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Diwali is around the corner, and as expected, the top poker operators have loaded up their calendars with attractive promotions! For tournament players looking for value over the Diwali weekend, PokerStars India’s Diwali Rush Series presents an irresistible proposition!
The Diwali Rush Series has always been a staple MTT festival around Diwali. And it returns for its fifth edition from October 20-23, 2022, guaranteeing a very enticing ₹1.50 Crores in prize money across 35 tournaments!
The four-day series is not short of options, with nine tournaments scheduled daily, including two marquees. With buy-ins ranging from ₹220 and going up to ₹16,500, the upcoming online festival has something for players of all stakes!
While there is a lot of value on offer, the ₹50 Lakhs GTD Diwali Rush-29 Main Event PKO is one tournament bound to tempt many regs to skip their Diwali celebrations for the online grind! The showstopper Main Event starts at 5 PM on Sunday, October 23.
The ₹25 Lakhs GTD Diwali Rush-05 Super Highroller is another big-ticket event to watch out for. Sporting a ₹16,500 buy-in, the Super Highroller is the most expensive tournament on the schedule and headlines the opening day proceedings, starting at 8 PM on October 20.
That’s not all! Like in the past editions, PokerStars India will keep tabs on the most consistent winners through the Diwali Rush Leaderboard. Anyone finishing in the money in any Diwali Rush Series event will receive TLB points, and the 50 top-ranked players on the leaderboard stand to collect a share from the ₹2.50 Lakhs in cash prizes, with the leaderboard topper assured ₹55,000.
Even outside the guaranteed prizes, the Diwali Rush Series has much more to offer! For starters, there is the inaugural Diwali Rush Freeroll on October 20, a new initiative by PokerStars India open to all players, promising ₹50,000 worth of Diwali Rush tickets.
Another attraction is the three Second Chance Freerolls running daily from October 21 to 23, each awarding ₹25,000 in tournament tickets and entries! The freerolls are open to anyone who plays a Diwali Rush event but busts outside the money.
Moreover, special Freebuy events guarantee ten seats to the Super Highroller and 40 to the Diwali Rush Main Event! Could you ask for more?!
Diwali Rush Series Schedule
Date & Time Event Buy-in (₹)
October 20, 5 PM Diwali Rush-01 [Bling Bling, 8-Max] ₹2 Lakhs GTD ₹1,375
October 20, 5 PM Diwali Rush-02 [Bling Bling, 8-Max] ₹50K GTd ₹220
October 20, 7 PM Diwali Rush-03 [Rocket UKO 75%] ₹2 Lakhs GTD ₹1,375
October 20, 7 PM Diwali Rush-04 [Festive Bounty] ₹50K GTD ₹220
October 20, 8 PM Diwali Rush-05 [Super Highroller] ₹25 Lakhs GTD ₹16,500
October 20, 9 PM Diwali Rush-06 [Twinkling Stars PLO] ₹40K GTD ₹550
October 20, 9:30 PM Diwali Rush-07 [Uppercut Mini] ₹5 Lakhs GTD ₹2,750
October 20, 10 PM Diwali Rush-08 [Primetime Lights] ₹1 Lakh GTD ₹375
October 20, 11 PM Diwali Rush-09 [Flashing Lights] ₹2 Lakhs GTD ₹990
October 21, 5 PM Diwali Rush-10 [Fire Ball] ₹40K GTD ₹220
October 21, 5 PM Diwali Rush-11 [Atom Bomb 6-Max] ₹1 Lakh Gtd ₹550
October 21, 7 PM Diwali Rush-12 [Rocket UKO 100%] ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD ₹1,375
October 21, 7 PM Diwali Rush-13 [Festive Bounty] ₹50K GTD ₹220
October 21, 8 PM Diwali Rush-14 [Uppercut] ₹12 Lakhs GTD ₹4,400
October 21, 9 PM Diwali Rush-15 [Twinkling Stars PLO] ₹40K GTD ₹550
October 21, 9:30 PM Diwali Rush-16 [Steller Stack - 6 Max] ₹6 Lakhs GTD ₹2,750
October 21, 10 PM Diwali Rush-17 [Primetime Lights] ₹70K GTD ₹375
October 21, 11 PM Diwali Rush-18 [Flashing Lights] ₹2 Lakhs GTD ₹990
October 22, 5 PM Diwali Rush-19 [Two Towers HU] ₹40K GTD ₹220
October 22, 5 PM Diwali Rush-20 [Steller Stack] ₹1 Lakh GTD ₹550
October 22, 7 PM Diwali Rush-21 [Omania] ₹1 Lakh GTD ₹1,375
October 22, 7 PM Diwali Rush-22 [Festive Bounty] ₹40K GTD ₹220
October 22, 8 PM Diwali Rush-23 [Terminator] ₹10 Lakhs GTD ₹2,750
October 22, 9 PM Diwali Rush-24 [Twinkling Stars 5C Omaha] ₹40K GTD ₹550
October 22, 9:30 PM Diwali Rush-25 [Black Buster PKO 8-Max] ₹2.5 Lakhs GTD ₹1,375
October 22, 10 PM Diwali Rush-26 [Primetime Lights] ₹75K GTD ₹375
October 22, 11 PM Diwali Rush-27 [Flashing Lights] ₹2 Lakhs GTD ₹990
October 23, 5 PM Diwali Rush-28 [Steller Stack] ₹1.25 Lakhs GTD ₹550
October 23, 5 PM Diwali Rush-29 [MAIN EVENT PKO] ₹50 Lakhs GTD ₹8,250
October 23, 7 PM Diwali Rush-30 [Festive Bounty] ₹50K GTD ₹220
October 23, 7 PM Diwali Rush-31 [Festive Warm-up] ₹2 Lakhs GTD ₹1,375
October 23, 8 PM Diwali Rush-32 [The Big Crunch] ₹10 Lakhs GTD ₹3,850
October 23, 9:30 PM Diwali Rush-33 [Sparkle Storm] ₹1.50 Lakhs GTD ₹550
October 23, 10 PM Diwali Rush-34 [Twinkling Stars PLO] ₹40K GTD ₹550
October 23, 11 PM Diwali Rush-35 [The Final Bang] ₹3 Lakhs GTD ₹990
While the ₹50 Lakhs GTD Diwali Rush-29 Main Event PKO is undoubtedly the series’ showstopper, there is no shortage of exciting MTTs scattered throughout the series. In fact, among the nine tournaments scheduled daily, two are marquee tournaments.
Here is a day-wise breakdown of the featured tournaments:
Day 1: October 20
Day 2: October 21
Day 3: October 22
Day 4: October 23
Diwali Rush Leaderboard
Besides the fantastic tournaments on offer, the Diwali Rush Series will be tracking the most consistent winners at the festival through the ₹2.50 Lakhs GTD Series Leaderboard.
The 50 top-ranked players on the leaderboard will be rewarded for their consistency, with the eventual leaderboard topper collecting ₹55,000.
Rank Prize Amount
Diwali Rush Freeroll
For the very first time, PokerStars India’s Diwali Rush Series will be hosting a Diwali Rush Freeroll on October 20. The Freeroll promises Diwali Rush tickets worth ₹50,000.
Second Chance Freerolls
What is Second Chance Freeroll, you ask? You will be credited with a Second Chance Freeroll ticket if you are knocked out of a Diwali Rush tournament before reaching the money. These are capped at three per player.
The Second Chance Freerolls will run once daily from October 21 to 23.
PokerStars India’s 2022 MTT Series Roadmap
PokerStars India, the India-facing poker arm of global giant PokerStars, turned four in April. Throughout 2022, PokerStars India has hosted numerous flagship MTT festivals and lucrative promotions.
The site kicked off its MTT roadmap with the Winter Series from January 11 to 16. The budget tournament series, Micro Millions, ran from March 8 to 13, followed by the Summer Series from June 3 to 13.
The internationally acclaimed Galactic Series was PokerStars India’s fourth flagship tournament festival of the year and ran from September 1 to 12.
Now, over a month after the Galactic Series concluded, PokerStars India is bringing back the Diwali Rush Series. The previous edition of the Diwali Rush Series ran from November 5 to 8, 2021. The ₹75 Lakhs GTD Diwali Rush-23 Main Event played down to a heads-up deal between two PokerGuru Ambassadors, with teammates Arjanveer Singh Chadha and Ankit Wadhawan chopping the title heads-up for seven figures. Chadha bagged the title for ₹13.32 Lakhs, and Wadhawan collected ₹11.60 Lakhs in second place.
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