This Week in Poker: August 16 – 22

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  • PG News August 23, 2017
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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker’ we bring to 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.

Here are this week`s top stories

The momentum continues, without letting the pace go both online and live this past week. The week was also full of new announcements of exciting online fiestas set to begin soon.

Making headlines this week was Prabhat ‘SuicideSpree’ Mukherjea who topped the online cashes chart thanks to his cumulative score of over $9.3K and claims our ‘PokerGuru Star of the Week’ title.

Team India will now look forward to loads of action in the gambling hub of the east Macau with the upcoming Macau Poker Cup that is set to witness one of the strongest participation from the country till date.

Online buffs have a lot to cheer in the upcoming days as some of the biggest extravaganzas in the poker world are either already underway or will commence soon. India’s largest poker site Adda52’s flagship tournament series i.e. Deltin Online Poker Tournament (DOPT) is currently underway with the highlight ₹15,000 Main Event (₹40 Lakhs GTD) and ₹55K Super High Roller (₹30 Lakhs GTD) to unfold later this week.

India’s most trusted site PokerBaazi has time and again proved to be the game changers and have two special treats for poker buffs in the coming days. PokerBaazi’s flagship series i.e. PokerBaazi Premier League will return next week featuring 31 events with a massive ₹2.4 crore in guaranteed prizes. The highlight Main Event with ₹60 lakhs guaranteed and two High Roller events (₹40L GTD NLHE and ₹20L GTD PLO) are sure to appeal to the vast majority of the community.

That’s not all as the dedicated Baazi team is looking to break all benchmarks with the announcement of India’s first 1 crore guaranteed event aptly named “The MoneyMaker”. The buy-in is a nominal ₹10000+ ₹1000 and to further extend its reach to the smallest stakes, PokerBaazi is running Step Satellites starting as low as ₹10.

In other news roundup, PokerStars made headlines again this week for multiple reasons. World’s richest online poker series i.e. World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is set to dominate the online action come September with major changes being announced and the online giant even introduced first-of-a-kind special celebrity tables with Zoom Usain Bolt Edition.

To conclude our weekly edition, we bring you tournament results from the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, PokerStars Championship Barcelona, the inaugural APT Korea 2017 and WSOP Circuit Cherokee.

Online Railbird Report

The online MTT players are back at it and in full swing. A full eventful week has just gone by and there are lots to recount for those who have missed the happenings. Claiming our ‘PokerGuru Star of the Week’’ title is Prabhat ‘SuicideSpree’ Mukherjea who first won $4,031.10 for 1st place in the PokerStars Big $162, $10K GTD’ and went on to ship PokerStars ‘$82 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $8K GTD’ for $2,020.03. He also cashed $1,958.21 for 6th place in the PokerStars ‘$215 Super Tuesday [Early Edition], $30K GTD’ and made $1,322.15 for 96th place in the PokerStars ‘$107.50 Half Price Sunday Million, $1,000,000 GTD & $150K+ to first!’

Prabhat Mukherjea

Prabhat Mukherjea

Other notable scores of the week are –

Vaibhav ‘kill_619’ Sharma won around $7,000 for 15th place in the PokerStars ‘$215 Sunday Million’ and also won $470 for 11th place in PokerStars ‘$109 Wrap-Up’

‘philrounder’ won $4,713.61 for 2nd place in the PokerStarsBig $22, $35K GTD’ and won $1,025.90 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘$44 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo], $3K GTD’

Akash ‘proFISHnal’ Malik won $4,466.00 for 5th place in the PokerStars ‘$215 Fat Tuesday [Turbo], $75K GTD’

Gaurav ‘Ayya10258’ Ayya won $4,007.14 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘Bounty Builder $109 [Saturday Special], $85K GTD’

Raghav ‘Rossoneri23’ Bansal won $3,571.18 for 2nd place in the PokerStars ‘$320 NLHE [6-Max], $10K GTD’ and won $1,009.01 for 9th place in the PokerStars ‘$215 Saturday Scuffle [6-Max, Progressive KO], $60K GTD’. Bansal also won $1,093.66 for 39th place in the PokerStars ‘$700 Super-Sized Sunday [Progressive KO], $300K GTD’

Karan ‘Karan Radia’ Radia won $1,156.96 for 11th place in the PokerStars ‘Bounty Builder $109, $150K GTD’

Vikram ‘thedead parrots’ Singh won $561 on 888poker

PokerStars WCOOP 2017

The immensely popular and one of the richest online series i.e. PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is just around a fortnight away and the company released the full schedule for the series that will run from September 3 – 26 and feature 81 exciting tournaments including the $5,200 Main Event with a whopping $10 million guarantee.

Read the complete story here.

PokerStars also introduced several major changes for this edition including Get Low events, must play satellite tickets, new formats and structures.

Read the complete story here.

Zoom Usain Bolt Edition Announced by PokerStars

PokerStars as promised added speed to poker after its association with Usain Bolt. On August 14, the online giant announced the opening of its first celebrity-branded tables in company’s history, the Zoom Usain Bolt Edition. The special tables started from August 14 and will run till September 24 with a chance to win up to $15,000.

Read the complete story here.

888poker’s New Poker Variant Flopomania Launched on August 20

888poker new game named Flopomania was launched on August 20. The new NLHE poker game removes all preflop betting and skips straight to the flop. Incidentally, earlier this month the variant got available for real-money play in the 888poker lobby for a few hours due to a technical error.

Read the complete story here.

WPT Announces Phil Hellmuth As New Raw Deal Analyst

World Poker Tour (WPT) recently announced the addition of 14-time world champion Phil Hellmuth aka “Poker Brat” to its Talent Team. Hellmuth takes the role of the new WPT Raw Deal analyst and will offer commentary and analyze selected hands during WPT broadcasts, starting with the televised Season XVI WPT Choctaw.

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth

Read the complete story here.

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

The 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) series hosted in Florida also concluded the past week with the last of its big winners being crowned. The $5,250 Main Event attracted a total of 887 entries and besting them all was Australian pro Martin Kozlov who pocketed $754,083 for his finish.

Martin Kozlov

Martin Kozlov

Read the complete story here.

The $25,500 High Roller that attracted a total of 117 entries and topping them all was USA based John Andress who scored his biggest cash till date of $801,450.

John Andress

John Andress

Read the complete story here.

PokerStars Championship Barcelona

The inaugural PokerStars Championship Barcelona hosted at Casino Barcelona is off to a splendid start with record-breaking turnouts. The €1,100 PokerStars National Championship drew a total of 4,556 entries (3,626 unique + 931 re-entries) making it the largest live tournament attendance in PokerStars history. A first-time live event participant i.e. Pedro Cairat managed to outlast the massive field and pocketed a cool €432,178 in prize money.

Pedro Cairat

Pedro Cairat

Read the complete story here.

The most expensive buy-in tournament on the schedule i.e.€50,000 Super High Roller attracted a total of 86 entries (67 unique + 19 re-entries) and besting them all was PokerStarsTeam pro from Russia Igor Kurganov who pocketed a cool €1,078,106 for his finish.

Igor Kurganov

Igor Kurganov

Read the complete story here.

APT Korea 2017

The inaugural Asian Poker Tour (APT) Korea 2017 concluded this week and attracted a total of 1,212 entries with players from 22 different countries in attendance.

The headline event of the series i.e. ₩1,100,000 Main Event attracted a total 185 entries and topping them all was US based Albert Paik who walked away with ₩44,860,000 ($39,300) in prize money.

Albert Paik

Albert Paik

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Side event winners crowned by the end of the series included Kwok Luen Kwan, Masashi Shibata, Noda Hiroyuki, Taehoon Han, Masakazu Okamoto, Jenyen Chen, Norihiko Ogawa, Hajime Iwakura, Shingo Cho and Nakata Kazumori.

Hajime Iwakura

Hajime Iwakura

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The series concluded with none other than Iori Yogo taking player of the series title while Japan’s Tetsuya Tsuchikawa managed to maintain his lead in the 2017 APT POY leaderboard.

Iori Yogo

Iori Yogo

Read the complete story here.

Harry Arutyunyan Wins WSOP Circuit Cherokee Main Event

The $1,675 WSOP Circuit Cherokee Main Event attracted a strong field of 1,022 runners and topping them all was Harry Arutyunyan. The L.A. business ownerbanked $283,597 along with his first WSOP Circuit ring and a seat into next year’s Global Casino Championship.

Harry Arutyunyan

Harry Arutyunyan

Read the complete story here.

And that is all for this edition of our weekly report. We will return same time next week with all the latest from poker world, so tune in at the same time.

Related Articles:

1. 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open: Martin Kozlov Takes Down Main Event For $754,083

2. APT Korea 2017: Series Concludes With Iori Yogo Taking Player of the Series Title; Okamoto, Chen, Ogawa, Iwakura, Cho & Kazumori Win Titles

3. PokerStars Releases 2017 WCOOP Schedule

4. 888poker’s New Poker Variant Flopomania Will Be Launched on August 20

5. PokerStars Championship Barcelona: Pedro Cairat Wins PokerStars National Championship For €432,178

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