Spartan Poker‘s Final Table Series (FTS) is one of the most anticipated and loved poker series in the country. The series started in November 2020 with a total GTD of ₹8 Crore. Currently held twice every year, the series has only scaled up with every successful edition ever since. With the increasing prize pools, the amount of love and craze for this spectacular series has only managed to expand over the past seasons.
Needless to say, with higher GTDs, the guarantees as well as the top prize offered by the Main Event, has also increased over seasons. So let’s have a look at the past FTS Main Event winners, who emerged victorious to take home hefty pay cheques.
|Edition||Name of the winner||GTD||Entries||Prize money won|
|November 2020||Arjun Pasricha||₹2 Crore||700||₹40,01,584|
|March 2021||Siddharth Karia||₹2 Crore||622||₹32,26,143|
|September 2021||Ankit Wadhawan||₹2 Crore||594||₹33,13,027|
|March 2022||Arsh Grover||₹2 Crore||659||₹40,23,590|
|October 2022||Sajal Gupta||₹2 Crore||646||₹39,66,956|
|March 2023||Ashish Ahuja||₹2 Crore||648||₹27,55,225|
Arjun Pasricha aka ‘lol this guy’ shipped the Main Event of the inaugural edition of the Final Table Series. He beat Shivang Yadav in the heads-up to nail the top spot and walk away with ₹40,01,584. The final table of this Main Event also had female pro Kanchan Sharma. The ₹2 Crore GTD Main Event attracted 700 entries who battled it out.
The Main Event of the second edition of FTS was nailed by poker pro Siddharth Karia. The player took down the title and pocketed the top prize of ₹32,26,143 after a heads-up deal with Avinit Bagri. Karia also grabbed an 18K diamond-studded medallion for his top-place finish. This Main Event, too, featured a guarantee of ₹2 Crore GTD for a total of 622 entries.
The third successful edition of the Final Table Series was held in September 2021. This Main Event was shipped by Ankit Wadhawan, who pocketed a handsome top prize of ₹33,13,027 after bringing two of his stacks to the star-studded final table. But that wasn’t the only interesting thing. Wadhawan single-handedly knocked out all the four final tablists, including World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Abhinav Iyer, Sanjay Taneja, Abhinay Devarakonda, and Devang Yadav. Wadhawan beat Yadav in the heads-up to take down the ₹2 Crore GTD Main Event. The event saw a total of 594 entries.
The March 2022 FTS Main Event was again a ₹2 Crore GTD event which attracted a total of 659 entries to the virtual felts. Poker pro Arsh Grover clinched the title after beating Mohammad Azhar in the heads-up. Grover pocketed ₹40,23,590 for his top finish, along with a diamond-studded gold medallion.
The Main Event of FTS 5.0 held in October 2022 was taken down by Sajal Gupta, who beat Armaan Kochhar in the heads-up. Gupta laughed his way to the bank with a pay cheque of ₹39,66,956. This event, too, had a ₹2 Crore GTD.
The Main Event of the FTS March 2023 was given an interesting name, ‘Game of Diamond (G.O.D)’ owing to the diamond medallion up for grabs for the winner. Poker pro Ashish Ahuja claimed the first-ever FTS G.O.D title after a three-way deal with FTS 3.0 Main Event winner Ankit Wadhawan and Sreekanth Narayan. Ahuja pocketed ₹27,55,225 for his top finish along with a diamond medallion and a gold medallion.
Needless to say, the event will keep increasing with every passing year. All eyes are on Spartan Poker to see how the platform keeps upgrading with every season.
Amarylisa Gonsalves is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Advancing from a marketing background, she found her calling in writing. She takes delight in exploring genres and is a curious learner. Patient and ambivert, she believes in letting her work speak for itself. Apart from content writing, she finds solace in writing poetry by expressing herself through words. Additionally, she adores indulging in anything that satisfies her creative self, like drawing and DIY crafts.
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