This Week in Poker: June 13 – 19

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  • PG News June 20, 2018
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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

Another glorious week in the world of poker comes to a close. As the 49th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) rages on, we were made privy to many daring gameplays, intense challenges, premature celebrations and nerve-wracking finales. Playing host to this extensive series, the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, has seen a flurry of activities in the last few weeks. Having only reached the halfway mark, the best is certainly yet to come!

Members of Team India have not held back their bravado and have pushed through a plethora of participants to announce themselves on the grand platform of the WSOP. Taking flight from the spectacular runs made by Paawan Bansal, Raghav Bansal, Nipun Java and Aditya Agarwal in the previous weeks, more Indian challengers joined the tournaments this week to try and bring home the coveted WSOP bracelet.

Paawan Bansal persisted with his form in Event #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK where he finished 74th place for $6,803 (~₹4.63 Lakhs). He was accompanied in the event by Nipun Java who also reached Day 2 and was eliminated in 87th place for $5,752 (~₹3.91 Lakhs).

Agarwal ran deep in the Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, to make it to Day 2, but he could not maintain his momentum and eventually placed 45th for $6,482 (~₹4.41 Lakhs). Meanwhile, Raghav Bansal and Yudhishter Jaswal are still going strong in Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.

The live tournament action will be making a return to Goa next month as the last edition of 2018 Deltin Poker Tournament – Summer Edition for this year was announced from July 26 – 29. The complete schedule is expected to be announced soon.

In other major headlines, the gaming industry was in for a shock this week as the state government of Sikkim announced a possible ban on the locals from entering online betting shops and gaming parlours. The bad news continued as the Indian Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) expressed concern towards a fake lottery tickets scam in Kerala.

In another exciting live tournament, PokerStars and Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) announced that the nine-day long 2018 APPT Manila will begin from August 4.

On the online poker front, Shravan ‘FishStars’ Chhabria took charge and shipped the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#9 The Endeavour ₹25 Lakhs GTD (Re-Entry)’ to become the “PokerGuru Star of the Week”. With the ongoing PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL) progressing at a brisk pace, we will be keeping an eye out for more thrilling action to come!

In other news coming in this past week, New Jersey finally legalized sports betting on June 14 while Michigan is making its way towards sports gambling legalization. Daniel Negreanu meanwhile joined Masterclass where he will be teaching courses.

We conclude this week’s recap with tournament reports from the WSOP 2018 and the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT).

Online Railbird Report

It was raining money this week on the online felts as many poker enthusiasts collected big pay-outs. Shravan ‘FishStars’ Chhabria topped the charts with an enormous win of ₹5.85 Lakhs for 1st place in PokerBaazi ‘PPL#9 The Endeavour ₹25 Lakhs GTD (Re-Entry)’ and is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week”.

Shravan Chhabria

Other notable scores of the week include –

‘TheLagLawyer’ won ₹4.63 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Special ₹25 Lakhs GTD’

Siddharth ‘si151190’ Mehndiratta won ₹3.05 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday ₹15 Lakhs GTD’

‘slyblazer’ won ₹1.84 Lakhs for 1st place in PokerBaazi ‘PPL#8 ₹5 Lakhs GTD (Turbo Re-Entry)’

‘Rakheshlokesh’ won ₹1.20 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Sunday Special – ₹5,000 NLHE, ₹25 Lakhs GTD’

Kunal ‘pinguv’ Vaswani won ₹1.10 Lakhs for 1st place in PokerBaazi ‘PPL#10 ₹3 Lakhs GTD (5 Re-Entries)’

Vishal ‘spartacus’ Tulsyan won ₹1.01 Lakhs and ₹28,837 for 1st place in MadOverPoker ‘Hysteria’ and ‘Dynamite’

‘brockLesnar95’ won ₹85,029 and ₹48,682 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Storm – ₹300 NLHE (6-Max), ₹5 Lakhs GTD’ and ‘Sunday Stars – ₹2,500 NLHE, ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

‘Dstar’ won ₹42,000 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday – ₹1 Lakhs GTD’

‘TheMentalistNo1’ won ₹27,178 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘The Hot ₹2,500 (Turbo), ₹1 Lakhs GTD’

Annkur ‘Flopzila’ Agarwal won ₹20,606 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Warm-Up – ₹800 NLHE, ₹1 Lakh GTD’.

Ashish ‘Ashish3030’ Singh won ₹23,000 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Madhouse’.

‘RunBarryRun’ won ₹92,455 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Super Tuesday – ₹4,000 NLHE, ₹4 Lakhs GTD’.

WSOP 2018

The WSOP has begun its fourth week and its was Team India whose performance was to watch out for this week. With the likes of Aditya Agarwal, Muskan Sethi, Nipun Java, Nishant Sharma, Nikita Luther, Akash Malik, Raghav Bansal and Paawan Bansal featuring in many events, India’s hopes of a WSOP bracelet had been reignited.

Paawan Bansal has truly made his mark on the WSOP scene this year with his stellar performances and deep runs. Starting from 2017, he has cashed in a total of three WSOP events. His success has sustained into 2018 WSOP with a spectacular run in the Event #7: COLOSSUS – $565 No-Limit Hold’em where he narrowly missed the final table as he placed 13th for a cash prize of $35,087 (~₹23.90 Lakhs). Bansal’s next big score came in Event #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em where he finished 74th for $6,803 (~₹4.63 Lakhs).

Paawan Bansal
Paawan Bansal

Nipun Java, one of the men responsible for India getting her maiden WSOP bracelet, also participated in the DOUBLE STACK event. After winning two gold bracelets last year, Java was in the hunt for a third but he busted out in 87th place banking $5,752 (~₹3.91 Lakhs).

Nipun Java
Nipun Java

Aditya Agarwal is undoubtedly one of the most seasoned pros in the Indian poker circuit. He has cashed in three events till now including a 77th place finish in Event #13: Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $3,517 (~₹2.39 Lakhs) and 133rd in Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed for $2,615 (~₹1.78 Lakhs). He managed to make Day 2 in Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em as well but hit the rails in 45th place cashing $6,482 (~₹4.41 Lakhs).

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal

Event #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em had a lot of Indian participation with Nishant Sharma (365th for $2,508 – ~₹1.70 Lakhs), Nikita Luther (525th for $2,038 – ~₹1.38 Lakhs) and Akash Malik (664th for $1,717 – ~₹1.16 Lakhs), all cashing in the event.

Read the complete story here.

Raghav Bansal was another star at the series having finished 21st in the MILLIONAIRE MAKER for $40,898 (~₹27.64 Lakhs). Bansal is currently in thick of action in Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout where he has won the opening round.

Raghav Bansal
Raghav Bansal

Indian cashes at WSOP 2018 –

Indian cashes at WSOP 2018
Indian cashes at WSOP 2018

The WSOP has continued its trend of crowning first-time bracelet winners. This week’s list includes Michael Addamo, Benjamin Dobson, Filippos Stavrakis, Gal Yifrach, Hanh Tran, Ryan Bambrick, Steven Albini, Matthew Davis and Yueqi Zhu. While Michael Mizrachi, Brian Rast and John Hennigan acquired their 3rd, 4th and 5th bracelets respectively.

Crowning First-Time Bracelet Winners
Crowning First-Time Bracelet Winners

PokerStars & Asia Pacific Poker Tour Announce 2018 APPT Manila Schedule

The 2018 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila schedule has been announced. The series will begin after the ongoing WSOP ends from August 4 and will continue for eight more days, finishing on August 12 at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room. There will be 4 Platinum Passes up for grabs!

Read the complete story here.

Sikkim Locals Could Be Banned From Accessing Online Betting Shops

Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Kumar Chamling caused a stir amongst the gaming community of the North-eastern state with his announcement that locals will be banned from visiting online betting shops as well as gaming parlours run by Golden Gaming.

Read the complete story here.

India’s CAG Warns of Lottery Ticket Scam in Kerala

A recently publish report this week by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India revealed the issue of rampant counterfeiting of lottery tickets in the Southern state of Kerala which has attracted severe criticism from the CAG towards the careless attitude of the state officials.

Read the complete story here.

New Jersey Legalizes Sports Betting

The Garden State of New Jersey was finally successful in legalizing sports betting within the state with Governor Phil Murphy placing the first legal bet on June 14.

Read the complete story here.

Michigan Passes Online Gambling Bill

Michigan, too, joined in on the action with the policymakers of the Michigan House passing a bill to regulate online casino games and sports gambling.

Read the complete story here.

Daniel Negreanu Joins Masterclass to Teach Poker Online

Master poker player and 6-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel ‘KidPoker’ Negreanu has stepped into the shoes of an educator as he will be giving online video sessions on poker in association with the globally respected online education platform Masterclass.

Read the complete story here.

MSPT Venetian

The $5,000 buy-in, $1 million guarantee Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) wrapped up this week and witnessed not only its biggest buy-in and maiden big blind ante tournament but also saw poker power couple Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell going head-to-head for the title. The couple eventually decided to opt for a chop with each taking $200,000 each with Foxen winning the additional $39,000 with the title.

Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell
Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell

Read the complete story here.

The $1,100 Mid Stakes Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian witnessed some Indian challenges in attendance like Kunal Patni and Sikander Rajwade. Both of them made it to Day 2, Rajwade returned home empty-handed while Patni took 233rd place for $4,215 (₹2.84 Lakhs). American David Levine took top honours at the event.

Kunal Patni
Kunal Patni

Read the complete story here.

And with this, we conclude this week’s round up of all the latest news updates and developments from the world of poker. We shall get back to you again next week with our weekly report, stay tuned!

Related Articles:

1. Sunday Online Railbird Report: ‘TheLagLawyer’ Wins Expanded Guarantee Sunday Special on PokerStars India; Siddharth Mehndiratta Tops BSS ₹15 Lakhs GTD on PokerBaazi

2. WSOP 2018: Nipun Java & Paawan Bansal Cruise Through to Day 3 in Event #34 – $1,000 Double Stack, Aditya Agarwal Makes Day 2 in Event #37 – $1,500 NLHE

3. WSOP 2018: Raghav Bansal Finishes 21st in Millionaire Maker For ₹27.64 Lakhs

4. Sikkim Locals May Soon Be Banned From Accessing Online Betting Shops

5. India’s CAG Warns of Lottery Ticket Scam in Kerala

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