This Week in Poker: December 20 – 26

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  • PG News December 28, 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

2017 has undoubtedly been one of the most happening years for Indian poker and though the curtains fall for the year this week, the poker excitement continues unabated with the coming year promising a barrage of international and domestic tournaments.

This time is usually one, which witnesses fewer large live tournaments taking place. However, the online traffic rises in equal proportion and to the delight of players, PokerStars put up a spectacular banquet of events with their Winter Series! Players from across the world were in the fray, but this week, Indians were primed to take their rightful share of the pie.

It was truly an early New Year celebration for Raghav ‘Rossoneri23’ Bansal as he shipped the PokerStars ‘Winter Series 02 – Medium $55 NLHE’ for $20,290 and collected an additional $10,179 in bounties. With this score, Bansal takes our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Live action will continue non-stop right from the start of 2018 as one of the biggest and best tournament brands in the world i.e. PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) kicks off on January 6 and will conclude after nine days of grueling poker on January 14. Two of our challengers namely Aditya Kumar and Vaibhav Sharma will be in attendance at the series thanks to a package they won on PokerStars.

Other big events that will get underway in January 2018 include Aussie Millions Poker Championship (January 17 – 5) and the World Series of Poker Circuit Morocco (January 19 – 28).

Our last report of the year also includes several big announcements and developments both domestically and internationally. In a major blow to poker lovers in Gujarat, online giant PokerStars, Baadshah Gaming, PokerBaazi and Adda52 have all withdrawn service from the state.

Adda52 raised the bar this week with the announcement of ₹1 Crore GTD BIG MILLIONS which is scheduled for February 25, 2018.

Goa was back in the news as the government plans to shift all offshore casinos operating from the River Mandovi to land within four years. In another newsworthy development, Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited leased Casino Maharaja out for 1 year.

Besides the above, in this report we also have the news of new online poker site 9HighPoker, partypoker announcing $20M GTD MILLIONS Online and Powerfest $15 Million GTD series, domain coming up for sale for $20 Million, online gambling giant GVC looking to acquire Ladbrokes and APT releasing a revamped schedule for 2018 with several big changes.

Tournament reports this week come from first-ever WSOP China and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open Main Event.

Online Railbird Report

In our last online railbird report of 2017, a few regulars continued their routine online and it was the merriest Christmas for Raghav ‘Rossoneri23’ Bansal. Bansal won $20,290 with an additional $10,179 in bounties for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘Winter Series 02 – Medium $55 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $100K GTD’. He also won $1,188.32 for 18th place in the PokerStars ‘No Limit Hold’em’ and claims our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Raghav Bansal

Raghav Bansal

Other notable scores of the week include –

dhirenrupani’ won ₹4.50 lakhs for 1st place in the ‘Adda52 Millions’

Abhisek ‘AbhisekPanda’ Panda won ₹4.20 lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Player of the Year Series ₹20 Lakhs GTD’

‘pagla’ won ₹2.40 lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Player of the Year Series ₹10 Lakhs GTD’

Vikram ‘thedead parrots’ Singh won $3,905.72 for 3rd place in the PokerStars ‘Big $109, $30K GTD’

Anil ‘BigBlufferAY’ Yadav won $1,552.58 for 5th place in the PokerStars ‘No Limit Hold’em’

PokerStars, Baadshah Gaming, PokerBaazi & Adda52 Exit Gujarat Market

Poker players in Gujarat were delivered a major blow this past week as online giant PokerStars, Baadshah Gaming, PokerBaazi and Adda52, all announced their exit from the Gujarat market following the negative judgment by the Gujarat High Court last week.

Read the complete story here.

Adda52 Announces 1 Crore GTD BIG MILLIONS

India’s largest online poker site – Adda52 announced a new marquee poker tournament aptly named BIG MILLIONS. The event features a guaranteed prize pool of ₹1 crore and is slated to kick off on February 25, 2018 with a buy-in of ₹11,000.

The winner of this exuberant event will win a shining trophy, and will be inducted into the Poker ‘Hall of Fame’. The eventual champion will also get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go on an exclusive dinner date with a Bollywood celebrity.

Read the complete story here.

Online Poker Site 9HighPoker Joins Fledgling Indian Market

The latest to join the growing breed of platforms in the country is 9HighPoker backed by poker player Rajat Sharma and tech expert Yogesh Bhalerao. 9HighPoker boasts of many unique features including a ‘responsible gaming’ feature, hand visualizer and an auto set bet slider. The site has also announced several introductory offers at launch.

Read the complete story here.

partypoker Announces Record-Breaking $20M Gtd. MILLIONS Online

The 2017 ‘Poker operator of the year’ award winner partypoker announced a historic second edition of its MILLIONS Online event to be hosted next year between December 1 – 4, 2018. The series boasts of a guaranteed prize pool of a whopping $20 million and will be the biggest guaranteed event in online poker history.

Read the complete story here.

First partypoker Powerfest of 2018 Announced With $15 Million Guaranteed

partypoker has also announced its first Powerfest series of the New Year that boasts of a whopping $15 million in guaranteed prizes. The series is scheduled to kick off on January 21 and will run till February 4 featuring 147 exciting events in its line-up.

Read the complete story here.

Goa Casino`s May Shift to Land in 4 Years

Goa Casinos continue to make news as according to a recent Times of India report; the state government plans to shift all offshore casinos operating from the River Mandovi to land within four years. Casinos are likely to be shifted to Mopa, once the international airport is commissioned, according a top government official.

Read the complete story here.

Casino Maharaja Leased Out By Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited

In another exciting development in Goa, Gopal Kanda’s Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited (GGHPL) has signed an agreement with fellow state politician Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group to take over Casino Maharaja (MV San Domino vessel) on lease for a year to start casino operations.

Read the complete story here. Domain Name Up For Sale For $20 Million

Recently, iGamingBusiness reported that, is up for sale for a price tag pegged at a whopping $20 million. was considered to be one of the most prized domains, but the website off late has been a static one. If the domain name is not acquired on the open market, it will be sold during the NamesCon live auction on January 30 next year.

Read the complete story here.

Rhode Island to Consider Online Casino Gambling

Recently, Rhode Island Senate Finance Chairman William Conley stated that he thinks there is a good chance the US Supreme Court could rule in favor to allow online gambling. If that happens, Rhode Island will become the fifth state to legalize online casino gambling.

Read the complete story here.

GVC to Acquire Ladbrokes For $5.35 Billion

Online gambling giant GVC has agreed to buy rival company and Britain’s largest bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral for as much as $5.35 billion. GVC, the owner of the Sportingbet, Bwin and Foxy Bingo stated that they would pay 32.7 pence in cash and 0.141 new GVC shares for each Ladbrokes share.

Read the complete story here.

Boyd Gaming Acquires Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge Casino Resort

Las Vegas based Boyd Gaming Corporation has announced that it will acquire Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge Casino Resort. Boyd will acquire its first asset in Pennsylvania which is located 20 miles west of downtown Philadelphia for a total cash consideration of $280.5 million.

Read the complete story here.

APT Releases Revamped Schedule For 2018 Stops

The Asian Poker Tour (APT) this week revealed their preliminary schedule for 2018, which includes seven stops with a few more stops to be added soon. APT also introduced major changes in the schedule, including replacing APT Player of the Year system by Player of the Series (POS) program. The APT has also revised its payout structures and now one player among every six entrants will make it in the money.

Read the complete story here.

Zhou Yun Peng Wins WSOP China

The inaugural World Series of Poker (WSOP) Chinaseries recently concluded after seven days of grueling poker action and the man who outlasted the strong field was Zhou Yun Peng. Peng claimed the first WSOP gold bracelet ever awarded in Asia, lifted the Champions Cup and pocketed the top prize of CNY 2,414,000 (approx. $367,000) for his splendid run.

Zhou Yun Peng

Zhou Yun Peng

Read the complete story here.

Farid Jattin Wins Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open Main Event

The Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open’s $1,650 Main Event got in the books this week and drew a total of 670 runners with the top 63 places making it in the money. At the end of the play, a winner emerged in 28-year-old Colombia based Farid Jattin. Jattin pocketed $241,651 in prize money along with the unique guitar shaped trophy.

Farid Jattin

Farid Jattin

Read the complete story here.

That’s it for this week, folks. We will return same time next week with all the important news from the poker world.

Related Articles:

1. Sunday Online Railbird Report: ‘dhirenrupani’ Takes Down Adda52 Millions, Abhisek Panda Ships PokerBaazi Player of The Year Series ₹20 Lakhs GTD Event

2. Offshore Casinos in Goa May Shift Onshore in Four Years, Says Top Government Official

3. Online Poker Site 9HighPoker Backed By Rajat Sharma & Yogesh Bhalerao Joins Fledgling Indian Market

4. Poker Players in Gujarat in Trouble With Poker Sites Withdrawing Services From The State

5. Adda52 Raises The Bar With ₹1 Crore GTD BIG MILLIONS

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