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This Week in Poker: July 25th – July 31st

This Week in Poker: July 25th – July 31st
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  • PG News August 1, 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

One of the biggest domestic poker tournaments, the 2018 Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) July edition, was held from July 26 to 30 and remained the frontal attraction this past week. The series ran to a full house in all tournaments hosted onboard the luxurious Deltin Royale Casino in Goa. The most-awaited event of the series, i.e. the ₹35K Main Event, consisted of three starting flights, and was won by local boy Awnish Singh who decimated his competition to claim the sought-after top prize worth ₹35.04 Lakhs and is therefore our “PokerGuru Star of the Week”. The accomplished pro Eka Vedantham finally got the monkey off his back by claiming his first-ever live title in the ₹65K High Roller for ₹27.15 Lakhs and old hat Jasven Saigal added to his long list of accomplishments by winning the ₹15K Deep Dive NLH event for ₹10.77 Lakhs. While the fourth and final event of the series, i.e. ₹15K NLH Bounty, found a winner in Abhishek Tibrewal who added ₹3.48 Lakhs to his live earnings.

Meanwhile, action continues in the Asian circuit where after successful stops in Macau and Korea, the 2018 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) is opening to its third and final edition for the year, APPT Manila series on August 4th. A large contingent of Indian players is expected to participate in the nine-day grand poker extravaganza that will host 22 events including five headline events, i.e. the APPT Kickoff Event, APPT National Event, APPT Megastack Event, APPT Main Event and Saturday SuperStack Event. The winners of each of these five events will take home a platinum pass worth $30,000 that includes the $25,000 buy-in to the PSPC event to be held in the Bahamas in January 2019, accommodation and travel expenses.

Team India’s success at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) have enthused the Indian poker community and the participation numbers in international events are rising in a big way. Soon after the APPT Manila wraps up we can expect to see a few Indian globetrotters in Barcelona for the European Poker Tour (EPT) starting on August 21st. EPT Barcelona has traditionally been an iconic and popular poker destination and this year, the series holds the attractive takeaway offer for 10 platinum passes including one each to the winner of the EPT Main Event, EPT National and EPT Cup.

The Triton Poker Super High Roller Series hosted in Jeju, South Korea has pulled in many high roller regulars not just from Asia but also beyond to its fold. The series kicked off on July 23rd with the HK$100,000 Short- Deck Ante-Only event and concluded on August 1st with Mikita Badziakouski (HK$25,520,000 – ~$3,251,184) emerging as the champion of the HK$2,000,000 Main Event. This is the second Triton series where the short-deck format was used in a number of events, the first being the Triton Montenegro series held in May.

The action on the virtual felts was equally palpable with several high value tournaments giving out big payouts. Headlining the winners list was ‘seshuarun’, who took down the Sunday Special ₹25 Lakhs GTD on PokerStars India and collected the first-place prize of ₹4.75 Lakhs. Not far behind him was a mentee of the PokerStars India Team Pro Aditya Agarwal, Gokul ‘Nygma’ Raj who shipped the Baazi Super Sunday ₹15 Lakhs GTD on PokerBaazi, bagging ₹3.15 Lakhs for his efforts.

Back home, several noteworthy developments were seen this week. Goa CM Manohar Parrikar divulged in the state assembly that the government intended to stick to its plan of moving the offshore casinos from river Mandovi but was yet to finalise an alternate location. Domestic gaming company Delta Corp, meanwhile recorded a healthy net revenue and growth of 36.8% in the first quarter of the current financial year. This growth has been buoyed by a 53% increase in casino revenues attributed to Delta Corp’s three offshore casinos and one hotel-casino in Goa.

In the international circuit, the schedule for the 2019 Aussie Millions Poker Championship opening on January 15, 2019 has now been released and female Australian poker pro Jackie Glazier confirmed her participation in the reality show Survivor Australia. MPN released its new, ‘Prima’ poker client software while the Superior Court of Canadian province Quebec turned down the provincial government’s attempts to block online poker sites, terming it “unconstitutional.”

We wrap up this week’s recap with tournament reports from Silk Road Cup Main Event, 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju, BSOP High Roller, 2018 WPT Gardens Main Event and 2018 Seneca Niagra Falls Summer Slam $600 NLHE Main Event.

Online Railbird Report

The online felts were filled to the brim with action this week. Lapping up the huge value offered by the massive overlays on PokerStars India`s flagship events, ‘seshuarun’ crushed the Sunday Special ₹25 Lakhs GTD, banking a huge payday of ₹4.75 Lakhs.

Other notable scores of the week include –

Gokul ‘Nygma’ Raj won ₹3.15 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘BSS ₹15 Lakhs GTD’

‘goadinval’ won ₹1.20 Lakhs for 1st place in the PokerBaazi ‘BSS ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

‘ztpr’ won ₹72,694 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Storm ₹5 Lakhs GTD’

‘$$$OUL$$$UTRA’ won ₹48,084 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Stars ₹2 Lakhs GTD’

‘badshash123’ won ₹38,000 for 1st place in PokerBaazi ‘BSS ₹1 Lakh GTD Turbo FreezeOut’

Sandeep ‘Rawate9’ Rawat won ₹37,500 for 1st place in the 9stacks ‘Sunday Stacks’

Raj ‘Raj4’ Ranjan won ₹34,568 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Dynamite’

‘Gambler’ won ₹30,000 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Bounty Mafia PKO’

‘sheldon11cooper’ won ₹21,536 for 1st place in the PokerStars India ‘Sunday Warm-Up ₹1 Lakhs GTD’

‘Uncommon’ won ₹21,194 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Madhouse’

Vishal ‘spartacus’ Tulsyan won ₹15,045 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Boom’

Sakshi ‘Stack Attack’ Misra and six others won ₹15,000 for final tabling in the 9stacks ‘Winner @ FT’

Kunal ‘pinguv’ Vaswani won ₹9,505 for 1st place in the MadOverPoker ‘Sunday Crawler’

2018 Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) July

The Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) returned to the Deltin Royale Casino in Goa for its third and last edition of 2018. Held over a course of five days, beginning from July 26 till July 30, the series like its predecessors was an immense success.

Headlining the series was the 35K Main Event. Spread across three starting flights, the Main event drew in a massive field of 457 entries; 80 entries from Day 1A, 153 entries from Day 1B and 225 entries on Day 1C. Fielding across the gigantic player pool was local talent Awnish Singh, who denied Vidur Singhal the title to take away the grand prize of ₹35.04 Lakhs while also becoming the PokerGuru Star of the Week.

Awnish Singh
Awnish Singh

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The star player at the series was undoubtedly Eka Vedantham, who has truly come into his own. After winning numerous online tournaments, Vedantham’s resume was lacking a live title win. He came very close to winning his career-first title in the ₹15K Deep Dive NLH, but narrowly missed out and placed runner-up instead. However, he more than made up for it in the ₹65K High Roller where he topped a field of 166 entries to claim his maiden title win, bagging ₹27.15 Lakhs in the process.

Eka Vedantham
Eka Vedantham

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Meanwhile, old timer and PokerBaazi Team Mentor Jasven Saigal won his third DPT title at the ₹15K Deep Dive NLH and took home a big payday of ₹10.77 Lakhs.

Jasven Saigal
Jasven Saigal

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The last event of the series, ₹15K NLH Bounty, was championed by Abhishek Tibrewal, who banked ₹3.48 Lakhs after defeating Dishant Soni in the heads-up play.

Abhishek Tibrewal
Abhishek Tibrewal

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Delta Corp Reports Steady Growth in 1st Financial Quarter

Domestic gaming operator Delta Corp has posted a net revenue growth of 36.8% in the first quarter of the current financial year. The growth is attributed to a hike in income revenue from the company’s live and online gaming operations.

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Schedule For 2019 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Released

The schedule for the 2019 Aussie Millions Poker Championship was released and will be held from January 15 till February 4, consisting of 27 championship events that will once again be hosted at the Crown Poker Room in Crown Melbourne.

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Jackie Glazier Joins Survivor Australia

Aussie poker pro Jackie Glazier will be seen in the Australian reality show Survivor Australia. Glazier who is one of the most successful female poker players announced this on Twitter. She’ll be part of the Champions group where she’ll be joining other big names like former Australian footballer Brian Lake and rugby league footballer Mat Rogers.

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MPN Launches Latest ‘Prima’ Poker Client Software

Online poker network, Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) has released its new software client ‘Prima’. Available as a browser-based client and also a downloadable on desktop and mobile, Prima introduces a fresh new look with dozens of attractive features, a clutter-free lobby and ultra-HD mode tables.

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Quebec`s Superior Court Rules Blocking of Online Poker Sites as Unconstitutional

The Superior Court of the Canadian province Quebec has turned down and termed as “unconstitutional” the provincial government’s move to block ISP addresses to prevent its residents from accessing online gaming sites.

Read the complete story here.

2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju

The 2018 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Jeju culminated with the last event in its schedule, the HK$2,000,000 Main Event in the books after the heads-up between Belarus native Mikita Badziakouski and Malaysian pro Chan Wai Leong saw Badziakouski win the title and the first-place payday of HK$41,250,000 ($5,255,456) while Leong took home HK$25,520,000 ($3,251,184). The Main Event was highest buy-in poker tournament in the tour’s history and attracted 55 entries featuring top elite players and many players fired multiple bullets.

Over a three-day run, six players reached the final table with Badziakouski in pole position with a stack of 3,065,000. On the final table, Spanish pro Sergio Aido’s run ended in sixth place for HK$6,490,000 ($826,858), Jason Koon in fifth place for HK$8,470,000 ($1,080,000), Sam Greenwood in fourth place for HK$11,550,000 ($1.5 Million) and Richard Yong in third place for HK$16,720,000 ($2.13 Million).

The series featured the short-deck format for poker in a big way. Short-deck is relatively new and is fast picking up in popularity across Asia, particularly in Macau. In Triton series, it first trended at the Triton Montenegro in May. In the format, all the cards between deuces and fives are removed leaving a 36-card deck.

Singaporean pro Kenneth Kee bested a player pool of 60 participants at the HK$1M NLHE Short Deck Ante-Only Event for a grand prize of HK$22,500,000 ($2,925,000).

Kenneth Kee
Kenneth Kee

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One-time WSOP bracelet winner David Peters beat out several other former bracelet winners, namely Bryn Kenney, Dominik Nitsche, Sam Greenwood, Phil Ivey and Nick Schulman, to win the HK$500,000 6-Max Event for HK$ 8,775,000 ($1,118,066).

David Peters
David Peters

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Malaysian poker pro Ivan Leow won the HK$500,000 Short Deck Ante Only, competing against the likes of Jason Koon and Tom Dwan at the final table to take home a payday of HK$8,470,000 ($1,101,100).

Ivan Leow
Ivan Leow

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American pro and poker commentator Nick Schulman topped 61 players and shipped the HK$100,000 Short Deck Ante-Only for HK$2,135,000 ($777,481).

Nick Schulman
Nick Schulman

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Feng Dashuai Ships Silk Road Cup Main Event For CNY 400,000 (~40.51 Lakhs)

The Main Event of the third edition of the Silk Road Cup was taken down by local pro Feng Dashuai, who fielded across 1,112 runners and claimed the title along with the top prize worth CNY 400,000 ($59,000).

Feng Dashuai
Feng Dashuai

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BSOP High Roller Final Table Delayed For Neymar Jr. to Attend a Wedding

Brazilian football sensation Neymar Jr. reached the final table of the R$7,000 ($1,850 USD) High Roller at the 2018 Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) which had to be postponed so the star forward could attend a wedding. Neymar eventually finished sixth for R$79,440 (₹14.79 Lakhs), while Affif Prado took down the event winning the top prize of R$341,050 (₹63.50 Lakhs).

Neymar Jr.
Neymar Jr.

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Simon Lam Wins WPT Gardens Main Event For $565,055

The $4,700+300 NLHE Main Event at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Gardens Poker Festival found a champion in American pro Simon Lam who collected $565,055 in prize money including a $15,000 ticket into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, along with a brand new Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster valued at $50,000.

Simon Lam
Simon Lam

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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: ‘seshuarun’ Wins Sunday Special on PokerStars India, Gokul Raj Takes Down PokerBaazi’s BSS ₹15 Lakh GTD

2. DPT July 2018: Awnish Singh Wins ₹35K Main Event For ₹35.04 Lakhs

3. DPT July 2018: Eka Vedantham Wins His Maiden Live Title in ₹65K High Roller

4. DPT July 2018: Jasven Saigal Wins ₹15K Deep Dive NLH For ₹10.77 Lakhs

5. DPT July 2018: Abhishek Tibrewal Wins ₹15K NLH Bounty For ₹3.48 Lakhs

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