Aug 25, 2019


A Series of Breathtaking Performances!

The Indian cadre is all over the WSOP felts yet again and things are turning out to be amazing for our countrymen in the Poker Capital of the World, Las Vegas.

Here’s a brief recap (June 19- June 25) of the events where our Indian pros made us proud:

Event #42 ($600 Mixed NL Hold’em/PLO Deepstack 8-Handed)

June 19

Four Indians returned to the tables with pro Raghav Bansal entering the FT as the chip leader with a gigantic stack of 13,900,000. Bansal will be sitting on the table with a stack of 9,300,000 chips on Day 3.

Bansal will be accompanied by Ashish Ahuja who entered the final table with a chip stack of 6,800,000. Until then, he was successfully maintaining his position carrying 6,975,000 in chips.

Others from Team India who finished in the money were Kartik Ved (164th for $1,357 – ₹94,499) and Yudhishter Jaswal (132nd for $1,357 – ₹94,499).

June 20

Our countrymen’s dream of winning their first WSOP bracelet ended as Bansal secured 3rd position (for $88,410: ~₹61.64 Lakhs) and Ahuja secured 5th position (for $48,914: ~₹34.10 Lakhs).

Eventually, it was Greece’s Aristeides Moschonas who claimed his first WSOP bracelet, walking away with the winning prize worth $194,759.

Event #44 ($1,500 NLHE Bounty)

June 19

Attracting 1,807 players on Day 1, four Indians made it to Day 2 namely, Madhav Gupta (313,000), Nikita Luther (267,500), Nipun Java (68,000) and Vinod Megalmani (45,000).

Indian poker pro Aditya Agrawal, unfortunately, busted out on Day 1 itself.

June 20

All the four Indians made it ITM with Madhav Gupta leading them. He secured a 114th place for ($1,915 – ₹1.33 Lakhs).

Others who posted scores were Nipun Java (165th for $1,741- ₹1.21 Lakhs), Nikita Luther (172nd for $1,603 – ₹1.11 Lakhs) and Vinod Megalmani (222nd place for $1,495 – ₹1.04 Lakhs).

Event #48 ($2,500 NLHE)

June 20

Among the 996 players, two Indians made it to Day 2 namely Ashish Ahuja and Raghav Bansal with 111,600 and 39,300 in chips respectively. Another Indian poker pro who made it to Day 2 was Abhinav Iyer (66,400).

June 21

On Day 2, two Indians namely Iyer and Ahuja made it to the money securing 122nd place (for $3,906: ~₹2.71 Lakhs) and 140th (for $3,746: ₹2.60 Lakhs) place respectively. Unfortunately, Bansal busted out of the money bubble on Day 2 itself.

Event #47 ($1,000/ $10,000 Ladies NLHE)

June 20

The much-awaited women-specific event hosted 968 players with our Indian pro Muskan Sethi qualifying to Day 2. She had a chip stack of 127,100.

June 21

Sethi played well until the end and finished at the 52nd place for $2,824 – ₹1.96 Lakhs.

Event #50 ($1,500 NLHE Monster Stack)

June 21

The first starting flight, Day 1A started-off with 2,428 players which later came down to 1,124. Among these qualifiers were three Indians namely, Aditya Sushant (205,800), Kartik Ved (87,600) and Pulkit Goyal (43,800).

June 22

The second starting flight saw a huge Indian group at the tables out of which a massive 12 of them made it to Day 2.

Seasoned pro Nishant Sharma led the group with a stack of 429,000.

Team India’s chip counts for Day 2


Starting Flight

Chip Count

Nishant Sharma

Day 1B


Prashray Rai

Day 1B


Kunal Patni

Day 1B


Aditya Sushant

Day 1A


Yudhishter Jaswal

Day 1B


Romit Advani

Day 1B


Ashish Ahuja

Day 1B


Vivek Rughani

Day 1B


Nipun Java

Day 1B


Siddharth Mundada

Day 1B



June 23

Among a field of 2,902 players who entered Day 2 were 15 Indians however, only five of them made it to Day 3. These were Siddharth Mundada (1,395,000), Nishant Sharma (1,039,000), Vivek Rughani (455,000), Minissha Lamba (391,000), and Romit Advani (292,000).

Two others who made it in the money were Aditya Sushant (624th for $2,705 – ₹1.87 Lakhs) and Kunal Patni (890th for $2,249 – ₹1.56 Lakhs).

June 24

All five Indians who had made it to Day 3 posted scores with Mundada in the lead. He secured 76th place for $10,626 (~₹7.36 Lakhs). Others were Nishant Sharma (143rd for $6,593 – ₹4.56 Lakhs), Minissha Lamba (252nd for $5,005 – ₹3.46 Lakhs)Romit Advani (268th for $5,005 – ₹3.46 Lakhs) and Vivek Rughani (324th for $4,418 – ₹3.06 Lakhs).

Event #53 ($800 NLHE Deepstack 8-Handed)

June 23

The players who were busted out of Event #50 and a few others hopped into this event. Four from Team India made it to Day 2 namely, Shravan Chhabria (980,000), Sajal Gupta (688,000), Ashish Ahuja (629,000) and Shashank Jain (149,000).

There was also an Indian who went to the rails making it in the money on Day 1- Gokul Parvathaneni who secured the 515th place for $1,281.

June 24

It was Goa-based poker pro Chhabria who lead the Indian contingent as he secured 21st position taking home $12,415 (₹8.59 Lakhs). Others who finished in the money were Sajal Gupta (53rd for $5,541 – ₹3.83 Lakhs), Ashish Ahuja (248th for $2,164 – ₹1.49 Lakhs) and Shashank Jain (411th for $1,534 – ₹1.06 Lakhs).

Event #57 ($1,000 Tag Team NLHE)

June 24

One of the most exciting events saw a total of 976 players out of which were 10 Indians. Among the qualifying group for Day 2 were eight Indians namely, Akshay Nasa, Sajal Gupta, Dhaval Mudgal, Abhinav Iyer, Siddharth Karia, Aditya “Bitt” Agarwal and Ankush Agarwala.

June 25

Only 35 players survived from a total of 278 players who had entered Day 2. Among these was the Indian duo- Nasa and Gupta. They secured 15th place in the leaderboard with a stack of 570,000.

The teams who couldn’t make it further was Kevin MacPhee, Dhaval Mudgal, Abhinav Iyer & Siddharth Karia who busted out securing the 36th position for $3,970 (~₹2.74 Lakhs).

Event #56 ($1,500 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty)

June 24

This turbo event witnessed three Indians finishing in the money. These were Muskan Sethi (46th for $4,553- ₹3.15 Lakhs), Abhinav Iyer (134th for $1,945- ₹1.34 Lakhs) and Hyderabad-based pro Nischal Colluru (268th for $1,414 –₹98,124). 


Event #59 ($600 Deepstack Championship)

June 25

Day 1 witnessed a gigantic field of 6,140 players due to its affordable buy-in. A good number of players participated in the event from the Indian cadre, out of which seven players made it to Day 2. It was Pune-based player, Deepak Bothra who led our team with a stack of 355,000. He is trailed by Sandeep Varma (332,000), Rajeev Kanjani (293,000), Guneet Kwatra (244,000), Paawan Bansal (228,000), Naresh Veeravalli (216,000) and Aman Kejriwal (133,000).

Non-WSOP Event

Zynga Poker WPT500 Las Vegas

India’s star performer, Nikita Luther is once again in the headlines for a major deep run. Luther started off pretty well as she possessed a pretty healthy stack which was amongst the top ones. Day 2 ended with Luther being at the third position with a stack of 6.7 million. She will play the final bit of the game against Ben Farrell (7.35 million) and Sung Joo Hyun (7.27 million).

 Good going Team India. Let the spirits be high. Good luck!

The Poker Lords!

They are credited to have brought about a change in the way a game of Poker is played. From making a fortune to becoming a legend, they have made a mark in the world of Poker with their skills. Meet the top 3 nominees for 2019’s Poker Hall of Fame

Chris Bjorin 

The 71 YO from Sweden has made a name for himself by earning over $5.7 Million in his decorated career. He is a two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and is eighth on the list of all-time WSOP cash list. Sitting second on Sweden’s all-time money list and WSOP main event cashes, Chris has cashed six-figure prizes on 19 different occasions. 

Antonio Esfandiari 

The magician gets his first-ever and very well-deserved hall of fame nomination this year. The Iranian turned 40 last year and is renowned for his huge win at the inaugural edition of the WSOP Big One for One Drop. In the event, he took home a whopping $18.346 Million for a buy-in of $1Million. Ever since he took up the game in the year 2002, there's hardly an event that goes by without his name being mentioned. Sitting tight at the ninth on the all-time money list, his overall winnings have crossed the $27 Million mark. He has won three WSOP gold bracelets and also has two WPT titles to his name. 

Chris Ferguson 

Referred to as ‘Jesus’, Chris Ferguson has been playing since the year 1993. In a career spanning over two and a half decades, the 56 YO has won over $9 Million. One of his most notable victories came against Hall of Famer TJ Cloutier in the year 2000 when he beat the legend in WSOP’s Main Event. Overall, Chris has 129 career WSOP cashes in his kitty. 

So who do you think is going to win this time? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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Poker Face ready?

PokerBaazi has recently tied up with the Pride Group to begin operations aboard the new Casino Pride 2 vessel in Goa under the name PokerBaazi LIVE. Located on Level 2 of the month-old vessel, PokerBaazi LIVE will feature a set-up of sleek cash tables with high-octane action running through the year.

Top- notch technology will be incorporated into the design of this new poker room, which will play host to some of the biggest cash games and International tournaments in the domestic circuit. The PokerBaazi LIVE room will be run in collaboration with Madhav Gupta – whose involvement brings immense value to both the Pride Casino and

What to expect

It’s the Big Stage – and its right here in Goa! It’s a dream for many, and a nightmare for some! Sitting on the featured table with lights, eyeballs and cameras following your every move – this is what it’s all about! The PokerBaazi LIVE room is all set to raise the bar – and by a margin! The company has been breaking boundaries on the digital felts for years now, and one can only imagine what the PokerBaazi LIVE felts have in store for players in the months to come! CEO Mr Navkiran Singh has always been an ardent fan of the game and has played a vital role in the growth of poker in India. Through, he has managed to reach out to poker enthusiasts across the nation and create a safe and comfortable platform for them to learn and enjoy the sport. Besides, the company is known for their innovative ideas and have already hosted some of the biggest events and series in India.

“I want to bring the same levels of excitement for players to enjoy the game in the live circuit, as they have been doing online. Plus, we have Maddy aka ‘Goa ka Daddy’ on board which only makes this all the more exciting and fun! We are thrilled to be launching the PokerBaazi LIVE room aboard the new Pride 2 ship – which is truly a spectacular venue. Players can definitely expect some big live events over the next few months.” said Mr Navkiran Singh.

Mr Madhav Gupta, who has been associated with the Pride Group in the past is also looking forward to this new development. “I am very excited to announce what I feel will be the next catalyst for Indian Poker. The pride poker room has been a pet project of mine for the last decade and I believe that with the combination of India’s premier poker site and our years of great service live we can extend the goalpost of what will be offered to players”, he stated.

The two friends have been part of the poker boom in India right from the get go. Through the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room, their vision is to build an ideal live platform to further grow the booming mind-sport so that it gets the recognition it deserves.

Poker has certainly grown within the country but we have also had our fair share of success on the international felts. Many Indian pros have left an impression overseas by putting up impressive performances in some of the biggest events in the World, and this move by the two old friends comes in efforts towards creating an environment similar to that one - in our own country. With a high-end streaming set-up and a team to capture all the action, the PokerBaazi LIVE room is all set to give players an experience like no other.

Major Events and Tournaments has created milestone events and series on the digital felts – and it is now time to build the same kind of excitement in the live circuit. Back in 2016 PokerBaazi hosted the Baazi Poker Tour (BPT), which received an overwhelming response from players across the country. Players can expect some massive cash festivals in the months to come, along with a definite possibility of a smashing live International tournament series.

About Pride Group

The Pride Group began operations in 2007 with Hotel Neo Majestic, and has gradually grown to build a strong unit of Five-Star hotels (owns one & operates another) and four Casinos in Goa. Of the four casinos owned by the Pride Group in Goa, Casino Pride offers live gaming tables and is located offshore in two vessels namely Pride 1 and Pride 2. Casino Paradise and Casino Palms are onshore Casinos and offer electronic games. The Pride Group also owns a casino in Nepal at the Grand Hyatt in Kathmandu. Over the years, the Pride group has been recognised for their warm hospitality and great attention to detail.

The Dawn of Another Era!

The most phenomenal player the Indian cricket team has ever had is now starting the second innings of his life. He is a star performer and history-maker and he is back like he never left the world of cricket. He is none other than Yuvraj Singh!

A role model for many, Yuvi will be the Brand Ambassador of BalleBaazi, from the house of Baazi Games. BalleBaazi is among India’s top fantasy sports applications and bringing Yuvi along is like putting the last piece of the puzzle in place.

While talking about his association with BalleBaazi, Yuvi was “delighted”. He said this association will help him “interact with my fans on a personal level while competing with them as we select teams comprising of our favourite players.” He also added that the BalleBaazi app acts as “the best platform for passionate cricket fans to test their skills and knowledge related to the game.”

Yuvraj represents not only impeccable skills & fierce attitude, but he is an embodiment of the notion of never giving up on your goals and successfully surpassing the obstacles that come in that path. Much like fantasy cricket players on BalleBaazi who witness all the ups and downs as a player, but never lack determination and the spirit to succeed.

“It’s a matter of immense pride to have Yuvraj in the Baazi family. The world knows how Yuvraj brought a paradigm shift in the Indian cricket scene with his ‘Never Give Up’ attitude for his country. We, at, boast of similar traits in our core values. We look forward to a long and productive association with Yuvi”, added Saurabh Chopra, Co-Founder, and CEO,

It’s an honour to have one of the greatest star players of International cricket as the face of BalleBaazi!

Visit the BalleBaazi app and their social media channels to get updated about everything fantasy sports!

Weekly Marvels of PokerBaazi!

PokerBaazi feels privileged to be hosting the cream of the Indian online poker circuit along with providing a platform for the growth of the new-comers, the rising stars of the community. A holistic approach is given in order to provide a promising and steady platform for the growth of our Baazigars. We host tournaments with guaranteed prize pools as little as INR 1000 to a massive INR 2 CRORE!

We feel fortunate enough to witness all the action that our highly-skilled Baazigars create on the PokerBaazi felts. Here is the weekly sum-up (June 14th- June 20th).

FriYay 10 LAC GTD

It was Kolkata-based online regular, Jayjit Ray a.k.a. england who took down this event for a payday of INR 2,20,900. Ray has shot to online fame in the Indian poker circuit with the mentoring of poker biggie Aditya Agarwal.

Value Town 10 LAC GTD

This INR 1100 buy-in tourney was shipped by Akash “nikita69QQ” Shekhar for a winning prize of INR 1,76,563. Initially, he was a regular cash game player but has eventually jumped into the field of MTTs.

BSS SuperStack 25 LAC GTD

The showstopper among our daily featured tourneys was won by Vaibhav Sharma a.k.a. WakhraSwagNi walking away with a whopping top prize worth INR 5,02,500. He has had some major deep runs on PokerBaazi including securing third place in the MoneyMaker for a payday of INR 12,37,285.

The Bout 10 LAC GTD

Sameer “Killersam” Tavanandi started-off his week with a massive win worth INR 2,35,300 for shipping this event. He is a regular player on PokerBaazi and has shipped major tournaments in PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL).

The Endeavour 15 LAC GTD

It was none other than Anirudh “flash1” Reddy who was crowned as the winner of this tourney taking home INR 3,08,133. Reddy has been a consistent player on PokerBaazi. His most recent major win was registered in the recent PPL- Special Edition.

The Vegas 10 LAC GTD

Online poker reg, Rajat “happyfish” Mahajan shipped this event for a top prize of INR 2,20,900. Mahajan has been around in the Indian online poker community, his career featuring some deep runs and major winnings.

The Summit 15 LAC GTD

A consistent winner across all Indian online poker websites, Rahul “chanakyax” Bhura took down last night’s event. He walked away with a massive winning prize worth INR 3,69,495.

Our Baazigars work hard to be able to consistently be in the headlines. More power to all of you. Good luck!

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