This Week in Poker: September 5 – 11

This Week in Poker
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  • PG News September 12, 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

Yet another week of high-intensity poker action was on display in both online and live tournaments. The ongoing PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and $60 Million GTD partypoker Powerfest stole the show virtually and the 2018 Poker Masters and World Series of Poker (WSOP) International Circuit Holland Casino Rotterdam kept the railbirds entertained with the electrifying action on the live felts.

This week was also an important one for the Indian poker community as the inaugural season of the Global Poker League (GPL) India hosted its Bootcamp on September 8 followed by the Draft Day on September 9 in the capital city of New Delhi. 60 online qualifiers who fought their way to the top on PokerStars India converged for the Bootcamp that was a star-studded gathering of local celebrities and the crème de la crème of the poker fraternity and held the domestic circuit captive with its enthralling action. The challenges, drama and the thrills of the Bootcamp have been recorded to be televised at a later date.

Meanwhile, the live tournaments were teaming with palpable intensity. The 2018 Poker Masters, running from September 6 to 15, has already concluded three events which were won by David Peters, Brandon Adams and Keith Lehr, while the WSOP International Circuit Holland Casino Rotterdam came to a thundering close.

However, live action will continue with the upcoming WSOP International Circuit – Rozvadov (September 20 to October 8), partypoker MILLIONS Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham (September 20 to October 9), and European Poker Tour (EPT) – Open Sochi (September 21 to 29).

Even as the WCOOP and Powerfest are heating up the international virtual felts, the domestic online scene is not far behind. The high-value tournaments hosted by the premier and popular poker sites crowned many champions, but topping the winners is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” Raman ‘ifryu’ Gujral who crushed the Baazi Super Sunday (BSS) ₹15 Lakhs GTD SuperStack that was held on India’s most trusted poker site PokerBaazi for a payday of ₹3.19 Lakhs. The Khelo365 Colossal Leaderboard announced the names of its leaderboard toppers including ‘PrAnKster’ (Gold Leaderboard for ₹1 Lakh), ‘vanillasky’ (Silver Leaderboard for ₹60,000) and ‘Agentcodybanks’ (Bronze Leaderboard for ₹22,000).

While the GPL India Bootcamp and Draft Day kept the temperatures high in the domestic circuit, a glimmer of hope comes in for the casino industry of Goa, when while hearing a writ petition, the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court asked the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to justify why it has introduced additional service fees on Goa’s casinos.

On the other hand, in what is the biggest foreign investment by a firm in the Indian gaming industry, Chinese social media and gaming group Tencent Holdings announced a $100 Million investment in fantasy sports operator, Dream11.

In another brand alliance, accomplished poker player Tanay Hargunaney joined India’s latest poker site, PokerDangal as Team Pro.

International poker has been a hotbed of major changes and eye-popping news. Winning Poker Network (WPN) exited the Australian gaming market while in midst of criticism and regulations, Hendon Mob introduced account deletion and information removal for EU residents.

We wrap up this week’s recap with tournament reports from the 2018 Poker Masters, 2018 partypoker Powerfest, WSOP International Holland, World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and WinStar River Poker Series.

Online Railbird Report

Several high-value tournaments overshot their guarantees as the online felts offered hefty payouts to the winners. Headlining the list was Raman ‘ifryu’ Gujral, who topped the Baazi Super Sunday (BSS) ₹15 Lakhs GTD SuperStack on PokerBaazi for ₹3.19 Lakhs and is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week”.

Raman Gujral
Raman Gujral

Other notable scores of the week include –

‘OMGZ_ITS_RB’ won ₹2.85 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Special ₹15 Lakhs GTD’

Sid ‘CornerPocket’ Khanna won ₹1.75 Lakhs for 1st place in PokerBaazi ‘BSS PLO ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

Sathish ‘GSK2006’ Kumar won ₹76,140 Lakhs for 1st place in the 9stacks ‘Sunday Stacks’

‘3betPanda’ won ₹56,523 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Storm ₹3 Lakhs GTD’

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

‘Bulli’ won ₹42,471 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Dynamite’

‘XERXES’ won ₹25,000 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Madhouse’

‘pokerstarsjul’ won ₹21,848 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Warm-Up ₹1 Lakh GTD’

Shivam ‘champhiyan’ Shukla won ₹19,888 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Grenade’

2018 partypoker Powerfest

The 2018 Powerfest at partypoker opened on September 2 and is running well into its second week. It is the biggest poker festival in its history, guaranteeing a total prize pool of more than $60 Million.

The online poker festival has an excellent buy-in range, from $1.10 to $25,500 and based on the buy-ins, the events are categorized into Micro, Low, Medium, High, High Rollers and Super High Roller.

The $5,200 Super High Roller $1M GTD Championship Event was the biggest buy-in event of the 2018 partypoker Powerfest. Fielding through 195 runners, Hungarian player Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth captured the title, adding $177,934 to his career online earnings.

Read the complete story here.

Live cash game specialist and owner of King’s Casino Rozvadov, Leon Tsoukernik made his second-ever online tournament count, when he won Event #16: Super High Roller $1M Championship Event in the Powerfest. Tsoukernik topped a field of 204 entrants and banked $208,000 along with the title.

Read the complete story here.

2018 WCOOP

Poker’s most prestigious online series, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) has been running on PokerStars since September 2. The series features more than $116 Million in guarantees this time and will conclude on September 17. Many tournaments are already in the books and there are a good number of attractions still to unfold. Coming soon is the Main Event that kicks off on September 16 and will draw curtains to the series on September 17. The Main Event boasts of a $10 Million guarantee.

While we have already seen poker stars like Shaun Deeb, Benny ‘RunGodLike’ Glaser and Tom ‘tjbentham’ Bentham take down prime events, Denis ‘aDeENalin710’ Strebkov has been on a phenomenal run with four titles of the ongoing WCOOP already in his name. ‘nilsef’, the mystery player from Germany also grabbed headlines for claiming two titles in a single day.

Meanwhile, Jorryt ‘TheCleaner11’ van Hoof took down the $25,000 PLO High Roller at the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and pocketed an impressive sum of $465,559.

Read the complete story here.

Tanay Hargunaney Joins PokerDangal Team Pro

PokerDangal, a recent entry in the domestic virtual poker map has signed Tanay Hargunaney as their latest Team Pro. Hargunaney, who is one of the brightest players in the domestic poker circuit and has performed equally well on live and online cash games is the second player to join PokerDangal, after Abhineet Jain.

Read the complete story here.

Bombay HC Asks Goa Government to Justify Demand For GST on Casino License Fee

The Goa bench of Bombay High Court has asked the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to clarify its stand and justify why it has introduced additional service fees on Goa’s casinos. The Court gave these directives while hearing the writ petition filed by attorney Abhishek A Rastogi, partner at Khaitan & Co. against the 15% GST charged by DRI on the license fee paid by Goa casinos.

Read the complete story here.

Dream 11 Gets ₹719 Crores Investment from Tencent Holdings

Tencent Holdings, a Chinese social media and gaming conglomerate has invested ₹719 Crores in Indian fantasy sports operator Dream11. This is the biggest business investment to-date by a foreign firm in the Indian gaming industry.

Read the complete story here.

EU GDPR Forces Hendon Mob to Offer Account Deletion Option

Complying with the diktat of European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Hendon Mob has allowed European citizens to request corrections or deletion to their online data.

Read the complete story here.

2018 Winamax Poker Open Dublin Schedule Released

The 2018 Winamax Poker Open (WPO) Dublin edition is opening at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin on September 17 and will feature 40 events with buy-ins that range from €10 up to €1,500. The series will conclude on September 23.

Read the complete story here.

Chinese Authorities Raids Casino Operators For Illegal Online Sports Betting

Chinese authorities in its Zhejiang province raided an online betting ring that reportedly handed RMB3 Billion (US$439 Million) in wagers and nabbed 63 individuals suspected of being involved in the illegal activity. The raid was conducted on the basis of tipoffs from the public and disgruntled customers.

Read the complete story here.

Phil Galfond Reveals Latest Run It Once Software Updates

Poker pro Phil Galfond has divulged more details on his new online poker site in making, Run It Once. Galfond released a 20-minute video on Run It Once’s YouTube channel where he gave viewers a visual walk through different processes within the Run It Once software.

Read the complete story here.

Winning Poker Network (WPN) Exits Australian Market

Winning Poker Network (WPN) announced its exit from the Australian market, informing on the site that Australian players will no longer be allowed to sign up for new accounts. WPN will not allow customers from Australia to play at sites like Americas Cardroom, True Poker, Black Chip Poker and Ya Poker.

Read the complete story here.

2018 Poker Masters

Poker Central and Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas came together to host the 2018 Poker Masters at the PokerGO Studio, near Aria. The seven-tournament series kicked off on September 6 and features many prime attractions. All the events allow two re-entries barring the $50,000 tournament that allows only a single re-entry.

David Peters won the opening event i.e. the $10,000 NLHE that saw a total of 69 entries. Adding 300 points towards the Purple Jacket race, Peters also bagged $193,200 in prize money for his winner’s finish.

David Peters
David Peters

Read the complete story here.

The second tournament of the series i.e. the $25K NLH opened to 50 runners generating a prize pool of $1,250,000. Undeterred by his failure to pick the title in the opening event where he finished in fourth place, Brandon Adams took down the title, pocketing an impressive $400,000 in addition to the title.

Brandon Adams
Brandon Adams

Read the complete story here.

Following closely to these prime events was the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha that pulled in 37 runners and witnessed intense action over two days of play. Besting the field was Keith Lehr who despite starting out as one of the shortest stacks on the final table, went on to win the event, pocketing a hefty $333,000 payday.

Keith Lehr
Keith Lehr

Read the complete story here.

Will Pengelly Wins WinStar River Poker Series Main Event For $249,310

20-year old Will Pengelly, a student of University of North Texas weathered the challenges of an 807-strong entry field in the WinStar River Poker Series $2,500 NLHE Main Event to claim the title. Pengelly earned a payout of $249,310 following a five-way chop.

Will Pengelly
Will Pengelly

Read the complete story here.

Tobias Peters Wins 2018 WSOP International Circuit Holland Casino Rotterdam Main Event

The €1,650 Main Event at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) International Circuit Holland Casino Rotterdam attracted 181 entries and it was Netherland’s Tobias Peters who bested the field to take home the coveted WSOP Circuit gold ring along with a payday of €67,766.

Tobias Peters
Tobias Peters

Read the complete story here.

Luuk Gieles Wins 2018 WSOP Circuit International Holland High Roller

Netherland’s Luuk Gieles won the €3,500 High Roller at the 2018 WSOP Circuit International Holland for €53,078.

Luuk Gieles
Luuk Gieles

Read the complete story here.

And with this, we conclude this week’s round up of the latest news updates and developments from the world of poker. We will return again next week with our weekly report, stay tuned!

Related Articles:

1. Sunday Online Railbird Report: Raman Gujral Takes Down BSS ₹15 Lakhs GTD SuperStack on PokerBaazi For ₹3.19 Lakhs

2. PokerGuru 3-Bet: Jorryt van Hoof Wins WCOOP PLO HR, Andras Nemeth & Leon Tsoukernik Ship partypoker Powerfest Events

3. Tanay Hargunaney Joins PokerDangal Team as Team Pro

4. Bombay High Court Asks Goa Government to Justify Demand For GST on Casino License Fee

5. Dream 11 Gets $100 Million (₹719 Crores) Investment From Tencent Holdings

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