This Week in Poker: August 8 – 14

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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

It was a week of hectic activity, from exciting live action to numerous developments and announcements, the week saw it all. One of the biggest poker festivals of Asia, the nine-day Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) hosted at PokerStars Live Manila room in Philippines concluded this week. The series opened on August 4 and the chief attraction, Main Event ₱20M GTD attracted 1,384 players from all over Asia as well as other international circuits and went on to crush all the previous records in terms of participation numbers and prize pool. With ever-growing participation numbers, Team India represented the tricolor in the true spirit of sportsmanship. The Indian turnout was huge in nearly all mega tournaments at the series and many big scores were brought home, including Chiraag Patel’s maiden international title win in the NLH Turbo event where he pocketed ₱350,000 (~₹4.56 Lakhs). Three Indians, namely, Sahil Agarwal (₱4,656,260 – ₹60.67 Lakhs), Akshay Nasa (₱2,822,000 – ₹36.67 Lakhs) and Kunal Patni (₱960,000 – ₹12.50 Lakhs) headlined the team`s performance with their runner-up scores in the ₱200,000 High Roller, APPT National and 6-Handed Shot Clock respectively. Overall, 42 scores were posted by Team India in the series. Agarwal also posted the biggest score by an Indian at the 2018 APPT Manila and is therefore our “PokerGuru Star of the Week”.

The domestic virtual felts witnessed intense action in several high value tournaments. While many popular poker sites dished out massive payouts, the show-stealer was Harshil ‘aeon’ Dhingra, who won the Baazi Super Sunday (BSS) ₹15 Lakhs GTD SuperStack on PokerBaazi for ₹3 Lakhs.

Back home, the biggest story this week was the Apple Inc. India purging all gaming apps submitted by individual developers from the iOS environment, even as PokerBaazi announced its Independence Day special ‘Freedom Series’ with ₹45 Lakhs GTD and Baadshah Gaming Live Tournament released the schedule for its 3rd edition to be held from September 30-October 8 onboard Casino Pride in Goa.

Adding Ranchi to the live tournament maps of the country, this week Indian Poker Association (IPA) announced the launch of first poker room in Ranchi in conjunction with its affiliate, East India Poker Association.

Meanwhile, PokerStars’ Asian partner International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) has indicated that the group may return to Macau for the Macau Poker Cup (MCP) at Studio city. After a 10-year run, the popular poker podcast TwoPlusTwo PokerCast was indefinitely suspended.

We wrap up this week’s recap with tournament reports from 2018 partypoker Live Millions Russia poker festival, Seminole Hard Rock Open events, 2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship, 2018 GUKPT Goliath, Star Sydney Championships Main Event and WPT Choctaw Main Event.

Online Railbird Report

Yet another eventful week for the Indian MTT camp has come to pass.Harshil ‘aeon’ Dhingra was the star of the online felts, as he crushed the Baazi Super Sunday (BSS) ₹15 Lakhs GTD SuperStack at PokerBaazi that attracted a player pool of 169 entries and he took home the first-place prize money of ₹3 Lakhs.

Harshil Dhingra
Harshil Dhingra

Other notable scores of the week include –

‘wishcoolAK’ won ₹2.36 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Special ₹15 Lakhs GTD’

Pankaj ‘jmdpanku’ Sharma won ₹1.03 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Grinders Main Event ₹5 Lakh GTD’

Anirban ‘nocluewho’ D Das won ₹52,406 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Stars ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

‘KocharVi’ won ₹51,907 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Storm ₹3 Lakhs GTD’

Abhishek ‘Pokershark’ Jaiswal won ₹36,083 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Dynamite’

Bhupendra ‘King’s Hand’ Prajapati won ₹27,459 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Grenade’

‘thejoker’ won ₹26,880 for 1st place in PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Grinders BSS ₹1 Lakh FreezeOut’

‘flexlush’ won ₹21,848 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Warm-Up ₹1 Lakhs GTD’

Pawan ‘somu’ Mishra won ₹21,500 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘NightCrawler’

Chandan ‘chandan4’ Kumar won ₹16,839 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Madhouse’

PokerBaazi to Host Independence Day Special ‘Freedom Series’

Adding another exciting offer to its online poker palate, PokerBaazi has announced its Independence Day special, Freedom Series, that will be a day-long special extravaganza on the site featuring two tournaments, Vegas Freedom Special ₹40 Lakhs GTD with a ₹5,000 buy-in from 7 pm and Freedom Whoop ₹5 Lakhs GTD with a buy-in of ₹2,000 from 8 pm.

Read the complete story here.

Apple Purges Gaming Apps Published by Individual Developers

Leaving many domestic gaming operators in the lurch, Apple Inc. has removed all apps submitted by individual developers from its iOS app store this past week. As a result, many currently popular gaming apps have been purged from the app store.

Read the complete story here.

Baadshah Gaming Live Tournament Releases 3rd Edition Schedule

The third edition of domestic poker series Baadshah Gaming Live Tournament (BLT) will be hosted at Casino Pride on Mandovi river in Goa from September 30 to October 8 and will comprise of six events with buy-ins ranging from ₹15,000 to ₹75,000. The series is 100% rake free and TDS will be deducted on net winnings.

Read the complete story here.

Indian Poker Association Announces the Launch of Poker Room in Ranchi

Adding yet another city to its live poker circuit, Indian Poker Association (IPA) is starting a new poker room at Holiday Home Hotel in Ranchi, Jharkhand, in conjunction with East India Association. Coinciding with the country’s 72nd Independence Day, Ranchi’s first poker room will host the inaugural run of Ranchi Poker Championship 2018 at 2 pm on August 15.

Read the complete story here.

2018 APPT Manila

The 2018 APPT Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila that had kicked off in the City of Dreams, Manila, Philippines on August 4 saw week-long challenges on the felts through the past week before the series came to a thundering close on August 12.

In the mix in big numbers, the Indian challengers took home thrilling scores, headlined by runner-up finishes by the “PokerGuru Star of the Week” Sahil Agarwal (₱4,656,260 – ₹60.67 Lakhs), Akshay Nasa (₱2,822,000 – ₹36.67 Lakhs) and Kunal Patni (₱960,000 – ₹12.50 Lakhs) in the ₱200,000 High Roller, APPT National and 6-Handed Shot Clock respectively. While Chiraag Patel (₱350,000~ ₹4.56 Lakhs) bagged the country’s first title win in the series in the NLH Turbo.

Sahil Agarwal
Sahil Agarwal

The Main Event was the biggest tournament in the history of Philippines and with a massive top prize in picture, Indian runners fired multiple bullets over two starting flights, taking 22 Indians to Day 2. While the Team`s Main Event campaign ended on Day 2, eight Indian challengers headlined by Sriharsha Doddapaneni (43rd for ₱210,000 ~₹2.72 Lakhs) and Ravi Priya (62nd for ₱170,000 ~₹2.20 Lakhs) picked up scores, while the remaining 14 fell out empty-handed.

Sriharsha Doddapaneni
Sriharsha Doddapaneni

Read the complete story here.

Anup Palod (17th for ₱17,400 – ₹22,440) was the lone Indian scorer in ₱10,000 Deepstack, Jasven Saigal (8th for ₱108,400 – ₹1.40 Lakhs) topped the two Indians scores in Turbo Megastack, while Jaydeep Dawer (18th for ₱130,000 -₹1.69 Lakhs) ran deep in Saturday Superstack where three Indians added to the team`s scorecard.

On the closing day at 2018 APPT Manila, Sam Srinivas Polishetty’s (6th for ₱91,200 – ₹118,842) finish in ₱10,000 NLH Turbo capped off another trailblazing performace by our domestic pros at the international felts.

Indian Cashes In 2018 APPT Manila

Indian Cashes In 2018 APPT Manila
Indian Cashes In 2018 APPT Manila

Meanwhile, 22 players took home top prizes in the various APPT Manila tournaments. Five glittering PSPC Platinum Passes were won by Tsolmon-Erdene Ochir in APPT Kickoff Event, Marc Richelieu Rivera in APPT National, Tzai Wei Phua in Megastack, Wilson Lim in Main Event and Gary Joseph Thompson in Saturday SuperStack, along!

2018 APPT Manila Winners

2018 APPT Manila Winners
2018 APPT Manila Winners

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PokerStars May Return to Macau at Studio City For Macau Poker Cup

PokerStars may return to Macau for hosting ones of its flagship series, the Macau Poker Cup (MPC). According to Chairman of PokerStars’ Asian partner, International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) Stanley Choi, the company is likely to host it`s marquee MPC series at the Studio City Hotel and Casino Resort in Macau.

Read the complete story here.

Popular Poker Podcast TwoPlusTwo PokerCast Suspended Indefinitely

Popular poker podcast TwoPlusTwo that has been one of the primary ventures of Two Plus Two Publishing has been put on an indefinite hold and according to proprietor Mason Malmuth the 499th episode was the last show, for now.

Read the complete story here.

Triton Poker Super High Roller Sochi

Malaysian pro Ivan Leow won his second Triton Poker title in less two weeks at the RUB6,000,000 Triton Poker Super High Roller Sochi at the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia for RUB 72,000,000 ($1,134,000).

Ivan Leow
Ivan Leow

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British pro Aymon Hata bested the likes of Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Konstantin Uspenski and Patrik Antonius, to take down the 2018 Triton Poker High Roller Sochi at the ongoing 2018 partypoker Live Millions Russia poker festival for RUB 48,000,000 ($756,000).

Aymon Hata
Aymon Hata

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Anatoly Filatov Wins 2018 partypoker Live Millions Russia Main Event

partypoker ambassador Anatoly Filatov cruised through a 916-player field, defeating Gor Kazaryan in the heads-up play to win the 2018 partypoker Live Millions Russia RUB 318,000 Main Event for his career-best score of RUB60 Million (~$887,000).

Anatoly Filatov
Anatoly Filatov

Read the complete story here.

Florian Duta Wins 2018 GUKPT Goliath For £101,450

Romanian pro Florian Duta bested a record field of 7,584 players to win the 2018 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Goliath for a whopping £101,450. The event featured a buy-in of £125 and broke its own previous records for the largest poker tournament to be held outside of Las Vegas.

Florian Duta
Florian Duta

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Warren Sheaves Wins 2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship

The final stateside 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet was won by Warren Sheaves, who won his career-first gold bracelet and a payday of $282,113 for topping a field of 127 runners.

Warren Sheaves
Warren Sheaves

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2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

The 13-day long 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) found winners in Elio Fox, who took down the $50,000 Super High Roller for $500,000, Matt Edge who shipped the $570 Deep Stack NLH for $196,150 and Mark Dube who won both the $570 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry) and $360 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max for $25,120 and $9,140 respectively. Florida local Randall Fernandez defeated Johny Pham to win the seventh annual Jeff Conine Charity Poker Classic.

Elio Fox
Elio Fox

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Nebojsa Blanusa Wins The Star Sydney Championships Main Event

Australia’s Nebojsa Blanusa won The Star Sydney Championships Main Event for AUS$314,265 ($231,827) during the 10th anniversary of the annual tournament series.

Nebojsa Blanusa
Nebojsa Blanusa

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Brady Holiman Wins WPT Choctaw Main Event

Texan Brady Holiman topped a field of 755 entries to win the World Poker Tour (WPT) Choctaw $3,700 Main Event, held at the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, for $469,185.

Brady Holiman
Brady Holiman

Read the complete story here.

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

Related Articles:

1. Sunday Online Railbird Report: Harshil ‘aeon’ Dhingra Wins BSS ₹15 Lakhs GTD on PokerBaazi For ₹3 Lakhs

2. PokerBaazi to Host Independence Day Special ‘Freedom Series’ With ₹45 Lakhs GTD

3. Domestic Poker Operators Hit as Apple Purges Gaming Apps Published by Individual Developers

4. Baadshah Gaming Live Tournament Releases 3rd Edition Schedule (September 30 – October 8)

5. APPT Manila 2018: Sahil Agarwal Finishes Runner Up in the High Roller Event For Career-Best Score of ₱4,656,260 (₹60.65 Lakhs), Ivan Hon Cheong Lee Wins Title Following Heads-Up Deal

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