This Week in Poker: June 20 – 26

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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’s been almost never-ending excitement at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas this past week that has already seen many popular and classic tournaments culminate. A huge number of Indians are in Vegas and more are reaching soon to pit their poker skills in a globally competitive field. At the top of the list of the Indian challengers is Aditya Agarwal who has sent ripples of excitement and anticipation across the Indian poker fraternity with his continued stellar performance in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em Monster Stack. Agarwal has reached Day 4 of the event where he will be combating with 28 other survivors for the gold bracelet. It’s going to be a defining moment for him and India as well, as Agarwal though short on chips is in the firing line to bring home his own maiden bracelet as well as India’s third!

Many other Indian players have been seen in action this week, and the long list includes names like Nipun Java, Paawan Bansal, Raghav Bansal, Nikita Luther, Muskan Sethi, Yudhishter Jaswal, Bobbe Suri, Nishant Sharma, Abhinav Iyer, Apoorva Goel, Vivek Rughani, Aditya ‘Bitti’ Agarwal, Naman Madan and Pranay Kapoor.

In domestic live poker action, two upcoming tournaments were announced this week – the Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) to be held at the Deltin Royale Casino next month and the ‘Hysteria Live 2.0’ by MadOverPoker at Tilt Room. Bengaluru on June 30.

The paydays were colossal this week for the online poker community as well. Rubin “kornkid” Labroo, who is the “PokerGuru Star of the Week”, shipped the PPL ₹1 Crore GTD Main Event bagging ₹35.41 Lakhs. With the conclusion of the PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL), the leaderboard found a winner in none other than the defending champion Ramlakhan “Hitler” Meena, who made several spectacular runs to beat out Neeraj “SelfClaimedPro” Kumar for the top prize of ₹3 Lakhs.

In domestic news, Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar issued a 48-hour deadline for the eradication of the encroachments made by the Maharaja Casino, while 9Stacks revealed sending a 25-player Indian contingent to participate in the 2018 WSOP in Las Vegas.

In the international sphere, Jason Somerville entered into a partnership with PokerStars to promote poker on Twitch, Atlantic City will soon have two new casinos, Macau banned casino employees from gambling and the Thai police arrested 3,000 people on betting charges linked to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

We wrap up this week’s recap with tournament reports from the WSOP 2018, Wynn Summer Classic, APT Korea Seoul and the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT).

Online Railbird Report

The online felts were on fire this week as PokerBaazi’s PPL came to end crowing many winners who took home massive paydays. Topping them all was the “PokerGuru Star of the Week” Rubin “kornkid” Labroo who shipped the PPL ₹1 Crore GTD Main Event for a ginormous amount of ₹35.41 Lakhs.

Rubin Labroo
Rubin Labroo

Other notable scores of the week include –

Jasven ‘jasvensaigal’ Saigal won ₹11.79 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#23 ₹50 Lakhs GTD HighRoller (Re-Entry)’

Sagar ‘sagarpupul’ Choudhury won ₹6.53 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#14 ₹25 Lakhs GTD The Vegas (Re-Entry)’

‘zxvuclip’ won ₹6.33 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#19 ₹20 Lakhs GTD The Summit (Re-Entry)’

Abhishek ‘abhishek081190’ Jaiswal won ₹6.33 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#20 ₹25 Lakhs GTD PLO HighRoller (Re-Entry)’

Shravan ‘FishStars’ Chhabria won ₹5.85 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#9 The Endeavour ₹25 Lakhs GTD (Re-Entry)’

Divyank ‘Mikkudiv’ Gupta won ₹4.98 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#32 ₹20 Lakhs GTD Event (5 Re-Entry)’

Vinod ‘figureitout’ Megalmani won ₹4.27 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#4 ₹15 Lakhs GTD (Re-Entry)’

‘Dstar’ won ₹4.04 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#27 ₹15 Lakhs GTD Main Event Warm-Up (Re-Entry)’

Abhishek ‘abhi3333’ Garg won ₹3.04 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#24 ₹10 Lakhs GTD (Re-Entry)’

Anirban ‘pottysingh’ D Das won ₹2.23 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#13 ₹5 Lakhs GTD PLO Deepstack (Turbo Re-Entry)’

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

‘Aman9006’ won ₹1.79 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#5 ₹5 Lakhs GTD (Re-Entry)’

Abhishek ‘ketchup’ Kumar won ₹1.54 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#28 ₹5 Lakhs GTD 6-Max Turbo’

Saksham ‘Razorfish’ Sharma won ₹1.47 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#22 ₹5 Lakhs GTD (Re-Entry)’

‘AshimPal’ won ₹1.35 Lakhs for 1st place in the MadOverPoker Hysteria

Chiraag ‘Versutus’ Patel won ₹1.21 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#33 ₹5 Lakhs GTD FreezeOut’

‘Kingofaces’ won ₹1.17 Lakhs for 1st place in PokerBaazi ‘PPL#12 ₹3 Lakhs GTD 6Max Super-Stack (5 Re-Entry)’

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

Abhishek ‘abhi3333’ Garg won ₹80,145 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#3 ₹3 Lakhs GTD (Turbo Re-Entry)’

Sajjan ‘sajjan0007’ Barnwal won ₹79,870 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#26 ₹2 Lakhs GTD Time Bomb (60 min)’

Nishaanth ‘shanni’ Shanmughasundaram won ₹78,800 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#16 ₹2 Lakhs GTD (DeepStack Turbo)’

Neeraj ‘SelfClaimedPro’ Kumar won ₹71,722 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#6 ₹2 Lakhs GTD (Re-Entry)’

Jaydeep ‘JDBhaiya’ Dawer won ₹67,856 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#25 ₹2 Lakhs GTD Deepstack Turbo (Re-Entry)’

Guruprasad ‘fish_calling’ Gupta won ₹67,381 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#15 ₹1 Lakhs GTD Time Bomb (60 min)’

Ashutosh ‘trailblazera’ Kumar won ₹55,480 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#1 ₹2 Lakhs GTD (Re-Entry)’

Prashant ‘prashant32’ Jain Bhutoria won ₹49,612 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#11 ₹2 Lakhs GTD (1 Re-Entry)’

Pranay ‘setmeup’ Chawla won ₹42,510 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#2 ₹2 Lakhs GTD (FO)’

‘Dstar’ won ₹31,671 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#7 ₹1 Lakhs GTD Time Bomb (60 min)’

Akshay ‘sherlock52’ Nasa won ₹46,200 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#17 ₹1 Lakhs GTD (6-Max Re-Entry)’

Abhishek ‘abhishek081190’ Jaiswal won ₹19,263 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#18 ₹1 Lakhs GTD Time Bomb (60 mins)’

Bidya ‘Ankit420’ Shankar won ₹45,400 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#21 ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD (6-Max Re-Entry)’

‘Hai_toh_hai’ won ₹39,400 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#29 ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD (Re-Entry)’

Amit ‘akawildcard’ K Aneja won ₹85,020 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#30 ₹3 Lakhs GTD Deepstack Turbo (Re-Entry)’

Vivekk ‘vivek25’ Dube won ₹45,765 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘PPL#34 ₹2 Lakhs GTD Time Bomb (60 mins)’

‘0BLITZ05’ won ₹48,682 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Stars ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

Amit ‘Stu Ungar 7694’ won ₹48,094 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Storm ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

‘Lucky5’ won ₹46,500 for 1st place in the 9Stacks ‘Sunday Stacks’

‘1Variance’ won ₹44,847 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘The Hot ₹1 Lakhs GTD’

Vishal ‘spartacus’ Tulsyan won ₹29,177 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker Dynamite

WSOP 2018

Just as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) entered its fifth week, there have been remarkable performances by Indian poker stalwarts in the tournament series. Headlining Team India’s run at the 2018 WSOP is India’s top-ranking player and Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal who has galloped over a heavily competitive field to reach Day 4 of Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em Monster Stack.

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal

Agarwal, who has already cashed in four WSOP bracelet events this summer, is gunning for nothing less than the coveted gold bracelet and has bagged 1,680,000 in chips for Day 4 of the tournament where only 29 survivors remain!

Nipun Java was seen in action in the same event, and he ended his run on Day 3 in 126th place for $6,794 (~₹4.65 Lakhs), even as on Day 2, Apoorva Goel and 9stacks qualifier, Vivek Rughlani finished in 473rd and 436th place respectively to each pocket $3,605 (~₹2.45 Lakhs).

There were several other Indians who made their mark at WSOP and are still in play in different tournaments. Raghav Bansal (59,400) Nikita Luther (29,700) and Muskan Sethi (17,300) are playing in the Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 NLHE while Aditya ‘Bitti’ Agarwal progressed to Day 2 in Event #53: $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo 8 Or Better.

Indian challenger Paawan Bansal made another deep run at the WSOP with a 73rd place finish in Event #51: $1,500 NLHE Bounty for $2,952 (~₹2.02 Lakhs).

Another high action and popular tournament, Event #45: Big Blind Antes $ 1,000 NLHE (30 Minute Levels) opened with a sizeable Indian participation. Aditya Agarwal and Nipun Java reached the money but were eliminated on Day 1. Agarwal ended his run in 246th placefor $1,501 (~₹1.01 Lakhs) while Java finished in 150th place ($1,851 – ~₹1.25 Lakhs). Mumbaikar Amit Jain who has been participating at WSOP since 2016 also fought well in the event to reach 117th place and collected $2,019 (~₹1.37 Lakhs) for his efforts.

This summer was also the first WSOP visit for Aditya ‘Bitti’ Agarwal, who entered Event #43: $2,500 NLHE and climbed up the field to progress to Day 2 where he finished 81st for $5,653. Meanwhile, Paawan Bansal continued forward to Day 3 eventually busting at 30th place for $12,345 (~₹8.47Lakhs).

Aditya Agarwal
Aditya Agarwal

Event #39: $1,500 NLHE Shootout saw two Indians, Raghav Bansal (55th) and Yudhishter Jaswal (77th) pocketing $,5,227 (₹3.54 Lakhs) each.

With several WSOP events reaching their finale, and a big number of qualifiers from 9stacks #LFGVegas promotion set to reach Vegas soon, the coming week is going to see a lot more Indian action at WSOP!

Indian Cashes at WSOP 2018

Indian Cashes at WSOP 2018
Indian Cashes at WSOP 2018

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Meanwhile, 15 WSOP bracelet events reached their finale, with the gold bracelet awarded to the winner.

This week’s winners include Farhintaj Bonyadi, Yaniv Birman, Robert Peacock, Eric Baldwin, Preston Lee, Scott Bohlman, Robert Nehorayan, Matthew Mendez, Shaun Deeb, Mario Prats Garcia, Nicholas Seiken, Timur Margolin, David Brookshire, Loren Klein and Jay Kwon.

15 WSOP bracelet events
15 WSOP bracelet events

Maharaja Casino Encroachment on DB Road Dismantled After Goa CM Manohar Parrikar Issues 48-Hour Deadline

After a 48-hour deadline was issued by the Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar, the encroachments made by Maharaja Casino on the pavement by DB road in Panjim were dismantled.

Read the complete story here.

9stacks Takes Largest Indian Contingent of 25 Poker Players to Las Vegas For WSOP 2018!

The virtual skill-based gaming site 9stacks has sent a record-breaking battalion of 25 Indian poker players to Las Vegas to participate in the 2018 WSOP which includes the likes of Nishant ‘DoJingBULLETS’ Sharma, Vivek ‘Ibeasteverything’ Rughani, Arsh ’BigggTymeR’ Grover and Sanjay ‘Werewolf’ Taneja.

Read the complete story here.

Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) Announces Schedule For July Edition

The schedule for the July edition of the Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) was announced and will be held between July 26 to 29, 2018 at the Deltin Royale Casino in Goa.

Read the complete story here.

MadOverPoker Announces Hysteria Live 2.0 at Tilt Poker Room on June 30

The online gaming portal MadOverPoker announced the second edition of the live tournament ‘Hysteria Live 2.0’ to be held at the Tilt Poker Room in Bengaluru on June 30.

Read the complete story here.

Jason Somerville’s Run It Up & PokerStars Announce Twitch Partnership

Jason Somerville, in association with the poker site giant PokerStars has announced the launch of Run It Up Studios that will offer services to Twitch streamers worldwide and work towards transitioning poker into a spectator sport.

Read the complete story here.

Two New Casinos to Open in Atlantic City

The casino industry in New Jersey’s Atlantic City will experience a revival with the opening of two new casinos, namely the Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City and the Ocean Resort Casino.

Read the complete story here.

Macau Bans Casino Employees From Gambling

The government of Macau may implement new regulations prohibiting casino employees from gambling anywhere within the city’s territorial boundary.

Read the complete story here.

Thai Cops Make Over 3,000 Arrests For FIFA Betting

The law enforcement officers in Thailand have made over 3,000 arrests related to illegal betting since the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Read the complete story here.

Kwun Li Ships 2018 Wynn Summer Classic $1,100 NLH $1M Guarantee For $280,594

Hong Kong’s Kwun Li shipped the $1,100 buy-in No Limit Hold’em 1 Million GTD event held at the Wynn Poker Room for $280,594 after striking a heads-up deal with the runner-up Australia’s Dominic Coombe who took away $266,639.

Kwun Li
Kwun Li

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Jinwoo Kim Takes Down Inaugural APT Korea Seoul 2018 Main Event Title For 26,225,000

Beating out a field of 170 players, Jinwoo Kim won the maiden APT Korea Seoul 2018 Main Event for ₩26,225,000 after setting up a heads-up deal with Paul Hong.

Jinwoo Kim
Jinwoo Kim

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Michael Soyza Wins $1,600 MSPT Venetian For $588,249, 9stacks Qualifier Rughani & Abhinav Iyer Score

Malaysia’s Michael Soyza won the $1,600 MSPT Venetian and collected a top prize worth $588,249, while 9stacks qualifier Vivek Rughlani finished 195th for $4,557 (~₹3.10 Lakhs) and Young Gun Abhinav Iyer placed 242nd for $3,936 (~₹2.68 Lakhs).

Michael Soyza
Michael Soyza

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: Rubin Labroo Wins PPL Main Event For ₹35.41 Lakhs, Ramlakhan Meena Tops PPL Leaderboard Again

2. WSOP 2018: Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal Makes Final 29 in Event #48 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em Monster Stack

3. 9stacks Takes Largest Indian Contingent of 25 Poker Players to Las Vegas For WSOP 2018!

4. MadOverPoker Announces Hysteria Live 2.0 at Tilt Poker Room on June 30

5. Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) Announces Schedule For July Edition

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