emerged as the day-end chip leader. Barry Woods (1,067,000) and Pavel Plesuv (1,058,000) were the two other players who bagged over a million.

Abhinav Iyer was among the Day 2 entrants and joined Day 1 qualifier Shashank Jain (84,000). While Jain exited before the money bubble burst, Iyer bagged the 12th biggest stack of 692,000.

Abhinav Iyer & Shashank Jain
Abhinav Iyer & Shashank Jain


With the top 60 places assured a min-cash of $16,000, Yang Wang money bubbled the event in 61st place.

Just after the dinner break, Chino Rheem and Anatoly Filatov were heading to the payout desk after failing to run up their short stacks. However, the disruption occurred soon after, bringing an abrupt to Day 2. WSOP had not updated the eliminations and payouts details at the time of publishing this report.

At the time of the disruption, 45 players were left in the field. They will return for Day 3 at noon (PDT) on July 17.

Daniel Rezaei
Daniel Rezaei


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 2

  1. Daniel Rezaei – 1,389,000
  2. Barry Woods – 1,067,000
  3. Pavel Plesuv – 1,058,000
  4. Pierre Calamusa – 900,000
  5. Aaron Kupin – 880,000
  6. Martin Zamani – 858,000
  7. Alexandros Kolonias – 832,000
  8. Aaron Mermelstein – 811,000
  9. Romain Lewis – 801,000
  10. Thomas Muehloecker – 738,000


Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1

The opening day of Event #87: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em ended prematurely, and the clock showed a total of 208 players remaining from 574 registrations; however, this total will be confirmed at the start of Day 2.

Bracelet winners Alex Foxen (456,000), David “ODB” Baker (401,000), Yuri Dzivielevski (320,000), and Hossein Ensan (292,000) will be among the chip leaders when the action resumes at noon (PDT) on July 17.

After busting Event #86, Shashank Jain jumped into this event and bagged 72,000 for Day 2.

Shashank Jain
Shashank Jain


Other notable names such as Mike Matusow (256,000), Liv Boeree (246,000), Henrik Hecklen (210,000), Igor Kurganov (195,000), Phil Hellmuth (153,000), and Martin Jacobson (100,000) will also return on Sunday.

Alex Foxen
Alex Foxen


Top End of Day 1 Chip Counts (Assorted)

  1. Alex Foxen – 456,000
  2. David “ODB” Baker – 401,000
  3. Hossein Ensan – 292,000
  4. Mike Matusow – 256,000
  5. Liv Boeree – 246,000
  6. Henrik Hecklen – 210,000
  7. Igor Kurganov – 195,000
  8. Joseph Cheong – 178,000
  9. Kris Burchfield – 171,000
  10. Justin Bonomo – 163,000


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