This Week in Poker: November 29th – December 5th
December 6, 2017, 18:03:12
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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker’ we bring to you the weekly round up 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





A week of thunderous poker with non-stop action, both online and live just past by and it is further expected to escalate as Casino Pride in Goa will be resounding with the tinkle of chips and fluttering of cards starting tomorrow as the inaugural Baadshah Gaming Live Tournament kicks off with its festivities with the ₹10K Warm Up event. As always, PokerGuru crew will be on ground zero to bring you all updates from the series in our Live Reporting section and boy we will surely see some fireworks.

Live action will then immediately shift to the City of Joy as Kolkata Poker Championship starts from December 10.

Meanwhile, action continues to peak in the eastern hemisphere with Team India making waves at the ongoing APT Finale Macau. India’s Varun Gupta and Adda52 pro Kunal Patni juggernauted their way to the top 10 of the headline Main Event. Gupta stormed into the final 8 being 6th in chips and started the day with 331,000 chips. He eventually managed to take it down for HK$300,400 (~₹24,81,107). Patni finished 10th for ₹3.21 lakhs.

Manila Megastack 8 crowned its champion this week in Japan's Akinari Yokomizo who pocketed the largest payout ever at Manila Megastack worth $62,940.

Though there were many online events this past week, the dominating factor was the Adda52 Mega Suits which crowned its champion in Kunal ‘Alex52’ Bhatia who banked the first-place purse worth ₹10 lakhs. For this win, Bhatia claims our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Adda52 also hosted a special Weekend Poker Series during Deltin World Gaming Festival including the DPT Express live event at Deltin Royale Goa and three high value events guaranteeing ₹48 lakhs in cumulative prizes.

Other notable stories this week include Match IPL’s first-ever televised broadcast along with Team India who are presently in UK playing the IFMP Nations Cup 2017. Internationally, France pushed for shared poker liquidity deal and two US Senators wrote to Trump Administration opposing the Pennsylvania Gaming Bill.

Tournament reports include the $100,000 Super High Roller at WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic and 2017 Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open $3,500 Main Event at Seminole.


Online Railbird Report

Online regulars continued the momentum from last week and this time our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title was claimed by Kunal ‘Alex52’ Bhatia, who won the Adda52 ‘Mega Suits’ event for a cool ₹10 lakhs.

Kunal Bhatia

                                      Kunal Bhatia

Other notable scores include -

Aditya ‘gangajal’ Sushant won ₹5 lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday ₹15 lakhs GTD with ₹5 Lakhs GTD for 1st Place’

Sriharsha ‘indiandurr’ Doddapaneni won $7,826.27 for 68th place in the PokerStars ‘High Rollers 19: $2,100 NLHE [Main Event], $2M GTD’

‘chinidumb’ won ₹2.63 lakhs for 1st place in the Adda52 ‘Sunday Suits’

‘Killersam’ won ₹1.52 lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday (5 lakhs GTD) (DeepStack Turbo Re-Entry)’

Rajnish ‘kaizeenn’ Kumar won $2,482 for 22nd place in the PokerStars ‘$55 Red Spade Open, $1M GTD, $100K to 1st

Armaan ‘armaan007’ Kochhar won $2,346.96 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘$33 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $10K GTD’ 

Shravan ‘shravanc13’ Chhabria won $2,318.80 for 12th place in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up, $250K GTD and won $1,122.12 for 76th place in the PokerStars ‘$215 SUNDAY MILLION, $1,000,000 GTD’

Raghav ‘Rossoneri23’ Bansal won $1,186.39 for 46th place in the PokerStars Sunday 500, $150K GTD


Baadshah Gaming Live Tournament Kicks Off on Dec 7

Headlining the live action this week will be the inaugural Baadshah Gaming Live Tournament which is set to kick-off tomorrow (December 7) and is slated to run till December 10 onboard Casino Pride, Goa. The series features four exciting events headlined by the ₹30K Main Event (December 9 -10) which boasts of ₹30 lakhs in guaranteed prizes. Baadshah Gaming will also host special promotions like Seven-deuce bonanza, TDS offer, coolest outfit/prop award along with a Pro Seminar and After Party.

PokerGuru crew will be on ground zero to provide all action as it unfolds, so stay tuned!

Read the complete story here.


APT Finale Macau

Action is well underway at the APT Finale Macau Championships 2017 that is being hosted at the Macau Billionaire Poker Room in Babylon Casino. The headline HK$11,000 Main Event drew a total of 157 runners out of which just 24 players made it to Day 3 of the event.

Indian flag is flying high in the event as both Varun Gupta and Adda52 pro Kunal Patni made it to the top 10. Gupta made it to the final day bagging 331,000 and in spite of starting 6th in chips, juggernauted his way to the top to claim the title along with HK$300,400 (~₹24,81,107) in prize money. Patni finished 10th to pocket ₹3.21 lakhs. Complete Main Event final day report will be posted shortly on PokerGuru.

Varun Gupta

                                            Varun Gupta

Read the complete story here.

Meanwhile, Norway’s Kai Paulsen emerged victorious among 18 runners in the APT Game of Champions, Korea’s Yohwan “Boxer” Lim took down the Warm Up event and APT regular Iori Yogi shipped the No Limit Hold’em 1 event.

Kai Paulsen

                                                  Kai Paulsen

Read the complete story here.


Match IPL TV Broadcast; Team India Flies For IFMP Nations Cup 2017

The inaugural Match Indian Poker League (MIPL) became the first league in the country to have a televised broadcast this week as MTV aired the grand finale over one-hour episodes on November 30 and December 1.

The action continues to escalate as selected team members from MIPL’s champion team Mumbai All Stars along with Player of the League Aditya ‘bitti’ Agarwal are presently in the UK for the IFMP Nations Cup 2017 representing Team India.

Read the complete story here.


France Pushes For Shared Poker Liquidity Deal

France based online gambling regulator, ARJEL’s President, Charles Coppolani reportedly contacted his Italian counterpart inquiring about the progress of the impending shared online poker liquidity project. It is believed that the project will be launched in early 2018, with France and Spain to become the first two countries to create a shared online poker liquidity network with Portugal joining shortly thereafter. Italy will join later in 2018.

Read the complete story here.


Two U.S. Senators Oppose Online Poker in Pennsylvania

Two U.S. Senators namely Republican Lindsey Graham from South Carolina and Democrat Dianne Feinstein from California penned down an open letter opposing online gambling in Pennsylvania.

Read the complete story here.


Dan Smith Wins $100,000 Super High Roller At WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

The high buy-in $100,000 Super High Roller title at WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas drew 39 entries to generate the prize pool worth $3.9 million with Dan Smith topping them all, pocketing $1.404 million for his excellent performance. Smith defeated Daniel ‘Kid Poker’ Negreanu in heads-up play to claim the title. 

Dan Smith

                                                    Dan Smith

Read the complete story here.


Michael Newman Wins 2017 Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open $3,500 Main Event

The 2017 Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open $3,500 Main Event hosted at Seminole Hard Rock drew 585 entries and besting a star-studded final table that featured the likes of Tom MarcheseShaun Deeb and Ari Engel, was a 48-year-old recreational player Michael Newman who pocketed $374,240 for his finish.

Michael Newman

                                           Michael Newman

Read the complete story here.

That’s it for this week, folks. We will return same time next week with all the important news from the poker world.

Related Articles:

1. PokerGuru Sunday Online Railbird Report: Kunal ‘Alex52’ Bhatia Ships Adda52 Mega Suits, Aditya ‘gangajal’ Sushant Takes Down Baazi Super Sunday ₹15 lakhs GTD Event

2. Baadshah Gaming Live Tournament Kicks Off on Dec 7; Follow The Exclusive Live Coverage of the Series on PokerGuru

3. APT Finale Macau: Varun Gupta Makes Final 8 in Main Event, Kunal Patni Finishes 10th For ₹3.21 Lakhs; Iori Yogo Takes Down Side Event Title

4. Match IPL TV Broadcast Starts Today; Meet The 8 Teams of IFMP Nations Cup 2017

5. Dan Smith Takes Down $100,000 Super High Roller At WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

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