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All You Need to Know About the National Poker Series (NPS) That Makes Its Digital Debut on PokerBaazi From June 13 – 27

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  • RUPAM THAKUR April 24, 2021
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Over a year after it was first announced, the National Poker Series (NPS) looks finally ready to make its inaugural run – albeit not in a live setting as initially conceptualized. The series was slated to debut at the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room in Goa (April 30 – May 5) last year. But the global crisis arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the organizers to postpone the series. The global health emergency still persists, and ending the wait, the NPS will be making its digital debut on one of India`s foremost online poker sites, PokerBaazi, from June 13 to 27.

Last year’s NPS announcement had built up a lot of anticipation in the poker community, and the brand has made the wait worth it for players by fine-tuning the NPS palate that guarantees a jaw-dropping 15 Crores. There will be 64 tourneys across the series and a massive 1 Crore in leaderboard prizes!

Headlining the action will be the ₹3 Crores GTD NPS Main Event that features a buy-in of ₹5,500 and gives you seven starting days to enter the field. Another three NPS events are sporting an eight-figure prize pool guarantee, but the one that`s bound to get the most coverage is the NPS Golden Rush. For the first time in India, a tourney with a ₹550 entry buy-in sports a ₹1 Crore prize pool guarantee. In plain speak, that is 20,000 times the buy-in value!

The NPS also comes with a strongly sportified feel since the series is being branded as a national-level competition, the “Olympics of Indian Poker,” where the top three finishers of each tourney win Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, respectively. This way, a total of 192 medals will be awarded across 64 events through the 15-day-long extravaganza. Furthermore, the top three players who collect the maximum Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will go down in history as the NPS’s first-ever podium medalists. They will also walk away with Las Vegas packages worth a total of ₹20 Lakhs, getting the chance to represent the nation on the world stage!

PokerBaazi has been running a fierce social media campaign to promote the NPS. Several videos have been doing the rounds featuring top poker regs like poker coach Abhishek Goindi, Young Gun Kanchan Sharma & PokerGuru Staking`s Vikram ‘Lungi’ Kumar.

There are perks for everyone, right from the big winners to the participants. Every participant at any NPS tournament automatically wins a ticket to a ₹1 Lakh Freeroll happening the next day at 12:30 PM. This means that starting Day 2 of the NPS (June 14), there will be a Freeroll running daily until a day after the completion of the series (June 28).

The hunt for glory doesn’t end with the NPS. Winners of seven featured events and the Series Leaderboard topper will converge at the PokerBaazi Live poker room onboard the Casino Pride in Goa for a live SNG, the “Night of Champions.” The player who wins the SNG will walk away as the first-ever NPS “Champion of Champions,” collecting a paycheque worth ₹10 Lakhs!

NPS Schedule

DateTimeEventBuy-in (₹)
June 134:00 PMNPS#1 NPS KICK-OFF ₹50 Lakhs GTD FLIGHT 1A2,500+250
June 137:00 PMNPS#3 EVENING SLAM DUNK ₹10 Lakhs GTD1,250+125
June 138:00 PMNPS#4 SUNDAY MARATHON ₹25 Lakhs GTD4,000+400
June 139:00 PMNPS#5 NPS KICK-OFF ₹50 Lakhs GTD FLIGHT 1B2,500+250
June 139:30 PMNPS#5 SPRINT ₹10 Lakhs GTD (RE)2,000+200
June 144:00 PMNPS#7 KO ₹2 Lakhs GTD400+40
June 145:30 PMNPS#8 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1B500+50
June 147:00 PMNPS#9 MEGASTACK ₹10 Lakhs GTD2,000+200
June 148:00 PMNPS#10 NPS FREEZEOUT FLIGHT 1A ₹10 Lakhs GTD2,500+250
June 149:00 PMNPS#11 NPS KICK-OFF ₹50 Lakhs GTD FLIGHT 1C2,500+250
June 149:30 PMNPS#12 HYPER SPRINT (4-MAX) ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)1,000+100
June 154:00 PMNPS#13 SPRINT (6-MAX) ₹2 Lakhs GTD400+40
June 155:30 PMNPS#14 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1C500+50
June 157:00 PMNPS#15 PLO DEEPDIVE ₹3 Lakhs GTD1,000+100
June 158:00 PMNPS#16 NPS FREEZEOUT ₹10 Lakhs GTD FLIGHT 1B2,500+250
June 159:00 PMNPS#17 NPS KICK-OFF ₹50 Lakhs GTD FLIGHT D- LAST CHANCE2,500+250
June 159:30 PMNPS#18 DEEPDIVE ₹8 Lakhs GTD (RE)1500+150
June 164:00 PMNPS#19 HYPER SPRINT (5-MAX) ₹2 Lakhs GTD500+50
June 165:30 PMNPS#20 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1D500+50
June 166:00 PMNPS#21 NPS KICK-OFF ₹50 Lakhs GTD DAY 2NA
June 167:00 PMNPS#22 PKO ₹5 Lakhs GTD1,500+500+200
June 168:00 PMNPS#23 NPS DOUBLE JUMP (1RE) ₹25 Lakhs GTD10,000+1,000
June 168:30 PMNPS#24 NPS FREEZEOUT DAY 2 ₹10 Lakhs GTD2,500+250
June 169:00 PMNPS#25 PLO5 SLAM DUNK ₹3 Lakhs GTD1,000+100
June 169:30 PMNPS#26 SPRINT (5-MAX) ₹6 Lakhs GTD (RE)1,500+150
June 174:00 PMNPS#27 RELAY (WIN THE BUTTON) (6-MAX) ₹2 Lakhs GTD500+50
June 175:30 PMNPS#28 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1E500+50
June 177:00 PMNPS#29 EVENING SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD800+80
June 178:00 PMNPS#30 (7 MAX) NPS DEEPSTACK CHAMPIONSHIP ₹50 Lakhs GTD (RE)7,500+750
June 179:00 PMNPS#31 PLO SLAM DUNK ₹6 Lakhs GTD2,000+200
June 179:30 PMNPS#32 SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)1,000+100
June 184:00 PMNPS#33 DST (7-MAX) ₹25 Lakhs GTD600+60
June 185:30 PMNPS#34 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1F500+50
June 187:00 PMNPS#35 KNOCKOUT ₹50 Lakhs GTD1,000+1,000+200
June 188:00 PMNPS#36 NPS SUPER HIGHROLLER* ₹1 Crore GTD30,000+3,000
June 189:00 PMNPS#37 MARATHON ₹15 Lakhs GTD3,000+300
June 189:30 PMNPS#38 HYPER SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)1250+125
June 194:00 PMNPS#39 SLAM DUNK ₹2 Lakhs GTD400+40
June 195:30 PMNPS#40 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1G500+50
June 197:00 PMNPS#41 DEEPDIVE ₹5 Lakhs GTD1,000+100
June 198:00 PMNPS#42 PLO HIGHROLLER* ₹30 Lakhs GTD10,000+1,000
June 199:00 PMNPS#43 DEEPDIVE ₹15 Lakhs GTD3,000+300
June 199:30 PMNPS#44 SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTD (RE)800+80
June 204:00 PMNPS#45 PLO5 DST ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD500+50
June 205:30 PMNPS#46 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1H500+50
June 207:00 PMNPS#47 MARATHON ₹12 Lakhs GTD2,000+200
June 207:30 PMNPS#48 NPS MINI-MAIN EVENT (WARM UP) ₹50 Lakhs GTD5,000+500
June 209:00 PMNPS#49 SUNDAY SLAM DUNK ₹20 Lakhs GTD4,000+400
June 209:30 PMNPS#50 SPRINT ₹8 Lakhs GTD (RE)2,000+200
June 214:00 PMNPS#51 TIME BOMB ₹2 Lakhs GTD1,000+100
June 215:30 PMNPS#52 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1I500+50
June 217:00 PMNPS#53 SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTD800+80
June 218:00 PMNPS#54 NPS BIG KO ₹20 Lakhs GTD4,000+1,500+550
June 219:00 PMNPS#55 NPS MAIN EVENT ₹3 Crores GTD FLIGHT 1A*5,000+500
June 219:30 PMNPS#56 HYPER SPRINT (4-MAX) ₹8 Lakhs GTD (RE)2,000+200
June 224:00 PMNPS#57 FREEZEOUT ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD800+80
June 225:30 PMNPS#58 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1J500+50
June 227:00 PMNPS#59 SLAM DUNK ₹6 Lakhs GTD1,500+150
June 228:00 PMNPS#60 NPS HIGHROLLER ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1A*15,000+1,500
June 229:00 PMNPS#61 NPS MAIN EVENT ₹3 Crores GTD FLIGHT 1B5,000+500
June 229:30 PMNPS#62 TIME BOMB ₹7 Lakhs GTD (RE)1,500+150
June 234:00 PMNPS#63 SLAM BUNK (6-MAX) ₹3 Lakhs GTD600+60
June 235:30 PMNPS#64 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crores GTD FLIGHT 1K500+50
June 237:30 PMNPS#65 SPRINT DST ₹1 Lakh GTD2500+250
June 238:00 PMNPS#66 NPS HIGHROLLER ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1B15,000+1,500
June 239:00 PMNPS#67 NPS MAIN EVENT ₹3 Crores GTD FLIGHT 1C5,000+500
June 239:30 PMNPS#68 SPRINT ₹4 Lakhs GTD (RE)800+80
June 244:00 PMNPS#69 PLO5 MADNESS ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD300+30
June 245:30 PMNPS#70 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1L500+50
June 247:00 PMNPS#71 DEEPDIVE ₹5 Lakhs GTD1,000+100
June 247:30 PMNPS#72 NPS HIGHROLLER ₹1 Crore GTD DAY 2*NA
June 248:00 PMNPS#73 THURSDAY THUNDER ₹40 Lakhs GTD7,500+750
June 249:00 PMNPS#74 NPS MAIN EVENT ₹3 Crores GTD FLIGHT 1D5,000+500
June 249:30 PMNPS#75 SPRINT ₹6 Lakhs GTD (RE)1,500+150
June 254:00 PMNPS#76 DEEPDIVE (5-MAX) ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD500+50
June 255:30 PMNPS#77 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crore GTD FLIGHT 1M - SPRINT500+50
June 257:00 PMNPS#78 MEGASTACK ₹4 Lakhs GTD1,000+100
June 258:00 PMNPS#79 FRIDAY FORCE ₹30 Lakhs GTD5,000+500
June 259:00 PMNPS#80 NPS MAIN EVENT ₹3 Crores GTD FLIGHT 1E5,000+500
June 259:30 PMNPS#81 SPRINT ₹10 Lakhs GTD (RE)2,000+200
June 264:00 PMNPS#82 TIME BOMB ₹1.5 Lakhs GTD600+60
June 265:30 PMNPS#83 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crores GTD FLIGHT 1N500+50
June 267:00 PMNPS#84 DEEPDIVE ₹3 Lakhs GTD800+80
June 268:00 PMNPS#85 SATURDAY SLAM DUNK ₹20 Lakhs GTD4,000+400
June 269:00 PMNPS#86 NPS MAIN EVENT ₹3 Crores GTD FLIGHT 1F5,000+500
June 269:30 PMNPS#87 RELAY (WIN THE BUTTON) ₹50 Lakhs GTD (RE)1,250+125
June 273:00 PMNPS#88 NPS GOLDEN RUSH ₹1 Crores GTD FLIGHT 1O - SPRINT500+50
June 276:00 PMNPS#90 SLAM DUNK ₹10 Lakhs GTD2,500+250
June 277:00 PMNPS#91 SUNDAY MARATHON ₹30 Lakhs GTD5,000+500
June 279:30 PMNPS#93 NPS MAIN EVENT ₹3 Crores GTD DAY 2*NA
June 279:30 PMNPS#94 SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD (RE)1,000+100


NPS Main Event ₹3 Crores GTD

Grabbing eyeballs from the get-go will undoubtedly be the ₹3 Crores GTD NPS Main Event. The ₹5,500 entry buy-in event features seven starting flights. Day 2 will begin at 9:30 PM on June 27.

Here’s how the flight lineup looks like:

> Flight 1A (June 21, 9 PM)

> Flight 1B (June 22, 9 PM)

> Flight 1C (June 23, 9 PM)

> Flight 1D (June 24, 9 PM)

> Flight 1E (June 25, 9 PM)

> Flight 1F (June 26, 9 PM)

> Flight 1G – Turbo (June 27, 5 PM)


Other Headline Events

While the ₹3 Crores GTD NPS Main Event will be hands-down the showstopper at the series, there are another three ₹1 Crore GTD tourneys at the online stop, namely – the NPS Golden Rush, NPS Super HighRoller, and NPS HighRoller.

The schedule also features four tourneys guaranteeing ₹50 Lakhs each.

The headline tourneys include:

> ₹50 Lakhs GTD NPS Kick-Off (June 13 – 16) (4 Flights) (Day 2 on June 16 at 6 PM)

> ₹1 Crore GTD NPS Golden Rush (June 13 – 27) (15 Flights) (Day 2 on June 27 at 8:30 PM)

> ₹50 Lakhs GTD NPS DeepStack Championship (June 17 at 8 PM)

> ₹50 Lakhs GTD NPS Knockout (June 18 at 7 PM)

> ₹1 Crore GTD NPS Super HighRoller (June 18 at 8 PM)

> ₹30 Lakhs GTD NPS PLO HighRoller (June 19 at 8 PM)

> ₹50 Lakhs GTD NPS Mini Main Event Warm-Up (June 20 at 7:30 PM)

> ₹1 Crore GTD NPS HighRoller (June 22 – 24) (2 Flights) (Day 2 on June 24 at 7:30 PM)


NPS Golden Rush

The NPS Golden Rush promises to go down in the history books as the first ₹550 entry buy-in event in India to offer a ₹1 Crore GTD prize pool. The action for the NPS Golden Rush begins on June 13, when the first of the event’s 15 starting flights commence proceedings. All qualifying stacks converge for Day 2 on June 27.


The Leaderboards

There are extra incentives for players to play more at the NPS with consistent winner’s earnings TLB points to become eligible for prizes – Real Cash Bonus (RCB) or Las Vegas Packages – offered on the NPS Leaderboards.

There are three unique leaderboards with different prize pools to chase as you propel yourself towards eternal glory and the hunt for gold.


The NPS Podium

The stage is set. And never mind if you are a novice player or a recreational one if you have it in you what it takes: mental strength and consistency; you could just take home the title of India’s first Poker Gold Medalist!

Every tournament at the National Poker Series awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals to the podium finishers, and the medal tally determines the player’s rank on the NPS Podium. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be worth 10, 5, and 2 points, respectively.

The top three players on the NPS Podium Leaderboard at the end of the series (clinching the most Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals) get a chance to represent India on the world stage by winning Las Vegas packages worth ₹20 Lakhs!

GoldVegas Package worth ₹10 Lakhs
SilverVegas Package worth ₹7.5 Lakhs
BronzeVegas Package worth ₹2.5 Lakhs


Daily Leaderboard

There is ₹3 Lakhs worth of prizes to be won every day as part of the Daily Leaderboards, adding up to ₹45 Lakhs in giveaways over the 15-day series.

With a total of 20 prizes, the daily leaderboard topper will pocket a cool ₹75,000.



Series Leaderboard

In addition to the NPS Podium and the Daily Leaderboards, the Series Leaderboard at the NPS promises ₹35 Lakhs in cash prizes. The player topping the charts will receive a ₹7 Lakhs paycheque and the prestige of becoming the NPS “Player of the Series.”



Daily Freeroll

There are perks for all players. All the NPS tournament participants get an automatic ticket to a ₹1 Lakh Freeroll happening the next day at 12:30 PM. The freerolls start from Day 2 of the series and continue until one day after the NPS concludes.


NPS Night of Champions

Winnings don’t stop at NPS!

To find the ultimate champion, the winners of seven marquee NPS tourneys – Kick-Off, Golden Rush, HighRoller, Super HighRoller, Mini Main Event, Main Event and PLO HighRoller – along with the NPS leaderboard winner will get the chance to travel to Goa to participate in the Night of Champions Sit’N’Go.

The SNG will take place at the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room in Majestic Pride Casino, Goa, a week after the NPS concludes. The winner of the SNG will win the ₹10 Lakhs up-top, along with the bragging rights of becoming the first NPS “Champion of Champions.”


Choose to take a Satellite!

Online satellites are running around the clock on the official satellite partner of the NPS, PokerBaazi, since April 21. With buy-ins starting as little as ₹1 (step satellites), everyone has a shot at playing at the NPS.

7:00 PM1 Seat GTD to NPS Golden Rush ₹1 Crore GTD Day 1A₹10+₹1
8:00 PM2 Seats GTD to NPS Main Event ₹3 Crores GTD₹500+₹50
8:30 PM2 Seats GTD to NPS Kickoff ₹50 Lakhs GTD₹250+₹25
10:00 PM2 Seats GTD to NPS Mini Main Event ₹50 Lakhs GTD₹500+₹50


Deposit Codes

The NPS is yet to announce its deposit offers for the NPS, but rest assured, there will be numerous options to choose from.

Get ready for the NPS, as, in just about two months, you’ll get the chance to look at India’s first Poker Gold Medallist or be featured as the “One.”


Keep following PokerGuru for all the latest updates from the National Poker Series!

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