News First IOPC of 2019 a smashing success; more than 10 Crores awarded! By India Poker Championship | 22nd January, 2019
Every mid to high-stakes poker player in the country would’ve been licking their lips thinking about the exciting month of January lined up on The Spartan Poker. Apart from a fantastic Rewards Plus system for cashback and a chance to fly to Las Vegas, Spartan also launched another edition of the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC).
Already the biggest online poker series in the country, this edition of the IOPC took place between 11-20 January 2019, breaking its own record and promising a total of INR 8.5+ crore in series guarantees. Recently, this series came to an end with the IOPC Main Event taking place, another record-breaker, with an INR 1.5 Crore prize pool.
This became the biggest ever single online poker tournament in the country, and Ashish Munot ended victorious earlier yesterday, taking home a gigantic cash prize of INR 37.5 Lakh. Another hugely successful tournament was the Super High Roller where Gokul Raj won INR 28+ Lakh while Joey Saha emerged victorious in The Millionaire for INR 25 Lakh.
Talking about winning The Millionaire victory, Saha said, “The experience was great. This is my biggest score till date. I was in for I think 8 or 9 rebuys so was really happy to at least break even. Running deep in these massive events is always a sick experience and these are the moments we play this game for. This is a great start to 2019 and hopefully just the start of things to come.”
Overall, the series ended as a fantastic one for the players, as well as for The Spartan Poker. While there were overlays in The Millionaire and the Main Event, the advertised series guarantee was crushed, with more than INR 10 crores being given away in total cash prizes, as compared to the INR 8.5 crore promise.
Along with the cash prizes given away, a spectacular prize of INR 30+ Lakh was up for grabs on the IOPC Leaderboard, including a stunning new Skoda Octavia to the one who finished first. Leaderboards are for the most consistent players and it was no surprise that Akshay Nasa aka ‘sherlock52’ won this competition, ensuring himself a brand-new ride!
Spartan is an industry leader when it comes to online poker in India and they have proved this yet again with this recent edition of the IOPC, which concluded yesterday. This was the first IOPC of the year and poker enthusiasts will look forward to the next edition, where we can only imagine what the guarantee could be.
Courtesy: GutshotMagazine.com with inputs by Dwayne Fernandes