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Deltin Royale Poker Room, Panjim, Goa

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As Fodor’s says, beguiling white sands, fresh and spicy seafood, and a cold drink under a glowing sun is Goa at its charming best. But there’s plenty more: striking Renaissance cathedrals in Old Goa, ancestral homes surrounding the ragtag city of Margao, the ornate Hindu temples of Ponda, and the capital Panaji’s (or Panjim’s) Portuguese historic district.

And it is through the capital upon the serene waters of the Mandovi river beats the heart of Goa’s gaming industry i.e. the offshore casinos. The biggest of these casino vessels is the Casino Deltin Royale and there, within the confines of the Deltin Royale Poker room, is where you O Poker Lover will head for your taste of exciting tournament poker action courtesy the India Poker Championship!


Getting into Goa happens either via road, rail or air. If you come in by bus or train, Madgaon is usually the stop to get down at. If you’re flying in then Goa’s only airport Dabolim, is where you will land. Dabolim airport in Goa is short flight away from most major Indian cities and has recently got itself a brand new terminal as well. The capital city of Panjim is about 30-45 minutes from either Madgaon or Dabolim depending on traffic.


If the intention is to only play poker, then it is advisable to stay in and around Panjim itself. There are plenty of hotels which cater to all kinds of budgets. While staying in North or South Goa is usually the norm for tourists, if poker is going to dominate your visit to Goa, then you might as well stay on in Panjim and avoid the hassles of traveling long distances after putting in a long night at the tables.

We have special hotel rates for players during the IPC weekend. Click HERE for more info.


Once you are at the Deltin Royale jetty, head to the registration desk on the lower level, play the Poker Player Entry Fee of INR 3,000. Once done, you will receive an entry band and 3k ticket voucher. Keep these safely as it will be required inside to complete your buy-in process. Board the ship and head to the Cashier Cage on Level 3 (tournament area). Present your entry receipt, pay the balance of your buy-in and collect the seating card with your table and seat information on it. Players who make the buy-in will not be charged the casino’s entry fee. Players can pre-register for the individual or all the tournaments on the following days after 10pm every night by paying their buy-in/s to the poker room staff.

If you are with a spouse or friend who does not intend to play, they will be required to pay the casino entry fee of INR 1500.


A deduction of 20% will be levied on all prizepools. Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) is applicable on all tournament winnings over INR 10,000. IPC will bear all TDS payments on behalf of players; along with filing and issuing relevant certificate to the players in due course. 

IMPORTANT! It is mandatory to bring along identity proof and Permanent Account Number (PAN) card information in order to be issued a TDS certificate. 


There will be plenty of cash game action during the IPC weekend and there are buyins and stakes to suit every appetite starting from 100-200 and 200-500. Higher stakes and buyins are also available on request.


All IPC players are welcome to food and beverages on the house within the tournament area. There is a delicious spread laid out every evening at the dining area on Level 2 featuring Asian, Continental, Indian and Goan cuisines. Premium alcohol and cigarettes are available on additional charges. The Smoking area is located on the Sun Deck (Level 5).


Goa can be visited and revisited anytime in the year. November to February is usually the best time to visit with the minimum temperature goes down to 15°C and the maximum temperature in Goa in November to January roves between 20°C to 25°C, in February between 20°C to 27°C and 25°C to 30°C in March. Whereas the temperature in Goa in April, May and June roves in between 30°C to 40°C..

Back in the day, the monsoon season would not see too many visitors seeing as all beach related places, restaurants, bars and activities would halt for 3 months. However Goa can be quite beautiful in the rains and in recent years, many a traveler has fallen for its charms in these months. So really from a seasonal holiday destination, Goa is now virtually a year round tourist destination. 

In case you still have any queries, email info@indiapokerchampionship or speak to the IPC Crew at +91-9920803125.