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Daily Majors: Shashank Jain, Kunal Patni, Bharath Kumar, Karann Dembla & Kaushik Tibrewal Bag the Fat Thursday Paycheques

Thursday delivered a firecracker lineup of flagship tournaments with PokerBaazi’s National Poker Series once again headlining the day`s proceedings.

Shashank Jain was the standout winner of the day. He grabbed the NPS Gold Medal in the ₹1 Crore GTD NPS Highroller, netting a career-best ₹20.31 Lakhs and a seat in the ₹20 Lakhs added Night of Champions SNG. Last week`s NPS PLO Highroller champion Kunal Patni booked a career-best ₹14.05 Lakhs for placing runner-up, climbing up four places to #6 on the annual leaderboard.

The day saw several players booking career-best finishes, including this week`s Sixth Sense winner Bharath Kumar, who topped PokerBaazi’s NPS Thursday Thunder for a career-high ₹9.64 Lakhs and his first NPS Gold Medal.

Karann Dembla got past the formidable Gaurav Sood heads-up to win Adda52`s Godfather for a personal-best ₹6.13 Lakhs.

Kaushik Tibrewal, Anirban D Das, Shagun Jain, Rajat Sharma, Umesh Sharma, Vivek Karwa, Sagar Raj, Suraj N Yadav & Aditya Kesharwani were the other names on the long Thursday winners list.

Here are the Thursday highlights.


Spartan Poker

Spartan Poker`s ₹1 Crore GTD ‘The Millionaire’ kicked off its final edition of June last evening. Starting out at 7 PM, Day 1A logged in 291 participants, and 40 players survived the day`s onslaught. The top two stacks were bagged by former Millionaire champions Saurabh ‘darksider’ Rohila (199,356) & Sriharsha ‘Sygrayem’ Doddapaneni (196,667), with the three-time Destiny winner Ghanshyam ‘Tiger10’ Tripathi (184,416) rounding out the top three names on the survivor’s list.

Saurabh Rohila
Saurabh Rohila


The Trending Thursday returned with the same ₹23 Lakhs prize pool guarantee as last week and registered 453 entries – 17 entries lesser than its previous run – filling in ₹35,000 in overlays. Kaushik ‘ikigai’ Tibrewal championed the event for a career-best ₹4.61 Lakhs. The user ‘TejuHel’ raked in ₹3.07 Lakhs for their runner-up finish.

Kaushik Tibrewal
Kaushik Tibrewal


Kaushik Tibrewal made another three ITM finishes, collectively earning ₹4.97 Lakhs. The Trending Thursday victory fetched him his third flagship title of the year, boosting his lifetime tally to ₹82.84 Lakhs (₹19 Lakhs in net profits).

The second Thursday marquee, the ₹9 Lakhs GTD Monster Stack, registered 484 entries to collect a ₹9.68 Lakhs prize pool. The June The Millionaire champion Rajat ‘NoPrisoners’ Sharma shipped the event for ₹1.74 Lakhs following a heads-up deal with Young Gun Shardul ‘Faucet Failure’ Parthasarathi (runner-up for ₹1.34 Lakhs).

Rajat Sharma
Rajat Sharma


Rajat Sharma`s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹7.30 Crores |Lifetime Profits: ₹2.86 Crores

The three-time Godfather champion Shardul Parthasarathi breached the ₹4 Crores mark in lifetime earnings after his Thursday night run that included three ITM finishes. At the same time, he crossed ₹1.50 Crores in annual earnings.

Shardul Parthasarathi
Shardul Parthasarathi


Shardul Parthasarathi stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.01 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹1.76 Crores |Annual Winnings: ₹1.51 Crores|Annual Profits: ₹67.83 Lakhs| Ranked #12 on the Annual Leaderboard

Vivek ‘acchemicals’ Karwa (Won Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTD for ₹64,127), Suraj N ‘MR.BEAST’ Yadav (Won Night Rider DeepStack Turbo ₹2.1 Lakhs GTD for ₹40,096), and Aditya ‘KesarDaa’ Kesharwani (Won Epic ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD for ₹24,298) took down the other Spartan Poker marquees

Vivek Karwa
Vivek Karwa




The National Poker Series has set a tall benchmark for other operators to meet and Day 12 of the series had seven events on the schedule.

Five events awarded medals, and none was as big as the ₹1 Crore GTD NPS#72 Highroller. The cash game reg from New Delhi, Shashank ‘Westworld’ Jain, overcame the reg-laden 755-entry field and pipped the start-of-Day 2 chip leader Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni heads-up to win the NPS Gold Medal. He bagged a career-best ₹20.31 Lakhs for the win, also becoming the latest player to qualify for the ₹20 Lakhs added Night of Champions SNG. Not just that, the former APT Online India Main Event fourth-place finisher also became the 36th player on our tracked database to breach the ₹1 Crore mark in annual earnings.

Shashank Jain
Shashank Jain


Shashank Jain’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.42 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹1.18 Crores|Annual Winnings: ₹1.04 Crores|Annual Profits: ₹18.55 Lakhs

The former banked turned poker pro Kunal Patni also booked a career-best ₹14.05 Lakhs for his runner-up finish in the NPS Highroller, and this was his second podium score at the NPS. He had previously won the NPS PLO Highroller last week for ₹8.02 Lakhs. The deep run has pushed him up to #3 on the NPS podium leaderboard. He cashed in five more events, including an FT score in NPS#75 Sprint, adding ₹14.97 Lakhs in total winnings. These scores helped Patni climb up three places to #6 on the annual leaderboard standings.

Kunal Patni
Kunal Patni


Kunal Patni’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.31 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹1.80 Crores|Annual Winnings: ₹1.72 Crores|Annual Profits: ₹46.77 Lakhs

The second biggest event of the day, the ₹40 Lakhs GTD NPS#73 Thursday Thunder, drew 696 participants, collecting a whopping ₹52.20 Lakhs prize pool (over 30% more than its advertised guarantee). Thursday’s Sixth Sense winner Bharath ‘hzgod’ Kumar came out on top to win a career-best ₹9.64 Lakhs and his first NPS Gold Medal. ‘InAutumn’ (runner-up for ₹6.77 Lakhs) and Rahul ‘slowroller’ Melwani (3rd for ₹4.37 Lakhs) claimed the Silver and Bronze Medal`s respectively.

Bharath Kumar
Bharath Kumar


Bharath Kumar was one of four players cashing seven figures on Thursday, booking a cumulative ₹10.07 Lakhs overall, counting his runner-up finish in PokerStars India’s Battle Royale for ₹43,673.

The ₹3 Crores GTD NPS Main Event will be making its final descent on Sunday, and in the lead-up to the finale, the event added 534 entries on Flight 1D. After the stipulated 27 levels of play, 53 survivors packed their bags for Day 2. The ₹5,500 entry buy-in Main Event has so far clocked in 2,303 entries across its first four starting flights (Flight 1A – 634, Flight 1B – 623, Flight 1C – 512, and Flight 1D – 534) and has three more flights to go. Raghav ‘maddytilt’ Madan (410,000), Kanav ‘sokopa’ Parwal (367,000), and ‘Pocket__aces’ (350,000) headlined the advancing field.

Raghav Madan
Raghav Madan


The ₹550 entry buy-in ₹1 Crore GTD Golden Rush completed Flight 1L last night, with 1,006 entries joining the fast-expanding field. After 27 levels of play, 92 hopefuls made it through to Day 2, and PokerBaazi users ‘SuperClever’ (525,000), ‘jjrock420’ (508,000), and Devendra ‘dk2yadav’ Yadav (429,000) topped the day-end chip counts. The event needs a whopping 20,000 entries to break even and has recorded 14,243 entries with three more flights on tap.

The Game Changer 2.0 champion Shagun ‘sogani22’ Jain outlasted the 900-entry field in the ₹6 Lakhs GTD NPS#75 Sprint to collect a site-best ₹2.36 Lakhs, crossing ₹4 Crores in lifetime winnings.

Shagun Jain
Shagun Jain


Shagun Jain`s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹4.02 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹1.88 Crores

‘MAP8989’ (Won NPS#71 Deepdive ₹5 Lakhs GTD for ₹2 Lakhs) and ‘venkat11223’ (Won NPS#69 PLO5 Madness ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD for ₹46,620) won the other NPS Gold Medals of the day.

Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni topped the ₹3 Lakhs-added Daily Leaderboard to win ₹75,000. Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma (2nd for ₹45,000) & Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal (3rd for ₹33,000) scored the #2 and #3 payouts.

The ₹35 Lakhs-added, NPS Leaderboard race, has Bhanu ‘Chennaino1’ Prakash KC (9,270 points) still in front with Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal (9,006 points) & Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni (8,170 points) driving up the competition.

NPS Leaderboard Standings After Day 12

1Bhanu 'Chennaino1' Prakash KC9,270
2Vinay 'vinay09' Rajpal9,006
3Kunal 'VasooliChacha' Patni8,170
5Kritagya 'Kritagya_17' Sharma7,156
6Mohammad 'chandlerbing' Azhar6,931
7Chirag 'miyagi' Sodha6,770
8Anirban 'pottysingh' D Das6,483
9Sanat 'mehro2511' Mehrotra6,471
10Neeraj 'SelfClaimedPro' Kumar6,348


PokerStars India

PokerStars India always manages to bring in the top guns on Thursday, and last night its ₹10 Lakhs GTD Highroller had a reg-laden field of 162 entries battling it out for a share of the ₹11.34 Lakhs prize pool. Anirban ‘nocluewho’ D Das kept his hot run going by taking down the title for ₹2.29 Lakhs. Young Gun Arsh ‘BiggggTymeR’ Grover placed second for ₹1.77 Lakhs.

Anirban D Das
Anirban D Das


The first-ever Adda52 Colossus champion, Anirban Das, has been an unstoppable force in online MTTs for the better part of the year, and the last two months undoubtedly stand out on his winning graph. The IIM Ahmedabad alumnus has emerged to become one of the biggest winners in this period and last night`s win fetched him his 19th title victory of the year – his seventh title of June. He has also posted an unbelievable 49 FT finishes this month, and last night alone, he scored 10 ITM finishes for almost ₹4.45 Lakhs in total winnings. These scores have catapulted him into the top 10 of the annual leaderboard.

Anirban D Das’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹5.75 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹2.11 Crores|Annual Winnings: ₹1.59 Crores|Annual Profits: ₹37.16 Lakhs|Ranked #10 on the Annual Leaderboard

PokerStars India loyalist Umesh ‘dhondu.chilll’ Sharma took down the ₹3 Lakhs GTD Battle Royale title for ₹65,152 (including bounties) after outlasting a field of 182 entries. The NPS Thursday Thunder champion Bharath ‘hzgod’ Kumar place runner-up for ₹43,673.

Umesh Sharma
Umesh Sharma




Adda52 has been feeling the overlay pinch ever since the NPS started, and yesterday again, the ₹25 Lakhs GTD Godfather fell a good ₹1.55 Lakhs short of its listed guarantee as 469 runners joined the action. Karann ‘ICMsucks’ Dembla scored a thumping victory, winning a career-best ₹6.13 Lakhs after beating one of the best MTT players in the country, Young Gun Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood (runner-up for ₹3.63 Lakhs) heads-up.

Karann Dembla
Karann Dembla


Karann Dembla`s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹39.83 Lakhs|Lifetime Profits: ₹9.13 Lakhs in profits (stats across Adda52 & PokerBaazi)

The ₹5 Lakhs GTD Monster Turbo attracted 270 hopefuls, collecting a guarantee-crushing ₹6.08 Lakhs prize pool. Adda52 user ‘defeated’ was the last player standing and won ₹1.64 Lakhs, with Anmol ‘anmol39’ Agarwal placing runner-up for ₹95,681.

Runner-up Anmol Agarwal
Runner-up Anmol Agarwal


The ₹1.10 Crore GTD Nano Poker Series (NPS) is the other NPS series currently underway. The only difference is that it’s keeping the low to mid-stakes players busy. The cornerstone of the series, the ₹25 lakhs GTD Nano Main Event, played out the first of five starting flights on Thursday. Day 1A recorded 195 entries, and only 26 among them made the cut for Day 2. ‘faizal1506’ (318,412), ‘SammyBulldog’ (271,291), and Sanish ‘sanish21’ Chhabra (197,327) carried forward the top stacks.

Sanish Chhabra
Sanish Chhabra


Day 4 of Adda52`s NPS declared seven champions. Among them were Rahul ‘poker_king52’ Purohit (Won Nano DST ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹64,000), ‘sammybulldog’ (Won Nano DST ₹2 Lakhs GTD for ₹61,000), Sagar ‘rajsagar32’ Raj (Won Nano Godfather ₹3.2 Lakhs GTD for ₹59,576), ‘SANDY123890’ (Won Nano Thursday Adda ₹1.2 Lakhs GTD for ₹31,200), ‘Messironaldo007’ (Won Nano Siesta ₹1.35 Lakhs GTD for ₹29,743), ‘FuckedUpLife’ (Won Nano Crack Jack ₹75K GTD for ₹19,489), and ‘echan’ (Won Nano PLO ₹35K GTD for ₹9,902).

The other Thursday winners were:

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
₹2 LakhsNPS#71 Deepdive ₹5 Lakhs GTD
Umesh ‘dhondu.chilll’ Sharma₹65,152Battle Royale ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Vivek ‘acchemicals’ Karwa₹64,127Monster Stack ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sammybulldog₹61,000Nano DST ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Sagar ‘rajsagar32’ Raj₹59,576Nano Godfather ₹3.2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
₹46,620NPS#69 PLO5 Madness ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD
Suraj N ‘MR.BEAST’ Yadav₹40,096Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.1 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Ron007₹33,000The Closer ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDGoodPoker
SANDY123890₹31,200Nano Thursday Adda ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Messironaldo007₹29,743Nano Siesta ₹1.35 Lakhs GTDAdda52
TriggerHappy₹29,400Warrior Arena Bounty ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
Shivam ‘brooskyradio1’ Shukla₹25,673Ultrasonic ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerStars India
Aditya ‘KesarDaa’ Kesharwani₹24,298Epic 1.25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Rakshit ‘4betshov’ Vedh₹19,814Total KO 90% ₹50K GTDPokerStars India
FuckedUpLife₹19,489Nano Crack Jack ₹75K GTDAdda52
Shubham007₹18,893Bigstack Turbo ₹70K GTDPokerStars India
gauravarora77₹14,102Afternoon on Stars ₹60K GTDPokerStars India
echan₹9,902Nano PLO ₹35K GTDAdda52
yogisoni2704₹8,386Deepstack ₹40K GTDPokerStars India
RAV1619₹7,139Primetime Grind ₹40K GTDPokerStars India


NPS #74 Main Event Flight 1D 3 Crore GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹5,500

Entries – 335

Re-entries – 199

Survivors – 53

The ₹3 Crore GTD NPS Main Event featuring a ₹5,500 buy-in played out Flight 1D last night. Starting at 9 PM, the flight recorded a starting field of 534 contenders, and by the time the play culminated at 2 AM, only 53 players were left standing.

Raghav ‘maddytilt’ Madan (410,000) bagged the end-of-day chip lead.

The other notable stacks belonged to Kanav ‘sokopa’ Parwal (367,000), Rubin ‘kornkid’ Labroo (342,000), PokerGuru Ambassador Devvrat ‘flopcheck’ Arya (284,000), Taliwabang ‘Meverick’ Jamir (277,000), PokerGuru Ambassador Vivek ‘Nutpeddling729’ Singh (263,000), Kunal ‘Kvohra’ Vohra (261,000), and Arun ‘Yoda’ Poply (257,000).

The ₹5,500 entry buy-in Main Event has clocked in 2,303 entries across its first four starting flights (Flight 1A – 634, Flight 1B – 623, Flight 1C – 512, and Flight 1D – 534) and has three more flights to run.

2nd in Chips Kanav Parwal
2nd in Chips Kanav Parwal


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1A

  1. Raghav ‘maddytilt’ Madan – 410,000
  2. Kanav ‘sokopa’ Parwal – 367,000
  3. Pocket__aces – 350,000
  4. Rubin ‘kornkid’ Labroo – 342,000
  5. Devvrat ‘flopcheck’ Arya – 284,000
  6. Taliwabang ‘Meverick’ Jamir – 277,000
  7. Vivek ‘Nutpeddling729’ Singh – 263,000
  8. Kunal ‘Kvohra’ Vohra – 261,000
  9. PayYourDealer – 261,000
  10. Arun ‘Yoda’ Poply – 257,000


NPS#72 Highroller 1 Crore GTD Day 2 – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹16,500

Entries – 445

Re-entries – 310

Prize Pool – ₹1,13,25,000

Places Paid – 76

The three-day-long ₹1 Crore GTD NPS Highroller finally played down to a champion last night. The well-known poker reg from New Delhi, Shashank ‘Westworld’ Jain, outlasted the 84 survivors on Day 2 to collect a career-best ₹20.31 Lakhs and his first NPS Gold Medal. The Flight 1A chip leader Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni could not go the distance and finished runner-up for ₹14.05 Lakhs.

Shashank Jain is now the fifth player to have booked his seat at the ‘NPS Night of Champions’ scheduled for July 3. A high roller specialist, Shashank Jain, had previously won the PPL High Roller title in 2019. The recent Adda52 Millions runner-up finisher now has ₹3.42 Crores in recorded online winnings.

Shashank Jain’s stats: Lifetime Winnings: ₹3.42 Crores|Lifetime Profits: ₹1.18 Crores|Annual Winnings: ₹1.04 Crores|Yearly Profits: ₹18.55 Lakhs

The ₹16,500 entry buy-in event logged in 755 entries (Flight 1A – 367 and Flights 1B – 388) across two starting flights, generating a whopping ₹1.13 Crores prize pool. Eighty-four survivors (Flight 1A – 40 and Flight 1B – 44) made it through to Day 2 that commenced at 7:30 PM.

Aditya ‘gangajal’ Sushant bubbled the final table in ninth place for ₹2.12 Lakhs.

The former Adda52 team pro, Kunal Patni, had booked his seat in the ‘NPS Night of the Champions’ after winning the NPS PLO HighRoller on June 19. He came incredibly close to becoming the first player to win two NPS Gold Medals last night. Patni also final-tabled the NPS#75 Sprint and cash out in four more events, raking in ₹14.97 Lakhs overall.

Kunal Patni has jumped up three places to #6 on the annual leaderboard and has also moved up to #3 on the ₹35 Lakhs GTD NPS Leaderboard with 8,170 points, dislodging ‘BigFishh’ (7,890 points), and behind TLB crusher Bhanu Prakash KC (9,270 points) and Vinay Rajpal (9,006 points). Patni also topped the NPS Daily Leaderboard race with 1,846 points, banking an additional ₹75,000.

His Thursday ITM finishes include:

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s NPS#72 Highroller for ₹14,05,433

> 5th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#75 Sprint for ₹59,130

> 35th in Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday for ₹15,870

> 40th in Adda52’s Godfather for ₹13,750

> 130th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#71 Deepdive for ₹1,667

> 57th in PokerBaazi’s NPS#69 PLO5 Madness for ₹1,144

Tuesday’s The Mint winner Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal retained his #2 rank on the NPS Series Leaderboard by raking in 5.61 Lakhs in winnings in Day 12’s NPS events. Vinay Rajpal has now cashed in 37 events out of the 51 that he has played. He has accumulated 9,006 points, resulting in ₹8.74 Lakhs in winnings. He added another ₹33,000 to his bankroll by placing third on the NPS Daily Leaderboard behind Kunal Patni and Kritagya Sharma.

His Thursday ITM scores include:

> 6th in NPS#72 Highroller for ₹4,51,351

> 9th in NPS#73 Thursday Thunder for ₹96,570

> 21st in NPS#75 Sprint for ₹10,800

> 86th in NPS#71 Deepdive for ₹2,382

Casino Pride 1 poker room operator Ramesh ‘EXECUTIONRR’ Thotapalli (4th for ₹7.36 Lakhs), Vikram ‘Poker_lover’ Mishra (5th for ₹5.47 Lakhs), Harsh ‘bbbvicky’ Sharma (7th for ₹3.61 Lakhs), and Dhinesh ‘dhineshrocky007’ Kumar (8th for ₹2.83 Lakhs) were among the known names on the FT of this flagship event.

Final Table Results

  1. Shashank ‘Westworld’ Jain – ₹20,31,573
  2. Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni – ₹14,05,433
  3. pablo_escobar – ₹10,01,130
  4. Ramesh ‘EXECUTIONRR’ Thotapalli – ₹7,35,993
  5. Vikram ‘Poker_lover’ Mishra – ₹5,46,865
  6. Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal – ₹4,51,351
  7. Harsh ‘bbbvicky’ Sharma – ₹3,61,268
  8. Dhinesh ‘dhineshrocky007’ Kumar – ₹2,82,993


The Millionaire 1 Crore GTD – Day 1A – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹5,500

Entries – 142

Re-entries – 34

Rebuys – 115

Survivors – 40

The final June edition of Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire commenced proceedings yesterday. Day 1A, the first of the tourney’s five starting flights, drew 291 entries – the lowest start for the flagship tourney among all the June editions. Only 40 could bag stacks for Day 2, and leading the group was the former SSS Millionaire champion, former IIT-ian, Saurabh ‘darksider’ Rohila (199,356). MTT phenom Sriharsha ‘Sygrayem’ Doddapaneni (196,667) finished only a few chips behind Rohila. At the same time, the Two of a Kind & three-time Destiny champion Ghanshyam ‘Tiger10’ Tripathi (184,416) rounded out the top three from the flight.

Shashank ‘gtoexploiter77’ Jain (158,290), PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh Pal ‘LuckyBhai$’ Singh (141,211), Young Gun Kanchan ‘Midge Maisel’ Sharma (140,036), PokerGuru Ambassador Ashutosh ‘SpewMonkey’ Balodhi (131,449), Peter ‘Sigmund’ Nazareth (128,475), and Vikranth ‘borntrouble’ Varma (121,879) were the other top stacks who qualified from Day 1A.

2nd in Chips Sriharsha Doddapaneni
2nd in Chips Sriharsha Doddapaneni


Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1A

  1. Saurabh ‘darksider’ Rohila – 199,356
  2. Sriharsha ‘Sygrayem’ Doddapaneni – 196,667
  3. Ghyanshyam ‘Tiger10’ Tripathi – 184,416
  4. ButtonsHaiBro – 180,919
  5. Shashank ‘gtoexploiter77’ Jain – 158,290
  6. Laksh Pal ‘LuckyBhai$’ Singh – 141,211
  7. Kanchan ‘Midge Maisel’ Sharma – 140,036
  8. Ashutosh ‘SpewMonkey’ Balodhi – 131,449
  9. Peter ‘Sigmund’ Nazareth – 128,475
  10. Vikranth ‘borntrouble’ Varma – 121,879


NPS#70 Golden Rush 1 Crore GTD Flight 1L PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹550

Entries – 713

Re-entries – 293

Survivors – 92

Flight 1L of the NPS Golden Rush logged in 1,006 entries, extending the total field size of this ambitious event to 14,243. There are another three flights on tap, and we have 60 tickets to the event up for grabs in a social media contest. To participate, click here.

After 27 levels of play, 92 runners booked their seats for Day 2, with ‘SuperClever’ (525,000), ‘jjrock420’ (508,000) and Devendra ‘dk2yadav’ Yadav (429,000) topping the day-end charts.

Pulkit ‘Ifoldfullhouses’ Goyal (364,000) was the only known name to make it to the top 10 of Flight 1L.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Flight 1L

  1. SuperClever – 525,000
  2. jjrock420 – 508,000
  3. Devendra ‘dk2yadav’ Yadav – 429,000
  4. bigfish12 – 380,000
  5. Pulkit ‘Ifoldfullhouses’ Goyal – 364,000
  6. MaddyMax – 352,000
  7. Sunnyahuja – 323,000
  8. viraj89 – 313,000
  9. chandantilokani – 308,000
  10. destroyer13 – 305,000


NPS#73 Thursday Thunder 40 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹8,250

Entries – 347

Re-entries – 349

Prize Pool – ₹52,20,000

Places Paid – 81

Running from 8 PM to 4:53 AM, the ₹40 Lakhs GTD NPS#73 Thursday Thunder pulled in 696 participants, hauling in a massive ₹52.20 Lakhs prize pool.

Tuesday’s Sixth Sense champion, Bharath ‘hzgod’ Kumar, won his first NPS Gold Medal and a career-best ₹9.64 Lakhs in the event. In fact, Bharath Kumar picked up another FT finish to add a hefty ₹10.07 Lakhs in Thursday winnings. His top finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s NPS#73 Thursday Thunder for ₹9,64,134

> 2nd in PokerStars India’s Battle Royale for 43,673

‘InAutumn’ claimed the Silver Medal for ₹6.76 Lakhs, while Rahul ‘slowroller’ Melwani settled for the Bronze for ₹4.37 Lakhs.

NPS Podium Leaderboard #2 rank holder Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma fired seven bullets before locking in a seventh-place finish for ₹1.61 Lakhs. Kritagya Sharma is currently placed fifth on the NPS Series Leaderboard with 7,156 points. He also placed second on the NPS Daily Leaderboard with 1,432 points, locking in an additional ₹45,000 in prizes.

Pulkit ‘Ifoldfullhouses’ Goyal (4th for ₹3.22 Lakhs) and Rahul ‘GhatakTheGreat’ Sengar (8th for ₹1.28 Lakhs) also earned FT payouts.

Final Table Results

  1. Bharath ‘hzgod’ Kumar – ₹9,64,134
  2. InAutumn – ₹6,76,990
  3. Rahul ‘slowroller’ Melwani – ₹4,36,870
  4. Pulkit ‘Ifoldfullhouses’ Goyal – ₹3,22,074
  5. omniknight – ₹2,41,164
  6. sumitkulkarni – ₹1,95,706
  7. Kritagya ‘Kritagya_17’ Sharma – ₹1,61,298
  8. Rahul ‘GhatakTheGreat’ Sengar – ₹1,28,412


Godfather 25 Lakhs GTD Adda52

Buy-in – ₹5,500

Entries – 223

Re-entries – 246

Prize Pool – ₹25,00,000

Places Paid – 49

Adda52`s Thursday night flagship, the ₹25 Lakhs GTD Godfather, had to add a significant ₹1.55 Lakhs in overlays after only 469 entrants showed up to play. The 8 PM tourney got in the books in the wee hours of Friday morning and paid out the top 49 places.

Karann ‘ICMsucks’ Dembla was the last player standing and won the lion’s share of the prize money worth ₹6.13 Lakhs. And making a second place finish in the event for an incredible fourth time was one of the country`s top ranked players, Young Gun Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood (runner-up for ₹3.63 Lakhs).

Abhishek ‘thegrinder’ Garg (4th for ₹1.88 Lakhs), Ayush ‘lazyman’ Garg (5th for ₹1.25 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh ‘boomtilt23’ Pal Singh (6th for ₹87,500), Harshad ‘laiibhari’ Barve (7th for ₹68,750), and poker coach Abhishek ‘pomfret1989’ Goindi (8th for ₹56,250) also FT-ed the event.

Runner-up Gaurav Sood
Runner-up Gaurav Sood


Final Table Results

  1. Karann ‘ICMsucks’ Dembla – ₹6,12,500
  2. Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood – ₹3,62,500
  3. Padma37 – ₹2,50,000
  4. Abhishek ‘thegrinder’ Garg – ₹1,87,500
  5. Ayush ‘lazyman’ Garg – ₹1,25,000
  6. Laksh ‘boomtilt23’ Pal Singh – ₹87,500
  7. Harshad ‘laiibhari’ Barve – ₹68,750
  8. Abhishek ‘pomfret1989’ Goindi – ₹56,250


Nano Main Event 25 Lakhs GTD Day 1A – Adda52

Buy-in – ₹1,650

Entries – 121

Re-entries – 74

Survivors – 26

Day 4 of the Nano Poker Series had eight events running, including Day 1A of the ₹25 Lakhs GTD Nano Main Event. The₹1,650 entry buy-in tourney logged in 191 entries on Day 1A, and 31 survived the day`s play.

The mystery user ‘faizal1506’ (318,412) took the chip lead, with ‘SammyBulldog’ (271,291) and former The Millionaire champion Sanish ‘sanish21’ Chhabra (197,327) bagging the next top two stacks.

Avinash ‘avinkon’ Koneru (191,626), Rising Star Aman ‘karmapoker’ Parakh (176,263), the #1 ranked player of the year Manish ‘newkidpoker’ Lakhotia (171,755), Abhijit ‘arkantos11’ Lal (126,928), and Young Gun Ujjwal ‘fourteenk’ Narwal (110,288) also booked a seat to Day 2.

Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1A

  1. faizal1506 – 318,412
  2. SammyBulldog – 271,291
  3. Sanish ‘sanish21’ Chhabra – 197,327
  4. Avinash ‘avinkon’ Koneru – 191,626
  5. Aman ‘karmapoker’ Parakh – 176,263
  6. Manish ‘newkidpoker’ Lakhotia – 171,755
  7. Abhijit ‘arkantos11’ Lal – 126,928
  8. void191 – 125,852
  9. ImAlpha – 119,851
  10. Ujjwal ‘fourteenk’ Narwal – 110,288


Trending Thursday 23 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹5,500

Entries – 201

Re-entries – 68

Rebuys – 184

Prize Pool – ₹23,00,000

Places Paid – 39

Spartan Poker’s ₹23 Lakhs GTD Trending Thursday clocked in 453 entries, registering a marginal ₹35,000 in overlays. Kaushik ‘ikigai’ Tibrewal proved the eventual champion to claim a career-best ₹4.61 Lakhs, beating mystery player ‘TejuHel’ (runner-up for ₹3.07 Lakhs) to the finish line.

Kaushik Tibrewal cashed out in three more tourneys yesterday to earn a collective ₹4.97 Lakhs. He presently sits with over ₹82.84 Lakhs in recorded lifetime winnings (₹19 Lakhs in net profits).

His top finishes include:

> 1st in the Trending Thursday ₹23 Lakhs GTD for ₹4.61 Lakhs

> 29th in Godfather for ₹16,250

> 76th in NPS #73 Thursday Thunder ₹40 Lakhs GTD for ₹13,050

> 15th in Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD for ₹6,986

Others who featured on the FT include Prakash ‘Robin Van Charsi’ Gupta (3rd for ₹2.24 Lakhs), Man Mohan ‘Gradatim Ferociter’ Singh (5th for ₹1.42 Lakhs), Myron ‘mehhhh’ Pereira (6th for ₹1.07 Lakhs), and Suraj ‘Surajk123’ Kapila (8th for ₹57,960).

Final Table Results

  1. Kaushik ‘ikigai’ Tibrewal – ₹4,61,150
  2. TejuHel – ₹3,06,590
  3. Prakash ‘Robin Van Charsi’ Gupta – ₹2,24,250
  4. J.U.B.L.U.U. – ₹1,81,010
  5. Man Mohan ‘Gradatim Ferociter’ Singh – ₹1,41,910
  6. Myron ‘mehhhh’ Pereira – ₹1,07,410
  7. betbetfold – ₹78,890
  8. Suraj ‘Surajk123’ Kapila – ₹57,960


Highroller 10 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹7,700

Entries – 90

Re-entries – 72

Prize Pool – ₹11,34,000

Places Paid – 20

The weekly Thursday flagship on PokerStars India, the ₹7,700 entry buy-in ₹10 Lakhs GTD Highroller, managed to crush its guarantee by ₹1.34 Lakhs on the back of a starting field of 162 challengers.

The 7:36 PM MTT got in the books at 2:59 AM and found a champion in MTT phenom Anirban ‘nocluewho’ D Das, who padded his ever-growing bankroll by ₹2.29 Lakhs. What’s more impressive is that this is Das’ 19th MTT title of the year, and he raked in over ₹4.45 Lakhs after 10 more ITM finishes last night! Young Gun Arsh ‘BiggggTymeR’ Grover placed runner-up and netted ₹1.77 Lakhs in cash prize.

Anirban Das has laddered up to #10 of the 2021 leaderboard and boasts ₹5.75 Crores in lifetime winnings, with total profits amounting to ₹2.11 Crores!

Goonjan ‘gmtesting.ind’ Mall (3rd for ₹1.37 Lakhs), PokerGuru Ambassadors Arjanveer ‘Ballistik310’ Singh Chadha (4th for ₹1.06 Lakhs) and Vishal ‘Vishalb22’ Bajaj (5th for ₹81,939), along with Anurag ‘GutshotHaiBro’ Srivastava (6th for ₹63,399), Ranjeet ‘Bedevilforyou’ Negi (7th for ₹49,054), Siddharth ‘gangnam gangi’ Gangwar (8th for ₹37,955), and Shagun ‘Sogani22’ Jain (9th for ₹31,871) also FT-ed the tourney!

Runner-up Arsh Grover
Runner-up Arsh Grover


Final Table Results

  1. Anirban ‘nocluewho’ D Das – ₹2,28,621
  2. Arsh ‘BiggggTymeR’ Grover – ₹1,76,893
  3. Goonjan ‘gmtesting.ind’ Mall – ₹1,36,868
  4. Arjanveer ‘Ballistik310’ Singh Chadha – ₹1,05,900
  5. Vishal ‘Vishalb22’ Bajaj – ₹81,939
  6. Anurag ‘GutshotHaiBro’ Srivastava – ₹63,399
  7. Ranjeet ‘Bedevilforyou’ Negi – ₹49,054
  8. Siddharth ‘gangnam gangi’ Gangwar – ₹37,955
  9. Shagun ‘Sogani22’ Jain – ₹31,871


Monster Stack 9 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 252

Re-entries – 74

Rebuys – 158

Prize Pool – ₹9,68,000

Places Paid – 47

The ₹9 Lakhs GTD Monster Stack was Spartan Poker’s second Thursday attraction, and the tournament drew a crowd of 484 players, collecting a generous ₹9.68 Lakhs prize pool. June’s first The Millionaire champion Rajat ‘NoPrisoners’ Sharma earned the bragging rights to claim his second title win of the month for a ₹1.74 Lakhs payday. Young Gun Shardul ‘Faucet Failure’ Parthasarathi placed runner-up for ₹1.34 Lakhs.

Yash ‘gambler11’ Jaiswal (4th for ₹72,697), Mohsin ‘gongo’ Shaikh (7th for ₹32,138), and PokerGuru Ambassador Ankit ‘Shippament’ Wadhawan (8th for ₹23,619) were the other known players on the FT.

Final Table Results

  1. Rajat ‘NoPrisoners’ Sharma – ₹1,74,178
  2. Shardul ‘Faucet Failure’ Parthasarathi – ₹1,34,322
  3. Checktrap6 – ₹89,830
  4. Yash ‘gambler11’ Jaiswal – ₹72,697
  5. Vikkypoker1 – ₹57,306
  6. Paulo Dybala – ₹43,754
  7. Mohsin ‘gongo’ Shaikh – ₹32,138
  8. Ankit ‘Shippament’ Wadhawan – ₹23,619


NPS#75 Sprint 6 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹1,650

Entries – 451

Re-entries – 449

Prize Pool – ₹13,50,000

Places Paid – 108

The late-night ₹1,650 entry buy-in NPS#75 Sprint offered a ₹6 Lakhs guarantee that was blown to smithereens with 900 entrants registering for the tourney, creating a colossal ₹13.50 Lakhs prize pool.

After nearly seven hours of playing, Shagun ‘sogani22’ Jain won his second NPS medal of the series and his first Gold Medal, along with a ₹2.36 Lakhs top prize. The Game Changer 2.0 champion, who had picked up the NPS Bronze Medal in the NPS Mini Main Event (Warm Up), bested ‘sheeshaking’ (runner-up for ₹1.65 Lakhs) heads-up en-route to capturing the title.

Monish ‘Monish1221’ Annthem (3rd for ₹1.07 Lakhs), Anish ‘Sniper7’ Grover (4th for ₹79,110), Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni (5th for ₹59,130), and Tanmay ‘truman’ Benara (6th for ₹47,790) also FT-ed the tourney.

Final Table Results

  1. Shagun ‘sogani22’ Jain – ₹2,36,250
  2. sheeshaking – ₹1,65,510
  3. Monish ‘Monish1221’ Annthem – ₹1,07,055
  4. Anish ‘Sniper7’ Grover – ₹79,110
  5. Kunal ‘VasooliChacha’ Patni – ₹59,130
  6. Tanmay ‘truman’ Benara – ₹47,790


Monster Turbo 5 Lakhs GTD Adda52

Buy-in – ₹2,500

Entries – 160

Re-entries – 110

Prize Pool – ₹6,07,500

Places Paid – 27

The user ‘defeated’ outlasted the 270-entry field in Adda52`s ₹5 Lakhs GTD Monster Turbo to win ₹1.64 Lakhs. Sunday Highroller – PKO champion Shagun ‘sogani94’ Jain came second for ₹95,681.

Anmol ‘anmol39’ Agarwal (3rd for ₹72,900), Atishay ‘pokergod56’ Samuel (5th for ₹36,450), Akshat ‘akshat03’ Sharma (6th for ₹25,819), Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh (7th for ₹19,744), and NPS#23 Big KO champion, Rising Star Ritwik ‘ritwik27’ Khanna (9th for ₹15,188) FT-ed the event.

Final table Results

  1. defeated – ₹1,64,025
  2. Shagun ‘sogani94’ Jain – ₹95,681
  3. Anmol ‘anmol39’ Agarwal – ₹72,900
  4. jigmet8888 – ₹53,156
  5. Atishay ‘pokergod56’ Samuel – ₹36,450
  6. Akshat ‘akshat03’ Sharma – ₹25,819
  7. Pradip ‘Nit2Donk’ Ghosh – ₹19,744
  8. Ritwik ‘ritwik27’ Khanna – ₹15,188
  9. pratap2904 – ₹12,150


Battle Royale 3 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹1,750

Entries – 107

Re-entries – 75

Regular Prize Pool – ₹1,55,219

Bounty Prize Pool – ₹1,44,781

Total Prize Pool – ₹3,00,000

Places Paid – 20

Umesh ‘dhondu.chilll’ Sharma raced past the 182-entry field in the ₹3 Lakhs GTD Battle Royale on PokerStars India to win ₹65,152. The NPS Thursday Thunder champion Bharath ‘hzgod’ Kumar missed winning his second title last night and banked ₹43,673 for placing runner-up.

Harsh ‘kakori kabab’ Dembla (3rd for ₹20,956), Karan ‘gogikaran’ Malhotra (4th for ₹25,298), and Faiz ‘LFGgggg’ Alam (5th for ₹16,518) also posted FT scores.

Final Table Results (Including Bounties)

  1. Umesh ‘dhondu.chilll’ Sharma – ₹65,152
  2. Bharath ‘hzgod’ Kumar – ₹43,673
  3. Harsh ‘kakori kabab’ Dembla – ₹20,956
  4. Karan ‘gogikaran’ Malhotra – ₹25,298
  5. Faiz ‘LFGgggg’ Alam – ₹16,518
  6. Marvolo10 – ₹13,517
  7. jethalal007 – ₹12,476


The Closer 1.5 Lakhs GTD GoodPoker

Buy-in – ₹1,000

Entries – 143

Re-entries – 48

Prize Pool – ₹1,50,000

Places Paid – 21

‘Ron007’ championed GoodPoker’s ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD, The Closer, to win ₹33,000. ‘Kissmyjacks’ placed runner-up for ₹24,000.


Warrior Arena Bounty 1.20 Lakhs GTD – PokerDangal

Buy-in – ₹1,100

Re-buyin – ₹1,500

Entries – 62

Re-entries – 18

Prize Pool – ₹1,20,000

Places Paid – 13

PokerDangal’s ₹1.20 Lakhs GTD Warrior Arena Bounty found a champion in ‘TriggerHappy,’ who banked ₹29,400 for the win. ‘wittybloke’ finished runner-up for ₹22,200.


This report was updated at 7:30 PM on 25.6.2021.

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Daily Majors: Top Pros Ashish Ahuja, Gaurav Sood, Kanchan Sharma, Anmol Mehta & Sriharsha Doddapaneni Crush the Thursday Flagships

The virtual felts showed a very different picture yesterday, with the ₹8 Crores GTD Adda52 Tournament of Champions (ATOC) commencing its inaugural run. Running from February 25 – March 8, the ATOC series features 92 events (including 18 trophy events). Nine ATOC events played out on Day 1, headlined by two ₹30 Lakhs GTD trophy events.

The day clearly belonged to the pros, and PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja emerged as the day`s top winner with almost ₹9 Lakhs in total winnings. His trailblazing run got him an entry into the elite “₹7 Crore-Club.”

Here`s a complete recap of the day`s highlights.


Spartan Poker

The biggest draw on Spartan Poker was the ₹3,850 entry buy-in ₹16 Lakhs GTD Trending Thursday. The 8 PM tourney fared better than its last week’s run as 533 entries (248 unique players, 97 re-entries, and 188 re-entries) ensured a guarantee-smashing ₹18.66 Lakhs prize pool. The tourney played down to a heads-up showdown between Abhishek ‘Quant00’ Reddy Rachur and PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja. Eventually, Rachur took down the event for a career-best ₹3.64 Lakhs, improving his recorded MTT scorecard to ₹43.41 Lakhs.

Ashish Ahuja
Ashish Ahuja


Ahuja collected ₹2.31 Lakhs for his runner-up finish. The Chandigarh-based pro might have missed out on the title but made amends by winning an ATOC Trophy. He championed the ATOC Gladiator for an impressive ₹6.67 Lakhs, banking almost ₹8.98 Lakhs for the day. Not only that, his two deep runs ensured him a formal entry in the exclusive 7 Crore Club.” It took him just 13 weeks to win his second Super Achiever badge.

The ₹7 Lakhs GTD Monster Stack had the surgeon-cum-poker player Anuj ‘Anuj16101’ Laddhad outlasting the competition to win his first online title of 2021 for a ₹1.79 Lakhs payday. He now has ₹1.13 Crores in lifetime earnings. Rakesh ‘rakeshguru’ Nizare finished runner-up for ₹1.19 Lakhs.

Anuj Laddhad
Anuj Laddhad



PokerStars India

PokerStars India’s Thursday flagship, the ₹10 Lakhs GTD Highroller, brought in 143 hopefuls. With each of them ponying up ₹7,700 to enter, the tourney ended up making good on its advertised guarantee. Overcoming the stiff competition was none other than the IOPC Jan 2021 Main Event – The Crown runner-up finisher, Avijit ‘SwangoRay’ Jaiswal, who pocketed ₹2.09 Lakhs for the win. Vinayak ‘koi.toh.rok.lo’ Bajaj finished runner-up for ₹1.57 Lakhs.

Avijit Jaiswal
Avijit Jaiswal


Jaiswal’s stats: Lifetime Earnings: ₹2.35 Crores (₹85.17 Lakhs Net Profits), Annual Earnings: ₹37.50 Lakhs (₹25.65 Lakhs Net Profits).

The final 23 players earned a share of the spoils and TLB points for Week #1 of the “Star of the Month” – March leaderboard race.

The ₹3 Lakhs GTD Battle Royale 6-Max was championed by Ryan ‘OTB_X_REDBACON’ Cardoso, who ran past 180 entrants to win ₹45,546. Varun ‘wardev’ Devayya (2nd for ₹37,395), Bharat ‘MojoJojo2193’ Vasan (3rd for ₹40,199), and ‘zakki_khan’ (4th for ₹37,613) banked the other top prizes, courtesy of a four-way FT deal.

Ryan Cardoso
Ryan Cardoso




PokerBaazi’s ₹15 Lakhs GTD The Summit recorded 220 entries (129 unique players and 91 re-entries), collecting a hefty ₹16.50 Lakhs prize pool. MTT crusher Sriharsha ‘ivey2’ Doddapaneni was the last player standing and won the Summit for the second time, adding ₹3.88 Lakhs to his burgeoning bankroll. The score pushed the two-time Millionaire champion to the #5 spot on the annual leaderboard standings while getting him past the ₹2 Crore-mark in lifetime earnings. Rahul ‘slowroller’ Melwani came in second for ₹2.72 Lakhs.

Sriharsha Doddapaneni
Sriharsha Doddapaneni


The ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD Holdem BOOST 6-Max saw Mohammad ‘chandlerbing’ Azhar outlasting the 187 entry-field to win ₹46,510. Rafiq ‘Mrkhan’ Khan finished runner-up for ₹32,594. Azhar also FT-ed the Summit, placing fourth for ₹1.30 Lakhs, collecting ₹1.76 Lakhs through the day.

Mohammad Azhar
Mohammad Azhar




It was an electrifying Thursday on Adda52 with as many as nine ATOC tourneys (including two trophy events) playing out on the site. Headlining the action were two trophy events, both featuring a ₹30 Lakhs prize pool guarantee.

The more expensive of the two, the ₹15,000 entry buy-in ATOC Gladiator took off at 9.30 PM. By the time the late registrations got over, the tourney had registered 215 entries, falling ₹97,500 short of the advertised guarantee. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja added an ATOC Trophy to his list of achievements after topping the event for an impressive ₹6.67 Lakhs. He chopped the top prize with Young Gun Kanchan ‘thandicoke’ Sharma (runner-up for ₹6.37 Lakhs).

Runner-up Kanchan Sharma
Runner-up Kanchan Sharma


Ahuja came close to winning a second title yesterday with a runner-up finish in Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday for ₹2.31 Lakhs.

The ₹30 Lakhs GTD ATOC Thursday Feature got walloped for an overlay deficit of ₹3.90 Lakhs as only 522 entrants signed up to play. Starting at 8 PM, the ₹5,500 entry buy-in tourney went on until 4:50 AM on Friday morning. Young Gun Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood came out on top after defeating another Young Gun Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta (runner-up for ₹4.20 Lakhs) in heads-up play. Sood added an ATOC Trophy to his cabinet and a fat ₹7.20 Lakhs payday to his ₹7+ Crore lifetime tally.

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood


The top-ranked player of 2020, Sood, posted an eight-place (FT bubble) finish in PokerBaazi’s The Summit for ₹51,810. The Thursday winnings have pushed Sood to #6 in the annual leaderboard rankings with ₹75.40 Lakhs (~₹28 Lakhs Net Profits) in recorded earnings in 2021.

The ATOC Thursday Feature runner-up, Anmol Mehta, FT-ed the ATOC Gladiator as well, placing sixth for ₹1.28 Lakhs. He raked in ₹5.48 Lakhs overall, pushing his lifetime tally to ₹3.57 Crores.

Anmol Mehta
Anmol Mehta


The other Thursday winners were:

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Vijay967₹82,350ATOC Maximus ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Vaibhav ‘vroy219’ Roy₹56,000ATOC Maximus ₹3 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ryan 'OTB_X_REDBACON' Cardoso₹45,545Battle Royale [6-Max] ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Shawn ‘echayan’ Jose₹51,200ATOC Hercules ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mohammad 'chandlerbing' Azhar₹46,5106-Max Holdem Boost ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Alok 'ALOK.' Pawar₹32,078Night Rider – DeepStack Turbo ₹2.2 Lakhs GTD
Spartan Poker
Rajneesh ‘msdhoni’ Thakur₹28,150PLO BOOST Monster ₹1 Lakh GTDPokerBaazi
Joonjoon₹26,400Warrior Arena ₹1.2 Lakhs GTDPokerDangal
jkareti1994₹17,250Pocket jacks ₹75K GTDPocket52
Raj Kumar 'Fireman' Gahlot₹11,500Unravel ₹50K GTDPocket52
yutah999₹8,000Grinder 2.0 ₹20K GTDKhelo365
fortunemaker₹6,900Bounty Hunterzzz ₹15K GTDKhelo365


ATOC Thursday Feature 30 Lakhs GTD – Adda52

Buy-in – ₹5,500

Entries – 261

Re-entries – 261

Prize Pool – ₹30,00,000

Places Paid – 55

One of two ATOC trophy events running on Adda52, the ₹30 Lakhs GTD ATOC Thursday Feature, logged in 522 entries, overlaying a significant ₹3.90 Lakhs.

It was almost 5 AM on Friday morning by the time the final hand got dealt. Racing past the competition was the top-ranked player of 2020, Young Gun Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood, who added ₹7.20 Lakhs to his scorecard. He now sits on a whopping ₹7.44+ Crores in lifetime earnings.

Young Gun Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta finished runner-up for ₹4.20 Lakhs. He FT-ed the other ATOC trophy event as well, placing sixth in the ATOC Gladiator for ₹1.28 Lakhs. Mehta’s total earnings for the day came in at ₹5.60 Lakhs.

Sanat ‘mehro2511’ Mehrotra (3rd for ₹2.85 Lakhs), Prashanth ‘ekthatalli’ Sekar (4th for ₹2.25 Lakhs), and Sumit ‘hammer_head’ Sapra (6th for ₹1.05 Lakhs) also FT-ed the tourney.

Final Table Results

  1. Gaurav ‘gauravarod’ Sood – ₹7,20,000
  2. Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta – ₹4,20,000
  3. Sanat ‘mehro2511’ Mehrotra – ₹2,85,000
  4. Prashanth ‘ekthatalli’ Sekar – ₹2,25,000
  5. uniquepersonality – ₹1,50,000
  6. Sumit ‘hammer_head’ Sapra – ₹1,05,000
  7. filmyjuwari – ₹75,000
  8. rtuteja – ₹60,000


ATOC Gladiator 30 Lakhs GTD – Adda52

Buy-in – ₹15,000

Entries – 109

Re-entries – 106

Prize Pool – ₹30,00,000

Places Paid – 24

The other ATOC trophy event, the ₹30 Lakhs GTD ATOC Gladiator, ran from 9:30 PM to 5:04 AM. Sporting a steep ₹15,000 entry buy-in, it did relatively well to register 215 entrants, falling a manageable ₹97,500 short of its listed guarantee.

PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja proved to be the last player standing and won ₹6.67 Lakhs. He had a formidable heads-up opponent in female poker icon, Young Gun Kanchan ‘thandicoke’ Sharma, who cashed ₹6.37 Lakhs – courtesy of a heads-up deal.

Ahuja’s fiery performance last night saw him posting another runner-up finish in Spartan Poker’s Trending Thursday for ₹2.31 Lakhs. The two scores ensured Ahuja his second Super Achiever batch, with the Chandigarh-based pro crossing ₹7 Crores in lifetime earnings.

Kanchan Sharma, who has placed fourth in the Maverick on Wednesday for ₹1.12 Lakhs, banked an equally impressive ₹6.37 Lakhs for her second-place finish, improving her lifetime tally to ₹2.26 Crores.

The stacked FT featured the likes of Sunday’s Full House Finale ₹1 Crore GTD third-place finisher Manish ‘poketacesaa’ Gandhi (4th for ₹2.58 lakhs), MTT reg Vishnu ‘Violator’ Khandelwal (5th for ₹1.80 Lakhs), and Young Gun Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta (6th for ₹1.27 Lakhs).

Final Table Results

  1. Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja – ₹6,66,596*
  2. Kanchan ‘thandicoke’ Sharma – ₹6,36,904*
  3. borntrouble – ₹3,60,000
  4. Manish ‘poketacesaa’ Gandhi – ₹2,58,000
  5. Vishnu ‘Violator’ Khandelwal – ₹1,80,000
  6. Anmol ‘anzzzzz’ Mehta – ₹1,27,500

*denotes heads-up deal


Trending Thursday 16 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹3,850

Entries – 248

Re-entries – 97

Re-buys – 188

Prize Pool – ₹18,65,500

Places Paid – 47

The featured tourney of the day on Spartan Poker, the ₹16 Lakhs GTD Trending Thursday, registered 538 entries, collecting a guarantee-smashing ₹18.65 Lakhs prize pool.

Abhishek ‘Quant00’ Reddy Rachur shipped the tourney to collect a winner’s paycheque worth ₹3.64 Lakhs. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja booked the runner-up payday worth ₹2.31 Lakhs.

The lawyer-turned-poker pro, Ahuja, crossed yet another career milestone yesterday by entering the prestigious 7 Crores Club.’ The PokerGuru Staking team member, the #3 ranked player of 2020, has ₹7.01 Crores in recorded online winnings. He is presently ranked #21 on the 2021 standings, with ₹48.27 Lakhs in recorded earnings (₹1.61 Lakhs in profit).

The star-studded final table featured Shravan ‘D.Trump04’ Chhabria (3rd for ₹1.70 Lakhs), Siddhanth ‘PluRibu$’ Kripalani (5th for ₹1.10 Lakhs), and Haider ‘Callmebabe’ Madraswala (7th for ₹61,935).

Final Table Results

  1. Abhishek ‘Quant00’ Reddy Rachur – ₹3,63,585
  2. Ashish ‘Spewushhhiiiii’ Ahuja – ₹2,30,949
  3. Shravan ‘D.Trump04’ Chhabria – ₹1,70,115
  4. The Sightseer – ₹1,40,099
  5. Siddhanth ‘PluRibu$’ Kripalani – ₹1,10,438
  6. Wadaplayah – ₹84,321
  7. Haider ‘Callmebabe’ Madraswala – ₹61,935
  8. KING77BABA – ₹45,518


The Summit 15 Lakhs GTD – PokerBaazi

Buy-in – ₹8,250

Entries – 129

Re-entries – 91

Prize Pool – ₹16,50,000

Places Paid – 27

Like always, Thursday marked the return of PokerBaazi’s The Summit. Putting up a ₹15 Lakhs prize pool guarantee, the tourney brought in 220 hopefuls to collect a guarantee-crushing ₹16.50 Lakhs prize pool.

It took over eight hours of non-stop play before the two-time Millionaire champion, Spartan Poker’s IOPC #97 – Super High Roller winner Sriharsha ‘ivey2’ Doddapaneni, championed the tourney to collect ₹3.88 Lakhs.

Doddapaneni, who pulled off a smashing run at the IOPC January series, currently sits on ₹2.02 Crores in lifetime earnings.

The other notable FT finishers included Game Changer 2.0 champion Shagun ‘sogani22’ Jain (3rd for ₹1.75 Lakhs), Mohammad ‘chandlerbing’ Azhar (4th for ₹1.30 Lakhs), IOPC-The Crown ME champion PokerGuru Ambassador Laksh ‘boomtlt23’ Pal Singh (5th for ₹97,350), Shashank ‘Iverson003’ Shekhar (6th for ₹77,880), and Sanket ‘blackcod’ Arora (7th for ₹64,680).

Runner-up Rahul Melwani
Runner-up Rahul Melwani


Final Table Results

  1. Sriharsha ‘ivey2’ Doddapaneni – ₹3,88,245
  2. Rahul ‘slowroller’ Melwani – ₹2,72,415
  3. Shagun ‘sogani22’ Jain – ₹1,75,230
  4. Mohammad ‘chandlerbing’ Azhar – ₹1,29,690
  5. Laksh ‘boomtlt23’ Pal Singh – ₹97,350
  6. Shashank ‘Iverson003’ Shekhar – ₹77,880
  7. Sanket ‘blackcod’ Arora – ₹64,680


Highroller 10 Lakhs GTD – PokerStars India

Buy-in – ₹7,700

Entries – 89

Re-entries – 54

Prize Pool – ₹10,01,000

Places Paid – 23

PokerStars India’s ₹10 Lakhs GTD Highroller just about managed to surpass its advertised guarantee on the back of 143 entries.

Avijit ‘SwangoRay’ Jaiswal won the tourney for ₹2.08 Lakhs after besting Vinayak ‘koi.toh.rok.lo’ Bajaj (runner-up for ₹1.57 Lakhs) in heads-up play.

A prolific online reg, Jaiswal recently picked up a career-best ₹29.92 Lakhs in Spartan Poker’s ₹3.5 Crores GTD IOPC#117 – The Crown. He currently has ₹2.35 Crores in online earnings.

Vishnu ‘violator2018’ Khandelwal (3rd for ₹1.18 Lakhs), Sreekanth ‘LaganaHiToHai’ Narayan (4th for ₹89,561), Sagar ‘sagarpupull’ Choudhury (5th for ₹67,572), Vaibhav ‘GTO_LIFE_GG’ Sharma (7th for ₹38,464) and Guruprasad ‘fishcalling1’ Gupta (9th for ₹24,688) were among the notables to final table the event.

Runner-up Vinayak Bajaj
Vinayak Bajaj


Final Table Results

  1. Avijit ‘SwangoRay’ Jaiswal – ₹2,08,538
  2. Vinayak ‘koi.toh.rok.lo’ Bajaj – ₹1,57,336
  3. Vishnu ‘violator2018’ Khandelwal – ₹1,18,707
  4. Sreekanth ‘LaganaHiToHai’ Narayan – ₹89,561
  5. Sagar ‘sagarpupull’ Choudhury – ₹67,572
  6. GudThimma – ₹50,981
  7. Vaibhav ‘GTO_LIFE_GG’ Sharma – ₹38,464
  8. spacecadetIN – ₹29,020
  9. Guruprasad ‘fishcalling1’ Gupta – ₹24,688


Monster Stack 7 Lakhs GTD – Spartan Poker

Buy-in – ₹2,200

Entries – 234

Re-entries – 70

Re-buys – 143

Prize Pool – ₹8,94,000

Places Paid – 39

Spartan Poker’s ₹7 Lakhs GTD Monster Stack was taken down by up-and-coming player Anuj ‘Anuj16101’ Laddhad for ₹1.79 Lakhs. Rakesh ‘rakeshguru’ Nizare came in second for ₹1.19 Lakhs. Laddhad now has ₹1.13 Crores in lifetime winnings.

The event wrangled in 447 entries, generating a prize pool worth ₹8.94 Lakhs.

Vineet ‘The Mentalist’ Kumar (3rd for ₹87,165), Manas ‘Conclusion1100’ Nayak (4th for ₹70,358), Meet ‘gogobhai’ Jariwala (6th for ₹41,750), and Rubin ‘icantwin’ Labroo (7th for ₹30,664) FT-ed the tourney.

Final Table Results

  1. Anuj ‘Anuj16101’ Laddhad – ₹1,79,247
  2. Rakesh ‘rakeshguru’ Nizare – ₹1,19,170
  3. Vineet ‘The Mentalist’ Kumar – ₹87,165
  4. Manas ‘Conclusion1100’ Nayak – ₹70,358
  5. Lucky_AnX – ₹55,160
  6. Meet ‘gogobhai’ Jariwala – ₹41,750
  7. Rubin ‘icantwin’ Labroo – ₹30,664
  8. nirmal512 – ₹22,529


This report was updated at 4 PM on 26.2.2021.

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Coronavirus Lockdown: An Update From Poker Pros in Bengaluru

We are nearing the end of the 21-day nation-wide lockdown period; however, things haven’t settled down yet. The numbers have been rising with each passing day, and as of April 8, India had 5,360 positive cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), with 164 dead because of the virus.

The southern state of Karnataka was the first region in the country where a COVID-19 case was confirmed on March 9. The outbreak has been declared an epidemic in Karnataka, where provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 has been invoked. As on date, there have been 181 confirmed cases in the state with five deaths.

The ‘Garden City’ of Bengaluru, which is the capital of Karnataka, is among one of the most affected cities in the country with 62 positive cases and one casualty because of COVID-19. The number of cases in the smaller districts has jumped sharply, sparking fears of the deadly virus spreading in rural areas. Bagalkote, about 480 km from Bengaluru, has seen a 38% increase in the number of positive cases in the last five days alone.

Over the past few weeks, we have been connecting with poker players all across the country and asking them how they have been spending their time during the 21-day lockdown. For this feature, we spoke to some players spending the lockdown in Bengaluru, namely Chirag Sodha, Goonjan Mall, Vidwath Shetty, Vinod Megalmani, and Rahul Melwani. Here is what they had to say…


Chirag Sodha

Bengaluru-lad Chirag Sodha is a well-known name on the circuit today, being one of the team members of the PokerBaazi management. Also, an avid player, Sodha’s big moment on the virtual felts came last month, when he outlasted a 2,472-strong field to win SVS The Millionaire Lite on Spartan Poker. Though he’s been working out of Goa, Sodha made the pragmatic call to go back home and be with his parents during the lockdown.

Chirag Sodha


We asked him if he was playing a lot of poker these days, and snap came the reply, “I suppose online poker now takes up a minimum of 8 hours daily, if not more.”

Has the lockdown affected him a lot? “My daily routine has changed drastically since PokerBaazi LIVE is currently closed and I’m back home. I try and divide my time doing various activities, helping around the house and spending a lot of time with family,” he said.

“Poker-wise I think volume has increased now with all the recreationals available to play all day, more events hosted by online sites and guarantees being smashed everywhere. It’s definitely positive to be putting in more volume. In terms of fitness and other activities, unfortunately, I haven’t been doing much, but I plan on starting a simple workout/fitness routine daily.”

He admitted that it was a bit unsettling to be at home while the country is struggling to deal with the pandemic. “I sometimes feel weird sitting and grinding for so many hours while all these things are going on around us, and I could even say that my heart isn’t fully in it at the moment. There isn’t much else we can do though, staying home and staying safe is currently the most responsible thing we can do, so I suppose it just makes sense to be playing more.”

What happens if the lockdown gets extended? “Well I am honestly hoping this doesn’t last too long, but I don’t see things changing much till June at least. Either way, I think I’m just going to take it as it comes, and while I do, I am just grateful to be around my loved ones here at home. A longer extension would definitely call for a more concrete plan, one that I suppose I would have to make once we know more. It’s definitely a trying time right now, and no one likes or is used to being at home this much. Your social life takes a hit, you end up doing fewer physical activities, and if we are not careful, it’s very easy to slip into complacency, laziness, and maybe even a state of hopelessness.”

He underlined how important it was to hold out at this juncture. “I think it’s important to try and include some physical activity in your day, reach out to friends, video calls, apps that have some fun games, etc. Poker is a great way to earn and keep your mind active at this time, but so is any other game – so I would suggest stay busy, innovate, maybe learn a new language or skill. It’s a great time to reflect on ourselves, our work, relationships, and priorities.”


Vidwath Shetty

A well-respected name in the country, Vidwath Shetty, has been a part of the domestic poker circuit since 2009. With six live titles under his belt, which includes shipping an APL Vietnam event in 2018 and a Rio Daily Deepstacks tournament in 2017, Shetty boasts of an impressive ₹98.47 Lakhs in live MTT earnings.

Vidwath Shetty


Like most other poker pros, Shetty too has been spending his lockdown days grinding online. “I’ve been playing poker around 4 times a week, 10 hours on those days.”

But, that’s not all he has been doing. Talking about making some positive changes these past few days, Shetty revealed, “A few positive changes that have come have been a routine workout on a daily basis and I have been learning some basic cooking. Watching a lot of shows as well.”

“If this does continue on to be something like a 3-month lockdown, then I’ll start putting in a lot more volumes, playing every day and putting in the time to study on a more regular basis,” he added.

Propagating the importance of ‘social distancing’, Shetty said, “My advice to others would be to definitely stick to social distancing, I know it can be boring and very frustrating which are emotions that I’m dealing with as well. But in the long run, it’s not worth risking lives of ours and of others due to carelessness.”

His advice to fellow poker players? “To poker players, I would say that this is the best time to put in max volume and give dedicated time to improve our game and overall self-development, so please study workout and meditate if possible.”


Goonjan Mall

An entrepreneur by profession and a semi-pro by his own admission, Goonjan Mall is one of the most accomplished pros of the domestic circuit.

Goonjan Mall


The lockdown hasn’t bogged down Mall, who revealed he’s playing as much as seven hours daily. In fact, unable to step out, he’s devoting more time to studying poker as well. “Adjusting to homebound life. Trying to focus a bit more on poker study, and enjoying this extra time to talk to friends and family,” Mall said when we reached out to him.

He predicted that the lockdown will most likely be extended and said that it was an excellent opportunity for players to hone their skills. “IMO extension is very probable. In the next 2-weeks, I’ll become efficient in daily household chores – so I’ll definitely have more time to play more. My advice to all aspiring poker players is to use this golden opportunity to study and improve your game. I would consider poker a super important social skill. If you become good at poker – a lot of unexpected doors will open up for you.”

Mall has a golden heart, and he is going the extra mile to help others in need by donating his poker winnings to charity. “Another advice, which my friends and I have done recently – is to play poker online – and donate all winnings to charity. The optimal way is a Poker app like PP or Pokerrr2 AND audio call on Zoom or Whatsapp. Have fun, play poker, and do some good for the country.”


Vinod Megalmani

Vinod Megalmani has a list of poker accolades that bely his age and demeanor. He is a former Millionaire champion and recently won his first major live title in the India Poker Championship (IPC) 10K Kickoff.

Vinod Megalmani


Megalmani has been home, at Bengaluru since the lockdown began and has been balancing time between playing tournaments and cash games.

“I play tournaments only on Thursdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays and play cash 1-2 hours a day,” he explained.

“To be honest, with financial Armageddon, I am more interested in the financial markets doing research. Poker is not as interesting as the markets at the moment. I have stopped watching TV shows and movies and only trying to absorb as much info on how markets work,” he confessed.

Megalmani also felt the Coronavirus outbreak will completely change the way we live. “I’ve stopped ordering from out eating home food become a vegetarian coz no non-veg available but to the lockdown, to be honest, I think it will be extended till vaccines come out which could take a while. I don’t think we will ever get back to normal. There will be a new normal, which will be far different from what it used to be.”

His advice to others is to stay at home, and he claims that this is a good time for players to invest. “Though I’m not a financial advisor, I’d say buy stocks and bitcoin on www.exchange24x7.com. Why? Because the best time to start a business is after a recession. This will the biggest wealth transfer in history. Do people have the consciousness to benefit from this tragedy? I’m buying stocks every week and start learning about financial markets/business.”


Rahul Melwani

One of our first batch of Young Guns, Rahul Melwani, has proved his mettle in MTTs. Melwani is in Bengaluru at the moment and is enjoying the sudden spurt in online poker ever since the lockdown came into force. “I feel the lockdown has been amazing for poker coz the guarantees have shot up, but more than that, it has led to a lot of online home games. People that have barely or never played a hand online are now playing cash games online on PP and other apps.”

Rahul Melwani


Like many online regs, his daily grind hasn’t changed much, though. “Not much changed for me. I used to play some live home games which have now moved online. I think the lockdown hasn’t really affected most poker players’ lives.”

Like everyone else, he too was all up for social distancing. “My advice to others would be to stay patient and stay at home. Try to not meet anyone unless absolutely necessary.”


That’s all for our update from Bengaluru. But do stay connected for more updates from other cities!

This Week in Poker: January 22 – 28

In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker,’ we bring you the weekly roundup of the most significant online scores by Indian MTT players along with the top stories from both the live and online poker circuit.

Here are this week’s top stories!

It has been a busy start to the year with January witnessing two back-to-back live stops taking place in Goa, setting just the right undertone for the year. Spartan Poker`s IOPC and a few other international stops promise to keep the action in top gear for the rest of the month!

There were some deep runs made by the small group of Indian pros present at the 2020 Aussie Millions. The series recently closed out another successful edition at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. The star attraction at this marquee series, the A$10,600 Main Event saw three Indians finishing in the money from a massive 820-entry field. The former DPT Main Event champion, Rishabh Vekaria delivered the best performance of them all. On his first international outing, Vekaria stormed into Day 4, placed second in chips, eventually finishing 18th. Vekaria’s outstanding run earned him an A$82,000 (~₹39.94 Lakhs) paycheque, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Giving Vekaria company on Day 4 was Paawan Bansal. The super talented pro has a runner-up finish at the 2018 WSOP The Closer to his name. Bansal ran up a good score at the Main Event, collecting a 32nd place finish, good for A$36,080 (~₹17.58 Lakhs). Rahul Melwani (81st for A$15,580 – ₹7.58 Lakhs) was the third Indian who earned a payout.

Local pro Vincent ‘Wonky’ Wan eventually came put on top to win the Main Event title and the top prize of A$1,318,000 following a three-way deal.

Now, if you’d think that’s intense, Spartan Poker sounded off yet another edition of its flagship India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) with a bang. The series features three Millionaires, and the first of them – IOPC #17 The Millionaire X5 ₹15 Lakhs to Top 5 – brought in a massive 1,882 entries over the weekend. The event awarded a mouth-watering ₹15.05 Lakhs to the top five finishers namely, Kunal ‘kunal’ Kubba, Nikhil ‘Crazy_coyote’ Ramesh, ‘Iceiceice,’ PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul ‘Super Kings’ Raj and Aditya ‘Adiwankenobi’ Wadhwani!

Live-action has exploded in Goa, but there came some worrying news for casino operators this week. The Goa government has set up a special team to inspect and look into the alleged under-reporting of carrying capacity by the offshore casinos. Amid an ongoing mining sector crisis, the government has decided to put the casino policy on hold until the mining issue is resolved.

But there’s been a slew of other developments that get our thumbs-up. Industry leader PokerBaazi is readying up for a ‘Fab February.’ The site has a wide array of attractive promotions lined up next month like the PLO 4-Card Cash Drive, the start of the EndBoss satellites, along with the return of popular MTT series like the PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL), PokerBaazi Monthly Value Series, Grinders Series, and the PokerBaazi Bankroll Builder Series!

After a rocking 2019, fantasy gaming giant Dream11 is gearing up for a successful IPL 2020 season. In preparation, the brand is reportedly about to close a $500 Million (₹3,572 Crores) funding round led by New York-based Hedge Fund, Tiger Global Management.

The international circuit saw several significant announcements. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) confirmed 17 new events for its 51st annual run later this year. The offerings include six new freezeout events, five Value Menu events, a Mystery Bounty event, and a $250K Super High Roller.

WPT anchor Lynn Gilmartin and two-time WSOP Europe bracelet winner Kahle Burns were inducted in the Australian Poker Hall of Fame. At the same time, PokerStars co-founder Isai Scheinberg voluntarily surrendered to U.S. federal authorities. Scheinberg, who’d been slapped with criminal charges during the infamous Black Friday incident in the U.S., was later released on bail.

There was more than enough tournament action to go around. Tournament action continues to flourish Down Under with the first-ever Australian Poker Open presently underway. We also have reports from WPT Russia and WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. The Australian Poker Open will continue its run till February 2 and will be immediately followed by the Super High Roller Bowl Australia (Feb 2 – 4). We’ll be seeing an equally action-packed month ahead in Asia, with WPT Philippines (Feb 6 – 17), Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju (Feb 10 – 22), and APL Da Nang (Feb 19 – 28) roaring to take off.


Online Railbird Report

The first of the three Millionaire editions lined up as part of the ongoing India Online Poker Championship (IOPC), the IOPC #17 The Millionaire X5, guaranteed the top five finishers ₹15 Lakhs each. The turnout was massive, with 1,882 entries (Day 1A – 665, Day 1B – 464, Day 1C – 753) joining the action across the three starting flights. With a ₹1.50 Crores prize pool collected, the event made millionaires in Kunal ‘kunal’ Kubba, Nikhil ‘Crazy_coyote’ Ramesh, ‘Iceiceice,’ PokerGuru Ambassador Gokul ‘Super Kings’ Raj and Aditya ‘Adiwankenobi’ Wadhwani!

Kunal Kubba
Kunal Kubba

The other notable scores of the week include –

PlayerPrize MoneyEventPoker Site
Kunal ‘kunal’ Kubba₹15.05 LakhsIOPC #17 The Millionaire X5 – ₹15 Lakhs to Top 5Spartan Poker
Bheem Singh ‘TymTravel’ Meena₹8.22 LakhsIOPC #6 The Elite ₹30 Lakhs GTD ₹11,000 RESpartan Poker
Dr House₹8.13 LakhsDestiny 13.0 ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Akash ‘NIKI LAUDA F1’ Shekhar₹8.03 LakhsWinter Series – 44 Main Event ₹50 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
‘2cards1guy’ ₹7.82 LakhsIOPC #18 Sunday SuperStack ₹40 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Conclusion1100₹6.46 LakhsIOPC#29 Mega Stack ₹25 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
sneakysani₹6.46 LakhsWinter Series-24 Highroller SE ₹30 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Nik989₹6.44 LakhsGodfather ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anurag ‘NormanBates’ Srivastava₹5.00 LakhsAdda52 Millions AF ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Nadeem ‘SpadeHunter’ Basha₹4.85 LakhsBSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD ₹5,500 REPokerBaazi
Yennefer ₹4.60 LakhsUltron ₹20 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
tyrogambit₹4.60 LakhsThe Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Vidwath ‘phoenix66990’ Shetty₹4.36 LakhsThe Ballers ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Bhavvye ‘noobpro’ Mittal₹4.20 LakhsThalaiva ₹20 Lakhs GTD ₹2,2009stacks
Priyank ‘Piko1432’ Kothari₹4.15 LakhsG.O.A ₹20 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Parminder ‘Bounceez’ Randhava₹3.86 LakhsIOPC #24 Recharge ₹14 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sanket ‘aslipapaji’ Jain₹3.10 LakhsThe Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
lol this guy₹2.95 LakhsIOPC #20 Big Daddy ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Aniket ‘Sandystorm’ Pradhan₹2.76 LakhsBig Slick AF ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
rashpr ₹2.74 LakhsMaverick ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Mayank ‘desithug007’ Gupta₹2.69 LakhsIOPC#5 TGIF ₹12 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sriharsha ‘Fish2050’ Doddapaneni ₹2.68 LakhsIOPC #12 Mega Freeze ₹10 Lakhs GTD ₹5,500 RESpartan Poker
Rony ‘bisadip176’ Chowdhury₹2.65 LakhsThe Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Anmol ‘Anzzzzz’ Mehta₹2.64 LakhsIOPC #25 Daily Hi-Fi ₹10 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Raghav ‘thatssosick’ Bansal₹2.63 LakhsIOPC#7 Daily Hi-Fi ₹10 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Suckoonist₹2.60 LakhsIOPC #13 Daily Hi-Fi ₹10 Lakhs GTD ₹2,200 RESpartan Poker
Harshit ‘hashstack’ Chopra₹2.56 LakhsInception ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ryan ‘OTB_X_REDBACON’ Cardoso₹2.53 LakhsWinter Series-45 The Big Crunch ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
tyche₹2.40 LakhsHitman ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
1ll|1ll1|ll1|₹2.35 LakhsWinter Series 31 Uppercut Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Laksh ‘B00MTilt23’ Pal Singh₹1.91 LakhsWinter Series-17 Night on Stars ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Arjanveer Singh ‘bazzingaa’ Chadha₹1.83 LakhsIOPC #9 ₹5 Lakhs GTD ₹2,200 RESpartan Poker
Jayjit ‘england’ Ray₹1.82 LakhsFri-Yay ₹6 Lakhs GTD ₹4,400 REPokerBaazi
teraflop₹1.45 LakhsOmaha AF ₹5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Anuj ‘brockLesnar95’ Yadav ₹1.42 LakhsThe Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Elixir₹1.41 LakhsThunder @7:30 PM ₹5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
bootsicles₹1.38 LakhsGrinders #19 Thursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Srihari ‘bangbang999’ Bang₹1.30 LakhsGrinders #33 Main Event ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Avinash ‘spacecadet’ Tauro₹1.22 LakhsHi-Fi ₹4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Amaterastu₹1.19 LakhsIOPC #10 Afternoon Hi-Fi ₹4 Lakhs GTD ₹1,100 RE

Spartan Poker
PepperChicken₹1.18 LakhsWinter Series-26 The Classic Progressive KO ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
kilpauk₹1.12 LakhsHoldem High ₹7 Lakhs GTD ₹2,750 REAdda52
Neel ‘Worm236’ Joshi₹1.07 LakhsMonday Hustle ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
takingcuntrol₹1.06 LakhsSixth Sense ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
₹1.01 LakhsGrinders #24 Friday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD ₹2,200 REPokerBaazi
Sriharsha ‘ivey2’ Doddapaneni₹94.668Grinders #14 6-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Siddharth ‘schemer77’ Karia₹90.823IOPC #3 Afternoon Hi-Fi 4 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Vinay ‘Contemporist’ BK₹89.899Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Devvrat 'flopCheck' Arya₹78,795Tuesday MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Rajat ‘Garammasala’ Sharma₹76.242IOPC #21 ₹3 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Prashant ‘$$$OUL$$$UTRA’ Jain Bhutoria₹74.967Winter Series-33 Progressive KO ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
moneymagnet₹73.009Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Rajat ‘oshoswami’ Sharma₹73.009Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Harsh ‘harsh1327’ Bubna ₹72.924Winter Series-43 Final Day Warm Up ₹3 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Parky90₹71.467Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD ₹2,000 REAdda52
Parky90₹71.124Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Tokio999₹67.628Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD ₹2,200 RESpartan Poker
Ashish ‘rocky3705’ Ahuja₹66.029Grinders #29 Saturday MonsterStack ₹2 Lakhs GTD ₹1,650 REPokerBaazi
Rishabh2005₹65,775Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Luxcozii₹65.656Hercules @ 8 PM ₹2 Lakhs GTD9stacks
space ace ₹64.350Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Pratik ‘Pratikp’ Kayal₹60.000BSS PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD ₹2,200 REPokerBaazi
noelpais₹59.752Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Junior-KK₹58.300Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Sanjay ‘Floppednuts’ Kumar ₹57.051Holdem AF ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
StillDrawing₹52.664Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD ₹2,200 RESpartan Poker
sandyn39₹52,454Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
kattappa2₹50.139Ultimate PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Infic11 ₹47.589Winter Series-19 Deepstack ₹3 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Wabi-$abi₹41,187Deepstack ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
VUTUARU₹36.000Warrior Arena ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
Nikhil ‘Igotyouu’ Sahani₹31,500Battlefield Tuesday ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
Rainik Swarup ‘Destr0ys’ Das₹30.312Winter Series-46 Winter Storm NLHM 6-Max ₹2 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
jaypy₹24.000Dangal Friday ₹1 Lakh GTDPoker Dangal
Jyotigupta₹22.000Monday Texas ₹1 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
cbs786"₹21.000Sunday Bonanza ₹1 Lakh GTD ₹770 REPoker Dangal
Sadanala ‘daredevils’ Swami₹16.500Wow Wednesday ₹75K GTDPoker Dangal
mecktro₹14.075Saturday Hustle ₹50K GTD ₹550 REPoker Dangal


PokerBaazi Unveils a Gamut of Offerings As Part of ‘Fab February’

After announcing its most ambitious tournament to-date – EndBoss, PokerBaazi has unveiled its February promotion calendar that will see the launch of the PLO 4-Card Cash Drive, the start of the EndBoss satellites, along with the return of crowd favorites like the PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL), PokerBaazi Monthly Value Series, Grinders Series, and the PokerBaazi Bankroll Builder Series.

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Dream11 Reportedly Close to Raising $500 Million

After a landmark year for India’s fantasy gaming giant Dream11 in 2019, the brand is reportedly close to raising $500 Million (₹3,572 Crores) in a funding round led by Tiger Global Management ahead of the VIVO IPL 2020.


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Goa Government Forms Special Team For Inspection of Casinos, Casino Policy on Hold

Concerned at the alleged under-reporting of capacity by the offshore casinos, the Goa government has constituted a special Inspection Authority for inspection of Goa’s casinos. Ports Minister Michael Lobo has also indicated the draft casino policy will be put on hold till the government resolves the ongoing crisis in the mining sector.

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PokerStars Co-Founder Isai Scheinberg Voluntarily Surrenders to U.S. Government

The last of the 11 individuals accused of charges related to Black Friday who has yet to resolve his criminal charges, PokerStars co-founder Isai Scheinberg voluntarily surrendered to U.S. Government earlier this month. He was released from police custody on posting a $1 million bail.

Isai Scheinberg
Isai Scheinberg

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WSOP Announces 17 New Events For 2020 Summer Run

The 51st World Series of Poker (WSOP) slated to run from May 26 to July 15, 2020, announced the addition of 17 new events on the schedule including six freezeout events, five Value Menu events, a $1.5K Mystery Bounty event & a $250K Super High Roller.

WSOP announces 17 new events

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Lynn Gilmartin & Kahle Burns Inducted Into Australian Poker Hall of Fame

WPT anchor Lynn Gilmartin and two-time WSOP Europe bracelet winner Kahle Burns have been inducted in the Australian Poker Hall of Fame.

Lynn Gilmartin & Kahle Burns
Lynn Gilmartin & Kahle Burns

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2020 Aussie Millions

The 2020 Aussie Millions ran through a packed schedule of 21 days at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. The stop featured 23 championship events, and the biggest draw was the A$10,600 Main Event that attracted 820 entries across over three starting flights.

Former DPT Main Event champion Rishabh Vekaria was among a group of three Indians who made it to Day 2 of the Main Event. Vekaria, who was chasing his first international title, worked his way up the stacks and stormed into Day 4 second in chips. He sailed his way into the top 20 to eventually collect an 18th place payout of A$82,000 (~₹39.94 Lakhs). Vekaria’s unbeaten run makes him the top earner this week and also our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Rishabh Vekaria
Rishabh Vekaria


Paawan Bansal (32nd for A$36,080 – ₹17.58 Lakhs) was the second Indian who posted a score on Day 4, while Rahul Melwani (81st for A$15,580 – ₹7.58 Lakhs) also added to the team`s scorecard.

Paawan Bansal
Paawan Bansal


The event eventually crowned a champion in local pro Vincent ‘Wonky’ Wan, who struck a three-way deal with Ngoc Tai Hoang (runner-up) and Gareth Pepper (3rd) to pocket the winner’s cheque of A$1,318,000.

Vincent Wan wins the Aussie Millions Main Event
Vincent Wan wins the Aussie Millions Main Event

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Kahle Burns (A$100,000 Challenge for A$1,746,360), Daniel Mayoh (A$1,150 PLO High/Lo for A$35,445), and Ari Engel (A$2,500 NLHM for A$141,775) were the other prominent winners at the series this past week.

Kahle Burns
Kahle Burns

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Mike Watson Wins Australian Poker Open Opening Event

The inaugural Australian Poker Open kicked off at The Star Gold Coast on January 25. Battling through a field of 59 entries, Canada’s Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson won the series-opener, A$10,500 NLHE for A$177,000.

Mike Watson
Mike Watson

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Aleksey Badulin Wins WPT Russia Main Event ($261,572)

The World Poker Tour (WPT) Russia Festival visited Casino Sochi from January 21 to 26. Headlining the nine-tournament stop was the RUB 210,000 buy-in Main Event RUB 95,500,000 GTD that drew 489 players across five starting flights. Aleksey Badulin bested the field and defeated Vlada Stojanovic heads-up to win RUB 11,550,000 ($261,572).

Aleksey Badulin wins the WPT Russia Main Event
Aleksey Badulin wins the WPT Russia Main Event

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2020 Borgata Winter Poker Open

The Borgata Winter Poker Open (BWPO) is presently on the home stretch on its packed schedule of twenty-five featured events. The most prominent winners at the series so far are Zarko Mandic (Event #1 $600 Deepstack Kick-Off $2 Million GTD) and Kareem Marshall (Event #13: $400 Almighty Stack $1 Million GTD) who won $342,967 and $195,903 respectively.

The series-headliner, the $3,500 World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship Event, has logged in a field of 1,065 entries so far. Francis Anderson leads the 595 hopefuls at the start of Day 2.

Francis Anderson
Francis Anderson

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Indian-Origin Jasthi Kumar Wins 4th WSOPC Ring For $16,976

Indian-origin player Jasthi Kumar won his fourth World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) ring after winning Event#9 $400 NLHE at the WSOPC Thunder Valley, besting a field of 214 entries to bank $16,976 (~₹12.09 Lakhs) for the title.

Jasthi Kumar
Jasthi Kumar

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Brian Altman Wins WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event

Part of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Season XVIII, the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO), was hosted at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Besting a field of 843 entries, Brian Altman took down the $2 Million GTD $3,500 Main Event for $482,636.

Brian Altman
Brian Altman

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Pat Steele Wins 2020 MSPT Cleveland Poker Open

Topping a field of 611 entries, Pat Steele took down the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Season 11 $1,100 Main Event for $124,461. Along with the title win, Steele also became the fifth MSPT Hall of Fame entry for his twenty-fifth MSPT Main Event cash.

Pat Steele
Pat Steele

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Greg Raymer Wins Record Fifth HPT Title at Ameristar East Chicago

The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Season XVI $1,650 Main Event attracted 520 contenders from three starting flights. Former World Champion, Greg ‘FossilMan’ Raymer climbed to the top of the field to clinch his career-fifth HPT title. Raymer pocketed $171,411 in prize money and a $3,500 Championship package for the season-ending HPT Season XVI Championship.

Greg “FossilMan” Raymer
Greg “FossilMan” Raymer

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

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