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There is never a dull moment in online poker as far as Spartan Poker is concerned. The brand has already got us hooked by doling out its ever-popular Millionaire tourneys every weekend. And now one of India’s leading online poker sites will play host to India Poker Championship’s (IPC) first-ever Final Table Series (FTS)!
So, keep your calendar free from November 16 to 23 as this extra-ordinary series not only offers a whopping ₹8 Crores in prize pool guarantees, but a streaming extravaganza never before witnessed in the country. Six of its featured tourneys will be live-streamed across multiple platforms simultaneously!
Wait, there’s more! The ₹2 Crores GTD FTS Main Event will award its ultimate winner an 18K Gold and diamond-studded Medallion along with a ₹10 Lakhs sponsorship from IPC, certificates, and gift hampers.
You haven’t even heard the best part yet! You’re going to lose your mind when you hear about the commentators lined up for the series. From UK’s top poker pro Sam Razavi to two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kevin Macphee, India’s poker mom Radhika Shankar, and funny man Ramesh Thotapalli, along with guest commentator, poker diva cum world-renowned poker commentator Maria Ho, get ready for this #GameBeyondLimits!
Final Table Series (FTS)
India Poker Championship (IPC), the industry leader when it comes to hosting high-octane live poker series, has ventured onto the virtual platform with its inaugural Final Table Series (FTS). Running from November 16 to 23, the eight-day-long series will conduct a total of 19 tournaments, promising a whopping ₹8 Crores in guaranteed prizes!
FTS Series Complete Schedule
|Date||Time||Event||Buy-in (₹)||Buy-in (VIP Points)||GTD|
|November 16, Monday||6 PM||FTS Mega Satellite #1||₹2,200||440||15 Seats|
|November 16, Monday||8 PM||FTS Mega Satellite #2||₹2,200||440||30 Seats|
|November 16, Monday||10 PM||FTS Mega Satellite #3||₹3,300||660||5 Seats|
|November 17, Tuesday||6 PM||FTS #1||₹880||176||₹4 Lakhs|
|November 17, Tuesday||8 PM||FTS #2 - Kick-Off||₹5,500||1,100||₹40 Lakhs|
|November 17, Tuesday||10 PM||FTS #3||₹1,650||330||₹10 Lakhs|
|November 18, Wednesday||6 PM||FTS #4||₹1,100||220||₹5 Lakhs|
|November 18, Wednesday||6 PM||Final Table of Kick-Off||-||-||-|
|November 18, Wednesday||8 PM||FTS #5 Monster Stack||₹11,000||2,200||₹70 Lakhs|
|November 18, Wednesday||10 PM||FTS #6||₹3,300||660||₹20 Lakhs|
|November 19, Thursday||6 PM||FTS #7||₹1,650||330||₹7.5 Lakhs|
|November 19, Thursday||6 PM||Final Table of Monster Stack||-||-||-|
|November 19, Thursday||8 PM||FTS #8 Big Game||₹22,000||4,400||₹1 Crore|
|November 19, Thursday||10 PM||FTS #9||₹4,400||880||₹25 Lakhs|
|November 20, Friday||6 PM||FTS #10||₹2,200||440||₹0 Lakhs|
|November 20, Friday||6 PM||Final Table of Big Game||-||-||-|
|November 20, Friday||8 PM||FTS #11 Highroller||₹80,000||16,000||₹1 Crore|
|November 20, Friday||10 PM||FTS #12||₹5,500||1,100||₹30 Lakhs|
|November 21, Saturday||6 PM||FTS #13||₹880||176||₹3.5 Lakhs|
|November 21, Saturday||6 PM||Final Table of Highroller||-||-||-|
|November 21, Saturday||8 PM||FTS #14 Head Hunter||₹16,500||3,300||₹35 Lakhs|
|November 21, Saturday||10 PM||FTS #15||₹1,650||330||₹5 Lakhs|
|November 22, Sunday||12 Noon||FTS Main Event Day 1A||₹35,000||7,700||-|
|November 22, Sunday||2 PM||FTS #16||₹1,100||220||₹5 Lakhs|
|November 22, Sunday||4 PM||FTS Main Event Day 1B||₹35,000||7,700||-|
|November 22, Sunday||6 PM||Final Table of Head Hunter||-||-||-|
|November 22, Sunday||8 PM||FTS #17||₹4,400||880||₹40 Lakhs|
|November 22, Sunday||10 PM||FTS #18||₹2,750||550||₹12.5 Lakhs|
|November 22, Sunday||10 PM||FTS #19 Main Event Day 2||-||-||₹2 Crores|
|November 23, Monday||6 PM||Final Table of FTS Main Event||-||-||-|
With buy-ins ranging from ₹880 to ₹80,000, the series will be headlined by the ₹2 Crores GTD FTS Main Event. Commencing on November 22, the Main Event will have two starting flights.
>Day 1A: November 22 at 12 PM
>Day 1B: November 22 at 4 PM
Day 2 will take place on November 22 at 10 PM and will play down to the final table to resume play at 6 PM on November 23.
Just like the player who wins the Main event will receive 18K Gold and diamond-studded Medallion, winners of the other FTS feature events will also win an 18K Gold Medallion along with certificates and hampers. Winners of the other FTS tournaments will receive Silver Medallions, certificates, and hampers.
Final Table Series Satellites
This electrifying series also offers a plethora of satellites! Starting from 3:30 PM on November 8, the satellites will run till 11:30 PM on November 15.
|Date||Time||Satty Details||Buyin (₹)||Buyin (VIP Points)|
|November 8||3:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For Main Event Day 1A||₹1,100||220|
|November 8||8:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For Main Event Day 1A & Day 1B||₹2,200||440|
|November 8||10:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For Highroller||₹4,400||880|
|November 8||11:30 PM||3 Seats GTD For All 2PM and 6PM Tourneys||₹330||66|
|November 9||3:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For Main Event Day 1A||₹770||154|
|November 9||8:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For All 10PM Tourneys||₹440||88|
|November 9||10:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For Highroller||₹2,200||440|
|November 9||11:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For All 2PM and 6PM Tourneys||₹220||44|
|November 10||3:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For Main Event Day 1B||₹770||154|
|November 10||8:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For All 8PM Tourneys (Except Highroller)||₹1,100||220|
|November 10||10:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For Main Event Day 1A||₹770||154|
|November 10||11:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For All 2PM and 6PM Tourneys||₹220||44|
|November 11||3:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For Main Event Day 1A||₹770||154|
|November 11||8:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For All 10PM Tourneys||₹440||88|
|November 11||10:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For Highroller||₹2,200||440|
|November 11||11:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For All 2PM and 6PM Tourneys||₹220||44|
|November 12||3:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For Main Event Day 1B||₹770||154|
|November 12||8:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For All 8PM Tourneys (Except Highroller)||₹1,100||220|
|November 12||10:30 PM||1 Seat GTD For Main Event Day 1A||₹770||154|
|November 12||11:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For All 2PM and 6PM Tourneys||₹220||44|
|November 13||3:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For Main Event Day 1A||₹1,100||220|
|November 13||8:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For All 10PM Tourneys||₹770||154|
|November 13||10:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For Highroller||₹4,400||880|
|November 13||11:30 PM||3 Seats GTD For All 2PM and 6PM Tourneys||₹330||66|
|November 14||3:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For Main Event Day 1A||₹1,100||220|
|November 14||8:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For All 10PM Tourneys||₹770||154|
|November 14||10:30 PM||2 Seats GTD For Highroller||₹4,400||880|
|November 14||11:30 PM||3 Seats GTD For All 2PM and 6PM Tourneys||₹330||66|
|November 15||3:30 PM||3 Seats GTD For Main Event Day 1A||₹1,650||330|
|November 15||8:30 PM||3 Seats GTD For Main Event Day 1A & Day 1B||₹3,300||660|
|November 15||10:30 PM||3 Seats GTD For Highroller||₹5,500||1100|
|November 15||11:30 PM||3 Seats GTD For All 2PM and 6PM Tourneys||₹330||66|
Three Mega Satellites on November 16 will award tickets for FTS#2, FTS#5 – Monster Stack, FTS#8 Big Game, FTS#12, FTS Main Event Day 1A, and FTS Highroller.
Players can grab free tickets to the FTS through lucrative deposit offers on Spartan Poker. There are two types of deposit offers running for the FTS series, the Mega Satellite Deposit Offers and the Satellite Deposit Offers.
|Deposit (₹)||Deposit Code||Free Tickets To||Cap|
|₹5 Lakhs||FTSPACK1||Package 1 (Monster Stack, Big Game, and Main Event Day 1A)||25|
|₹2.5 Lakhs||FTSPACK2||Package 1 (Monster Stack, Big Game, and Kick-off)||10|
|₹35,000||FTSKO||FTS Kick Off||30|
|₹65,000||FTSMS||FTS Monster Stack||30|
Satellite Deposit Offers
|Deposit (₹)||Deposit Code||Free Tickets To||Cap|
|₹15,000||MEGA1||Mega Satellite 1||50|
|₹15,000||MEGA2||Mega Satellite 2||50|
|₹20,000||MEGA3||Mega Satellite 3||20|
|₹3,500||1ME1A||1 Seat GTD Satty to FTS Main Event Day 1A||40|
|₹5,000||2ME1A||2 Seat GTD Satty to FTS Main Event Day 1A||40|
|₹7,500||3ME1A||3 Seat GTD Satty to FTS Main Event Day 1A||40|
|₹3,500||1ME1B||1 Seat GTD Satty to FTS Main Event Day 1B||30|
|₹7,500||3ME1B||3 Seat GTD Satty to FTS Main Event Day 1B||30|
|₹8,000||1PCK1||1 Seat GTD Satty to All 8 PM Tourneys (Excluding Highroller)||10|
|₹2,500||1PCK2||1 Seat GTD Satty to All 10 PM Tourneys||50|
|₹2,000||2PCK3||2 Seats GTD Satty to All 2 PM & 6 PM Tourneys||30|
|₹3,000||3PCK3||3 Seats GTD Satty to All 2 PM & 6 PM Tourneys||30|
|₹10,000||1HRS||1 Seat GTD Satty to FTS Highroller||10|
|₹20,000||2HRS||2 Seats GTD Satty to FTS Highroller||10|
|₹25,000||3HRS||3 Seats GTD Satty to FTS Highroller||10|
Game of Tickets
Spartan Poker’s ‘Game of Tickets’ promotion has also returned with the FTS. The promotion commenced on November 7 and will run till November 16. Players can win free tickets to the FTS Highroller, FTS Main Event Day 1A, FTS Big Game, and FTS Monster Stack by collecting tokens through playing a set number of hands at the cash tables.
Game of Tickets’ Final Table Series Opt-In Codes
|Event Name||Opt-In Code||Tokens Required|
|FTS Main Event Day 1A||FTSMEA||350|
|FTS Big Game||FTSBG||220|
|FTS Monster Stack||FTSMST||110|
Game of Tickets can be played across all stakes, and the following is a break-up of hands per token that a player needs to play at the different stakes.
|Stakes||Hands Per Token|
|OFC 50 Points||36|
|OFC 100 Points||18|
|OFC 500 Points||4|
|OFC 1000 Points||2|
|*Note: Only Post Flop Hands with Min 3 active players is eligible|
Final Table Series Leaderboard
Besides the ₹8 Crores in prize pool guarantees, the FTS series has a bumper ₹30 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes. The top 10 leaderboard finishers will receive cash prizes, with the series champion walking away with a whopping ₹10 Lakhs!
Live Streamed Tourneys
Like we said before, six featured events at the series will be live-streamed across several platforms simultaneously, and this includes the social media channels of PokerGuru!
Here are the events that will be live-streamed:
>₹40 Lakhs GTD Kick-Off: November 18 at 6 PM
>₹70 Lakhs GTD Monster Stack: November 19 at 6 PM
>₹1 Crore GTD Big Game: November 20 at 6 PM
>₹1 Crore GTD Highroller: November 21 at 6 PM
>₹35 Lakhs GTD Head Hunter: November 22 at 6 PM
>₹2 Crores GTD Main Event: November 23 at 6 PM
Live Stream Commentators
We have already told you about the eminent personalities who will be lending their voice to the virtual rail that will be set up for the FTS. Let us now give you a little more details on the commentators.
Maria Ho (Guest Commentator)
One of the top-ranked female poker players in the international circuit, Maria Ho, needs no introduction. With over $4 Million in live tournament earnings, Ho was inducted into the Women in Poker HALL OF FAME in 2018. She also won the 2019 Global Poker Awards Broadcaster of the Year and holds the distinction of being the first female in history hired to a poker TV broadcast team as the primary strategic commentator – Celebrity Spokesperson for WinStar World Casino.
Actor and poker pro, Sam Razavi, has a strong connection with India. Not only has the UK-based player won the Asian Poker Tour (APT) ‘Player of the Year’ honor a record four-times in a row, but has also commentated on several high-profile tourneys in India. He even FT-ed an IPC Main Event in 2015. Razavi will be looking forward to once again commenting on the domestic action!
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kevin Macphee has nearly $6 Million in live tournament winnings. Throughout his distinguished poker career, Macphee has earned over $13 Million in both live and online tournaments. He, like Razavi, has an India-connect. Macphee was the wild-card pro for the winning team at PSL Season 2, the Goan Nuts.
The 43-year old Radhika Shankar is best known in the domestic circuit as the ‘Poker Mom.’ An advertiser by profession, Shankar has also been associated with the poker coaching program Poker Bootcamp India and finished third in the DPTXpres Main Event in March for ₹2.80 Lakhs.
A self-proclaimed globe trotter, Ramesh Thotapalli is the founder of the hilarious and viral Facebook page, Indian Poker Bakchods. This MBA from MIT certainly has a funny bone, and it’ll be interesting to see him calling the action at the FTS series!
With such a stellar line-up, we can’t wait for the start of this incredible new series!
Keep following PokerGuru for more updates on the Final Table Series (FTS)!