This Week in Poker: March 21 – 27

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  • PG News March 29, 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

The past week has been all fireworks, and the action truly escalated to new levels with historic tournament results, historic announcements and several other developments.

Live felts were on fire throughout the week with the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau 2018 wrapping its festivities on March 25. It was a historic series for Team India as the sole PokerStars Pro of India Aditya Agarwal came tantalizingly close to winning his live title trophy and that too in one of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world. Agarwal finished runner-up in the Main Event for a career-best ₹1.57 Crores and with that score, he makes a grand return to the top of the weekly leaderboard after a long halt to take our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Indian-origin player Ashish Gupta finished 10th in the Main Event for ₹20.29 Lakhs and Young Gun Sahil Chutani finished 15th for ₹13.87 Lakhs. India’s High Roller specialist Raghav Bansal too did what he does best and finished 18th in the High Roller event for ₹18.06 Lakhs.

The other most important news this week comes from the world’s largest online poker site – PokerStars who shook things up with the big announcement of starting its Indian operations on the domain PokerStars.in from April 17.

PokerStars was in news for two more reasons, first, they announced the Sunday Million Anniversary Edition: Take 2 that will take place on April 22, unfortunately the Indian players will have to give this one a miss due to launch of the PokerStars India website. PokerStars also unveiled changes in the fee structure in low stakes MTT’s and time tournaments.

Domestic players will have two bonanzas lined up in the coming week full of live poker action. First the much-awaited Season 2 of the Match Indian Poker League (MIPL) is visiting Kolkata on March 31 for its grand finale and then Goa will be the prime spot of action with the upcoming Baadshah Gaming Live Tournament’s second edition at Casino Pride from April 5-9.

In other ongoing live extravaganzas, WPT500, London is nearing its conclusion on April 2 with India’s Sumit Sapra to be in attendance for the last leg of the series.

In our other news round-up, we have reports from Goa, where the govt. has once again hiked the fees for casino licenses and this time, the hike is exorbitant.

From other big events overseas, we bring you news of Lester Edoc shipping the APT Philippines Championships 2018 Main Event for ₱2,674,900, where India’s Dilip Menon finished 31st for ₹1.67 Lakhs. At the series, Surat’s Jaydeep Dawer finished sixth in the APT-RWM₱2 Million GTD Opening Event for ₹1.18 Lakhs.

Wrapping up this edition are tournament results from APPT Macau 2018, APT Philippines Championships 2018, Super High Roller Bowl China, EPT Sochi, and World Series of Poker Circuit Hard Rock Tulsa.

Online Railbird Report

Online players as always had a great platter of scintillating events to choose from this past week and the biggest online scorer of the week was Jaipur’s Devang ’spark123’ Yadav who won the ₹6.51 Lakhs top prize for shipping the ‘Adda52 Millions’.

Devang Yadav

Other notable scores include –

Vikram ‘DetroitCheese’ Singh won €6,204.10 for 2nd place in the PokerStars ‘SCOOP 29: €50 NLHE [6-Max Turbo], €40,000 GTD’ and won €948.59 for 6th place in the PokerStars ‘Afternoon on Stars €50 [8-Max], €25,000 GTD’

Aryan ‘Aryanstark’ Chaudhary won ₹3.03 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday (₹15 Lakhs GTD) (SuperStack)’

Mohd. ‘007ShAkuNi’ Zeeshan won ₹2.60 Lakhs for 1st place in the Adda52 ‘Sunday Suits’

Armaan ‘armaan007’ Kochhar won $1,410.07 for 2nd place in the PokerStars ‘$82 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $7.5K GTD’ and made $1,184.49 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘$16.50 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $6K GTD’

Sankalp ‘Wobbegong’ Marwah won ₹1.21 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday (₹5 Lakhs GTD)’

Prabhat ‘SuicideSpree’ Mukherjea won $1,259.98 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘$55 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $12K GTD’

Vinay ‘vinstill’ BK won $1,416.60 for 2nd place in the PokerStars ‘Big $82, $6K GTD’ and won $1,063.94 for 92nd place in the PokerStars ‘$215 SUNDAY MILLION, $1,000,000 GTD – PSPC Sunday Tournament’

Kanishk ‘Gooner1317’ Upreti won ₹52,500 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday (₹1 Lakh GTD) PLO’

Sriharsha ‘indiandurr’ Doddapaneni won $653.08 for 273rd place finish in the PokerStars ‘$215 SUNDAY MILLION, $1,000,000 GTD – PSPC Sunday Tournament’

‘pichoudhary’ won ₹38,000 for 1st place in the 9stacks ‘Sunday Stacks’

Kiran ‘Pocketjs’ YK won ₹31,000 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday (₹1 Lakh GTD) (FreezeOut)’

PokerStars India To Launch on April 17!

After several delays, the world’s largest online poker site – PokerStars, finally made the official announcement this past week on its Indian domain PokerStars.in, clarifying that it will commence operations from April 17. PokerStars has tied up with Sugal & Damani backed Sachiko Gaming Pvt. Ltd. to enter the market and will host a special freeroll on April 22 with ₹10 Lakhs GTD along with special daily Early Bird Freerolls from April 17-22.

PokerStars India

Read the complete story here.

PokerStars Announces Sunday Million 12th Anniversary Edition $10M GTD Take 2

In another grand announcement, online giant PokerStars is taking another shot at the $10 Million GTD Sunday Million Anniversary Edition that is returning for a Take 2 on April 22. The event features the staple $215 buy-in and guarantees a whopping $10 Million in guaranteed prizes with $1 Million reserved for the eventual champion.

Read the complete story here.

PokerStars Changes Rake For Low Stakes MTT’s & Time Tournaments

Online giant PokerStars recently announced two major changes in the fee structure and prices in many of its multi-table tournaments (MTTs), which came into effect this Monday. The first change is that rake in all MTTs with a buy-in of less than $20 will see an increase and the second is decreased rake in all the Time Tourneys regardless of the buy-in.

Read the complete story here.

Adda52`s Paycheck Event Debuts on April 4

This past week, India`s largest online poker site – Adda52 announced a new super value tournament named ‘Paycheck’ that is set to make its debut on April 4 at 7:30pm. The event features a smashing ₹20 Lakhs guaranteed prize pool, all for a jaw dropping ₹2,200 buy-in! Adda52 is also hosting daily satellites multiple times for as little as ₹150.

Read the complete story here.

Match IPL Season 2 on March 31

After a grand Season 1, the entire poker fraternity is looking forward to the much-awaited Season 2 of the Match Indian Poker League (MIPL) backed by Raj, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, and IFMP.Just days from now, on March 31, MIPL will be visiting the City of Joy – Kolkata where the Season 2 finale will be held at Hotel Hindustan International.

Read the complete story here.

Goa Government Hikes Casino Licensing Fee Again

The debacles of Goa made headlines again this past week as the coastal state’s government hiked the Casino license fees for the fourth consecutive year. The hike is especially exorbitant this time around, as in some cases; the fee has been increased up by up to 4.5 times as compared to last year. The new order will come into force from April 1.

Read the complete story here.

APPT Macau 2018

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau 2018 stormed over the poker world completely and was the main center of attention for the past two weeks. Well the grand series closed out on March 25 after its Main Event found a champion.

It was a more than special series for Indian players and railbirds with PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal finally clinching his BIG Macau score. Agarwal got as close as one can get to winning his first live event title that too at one of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world, finishing runner-up for a career-best HK$1,900,000 (~₹1.57 Crores) in prize money.

Aditya Agarwal

Aditya Agarwal

Former professional gamer, China`s Lin Wu emerged victorious and collected the HK$3,095,000 (~US$394,452) top prize and a PSPC Platinum Pass worth an additional $30,000.

Lin Wu

Lin Wu

Not only Agarwal, Australia based player of Indian origin Ashish Gupta came close to making the final table and eventually finished 10th for HK$245,000 (~₹20.29 Lakhs). Also doing the country proud was Young Gun Sahil Chutani who finished 15th for a HK$167,500 (~₹13.87 Lakhs) payday.

Ashish Gupta

Ashish Gupta

Read the complete story here.

The Indian rail has much more reasons to celebrate as India’s High Roller specialist Raghav Bansal finished 18thin the High Roller event for HK$218,000 (~₹18.06 Lakhs). The event was taken down by Taiwan’s James Chen for HK$4,021,000.

Raghav Bansal

Raghav Bansal

Read the complete story here.

Overall, it was another historic Macau outing for the Indian camp with a total of 13 cashes.

APT Philippines Championships 2018

APT Philippines Championships 2018 Main Event at Resorts World Manila closed out recently with 325 entries ponying up the ₱55,000 entry fee to make for a total ₱15,762,500 prize pool. The event crowned a champion in Lester Edoc who was awarded with the championship trophy, APT Championship Ring, and ₱2,674,900 in cash.

The only Indian to make it in the money was Dilip Menon who finished 31st for ₱134,000 (~₹1.67 Lakhs).

The series also saw tournament regular Jaydeep Dawer in attendance. The Surat based pro final tabled APT-RWM₱2 Million GTD Opening Event and finished sixth for ₱95,100 (~₹1.18 Lakhs).

Jaydeep Dawer

Jaydeep Dawer

Read the complete story here.

Justin Bonomo Wins Super High Roller Bowl China

This past week was a big one for WSOP bracelet winner Justin Bonomo, who wonthe Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) China for a career-best score of $4.8 Million. Bonomo defeated Patrik Antonius heads-up and now boasts of $25.19 Million in live earnings. The event attracted an elite field of 75 entries to create the massive $18,542,370 prize pool.

Justin Bonomo

Justin Bonomo

Read the complete story here.

EPT Sochi

The EPT Sochi tournament series began on March 20 and is set to conclude today after its headline Main Event crowns its winner, who along with the prize money will also grab one of four Platinum Pass that are to be awarded at the series.

The Main Event attracted a huge field of 861 runners and is now onto its final day with just seven remaining in contention for the title and the ₽27,300,000 top prize.

Leading them all is Russia’s Arseniy Karmatskiy who will resume the final day with 7,830,000 chips. Viktor Shegai is second in chips with 4,755,000 and Armenian Vahe Martirosyan (3,110,000) rounds up the top three stacks.

Jonathan Poche Wins WSOPC Hard Rock Tulsa Main Event

The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Hard Rock Tulsa Main Event saw a field of 721 entrants that crushed the advertised guarantee of $1 Million by generating a total $1,081,500 prize pool. Lifting his second ring was Jonathan Poche who defeated Chad Smith heads-up to take home the $216,307 top prize.

Jonathan Poche

Jonathan Poche

Read the complete story here.

And that is all for this edition of our weekly report. We will be here again next week, same time, so stay logged on to catch all the latest news from the world of poker.

Related Articles:

1. Sunday Online Railbird Report: Devang Yadav, Mohd. Zeeshan, Aryan Chaudhary, Sankalp Marwah, Kanishk Upreti, & Kiran YK Headline Big Sunday

2. APPT Macau 2018: Lin Wu Wins Main Event; Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal Finishes Runner Up For Career-Best ₹1.57 Crores

3. PokerStars India Announces Launch on April 17, Massive ₹10 Lakhs Launch Freeroll on April 22

4. Match IPL Season 2 is Just a Few Days Away; Introducing Debuting Teams UP Indians & Pune Kings

5. Goa Government Announces Massive Hike in Casino Licensing Fee

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