This Week in Poker: August 28 – September 3

TWIP August 28 to Sept 3
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  • Namita Ghosh September 3, 2019
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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker’ we bring 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

As we enter the first week of September, let’s take a quick look back at all the exciting updates from the week that just went by.

Team India has been consistently turning up in large numbers at many of the major live poker stops across the globe lately. Continuing the trend, the largest-ever contingent of Indians attended the recently concluded European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona which ran from August 20 to September 1. Hosted at Casino Barcelona, the star attraction of the series, the €5,300 Main Event saw eight Indians make it through to Day 2. Young Gun Sahil Chuttani was the only Indian to crack into the top 50, finishing 41st for a personal-best €25,650 (₹20.25 Lakhs), making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Simon Brandstrom eventually took down the Main Event for €1,290,166. Another significant piece of information was the announcement by PokerStars that is bringing back its historic PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold ’em Championship (PSPC) next year. The second edition of the PSPC will be hosted from August 20 to 24, 2020, during the PokerStars EPT Barcelona festival. Not only that, the coveted Platinum Passes are making a comeback as well and the first five passes were handed out to Clement Eloy, Adrian Vinuela, Danielle Summer, Daryl Inglis, and Christoph Walkenhorst.

A small group of Indians was also seen gunning in the 11-tournament-long German Poker Days which was held at the most popular European Casino, King’s Resort in Rozvadov. Manish Goenka, Prashanth Sekar, and Sameer Tavanandi had made Day 2 of the €175 NLHE Main Event, but only Goenka finished in the money, collecting €2,658 (₹2.09 Lakhs) for his 11th place finish. The other notable cash came from Nehal Agarwal who finished eighth in the €330 High Roller for €1,308 (₹1.03 Lakhs).

While action at both these stops may have come to an end, railbirds have much to look forward to with the second edition of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Vietnam hitting the tournament floor at Pro Poker Club starting today. The biggest-ever Indian battalion will be in attendance at the stop with pros like PokerStars India Team pro Aditya Agarwal, Jayjit Ray, Ashish Ahuja, Akshay Nasa, Sumit Sapra, Aditya Sushant, Abhinav Iyer, and Madhav Gupta, all expected to participate in the series.

Moving over to the virtual felts, the past week saw a lot of online action. The player`s boycott against Adda52 continued leading to overlays in the site’s weekday majors as well. However, despite the overlays, the most prominent online winner of the week came through Adda52’s Mega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTD that crowned a champion in Adda52 Team pro Nikita’ nikitaluther’ Luther who collected ₹6.12 Lakhs.

Headlining the MTT-action at PokerStars India was the site’s first-ever Micro Millions series. The 45-event long series, culminated last Sunday, with the Main Event ₹10 Lakhs GTD registering a massive 860 entries (492 unique and 368 re-entries), generating ₹12.90 Lakhs in the prize pool. Neel’ Worm236’ Joshi claimed the title for a ₹2.15 Lakhs payday.

While the Micro Millions on the Indian client is done and dusted, the international client is gearing up to host the prestigious 2019 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) from September 5 to 25. Unfortunately for Indian players, the WCOOP is out of bounds, but they have the 10-day long PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL) (September 20 to 29) to look forward to later this week. The premiere online series boasts of a colossal ₹7 Crores in prize pool guarantees with the leaderboard prizes alone worth ₹15 Lakhs.

In other news, Goa MLA Atanasio Monserrate was called out by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Valmiki Naik for backing out of his commitment of eradicating all offshore casinos from River Mandovi within 100 days of his election to office.

Moving over to the industry news, fantasy sports portal Dream 11 is reportedly in talks with SoftBank Vision Fund, Naspers Ltd. and Tiger Global Management, who are all interested in acquiring a stake in the fantasy sports major through primary and secondary transactions worth a cumulative $500 Million (₹3,576 Crores).

 

Online Railbird Report

The biggest guaranteed tournament at Adda52 – Mega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTD registered 491 entries (296 unique and 195 re-entries) this Sunday. Taking top honors at the event was none other than India’s only female WSOP bracelet champion and Adda52 Team pro Nikita’ nikitaluther’ Luther who raced ahead of the competition and took the event down for possibly the most significant single payout to be awarded this week, a paycheque worth ₹6.12 Lakhs.

Nikita Luther
Nikita Luther

Other notable scores of the week include –

Arsh’ BigggTymeR’ Grover won ₹6.08 Lakhs for 1st place in the Spartan Poker ‘Sunday SuperStack ₹30 Lakhs GTD’

Ayush’ Proman502’ Garg won ₹5.94 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi’ BSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD’

‘ddege001’ won ₹5.91 Lakhs for 1st place in the Spartan Poker’ The Elite ₹25 Lakhs GTD’

Parikshit’ zapdos1234’ Dhall won ₹5.48 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi’ The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD’

Anil’ spewtard’ Adiani won ₹5 Lakhs for 1st place in the Adda52’ Godfather X ₹20 Lakhs GTD’

Prateek’ Chip_Reese’ Dubey won ₹4.80 Lakhs for 1st place in the 9stacks’ The Joker ₹20 Lakhs GTD’

‘pokerkaps’ won ₹4.40 Lakhs for 1st place in the Spartan Poker’ Destiny 11.0 ₹25 Lakhs GTD’

Manish’ manamish’ Yadav won ₹4.11 Lakhs for 1st place in the Adda52 ‘The Whale ₹15 Lakhs GTD’

‘amrut851’ won ₹2.78 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi’ The Vegas ₹10 Lakhs GTD’

‘I Fold’ won ₹2.66 Lakhs for 1st place in the Spartan Poker’ Head-Hunter ₹10 Lakhs GTD’

Sajjan’ HaiTohHai’ Barnwal won ₹2.37 Lakhs for 1st place in the Adda52’ Big Slick ₹15 Lakhs GTD’

Gokul’ Nygma’ Raj won ₹2.36 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi’ The Bout ₹10 Lakhs GTD’

Laksh Pal’ B00MTilt23’ Singh won ₹2.34 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India’ Highroller ₹10 Lakhs GTD’

‘Aikido’ won ₹2.32 Lakhs for 1st place in the Spartan Poker’ ReCharge ₹10 Lakhs GTD’

Neel’ Worm236’ Joshi won ₹2.15 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India’ Micro Millions – 44: Main Event ₹1,650 NLHE ₹10 Lakhs GTD’

Nitin’ philhermouth’ Arora won ₹2.10 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi’ FRI-YAY ₹10 Lakhs GTD’

Gautam’ M8a7’ Rohilla won ₹1.65 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi’ PokerBaazi’s Thursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

Srihari’ bangbang1999’ Bang won ₹1.59 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India’s Uppercut – Progressive KO ₹8 Lakhs GTD’

‘TheSharkIsBackk’ won ₹1.52 Lakhs for 1st place in the Spartan Poker’ TGIF ₹10 Lakhs GTD’

‘Slecker’ won ₹1.52 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi’ BSS Megastack ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

Sam’ thereallokimon’ Anand won ₹1.47 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi’ The Monster ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

Vaibhav’ BeBoT’ Sharma won ₹1.29 Lakhs for 1st place in the Spartan Poker’ Big Daddy ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

‘The AnnihiIator’ won ₹1.17 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India’ Micro Millions – 20: Night on Stars Special Edition ₹2,200 NLHE ₹6 Lakhs GTD’

‘Chubbycho’ won ₹1.02 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi’ 6-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD’

Utsav’ rannyOO6’ Taneja won ₹1.01 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India’ Monday Hustle ₹6 Lakhs GTD’

Kunal’ kunalPatni’ Patni won ₹97,265 for 1st place in the Adda52’ Maverick ₹6 Lakhs GTD’

‘antypanty93’ won ₹92,736 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Friday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD’

Raj’ rjbhoir24’ Bhoir won ₹79,560 for 1st place in the 9stacks’ StackUp @ 8PM ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD’

Vaibhav’ WakhraSwagNi’ Sharma won ₹65,000 for 1st place in the 9stacks’ StackUp @ 8PM ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD’

‘Andy44K’ won ₹65,000 for 1st place in the 9stacks’ StackUp @ 8PM ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD’

Ashish’ teshaTriple7’ Garg won ₹59,523 for 1st place in the PokerStars India’ Micro Millions – 40: Final Warm-Up ₹3 Lakhs GTD’

‘pokergod576’ won ₹59,165 for 1st place in the PokerStars India’ Micro Millions – 27: The Classic ₹4 Lakhs GTD’

Anuj’ brockLesnar95’ Yadav won ₹56,736 for 1st place in the PokerStars India’ Zoom 3-Max Progressive KO ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

‘akhil0498’ won ₹56,392 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi’ BSS PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

Ashish’ teshaTriple7’ Garg won ₹51,840 for 1st place in the 9stacks’ StackUp @ 8PM ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD’

Anant’ Dr4gonW4rrior’ Purohit won ₹48,090 for 1st place in the PokerStars India’ Micro Millions – 41: Pot Limit Omaha ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

‘i_am_who_knocks’ won ₹45,565 for 1st place in the PokerStars India’ Micro Millions – 32: NLHE ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD’

‘sristi’ won ₹44,000 for 1st place in the Khelo365’ Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD’

Sam’ thereallokimon’ Anand won ₹31,356 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi’ 6-Max Holdem BOOST DST ₹1 Lakh GTD’

‘CARDashian66’ won ₹26,885 for 1st place in the PokerStars India’ Micro Millions – 43: Storm Special Edition ₹2 Lakhs GTD

 

Phil Galfond Gets Permission to Play on His Site

Phil Galfond, through a blog post, announced that he has been granted permission to play and stream on his site, Run It Once (RIO) Poker. Galfond also announced several promotional giveaways and highlighted features like resizing of tables, finalized hand-history formatting, hand-history downloads, and multiple hotkey updates.

Phil Galfond joins RIO as player
Phil Galfond

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AAP Protests as Goa MLA’s Deadline to Remove Casino Vessels Lapses

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Valmiki Naik accused Goa MLA Atanasio Monserrate of reneging on his commitment to remove all casino vessels from River Mandovi within 100 days after the deadline for the same got over on August 31.

Atanasio Monserrate
MLA Atanasio Monserrate

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SoftBank, Naspers & Tiger Global in Talks to Invest $500 Million in Dream11

Three global majors, SoftBank Vision Fund, Naspers Ltd. and Tiger Global Management, are reportedly in talks with Dream11 to acquire a stake in the company that is likely to involve both primary and secondary transactions, cumulatively to the tune of $500 Million (₹3,576 Crores) at a valuation of between $2 – $2.5 Billion!

Naspers, SoftBank & Tiger Global may pick up stake in Dream11

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Man Arrested For Trying to Buy Casino Chips With Counterfeit Currency

An unnamed man was arrested in North Goa for trying to purchase casino chips with counterfeit currency notes worth ₹55,000.

Man arrested in Goa Casino  with counterfeit currency

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EPT Barcelona

One of the most prestigious international stops for PokerStars LIVE, the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona ran from August 21 to September 1 with 33 events on the schedule.

Team India started the series with a bang as promising young talent Jai ‘Joey’ Saha finished seventh in the €1,100 EPT National. The battalion wrapped up the series in similar fashion with Young Gun Sahil Chuttani cracking the top 50 of the €5,300 Main Event, ultimately finishing 41st for a career-best ₹20.25 Lakhs. For this, Chuttani is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Along with Chuttani, Raman Gujral (73rd for ₹13.59 Lakhs), Kunal Punjwani (99th for ₹11.68 Lakhs) and Sumit Asrani (291st for ₹6.69 Lakhs), also scored in the Main Event.

Sahil Chuttani
Sahil Chuttani

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Though not reported in live coverage, two more Indians – Yudhishter Jaswal (€1,100 NLHE Super Hyper Turbo – 4th for ₹6.10 Lakhs) and Siddhanth Kapoor (€550 NLHE – 51st for ₹1.15 Lakhs) posted scores towards the tail-end of the series, taking the reported Indian tally of cashes in the series to 16.

Team India Cashes in EPT Barcelona

PlayerEventFinishPrize Money
Jai Saha€1,100 EPT National7th€95,100 - ₹76.44 Lakhs
Sahil Chuttani€5,300 Main Event41st€25,650 - ₹20.25 Lakhs
Raman Gujral€5,300 Main Event73rd€17,160 - ₹13.59 Lakhs
Kunal Punjwani€5,300 Main Event99th€14,750 - ₹11.68 Lakhs
Sumit Asrani€5,300 Main Event291st€8,390 - ₹6.69 Lakhs
Yudhishter Jaswal€1,100 NLHE Super Hyper Turbo4th₹6.10 Lakhs
Samay Parikh €250 NLHE38th €2,480 – ₹1.97 Lakhs
Shashank Siddharth €550 NLHE EPT Cup96th€2,430 - ₹1.93 Lakhs
Anil Gulati €550 NLHE EPT Cup113th€2,430 - ₹1.93 Lakhs
Bharath Janardhan€1,100 EPT National392nd €2,230 - ₹1.79 Lakhs
Raman Gujral €1,100 EPT National425th€2,230 - ₹1.79 Lakhs
Muskan Sethi €1,100 EPT National529th €1,790 - ₹1.43 Lakhs
Sumit Asrani €1,100 EPT National571st€1,790 - ₹1.43 Lakhs
Siddhartha Kapoor €550 NLHE51st₹1.15 Lakhs
Rakesh Lalwani €550 NLHE EPT Cup 303rd€1,060 - ₹84,240
Charu Kaushik €550 NLHE EPT Cup 289th€1,070 - ₹85,034

Several Indian-origin players were also seen scoring deep runs in the Main Event and the list includes Ajay Chabra (178th for ₹8.74 Lakhs), Kully Sidhu (9th for ₹96.17 Lakhs) & Balakrishna Patur (11th for ₹80.42 Lakhs).

The Main Event registered a historic 1,988 entries and coming out on the top was Sweden’s Simon Brandstrom who struck a heads-up deal with Marton Czuczor and went on to defeat the latter to win the event for €1,290,166, the latter pocketing €1,253,234 for finishing second. Brandstrom also ended up as the second highest earner in the series, after Sergi Reixach who had won the €100K NLHE Super High Roller for €1,816,210.

Simon Brandstrom wins EPT Barcelona Main Event
Simon Brandstrom wins EPT Barcelona Main Event

 

EPT Barcelona Winners from August 28 to September 2

EventPlayerPrize Money
€5,300 Main EventSimon Brandstrom €1,290,166
€10,300 NLHE EPT High Roller Chris Hunichen€1,005,100
€25,000 NLHE €25,000 NLHE €712,810
€25,000 NLHE Elio Fox €432,190
€10,300 PLO Riku Piiroinen €317,260
€2,200 NLHE Stephen Song €185,230
€10,200 NLHE – Six HandedTimothy Adams €174,600
€2,200 NLHE DeepstackFelipe Boianovsky €125,980
€1,100 NLHE Andy Ying Kit Chan€111,820
€3,200 NLHE – Six Handed Touko Berndtson€104,170
€2,150 NLHE Romain Lewis€79,500
€550 NLHEFrederico Silva €53,860
€2,150 NLHE Hyper Turbo Dimitar Yosifov€52,540
€1,100 PLO Eric Lescot€52,100
€1,100 NLHE Hyper Turbo Alejandro Torres €42,890
€550 NLHE Romain Le Dantec€39,700
€1,100 NLHE Short Deck Romain Lacquet €25,480
€1,100 NLHE Super Hyper Turbo Shannon Shorr€21,610
€1,100 H.O.R.S.EMikkel Plum€19,210
€550 NLHE Vladimir Peck €19,130

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German Poker Days

The 11-tournament German Poker Days (GPD) had an action-packed run at the King’s Resort in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic from August 26 to September 1. Headlining the action was the €175 NLHE Main Event that attracted 1,498 entries and offered the top two finishers free tickets to the 2020 WSOP Main Event. Croatia’s Drazen Mlinac eventually rose to the top to capture his career-first live title and a personal-best live score of €53,392.

Drazen Mlinac Wins the German Poker Days Main Event
Drazen Mlinac

There were several Indian players seen playing the GPD Main Event and three of them namely Manish Goenka, Prashanth Sekar, and Sameer Tavanandi managed to make it through to Day 2. While Sekar and Tavanandi had an early exit, Goenka fell whiskers short of the final table, finishing 11th for €2,658 (₹2.09 Lakhs).

Manish Goenka - Day 2 of German Poker Days Main Event
Manish Goenka

In side events, Nehal Agarwal finished eighth in the €330 High Roller for €1,308 (₹1.03 Lakhs).

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2019 Colorado Poker Championship

The 2019 Colorado Poker Championship (CPC) came to a close this week with its $1,100 Main Event that attracted a record 330-entry field over three opening flights. Outlasting the competition was Steve Wilkie who struck a heads-up deal with Nate Zoller to win the title and $60,114 in prize money.

The series’ $2,500 High Roller event was taken down by Matt Livingston who ran past 49 entries to collect the $40,300 top prize.

Steve Wilkie & Nate Zoller
Steve Wilkie & Nate Zoller

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OYO Acquires Hooters Las Vegas

OYO has bought the Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas in a deal worth $135 Million (₹967 Crores). The 657-room property will now be rebranded as the OYO Hotel & Casino Las Vegas with a makeover slated by the end of the year.

Oyo Acquires Hooters Hotel & Casino

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Nick Marchington Allowed to Collect WSOP Main Event Winnings

British-pro Nick Marchington was given legal permission by a Las Vegas judge to collect his withheld WSOP earnings. Marchington has since received the pending 10% of the $1,525,000 he had won for his final table finish in the Main Event.

Nick Marchington
Nick Marchington

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Apple Imposes 17+ Age Restriction on All Social Gambling Apps

Apple has enforced an age restriction to all apps, particularly those that include ‘Frequent/Intense Simulated Gambling’ such as social gambling and casino apps including Zynga Poker. Only users that are 17-year-old and above will be allowed to access such apps.

Apple Blocks Access To Social Casinos

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Tiger Palace Nepal’s Sale Delayed

Silver Heritage Group which owns Tiger Palace Casino Resort Nepal recently revealed that a local court had issued a second interim ex parte injunction restraining it from selling/building anything on the plot pending a full verdict on a writ petition alleging encroachment on public land.

Tiger Palace Sale Delayed

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Josh Reichard Wins Ameristar East Chicago Main Event

Hosted at the Ameristar Casino, the $1,650 Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event attracted 579 entries, creating a prize pool of $833,760. The tournament was taken down by Wisconsin poker pro Josh Reichard who defeated his heads-up rival David McDermott to win his second HPT title and $186,812 in prize money.

Josh Reichard wins the HPT Ameristar East Chicago Main Event
Josh Reichard wins the HPT Ameristar East Chicago Main Event

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Triet Nguyen Wins Mega Millions XXI Quantum $1 Million GTD

The Bicycle Casino hosted the Mega Millions XXI Quantum $1 Million GTD which logged in a massive 5,750 entries over 30 starting flights. A five-way chop and a subsequent three-way deal saw Triet Nguyen walk away with the title and winner’s paycheque of $167,549 that included a $5,000 seat into WPT Legends of Poker Main Event. 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth finished fifth for $95,693.

Triet Nguyen wins the Mega Millions XXI
Triet Nguyen wins the Mega Millions XXI

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Ryan Dunn Wins bestbet Jacksonville Summer Warm-Up Main Event

The bestbet Jacksonville’s Summer Warm-Up Series $570 Main Event registered 595 entries across three starting flights, and Ryan Dunn took down the title to win $68,443.

Ryan Dunn wins bestbet Jacksonville Summer Warm-up Main Event
Ryan Dunn wins bestbet Jacksonville Summer Warm-up Main Event

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Dave Stefanski Wins WSOPC Foxwoods $3,250 High Roller

The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Foxwoods’ $3,250 buy-in High Roller was taken down by circuit regular Dave Stefanski for his second gold ring and $47,652 in prize money.

Dave Stefanski wins WSOPC Foxwoods $3,250 High Roller
Dave Stefanski wins WSOPC Foxwoods $3,250 High Roller

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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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