This Week in Poker: September 7th – September 13th
September 14, 2016, 00:10:46
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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:   





The headline series this past week was the Macau Poker Cup 25, with the 17-day series coming to a close on Sunday night. PokerStars hosted their fourth consecutive record-breaking MPC with festival totals of 5,159 players and HK$43,989,278 (USD $5,676,000) in prize money was awarded across 22 events. The Indian contingent continued to make their presence felt at the series with the Indian-duo of Dhaval Mudgal and Aditya Sushant finishing runner-up in the HK$4,000 Teams Event for HK$56,570. Mudgal also took 23rd place in Event 17 – HK$20,000 NLH for HK$40,700 and followed that up with a seventh place finish in Event 20 – HK$5,000 Knockout for HK$23,050.

The action next shifts to APT Philippines III, that gets underway tomorrow. Team India will once again have several players in attendance including tournament regulars Kunal Patni, Dhaval Mudgal, Spartan Poker qualifiers Abhijeet Saija & Rakesh Kalla, along with IOPC Main Event champion Abhishek Jalan, who will be making his international debut at the series. 

There was also the second edition of the Kolkata Poker Championship (KPC) that concluded on Sunday with a total of 53 entries joining the INR 25,000 tournament. Local player Saurav Jain took the top honors with defending champion Shashwat Agarwal making a commendable fourth place finish in the event.

The ongoing WCOOP series on PokerStars kept the online felts buzzing with action and Team PokerStars Pro Aditya ‘Adi Agarwal’ Agarwal once again topped the cashes leaderboard to take our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

In other news, All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for legalizing sports betting in the country, online poker site Noble Aces announced the launch of their pro team and the sixth Goan casino defaulted on the deadline for payment of dues.

From the international circuit we have news of the mounting pressure on David Baazov over insider trading allegations; PokerStars announced its ACOP 2016 schedule, WSOP announced the ten finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame, WPT announced two new events in Cambodia and Paysafe acquired Income Access. Rounding up this recap are tournament reports from WSOPC Planet Hollywood, Winstar River Poker Series and World Cup of Cards.


Online Railbird Report

September has in the recent past been most well known for the WCOOP and this past week was no different. Making its debut at the series was the $102,000 buy-in Super High Roller event, the largest buy-in online tournament in poker history. A total of 28 entries joined the historic tournament, building a prize pool of $2,800,000. In the end, the lion’s share of that was awarded to Swedish player “bencb789,” who defeated German wizkid Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz heads-up to capture the title and the top payout of $1,172,461, following a deal.

Topping the Indian cashes list this week and our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” is none other than Aditya ‘Adi Agarwal’ Agarwal who won $4,284.50 for 2nd place in the PokerStars 'Hot $162, $15K GTD'. 

                                 Aditya Agarwal

Other notable scores include:

- Sriharsha 'indiandurr' Doddapaneni won $3,817.65 for 3rd place in the PokerStars '$22 Mini Monday 6-Max, $40K GTD' and won $2,550.04 for 3rd place in the PokerStars 'Bounty Builder $44, $40K GTD'

Amit 'amitshur2984' Sur won $3,453.00 for 107th place in the PokerStars Guaranteed 'WCOOP-03: $1,050 NL Hold'em [Marathon Event], $1,000,000 Guaranteed'

- Young Gun Sahil ‘$lim$hady19’ Chutani made two major cashes last week. He won $1,109.25 for 6th place in the 888 Poker '$20,000 Saturday Challenge' and followed that up with a runner-up finish in the PokerStars ‘$27 NLHE [Deep Stacks], $5K GTD’ for $1,108.59.

Sahil 'antiloG' Agarwal' won $2,143.49 for 7th place in the PokerStars 'Bounty Builder $109, $80K GTD' and won $1,608.43 for 103rd place in the PokerStars 'WCOOP-01: $109 NL Hold'em [WCOOP Kickoff, Day 2], $1,000,000 Guaranteed'

Piyush 'piyush16' Gupta won $2,080.00 for 1st place in the Party Poker 'Heavyweight: Kangaroo - $5,000 GTD'

-'Indian King' won $1,426.66 for 157th place in the PokerStars 'WCOOP-16: $1,050 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO (50%), Thursday Thrill SE], $1,000,000 Guaranteed'

Akash 'proFishNal' Malik won $1,331.52 for 2nd place in the PokerStars '$82 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $10K GTD'

Ankit 'aob1986' Bajaj won $1,260.64 for 2nd place in the PokerStars '$11 Mini Battle Royale [Late Edition, Progressive KO], $20K GTD'

Raghu ‘Spine619’ won $1,220.72 for 2nd place in the PokerStars ‘Big $33, $6K GTD’.


Spartan Poker Joins Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Proving that running an online poker site is not only about hosting big online tournaments or promotions, Spartan Poker – India`s fastest growing online site recently joined the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Mid Day in an article dated Sep 8, 2016 mentioned how the city walls were “under attack by a Poker-Man (or Woman)” with the word “Poker” spray painted on walls across Mumbai. Team Spartan Poker immediately took on the ardent task of cleaning these walls.

Read the complete story here.


PokerStars Announces Changes to VIP Program Will Be Introduced in 2017

The world’s largest poker site PokerStars announced in a blog dated Sep 9, its intention to introduce changes to the sites VIP rewards program in 2017. While the specifics of these changes have not yet been disclosed, PokerStars in the blog mentioned that the new rewards program would be a combined one across all verticals, personalized rewards progression and the annual Supernova status becoming a monthly one.

Read the complete story here.


Macau Poker Cup 25

Indian Participation

Team India enjoyed a very successful outing at one of Asia`s most prestigious live tournament series i.e. Macau Poker Cup 25. The week seemed to have started slow with three Indian players narrowly missing the money bus in Event 17 – HK$20,000 NLH; Kunal Patni (35th), Aditya Sushant (34th) and Vikram Kumar (33rd) all missed the money by the narrowest of margins, with only the top 32 players getting paid. Only Dhaval Mudgal made it in the money at 23rd place. Dhaval Mudgal clearly was the star at the series and added two more cashes this week. Mudgal took 23rd place in Event 17 – HK$20,000 NLH for HK$40,700 and followed that up with a seventh place finish in Event 20 – HK$5,000 Knockout for HK$23,050.

Raghav Bansal, Kunal Patni, Siddharth Jain and Vikram Kumar from India had made Day 2 of the Red Dragon Main Event but barring Bansal who finished 86th for HK$28,500 (~INR 2.44 Lakhs), all the remaining three players hit the rails before the money bubble. 

The record-breaking series saw two second-time winners in both the Main Event and the High Roller event. 30-year English pro Tom Alner outlasted the massive 1,145-entry field to take home the best looking trophy in the business for a second time along with HK$2.5 Million in prize money.

                                  Tom Alner

Read the complete story here.

Just one day after Tom Alner took down the Red Dragon title for a second time, we saw another player James En Ning Chen following suit by becoming the first-ever two-time MPC High Roller champion.

                          James En Ning Chen

Read the complete story here.

Capping off the champions list was Russian Vladimir Dobrolskii who won the HK$100,000 Singe Day High Roller. The 27-year old Russian won HK$897,500 for his efforts after making a three-handed deal.

Vladimir Dobrolskii

                             Vladimir Dobrolskii

Read the complete story here.


Saurav Jain Takes Down Kolkata Poker Championship II

Kolkata Poker Championship (KPC) made a grand return to the ‘City of Joy’ with a total of 53 entries joining the INR 25,000 tournament. Local player Saurav Jain, a student of St. Xaviers College ran through the reg-infected field to win his first title along with INR 4.35 Lakhs in prize money, following a three-way deal. Defending champion Shashwat Agarwal who had won the inaugural series in March this year, finished fourth for INR 1,05,000.

                                Saurav Jain

Read the complete story here


AIGF Writes to PM Narendra Modi to Legalize Sports Betting in India

The recently launched All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) has pitched in with a solution for the many issues plaguing Indian sports by appealing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to legalize sports betting in the country. In a letter to the PM, AIGF has pointed out how the lack of funds available to various sports governing bodies in the country, mainly the non-cricket sports, has affected India’s performance on the global platform.

Read the complete story here.


Sixth Casino Defaults on 4-Month Deadline to Pay Goa Govt INR 50 Crore in Pending Dues

Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited (GGHPL) is staring at the bleak possibility of losing their casino license after failing to pay their pending dues to the Goa state government. In its order dated August 1, the high court of Bombay at Goa had said that the state government should consider Golden Globe Hotel’s plea seeking renewal of casino licence for the years 2011-2016 favorably but only once the company paid the annual recurring fees with penalty and interest which has been pending for the last five years. The four-month deadline for the same has now expired though the company blamed the state government for the delay.

Read the complete story here.


Noble Aces Launches Pro Team With Abhishek Rathod, Kartik Ved, Pranay Kapoor and Anmol Srivats as Team Pros

Online poker site Noble Aces has recently announced the launch of their pro team. Comprising of some well known names from the online circuit, the team was launched with Abhishek Rathod, Kartik Ved, Pranay Kapoor and Anmol Srivats joining the site as brand ambassadors.

Read the complete story here


WSOP Announces 10 Finalists For 2016 Poker Hall of Fame

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) on September 9 came out with the names of the 10 finalists eligible for induction into the 'Poker Hall of Fame'. The list of ten finalists include Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes, Eli Elezra, Bruno Fitoussi, Chris Moneymaker, Carlos Mortensen, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage, Todd Brunson and the late David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott.

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APPT Announces Schedule For 2016 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP)

This year’s Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) is scheduled to return bigger and better than ever. The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), sponsored by will take place from October 28 to November 13 at the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room. This year will see 17 ‘ACOP Title Events’, with each winner being awarded one of the prestigious ‘Spadies’ trophies.

Read the complete story here


Former Amaya CEO David Baazov Was at the Head of An Insider Trading Ring, Claims AMF

A report in the Canadian outlet The Globe and Mail claimed David Baazov allegedly was at the head of a pyramid of kickbacks received from insider trading. According to Quebec securities regulator Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), Baazov used his position as CEO of the company to pass on private privileged information to his close associates, including his brother Josh Baazov, which was used to profit by buying and selling shares of Amaya stock in advance of company developments.

Read the complete story here


Paysafe Group Acquires Income Access For CAD$40 Million

Paysafe Group, a leading global provider of payment solutions, took a giant step forward in its effort to expand its product abilities by announcing plans to acquire Income Access Group, an affiliate technology business provider for approximately CAD$40 Million. Formerly known as Optimal Payments, Paysafe Group changed its name in November 2015, a few months after acquiring Skrill for $1.2 Billion in May 2015. The group also owns the NETELLER payment processor.

Read the complete story here.


WPT Announces Two Tournaments in Cambodia

World Poker Tour recently announced a new partnership with An Education Investment LTD. that will see WPT host two National events in Cambodia. The first event will be WPT National Thailand that will run from Dec 22-29, 2016 and the second event will be WPT National Cambodia slated to run from Jan 2-13, 2017. 

Read the complete story here


Sean H. Yu Pips Eli Elezra to Win Second Ring at WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Main Event

Former poker pro Sean H. Yu had returned to a career in sales but that did not blunt this 41-year old player’s skill on the table as he emerged on top among a field of 528 players to claim the 2016 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Planet Hollywood $1,675 Main Event title.

                                 Sean H. Yu

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November Niner Gordon Vayo Wins WinStar River Poker Series Main Event for $587,120

American poker pro Gordon Vayo carried forward his good form from this year’s WSOP Main Event, where he has made it to the November Nine, to clinch the WinStar River Poker Series $2,500 Main Event title taking home $587,120 after a five-way deal.

                               Gordon Vayo

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Marc-Etienne McLaughlin Wins World Cup of Cards $5,000 8-Max

2016 World Cup of Cards (WCC) rolled out its largest buy-in event recently, i.e. Event #22 - $5,000 NL Hold'em 8-Max. Besting a field of 44 players, former November Niner, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin took down the event for a $76,830 payday along with the WCC Champions trophy.

                     Marc-Etienne McLaughlin

Read the complete story here

That ends this edition of our weekly report, but do make sure to log on same time next week, as we bring you all the updates from the domestic and international circuit. 

Related Articles:

1. Macau Poker Cup 25: James Chen Ships Second High Roller Title, Dhaval Mudgal & Pradeep Singh Cash in Side Events

5. APPT Announces Schedule For 2016 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP)

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