This Week in Poker: July 17 – July 23

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  • Namita Ghosh July 24, 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

Now that we are halfway through the year and the biggest poker festival of 2019 is also in the books, it is time now to look forward to exciting poker action closer to home. While the fifth and last edition of the Deltin Poker Tournament series this year, the DPT July edition (July 31 to August 5), is mere days away from kick-off, the live poker scene in Goa seems to be heading towards a resurgence with prominent poker series, India Poker Championship (IPC), also announcing its comeback yesterday. But first, let’s take a quick look back at the week that just passed us by.

The big guns came out to play on the virtual felts this past week. PokerStars India Team pro Aditya Agarwal proved why he is a stalwart in the domestic circuit by taking down the Sunday Special – Progressive KO ₹15 Lakhs GTD on a platform that he endorses. He triumphed over seasoned pro Sumit mrgr33n33 Sapra in the heads-up, adding ₹3.05 Lakhs to his illustrious scorecard. Rohit ‘Kudos0505’ Behal was the other big winner who championed the 532 entry-field in PokerBaazi’s Baazi Super Sunday (BSS) SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD, collecting ₹5.16 Lakhs in the process. For his win, Behal is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Upcoming online poker site, UMA Poker is presently running its UMA Series of Poker (USOP). The MTT-series commenced on July 17 last week and will continue all the way through this weekend. Some of the early winners in the series were Kavish ‘Tharakaram’ Sahni (USOP Kickoff for ₹2.52 Lakhs), Ankit ImluckBox Bajaj (USOP Bankroll Maker for ₹80,000) and Arav ‘Badluck’ Singh (USOP Cooler for ₹2.32 Lakhs).

There were several announcements and business deals emanating from the gaming industry this past week. Mobile games publisher Nazara Technologies continued its expansion spree by investing in Absolute Sports Pvt. Ltd. and purchasing shares worth ₹36 Crores in its subsidiary, Sportskeeda. Additionally, Esports and real-money gaming platform WinZO revealed plans of investing ₹10 Crores in local Indian game developers as well as partnering with them to develop quality content.

In other news, the uncertainty surrounding the fate of Goa’s casino industry continues as Chief Minister Pramod Sawant stated that the casino policy and Gaming Commission are still being reviewed.

On the international spectrum, the Aussie Millions announced its schedule for 2019, and while that is quite some time to come, Indian poker audiences have quite a lot to look forward to. Starting with the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila which will run from July 26 to August 4.  There is likely going to be only a small group of Indians in attendance at the series given the coinciding dates of the stop with the DPT series. Aditya Wadhwani, Jaideep Sajwan, Anant Purohit, Bobbe Suri, and Neelansh Khurana have all won packages to the APPT Manila Main Event on PokerStars India and will likely be in attendance. Running along the same time as the APPT Manila will be DPT July edition that will be hosted onboard Casino Deltin Royale from July 31 to August 5. The Triton Poker Super High Roller Series London (July 31- August 8) will round out the poker action for the next few weeks.

Another exciting announcement to come through this week was the revival of the IPC. A once quite popular domestic poker series, the IPC had been on a hiatus since 2016. The series will now be making a comeback onboard Casino Big Daddy and is slated to run from September 11 to 15.


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Online regular Rohit ‘Kudos0505’ Behal bested a field of 532 entries (301 unique and 231 re-entries) to take down the biggest Sunday tournament on PokerBaazi ‘BSS SuperStack ₹25 Lakhs GTD’ and collected a sum of ₹5.16 Lakhs. For his win, Behal is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Rohit Behal
Rohit Behal

Other notable scores of the week include –

Aditya Agarwal won ₹3.05 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Special – Progressive KO – ₹5,500 NLHE ₹15 Lakhs GTD’

Rajat ‘LungFakeer’ Sharma won ₹1.31 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘The Monster ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

Sameer ‘Killersam’ Tavanandi won ₹1.20 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘BSS MegaStack ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

Prince ‘NaNki’ Singh won ₹54,404 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘BSS PLO ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

‘shatsy93’ won ₹43,000 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘The Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD’

‘AstheticPoker’ won ₹38,959 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Stars ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

Rohit Cru$h3d Sinha won ₹29,918 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Warm-Up ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD’

Apratim HUSTLER.0081 Chatterjee won ₹22,943 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Supersonic ₹1 Lakh GTD’

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

‘masid’ won ₹17,500 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Sunday ₹1 Lakh GTD’

‘Rughani’ won ₹17,200 for 1st place in the Khelo365 ‘Deep Stack ₹40K GTD NLHE’

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Kavish Sahni, Ankit Bajaj & Arav Singh Win in UMA Poker’s USOP Series

Online poker site UMA Poker launched the UMA Series of Poker (USOP) from July 17 to 28 and amid the early winners at the series were Kavish ‘Tharakaram’ Sahni (USOP Kickoff for ₹2.52 Lakhs), Ankit ‘ImluckBox’ Bajaj (USOP Bankroll Maker for ₹80,000) and Arav ‘Badluck’ Singh (USOP Cooler for ₹2.32 Lakhs).

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partypoker Plans to Trial Use of Real Player Names in High Stakes Games

Continuing in its endeavor to streamline and develop a more recreational player-friendly site, the world’s second-largest online poker site partypoker has announced that it plans to display real player names in high stakes games. partypoker is likely to try this in high stakes invite-only cash games at its relaunched Trickett’s Room. but the use of real names may soon be introduced in heads-up tables, online satellites and other games in the future.

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IPC Announces Schedule for 2019

After a two-year hiatus, the India Poker Championship (IPC) will be returning to Casino Big Daddy, with a four-tournament series scheduled to run over five days from September 11 to 15. The star attraction of the series will be the ₹35K Main Event that offers a ₹1.57 Crore prize pool guarantee and begins on September 13.

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Nazara Technologies Invests in Sportskeeda & Qunami, Increases Stake in HalaPlay

In a slew of fresh investments, mobile gaming major Nazara Technologies has invested in Absolute Sports Pvt. Ltd. and acquired shares worth ₹36 Crores in its subsidiary, Sportskeeda. Nazara has also purchased shares valued at ₹7.09 Crores Sports Unity Pvt. Ltd., the parent firm of real-money cricketing quiz app Qunami.

At the same time, Nazara has entered a share swap deal with fantasy sports portal HalaPlay to acquire the existing stake of early investors Kae Capital and Kalysta Capital Fund, a move that will take Nazara’s total stake in HalaPlay to 52.53%.

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WinZO Games to Spend 10 Crores on Indian Game Developers

Esports and real-money gaming platform WinZO plans to spend ₹10 Crores ($1.5 Million) on local Indian game developers and partner with them to develop quality content. WinZO will offer gaming studios and independent game developers’ infrastructure for game development and will launch the games produced by them.

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Goa CM Pramod Sawant Says Casino Policy & Gaming Commission Under Consideration

Goa CM Pramod Sawant, in response to an unstarred question by Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco in the legislative assembly said that the casino policy and Gaming Commission were still “under examination.” Sawant did not specify any planned timeline for the same.

Goa CM Pramod Sawant

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Aussie Millions 2020 Schedule Announced

The schedule for the 2020 Aussie Millions has been announced. From January 4 to 24, the poker extravaganza will be hosted at Casino Crown Melbourne and feature a total of 23 Championship Events, with buy-ins ranging from A$1,150 to A$100,000. The series show-stopper will be the A$10,600 Main Event that features three starting flights and commences on January 17 to run till January 24.

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Poker Central Announces British Poker Open & Super High Roller Bowl London

Poker media giant Poker Central has announced the creation of two signature stops, the British Poker Open, and the Super High Roller Bowl London. Both stops will be hosted at the Aspers Casino in Stratford, London. While the former will run from September 3-12 and comprise of 10 events with buy-ins ranging from £10,000 to £100,000, the £250,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl will start on September 13 and has a cap of 49 entries.

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Lex Live 2 Schedule Out

PokerStars and Lex Veldhuis have announced the schedule for Lex Live 2, slated to run from September 27 to October 6 at the Aspers Casino in London. The series features nine tournaments with buy-ins ranging from £50 – £230 and will be headlined by the £230 Main Event that has eight starting flights.

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Rob Yong Announces FairPlay Initiative to Combat Cheating in Poker, Website Shows “Coming Soon”

partypoker partner Rob Yong has announced the launch of the FairPlay initiative, designed to bring together online poker operators and the casino industry to fight collusion, bots, and cheating. FairPlay is the revamped version of Online Poker Against Cheating (OPAC), and currently, only John Duthie has been listed as a board member. The initiative ran into a bit of controversy earlier this week over the site’s allegedly illegal use of the U.K. Gambling Commission (UKGC) logo. The website currently shows a “Coming Soon” message to visitors.

Rob Yong

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AI ‘Pluribus’ Defeats Top Poker Pros in 6-Max NLHE

In a joint collaboration with the Facebook Artificial Intelligence (AI) team, researchers of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed an AI bot ‘Pluribus’ that in a significant technological breakthrough was able to outplay top poker pros in 6-Max No-Limit Hold ‘em poker.

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Online Casinos Go Live in Pennsylvania

Online casinos went live in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania last week, with the Hollywood Casino and Parx Casino commencing their online casino offerings on July 15 and the SugarHouse Casino’s online casino website going live on July 17.

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New York Casinos Launch Retail Sports Betting

New York officially launched retail sports betting last weekend, with two casinos, Rivers Casino in Schenactady County and the Tioga Downs in Nichols, launching their sportsbooks.

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Uku Valner Wins MPNPT London Main Event

The fifth edition of the MPN Poker Tour London £480 buy-in Main Event was hosted at Aspers Casino from July 18 – 21. Topping the field was Estonia’s Uku Valner who had won his seat in the event through an online qualifier. Valner outlasted the record 649-entry field and pocketed £50,000 in prize money.

Uku Valner wins MPNPT London Main Event

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Andrey Pateychuk Wins Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series CPPT Main Event

The $5,000 CPPT Main Event of the Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series registered 564 entries over two starting flights. The advertised $2 Million prize pool guarantee was easily obliterated with the final prize pool tally reaching $2.60 Million. Outlasting the competition was Russia’s Andrey Paterychuk who defeated Yake Wu heads-up to capture the title and $547,777 in prize money.

Andrey Pateychuk

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Austin Peck Wins Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates Main Event

The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) returned to Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour for its 29th edition last week and besting the 732-player field in the $1,100 Main Event was Austin Peck who won $152,671 for his efforts.

Austin Peck
Austin Peck

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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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