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This Week in Poker: December 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!

We’ve hit the midway mark of the last month of the year, and online MTTs filled in most of the headlines this past week. Dhinesh Kumar’s trailblazing run in Spartan Poker’s ₹1 Crore GTD WCS #40 – United on Sunday brought him not just his career’s second most significant payout of ₹18.16 Lakhs, but also earned him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Yash Chitre, Anurag Srivastava, Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi, Vaibhav Sharma, and Nitin Arora were the other big scorers of the week.

While Spartan Poker’s ‘Winter Celebrations Series’ kept the MTT enthusiasts entertained, BLITZPOKER’s ‘Christmas 12 Days of Giveaway’ is sure to get you in the holiday mood. With surprise giveaways being revealed every day at midnight from December 14 to 25, this exciting promotion is sure to keep you at the edge of your seats.

MPL Poker’s ‘Steal Deal Series 2’ has been a revelation for low-to-mid stakes players. Guaranteeing over ₹21 Lakhs in cash prizes, there are five more days to high-value MTTs awaiting players.

PokerHigh’s latest ‘Poker For A Cause’ campaign, “Save Our Seas,” aims to save the beaches at Mahabalipuram. You can be a part of this noble cause by playing on the site’s cash tables from December 10 to 19.

With the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, live poker has started blossoming. Expanding its footprints outside India, Spartan Poker LIVE, the live poker arm of one of India`s leading online poker operators, has taken charge of the poker room operations at the newly-launched Casino Vegas at Hotel Mechi Crown in Dhulabari, Nepal. The poker room is gearing up for a grand launch on January 1, 2022, and with 24 poker tables and a separate section for VIPs, it promises an unmatched playing experience.

One of the most critical news gripping the attention of India’s online gaming sector is the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act 2021, currently under challenge by various industry operators in the Karnataka High Court. The case is in its final stages, with the court listing the matter for final disposal on December 22.

Triton Poker recently announced the Triton Super High Roller Series 2022, “Bali – A Helping Hand for Charity.” The series will be hosted for the first time at Bali from February 17 to March 1, 2022, and feature 12 high roller events with tournament buy-ins ranging from $30,000 to $200,000.

 

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Spartan Poker’s Winter Celebration Series keeps tournament regs busy, and topping the list of weekly scorers was the former Millionaire Lite and Full House Finale champion Dhinesh Kumar. On Sunday, Kumar trounced a 1,468-player field to win the ₹1 Crore GTD WCS #40 – United for ₹18.16 Lakhs (collective scores – ₹18.29 Lakhs). Kumar added ₹19.30 Lakhs in total winnings this week, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Dhinesh Kumar

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in WCS #40 ₹1 Crore GTD – United for ₹18.29 Lakhs

> 2nd in Night on Stars for ₹80,272

It’s difficult to give an exact number to what Yash Chitre earned this week since the player has opted out of our tracking. Still, we could conjure up Chitre’s few standout scores, including his runner-up finish in Sunday’s WCS #40 United that fetched him ₹10.39 Lakhs. Chitre also FT-ed WCS flagships like the Destiny and the Elite, making away with at least ₹13.37 Lakhs this week.

Yash Chitre

 

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in WCS #40 United for ₹10.39 Lakhs

> 4th in WCS #24: The Elite for ₹2.05 Lakhs

> 6th in WCS #5 Destiny for ₹93,100

The former IOPC – The Millionaire Main Event champion Anurag Srivastava FTed an impressive seven events this week, with his biggest score coming in the Adda52 Millions, where he placed third for ₹3.17 Lakhs. Srivastava also won the BSS MonsterStack. He was rallying behind Parthasarathi in the weekly scores until last night, but a fourth-place finish in The Endeavour worth ₹89,915 pulled him ahead. With ₹12.91 Lakhs in cumulative earnings, Srivastava takes up the #3 spot on the weekly leaderboards.

Anurag Srivastava

 

His top finishes include:

> 3rd in Adda52 Millions for ₹3.17 Lakhs

> 2nd in Sunday Highroller for ₹2.30 Lakhs

> 3rd in Maverick for ₹1.54 Lakhs

> 1st in BSS MonsterStack for ₹1.38 Lakhs

Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi lapped up ₹12.10 Lakhs this week, including the WCS #23 – The Elite and the Sunday Highroller titles!

Shardul Parthasarathi

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Sunday Highroller for ₹2.35 Lakhs

> 1st in WCS #23 – The Elite for ₹6.75 Lakhs

> 5th in The Ballers for ₹1.15 Lakhs

Vaibhav Sharma shipped the Godfather and was lingering at #7 on the weekly leaderboard before Tuesday when he shipped The Endeavour for the fifth time for ₹2.70 Lakhs. He added ₹11.74 Lakhs, laddering up to #5 on the weekly charts.

Vaibhav Sharma
Vaibhav Sharma

 

His top finishes include:

> 1st in Godfather for ₹6.20 Lakhs

> 1st in The Endeavour for ₹2.70 Lakhs

> 2nd in PokerStars India`s Highroller for ₹1.68 Lakhs

Nitin Arora added over ₹11.17 Lakhs since last Wednesday. He almost won the Trending Thursday but lost the title to ‘d@@kudaddy.’ Arora also picked up a runner-up score worth ₹4.22 Lakhs in Adda52 Millions.

Nitin Arora

 

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in Adda52 Millions for ₹4.22 Lakhs

> 2nd in WCS #13 Trending Thursday for ₹2.81 Lakhs

> 3rd in The Endeavour for ₹1.21 Lakhs

Young Gun Anuj Yadav, Rising Star Ritwik Khanna, and Aniket Waghmare were the week`s other top scorers.

 

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventsPoker Site
Dhinesh Kumar₹18.16 LakhsWCS#40 - United ₹1 Crore GTDSpartan Poker
Anuj Yadav₹8.81 LakhsWCS#15 – The Big Deal (6-Max) ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
feeslop₹7.78 LakhsWCS#37 – Sunday Superstack ₹35 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Padma37₹7.07 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Joseph Touthang₹6.92 LakhsWCS #5 Destiny ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shardul Parthasarathi₹6.75 LakhsWCS#23 – The Elite (6-Max) ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vaibhav Sharma₹6.20 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Puneet Mishra₹5.12 LakhsThe Ballers ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mohit Mehta₹4.49 LakhsThe Courageous Arjan ₹16 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sumit Sapra₹4.37 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
d@@kudaddy₹4.22 LakhsWCS#13 – Trending Thursday ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Mithun Mahesh₹4.06 LakhsWCS#54 – Mega Stack ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rahul Kumar₹3.90 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rony Chowdhury₹3.84 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sandeep Varma₹3.81 LakhsNano ME - Finale ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Punya Behera₹3.79 LakhsThe Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Debapriya Manna₹3.67 LakhsProfish Malik ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashwin Vijay₹3.15 LakhsSunday Special - PKO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
David2000₹2.89 LakhsWCS#46 - ReCharge ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vaibhav Sharma₹2.70 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Mithun Mahesh₹2.63 LakhsSuper Highroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Indianthug₹2.42 LakhsNano HR ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shardul Parthasarathi₹2.35 LakhsSunday High Roller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sanish Chhabra₹2.35 LakhsWCS#39 - Mid – Main Event ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Suresh Kolli₹2.30 LakhsBounty Builder HR ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
ReDumBell₹2.19 LakhsThe Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Deepesh Raka₹2.16 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
TheTeacher2.0₹1.97 LakhsWCS#21 ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ritwik Khanna₹1.83 LakhsWCS#48 - Deepstack ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aayush Arya₹1.83 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth Karia₹1.66 LakhsWCS#56 – The Race ₹7 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Anurag Srivastava
₹1.38 LakhsMonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Sahil Mahboobani₹1.36 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Neo1729₹1.27 LakhsFriday Bounty ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
NoConnection₹1.17 LakhsWCS #7 Wednesday Vibes ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ankit Saurabh₹1.10 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ashish Kumar₹1.07 LakhsBattle Royale ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
imac2000₹1.05 LakhsNight on Stars ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
stonedurr₹1.02 Lakhs(6-Max) SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Abhishek Sonu₹1.02 Lakhs(6-Max) SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
0bliviate₹1.02 LakhsWCS #8 Monster Stack ₹5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
bencb789₹1.01 Lakhs(6-Max) SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Virallhog₹94KWCS#16 - Monster Stack ₹3.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
PokerQueen1911₹85KWCS#57 – ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Subhojit Roy₹67KWCS#51 – Monster Stack ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Md Saddam Hussain₹56KWCS #1 ₹2.50 LakhsSpartan Poker
void191₹54KNano DST ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Indianthug₹49KNano Godfather ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
NeeruNJ₹48KWCS#12 ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nirmal512₹48KNight Rider Deepstack ₹2 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
Samay Modi₹48KWCS #2 DST ₹2.50 LakhsSpartan Poker
Murti8₹28KNano Siesta ₹1 Lakh GTDAdda52
BMagician₹26KNano Thursday Adda ₹90K GTDAdda52
Yogesh Choudhary₹24KWCS#9 ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
pleaseplayblind₹21KWCS #6 R+A ₹1 Lakh GTDSpartan Poker
Vijay Pandit₹18KNano Crack Jack ₹70K GTDAdda52
Arpit Gupta₹15KWCS#14 ₹75K GTDSpartan Poker
NirajBhaI₹11KUnder The Gun PLO ₹20K GTDKhelo365
rahul963212₹10KPLO 500 forAdda52
sathish96₹8KNano Battleship ₹30K GTDAdda52
pokersage₹7KNano PLO ₹25K GTDAdda52
xafeno₹4KWCS #3 OFC ₹20K GTDSpartan Poker
kacchaneembu₹4KStriker ₹18K GTDSpartan Poker

 

BLITZPOKER`s “12 Days of Christmas Giveaway” Promises Exciting Prizes (December 14 – 25)

BLITZPOKER`s Christmas special “Christmas 12 Days of Giveaway” got underway on December 14. Until December 25, the online poker site will hand out a surprise giveaway every day, ranging from free tickets, bonuses, gadgets, exclusive gifts, and many more rewards. Stay tuned on the BLITZPOKER website and social media handles for details.

BLITZ POKER 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

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Natural8 is Currently Hosting the $100 Million GTD 2021 WSOP Winter Online Circuit

Asia’s leading online poker room Natural8 has been playing host to the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Winter Online Circuit since December 12. The series will run till January 9, 2022. There are 18 WSOP Circuit rings and over $100,000,000 in cash prizes to be won. Adding to the attractions is a $1 Million Freeroll!

Natural8 WSOP Winter Circuit Series

 

MPL Poker’s 21+ Lakhs GTD “Steal Deal Series 2” Currently Underway (December 12 – 19)

MPL Poker`s ‘Steal Deal Series 2’ – a budget MTT series guaranteeing over ₹21 Lakhs across 72 events has another five days to go before closing out its run on December 19.

MPL Poker Steal Deal series

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PokerHigh’s Poker For A Cause Initiative “Save Our Seas” Aims to Save the Environment

PokerHigh is back with another Poker For A Cause (PFAC) campaign, “Save Our Seas,” and this time, the site is raising funds to protect the beaches of Mahabalipuram. Supported by celebrities like Siddhanth Kapoor and Rannvijay Singha, the site will donate 15% of all the rake collected at the cash game tables (from opted-in users) towards the cause.

Read the complete report here

 

Spartan Poker LIVE to Make Grand Launch at Casino Vegas, Nepal on January 1, 2022

Spartan Poker LIVE, the live poker arm of India`s foremost poker site, is expanding its wings outside the country. The brand announced that it`s taking over the poker room operations in the brand-new Casino Vegas at Hotel Mechi Crown, Dhulabari, Nepal. The easily accessible venue houses a spacious poker room with 24 tables and will be making a grand launch on January 1, 2022.

Read the complete report here

 

Karnataka HC Lists Online Gaming Ban Case For Final Disposal on December 22

On Tuesday, the Karnataka High Court conducted another hearing on the ongoing legal battle over the state government’s blanket ban on online gaming.

After hearing out the final submissions from several legal counsels, the bench has listed the matter for final disposal on December 22. The bench has also indicated that they want to hear all the final submissions before the Christmas break, and a final order at the interlocutory stage of the case will likely come out next month!

Karnataka High Court at Bangalore

 

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

Dhinesh Kumar Champions Spartan Poker’s WCS#40 – United For ₹18.16 Lakhs; Sumit Sapra, Sandeep Varma, Ashwin Vijay & Shardul Parthasarathi Win the Other Sunday Flagships

As we get into the holiday mood, the online poker sites keep doling out sizzling hot action! Sundays are the most active day of the week for poker players, and yesterday did not disappoint.

Spartan Poker’s Winter Celebration Series was undoubtedly the star attraction for players, and the first of the two ₹1 Crore GTD events on the WCS schedule, i.e., WCS#40 – United, saw Dhinesh Kumar walking away with the title! The former Full House winner claimed a monstrous ₹18.16 Lakhs, the second-best payout of his online career so far after beating Yash Chitre (2nd for ₹10.38 Lakhs) heads-up.

The veteran MTT pro Sumit Sapra captured his fourth title of the year in PokerBaazi’s BSS SuperStack for ₹4.37 Lakhs. PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal Bajaj locked in a runner-up finish worth ₹3.06 Lakhs. The former Millionaire champion, Bajaj, ran deep in two more events, netting ₹6.56 Lakhs collectively.

Sandeep Varma took down Adda52’s Nano Main Event for ₹3.81 Lakhs, following a three-way deal with Bibhu Agarwal (2nd for ₹3.17 Lakhs) and Chirag Sodha (3rd for ₹2.82 Lakhs).

Ashwin Vijay was the last player standing in PokerStars India’s Sunday Special – Progressive KO and scored ₹3.14 Lakhs. Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi came out on top in Sunday Highroller to collect ₹2.35 Lakhs.

Joining the Sunday winner’s list was Sanish Chhabra, who shipped the WCS#39 – Mid – Main Event for ₹2.34 Lakhs. Sahil ‘imluminati777’ Babbar came second for ₹2.31 Lakhs, courtesy of a heads-up deal.

Areyann Gurbaxani, Anurag Srivastava, Shravan Chhabria, Avinash Kumar, Pratik Manjrekar, Laxmi Narayan Meena, Kovid Saraswat, Dhananjay Kanaujia, PokerGuru Ambassador Rony Chowdhury, and Kunal Shalin shipped the other Sunday marquees.

Here are the Sunday highlights!

 

Spartan Poker

Spartan Poker`s Winter Celebration Series (WCS) had a firecracker line-up of events this past weekend, and nine of them played down to a winner yesterday!

Dhinesh ‘kendralust’ Kumar emerged as the Sunday chartbuster as he took down the ₹1 Crore GTD WCS #40 – United. The former Millionaire Lite winner trounced a 1,468-entry field to claim the lion’s share of the ₹1.02 Crores prize pool worth a ginormous ₹18.16 Lakhs.

Dhinesh Kumar
Dhinesh Kumar

 

The WCS United victory fetched Dhinesh Kumar his 15th title of the year and his second-best online score to date. His career-best finish remains the ₹25 Lakhs he won in Adda52’s Full House on August 23, 2020.

Dhinesh Kumar’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.93 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.69 Crores

Yash ‘Babyshark10’ Chitre finished runner-up for ₹10.38 Lakhs, while Aniket ‘TakingSouls’ Waghmare came third for ₹7.31 Lakhs.

Runner-up Yash Chitre
Runner-up Yash Chitre

 

The inaugural IOPC Mastermind winner, Aniket Waghmare, also placed 33rd in Adda52’s Nano Highroller for ₹10,412, lapping up ₹7.42 Lakhs in Sunday winnings.

Kartikeya ‘Kartikeya123’ Yadav (4th for ₹5.39 Lakhs), Abhishek ‘TheGrinder’ Garg (7th for ₹2.45 Lakhs), along with PokerGuru Ambassadors Vishal ‘CrownUpJr’ Bajaj (6th for ₹3.20 Lakhs) and Arjanveer ‘bazzingaa’ Singh Chadha (8th for ₹1.73 Lakhs) also final-tabled WCS#40 – United.

Spartan Poker`s other Sunday marquee, ₹35 Lakhs GTD WCS#37 – Sunday Superstack, logged in 388 entries posting a ₹38.80 Lakhs prize pool. The user ‘feeslop’ won the event for ₹7.77 Lakhs, while Debashis ‘dev255-pg1’ Bal came second for ₹5.17 Lakhs.

Runner-up Debashis Bal
Runner-up Debashis Bal

 

The first-ever INCOOP Main Event champion, Sanish ‘Sanish21’ Chhabra, shipped the ₹15 Lakhs GTD WCS#39 – Mid – Main Event for ₹2.34 Lakhs, following a heads-up deal with Sahil ‘imluminati777’ Babbar (2nd for ₹2.31 Lakhs).

Sanish Chhabra
Sanish Chhabra

 

Sanish Chhabra made quite the splash last night with ₹4.62 Lakhs in Sunday earnings.

His ITM finishes include:

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s WCS #39 Mid – Main Event for ₹2,34,998

> 10th in Spartan Poker’s WCS #40 United for ₹1,80,447

> 13th in Adda52’s Adda52 Millions for ₹40,800

> 61st in PokerStars India’s Sunday Special – Progressive KO for ₹6,250

Sanish Chhabra’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.98 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.36 Crores

Areyann ‘VerbalDirrhea’ Gurbaxani had a weekend unlike any other we have seen this year – winning an incredible six events in two days! After taking down Adda52’s Nano Holdem High & Voyager and PokerBaazi’s Holdem BOOST on Saturday, he shipped Spartan Poker’s WCS#36 ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD (₹50,125) and WCS#35 ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD (₹33,225), as well as, Adda52’s Nano Fantastic Four (₹36,256) on Sunday.

Areyann Gurbaxani
Areyann Gurbaxani

 

In all,Gurbaxani cashed in six events yesterday, raking in ₹1.51 Lakhs. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹48.45 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹10.83 Lakhs

‘Zed49’ (Won WCS#34 ₹3.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹63,328), Pratik ‘LetsFlush’ Manjrekar (Won WCS#41 Reloaded ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹44,300), ‘ManAce’ (Won WCS#33 R+A ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹39,286), Kunal ‘Pokachu’ Shalin (Won WCS#38 ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹19,319), ‘maxchess’ (Won Epic ₹18K GTD for ₹5,734), ‘venom1010’ (Won Striker ₹18K GTD for ₹4,625), and ‘aceskings12’ (Won 6 Cards – PLO Epic ₹12K GTD for ₹4,080) won the other Sunday majors on Spartan Poker.

After five days of action, the #1 ranked player of the year, Young Gun Gaurav ‘mozzie17’ Sood, headlines the WCS Featured Leaderboard standings with 1,513 points, followed by Young Gun Shardul ‘Caribbean Flex’ Parthasarathi (2nd with 1,361 points) and ‘d@@kudaddy’ (3rd with 1,291 points).

WCS Featured Leaderboard Standings After Day 5

RankPlayerPoints
1Gaurav 'mozzie17' Sood1,513
2Shardul 'Caribbean Flex' Parthasarathi1,361
3d@@kudaddy1,291
4Mohit thejoker' Mehta1,215
5NoConnection1,215
6Yash 'Babyshark10' Chitre1,181
7Nitin 'Demogorgon' Arora1,133
8Anuj tittooTauji' Yadav1,085
9TheTeacher2.01,068
10Optimist1,014

 

PokerBaazi

PokerBaazi’s Sunday headliner, ₹20 Lakhs GTD BSS SuperStack, registered a 435-entry field last night, making for a ₹21.75 Lakhs prize pool. MTT pro Sumit ‘boronyx’ Sapra came up trumps to win ₹4.37 Lakhs, scoring his fourth title this year.

Sumit Sapra
Sumit Sapra

 

Sumit Sapra’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹8.53 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹3.11 Crores | Annual Winnings: ₹2.11 Crores

PokerGuru Ambassador Vishal ‘Vishzz’ Bajaj made three ITM finishes last night, banking a collective ₹6.56 Lakhs.

Vishal Bajaj
Vishal Bajaj

 

His ITM finishes include:

> 6th in Spartan Poker’s WCS#40 – United for ₹3.20 Lakhs

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s BSS Superstack for ₹3.06 Lakhs

> 13th in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller for ₹28,794

Vishal Bajaj’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.87 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.97 Crores | Annual Winnings: ₹2.94 Crores | Ranked #8 in the Annual Leaderboard Standings

Like always, PokerBaazi hosted two ₹5 Lakhs GTD BSS events yesterday. The ₹2,750 buy-in BSS MonsterStack 6-Max attracted 235 entries, collecting ₹5.87 Lakhs in the prize pool. The top 27 places were guaranteed to min-cash for at least ₹4,876. After almost five hours of gameplay, the former The Millionaire Main Event champion Anurag ’13anurag’ Srivastava took down the title for ₹1.38 Lakhs beating Nathaniel ‘ante2410’ Fancon (2nd for ₹96,996) in the heads-up duel. Srivastava was one of the breakout winners yesterday and cashed a whopping ₹7.50 Lakhs overall!

The ₹2,200 buy-in BSS Sprint 7-Max brought in 275 participants, creating a ₹5.50 Lakhs prize pool. The long-time MTT pro Shravan ‘fishstars’ Chhabria (opted out from tracking) walked away with the title and a ₹1.21 Lakhs payday after beating Vishal ‘Bhai9’ Marwaha (2nd for ₹85,250) in heads-up play.

Shravan Chhabria
Shravan Chhabria

 

Shagun ‘sogani22’ Jain crossed the money line in five events, collecting ₹1.47 Lakhs in Sunday winnings.

Shagun Jain
Shagun Jain

 

His ITM finishes include:

> 7th in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller ₹54,668

> 8th in PokerStars India’s Sunday Special PKO for ₹30,250

> 116th in Spartan Poker’s WCS #40 The Millionaire United for 30,006

> 7th in PokerBaazi’s BSS Sprint for ₹20,240

> 41st in PokerBaazi’s BSS SuperStack for ₹11,745

Shagun Jain’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.42 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.65 Crores | Annual Winnings: ₹2.15 Crores

The other title winners of the day include ‘panther193’ (Won BSS ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹50,957), Kovid ‘fzzzyyy’ Saraswat (Won BSS Night Sprint ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹37,305), ‘agaur5’ (Won BSS Kickoff ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹32,141), and Rony ‘bisadip176’ Chowdhury (Won BSS Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹29,158).

 

PokerStars India

PokerStars India`s Sunday major, the ₹15 Lakhs GTD Sunday Special – Progressive KO, successfully broke even after 307 contenders coughed up ₹5,500 to enter, and the top 34 places got paid. The former Sunday Highroller winner Ashwin ‘Ashwinvijay’ Vijay took down the title for ₹3.14 Lakhs, with Aswin ‘aswinsajeev’ VS placing runner-up for ₹1.40 Lakhs.

Ashwin Vijay
Ashwin Vijay

 

Ashwin Vijay’s online stats (excluding PokerBaazi): Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.46 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹39.31 Lakhs

The other Sunday flagship, the ₹10 Lakhs GTD Sunday Highroller, generated a guarantee-crushing ₹12 Lakhs prize pool as 120 challengers signed up for ₹11,000 and the top 15 places boarded the money bus. The WCS #23 The Elite champion Shardul ‘merci999’ Parthasarathi walked away with the title and the ₹2.35 Lakhs up-top, winning the event for the second time this year!

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi

 

Shardul Parthasarathi’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.14 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.09 Crores | Annual Winnings: ₹2.23 Crores

Parthasarathi chopped the Sunday Highroller title heads-up with Anurag ‘GutshotHaiBro’ Srivastava (2nd for ₹2.30 Lakhs). The former IOPC The Millionaire champion, Srivastava, raked in a whopping ₹7.50 Lakhs last night across eight ITM finishes!

Anurag Srivastava
Anurag Srivastava

 

His Sunday ITM finishes include:

> 3rd in Adda2’s Adda52 Millions ₹3.17 Lakhs

> 2nd in PokerStars India’s Sunday Highroller for ₹2.30 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s BSS MonsterStack for ₹1.38 Lakhs

> 56th & 171st in Spartan Poker’s WCS #40 United for ₹38,535 (collectively)

> 53rd in PokerBaazi’s BSS SuperStack for ₹10,005

> 70th in Adda2’s Nano Main Event for ₹7,320

> 17th in PokerBaazi’s BSS SPRINT for ₹6,215

> 57th in PokerStars India’s Sunday Special PKO for ₹2,500

Anurag Srivastava’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹6.44 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.10 Crores | Annual Winnings: ₹1.86 Crores

Avinash ‘ficklesoul’ Kumar (Won Big Bubble Rush ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹52,824), ‘sanjbat’ (Won Ultrasonic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD for ₹27,837), Dhananjay ‘pokersherlock13’ Kanaujia (Won Sunday Storm ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹29,434), and ‘solveforme’ (Won Deepstack ₹50K GTD for ₹11,770) won the other Sunday marquee on PokerStars India.

 

Adda52

The MTT action on Adda52 was action-packed, with the Sunday marquees running alongside the final day events of the ₹1 Crore GTD Nano Poker Series.

One of the day`s featured events, the ₹25 Lakhs GTD Adda52 Millions, logged in 272 runners, translating into a guarantee-crushing ₹27.20 Lakhs prize pool. The 9 PM event concluded at 5.31 AM with the mystery reg ‘Padma37’ taking down the title for ₹7.07 Lakhs – their second-best recorded finish on the site. The four-time Destiny winner Nitin ‘bigbluffs’ Arora placed runner-up for ₹4.22 Lakhs. The former Millionaire champion and last night’s BSS MonsterStack winner Anurag ‘NormanBates’ Srivastava (3rd for ₹3.17 Lakhs) also secured a podium finish.

Nitin Arora
Nitin Arora

 

Nitin Arora ran deep in WCS #40 United as well, earning a collective ₹4.57 Lakhs.

His top finishes include:

> 2nd in the Adda52 Millions for ₹4.22 Lakhs

> 34th in the WCS #40 – United for ₹35,658

Nitin Arora’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.24 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹89.91 Lakhs

The Nano Poker Series powered down last night and handed out eight titles! The showstopper Nano Main Event played out its Day 2 Finale from 10 PM to 4.03 AM. The 1,650 buy-in event clocked in a total of 1,849 entries across seven starting flights to collect a profitable ₹27.74 Lakhs prize pool. Day 2 began with 224 qualifiers, and circuit reg Sandeep ‘effuno’ Varma outran them all to collect a personal-best (on Adda52) ₹3.81 Lakhs. He chopped the title three-way with Bibhu ‘vibhuiit17’ Agarwal (2nd for ₹3.17 Lakhs) and Chirag ‘cs56’ Sodha (3rd for ₹2.82 Lakhs).

Sandeep Varma RS
Sandeep Varma RS

 

Sandeep Varma’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹33.98 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹12.54 Lakhs

The ₹15 Lakhs GTD Nano Highroller brought in 547 entrants, filling in a marginal ₹6,690 in overlays, and the top 55 places earned a share of the spoils. The event played down to a heads-up deal with ‘Indianthug’ (anonymity requested) grabbing the title for a top prize of ₹2.42 Lakhs. The 2020 India Poker Champion Rubin ‘kornkif’ Labroo came second for ₹2.40 Lakhs.

Rubin Labroo
Rubin Labroo

 

‘Ishaan3’ (Won Nano DST ₹2.25 Lakhs GTD for ₹45,533), Laxmi Narayan ‘Godfather7’ Meena (Won Nano Monster Turbo ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹40,602), Areyann ‘paisenkalbc’ Gurbaxani (Won Nano Fantastic Four ₹2 Lakh GTD for ₹36,256), ‘slayer1235’ (Won Nano Sunday Blast ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹26,500), ‘checkthat’ (Won Sunday Night PLO for ₹26,836), ‘Shubpinku’ (Won Sunday Bounty for ₹25,620) and ‘Devil1st’ (Won Nano Battleship ₹30K GTD for ₹8,700) won the other Sunday marquees on Adda52.

 

Khelo365

Khelo365 user ‘AAsKKs’ took down the ₹1 Lakh GTD The Big Bang for ₹37,000. Bikram001 placed second for ₹25,000.

The ₹50K GTD Dominator was taken down by Legends7, who won ₹15,000 in first-place prize money. The user Teka’ finished runner-up for ₹10,000.

 

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Daily Majors: Shardul Parthasarathi, Puneet Mishra, Punya Behera & Mithun Mahesh Crush the Friday Flagships

Spartan Poker’s inaugural ‘Winter Carnival Series (WCS) has been grabbing eyeballs since Wednesday, and yesterday was no different. The day’s biggest guaranteed event, 30 Lakhs GTD WCS #23 – The Elite (6-Max), saw Young Gun Shardul Parthasarathi walking away with the title and a ₹6.75 Lakhs payday. The Game Changer 3.0 runner-up finisher also placed fifth in Adda52’s The Ballers and topped the Friday charts with 7.89 Lakhs in total winnings.

Uttam Kumar Sinha came second in WCS #23 – The Elite for 4.54 Lakhs.

Puneet Mishra came out on top in Adda52’s The Ballers to win 5.12 Lakhs, and Young Gun Kanchan Sharma finished runner-up for 3.05 Lakhs.

Extending his breakout form, Punya Behera took down PokerBaazi’s The Weekly Highroller for 3.79 Lakhs, posting his fourth title victory this month!

PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun Mahesh was the last player standing in PokerStars India’s Super Highroller and won 2.63 Lakhs after beating Rajat Sharma (runner-up for 2.02 Lakhs) heads-up. Mahesh also cashed the WCS #23 The Elite, crossing 3 Crores in annual winnings.

Abhishek Sonu, Kunal Yadav, Gagan Nagpal, and Mohit Bohra won the other Friday marquees.

While the WCS is slated to wrap up on December 19, MTT players will be thrilled to learn Spartan Poker has announced the dates for the next India Online Poker Championship (IOPC). The mega-series returns from January 19 to February 6, 2022, with more details to be released in the coming days.

Here are the Friday highlights!

 

Spartan Poker

Spartan Poker`s Winter Celebrations Series had nine high-value events on the tap.

Young Gun Shardul ‘Caribbean Flex’ Parthasarathi had a breakout Friday run with ₹7.89 Lakhs in total earnings, making him the day`s top scorer. He raced past a 318-entry field in Spartan Poker’s Friday extravaganza, ₹30 Lakhs GTD WCS #23 – The Elite (6-Max) to claim the lion’s share of the ₹31.90 Lakhs prize pool worth ₹6.74 Lakhs. Uttam ‘chinunew’ Kumar Sinha finished runner-up for ₹4.54 Lakhs.

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi

 

Shardul Parthasarathi also placed fifth in Adda52’s The Ballers for ₹1.15 Lakhs. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.12 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹2.14 Crores

The second WCS marquee, ₹12 Lakhs GTD WCS#21, logged in a guarantee-surpassing 488 entries. The user ‘TheTeacher2.0’ took down the event for ₹1.97 Lakhs, following a heads-up deal with Akansha ‘akanshasehgal’ Sehgal (2nd for ₹1.91 Lakhs).

Akansha Sehgal
Akansha Sehgal

 

Running alongside the single-day WCS events was Day 1B of the ₹1 Crore GTD WCS – United. The second starting flight of the ₹7,700 buy-in event recorded 217 entries, with 29 runners surviving the day’s onslaught. PokerGuru Ambassador Arjanveer ‘bazzingaa’ Singh Chadha (239,026), Saroj ‘Pepperchino’ Mehta (220,950), and Prateek ‘AurelionSol’ Bhartia (184,937) bagged the top three stacks of the day.

Arjanveer Singh Chadha
Arjanveer Singh Chadha

 

‘KFG01’ (Won WCS#24 ₹3 Lakhs GTD for ₹85,613), ‘PavitraPapi’ (Won WCS#22 ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹28,366), Mohit ‘FloatingMonkey’ Bohra (Won WCS#17 – ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹21,418), and ‘Humhongekameyab’ (Won WCS#19 ₹85K GTD for ₹14,656) shipped the other WCS titles on Friday.

Shardul Parthasarathi’s victory run in the WCS #23 – The Elite catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard standings with 1,292 points, while ‘NoConnection’ has slipped down to #2 with 1,067 points. The winningest player of the year, Young Gun Gaurav Sood, jumped up four places to #3 with 1,045 points.

WCS Featured Leaderboard Standings After Day 3

RankPlayerPoints
1Shardul 'Caribbean Flex' Parthasarathi1,292
2NoConnection1,067
3Gaurav 'mozzie17' Sood1,045
4Anuj tittooTauji' Yadav1,020
5d@@kudaddy1,009
6Joseph 'axone' Touthang872
7TheTeacher2.0797
8Nitin 'Demogorgon' Arora739
9Yash 'Babyshark10' Chitre686
10Sumit 'AAdicted' Sapra682

‘Pokernoob2315’ (Won Epic ₹15K GTD for ₹4,530), ‘Whitedevil89’ (Won Striker ₹18K GTD for ₹4,529), and ‘Rahul4444s’ (Won 6 card PLO – Epic ₹12K GTD for ₹3,600) won the other Spartan Poker marquees.

 

PokerBaazi

PokerBaazi’s Friday headliner, ₹12 Lakhs GTD The Weekly HighRoller, logged in 147 entrants, collecting a guarantee-crushing ₹14.70 Lakhs prize pool. Last Friday’s The Elite winner Punya ‘madhumangal’ Behera kept the heater going as he outran the competition to win ₹3.79 Lakhs. Site regular ‘acessorted’ (anonymity requested) finished runner-up for ₹2.65 Lakhs.

Punya Behera
Punya Behera

 

The HighRoller victory is Punya Behara’s second title win this week and his fourth this month. His online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹1.37 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹68.01 Lakhs

The two-time Sunday Special champion Abhishek ‘chipndchair’ Sonu toppled a 217-entry field in the ₹4 Lakhs GTD Sprint 6-Max to collect ₹1.02 Lakhs. Rohit ‘mrblue1205’ Malhotra placed runner-up for ₹71,653.

Abhishek Sonu
Abhishek Sonu

 

Abhishek Sonu’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹67 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹20.33 Lakhs

Sumanth ‘sp175’ Kumar crossed the money line in four events, banking ₹73,753.

Sumanth Kumar
Sumanth Kumar

 

His ITM finishes include:

> 3rd in PokerBaazi’s Daily Night Sprint for ₹26,611

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s Sprint 6-Max for ₹25,606

> 18th in PokerBaazi’s The Weekly Highroller for ₹19,257

> 21st in PokerBaazi’s Holdem Boost for ₹2,279

The other prominent title winners of the day were ‘Stungunner’ (Won Daily Night Sprint ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹59,136), ‘vaibhi18’ (Won Holdem BOOST ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹45,308), Gagan ‘gagan9999’ Nagpal (Won Sprint 1 AM ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹27,751), ‘Jugador963’ (Won Sprint 1 PM ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹27,229), and ‘Steelbala’ (Won Daily Afternoon Sprint ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹26,558).

 

PokerStars India

One of the new additions at PokerStars India as part of the ongoing Tournament Festival,’ the ₹10 Lakhs GTD Super Highroller registered a ₹11.02 Lakhs prize pool after 97 entrants coughed up ₹12,500 to enter, and the top 11 places got paid. PokerGuru Ambassador Mithun ‘ThePokeRajaIN’ Mahesh was the last player standing and won ₹2.63 Lakhs, with last night`s The Weekly Highroller fifth-place finisher Rajat ‘sharabikebabi’ Sharma placing runner-up for ₹2.02 Lakhs.

Mithun Mahesh
Mithun Mahesh

 

Mithun Mahesh raked in over ₹3.15 Lakhs last night as he also placed 12th in WCS #23 The Elite for ₹51,997. Mahesh`s Friday run pushed him across the ₹3 Crore mark in annual winnings, making him the seventh player on our tracked database to enter the club!

Mithun Mahesh’s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.74 Crores | Lifetime Profits: ₹1.98 Crores | Annual Winnings: ₹3.01 Crores | Ranked #7 in the Annual Leaderboard Standings

The ₹2 Lakhs GTD Uppercut Mini saw 165 entrants buying in for ₹1,375, and the top 17 places got a share of the ₹2.06 Lakhs prize pool. The user ‘yuvidilwariya’ won the title for ₹47,942, with ‘RAV1619’ finishing runner-up for ₹21,184.

‘sanjbat’ (Won Ultrasonic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD for ₹31,234), ‘VeldBeaker’ (Won Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTD for ₹16,531), ‘YShah14’ (Won Deepstack ₹50K GTD for ₹12,911), and ‘kunarki’ (Won Primetime Grind ₹50K GTD for ₹9,930) took down the other marquees on the site.

 

Adda52

Adda52`s ₹20 Lakhs GTD The Ballers drew 292 runners just about meeting its advertised guarantee. The top 30 players got paid, and the WPT Main Event Finale fourth-place finisher Puneet ‘j4jolly’ Mishra shipped the event for ₹5.12 Lakhs. Young Gun Kanchan ‘thandicoke’ Sharma came second for ₹3.05 Lakhs.

Puneet Mishra
Puneet Mishra

 

Puneet Mishra`s online stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹69.49 Lakhs | Lifetime Profits: ₹25.33 Lakhs

Kanchan Sharma posted a deep run in WCS #23 – The Elite as well, placing eighth for ₹83,259. She raked in a collective ₹3.88 Lakhs yesterday, boosting her online scorecard to ₹4.09 Crores.

Kanchan Sharma
Kanchan Sharma

 

Her top finishes include:

> 2nd in The Ballers ₹20 Lakhs GTD for ₹3.05 Lakhs

> 8th in the WCS #23 – The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹83,259

The ₹4 Lakhs GTD Friday Bounty was championed by ‘Neo1729,’ who overcame the 175-strong field to collect the ₹1.27 Lakhs up top (includes ₹14,641 in bounties). Pawan ‘bubba88’ Kumar finished runner-up for ₹72,516 (includes ₹5,316 in bounties).

The #2 ranked player of the year, Manish ‘newkidpoker’ Lakhotia, placed eighth in both the Friday marquees on Adda52 to collectively earn ₹61,380.

Manish Lakhotia
Manish Lakhotia

 

His top finishes include:

> 8th in The Ballers for ₹50,005

> 8th in the Friday Bounty for ₹11,375

Day 1C of the ₹25 Lakhs GTD, Nano Poker Series signed up 171 participants. By the end of the stipulated 29 levels of play, only 23 bagged stacks for Day 2. Mohit FloatingMonkey’ Bohra (319,539), last night`s The Ballers champion Puneet ‘j4jolly’Mishra (216,798), and Nano Ballers winner ‘DogaXII (174,756) topped the day-end chip counts.

Counting the 389 entries in the two previous flights, the ₹1,650 buy-in event has filled in 560 entries already, with another four starting flights to go before the Day 2 finale on Sunday (10 PM).

Day 3 of the ₹1 Crore GTD Nano Poker Series awarded seven titles. These included ‘DogaXII’ (Won Nano Ballers ₹2.75 Lakhs GTD for ₹51,656), Kunal ‘Kunotaguero’ Yadav (Won Nano DST ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹54,900), ‘ishitawarrior’ (Won Nano Siesta ₹1 Lakh GTD for ₹28,000), ‘turtle99’ (Won Nano Friday Adda ₹90K GTD for ₹26,250), ‘Machine541’ (Won Nano Crack Jack ₹70K GTD for ₹17,523) and ‘aselvi333’ (Won Nano Battleship ₹30K GTD for ₹8,596).

 

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This Week in Poker: October 20 – 26

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!

With Diwali just around the corner, the virtual felts have been teeming with news of offers, promotions, and upcoming tournaments.

The week’s biggest story was PokerBaazi’s ₹5 Crores GTD EndBoss crowning a champion in Ishaan Chugh! The 31-year-old MIT graduate, the CEO of Abacus- a boutique AI consulting firm, took down the second edition of India’s biggest online tournament for a whopping ₹71.48 Lakhs following a three-way deal. The EndBoss was just the 10th tournament Chugh had played on PokerBaazi and had received a free ticket to the mega tournament through PokerBaazi. It goes without saying that Chugh’s phenomenal performance has landed him on the top of our weekly rankings, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Divanshu Khurana was the second biggest scorer of the week. Although he finished third in the EndBoss, the three-way deal fetched him a career-best ₹63.37 Lakhs. The EndBoss runner-up Dhiraj Lakhotia locked in ₹57.30 Lakhs. He added another ₹1.76 Lakhs on Monday, after shipping The Big Show. The Darjeeling-based player wrapped up the week with ₹59.05 Lakhs in total winnings.

Ujjwal Narwal, Eka Vedantham, Mohammad Azhar, Praneet Prakash, and Young Gun Gaurav Sood also added seven figures in weekly earnings.

With PokerBaazi’s 7th Anniversary Bash now in the books, online poker sites have started gearing up for the Diwali and Halloween festivities in earnest. Spartan Poker’s Ultimate Value Series (UVS) and PokerBaazi’s Baazi Grinders Series are sure to keep the low to mid-stakes players occupied in the meantime.

If you thought that the online action would dull down after Diwali, then think again. Spartan Poker has already announced the third edition of its popular The Millionaire Series. The series is slated to run from November 21 to 28 and promises over ₹7 Crores in guaranteed prizes!

Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8, has announced an exciting “Trick or Treat” promotion giving players a chance to win from a variety of prizes, including an iPhone 13 Pro Max!

Moving over to the live-action, Team India has finally opened its scorecard at the 52nd World Series of Poker (WSOP). MPL Poker pro Dhaval Mudgal (154th for $3,124 – ₹2.35 Lakhs), Adda52 Game Ambassador Kunal Patni (168th for $3,124 – ₹2.35 Lakhs) and Young Gun Neel Joshi (446th for $1,752 – ₹1.32 Lakhs) cashed in Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack. Young Guns Arsh Grover (103rd for $1,956 – ₹1.46 Lakhs) and Abhinav Iyer (164th for $1,762 – ₹1.32 Lakhs) posted scores in Event #46: $800 NLHE Deepstack.

Adam Friedman claimed his fourth WSOP bracelet in Event #36: $10K Dealer’s Choice Championship, defeating 16-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth heads-up. This was his third consecutive win in this event. Australian poker pro Michael Addamo clinched his fourth high roller title in less than two months in Event #38: $50K High Roller.

David “Bakes” Baker, Kevin Gerhart, Bradley Ruben, Josh Arieh, and Tommy Le were the other prominent bracelet winners.

The Indian poker community has been following the developments of the gaming ban challenge in the Karnataka High Court closely. Last week, the court granted online gaming operators and players some respite by directing the state Advocate-General to ensure the state police make no further arrests under the provisos of the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act, 2021 that criminalizes and prohibits all forms of real-money online games in the state. The writ petitions made by the All India Gaming Federation AIGF) and Mobile Premier League (MPL) is expected to be heard on Friday. This is a developing story, and we will be sharing the latest updates as they come.

 

Online Railbird Report

In one of the most defining weeks for online poker this year, EndBoss, India’s biggest online poker tournament featuring a ₹5 Crore guarantee, crowned a champion on Sunday. 31-year-old MIT graduate and AI-Design researcher, Delhi-based Ishaan Chugh trounced the 4,816-strong field, eventually saying yes to a three-way deal to claim the title for a career-best ₹71.48 Lakhs. Chugh has not only become the latest “EndBoss” with his feat, but he also overshadowed the rest of the crowd, becoming our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Ishaan Chugh
Ishaan Chugh

 

The EndBoss finalists dominated the weekly leaderboard. Gurgaon resident Divanshu Khurana may have placed third in the event but pocketed a hefty payday of ₹63.37 Lakhs, courtesy of the deal. Darjeeling-based Dhiraj Lakhotia earned the bragging rights of becoming the EndBoss 2021 runner-up. Lakhotia, who earned ₹57.30 Lakhs in the event, also took down Monday’s The Big Show, collectively adding ₹59.05 Lakhs through the week.

Dhiraj Lakhotia
Dhiraj Lakhotia

 

His top finishes include:

>2nd in the EndBoss ₹5 Crore GTD for ₹57.30 Lakhs

> 1st in The Big Show ₹7.50 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.76 Lakhs

Young Gun Ujjwal Narwal made it to the EndBoss final table on Sunday while running deep in two more events. The 24-year-old player won Adda52’s Mega Suits. Over the week, Narwal, FTed two more events, lapping up over ₹31.67 Lakhs.

Ujjwal Narwal
Ujjwal Narwal

 

His top finishes include:

> 4th in the EndBoss ₹5 Crore GTD for ₹21.90 Lakhs

> 1st in the Mega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹6.20 Lakhs

> 2nd in Sunday Special ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.60 Lakhs

> 6th in the Super Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTD for ₹96,314

Eka Vedantham (5th for ₹16.50 Lakhs) and Praneet Prakash (6th for ₹12.70 Lakhs) were the other top finishers in the EndBoss.

The EndBoss seventh-place finisher Mohammad Azhar netted a hefty ₹13.64 Lakhs over the week. In addition to earning ₹10.55 Lakhs in the EndBoss, Azhar FT-ed an impressive five other events.

Mohammad Azhar
Mohammad Azhar

 

His top finishes include:

> 7th in the EndBoss ₹5 Crore GTD for ₹10.55 Lakhs

> 4th in The Big Deal ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.92 Lakhs

> 6th in the Sunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹1.47 Lakhs

Young Gun Gaurav Sood also earned seven-figure scores of ₹12.44 Lakhs, riding high on the back of his Godfather win, apart from FT scores in The Big Deal and the Adda52 Millions.

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood

 

His top finishes include:

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

> 3rd in the Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD for ₹3 Lakhs

> 5th in The Big Deal ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹2.36 Lakhs

Notable Winners of the Week

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Ishaan 'ishaanc90' Chugh₹71.48 LakhsEndboss ₹5 Crore GTDPokerBaazi
Jitesh 'shooter19' Kumar₹6.86 LakhsAdda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Shardul ‘Caribbean Flex’ Parthasarathi₹6.78 LakhsThe Big Deal ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ujjwal 'fourteenk' Narwal₹6.20 LakhsMega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Gaurav 'gauravarod' Sood₹6.12 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tanmay 'PlusEv' Benara₹5.32 LakhsDestiny ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Arjanveer 'bazzingaa' Singh Chadha₹5.30 LakhsThe Elite (6-Max) ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Manish 'newkidpoker' Lakhotia₹5 LakhsThe Ballers ₹22.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
sanapalbhar₹4.67 LakhsSunday Superstack ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
RexxarF₹4.03 LakhsTrending Thursday ₹18 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vishal ‘Vishalb22’ Bajaj₹3.58 LakhsSuper Highroller ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
MallaNi₹3.56 LakhsMaverick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
saurav39₹3.50 LakhsThe Mint ₹14 Lakhs GTD
Adda52
Ghanshyam 'bencb789 ' Tripathi₹3.29 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
“sumitm74”₹2.93 LakhsBounty Builder HR ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja₹2.86 LakhsSunday Highroller ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rubin ‘kornkid4’ Labroo₹2.60 LakhsSunday Special Limited Edition ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Laksh 'boomtlt23' Pal Singh₹2.46 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Nitesh 'KATIYAR11' Katiyar₹2.40 LakhsMega Stack – Millionaire Bubble ₹15 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Karan ‘The AnnihiIator’ Radia₹2.22 LakhsHighroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Juli 'Lily8' Kumari₹1.92 LakhsSunday Showdown ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Dhiraj ‘supernuts’ Lakhotia₹1.76 LakhsThe Big Show ₹7.50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Chen_Khulli_Ki_Maiin₹1.69 LakhsReCharge ₹8 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Debayan ‘debz19’ Das₹1.65 LakhsIron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Manish 'newkidpoker' Lakhotia₹1.57 LakhsMonster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Kritagya_1703’ Sharma₹1.55 LakhsMoney Heist ₹8 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Felix Felicis₹1.55 LakhsFuturistic ₹9 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
'Maverick_'₹1.43 Lakhs7-Max BSS SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Lavesh 'lavesh786' Meena₹1.35 LakhsNight on Stars ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
'duksh92'₹1.33 LakhsFriday WTB Bounty ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tarush 'Tarush123' Gupta₹1.26 LakhsThe Race ₹6 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Prashanth 'Iveyleague' Sekar₹1.25 LakhsBSS MonsterStack 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
‘MallaNi’₹1.10 LakhsLa Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTDAdda52
'shuvapal8116'₹1.05 Lakhs7th Anniversary Freeroll ₹7 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
raghav1990₹1.03 LakhsBattle Royale (7-Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Laksh 'LuckyBhai$' Pal Singh₹1 LakhWednesday Vibes ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Nishant 'rektace' Kumar₹99,480Daily Sprint 6-Max ₹4 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Akshay ‘nofuchsgiven’ Dhingra₹78,750Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aniket ‘WhiteRabbit’ Sharma₹76,800Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Harsh ‘Chiraunjilal Khosla’ Bubna₹75,480Sunday Monster Stack - ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sumit ‘m0ney’ Gupta₹68,870Grinders #4 Holdem Boost ₹1.80 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Kunal 'Pokachu' Shalin₹62,314Deepstack ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Karan ‘Gogikaran’ Malhotra₹61,574Big Bubble Rush ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aditya 'gooner67' Singh Punn₹60,748Holdem Boost ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Hemant 'hkm2828' Meena₹60,949Holdem Boost ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
1levelup₹54,865Monster Stack ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Taliwabang 'Meverick' Jamir₹54,408Holdem Boost ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
uncrypted₹53,402Deepstack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
IPF_POKER₹52,983Night Rider – Monster Stack ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
‘raghav1990’₹49,185Deepstack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
vaibhi18₹43,540Daily Night SPRINT ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
‘rabadas’₹42,300Reloaded ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
rachit9786₹40,156Uppercut Mini ₹2.25 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
‘nirmal512’₹38,243Sunday Night Rider ₹1.50 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
‘burnturn’₹37,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTDKhelo365
'bvrn'₹35,826Nighttide DST Adda ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sandeep 'goldypaji' Malik₹32,878Big Bubble Rush ₹1.75 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rahul ‘GhatakTheGreat’ Sengar₹31,380Daily Afternoon SPRINT ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
‘sarvesh tawde’₹30,675Ultrasonic ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Surbhit 'grovahova' Grover₹30,362Afternoon Adda52 ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
'stanoneil'₹30,301Ultimate DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
‘getsetgo666’₹28,892Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
'shraban56'₹25,049Sunday Punch ₹1.25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
‘Sidbhai’₹24,452Sunday Storm ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Kashish ‘Kashish Anuj Sachdev’ Sachdev₹22,500Epic ₹75K GTDSpartan Poker
'manjer24'₹21,600Punch ₹80K GTDAdda52
ssssss₹17,020PLO Boost Monster ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
‘breakingbread93’₹16,500Sunday Energise ₹55K GTDSpartan Poker
‘fiyaz’₹12,900Hitman PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
‘picnic123’₹12,900Prime Time PLO ₹30K GTDKhelo365
‘vasubansal15’₹11,043Deepstack ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
‘Amazonking’₹10,7506 Feet Under Deepstack PLO ₹25K GTDKhelo365
Mandar ‘MAMA04’ Madaye₹10,500Last Chance ₹35K GTDSpartan Poker
tousif36₹10,4005-Max Daily ₹50K GTDPokerBaazi
'kripanshk'₹9,944Evening Adda ₹50K GTDAdda52
Ptatik ‘Pratikp’ Kayal₹7,626Turbo ₹20K GTDPokerBaazi

 

Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire Series to Run 3rd Edition Offering Over 7 Crore Across 25 Events (November 21 – 28)

Spartan Poker has announced the third edition of its flagship, The Millionaire Series, guaranteeing ₹7 Crores in prizes across 25 events from November 21 to 28.

The schedule includes 10 marquees guaranteeing ₹10 Lakhs up-top.

Spartan Poker's The Millionaire Series Returns For Its Third Edition From November 21 to 28, Over ₹7 Crores GTD Across 25 Events

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IndiaPlays Joins Hands with Goa’s Casino Golden

Recently launched online poker portal, IndiaPlays has collaborated with the newly opened Casino Golden in Goa. The association comes at an opportune time since the land-based casino that opened on September 23 will soon expand its presence by opening another casino in Sikkim.

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Natural8’s “Trick or Treat” Halloween Promotion Offers a Chance to Win an iPhone 13 Pro Max

Natural8 has rolled out the “Trick or Treat” Halloween-centric promotion as part of which, starting from October 25, players who opt for the safer choice of “Treat” will receive guaranteed cash game dollars as a prize, and those who opt for “Trick” stand a chance to win cash or an iPhone 13 Pro Max!

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WSOP 2021

The 52nd World Series of Poker is four weeks running. Phil Hellmuth has been the standout performer at the series so far, and Poker Brat came agonizingly close to clinching his record 17th career bracelet in Event #36: $10K Dealer’s Choice Championship. He lost the title to defending champion Adam Friedman who took it down for $248,350. Hellmuth finished runner-up for $153,493.

Adam Friedman
Adam Friedman

 

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Poker superstar Michael Addamo defeated Justin Bonomo heads-up to win his career-third bracelet in Event #38: $50K High Roller, also walking away with the biggest award handed out at the WSOP this week, a prize of $1,132,968.

Michael Addamo
Michael Addamo

 

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David “Bakes” Baker, Kevin Gerhart, Bradley Ruben, and PocketFives head Josh Arieh were others who bagged their third bracelets. For Arieh, the win in Event #39 ended a 16-year bracelet drought, and he beat PLO specialist Tommy Le in the final showdown to win $204,766.

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Le more than made up for the loss by shipping Event #45 for his career-second bracelet and $746,477. Remarkably, Lee had won his career-first bracelet in 2017, in the same event!

Tommy Le
Tommy Le

 

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The first-time WSOP champions list comprises Anthony Koutsos, Karolis Sereika, cash game player Anthony Denove, Alexandre Reard, Ryan Hansen, and Chad Norton.

Here are the week’s WSOP champions.

PlayerEventPrize Amount (USD)
Tommy LeEvent #45: $10K PLO Championship$756,477
Alexandre ReardWon Event #47: $5000 Freezeout NLH$428,694
Anthony DenoveEvent #43: $1,000 Double Stack$446,983
Carlos ChangEvent #41: $2,500 Freezeout$364,589
Kevin GerhartEvent #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship$361,124
Adam FriedmanEvent #36: $10K Dealer's Choice Championship$248,350
Chad NortonEvent #46 $800 NLHE Deepstack$214,830
Josh AriehEvent #39: $1,500 PLO$204,766
Karolis SereikaEvent #37: $1,500 NLHE Super Turbo$195,310
Anthony KoutsosEvent #35: $500 Freezeout NLHE$167,272
Ryan HansenEvent #44: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold'em$109,692
Bradley RubenEvent #42: $1,500 Razz$99,188
David 'Bakes' BakerEvent #34: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw$87,837

Team India has finally landed in Las Vegas and registered its participation in Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack where three Indians, namely, MPL Poker pro Dhaval Mudgal (154th for $3,124 – ₹2.35 Lakhs), Kunal Patni (168th for $3,124 – ₹2.35 Lakhs) and Young Gun Neel Joshi (446th for $1,752 – ₹1.32 Lakhs) posted scores.

Dhaval Mudgal, Kunal Patni & Neel Joshi
Dhaval Mudgal, Kunal Patni & Neel Joshi

 

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Young Gun Arsh Grover (103rd for $1,956 – ₹1.46 Lakhs) and bracelet champion Abhinav Iyer (164th for $1,762 – ₹1.32 Lakhs) also ITM-ed Event #46: $800 NLHE Deepstack.

Arsh Grover & Abhinav Iyer
Arsh Grover & Abhinav Iyer

 

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

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