This Week in Poker: June 21st – June 27th
June 29, 2017, 17:16:06
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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker’ we bring to you the weekly roundup of the biggest 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





The 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) continues to dominate all other action with several more surprises that saw rank new comers as well as some notables seize the day, claiming the prestigious bracelet. The events pace will not reduce anytime soon as the gaming-intensity will be heightened as it approaches the highlight event of the series and any poker player’s dream i.e. $10,000 Main Event No-Limit Hold’em Championship.

Several Indian continued to collect cashes all through the week, with none other than Team PokerStars pro Aditya Agarwal being the star performer. Agarwal banked $14,277 for his 24th place finish in Event 45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels). Agarwal now has nine cashes at the series and sits at 13th place on the WSOP 2017 Player of the Year race with 446.58 points. Notably the current standing does not take into account his latest score in Event 52, which should help him, storm into the top 10 list. The pro now has a cracking shot at the title should he keep up his current form.

The new arrival in Las Vegas - Jasven Saigal wasted no time and made it in the money in the ongoing Event 19: The Giant, which concludes on July 9.  Aditya Agarwal too made it in the money on Day 1B and both players will resume Day 2 action on July 8.

Live action further continued in the eastern part of the globe with two big tournaments, the recently concluded APT Macau 2017 and the ACOP Platinum 19 series that took off shortly thereafter. Team India`s trailblazing run continued unabated as after claiming two titles at APT, a few of our challengers stayed back for the ACOP. Zarvan Tumboli shipped his second title this trip after winning Event 4: $3,000 NLH title for HK$50,554 (~INR 4.17 Lakhs). The series also saw a number of deep runs with Manoj Pentakota and Ronak Jatin Vyas making ITM finishes.

Online action wasn`t lacking either and the star performer on the virtual felts was Rahul Steves from the AceJack stable,who shipped the PokerStars Sunday Mini Million for a cool $21,924 and is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title!

The week was also filled with numerous other developments both domestic and international. In India, Rummy operators challenged the recently passed ordinance banning online gaming in the state of Telangana while the Eastern part of India played host to the HIFI Tour which saw Abhishek Jalan and Aditya Kumar claiming titles.

In Goa, positive news arrived for the sixth offshore casino vessel i.e. MV Lucky Seven which was finally allowed to dock in the River Mandovi.

In other highlights, online giant PokerStars promoted David Carrion as Director of Marketing and interim Director of Live Events. The company’s CEO also indicated that the PokerStars would be looking to launch in India soon.

To end our weekly recap we bring you tournament reports from PokerStars Festival Marbella and partypoker LIVE Grand Prix UK Event


Online Railbird Report

The week was dominated mostly by live action but the virtual felts saw their fair share of action. Topping the charts and making his debut as our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” is Ratul Steves whoshipped the PokerStars Sunday Mini Millions for $21,924.

Ratul Steeves

                                         Ratul Steves

Other notable scores include -

Anil ‘BigBlufferAY’ Yadav won $7,407.00 for 8th place in the PokerStars ‘$1,050 Super Tuesday, $300K GTD’ and made $1,443.65 for 54th place in the PokerStars ‘$215 SUNDAY MILLION, $1,000,000 GTD & $150K+ to first! - Barcelona Ticket Giveaway!’

‘Poker4rush’ won $5,065.68 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘Big $27, $30K GTD’

Sriharsha ‘indiandurr’ Doddapaneni won $2,580.00 for 1st place in the BlackChip ‘BIG10 - $10,000 GTD’ and made $1,868.10 for 1st place in the BlackChip ‘$7,500 GTD 8-Max’

Vivek ‘nv119’ Venkataram won $1,781.62 for 3rd place in the PokerStars ‘Bounty Builder $82, $18K GTD’

‘gunnger9696’ won $1,581.86 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘$82 NLO8 [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $3K GTD’

Pranay ‘mitrachi89’ Kapoor won $1,268.90 for 4th place in the PokerStars ‘Omania $55 PLO [6-Max], $15K GTD’

Vinay ‘vinstill’ BK won $1,177.92 for 6th place in the PokerStars ‘Bounty Builder $109 [Saturday Special], $85K GTD’


PokerStars India Variant May Launch Soon

Amaya Group CEO Rafi Ashkenazi recently stated that the online giant has its eyes set on India and rest of the USA market and revealed that PokerStars’ India variant may be launched in the last two quarters of 2017.

Read the complete story here.


David Carrion Promoted as PokerStars Director of Marketing and Live Events

Online poker giant PokerStars recently promoted David Carrion as Director of Marketing and interim Director of Live Events. Carrion will be joining his new role with effect from July 1.

Read the complete story here.


Three Rummy Operators Challenge Telangana State Gaming Ordinance

Three Rummy companies i.e. Head Infotech Pvt. Ltd. (Ace2Three), Play Games24x7 Pvt. Ltd. (Rummy Circle) and Junglee Games Pvt. Ltd. (Junglee Rummy) recently filed written petitions in the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court. Recent reports indicate that Head Infotech which had suspended operations for all its users has received interim relief from the High Court recently.

Read the complete story here.


Sixth Offshore Casino Anchored in Mandovi

The sixth offshore casino vessel MV Lucky Seven which is owned by former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda is finally docked in the River Mandovi as per directions from the Bombay High Court at Goa.

Read the complete story here.


Hifi Tour Kolkata

City of Joy – Kolkata played host to the HIFI Tour this past week at the Indian Poker Association poker room. The cash game festival also featured two tournaments in the schedule namely; ₹5,000 Warm Up event and ₹25,000 Main Event that offered a cumulative guaranteed prize pool of ₹10 Lakhs.

The first event of the series i.e. ₹5,000 Warm-up event attracted a total of 53 entries besting them all was Varanasi based pro Abhishek Jalan who pocketed ₹90,000 for his finish.

Abhishek Jalan

                                           Abhishek Jalan

Read the complete story here.

The second and final event of the series was the ₹25K buy-in Main Eventthat registered 35 entries and outlasting them all was Aditya Kumar who won ₹3 Lakhs for the win.

Aditya Kumar

                                       Aditya Kumar

Read the complete story here.


WSOP 2017

It was an eventful week at the 48th WSOP, with several new bracelet winners crowned with humongous player-crowds continuing to participate in each event as the action unfolds in the Mecca of poker.

Making an impact were our own challengers with a number of more Indians joining the extravaganza and dived right into the fray.

One of the top picks for getting another gold for the country Samay Parikh came very close to making final table in the Super Turbo Bounty event but eventually finished 19th for $5,765 claiming an additional 17 bounties ($300 each).

Samay Parikh

                                               Samay Parikh

Paawan Bansal and Raghav Bansal managed to cash in Event #37: $1,000 NLH. Paawan finished in 74th place for $3,171 while Raghav finished 139th pocketing $1,974.

Paawan Bansal

                            Paawan Bansal

The series saw James Moore, Nadar Kakhmazov, Thomas Reynolds, Joe McKeehen Rifat Palevic all claiming their share of the gold in different events.

Read the complete story here.

Aditya Agarwal continued to fire away event after event and made a number of notable finishes. His biggest score of the week came in Event #45: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em where he finished 24th for $14,277.

Aditya Agarwal

                                              Aditya Agarwal

Team India shone in other side events as well with Muskan Sethi running deep in a Venetian event finishing 68th.

Muskan Sethi

                                        Muskan Sethi

Meanwhile, Ernest Bohn, Loren Klein, Dmitry Yurasov, Ben Maya, Matthew Schreiber & Chris Brammer were other notable winners crowned at the series. 

Read the complete story here.

Indian cashes as WSOP this week –

Bracelet Winners this week -


APT Macau 2017

Far east, the APT Macau 2017 series also concluded this week and Indian contingent truly dominated the action bagging two titles and making several deep runs.

Shravan Chhabria had a dream run in the HK$19,800 Main Event which attracted a total of 118 runners. Chhabria overcame a huge chip disadvantage to finish third for HK$211,000 (~ÌNR 17.45 Lakhs). The event was eventually taken down by Malaysia’s Choong Kian Weng who walked away with HK$521,000 (~INR 43.14 Lakhs) in prize money.

Shravan Chhabria

                                     Shravan Chhabria

Read the complete story here.

The series also crowned the champions from its last leg of side events with Japanese pro Tetsuya Tsuchikawa claiming the Player of the Series title.

                                          Tetsuya Tsuchikawa

Read the complete story here.


ACOP Platinum 19

Macau seems to be hogging the live action attention in the Eastern hemisphere as shortly after the APT wrapped up, action shifted to the famous PokerStars Live Macau poker room for the 19th edition of the ACOP Platinum series.

A few of our Indian challengers who decided to stay back after the APT series kept our flag flying high with some impressive finishes.

Manoj Pentakota was the first one to shine at the series finishing sixth in the opening event for HK$9,400 (~INR 77,500). Zarvan Tumboli who took down the Opening Event HK$300K Guaranteed at APT, added yet another title to his name by taking down Event 4: $3,000 NLH title for HK$50,554 (~INR 4.17 Lakhs). Tumboli missed a third title by a whisker as he finished third in Event 2: HK$4,000 MegaStack for HK$56,600 (~INR 4.67 Lakhs).

Zarvan Tumboli

                                               Zarvan Tumboli

Read the complete story here.


PokerStars Festival Marbella

The first event of the series i.e. €170 MegaStack Event attracted a total of 761 hopefuls and outlasting them all was Poland’s Michal Janczarski who walked away with €20,700 in prize money.

                                          Michal Janczarski

Read the complete story here.

The festival wrapped up with Ignacio López taking down the record-breaking Main Event for €152K while Oriol Fernández took down the High Roller event for €78,200.

                                                 Ignacio López

Read the complete story here.


Robertas Gordonas Wins partypoker LIVE Grand Prix UK Event

The partypoker Grand Prix UK Main Event attracted a massive field of 5,143 runners and outlasting them all was Lithuanian player Robertas Gordonas who pocketed £150,000 in prize money for his win.

                                             Robertas Gordonas

Read the complete story here.

And that is all for this edition of our weekly report. We will return same time next week with all the latest from poker world, so tune in at the same time.

Related Articles:

1. WSOP 2017: Ernest Bohn, Loren Klein, Dmitry Yurasov, Ben Maya, Matthew Schreiber & Chris Brammer Win Bracelets; Aditya Agarwal Finishes 24th in Event 45

2. ACOP Platinum 19: Liang Yu, Terry Tianyuan Tang, Justin Pak Kwan, Steven Alexander Cody & Zarvan Tumboli Win Titles; Manoj Pentakota & Ronak Jatin Vyas Final Table

3. Aditya Kumar Takes Down HiFi Tour 25K Main Event For INR 3 Lakhs

4. PokerStars Signals Launch in India Coming Soon

5. APT Macau 2017: Series Wraps Up After Last Leg of Side Events Conclude; Indians Score Two Titles Along With Several Deep Runs, Tetsuya Tsuchikawa Crowned APT Player of the Series

6. Bombay High Court at Goa Permits Sixth Offshore Casino to Anchor in Mandovi

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