Recently in official news the online poker portal PokerBaazi announced the launch of the National Poker Series (NPS) 2020 an affordable live tournament series to promote poker in the country. The first season of the series is being held from 29th April to 5th May 2020. The series aims to bring together poker players from all over the country and to put the top players in the country on a world stage. The top two players on the leaderboard of the series will win an all-paid trip to the holy land of poker Las Vegas. One winner will also win $10,000 to compete with international poker players in Vegas.
The National Poker Series
It was on the occasion of the National Republic Day 26th January that PokerBaazi CEO Navkiran Singh took to social media to announce the launch of a new live poker series – the National Poker Series (NPS). The mission of this new endeavor rings true to its slogan #AbIndiaKhelegaPoker – a live series for the masses that aims to nourish the next poker superstars of the country with affordable buy-ins and two all-expenses-paid packages to Las Vegas on offer!
National Poker Series is expected to have reasonable buy-ins and high prize pools, enabling skillful players from the entire country to access its tournaments. The series will host a number of tournaments over the scheduled week.
To win tickets to the series’ tournaments, one can participate in the National Series of Poker 2020’s satellite tournaments on its official satellite partner website PokerBaazi.com.
In the press release of the series, Abhinav Iyer, India’s first solo winner at the WSOP, said, “NPS is a great platform for everyone to make it to the biggest stage and showcase their skills at the world stage. Going to be an exciting series with a great leaderboard reward.”
Fellow WSOP winner, Aditya Sushant commented, “Nothing matches the Vegas experience and it’s great that the National Poker Series is giving two players a chance to have that experience. The next level in Indian poker is here and I can’t wait to compete.”
India has seen a resurgence of live poker since 2019 with domestic poker brands bringing back the golden era of tournaments in Goa. While these cash-rich tournaments offer crores in prize pools and millions to the winners, the entry fee at these stops is often a major deterrent for the vast majority of the low/mid-stakes players. Here is where the NPS offers the differentiator offering tournaments starting at an affordable ₹4,000, making this new series a lot more inclusive.
The inaugural NPS takes place at the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room onboard Casino Pride 2 in Goa from April 30 – May 5 though Singh has indicated that future NPS editions could be held at different venues around the country. The week-long series will play host to five events starting with a ₹4K Kick Off event. There is also a ₹6K Deep Stack Turbo, a three-flight ₹15K Main Event and a ₹25K High Roller alongside a ₹8K bounty event on the schedule.
National Poker Series Schedule
The intent behind the creation of the NPS is very clear and one that jumps out from the teaser video created for the announcement. Portraying all the WSOP bracelet winners from India, the idea is to provide budding poker players a platform to hone their skills while providing the consistent winners a chance to play at the biggest stage. To accomplish this, the NPS has a leaderboard that will run through the series awarding the top two finishers with all-expenses-paid packages to the WSOP. The leaderboard topper will also get the WSOP Main Event buy-in worth $10,000.
- Travel + 10 Night Accommodation + WSOP Main Event Buy-in worth $10,000
- Travel + 10 Night Accommodation + ₹2 Lakhs
PokerBaazi will soon start running online satellites to the NPS. For more information visit Pokerbaazi site now.
About Poker Baazi
PokerBaazi is an Indian online poker room that offers their users a chance to play poker professionally. PokerBaazi was founded in 2014 as an online poker start-up Company. It has five co-founders- Navkiran Singh, Puneet Singh, Anirudh Chaudhry, Avneet Rana, and Varun Ganjoo.