This Week in Poker: September 18 – 24

This Week in Poker - Sept 18 - 24
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  • Namita Ghosh September 25, 2019
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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker’ we bring you the weekly roundup of the most significant 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

September has seen a phenomenal upsurge in Indian poker and how! If the first fortnight of the month was all about the live action with Team India piling on impressive performances at international stops like WPT Vietnam, German Pokerclub Championship & APT Philippines, all playing along the sidelines of the record-smashing India Poker Championship (IPC) – the action has now moved back to the digital felts.

Spartan Poker kept the poker netizens busy with its Spartan Super Series (SSS) that hit the ground running on September 16 with a week-long schedule of events. The high-stakes series played out a full 44-event schedule that saw many players banking six-figure scores. The best of it came towards the end with well-known regular Shashank ‘Jai Bajrangbali’ Desai taking down the ₹75 Lakhs GTD SSS Main Event. A former IPC champion and an accomplished online pro, Desai outlasted 746 others to win a jaw-dropping ₹12.80 Lakhs for his blistering run and is deservedly our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Sharing podium space with Desai at the SSS was Prajal Parikh who won the SSS #24 Texas High Roller ₹45 Lakhs GTD for ₹10.57 Lakhs and Anirudh ‘flash’ Reddy who took down the SSS #17 Destiny ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.09 Lakhs.

Running alongside the SSS was Poker Dangal’s ₹15 Lakhs GTD 100-Max Series – a uniquely structured tournament series catering to a very different clientele – the small and mid-stakes grinders.

Setting the virtual felts ablaze these last four days has been the PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL). Underway since September 21, and PPL has already crowned several worthy champions.

All of this pales in comparison to the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) – the richest online series in the world today. The WCOOP is a marquee offering of PokerStars (currently running on the international client). The series has raked in a record $104.73 Million in prize money across 219 tournaments, overshooting its advertised guarantee by nearly 40% to become the largest-ever WCOOP in the series’ 18-year-old history. The series is now on the edge of culmination with the Main Event final table scheduled to play out on September 25.

Keeping the live rail going last week was a small group of Indians at the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines II series in Manila. Akshay Nasa, Dilip Menon, and Jaideep Sajwan headlined the Indian performance at the stop. Nasa had picked up a runner-up finish last week and went on to add two more scores this week to bring back a cumulative ₹15.96 Lakhs from the stop. Menon was the only Indian to win an APT trophy, he took down the NLHE 1 title for ₹8.40 Lakhs. Sajwan did well in both the PHP 55K Main Event and the Championships Events, his latest score coming in the latter where he finished 13th for ₹3.78 Lakhs. The event was eventually taken down by China’s Xixiang Luo.

There were some eye-popping developments internationally. The more prominent of two news stories featured Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) that announced the shutdown of its online poker operations. The other story that got the poker community in a frenzy was the sale of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino by Caesars Entertainment to New York-based Imperial Companies for a whopping $516.3 Million. The silver lining here was that poker players won’t be immediately impacted by the sale as the WSOP continues to stay under the ownership of Caesars that will continue hosting it at the RIO convention center at least for the next two years.

Speaking of the WSOP, poker pro-Phil Ivey hasn’t taken lightly to the fact that Borgata managed to gain hold of the $124,410 he had won at the WSOP $50K PPC this summer. Ivey has legally questioned Borgata’s authority to claim the winnings and his feud with the casino hotel is about to get murkier!

Moving to what’s coming up next, the WSOP International Circuit will be coming to King’s Casino in Rozvadov (Sept 23-Oct 13) with WSOPE kicking off right afterward. There are two tournament stops coming up in London this week. The Lex Live 2 London (Sept 27-Oct 6) will play out around the same time as the WPT UK (Sept 28- Oct 6).

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The action on the virtual felts was rife with the Spartan Super Series (SSS) rolling out another smashing edition last week. The PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL) has been matching that tempo these last five days.

The biggest winner of the week was seasoned pro Shashank ‘Jai Bajrangbali’ Desai. Desai bested a field of 747 entries to take down the SSS Main Event ₹75 Lakhs GTD for ₹12.80 Lakhs and hence is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!!”

Shashank Desai
Shashank Desai

Apart from Desai, there were some other big winners too. Prajal Parikh took down the SSS #24 Texas High Roller ₹45 Lakhs GTD for ₹10.57 Lakhs, and Anirudh ‘flash’ Reddy shipped the SSS #17 Destiny ₹30 Lakhs GTD for ₹7.09 Lakhs.

The notable scores of the week include –

PlayerPrize AmountEventPoker Site
Shashank 'Jai Bajrangbali' Desai₹12,80,090SSS #42 Main Event ₹75 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Prajal '77777777' Parikh₹10,57,050SSS #24: Texas HR ₹45 Lakhs GTD ₹27, 500 (RE)Spartan Poker
Anirudh ‘flash’ Reddy₹7,09,0610SSS #17 Destiny ₹30 Lakhs GTD ₹5,500 RESpartan Poker
Nadeem ‘SpadeHunter’ Basha₹6,67,890BSS SuperStack ₹30 Lakhs GTD (5RE)PokerBaazi
biglooser007₹6,32,400SSS #31 The Elite ₹25 Lakhs GTD ₹11,000 (RE)Spartan Poker
Raghav ‘thatssosick’ Bansal₹5,99,850SSS #43 Sunday Super Stack ₹30 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Deep ‘ChristopherCoke’ Patel₹5,33,353PPL #19: The Bout 8-Max ₹25 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Ayan ‘gutshotguru1’ Ray₹4,97,240Godfather X ₹20 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aditya ‘A_Sushant’ Sushant₹4,92,458Mega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Anurag ‘NormanBates’ Srivastava₹4,20,000The Ballers ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aditya ‘adit11’ Kulkarni₹4,11,187The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Vaibhav ‘Nikka Zaildar’ Sharma₹4,10,994SSS #11 Mega Stack ₹18 Lakhs GTD ₹3,300 RESpartan Poker
Aditya ‘I8stacks’ Sushant₹3,67,500The Joker ₹15 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Olandir₹3,45,218PPL#20 8-Max ₹15 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
FLlPflops₹3,10,761Sunday Special – Progressive KO – ₹15 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Priyank ‘Piko1432’ Kothari₹3,01,500The Endeavour ₹15 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
ashmam₹2,80,000Hitman ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Ragesh ‘ragesh91’ Mishra₹2,79,792PPL #5 ₹10 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
chitti3.0₹2,79,180SSS #23 Head Hunter ₹12 Lakhs GTD ₹5,500 PLO (RE)Spartan Poker
Yuvraj ‘ThePredator’ Singh₹2,65,705PPL #3 ₹10 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
yash1993₹2,46,360Maverick ₹10 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Siddharth ‘si151190’ Mehndiratta₹2,41,493Big Slick ₹15 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Aditya ‘gangajal’ Sushant₹2,30,580The Vegas ₹10 Lakhs GTD (RE)The Vegas ₹10 Lakhs GTD (RE)
Ajaybs08₹2,24,000Goa Fest ₹8 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Deepak ‘chimpoo’ Bothra₹2,23,494SSS #30 TGIF ₹10 Lakhs GTD ₹1,650 (RE)Spartan Poker
Pranav ‘dak0o’ Bang₹2,15,266Highroller ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Rajat ‘sharabikebabi’ Sharma₹2,03,355Uppercut Progressive KO (6-Max) MAGIC Edition ₹8 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
blindgame₹1,91,270ReCharge ₹12 Lakhs GTD ₹2,200 (RE)Spartan Poker
Sam ‘thereallokimon’ Anand₹1,79,481PPL#14 BSS MegaStack ₹7 Lakhs GTD (3RE)PokerBaazi
ONmyMAC₹1,55,400SSS #18 Hi-Fi ₹6 Lakhs GTD ₹1,650 RESpartan Poker
Akash ‘bruce.lee0247’ Gupta₹1,52,761Sunday Special (L) – ₹10 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Avijit ‘tyler2643’ Jaiswal₹1,42,600SSS #32 Hi-Fi ₹8 Lakhs GTD ₹2,200 (RE)Spartan Poker
Mukesh ‘Guruuu’ Surana₹1,38,827PPL #12 BSS PLO ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Debashish ‘Alln’ Bal₹1,28,750PPL#17 7-Max ₹5 Lakhs GTD (FO)PokerBaazi
Sandeep ‘shreister’ Sreedhar₹1,28,299SSS #25 Hi-Fi ₹6 Lakhs GTD ₹1,650 (RE)Spartan Poker
Devashish ‘debumathur’ Mathur₹1,26,900SSS #44 Big Daddy ₹6 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
Shravan ‘FishStars’ Chhabria₹1,23,769Thursday MonsterStack ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Pranav ‘dak0o’ Bang₹1,19,504Sixth Sense ₹2,750 NLHE ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
munish bhalla₹1,06,843Night on Stars ₹2,200 NLHE ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Aayush ‘aces55’ Kawar₹1,16,802PPL #1 ₹5 Lakhs GTDPokerBaazi
Zilean99₹1,06,667Monday Hustle ₹6 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Akshay ‘sherlock52’ Nasa₹95,000PPL #4 BPT PKG Tourney (7 Max)PokerBaazi
dybalamask₹90,8046-Max Wednesday SuperStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD (5RE)PokerBaazi
Guneet ‘guntz’ Kwatra₹90,029Tuesday MonsterStack ₹3 Lakhs GTD (5RE)PokerBaazi
som22asopa₹85,500Sunday Hexagram ₹3 LakhsAdda52
deepesh2727₹74,038Hexagram ₹2 Lakhs GTDAdda52
ChupaRustam2901₹70,758Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
Samir ‘samir108’ Hossen₹65,000StackUp@ 8 PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Amresh ‘Termi’ Kumar₹65,000StackUp @8 PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Raj ‘Fireman’ Kumar Gahlot₹65,000StackUp @8 PM Hold’em No Limit ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Twilight₹65,000StackUp @8PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Vibhu ‘Vibsi’ Agarwal₹65,000StackUp @8PM ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD9stacks
Aman ‘alwaysriver’ Kejriwal₹63,000PPL #2 ₹3 Lakhs GTD (RE)PokerBaazi
Yuvraj ‘madnutscrazy’ Singh₹62,016Ultimate PLO ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDSpartan Poker
GPDK₹60,000Dangal – 100 Max Event #15 ₹3 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
Akshay ‘vibaks’ Nasa₹59,897Hexagram ₹2.5 Lakhs GTDAdda52
kindoa₹54,363Progressive KO – 4 Max ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
MojoJojo2193₹52,254Zoom 3-Max Progressive KO ₹1,650 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
sathyaesan₹46,000Big Bang ₹1 Lakh GTD NLHE (Max 5 Rebuys)Khelo365
sudha1₹43,000Mega Splash ₹1 Lakhs GTD NLHE (Max 5 Rebuys)Khelo365
Rsd1207₹42,952The Classic ₹1,650 ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
spew_monkey₹40,000100 Max Event #11 – ₹2 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
sheldon11cooper₹39,1346 – Max NLHE ₹2 Lakhs GTDPokerStars India
Sam ‘Lokimon’ Anand₹31,800100 – Max Event #7 ₹1.5 Lakhs GTDPoker Dangal
Ravi ‘DJBravo’ Yadav₹28,150Sunday Bonanza (RE) ₹1 Lakh GTDPoker Dangal
Sam ‘Lokimon’ Anand₹26,600100 Max Event #3 – ₹100K GTDPoker Dangal
Somenn ‘Prokiller’ Singh₹24,000₹1 Lakhs GTD – Monday TexasPoker Dangal

Phil Ivey’s Legal Battle With Borgata Continues

The ongoing feud between iconic poker pro Phil Ivey and Borgata Hotel and Casino took a new turn last week with Ivey’s legal counsel claiming that Borgata has unlawfully secured his winnings from his eighth-place finish in the WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship (PPC).

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

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Caesars Entertainment Sells The Rio For $516.3 Million

Caesars Entertainment has officially announced that it has sold the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to New York-based real estate firm Imperial Companies for $516.3 Million. Caesars, however, retains ownership of the iconic World Series of Poker (WSOP) brand that will continue to run at the RIO convention center for at least the next two years.

Rio Vegas

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APT Philippines II

The Asian Poker Tour (APT) Philippines II came back to the Resorts World Manila (RWM) for its second outing at the venue this year. In fact, APT has further consolidated its collaboration with RWM by signing a new exclusive agreement to ensure that at least two major APT events a year continue at the venue until the end of 2021.

The 22-event series ran from September 11 to 22. There was a small group of Indians present at the series and the team pooled in a total of six scores including a title! Akshay Nasa did most of the heavy lifting by picking up three scores at the stop. After a blistering start in the High Rollers Single Day 1 where he had finished runner-up for PHP 786,000 (~₹10.81 Lakhs), Nasa placed 10th in the High Rollers 2 for PHP 180,700 (~₹2.46 Lakhs). He closed out his trip on a winning note by finishing sixth in the Monster Stack 2 for PHP 197,500 (~₹2.69 Lakhs).

Akshay Nasa headlines Indian performance at APT Philippines II
Akshay Nasa headlines Indian performance at APT Philippines II

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Jaideep Sajwan was another Indian who kept busy at the series and was the only one from the team to score in both the Main Event and the Championships Event. After his 49th place finish in the Main Event, he did even better in the Championships Event – finishing 13th for PHP 277,000 (~₹3.78 Lakhs).

Jaideep Sajwan
Jaideep Sajwan

China’s Xixiang Luo took down the Championships Event and won his career-first APT trophy, along with PHP 4,594,800 (~₹62.81 Lakhs) in prize money.

Xixiang Luo - APT Philippines Championships Event Day 3 Chip Leader
Xixiang Luo

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Philippines-based Dilip Menon was the only Indian who won a title. He trounced a 150-strong entry field in the No Limit Hold’em 1 to capture his second APT title, along with an impressive payday of PHP 616,000 (~₹8.40 Lakhs).

Dilip Menon Wins APT Philippines NLHE 1
Dilip Menon

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Team India Cashes at the APT Philippines II

PlayerEventFinishPrize Money
Akshay NasaHigh Rollers 1 Single Day 2ndPHP 786,000 - ₹10.81 Lakhs
Dilip MenonNo Limit Hold’em 11stPHP 616,000 - ₹8.40 Lakhs
Jaideep SajwanChampionships Event13thPHP 277,000 - ₹3.78 Lakhs
Akshay NasaMonster Stack 26thPHP 197,500 - ₹2.69 Lakhs
Akshay NasaHigh Rollers 210th PHP 180,700 - ₹2.46 Lakhs
Jaideep SajwanMain Event49thPHP 104,700 - ₹1.43 Lakhs

Philippines’ Richard Nakila emerged as the APT Player of the Series. He scored in a total of five events, accumulating 1,165.51 points in the process. For his achievement, Nakila received the APT Player of the Series trophy, the APT Player of the Series Ring, an exclusive watch, and $800.

APT Philippines II Winners

PlayerEventPrize Money
Yohn ParedesMain EventPHP 4,369,400
Xixiang LuoChampionships EventPHP 4,594,800
Jinho HongMonster Stack #1PHP 753,400
Chi Chung HoHead Hunter 4,000 BountyPHP 385,500
Kota NakanoPot Limit Omaha Hi-lo SplitPHP 163,700
Masato YokosawaHigh Rollers Single Day 1PHP 1,178,900
Linh Nguyen Dieu PhuongNLH Single Day Event 1PHP 432,000
Dilip MenonNo Limit Hold'em 1PHP 616,000
Yin MomoHigh Rollers 2PHP 2,081,400
Seongsu KongShort DeckPHP 263,100
Kota NakanoPot Limit OmahaPHP 352,800
Martin StausholmHigh Rollers Single Day 2PHP 1,259,400
Kenichi TakarabeNLH Single Day Event 2PHP 402,800
Seiji MorimotoSuper Deep Stack TurboPHP 385,500
Renato VillanuevaWelovesport Deep Stack Hyper TurboPHP 146,300
Lee Wang YongNo Limit Hold'em 2PHP 461,200
Ferlyn CabalingMegasportsworld Deep Stack TurboPHP 233,000
Steve YeaHigh Rollers #3PHP 948,900
Joshua ChargualafMonster Stack 2PHP 1,022,000
Elmer KalaquianDeep Stack TurboPHP 117,200
Lei YuHigh Rollers Single Day 3PHP 1,093,400
Yik Yin ChiuDeep Stack Hyper TurboPHP 135,300

The next APT stop will take place in Taiwan at Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association in Taipei City from October 9 to 20.

Richard Bai Wins WSOPC Potawatomi Main Event

Hosted at Potawatomi from September 12 to 23, the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) was headlined by the $1,700 Main Event that garnered 447 entries. In the end, Chicago’s Richard Bai lifted the trophy and walked away with $138,317.

Richard Bai wins WSOPC Potawatomi Main Event
Richard Bai wins WSOPC Potawatomi Main Event

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Tadashi Takei Wins WPT Korea Main Event

The third stop of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Season XVIII played out in Korea from September 17 to 23. Taking center stage at the stop was the KRW 250 Million GTD Main Event where besting a field of 350 players, Japan’s Tadashi Takei took down the title and ₩108,170,000 ($90,582) in prize money.

Tadashi Takei wins WPT Korea Main Event
Tadashi Takei wins WPT Korea Main Event

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Alejandro Roman Wins WPTDS Marrakech Main Event

Outlasting a record-breaking field of 545 entries, Spain’s Alejandro Roman won the World Poker Tour (WPT) DeepStacks Marrakech Main Event. Roman defeated WPTDS Portugal Main Event champion Silma Macalou heads-up to capture the winner’s cheque of MAD 1.1 Million ($113,333).

Alejandro Roman wins WPTDS Marrakech Main Event
Alejandro Roman wins WPTDS Marrakech Main Event

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Donald Maloney Wins WPT Borgata Poker Open $3,500 Championship

Dominating a field of 1,156 entries, Arizona’s Donald Maloney came out on top in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Poker Open $3,500 Main Event. A former hockey player, Maloney won $487,874 in prize money along with a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions (TOC).

Donald Maloney wins WPT Borgata Poker Open
Donald Maloney wins WPT Borgata Poker Open

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Paul Richardson Wins WSOPC Thunder Valley Main Event

The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) made its annual halt at the Thunder Valley poker room recently. The two headline winners at the series were Bryant Miller who won the High Roller for $44,413 and Paul Richardson who championed the Main Event for $130,667.

Paul Richardson wins the WSOPC Thunder Valley Main Event
Paul Richardson wins the WSOPC Thunder Valley Main Event

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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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