This Week in Poker: October 5th – October 11th
October 11, 2016, 20:02:44
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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:   





Online action continued to dominate the poker scene for a second week in row, with the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila 2016, being the lone major tournament in the Far-East, where Alexis Lim claimed the Main Event title for P766,000. The Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour (GUKPT) and the World Poker Tour (WPT) Maryland were the other two live tournaments recorded in the western part of the globe.

Nevertheless, the week was dotted by numerous other developments, both in India and overseas. Domestically, we have news of a Nikita Luther signing up with Adda52 and an NRI proposing a casino in Andhra Pradesh.

Internationally, there are reports from Amaya, which has confirmed that it is in talks for a takeover by William Hill among others. Then there is news of Partypoker signing Jackie Glazier, 888 Holdings winning an award, France deciding to open up its player pool to international liquidity and Maryland getting a sixth casino.

We also have news about an association in New Jersey trying to get sports betting legalized, 888poker tying up with the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit and South Africa taking strict action to stop gambling at illegal sites.

Looking forward, players will have three big series with the APT Macau, the Deltin Poker Tour (DPT) and the Asian Championship of Poker (ACOP) coming up shortly.

Indian challengers were busy at the virtual felts, with several notable scores. Our 'PokerGuru Star of the Week' however, is a relatively unknown name, Eka ‘Goforitjam’ Vedantham, who made numerous scores, totaling almost $18K, all at PokerStars.   


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PokerStars continues to be the major fertile ground and this past week saw almost all scores recorded at the site. A newbie has claimed our 'PokerGuru Star of the Week' title. This is Eka ‘Goforitrejam’ Vedhantham, who first made $8,552.69 for a third place in the PokerStars ‘Hot $162, $75K Gtd - Guarantee Boost!’ He also made $3,266.79 for a runner-up finish in the PokerStars ‘$109 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper Turbo], $12K GTD’. Besides that Eka won 1,421.61, again for a second place in the PokerStars ‘$109 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $12K GTD’. He also recently won $1,067.50 for 33rd place in the PokerStars ‘$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $175K GTD’ and won around $2,838 in the PokerStars ‘Big $215, $100K GTD’. In all, Eka made about almost 18K all at PokerStars, proving that if you have the will, you can certainly score!

Eka Vedantham

                  Eka Vedhantham

Last week’s “Pokerguru Star of the Week” Shravan ‘shravanc13’ Chhabria was the next to make a large score with $8,193.60 for a fourth place in the PokerStars ‘$109 Mini Super Tuesday, $100K GTD’

Other notable scores include –

Sriharsha 'indiandurr' Doddapaneni won $3,233.06 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘Big $33, $12K GTD’ and also won $1,177.28 for 2nd place in the PokerStars ‘Big $7.50, $8K GTD’

 Akash ‘proFISHnal’ Mailk won $3,889.43 for 2nd place in the PokerStars Hot $11, $25K Gtd - Guarantee Boost!’

Raghav ‘Rossoneri13’ Bansal won $3,155.92 for 2nd place in the PokerStars ‘$320 NLHE [6-Max], $7.5K GTD’

- ‘Karan Radia’ won $2,490.12 for 3rd place in the PokerStars ‘Bounty Builder $109 [Saturday Special], $100K Gtd - Guarantee Boost!’

-  Pranav ‘si151190’ Anand won $2,216.19 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘ $22 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $15K GTD’

Aditya ‘Adi Agarwal’ Agarwal won $1,731.82 for 5th place in the PokerStars ‘$215 NLHE [Turbo], $15K GTD’

Rohit ‘gamblerking’ Kumar won $1,067.43 for 2nd place in the PokerStars ‘$27 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo,3-Stack], $5K GTD'

Gaurav ‘Ayya10258’ Ayya won $711 for 5th place in the PokerStars ‘Big $27, $10K GTD’  


Nikita Luther Joins Adda52 As Team Pro

Days after parting ways with Thrill Poker, it was revealed that Nikita Luther has joined Adda52’s LIVE pro team and will be representing them at future events.

Nikita Luther

                   Nikita Luther

Read the complete story here.


Casino Proposal by NRI in Andhra Pradesh

As the government mulls converting a part of the River Krishna into a Sentosa Island-type entertainment hub, an NRI has submitted a proposal to host a casino on one of the many islands in the river.

Read the complete story here.


APT Manila 2016

The APT Manila 2016 found a champion in Alexis Lim, who won the Main Event for P766,000.

                                              Alexis Lim

India`s Akash Chandrashekhar made Day 2 of the event, but was busted by Lim. Other Indians who participated the series were Rajeev Kanjani and Sameer Rattonsey.

Starting off, the opening Welcome Event, was taken down by Emmanuel Segismundo for P247,900. A new addition, the NLH 50K event was claimed by SJ Kim for P118,800, while Sam Razavi won the Ante Up for Charity event for P22,700.

Duc Dung Bui, William McAuley and Anthony Abram were the other side event winners.

Read the complete story here.


Amaya Merger Talks Confirmed

Talks of merger between Amaya and William Hill, as well as GVC were confirmed by the company, though they claimed that it was being decided what was best. Meanwhile, it was reported that David Baazov, founder and ex-CEO of Amaya had abandoned his quest to privately acquire the company.

Read the complete story here.


Partypoker Signs Australian Pro Jackie Glazier as Brand Ambassador     

Australian pro Jackie Glazier became the latest pro to be signed up by partypoker and will be the site’s brand ambassador at upcoming events, along with others such as Mike Sexton and Tony Dunst.

Read the complete story here.


888 Holdings Wins 'Best Digital Operator' Award From Global Gaming

888 Holdings won the “Best Digital Operator” award for its site 888poker from Global Gaming. Several other big names featured among winners, including MGM Resorts, Unibet and Playtech among others.

Read the complete story here.


Losses Push France to Open Player Pool

France has decided to open up its ring-fenced market to a shared liquidity with neighbouring countries in lieu of continued losses faced by its licensed operators.

Read the complete story here.


MGM National Harbor to Open on Dec. 8

Maryland is all set to see the launch of its sixth casino with the MGM National Harbor on December 8. Situated on the Potomac river, the casino will have a huge gaming space with poker, table games and slots.

Read the complete story here.


New Jersey Association Appeals Legalization of Sports Betting

The Thoroughbred Racing Association of New Jersey has appealed the Supreme Court to legalize sports betting in the state. The move has the support of the NBA and the American Gaming Association as well.

Read the complete story here.


888poker Ties Up With WSOP Circuit

The latest business marketing tie-up has occurred between 888poker and the WSOP Circuit. The move will see 888poker host satellites to select international WSOP Circuit events with packages for qualifiers.

Read the complete story here.


Strict Measures By South Africa To Stop Illegal Gambling

After facing a major increase of illegal gambling, South Africa has now decided to adopt strict measures to curb the activity. The government has announced that all illegal earnings of winners would be confiscated with the help of banks and other internet financial-services providers.

Read the complete story here.


Driton Haxhiaj Wins GUKPT Luton Main Event For Record Second Time

Driton Haxhiaj became the first player to win the GUKPT Luton Main Event. The Lithuanian player first claimed the title in 2013 and repeated the act this time around for a payday of £61,250.

                                             Driton Haxhiaj

Read the complete story here.


Zachary Smiley Wins WPT Maryland

The WPT Maryland was won by a medical school dropout, Zachary Smiley for a sum of $341,536. The sum was Smiley’s first documented cash that he earned after defeating some big names at the event.

                                               Zachary Smiley

Read the complete story here.

With that we bid you adios, until next week, when we will be back with all the latest from the world of poker. 

Related Articles:

1. Amaya Talks of Merger With William Hill & GVC Confirmed; Baazov Abandons Hopes of Private Takeover

2. Med-School Dropout Zachary Smiley Claims WPT Maryland For $341,536 

3. NRI Proposes Casino in Andhra Pradesh; Govt Mulling Sentosa Island-Like Park

4. Partypoker Signs Australian Pro Jackie Glazier as Brand Ambassador

5. Nikita Luther Signed Up as Adda52 Team Pro

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