This Week in Poker: March 22nd - March 28th
March 28, 2017, 19:10:46
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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





There were only few of our regulars online the past week, probably due to the upcoming live tournament - PokerStars Championship Macau that begins on March 30, at the City of Dreams, Macau. A large Indian contingent has already confirmed their presence at the event.

Indians are venturing further into foreign provinces and the latest win was Rahul Rohatgi claiming the Poker Wars Unlimited Re-Entry at Atlantic City for $4,500. For players already in the west, several brand tours are available. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Council Bluffs will run from March 30 at the Horseshoe Casino and the same day will also mark the start of the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Missouri. Across the Atlantic Ocean, players in Edinburgh are busy at the Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour (GUKPT) Edinburgh which ends on April 2.

Returning to the online felts, players can look forward to a massive weekend, with the 11th Anniversary PokerStars Sunday Millions on April 2, with its sizzling roster of events that have a guaranteed $10 Million up for grabs!

Fantasy sports fans are also in for a treat, with India’s premier site, LeagueGuru launching exclusive offers to celebrate the coming IPL Season X all through April.

The PokerGuru Star of the Week” is Muskan ‘musku89’ Sethi, who scored the highest amount of $6,389.77 at the PokerStars ‘$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $175K GTD’ for a fifth-place finish.

There are several news reports from India, with license and other fees for Goa casino operators hiked by almost 30% and a six-month extension for the March 31 deadline. Thrill Poker and its last two Team pros Dhaval Mudgal and Shravan Chhabria parted ways, even as another company, Sachar Gaming gained the sixth online license from the Nagaland government. 

Overseas, Amaya was back in the news for profits that came in due to its changed business policies from poker to other recreational games. With the WSOP looming up, players are busy planning their Vegas itineraries and PokerGuru published a piece on other attracted events running at the same time.

Wrapping up this report are tournament results from WSOP Circuit Atlantic City, the Marrakech Poker Open Champion, Unibet UK Poker Tour Brighton and the partypoker Million Sochi. We wind up with Neymar Jr.’s home charity game, which was won by poker pro Andre Akkari.


Online Railbird Report

Most regulars were missing at the online felts and among the few observed, ‘Shark Cage’ girl, Muskan ‘musku89’ Sethi made a fifth place finish in the PokerStars ‘$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $175K GTD’ for $6,389.77. This gets her the “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Muskan Sethi

                                     Muskan Sethi

Other notable scores include –

Piyush ‘Piyush16’ Gupta won $1,988.67 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘$109 NLHE [Turbo], $4K GTD’ and made $1,614.65 for 2nd place in the PokerStars ‘Big $82, $6K GTD’. Gupta also won $1,552.89 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘Big $33, $5K GTD’

Sriharsha ‘indiandurr’ Doddapaneni won $3,217.83 for 1st place in the BlackChip ‘BIG10 - $15,000 GTD’ and cashed $1,650.00 for 3rd place in the BlackChip ‘PHAT BIG10 - $20,000 GTD’

Karan ‘Karan Radia’ Radia won $3,049.90 for 4th place in the PokerStars ‘$215 Saturday Scuffle [6-Max, Progressive KO], $80K GTD’


PokerStars Sunday Millions 11th Anniversary

It promises to be a lucrative weekend for online players with the PokerStars Sunday Millions on April 2. The site is celebrating its Sunday Millions 11th anniversary and has a huge $10,000,000 prize pool.


Exclusive Offers By, our sister site that caters to fantasy sports launched a number of exciting offers for members. It began with a Draft Contest for the India vs Australia 4th Test Match with more attractive IPL offers to be announced shortly.

Read the complete story here.


Goa News

Goa casinos were granted a 6-month extension to the March 31 deadline for moving out of the River Mandovi. The decision was taken by the BJP, which returned to power with Manohar Parrikar as CM.

Read the complete story here.

Almost simultaneously, fees for casino licenses were hiked from 30% to 50% depending on the vessel. This is the third hike in consecutive years.

Read the complete story here.


Thrill Poker Pro Team Disbanded

The last two members of the Thrill Poker Pro Team, Dhaval Mudgal and Shravan Chhabria parted ways with the company. Official reports state that the parting was mutual due to policy focus and business strategizing.

                              Dhaval Mudgal and Shravan Chhabria

Read the complete story here.


Sachar Gaming Get Sixth Nagaland Online License

The sixth Nagaland online gaming license was awarded to Sachar Gaming Pvt Ltd, who operates the site – This is the only license for a ‘bouquet of games’ allowing them to offer more than a single product.

Read the complete story here.


Amaya Lists Profits

Business strategies implemented in 2014 that increased the company’s emphasis on recreational games instead of poker finally paid dividends. The CEO of the company shared that share prices were higher than stated by analysts.

Read the complete story here.


Side Events During WSOP 2017

PokerGuru listed several prestigious side events in Las Vegas that run at the same time as WSOP and should not be missed by any player planning a visit to the summer festival. These include the Venetian Deepstacks Extravaganza III, Planet Hollywood, Binions, and Wynn among others.

Read the complete story here.


Abraham Korotki Wins WSOP Circuit Atlantic City Twice

It was a true-blue historical moment when Abraham Korotki won the same event after en years, claiming his second gold ring. The event was the WSOP Circuit Atlantic City, which netted Korotki a payday of $117,645.

Abraham Korotki

                                        Abraham Korotki

Read the complete story here.


Moises Parrilla-Ramos Wins Marrakech Poker Open Champion

Moises Parrilla-Ramos took down the €900 Marrakech Poker Open Main Event for €23,678, after two deals among the top three finishers.

Moises Parrilla-Ramos

                                      Moises Parrilla-Ramos

Read the complete story here.


Rahul Rohatgi Ships Poker Wars Unlimited Re-Entry

It was an unnerving experience for Indian player Rahul Rohatgi at Atalntic City, when he was heckled by regulars. Despite the sledging, Rohatgi went on to top the 189-field for $4,500.

Rahul Rohatgi

                                   Rahul Rohatgi

Read the complete story here.


Mateusz Krzyzewski Claims Unibet UK Poker Tour Brighton

Recreational player Mateusz Krzyzewski won the Unibet UK Poker Tour Brighton Main Event for £14,090. Krzyzewski prefers getting into tournaments on qualifiers and rode in on this one through a £21 satellite at Unibet Poker.

                                      Mateusz Krzyzewski

Read the complete story here.


Dmitry Chop is partypoker MillionSochi Champion

A packed house at the inaugural partypoker Million Sochi attracted more than 1000 entries and Dmitry Chop was the last man standing for $225,000.

Dmitry Chop

                                         Dmitry Chop

Read the complete story here.


Neymar Jr's Celebrity Poker Home Game Raises €52,300

Andre Akkari was the winner of Neymar Jr.’s charity home game, which totally raised €52,300 for two organizations. The home game saw 15 sports and film personalities along with poker pros play against each other.

Read the complete story here.

And that is all for this edition. We will be back with our weekly update same time next week, so do remember to log on right here.

Written by: Shyamala Gauri

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2. Goa Casino Fees Hiked By 30% And More; Third Hike in As Many Years

3. Parrikar-Led BJP Govt Grants Six Months Extension to Offshore Casinos in Goa

4. Sixth Nagaland Online License For Sachar Gaming Pvt Ltd

5. Catch These Side Events Running Along WSOP 2017 in Las Vegas

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