This Week in Poker: August 14 – 20

This Week in Poker: Kartik Ved, Sumit Sapra, UMA Poker & PokerBaazi
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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly August 20, 2019
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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker’ we bring you the weekly roundup of the most significant 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 73rd Independence Day just passed us by, and embracing the spirit of unity, the social media forum “The Player Group (TGP)” continued with its boycott against Adda52, protesting against the site`s archaic TDS policy. And in the second consecutive week, the boycott led to a more significant drop in numbers for Adda52’s Sunday majors with other site’s benefitting from the same.

PokerBaazi seems to be one of the biggest gainers from Adda52’s fall from grace as the former’s weekly signature tournament, Baazi Super Sunday (BSS) SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD logged in 586 entries (317 unique and 269 re-entries), which is a significant increase from last week’s 547 entries (322 unique and 225 re-entries). Championing this marquee event was our very own PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik ‘TheInternetKid’ Ved who snatched the title away from runner-up Vinay ‘Vinstill’ BK to pad his burgeoning bankroll by ₹5.53 Lakhs. For this, Ved is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Moreover, PokerBaazi’s most epic tournament – The Game Changer – is making a comeback on August 21. The first-ever ‘The Game Changer ₹2 Crores GTD’ remains to-date the largest online poker tournament in the history of Indian poker, attracting 3,777 entries across the three starting flights, which resulted in a humongous ₹3.7 Crores prize pool! The event was ultimately won by Prashanth ‘Iveyleague’ Sekar who banked ₹33 Lakhs in prize money following a four-way ICM deal. Believe it or not, PokerBaazi has retained the ₹2 Crores prize pool guarantee for the second edition while slashing the buy-in to ₹5,500 from the ₹11,000 at the inaugural edition!

Fast-growing online poker site UMA Poker has also released the details of its upcoming online poker tournament series – “Primetime Series” – which is slated to take place from August 23 till September 1. Comprising of 30 tournaments, the series boasts of over ₹1.5 Crores in prize pool guarantees.

The other major online operator, PokerStars India, sadly was not able to capitalize on Adda52’s woes. The site’s Sunday flagship event, Sunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTD, yet again fell short of the 300-entry mark last Sunday, relapsing into the overlay territory. The Sunday Special pulled in 286 entries (168 unique and 118 re-entries) and saw ‘aktion91’ winning the title. The ultimate champion defeated PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja heads-up to take home a paycheque worth ₹3.14 Lakhs. Ahuja collected ₹1.63 Lakhs for his runner-up finish.

While PokerStars India continues to struggle in the increasingly competitive domestic market, internationally too, the brand has not been faring too well. For the first time in three years, PokerStars failed to generate $200 Million in poker revenue last quarter. Additionally, the site also registered a third consecutive quarter of year-over-year decline with the site’s revenue dropping by 12%. PokerStars is, however, working hard to gain ground and only recently announced the schedule of the 2019 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). Expected to run from September 5 to 25, the series features a record $75 Million in prize pool guarantees spread across 73 tournaments.

The live circuit this week saw three big series come to an end. The inaugural 2019 Asia Poker League (APL) Hanoi was the only series where an Indian player was seen in action. Asian-circuit regular Sumit Sapra had participated in quite a few events at the series and finally picked up a score with a deep run in the VN₫ 11,000,000 Super DeepStack, finishing eighth for VN₫ 34,600,000 (₹1.06 Lakhs). Nguyen Anh Minh shipped the event for VN₫ 305,600,000 (₹9.38 Lakhs). The VN₫ 16,500,000 Main Event at the stop was won by Sam Beesley for colossal VN₫ 1,432,250,000 (₹43.64 Lakhs) payday, while Indian-origin Rajesh Sabapathy placed 37th for VN₫ 35,500,000 (₹1.08 Lakhs).

The Asian Poker Tour (APT) Korea Incheon also wrapped up proceedings with the Championships Event crowning a winner in Graeme Siow who netted a career-best score of KRW 84,951,000. Li-Ta Hsu was named the “Player of the Series” at the stop.

Moving over to Europe, the King’s Resort in Rozvadov played host to the 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe. The series came to a close on August 18 with Czech Republic’s Lukas Zaskodny taking down the €10,300 Main Event for €906,770.

The week ahead should be full to the brim with high-octane action starting with the European Poker Tour Barcelona that takes flight today. There should be a sizeable Indian contingent at the series with four Indians are more or less confirmed, namely, Rajat Sharma, Joey Saha, Thameem Ansari, and Sanjay Gupta, all winners of the EPT Barcelona National Event package on PokerStars India. The series is set to conclude on September 1, and soon after that, the focus will shift to Ho Chi Minh where the WPT Asia Swing will commence with the WPT Vietnam from September 3 to 11.

 

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PokerGuru Ambassador Kartik ‘TheInternetKid’ Ved took down this week`s BSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD on PokerBaazi outlasting a 586-strong entry field (317 unique and 269 re-entries) for ₹5.53 Lakhs in first-place prize money. For this performance, Ved is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Kartik Ved

Other notable scores of the week include –

‘aktion91’ won ₹3.57 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Special Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTD’

Gaurav ‘3betPanda’ Sood won ₹2.18 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Uppercut Progressive KO ₹8 Lakhs GTD’

Ankit ‘akj290’ Jajodia won ₹1.39 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘The Monster 6-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

‘TutiSuperKing’ won ₹1.23 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘BSS Megastack ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

‘Fiyaz’ won ₹72,000 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘Re Raise ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

‘Piko1432’ won ₹61,285 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘BSS PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

Prabhat ‘uchichaa19’ Paliya won ₹48,539 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Stars ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

‘sristi’ won ₹48,000 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD’

‘Trickett’ won ₹44,800 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘Mega Splash ₹1 Lakh GTD’

‘avinash84’ won ₹28,642 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD’

Sreeharsha ‘DonkeyCommitted’ Boneni won ₹18,841 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Storm ₹1 Lakh GTD’

‘scorpion14’ won ₹18,720 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘Deep Stack ₹40K GTD’

‘skynetyou’ won ₹18,269 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTD’

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UMA Poker Announces ₹1.5 Crores+ GTD Primetime Series

UMA Poker is bringing back its popular “Primetime Series” for a second edition later this week. Comprising of 30 tournaments, the series will run from August 23 to September 1, offering over ₹1.5 Crores in guaranteed prize money.

UMA Poker Primetime Series

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PokerStars Unveils Schedule For 2019 WCOOP, Record $75 Million GTD

Online poker conglomerate PokerStars recently announced the schedule for the 2019 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). One of the biggest online poker tournament series in the world, the WCOOP is slated to run from September 5 to 25. Boasting of a record $75 Million in prize pool guarantees, the series will comprise of 73 events featuring three tiers of buy-in for each event – low, medium and high.

2019 PokerStars WCOOP Schedule

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Daria Feshchenko Joins 888poker

Last week, 26-year-old multi-talented Russian Daria “Scarlett_D” Feshchenko joined Team 888poker as the site’s latest female ambassador. The single mother Feshchenko is a philologist, orientalist, and a model and has been playing poker for over a decade.

Daria Feshchenko
Daria Feshchenko

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Naspers Looking to Make a Secondary Transaction in Dream11 at a $2.5 Billion Valuation

Last week, news came about that the country’s most valuable gaming company, Dream11, may soon have Naspers Ltd. as one of its investors. Naspers is looking to buy a stake from Dream11’s existing investors in a transaction worth $100 Million (~₹710.62 Crores) at a rumored $2.5 Billion valuation.

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Insolvency Petition Filed Against RummyCircle

As per reports, RummyCircle’s parent company Play Games24x7 Pvt. Ltd was served with an insolvency petition by Living Consumer Products Pvt. Ltd for alleged non-payment of pending dues. The matter has been listed for further hearing by the NCLT on September 11.

RummyCircle

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Ability Games Buys Stake in Yudiz Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Kolkata-based Ability Games recently acquired an undisclosed stake in Ahmedabad-based IT company Yudiz Solutions Pvt. Ltd. which specializes in game development (including VR Games), mobile and app development along with web designing and branding.

Ability Games_GR_Aug 17

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WPT Asia Season XVIII Announced

World Poker Tour (WPT) announced that the WPT Asia Swing will begin next month with the WPT Vietnam starting September 3. The three stops include Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. There is a special WPT leaderboard which will award the winners with a WPT India High Roller package (includes a ₹1 Lakh ticket to WPT India High Roller along with accommodation and transfers).

WPT Asia Swing

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PokerStars Q3 Revenue Drops 12%

Last week, PokerStars reported a third consecutive quarter of year-over-year decline as its revenue fell by 12%. PokerStars, for the first time in the last three years, failed to generate $200 Million in revenue with its total Q3 revenue amounting to $191.5 million. The site’s parent company, The Stars Group’s share value also took a 20% hit.

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2019 APL Hanoi

The first edition of the Asia Poker League (APL) Hanoi was hosted at the Loyal Poker Club from August 6 to 16. The 18-event long series was attended by India’s Sumit Sapra. The Indian pro cashed in the VN₫ 11,000,000 Super DeepStack where he finished eighth for VN₫ 34,600,000 (₹1.06 Lakhs). The event was taken down by local player Nguyen Anh Minh for VN₫ 305,600,000 (₹9.38 Lakhs).

Sumit Sapra - APL Hanoi Main Event
Sumit Sapra

Indian-origin players Rajesh Sabapathy and Arravind Udayakumar had also participated in the series.

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Headlining the proceedings was the VN₫ 16,500,000 Main Event. Drawing in 503 entries across four starting flights, the event was taken down by UK’s Sam Beesley who banked a massive VN₫ 1,432,250,000 (₹43.64 Lakhs) for his win. Meanwhile, Sabapathy had made it through to Day 2 of the Main Event and ultimately finished 37th for VN₫ 35,500,000 (₹1.08 Lakhs).

Sam Beesley - Winner of APL Hanoi Main Event
Sam Beesley

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2019 APL Hanoi List of Winners

EventWinnerPrize Money
VN₫ 6,600,000 APL HSOP Kick-Off EventNguyen Le QuangVN₫ 784,940,000
VN₫ 5,500,000 NLH Turbo 1Pham Ngoc Quoc BaoVN₫ 69,550,000
VN₫ 6,600,000 KO TurboNguyen Manh HungVN₫ 99,480,000
VN₫ 2,500,000 CharityJudic KimVN₫ 15,750,000
VN₫ 4,400,000 Hyper TurboDaniel NguyenVN₫ 85,200,000
VN₫ 27,000,000 High Roller 1Nang Quang NguyenVN₫ 407,500,0
VN₫ 7,700,000 DeepstackVu Trung ThanhVN₫ 182,410,000
VN₫ 7,700,000 No Limit Hold’em 1Dang Duy ThanhVN₫ 123,103,000
VN₫ 5,500,000 Deepstack TurboTien Quyet PhamVN₫ 92,834,000
VN₫ 6,600,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo 2Dang Duy ThanhVN₫ 97,660,000
VN₫ 6,600,000 KO Bounty 1Vu Quang HungVN₫ 141,080,000
VN₫ 4,400,000 Hyper Turbo 2Sangjun ParkVN₫ 55,700,000
VN₫ 8,800,000 KO Bounty 1Vu Quang HungVN₫ 141,080,0
VN₫ 32,000,000 High Roller 2Do Hung SonVN₫ 264,800,000
VN₫ 32,000,000 High Roller Short DeckPham Minh DucVN₫ 302,600,000
VN₫ 7,700,000 NLH 2Nguyen Van SangVN₫ 205,110,000
VN₫ 8,800,000 KO Bounty 2Nguyen Tuan HingVN₫ 209,940,000
VN₫ 16,500,000 Main EventSam BeesleyVN₫ 1,432,250,000
VN₫ 11,000,000 Super DeepStackNguyen Anh Minh VN₫ 305,600,000
VN₫ 43,000,000 High RollerTran Nam TrungVN₫ 1,350,700,000
VN₫ 8,800,000 6 Max TurboTran Viet HoangVN₫ 136,200,000
VN₫ 5,500,000 Hyper Turbo 3Kang Min WooVN₫ 79,600,000

 

2019 APT Korea Incheon

The 23-event long 2019 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Korea Incheon closed out another successful outing at the Paradise City Casino on August 13.

One of the final marquee events hosted at the series was the KRW 1,980,000 buy-in APT Korea Championships Event which attracted 219 entries, creating a prize pool of KRW 382,374,000. Singapore’s Graeme Siow walked away with the lion’s share of the kitty, amounting to a personal-best score of KRW 84,951,000, following a heads-up chop with runner-up Go Saito.

Graeme Siow Wins APT Korea Championships Event
Graeme Siow

Li-Ta Hsu was awarded the “Player of the Series” title for accumulating 965.98 points from five deep runs at the series.

Li-Ta Hsu - APT Korea Player of the Series
Li-Ta Hsu

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2019 APT Korea Incheon Winners

EventWinnerPrize Money
KRW 550,000 Monster StackHung Sheng LinKRW 10,407,000
KRW 3,200,000 High Rollers #1Haruta KoichiKRW 16,296,000
KRW 550,000 Dafabet Head Hunter 100,000 BountyMiki KobayashiKRW 3,000,000
KRW 330,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi #1Cona JosephKRW 3,274,000
KRW 2,150,000 High Rollers Single Day #1Roman RoKRW 19,928,000
KRW 440,000 NLH Single Day Event #1Tam Hoi WaiKRW 6,366,000
KRW 550,000 No Limit Hold'em #1Chung Ming SangKRW 10,077,000
KRW 5,300,000 Super High RollersChen YenhanKRW 49,818,000
KRW 440,000 Short DeckHirotsugu UenoKRW 6,831,000
KRW 550,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi #2Tin Tse Wang CheunKRW 7,001,000
KRW 2,150,000 Short Deck High Rollers Single DayHe XiaoyinKRW 11,640,000
KRW 440,000 NLH Single Day Event #2Qian SongKRW 10,581,000
KRW 330,000 Welovesport Super Deep Stack TurboKaneko YuyaKRW 8,681,000
KRW 220,000 Deep Stack Hyper Turbo #1Ka Wai WongKRW 4,694,000
KRW 550,000 No Limit Hold'em #2Li Yong FengKRW 14,222,000
KRW 2,150,000 High Rollers Single Day #2Ogasahara JunKRW 24,036,000
KRW 330,000 Deep Stack Turbo #1Ogo NobuhitoKRW 5,676,000
KRW 3,200,000 High Rollers #2Xu JieKRW 29,979,000
KRW 660,000 Monster Stack #2Seina AsagiriKRW 20,613,000
KRW 220,000 Deep Stack Hyper Turbo #2Liang Chih YingKRW 5,121,000
KRW 2,150,000 High Rollers Single Day #3Hirotaka NakanishiKRW 26,089,000
KRW 1,320,000 Main EventTsang Dicky Siu HangKRW 59,485,000
KRW 1,980,000 Championships EventGraeme SiowKRW 84,951,000

 

2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Triton

The 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe ran from August 5 to 18 at one of the most popular casinos in Europe, the King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. A total of 20 events were hosted at the series, but the most sought after of them all was the €10,300 Main Event. Registering 504 entries through two starting flights, the Main Event crowned a champion in Czech Republic’s Lukas Zaskodny, who made a heads-up chop with his fellow compatriot and eventual runner-up Josef Snejberg. Not only did Zaskodny claim the first-ever partypoker LIVE title at this event, but also picked up a career-best €906,770 in prize money!

Lukas Zaskodny Wins in €10,300 Main Event
Lukas Zaskodny

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UK’s Michael Chi Zhang overcame a field of 42 entries (33 unique and 9 re-entries) in the €25,500 Super High Roller to win €350,000.

Michael Chi Zhang Wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Triton €25,500 Super High Roller
Michael Chi Zhang

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The €25,000 Triton Short Deck was won by popular poker pro Antanas Guoga aka Tony G who pocketed €237,250 for his win.

Tony G wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Triton Short Deck
Tony G

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Turkey’s Orpen Kisacikoglu clinched the title in the €100,000 Super High Roller, after defeating veteran pro Vladimir Troyanovskiy heads-up. Kisacikoglu collected his career-first seven-figure score of €1,040,000 at the event.

Orpen Kisacikoglu Wins 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Triton €100K Super High Roller
Orpen Kisacikoglu

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2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

The $5,250 Championship event brought the curtains down at the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO). The event attracted 809 entries and topping them all was Sean Winter who took home $698,175 in cash prize. The single re-entry tournament distributed its $3,923,650 prize pool among the top 102 places.

Sean Winter captures SHRPO Championship
Sean Winter

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The series’ Big Four $25,500 buy-in High Roller event registered a field of 115 entries, and the winner emerged in none other than last year’s runner up finisher Shaun Deeb who claimed his second $25K title and $778,300 in prize money.

Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb

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Vasiliy Tsapko Wins 888poker LIVE Sochi Main Event

The first-ever 888poker LIVE Sochi’s 62,160 RUB (~ $888) buy-in Main Event pulled in 569 entries from five starting flights, and the top 81 places shared the 35,000,000 RUB prize pool. Vasiliy Tsapko outlasted them all to win the title and the 5,006,050 RUB (~$77,016) cash prize following a heads-up ICM deal with Leonid Semenyuk.

888poker LIVE Sochi Vasiliy Tsapko
Vasiliy Tsapko

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Daniel Park Wins Parx Big Stax XXX 500

The Parx Big Stax that was hosted at Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino and Racing crowned the champion of its $500 buy-in XXX 500 earlier this week. Besting the 1,224 entries was WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Park who pocketed $95,017 for his victory following an ICM deal with Jackob Datashvili.

Daniel Park
Daniel Park

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John Sun Wins Mid-States Poker Tour Majestic Star

John Sun collected his second MSPT title after besting the 324-entry field in the Mid-States Poker Tour Majestic Star. He defeated Ken Baime in the heads-up match to lay claim on the top prize of $71,945.

John Sun - MSPT Majestic Star
John Sun

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Matt Stroud Wins $420 Southern Poker Open Event

The first-ever Southern Poker Open’s $420 buy-in event drew in 1,138 entries over five opening days. Matt Stroud topped the vast field to win $47,737 following a six-way ICM chop.

Matt Stroud
Matt Stroud

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Tiffany Keathley Wins RunGood Poker Series Tunica “Game 7” Main Event

The RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) $575 Main Event held at the Horseshoe Tunica was won by Tiffany Keathley who claimed the championship ring and $48,796 in prize money. The event attracted 632 players making it the largest-ever RGPS Main Event and paid out 67 places.

Tiffany Keathley - RunGood Poker Series Tunica
Tiffany Keathley

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Simon Webster Wins Oklahoma State Poker Championship Main Event

Simon Webster won the 15th Annual Oklahoma State Poker Championship’s Main Event last week for $42,155 after defeating James Traber heads-up for the title. The event attracted 293 entries.

Simon Webster - Oklahoma State Poker Championship Main Event
Simon Webster

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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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