The first edition of the India Poker Championship (IPC) in this 2016 season took place from 24-28 February at the Deltin Royale Poker Lounge in Goa. A total of 5 events were on schedule with the highlight event being the 30k Big Game (Main Event). Here’s a quick recap of all the events and you can read about these events in greater detail at GutshotMagazine.com (links given below):-
24 February – 10k Kickoff
The opening event of this IPC started on Wednesday evening with the 10k Kickoff tournament featuring a buyin of INR 10,000 with a starting stack of 7,500 chips and 25 minute blind levels.
A total of 232 participants took to the felt for this tournament and in the end it was Sahil Chutani from New Delhi who was the last man standing. It’s been a good few months for the 24 year old who also placed 5th in the Highroller event at the December edition of the IPC. Chutani was dogged in his quest for his maiden IPC title and in the end he defeated Mumbai’s Samay Modi to come up trumps taking home the title and first place prize of INR 3,65,000.
25 February – 15k Bounty
The second event of this IPC took place on Thursday evening with the 15k Bounty tournament featuring a buyin of INR 15,000 with a starting stack of 7,500 chips and 25 minute blind levels. A 5k bounty component was set aside on each buy-in.
It was time for the ladies to shine as Sim Jialal took down the 15k Bounty event on Day 2 of the series. Jialal, who resides in Amsterdam, outlasted a 211 strong field to claim the trophy and collected a bunch of bounty bands along the way to make her win even sweeter. This win is quite significant as it is only the third time that there has been a female champion in an open event at the IPC. “It feels nice, its my first time playing poker in India. I have won tournaments abroad for bigger prize money but this is my first trophy win. I am feeling good!” said Jialal in her post-win interview.
26-27 February – 60k Highroller
The third event of this IPC took place on Friday evening with the 60k Highroller tournament featuring a buyin of INR 60,000 with a starting stack of 20,000 chips and 40 minute blind levels. This was a 2 day event.
It was a battle of the South at the final table of the 60k Highroller but when the dust settled, Sangeeth ‘Samoh’ Mohan was the one who claimed victory outlasting the 125 player field to win the title. “It feels surreal,” said the 30-something year old who last won a title back in 2013. Mohan carefully nursed his short stack through most of the final table before a couple of hands swung the momentum in his favour. “Topping this tough field makes it remarkable for me as I had to prove to myself that I can play tournament poker as I used to before. It’s the extreme competitive mindset of players in IPC that makes this win as well as this series so prestigious in the country. Every poker enthusiast wants to win an IPC event and thats what makes it special for me!” said the affable pro.
27-28 February – 30k Big Game
The fourth event of this IPC took place on Saturday evening with the 30k Big Game tournament featuring a buyin of INR 30,000 with a starting stack of 15,000 chips and 35 minute blind levels. This was the Main Event of the series and was played across 2 days.
The 30k Big Game (Main Event) of the India Poker Championship drew to a close late on Sunday night with Chennai’s Mukesh Surana emerging as champion. Surana toughed it out through a packed field of 196 players and over 19 hours of gameplay across this two day event. The Chennai resident who started playing poker just 5 years ago, couldn’t control his excitement after winning his first major title and repeatedly said, “It feels great, it’s just great, just great!” The 34 year old eliminated Aditya ‘Bitti’ Agarwal and took home INR 11.70 lacs (post a headsup deal), while runner-up Agarwal, bagged the second prize of INR 8 lacs. The event started with 196 players and a prize pool of over INR 47 lacs was created as a result.
28 February – 10k Turbo
The fifth and final event of this IPC took place on Sunday evening with the 10k Turbo tournament featuring a buyin of INR 10,000 with a starting stack of 8,500 chips and 20 minute blind levels.
The last event of the IPC series was a fast-paced action packed tournament which was won by one of the known faces on the circuit, Bangalore’s Krishna SM. He made it past a field of 139 players to win INR 280,000 (post deal). Runner-up Tanuj Moorjani won INR 220,000. 10k Kickoff winner Sahil Chutani capped off a very profitable series by scoring a third place finish in this event.
We would like to congratulate all the winners and those who made the money in all events. This February edition of the IPC has started the poker calendar in style and we look forward the next event being even bigger and better. Stay tuned to our website for schedule updates of the next event.