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Haider Madraswala is second Spartan Millionaire!

Chennai player wins over INR 12 lacs in the second Millionaire event

The first Sunday of October saw one very happy individual in the form of 23 year old Haider 'NutBuster' Madraswala who grabbed the title of Millionaire whilst taking home a massive INR 12,08,750 for his win on Sunday night! This marquee event broke its previous attendance records on all fronts including number of unique entries, re-entries and total entries for the tournament. A total of 967 entries (unique: 643, re-entries: 324) created a massive prize pool of INR 48,35,000 which were distributed to the top 70 finishers.

Read about Haider's win in his own words HERE .

Manoj Pentakota wins inaugural Millionaire tourney!

28 year old wins INR 10.60 lacs in the first ever Millionaire's recent addition to its tournament lineup was the heavily anticipated 'Millionaire', an event which guaranteed a sum of INR 10 lacs to the first place finisher. 28-year-old Manoj 'kissmyaces' Pentakota grabbed the first ever 'Millionaire' title on 4 September outlasting 576 entries to score 10.60 lacs for the win!
Pentakota has been playing professional poker for about a year and this is without question his biggest ever win. To know more, read the full interview HERE .

2 more APT package winners at Spartan Poker!

Rakesh Kalla and Abhijeet Saija will head to Manila this September

As part of its exclusive tie-up with the Asian Poker Tour for the Indian market, Spartan Poker once again hosted satellite qualifiers for the APT Philippines III live event to be held in Manila from 14-22 Sep. Bikaner-based businessman Rakesh 'rockynockals' Kalla and BPO executive Abhijeet 'Bhajjip' Saija each won a package worth INR 2.10 lacs! This includes a Main Event seat worth $1,650 + Bounty event seat worth $440 + 6 nights hotel stay + return air tickets.

Read about Rakesh's win HERE and about Abhijeet's HERE .

The Millionaire Tournament!

Two new signature tournaments introduced at Spartan Poker

There's no better word for a poker player to hear than 'value'. And value is the cornerstone of the new tournaments which have been recently at

The Millionaire

This mega tournament has INR 10 lakhs as its guaranteed first place prize for a buy-in of just INR 5,500! The Millionaire will take place on the first Sunday of every month. Read more HERE .

The Gutshot

This weekly tournament on Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm has a 1 lac GTD prizepool but more importantly it gives away INR 25,000 as its guaranteed first place prize for a buy-in of just INR 99! Read more HERE .


Pro Blogs

Samoh - #BacktoBasics - Health?! What's that bro?

On my recent trip to Goa, I caught up with a very dear friend and who I consider one of the best cash game players in India . During our conversation about poker and health and other fun stuff we came to the conclusion that if we take poker out of our lives our lifespan would increase by at-least 10 years.

Now poker has given a lot of us a new life, a better life or just something to dream about (winning a bracelet, main event, whatever) but what is the cost we are paying in order to achieve all this? I have been a BIG guy all my life, so people don't notice my weight gain that quickly. Round to rounder isn’t such a huge difference. But I have seen and noticed my dear friends from the circuit go from Concave to Convex in a matter of a couple of years. We as a community are the most rationally thinking people out there. Rational thinking is our job. We know that the lifestyle is extremely unhealthy, still we don't give a damn about what it does to us or our health.

Let me give you my example. I have tried pretty much every diet out there. I have tried to worked out and I just gave up. Its not because it wasn't working I did lose a lil bit of weight, but I was just freaking lazy. Nothing else. Just lazy.

We watch every Galfond video out there, still skip the one in which he talks about health and how beneficial it is to play optimally. I remember a blog from a dear friend and one of the top tourney regs in India about how he wasn't able to focus after the 13 hr mark because he started getting back aches and just fatigued. During my APPT run in Macau back in 2011, day 3 ended after almost 16 hours of play. But I dint feel tired and I could just keep going. I don't know if I will be able to do that again today.

In all these years of being a pro what I have realized is that keeping and staying fit is the most +EV poker decision you can ever make as a pro. It just keeps you better motivated to perform. I am starting a program to help me with keeping fit ( not losing weight) and want to go ahead from there.

We have taken those beats thinking I will win in the long run. The least you can do is to be alive to see the long run. Else, Pan chewing uncle – 1. You – 0.
Always remember that no one is wrong. Its all about how much weightage you give to a particular information you have.

That's all for this one. Good luck at the tables!


Abhishek Jalan wins record breaking IOPC Main Event!

21 year old Abhishek Jalan from Varanasi emerged victorious in the biggest ever Main Event at the India Online Poker Championship series outlasting 420 entries and in doing so he also claimed the Player of the Series title! Read more about his win


Windfall Tournaments now at Spartan Poker!

Imagine spinning your way to a payout of INR 60 lacs for an investment of just INR 2,000?!! Well this is a reality now with our latest offering in Windfall, a tournament format where players can spin their way to a mega bonanza prizepool! Read more about Windfall tournaments HERE

Akash Shekhar and Vikram Kumar win APT Manila packages!

One of the most popular destinations in South East Asia for poker is the fun, vibrant city of Manila in the Philippines. The Asian Poker Tour (APT) is a premier live event which takes place in the Filipino capital and has been a player favourite for a number of years. Spartan Poker has entered into an exclusive tie-up for 2016 with the APT in order to run satellites for their event. The upcoming Philippines II event qualifiers which ran on Spartan saw two package winners emerge on 3 and 10 July in Akash Shekhar from Gurgaon and Vikram Kumar from Chennai. Both players each won a package containing a Main Event seat worth $2,200 plus hotel stay and return air tickets! Now that's what you call super value!

Read about Akash's win HERE and about Vikram's HERE .

Jatin 'yankee1' Kukreja is Knockout Mayhem Champ!

This month’s biggest score goes to a young 22 year Faridabad native Jatin “yankee1” Kukreja who topped a massive field of 316 entries to take home the title of KO Mayhem Champion in this mega tournament held on Sunday night at A princely sum of INR 6.38 lacs was also going his way for a rock solid performance in this event. In yet another record breaking event, the Knockout Mayhem tournament surpassed its original guarantees with ease. The event had a buy-in of INR 6,500 from which INR 1,000 was the bounty component. By the end of late registration, this Mayhem event drew a huge turnout of 316 entries (248 players, 58 re-entries) and Kukreja not only took the top prize but he was also the biggest bounty hunter of the night claiming 19 bounties adding another 19,000 to his overall winner’s purse!

You can read the full report of this mega event HERE

Jagdeep Singh wins Pok-O-lympics; wins Greece holiday!

Poker pro Jagdeep Singh outlasted lasted many contenders to take down the Pok-O-lympics at This leaderboard challenge ran through the month of April and had a Gold, Silver and Bronze leaderboard. The most consistent player who topped all leaderboards would win an all expense paid trip to the beautiful Mediterranean country of Greece. Jagdeep won this trip for two which included return air tickets to Athens, Greece as well as a 7 night stay in a 5 star hotel stay for topping the leaderboard.

Jagdeep Singh is an engineer and MBA from IIM Indore and decided to quit the corporate rat race in 2013 to turn his serious hobby of play poker into a full time profession. And it paid rich dividends over the past 30 months that he’s been playing full time.

“Poker gives me the financial and personal independence to work on things that I really enjoy doing like travelling and reading. Its important to realise that money is just the means and not the end,” says Singh.

You can read his full interview HERE


Griboshin 'grib' Vellanthrov wins record breaking PGOL Main Event

The second edition of PokerGuru Online League (PGOL) Season 4 concluded with a massive INR 65.55 lakhs being awarded in prizes across the five-day series. Over 2,200 players took in the 20 event schedule. Over INR 33 lakhs was awarded in the Main Event alone! The PGOL Main Event became the largest-ever in India, with Griboshin 'grib' Vellanthrov outlasting the record 337 entry-field, collecting a total of INR 6.82 Lakhs, with INR 3.41 Lakhs in prize money and an equal amount of INR 3.41 Lakhs in Bonus! The win also propelled 'grib' to the top of the PGOL Leaderboard, with a huge margin, allowing him to claim another INR 75,000, taking his total earnings to INR 7.5 lakhs!

The signs were clear for this huge turnout a couple of days prior at the INR 10K High Roller event which drew a massive total of 129 entries. Mumbai's Ankur 'ankur' Dewani was last man standing in this big ticket event and for his 10k investment, Ankur collected INR 3.30 Lakhs for winning the event!