This Week in Poker: April 24th – April 30th

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  • Arpit Jain May 2, 2019
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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker’ we bring 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.

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The last week of April was packed to the boot with electrifying poker action both on and off the felts! Let us take a look back at the week that was.

The week took off in grand style with the PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL) Special Edition. The much-awaited Day 2 of The Endeavour ₹50 Lakhs GTD played out on April 23 with Kanav ‘sokopa’ Parwal emerging the champion taking home a colossal ₹11.17 Lakhs. Anjali ‘Smoothie12’ Kochhar became the first female champion at the series when she took down PPL#25: HighRoller 6-Max ₹50 Lakhs GTD, collecting ₹16.01 Lakhs in first-place prize money.

However, the biggest event of the series was PPL#36: The MoneyMaker₹1 Crore GTD that pulled in a total of 1,341 entries (752 unique and 589 re-entries), smashing its guarantee to collect ₹1.34 Crores in prize money. Poker veteran and high stakes cash game specialist Raman ‘ifryu’ Gujral captured the title with ease, bagging a massive score of ₹22.52 Lakhs in the process. Gujral is, therefore, our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Ankit Jajodia eventually walked away the PPL Player of the Series title after a hard-fought battle with Gaurav Sood.

Evidently, the past week has been a phenomenal one for online poker. Besides PokerBaazi’s PPL Special Edition, upcoming online poker site, UMA Poker hosted its Redemption Series from April 19-28 offering over ₹2 Crores in prize pool guarantees. The central attraction of the series was the site’s first-ever ₹50 Lakhs GTD, Redemption Main Event, which drew in 435 entries. Kshitij ‘MP3player’ Nirjar topped the field, pocketing ₹8.50 Lakhs in the process.

Up-and-coming online poker site, Khelo365 has announced its biggest-ever upgrade to date which will include an avant-garde HTML5 software update, along with many other exciting features that will be rolled out sometime in May.

Meanwhile, MadOverPoker (MOP) has also announced its latest cash game challenge – Summer Madness Fly to Vietnam. Running from May 3 to June 15, the series will offer ₹22 Lakhs in Leaderboard prizes along with packages to Vietnam.

Not to be outdone, PokerStars India released the schedule of its inaugural India Summer Championship of Online Poker (INSCOOP). Slated to run from May 13-27, the series will feature 92 events, offering the largest-ever prize pool guarantee of ₹4.16 Crores for an online series on PokerStars India.

Fast-growing poker site, 9stacks is the latest brand to give in to the fantasy gaming craze with the launch of its fantasy gaming site Faboom in association with social gaming app called Router.

Live tournament action in Asia has been dominated by the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines that has moved into its second week now. Indian challenger Yasheel Doddanavar was seen gunning through the PHP 10 Million GTD (₹1.34 Crores) Main Event. Doddanavar entered via Day 1A and took his fight all the way till Day 3 where he earned a 15th place payout for PHP 306,600 (~ ₹4.11 Lakhs). The latest winner coming off the APT felts is local talent Christopher Mateo who commandeered himself into victory at the Main Event after reaching an ICM deal with Singapore’s Lu Zhenghao. Mateo won his third APT trophy and PHP 5,085,400 (~₹68.13 Lakhs) in prize money.

The other notable series that is presently underway is the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour (EPT) which began on April 26 and has already crowned winners in 11 events. Indian player Ankit Ahuja participated in the €2,200 French National High Roller where he managed to cross the money line and finished 62nd for €3,700 (~₹2.90 Lakhs). Indian-origin player Vamshi Vandanapu also final tabled the EPT Cup event, placing fifth for €8,060 (~₹6.28 Lakhs). With the Day 2 proceedings of the €5,300 EPT Main Event already in progress, the series still has a few more events left to play out.

Coming back to the domestic front, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Valmiki Naik and Pradeep Padgaonkar accused the Goa’s ruling and opposition parties of facilitating the hiring of Nepalis in casinos, thereby negatively impacting the job prospects of the locals. The Indian Indirect Tax department has also started questioning the top fantasy gaming companies to clarify possible revenue leakage in the manner these platforms calculate and pay GST.

Nevertheless, domestic railbirds still have a lot to look forward to with the DPT Colossus Super High Roller Series scheduled to kick-off tomorrow with the action continuing all the way till May 5 in Goa.

On the international front, partypokerGrand Prix Germany, Rozvadov (May 6-13), 888poker LIVE Barcelona (May 16-27) will keep us entertained throughout May, while the world’s biggest poker festival, the 50th World Series of Poker (WSOP) will commence on May 28. With the WSOP also announcing that the 41-event long WSOPE will be hosted at the largest casino in Europe – King’s Resort, Rozvadov – from September 26 till October 14, there’s a lot of exciting poker action coming up.

 

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The most-awaited event at the recently concluded PPL Special Edition on PokerBaazi was PPL#36: The MoneyMaker ₹1 Crore GTD that pulled in 1,341 entries (752 unique and 589 re-entries), creating a prize pool of ₹1.34 Crores.

High stakes cash game specialist and well-known poker veteran Raman ‘ifryu’ Gujral shipped the event for ₹22.52 Lakhs and for this, he is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Other notable scores of the week include –

Anjali ‘Smoothie12’ Kochhar won ₹16,01,525 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#25: HighRoller 6-Max ₹50 Lakhs GTD (5RE)

Kanav ‘sokopa’ Parwal won ₹11,17,790 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#14: Day 2 The Endeavour 50 Lakhs GTD’ 

Kshitij ‘MP3player’ Nirjar won ₹8.50 Lakhs for 1st place in the UMA Poker ‘Redemption Main Event’

Sajal ‘Bloodless’ Gupta won ₹8,07,317 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#24: The Summit MonsterStack 30 Lakhs GTD (5RE)’

‘Kingsingh69’ won ₹7,00,632 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#19: The Vegas 30 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

Naresh ‘Fireexit’ Rathnam won ₹7,00,253 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#18: PLO HighRoller 25 Lakhs GTD (5RE)’

Sandeep ‘effuno’ Varma R S won ₹6,59,745 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#37: BSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD’

Nikhil ‘blastupinside’ Arora won ₹4,13,910 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#13: 6-Max DST 15 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

Ashish ‘evergeek’ Singh won ₹3,81,928 for 1st place in thePokerStars India ‘Sunday Special – Progressive KO, 5,000 NLHE, 20 Lakhs GTD’

Anirudh ‘flash1’ Reddy won ₹3,04,526 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#28: ValueTown ₹15 Lakhs GTD (5RE)’

Ashish ‘hakoonahmatata’ Ahuja won ₹2,92,500 for 1st place in the 9stacks ‘Sunday Stacks’

Jimmy ‘jeeven’ Arora won ₹2,29,320 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#27: ₹10 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

Ankit ‘akj290’ Jajodia won ₹1,74,511 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#35: BSS PLO ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

Anant ‘Pro_Pro’ Purohit won ₹1,63,466 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#29: PLO DST ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

Vishal ‘Bhai9’ Marwaha won ₹1,53,300 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#12: 5-Max Turbo 5 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

Faiz ‘AilaGaya’ Alam won ₹1,52,945 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#38: BSS MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

Mohammad ‘chandlerbing’ Azhar won ₹1,37,025 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#15: PLO 5 Lakhs GTD (5RE)’

‘Paul7788’ won ₹1,19,252 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#17: 6-Max SuperStack 5 Lakhs GTD (5RE)’

‘dybalamask’ won ₹1,15,324 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#21 DST 5 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

Pranav ‘GarviGujarat’ Desai won ₹1,07,163 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#11: SuperStack 8-Max 5 Lakhs GTD (RE)’ 

‘AK10JQ’ won ₹75,810 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#20: 4-Max Hyper Turbo 2 Lakhs GTD’

Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni won ₹74,550 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#16: 3 Lakhs GTD (3RE)’

Mohammad ‘chandlerbing’ Azhar won ₹63,398 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#23: 4-Max DST Hyper 2 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

‘Sachin1055’ won ₹60,000 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘Raise Deep Stack 1.5 Lakhs GTD NLHE

‘Starlight777’ won ₹50,000 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘Big Bang 1 Lakh GTD (Max 5 Rebuys) NLHE’

‘Happydent’ won ₹46,934 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#34: 2 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

Rachit ‘hack_R27’ Parihar won ₹46,227 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Stars – 2,200 NLHE 2 Lakhs GTD’

Arjanveer Singh ‘holdbaby’ Chadha won ₹42,000 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#22: 6-Max 2 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

Abhishek ‘ketchup’ Kumar won ₹42,000 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#26: 6-Max ₹2 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

‘vinaash’ won ₹40,031 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘The Classic NLHE 1,650 1.5 Lakhs GTD’

‘Flipper108’ won ₹27,550 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Warm-Up 1,100 NLHE 1.5 Lakhs GTD’

Manish ‘ruosh88’ Kumar won ₹27,530 for 1st place in the PokerStars IndiaSunday Storm – 330+R NLHE (6-Max), 2 Lakhs GTD’

‘rishi9009’ won ₹25,194 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Supersonic 1,100 NLHE 1 Lakhs GTD’

 

Khelo365 is Gearing Up For Its Biggest Upgrade in May

Fast-growing poker site, Khelo365 has recently announced its most significant upgrade to date which will include a brand-new and advanced HTML5 software, along with several other exciting updates. The new client will be available on all platforms such as Windows Downloadable, Android Mobile App and HTML5 Instant Play and will be rolled out sometime this month.

Khelo365 Update Cover

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MadOverPoker Announces Summer Madness Fly to Vietnam Promotion

MadOverPoker (MOP) announced its latest cash game challenge – Summer Madness Fly to Vietnam that is slated to run from May 3 to June 15 and a total of ₹22 Lakhs in Leaderboard prizes. Also, players can win electronic gadgets and free packages to Vietnam ranging in value from ₹63,000 to ₹2.15 Lakhs.

MOP TWIP May 2

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PokerStars India Announces INSCOOP From May 4-20

The global online poker giant – PokerStars – is on a roll. After the announcement of schedules for the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP), from May 4-20, and the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), from May 12-27, it is now time for the first-ever India Summer Championship of Online Poker (INSCOOP) to take center-stage. Slated to run from May 13-27, the India-facing series will offer the largest-ever prize pool of ₹4.16 Crores for an online series on PokerStars India!

The two-week long series features 92 events, which includes a ₹1 Crore GTD Main Event that has been named “The Mammoth” and is PokerStars India’s first-ever eight-figure guaranteed prize pool.

INSCOOP_PS_India

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9stacks Launches Fantasy Gaming Site Faboom

One of the latest entrants to step into fantasy gaming is 9stacks which recently launched its fantasy gaming site Faboom in association with social gaming app called Router. The site offers a unique Rank Fantasy feature which allows a user to rank all chosen players from one to 11 thereby reducing variance and making the gameplay for exciting and engaging.

9stacks Faboom 1

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PokerStars Rolls Out New Game Engine Aurora in Portugal

This past week, online giant PokerStars unveiled its new game engine named Aurora in Portugal with the same expected to be extended in other markets in due course.

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AAP Accused Goa Government of Recruiting Nepalis in Casinos

The latest twist to hit Goa’s casino industry came from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Valmiki Naik and Pradeep Padgaonkar who claimed that the ruling party had allowed the recruitment of Nepali natives in casinos, hindering the job prospects of the locals. The politicians also accused the opposition parties of being involved in the matter.

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Indirect Tax Department Investigating Online Fantasy Gaming Companies Regarding GST Computation

The fast-growing domestic fantasy gaming industry seems to have fallen under the Indian Tax authorities’ radar, with recent reports suggesting that the Indirect Tax department has started investigating a few of the leading fantasy gaming companies to verify possible revenue leakage in the manner these platforms calculate and pay GST.

Fantasy Gaming GST

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WSOP Releases Details For 11th Edition of WSOPE

Last week, WSOP announced that the WSOPE will be held at the King’s Resort, Rozvadov from September 26 till October 14. The proposes schedule comprises of 41 events including 10 bracelet events. The series will feature a combined €14 Million in guarantees and headlining the roster will be the €10,350 Main Event that carries a €5 Million prize pool guarantee.

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Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan Joins Triton Poker as Brand Ambassador

Elusive poker pro Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan has joined Triton Poker as its second brand ambassador. The popular poker brand made the announcement recently. Dwan’s appointment comes close in heels of online pro Jason Koon signing up to represent Triton Poker.

Tom Dwan
Tom Dwan

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2019 APT Philippines

The Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines has been a historically popular live tournament stop for the premier brand and this year the series kicked off at Resorts World Manila on April 24 with 21 side events and the two of APT’s marquee tournaments – the Main Event and the Championships Event on the schedule.

After the series-opener PHP 16,500 (₹22,180) Dream Maker was taken down by Singapore’s Low Zi Cheng (PHP 547,000 ~₹7.35 Lakhs), several side events crowned champion. This year the series features six High Roller events, and the first one was the PHP 107,500 (₹1.44 Lakhs) High Rollers that culminated with Japan’s Iori Yogo claiming the top honors.

Iori Yogo
Iori Yogo

The APT excitement built up to a crescendo with the PHP 10 Million GTD (₹1.34 Crores) Main Event that ran two crowded flights registering 503 entries in total. The participation numbers helped create a new attendance record for APT in the Philippines besting the previous record of 442 entries that was set in 2017.

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Indian participation in the series so far has been spearheaded by Yasheel Doddanavar who finished 15th in the Main Event picking up PHP 306,600 (~ ₹4.11 Lakhs) in the process. The tournament wound up with local pro Christopher Mateo striking an ICM deal with Singapore’s Lu Zhenghao to claim the trophy and PHP 5,085,400 (~₹68.13 Lakhs) in cash prize.

Yasheel Doddanavar
Yasheel Doddanavar

Continuing the thrills on the APT felts is the Championships Event that has kicked off with its first starting flight today.

2019 APT Philippines Winners

Event NamePlayer NamePrize Money
PHP 16,500 Dream MakerLow Zi ChengPHP 547,000
PHP 107,500 High Rollers 1Iori YogoPHP 1,308,900
PHP 17,600 Head HunterRandie VillavicencioPHP 363,300
PHP 16,500 PLO Hi-Lo Split Single Day (Shot Clock)Huang Fu BangPHP 141,700
PHP 86,000 High Rollers Single Day (Shot Clock)Narutoshi OtsukaPHP 986,800
PHP 16,500 NLH Single Day Event 1 (Shot Clock)Junya KuboPHP 393,400
PHP 500,000 Super High RollersPhachara WongwichitPHP 1,144,400
PHP 55,000 Main EventChristopher MateoPHP 4,376,000

 

2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour (EPT)

PokerStars sponsored European Poker Tour (EPT) Monte Carlo at the Monte-Carlo Casino kicked off this past week on April 26. A total of 11 events have already crowned winners.

Lithuanian pro Marius Kudzmanas took down the series opener – €1,100 NLHE Freezeout – for €42,590, while the some of the other events crowned winners in Sylvain Loosli (€10,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller  for €198,610), Sergio Aido (€100,000 Super High Roller for €1,589,190), Stefano Schiano (€1,100 French National Championship for €209,000) and WSOP bracelet champion Timothy Adams (€25,000 Single Day High Roller for €548,030).

India’s Ankit Ahuja was seen in action in the €2,200 French National High Roller. Ahuja was able to breach the money line but failed to make it to the final table. He finished 62nd for €3,700 (~₹2.90 Lakhs). The event was shipped by Raul Paez for €200,400.

Raul Paez
Raul Paez

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Indian-origin player Vamshi Vandanapu also picked up a final tale score in the EPT Cup event where he placed fifth for €8,060 (~₹6.28 Lakhs), while Italian player Giuseppe Caridi claimed the trophy and top prize of €24,641, following a heads-up chop with runner-up Vasyl Zabrodskyy.

Giuseppe Caridi

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2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Winners

EventWinnerPrize Money (EURO)
€1,100 NLHE FreezeoutMarius Kudzmanas€42,590
€10,300 High RollerSylvain Loosli€198,610
€1,100 French National ChampionshipStefano Schiano€209,000
€550 Pot Limit OmahaAlexander Orlov€10,420
€550 NLHE Hyper Turbo FreezeoutJiayu Ruan€16,110
€100,000 Super High RollerSergio Aido€1,589,190
€2,200 French National High RollerRaul Paez€200,400
€330 EPT CupGiuseppe Caridi€24,641
€2,150 NLHE Hyper Turbo KnockoutNicolas Noguera€22,950
€25,000 Single Day High RollerTimothy Adams€548,030
€50,000 Single-Day High RollerMatthias Eibinger€844,080

 

In the meantime, Day 2 of the €5,300 EPT Main Event is currently underway. The event commenced on April 30, registering 903 entries, becoming the third-biggest EPT Monte Carlo Main Event to date. 367 runners kicked off the Day 2 proceedings with Sylvain Mazza (288,700) as the start-of-day chip leader.

The fast-paced €50,000 Single-Day High Roller also played out yesterday and crowned a winner in Austrian pro Matthias Eibinger who decimated a 58-strong entry field to capture the title for an €844,080 payday.

 

Jonas Wexler Wins WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event

The WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina commenced on April 11 featuring 13 events. The headline Main Event of the series crowned a winner in Jonas Wexler who bested the massive field of 1,087 entries and banked $300,536 for his win.

Jonas Wexler

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Spenser Cramer Wins HPT Hollywood Casino Columbus For $191,723

The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) for the first time visited Hollywood Casino in Columbus. The HPT stop kicked off on April 18 with 10 events in the line-up. $1,650 buy-in Main Event attracted 588 entries and was taken down by Spenser Cramer for $191,723.

Spenser Cramer
Spenser Cramer

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Marius Mikalauska Wins Record-Breaking Czech Poker Masters

The record-breaking Czech Poker Masters €110 buy-in event hosted at King’s Resort Live last week drew in a mammoth 6,368 entries through ten online starting flights on partypoker generating a prize pool of €605,245 with the top 602 places finishing in the money line. Germany’s Marius Mikalauskas eventually took down the event and collected the winner’s cheque worth €68,572.

Marius Mikalauskas
Marius Mikalauskas

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And with this, we conclude this week’s roundup of the latest news updates and developments from the world of poker. We will return again next week with our weekly report, stay tuned.

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