This Week in Poker: June 19 – 25

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  • Arpit Jain June 26, 2019
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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker’ we bring you the weekly roundup 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 50th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is now well past the mid-way mark, but Team India has not slowed down its quest for the elusive solo gold bracelet. At the same, the battalion is also fighting hard to defend its stronghold in the popular and entertaining Tag Team event. While we are already talking about the happenings at the WSOP, let’s also take a look back at the week that passed us by.

The Indian contingent registered a total of 26 scores this past week and headlining the list was Kolkata-born seasoned pro Raghav Bansal. He came tantalizingly close to claiming India’s first solo bracelet in Event #42: $600 Mixed NL Hold’em/PL Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed, but missed out, instead finishing third for $88,410 (~61.64 Lakhs). This is Bansal’s best score at the WSOP so far, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Two other performances that deserve to be mentioned came from our very own PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja and model-turned-poker pro Shravan Chhabria. Ahuja made his first WSOP final table, alongside Bansal in the $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack where he too came extremely close to capturing the bracelet but fell out in fifth place for $48,914 (~34.10 Lakhs). Chhabria ran the deepest in Event #53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 8-Handed and narrowly missed making his second Day 3 at the series. He eventually finished 21st for $12,415 (~8.59 Lakhs).

Presently, there are two ongoing bracelet events in which Indians are gunning for the gold, i.e., Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em and Event #59: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship. The Tag Team event is a special event for the country since Indian pros have won it in consecutive years. Battling to bring home the title for the third time in a row is the team of Akshay Nasa & Sajal Gupta who are the only team from India to have made it to Day 3.

Simultaneously, another event that has registered a large number of Indians participants was the $600 NLHE Deepstack Championship which saw seven Indians carry their stacks to Day 2 with WSOP debutant Deepak Bothra leading the charge.

While the majority of the poker world is currently attending the WSOP, many players have also turned up at the 2019 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Jeju that kicked off last week. While WSOP bracelet winner Jiang Chen took down one of the two high roller events for 182,050,000, two Indian players – Amanpreet Singh and Sahil Chuttani – were seen in action in the 2.5M APPT Main Event. While Singh hit the rail empty-handed, Chuttani finished 36th for 4,740,000 (~2.83 Lakhs).

PokerGuru Ambassadors dominated the virtual action as well. While Ashutosh ‘Msnugget’ Balodhi took down the Sunday Special – Progressive KO 15 Lakhs GTD on PokerStars India for 3.63 Lakhs, his fellow Team Ambassador Rony ‘bisadip176’ Chowdhry shipped the BSS Megastack 5 Lakhs GTD on PokerBaazi for 1.28 Lakhs. Even Vivek ‘Mystic Peaks’ Singh captured the title in PokerStars India’s The Classic 2.5 Lakhs GTD for 61,364. However, the biggest online score was bagged by ‘TheRussian06’ who topped the 482-strong entry in PokerBaazi’s BSS SuperStack 25 Lakhs GTD and banked a payday of 5.02 Lakhs.

In other headlines, PokerBaazi and Casino Pride have joined hands to launch the PokerBaazi LIVE Poker Room aboard Casino Pride 2 in Goa. The poker room is presently under renovation and is expected to commence operations from August 1. In another positive development, the Bombay High Court rejected the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against fantasy sports site Dream11, dismissing all charges.

On the international sphere, Caesars Entertainment was recently brought out by Eldorado Resorts for $8.58 Billion in cash and stock, while the WSOP announced the names of the 10 nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame (PHOF) class of 2019.

Even though the WSOP has claimed the attention of the poker-loving audience, there is still a lot to look forward to in terms of live poker action with the DPT July edition (July 31-August 5), European Poker Tour (EPT) Open Madrid (June 22-30) and WPTDeepStacks (WPTDS) Germany, Rozvadov (July 11-22), all coming up soon.

 

Online Railbird Report

Online poker site PokerBaazi’s flagship Sunday tournament, BSS SuperStack 25 Lakhs GTD attracted 482-entries (includes 187 re-entries) and taking it down for a paycheque of 5.02 Lakhs was ‘TheRussian06’.

Other notable scores of the week include –

Rahul ‘chanakyax’ Bhura won 3.69 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘The Summit 15 Lakh GTD’

Ashutosh ‘Msnugget’ Balodhi won 3.63 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Special – Progressive KO 15 Lakhs GTD’

Rajat ‘happyfish’ Mahajan won ₹2.20 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘The Vegas 10 Lakh GTD’

Amit ‘pokers111’ Kumar won 2.07 Lakhs for 1st place in the Poker Dangal ‘DVS Main Event 11 Lakhs GTD’

Rony ‘bisadip176’ Chowdhry won 1.28 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘BSS Megastack 5 Lakhs GTD’

‘bullgod’ won 1.28 lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘BSS PLO 5 Lakhs GTD’

Muthukumar ‘hero1965’ Rajagopalan won 1.24 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘The Monster 6 – Max 5 Lakhs GTD (RE)’

Suresh ‘oil_trader’ Kolli won 79,000 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Weekly Super 5 5 Lakhs GTD’

Vivek ‘Mystic Peaks’ Singh won 61,364 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘The Classic 2.5 Lakhs GTD’

‘Frozen89’ won 60,000 for 1st place in the Khelo 365 ‘Raise Deep Stack 1.5 Lakhs GTD’

‘Starlight777’ won 43,000 for 1st place in the Khelo 365 ‘Big Bang 1 Lakh GTD’

‘fcukstars420’ won 37,256 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Stars 2 Lakhs GTD’

‘yashos13’ won 33,065 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Warm-Up 1.5 Lakhs GTD’

‘Aauss’ won 32,250 for 1st place in the Khelo 365 ‘Big Splash 75K GTD’

‘rahilsanghvi’ won 27,092 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Supersonic 1 Lakh GTD’

‘harsharya’ won 18,100 for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘Sunday 1 Lakhs GTD’

‘wasteFtime’ won 17,200 for 1st place in the Khelo 365 ‘Deep Stack 40K GTD’

‘hardyindin’ won 13,344 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Storm 1 Lakh GTD’

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partypoker Revs Up Site Friendliness For Recreational Players

Last week, partypoker’s planned software upgrade forced all its existing users to change their screen name and banned the use of heads-up displays (HUD). Besides, to improve site’s friendliness for recreational players, the website has restricted features like downloadable hand histories, country indicator flags, option to view cash games and introduced fixed minimum 100 big blind cash games.

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WSOP 2019

The 50th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) has crossed the mid-way mark with almost half of its events having crowned winners. The record-breaking series has crowned an unusually large number of first-time bracelet winners already. In fact, a lot of Indian debutants have also effectively proved their mettle and raked in the big scores.

This past week saw Team India post 26 cashes and among them, the biggest scores belong to Raghav Bansal, PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Ahuja, and Shravan Chhabria. Bansal and Ahuja were the first Indians in this series to make the final table, and they came excruciatingly close to winning India’s first solo bracelet in Event #42: $600 Mixed NL Hold’em/PL Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed. Sadly, both pros fell short of the title. While Ahuja posted his career-best score of $48,914 (~34.10 Lakhs) for a fifth-place finish, Bansal secured his highest WSOP score of $88,410 (~61.64 Lakhs) by finishing in third place. For this, Bansal is our “PokerGuru Star of the Week.”

Raghav Bansal

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Chhabria also ran deep in Event #53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 8-Handed and missed making Day 3 by a whisker, ultimately finishing 21st for $12,415 (~8.59 Lakhs).

Shravan Chhabria
Shravan Chhabria

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The other Indian scores for this past week are as follows:

Team India Scores (Last Week)

EventPlayerFinishPrize Money
Event #42: $600 Mixed NL Hold’em/PL Omaha Deepstack 8-HandedRaghav Bansal3rd$88,410 - ₹61.64 Lakhs
Event #42: $600 Mixed NL Hold’em/PL Omaha Deepstack 8-HandedAshish Ahuja5th$48,914 - ₹34.10 Lakhs
Event #53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 8-HandedShravan Chhabria21st$12,415 - ₹8.59 Lakhs
Event #50: Monster Stack – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’emSiddharth Mundada76th$10,626 - ₹7.36 Lakhs
Event #50: Monster Stack – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’emNishant Sharma143rd$6,593 – ₹4.56 Lakhs
Event #53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 8-HandedSajal Gupta53rd $5,541 – ₹3.83 Lakhs
Event #50: Monster Stack – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’emMinissha Lamba252nd$5,005 – ₹3.46 Lakhs
Event #50: Monster Stack – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’emRomit Advani268th$5,005 – ₹3.46 Lakhs
Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em Super Turbo BountyMuskan Sethi46th$4,553 - ₹3.15 Lakhs
Event #50: Monster Stack – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’emVivek Rughani324th$4,418 – ₹3.06 Lakhs
Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’emDhaval Mudgal, Abhinav Iyer & Siddharth Karia36th$3,970 - ₹2.74 Lakhs
Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’emAbhinav Iyer122nd$3,906 - ₹2.71 Lakhs
Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’emAshish Ahuja140th$3,746 - ₹2.60 Lakhs
Event #47: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em ChampionshipMuskan Sethi52nd $2,824 - ₹1.96 Lakhs
Event #50: Monster Stack – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’emAditya Sushant624th$2,705 – ₹1.87 Lakhs
Event #50: Monster Stack – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Kunal Patni890th$2,249 – ₹1.56 Lakhs
Event #53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 8-HandedAshish Ahuja248th$2,164 – ₹1.49 Lakhs
Event #46: $500 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em Turbo DeepstackAditya Agarwal61st$2,146 - ₹1.48 Lakhs
Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em Super Turbo BountyAbhinav Iyer 134th$1,945 - ₹1.34 Lakhs
Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em BountyMadhav Gupta114th$1,915 – ₹1.33 Lakhs
Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em BountyNipun Java165th$1,741- ₹1.21 Lakhs
Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em BountyNikita Luther172nd $1,603 – ₹1.11 Lakhs
Event #53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 8-HandedShashank Jain411th$1,534 – ₹1.06 Lakhs
Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em BountyVinod Megalmani222nd$1,495 – ₹1.04 Lakhs
Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em Super Turbo BountyNischal Colluru268th$1,414 -₹98,124
Event #53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack 8-HandedGokul Parvathaneni515th$1,281 - ₹88,914

Indians are presently running deep in two ongoing bracelet events, namely Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em and Event #59: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship. The team of Akshay Nasa & Sajal Gupta are still going strong in the Tag Team event and may just bring back the title for the third year in a row, having made Day 3 with the 15th biggest stack of 570,000 among 35 remaining teams.

Akshay Nasa & Sajal Gupta

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Meanwhile, a big group of Indians carried their stacks forward to Day 2 of the $600 NLHE Deepstack Championship with WSOP first-timer, Deepak Bothra leading the charge.

Deepak Bothra
Deepak Bothra

Team India Chip Counts For Day 2

PlayerChip Count
Deepak Bothra 355,000
Sandeep Varma332,000
Rajeev Kanjani293,000
Guneet Kwatra244,000
Paawan Bansal228,000
Naresh Veeravalli216,000
Aman Kejriwal133,000

 

WSOP 2019 Winners

The bracelet winners this past week were as follows:

EventWinnerPrize Money
Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold ‘emJoseph Cheong$687,782
Event #39: $1,000 Super SeniorsMichael Blake$359,863
Event #40: $1,500 Pot-Limit OmahaIsmael Bojang$298,507
Event#41: $10,000 Seven Card StudJohn Hennigan$245,451
Event #42: $600 Mixed NL Hold’em/PL Omaha Deepstack 8-HandedAristeidis Moschonas$194,759
Event #43: $2,500 Mixed Big BetLoren Klein$127,808
Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em BountyAsi Moshe$253,933
Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High RollerStephen Chidwick$1,618,417
Event #46: $500 WSOP.com ONLINE Hold’em Turbo DeepstackDan "centrfieldr" Lupo$145,273
Event #47: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em ChampionshipJiyoung Kim$167,308
Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’emAri Engel$427,399
Event #49 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple DrawLuke Schwartz$272,336
Event #51: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/ Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 Or BetterYuri Dzivielevski $213,750
Event #52: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha ChampionshipDash Dudley$1,086,967
Event #54: $1,500 RazzKevin Gerhart$119,054
Event #55: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold ‘em Double Stack Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch$241,492
Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘em Super Turbo BountyJonas Lauck$260,335

 

Team India has not kept its exploits limited to the WSOP, and over the past week, we saw several commendable finishes from the Indian players in various non-bracelet events. Two players, Sandeep Varma (9th for $8,863 –6.15 Lakhs) and Yudhishter Jaswal (11th for $6,997 – 4.86 Lakhs) posted scores in the Venetian DeepStack Championship Event #65: $1,100 NLH DoubleStack (1 Day) $250K GTD while PokerStars team pro Muskan Sethi final-tabled the Zynga Poker WPT500 Las Vegas (8th for $1,200 – 83,261).

Sandeep Varma
Sandeep Varma

 

PokerBaazi & Casino Pride Team Up to Launch PokerBaazi LIVE Poker Room in Goa

The Pride Group has announced a partnership with India’s most trusted online poker site PokerBaazi to launch live poker operations onboard the Casino Pride 2. The poker room that will be called PokerBaazi LIVE is currently under renovations and is scheduled to commence operations from August 1.

PokerBaazi_Casino Pride_Cover Image

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Bombay HC Dismisses PIL Against Dream11

This past week, the Bombay High Court rejected the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the country’s biggest fantasy sports site Dream11 and dismissed all charges against it. The PIL was filed by Advocate Gurdeep Singh Sachar seeking criminal action against the company and claimed that it was indulging in GST evasion along with offering compromised games of chance.

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Eldorado Resorts Buy Caesars Entertainment

The parent company of WSOP, Caesars Entertainment, was bought out by casino giant Eldorado Resorts for $8.58 Billion in cash and stock. The assets of both enterprises will be merged next year, and Eldorado resorts has agreed to take on Caesars’ debt, making the deal worth roughly $17.3 Billion.

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Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Nominees Declared

Replicating the norm every year, the nominations for the prestigious Poker Hall of Fame (PHOF) class of 2019 were announced this past week. This year’s class will be felicitated by the World Series of Poker (WSOP) on July 15, and the list includes nine finalists from previous years along with a new entry – Antonio Esfandiari.

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APPT Jeju 2019

The first-ever 2019 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Jeju began last week and crowned the first of its two high roller event champions in WSOP bracelet winner Jiang Chen. The event saw 25 unique players and 9 re-entries which helped form a 182,050,000 prize pool with the top six finishers reaching the money-gate.

Jiang Chen
Jiang Chen

Meanwhile, the highlight 2,500,000 APPT Main Event is well underway with two Indians in attendance – Amanpreet Singh and Sahil Chuttani. While Singh busted short of the money, Chuttani was eliminated in 36th place worth KRW 4,740,000 (₹2.83 Lakhs) in prize money.

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Jeff Trudeau Wins World Poker Tour DeepStacks Tampa

The first stop of Season XVIII of World Poker Tour (WPT) DeepStacks was hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa. The headline $1,100 buy-in Main Event was taken down by Jeff Trudeau who overcame the 659-entry field and won $120,842 in prize money.

Jeff Trudeau
Jeff Trudeau

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Phillip Huxley Wins WSOP International Circuit Marrakech Main Event

The 50th Anniversary special 2019 WSOP International Circuit Marrakech 15,000 MAD Main Event attracted 359 entries creating a prize pool worth 4,685,000 MAD. The top 47 places made it in the money, and the lion`s share of 947,780 MAD along with the title went to Phillip Huxley.

Phillip Huxley
Phillip Huxley

India’s Rakesh Lalwani placed 41st and collected 25,000 MAD (~1.83 Lakhs) for his efforts.

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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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