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Online Rankings: Masters Mini HighRoller Champion Himanshu Arora Takes the Weekly Leaderboard by Storm, Gaurav Sood Maintains Steady Momentum Towards Third POY Title

Online Rankings: Himanshu Arora, Gaurav Sood
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  • Naman Sharma August 6, 2023
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In this feature, we bring you to the top three weekly, monthly, and yearly performers every Sunday. These rankings are based on cumulative winnings (cashes). However, the rankings only include players registered to our online ranking system, so hurry up and register if you haven’t signed up on PokerGuru yet!


The online poker scene was buzzing with high-stakes action all week, with PokerBaazi’s spectacular 28+ Crores GTD Indian Poker Masters taking centre stage. This inaugural mega series continues to register almost guarantee-doubling participation across the board, proving once again that poker’s appeal continues to soar.

Meanwhile, Pocket52’s largest-ever ₹5 Crores GTD Big Pocket Series culminated in an exciting finale last Sunday. The platform also amplified its prominence by promising an astounding ₹11.50 Crores in guaranteed prize money across its August tournaments, firmly stamping its presence in the big leagues. Combined with the other signature events across major platforms, the online tournament action was nothing short of exhilarating!

Young Gun Gaurav Sood (annual winnings – 3.30 Crores) is holding steady on his journey towards an unprecedented third Player of the Year title, marking seven straight weeks as the POY leader. However, Sood`s path to glory will not go unchallenged, as his closest competitors, Ashish Munot (annual winnings – ₹3.23 Crores) and Ankit Wadhawan (annual winnings – ₹3.02 Crores), have returned from a long break and are ready for battle.

Given it’s still early August, the weekly leaders also significantly influence the monthly leaderboard, which we will canvass next Sunday.

This week’s spotlight was on Himanshu Arora (weekly winnings – ₹17.33 Lakhs), who delivered an extraordinary performance on Friday by taking down PokerBaazi’s Masters#23 Mini HighRoller. Close on his heels were the Masters#11 Micro Highroller champion Akshat Sharma (weekly winnings – 15.79 Lakhs) and Sunday`s top performer Sreekanth Narayan (weekly winnings – 15.13 Lakhs), who round out the top three on the weekly leaderboard.


Weekly Online Rankings (July 30 – August 5)

PlayerWeekly CashesWeekly Profit
Himanshu Arora₹17,33,383₹13,00,000
Akshat Sharma₹15,78,988₹12,00,000
Sreekanth Narayan₹15,12,943₹11,50,000


Yearly Online Rankings (January 1 – August 5)

PlayerYearly CashesYearly Profit
Gaurav Sood₹3,60,03,570₹1,71,69,791
Ashish Munot₹3,22,88,932₹1,81,36,604
Ankit Wadhawan₹3,01,70,428₹97,35,591


Weekly Online Rankings

1. Himanshu Arora

Weekly Cashes ~ ₹17,33,383

Weekly Profit ~ ₹13,00,000

Weekly Leaderboard Points ~ N/A

The year`s first The MoneyMaker champion, Himanshu Arora, once again showed his skills on Friday by winning PokerBaazi’s Masters#23 Mini HighRoller. What makes this victory even more noteworthy is that he entered the tournament through a ₹1,650 satellite.

Arora had a tremendous week, accumulating a staggering total of ₹17.33 Lakhs in winnings and approximately ₹13 Lakhs in net profits. His breakout Friday triumph places him firmly at the summit of the weekly charts.

Himanshu Arora
Himanshu Arora


Top Cashes This Week

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s Masters#23 Mini HighRoller for ₹16,41,188* (heads-up deal)

Himanshu Arora - Total Profit Graph
Himanshu Arora – Total Profit Graph


2. Akshat Sharma

Weekly Cashes ~ ₹15,78,988

Weekly Profit ~ ₹12,00,000

Weekly Leaderboard Points ~ N/A

Akshat Sharma, currently ranked #1 on the Indian Poker Masters leaderboard, has been on a relentless winning streak lately. Last Sunday, he made it to the final table in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) BSS Championship, finishing third for ₹2.89 Lakhs, and followed it up with another deep run in the Masters#5 Inaugural, securing fourth place for ₹2.77 Lakhs.

Armed with these solid finishes, Sharma made the title conquest on Friday, taking down the highly anticipated Masters#11 Micro HighRoller, earning a handsome ₹6.46 Lakhs.

Sharma’s success this past week didn’t stop there. He secured 19 cash finishes, including his title victory and another four FT scores, accumulating over ₹15.79 Lakhs in winnings, translating to significant profits of approximately ₹12 Lakhs.

Akshat Sharma
Akshat Sharma


Top Cashes This Week

– 1st in PokerBaazi’s Masters#11 Micro HighRoller for ₹6,46,383

– 3rd in PokerBaazi’s (7-Max) BSS Championship for ₹2,89,262

– 4th in PokerBaazi’s Masters#5 Inaugural for ₹2,76,518

Akshat Sharma - Total Profit Graph
Akshat Sharma – Total Profit Graph


3. Sreekanth Narayan

Weekly Cashes ~ ₹15,12,943

Weekly Profit ~ ₹11,50,000

Weekly Leaderboard Points ~ N/A

Sreekanth Narayan`s standout Sunday performance elevated him to the prestigious ‘₹8 Crore Club.’ The exceptional start gave him the perfect launchpad, and Narayan didn’t disappoint, raking in ₹15.13 Lakhs across the week with ₹11.50 Lakhs profits, taking the #3 rank on the weekly charts.

Narayan’s dazzling performance is highlighted by his standout victory in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack, earning him a handsome prize of ₹8.48 Lakhs. His success didn’t stop there, as he posted another three final table finishes, three in-the-money scores, and a bounty win.

Among the many accolades, a particular accomplishment that stands out is his third-place finish in PokerBaazi’s Masters#11 Micro Highroller, earning him ₹5.18 Lakhs. Such accomplishments underscore Narayan’s remarkable ability to perform at the highest level consistently.

Sreekanth Narayan
Sreekanth Narayan


Top Cashes This Week

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s Sunday Superstack for ₹8,48,115

– 3rd in PokerBaazi’s Masters#11 Micro HighRoller for ₹5,18,25

Sreekanth Narayan - Total Profit Graph
Sreekanth Narayan – Total Profit Graph


Loveleen Singh (Weekly Cashes – ₹9.20 Lakhs), Venkatesh Mukundan (Weekly Cashes – ₹8.02 Lakhs), and Siddharth Pandey (Weekly Cashes – ₹7.97 Lakhs) were the week`s other top scorers.


Yearly Online Rankings

1. Gaurav Sood

Yearly Cashes – ₹3,60,03,570

Yearly Profit – ₹1,71,69,791

Yearly Leaderboard Points – 46,426

The most decorated player on our database, Young Gun Gaurav Sood, has an online poker profile that commands respect and admiration. Already a two-time Player of the Year (POY) champion, Sood’s quest for greatness is far from over. He is on a remarkable journey, striving for an unprecedented third POY title, holding an unassailable lead at the top of the annual leaderboard for an astonishing seven consecutive weeks.

Considering his sky-high standards, Sood’s weekly earnings of ₹5.52 Lakhs may seem modest. However, this was realized through an impressive array of 15 deep runs, including a top finish in PokerStars India’s The Colosseum (2.75 Lakhs) and another final table score.

But the figures that genuinely encapsulate Sood’s prowess are his annual winnings, which have reached an astronomical ₹3.60 Crores. Even more remarkable is that ₹1.72 Crores of this amount are pure profits.

Gaurav Sood
Gaurav Sood


Top Cashes This Year

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #82 Sunday High (6 Max) (High) for 15.29 Lakhs on June 11

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s The Millionaire for 14.82 Lakhs on February 26

– 4th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #85 Beast (6 Max) (High) for 14.53 Lakhs on June 11

– 2nd in Spartan Poker’s FTS #35 Wednesday Grande (6 Max) for 10.91 Lakhs on March 8

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s FTS #12 Saturday Titan for 8.44 Lakhs on March 4

Gaurav Sood - Total Profit Graph
Gaurav Sood – Total Profit Graph


2. Ashish Munot

Yearly Cashes – ₹3,22,88,932

Yearly Profit – 1,81,36,604

Yearly Leaderboard Points – 18,768

Ashish Munot, currently enjoying the #2 position on the annual leaderboard, is mounting a serious challenge to reclaim his lost lead. Trailing by precisely ₹37.15 Lakhs behind the leader, Gaurav Sood, Munot’s competitive spirit is clearly ignited. His recent exploits at the 2023 World Poker Championship Summer Series in Hanoi, Vietnam, have only added fuel to the fire, with a notable victory for Team India in Event #9: VN₫ 55 Million High Roller.

Known as the “showstopper killer,” Munot has recently marked a triumphant return to the online stage. His skill and strategy were on full display this week as he reached the final table in PokerBaazi’s Masters#23 Mini Highroller, securing fourth place and a handsome ₹7.33 Lakhs.

Over the past week, Munot cashed in three events, accumulating a respectable ₹8.79 Lakhs in winnings. While some might view this as modest earnings for a player of Munot’s stature, his performance throughout the year continues reverberating in the poker community. His annual winnings stand at an astounding ₹3.15 Crores, with a staggering ₹1.75 Crores in net profits, ensuring he holds onto the prestigious title of the year’s most profitable player.

Ashish Munot
Ashish Munot


Top Cashes This Year

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s FTS #46 Super High Roller (6 Max) for 45.65 Lakhs on March 11

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #62 Super High Roller (6 Max) for 31.94 Lakhs on January 26

– 3rd in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #115 Mega High Roller (6 Max) for 24.83 Lakhs on February 2

– 4th in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #62 Mega High Roller (6 Max) for 16.17 Lakhs on June 8

– 1st in Spartan Poker’s Sunday High Roller for 13.75 Lakhs on February 26

Ashish Munot - Total Profit Graph
Ashish Munot – Total Profit Graph


3. Ankit Wadhawan

Yearly Cashes – 3,01,70,428

Yearly Profit – 97,35,591

Yearly Leaderboard Points – 30,284

After a nearly six-week-long hiatus to compete in the 2023 WSOP in Las Vegas, Ankit Wadhawan has returned to the online poker arena. Following the completion of IOPC 15.0 in June, Wadhawan’s reentry into the virtual battleground was marked by a respectable ₹3.29 Lakhs from six deep runs this week, including a final table finish. These efforts propelled him beyond the ₹3 Crores milestone in annual winnings, making him the third player to accomplish this.

Interestingly, Wadhawan’s absence from the online scene did nothing to diminish his stronghold on the #3 rank on the annual leaderboard. His position remained steadfast, a testament to his consistent gameplay and remarkable victories earlier in the year that keep him firmly in contention for the prestigious Player of the Year title. He now trails the leader, Gaurav Sood, by an eye-catching ₹58.91 Lakhs.

A closer look at Wadhawan’s performance over the current year reveals impressive achievements. The extraordinary accumulation of ₹3 Crores in winnings is underlined by ₹96.84 Lakhs in net profits.

Ankit Wadhawan
Ankit Wadhawan


Top Cashes This Year

– 2nd in Spartan Poker’s FTS #58 G.O.D (Game Of Diamonds) for 27.79 Lakhs on March 12

– 2nd in Adda52’s MHW Colossus for 22.43 Lakhs on April 9

– 3rd in Adda52’s MHW Colossus for 16 Lakhs on May 14

– 3rd in Spartan Poker’s IOPC #14 Super High Roller (6 Max) for 15.02 Lakhs on June 2

Ankit Wadhawan - Total Profit Graph
Ankit Wadhawan – Total Profit Graph


Vishal Bajaj (Yearly Cashes – 2.97 Crores), Young Gun Arsh Grover (Yearly Cashes – 2.89 Crores) and Young Gun Laksh Pal Singh (Yearly Cashes – 2.84 Crores) are ranked #4, #5 and #6 on the annual leaderboard, respectively.


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