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India’s leading online poker site, Spartan Poker, has been consistently raising the bar by introducing bigger and better tournaments and promotions. Complementing its expanding suite of high-value tournaments, the site, over the years, has successfully launched numerous flagship tourneys, namely, Two-of-a-Kind, Destiny, The Elite, Ultron, etc. These have become franchises to add to its popular India Online Poker Championship (IOPC), Grand Poker Series (GPS), Ultimate Value Series (UVS), and the Freezeout Master Series (FMS).
The Millionaire is without a doubt the most popular tournament franchise launched by the site to date. Spartan Poker is now coming up with an entire series dedicated to The Millionaire, the first-ever The Millionaire Series as a successor to its guarantee-smashing ₹8 Crores GTD Final Table Series (FTS).
The Millionaire Series runs from December 7 to 13, offering at least three tourneys daily. The seven-day-long series guarantees a humongous ₹5.7 Crores in prize pool guarantees across 20 tourneys with buy-in ranging from ₹110 to ₹27,500.
The biggest draw at the series will be the multi-flight ₹2 Crores GTD The Millionaire. The other headliners are the ₹50 Lakhs GTD Highroller and the Millionaire D’Lite, which offers a prize pool guarantee of ₹10 Lakhs for a pocket-friendly ₹110 entry buy-in.
For the consistent finishers, there is an additional ₹10 Lakhs in leaderboard prizes to be won.
|December 7||6 PM||#1||₹1,650||₹11 Lakhs|
|December 7||8 PM||#2||₹2,200||₹12 Lakhs|
|December 7||10 PM||#3 Monster Stack||₹3,300||₹14 Lakhs|
|December 8||6 PM||#4||₹1,650||₹10 Lakhs|
|December 8||8 PM||#5 DeepStack||₹3,300||₹21 Lakhs|
|December 8||10 PM||#6||₹2,200||₹13 Lakhs|
|December 9||6 PM||#7||₹2,200||₹12 Lakhs|
|December 9||8 PM||#8||₹5,500||₹35 Lakhs|
|December 9||10 PM||#9||₹1,650||₹10 Lakhs|
|December 10||3 PM||D'Lite Day 1A||₹110||-|
|December 10||6 PM||#10||₹1,650||₹11 Lakhs|
|December 10||8 PM||#11 Monster Stack||₹4,400||₹20 Lakhs|
|December 10||9 PM||D'Lite Day 1B||₹110||-|
|December 10||10 PM||#11 Highroller||₹27,500||₹50 Lakhs|
|December 11||3 PM||D'Lite Day 1C||₹110||-|
|December 11||6 PM||Millionaire Day 1A||₹11,000||-|
|December 11||8 PM||#13||₹1,650||₹12 Lakhs|
|December 11||9 PM||D'Lite Day 1D||₹110||-|
|December 11||10 PM||#14||₹11,000||₹50 Lakhs|
|December 12||12 PM||D'Lite Day 1E||₹110||-|
|December 12||4 PM||D'Lite Day 1F||₹110||-|
|December 12||6 PM||Millionaire Day 1B||₹11,000||-|
|December 12||8 PM||#15||₹4,400||₹16 Lakhs|
|December 12||10 PM||#16||₹2,200||₹10 Lakhs|
|December 12||10 PM||#17 D'Lite Day 2||-||₹10 Lakhs|
|December 13||12 PM||Millionaire Day 1C||₹11,000||-|
|December 13||4 PM||Millionaire Day 1D||₹11,000||-|
|December 13||6 PM||Millionaire Day 1E - Turbo||₹11,000||-|
|December 13||8 PM||#18||₹5,500||₹40 Lakhs|
|December 13||10 PM||#19||₹3,300||₹12 Lakhs|
|December 13||10 PM||#20 Millionaire Day 2||-||₹2 Crores|
The cynosure of all eyes at the series will undoubtedly be the ₹2 Crores GTD The Millionaire that features an entry buy-in of ₹11,000. The multi-flight event features five opening flights starting December 11 at 6 PM. Day 2 will begin at 10 PM on December 13.
Here’s how the flight line-up looks like:
>Day 1A (December 11, 6 PM)
>Day 1B (December 12, 6 PM)
>Day 1C (December 13, 12 PM)
>Day 1D (December 13, 4 PM)
>Day 1E Turbo (December 13, 6 PM)
The site is yet to announce its satellite schedule but rest assured there will be numerous satellite tourneys running around the clock on the site.
The other highlight of the series will be the first-ever Millionaire D’Lite. Bringing the Millionaire franchise within reach of practically all players, the Millionaire D’Lite boasts a whopping ₹10 Lakhs prize pool guarantee at a never-seen-before ₹110 entry buy-in.
The event features six starting flights starting from December 10 at 3 PM.
Below is the flight line-up:
>Day 1A (December 10, 3 PM)
>Day 1B (December 10, 9 PM)
>Day 1C (December 11, 3 PM)
>Day 1D (December 11, 9 PM)
>Day 1E (December 12, 12 PM)
>Day 1F (December 12, 4 PM)
While The Millionaire and Millionaire D’Lite are the series’ crowning glories, there are several other headline tournaments on the schedule.
> #3 Monster Stack ₹14 Lakhs GTD (December 7, 10 PM)
> #5 DeepStack ₹21 Lakhs GTD (December 8, 8 PM)
> #8 ₹35 Lakhs GTD (December 9, 8 PM)
> #11 Monster Stack ₹20 Lakhs GTD (December 10, 8 PM)
> #12 Highroller ₹50 Lakhs GTD (December 10, 10 PM)
> #14 ₹50 Lakhs GTD (December 11, 10 PM)
> #15 ₹16 Lakhs GTD (December 12, 8 PM)
> #18 ₹40 Lakhs GTD (December 13, 8 PM)
Adding that extra icing to the offerings will be The Millionaire Series Leaderboard that will award ₹10 Lakhs to the top-ten ranked players on the leaderboard.
All prizes will be in equal part Bonus Money (BM) and Power Bonus.
The Millionaire has a rich four-year-long legacy. It had made its debut on Spartan Poker in September 2016 and was a tremendous success. It has since gone on to set tall benchmarks for online poker in the country.
Here are a few fun facts about the series:
> The very first Millionaire tourney registered 576 unique entries and 273 re-entries, and the total prize pool of the event reached a staggering ₹42.45 Lakhs
> Manoj Pentakota inked his name in the history books as the first-ever Millionaire Champion bagging ₹10.61 Lakhs
> In fact, Pentakota is one of the very few players to have won the Millionaire title twice. He won the Millionaire title for the second time on March 1, 2020, when he took down the ₹1.5 Crores GTD The Millionaire Legends for ₹40.81 Lakhs!
> The first player to ever win two Millionaire titles was Phanindra Akkina. He first shipped the Millionaire title back in 2017 and bagged his second title in December 2019
> Mystery user ‘Tokio999’ is also a two-time Millionaire champion. They won the ₹1 Crore GTD GPS The Millionaire for ₹17.29 Lakhs on October 11 and followed it up by taking down the ₹1 Crore GTD The Millionaire for ₹17.20 Lakhs on October 25
> The November 2017 edition was the first time that the Millionaire featured a ₹1 Crore guarantee, and since then, the event has evolved to become an iconic tournament
> The Millionaire later added several events under its umbrella, namely, The Millionaire Legends, The Millionaire United, The Millionaire X5, and The Millionaire Lite. The event has seen making appearances in several Spartan Poker popular series’ like the Indian Online Poker Championship (IOPC), Spartan Super Series (SSS), Grand Poker Series (GPS), and Ultimate Value Series (UVS)
> The Millionaire X5 was introduced in October 2019. PokerGuru Ambassador Ashish Munot and Eka Vedantham, alongside Nitish Gupta, ‘Secretariat,’ and Devang Yadav were the first-ever winners banking ₹11.40 Lakhs each
> Anish Patra became the first-ever Millionaire Legends champion in November 2019 for a mouth-watering ₹46.21 Lakhs.
> Sreekanth Narayan took down the first-ever Millionaire Lite for ₹ 11.13 Lakhs in December 2019.
> WSOP bracelet winner and Spartan Poker Team Pro Nikita Luther was among the first female players to join the ‘Millionaire’s Club’ after finishing fourth in the IOPC #58 The Millionaire Legends ₹2 Crores GTD on February 2020.
> The first-ever Millionaire United champion was Mahima Walia Das, who won the event in ₹21.93 Lakhs in March 2020. To date, Das is the only female player (known publicly) to have won the Millionaire title
> Haider Madraswala, Shashwat Agarwal, Jaydeep Dawer, Akshay Nasa (in October 2017 for ₹20 Lakhs), Guneet Kwatra, Zarvan Tumboli, Devesh Thapar, Hitesh Batra (in June 2018 for ₹25 Lakhs) Vinod Megalmani (in December 2018 for ₹25 Lakhs), Jai Saha (in January 2019 for ₹25 Lakhs), Srihari Bang (in July 2019 for ₹48.56 Lakhs), and Nitin Jain (in September 2019 for ₹19.49 Lakhs), have also won the prestigious title.
Needless to say, the Millionaire franchise has been a record-breaking one over the years. With The Millionaire Series now rearing to go, we can look forward to many more records tumbling.
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