FB Intro: The India Poker Championship Awards presented by The Spartan Poker makes a splashy and glamourous debut in Bangalore this past weekend. Read more on GutshotMagazine.com
Snip: Successful inaugural IPC Awards sees Bollywood celebrities like Emraan Hashmi in attendance.
The inaugural edition of the India Poker Championship Awards witnessed a grand success in Bangalore this past weekend. Presented by India’s leading poker gaming portal, The Spartan Poker, the first-of-its-kind poker award ceremony was held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in the Garden City on Saturday, 9th September 2017. Recognizing excellence in the poker industry, The IPC Awards felicitated 72 poker players across 6 different tournament and special event categories. The glamourous tone of the evening was further increased by the presence of eminent Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi.
The awards distributed included winners of The Millionaires, Spartan Super Series, India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) January and July edition. There were also awards given to special events like the Destiny series, the 2.o.K and the Rapid Ride. It was an evening packed with not just awards but also a lot of entertainment. The entry of the venue had a pre-event area where a red carpet walkway was setup and had guests getting the feeling of being big winners with plenty of photographers and videographers from local and national level publications covering the event. Being a Moulin Rouge themed event, all attendees were dressed at their best with the men wearing sharp looking suits and the ladies donning beautiful evening gowns. The evening kicked off with a high energy musical performance by local rock band Zehen who played a bunch of popular songs including some Bollywood mashups. Actor Emraan Hashi along with Spartan’s MD Amin Rozani then gave away the first set of awards of the evening to the Millionaire winners of the past year. This was followed by a rib tickling performance by local standup comedian Naveen Richards. More awards were then presented by The Spartan Poker’s Peter Abraham to winners of special events like Destiny, 2.o.K and the SSS. This was followed by an energetic dance performance by Brazilian dancers who performed a cabaret show wearing some fabulous costumes. The final set of awards of the evening were the highlight where winners of the IOPC January and July editions were presented with beautiful vintage medallions showcasing their respective wins. The grand evening came to a close with the entire Spartan team including Rozani, Abraham, Rajeev Kanjani and Sameer Rattonsey on stage cutting a cake and popping champagne in celebration of this night of poker. The party carried on well into the night with many guests heading to grab dinner and drinks and others hitting the dancefloor and grooving to the latest dance hits being played by the deejay.
Expressing his excitement on the success of the first edition of the IPC Awards, Amin Rozani, MD & Co-founder, The Spartan Poker said, “Hosting the India Poker Championship Awards was truly an exciting experience for us. It feels great to see the poker industry together under one roof. The idea behind the IPC awards was to felicitate the amazing talents and contribution of poker players. We hope to continue hosting the awards every year to promote poker as a skill-developing and mind sharpening sport. In the process we also wish to encourage all poker players across the country to continue contributing to this industry.”
Actor Emraan Hashmi said, “I am truly honored to be here at the first edition of the IPC Awards and among these talented poker players as well as this industry’s veterans like Amin, Peter, Rajeev and Sameer. In recognizing the efforts and skills of these players, I feel The Spartan Poker has created a great platform for these players across the nation.”
Here’s a look at went down at this fabulous evening in Bangalore…