There’s a different vibe and excitement when it comes to the India Poker Championship (IPC). What began with small fields of 70-80 players on board the Casino Royale in 2010-11 soon boomed to hundreds of entries in each edition of the IPC that have been hosted over the last 9-10 years.
When the first India Poker Champion was crowned in December 2010, Aditya Sushant made his way past an 87-entry field to win INR 6,26,000 in prize money. The situation is different today with guarantees and fields both rising steadily and the latest to be crowned India Poker Champion, Rubin Labroo, won a whopping INR 45+ Lakh for beating 693 entries in the IPC Main Event.
Rubin Labroo was crowned the India Poker Champion of the 2020 season
Players from across the country mark the dates in their calendars each time IPC is announced, and 14-19 January was the latest edition that took place on board the Big Daddy Casino in Goa. Once again, the guarantees were crushed, and many players walked away richer than they would’ve imagined 10 days ago!
The series promised a total guarantee of INR 5 Crore across 4 tournaments, but it comes as no surprise to tell you that all guarantees were passed. Across 5 days of the series, a total of 1,756 entries participated in the five different tournaments hosted, with a total of INR 6.2+ Crore distributed in overall prize money. Here’s a complete breakdown of what happened…
10k Mega Satellite
Guarantee: 8 IPC packages worth INR 1.75 Lakh each
Final prize pool: 9 IPC packages worth INR 1.75 Lakh each
10k Kickoff Event
Guarantee: INR 30 Lakh
Final prize pool: INR 30.55 Lakh
Guarantee: INR 1.5 Crore
Final prize pool: INR 2.03 Crore
50k Main Event
Guarantee: INR 3.25 Crore
Final prize pool: INR 3.36 Crore
Guarantee: INR 22.5 Lakh
Final prize pool: INR 34.76 Lakh
The Indian poker industry is in such a stage where the numbers are just swelling by the month and we don’t expect this growth to stop anytime soon.
It was over 3 years ago that the last India Poker Champion was crowned in our country. What began with small fields is today a massive affair and the latest edition of the India Poker Championship (IPC) was no less grand or glamourous, attracting several different segments of society, along with a number of celebrities too.
India Poker Champion 2020 Rubin Labroo celebrating with his friends
The IPC Main Event got a total field of 693 entries over 2 starting flights and when they were done with Day 1A and 1B, 130 progressed to Day 2, where there was more than just money to play for. There was also the INR 20 Lakh Spartan Poker sponsorship package and the Panerai MS Dhoni limited edition watch to go with the IPC trophy.
Rubin Labroo was sporting the Spartan Poker hoodie all the way through the tournament and it proved to be a lucky charm for him as he ran through the field, keeping his final table lead all the way till the end. He wins the massive INR 45.34 Lakh prize money plus a whopping INR 20 Lakh sponsorship package from Spartan Poker and the Panerai watch which is worth over INR 6.5 Lakh! “It’s amazing! I’ve been trophy-hunting for a while now. My last trophy was in April 2017, in the DPT. So, it was long back. And I came second in the WPT Vietnam Kick Off. And I’ve final tabled here and there, but nothing converted,” said the 31-year old after winning this prestigious IPC title.
Labroo entered heads-up against Siddharth Mundada, with a 4:1 lead and he ended up taking it down for INR 45.34 Lakh, though the prizes were decided in a 4-way deal on the FT. Special mention for Mundada who has been fabulous himself, winning the 10k Freezeout in September 2019, finishing runner-up in the same tournament a few days back and now ending runner-up in the 50k Main Event for a whopping INR 37.7 Lakh payout.
India’s biggest tournament poker series will return to Goa for its kickoff edition for 2020. Taking place from 14-19 January onboard the Big Daddy Casino in Goa, the India Poker Championship (IPC) is being awaited by players from across the country with bated breath. Promising a guaranteed prizepool of more than INR 5 Crores, the January edition of the IPC will feature a total of 4 featured tournaments and a Mega Satellite at the start of the series.
While the Highroller event carries the biggest buy-in of INR 1 Lakh, all eyes will be on the next biggest buy-in i.e. the INR 50k IPC Main Event. The reason that this particular tournament carries a lot of prestige is because the eventual winner will be crowned the India Poker Champion of the 2020 season. The winner not only takes home a very chunky first place prize and a beautiful trophy but there are also some magnificent additional prizes in store for this player.
Sponsorship from Spartan Poker
The most exciting of the add-on prizes is without doubt the player sponsorship package worth INR 20 Lakhs which will be given away by the event’s satellite partner Spartan Poker. One of the top poker platforms in the country, the next India Poker Champion will be sporting the Spartan patch and represent the brand at various venues tournament series in the country. This is an incredible opportunity for the Champion to literally freeroll his/her way across all tournaments series including of course any IPC editions taking place in the year. Getting a sponsor patch is considered to be one of the top accomplishments in modern sport and it is no different in this case as well.
And that’s not all for the Champ. A stunning IPC engraved Panerai luxury watch (MS Dhoni Luminous special edition) worth INR 6.67 Lakhs will adorn the winner’s wrist as they can show it off at the next poker event they play in! There have been several Main Events in past IPC editions, but this is the BIG one. To lift this coveted trophy and become India Poker Champion in the process walking away with all the glory and honour, that will the dream of every poker player in this country come January 2020.
Satellite your way in for cheap
While some players may shy away from the big buy-ins mentioned, it is certainly within easy reach if you participate in the IPC online satellite qualifiers at SpartanPoker.com who are as mentioned earlier online partners for this upcoming poker extravaganza. There is a schedule of regular satellites going all the way till just before the event and there are also freeroll satellites where not even a single rupee need be invested to participate.
So on over to Goa this January and take your shot at becoming the next India Poker Champion!
With the popularity of sports around the world, poker has also found its way, picking up the speed and an upward trajectory for the past decade. Couple that with poker events taking place in popular tourist destinations like Goa and it’s easy to see the attraction for seasoned players and new enthusiasts alike. It feels like yesterday when the country’s most prestigious poker series, the India Poker Championship (IPC) concluded its resoundingly successful comeback edition at the Big Daddy Casino in the state capital of Panjim.
In a statement released earlier today, the company announced that the first edition of the new year will have Moneycontrol, the largest online financial platform in India, as Presenting Partner of IPC Jan 2020. The Moneycontrol platform hit the market in 1999 and ever since then the website and subsequently, it’s app as well has become the go-to resource for financial information on the internet for millions of Indian investors. Aside from chronicling the Indian economy, the platform has flourished to become the country’s biggest store of news, analysis, data, and tools on investing, personal finance, the business sector, and the economy. Moneycontrol has an incredible 17 million plus visitors each month! Undeniably, this enormous number of viewers will get exposed to the premier national championship of poker which will only serve to grow this mind sport.
Following its successful September event, IPC Jan 2020 will return with yet another thrilling edition from 14-19 January with a spectacular INR 5+ Crore GTD! The last edition pulled in tons of big names in the poker industry, not to mention special guests like the King of Instagram, Dan Bilzerian. Besides, plenty of newcomers got an opportunity to kick-start their poker career by participating in the four feature events.
IPC Director and Co-founder and MD of Spartan Poker Amin Rozani said, “We are delighted to announce the schedule of our flagship tournaments to kickstart 2020. The overwhelming response from players across the country for previous editions encourages us to constantly invest in superior player experience and keep bringing exciting gaming options to our customers. We are excited for IPC 2020 and its followup IOPC 2020 as we are bringing even higher GTDs for Indian players, making both series the largest in our country’s history for both live and online tournaments.”
New India Poker Champion to be Crowned
The upcoming edition of IPC is especially prestigious for one special reason. The new year’s first IPC edition will see the crowning of the India Poker Champion 2020. The INR 50,000 Main Event which will take place from 17-19 January will eventually play down to one player who will be crowned the best of the best. Indian poker’s ultimate winner is not only going to take home a beautiful trophy and no doubt a chunky first prize purse, he or she will also take home some additional incredible giveaways like an all expenses paid sponsorship from Spartan Poker to participate in various live series in the country along with some cool prizes going the way of the new India Champion. We will bring you more details on this as it is released so stay tuned right here!
Goa is once again going to experience the frenzy of India’s biggest poker series so if you haven’t already done so then head to Panjim from 14-19 January to catch all the live poker action at IPC Jan 2020!
There is much cause for cheer among the poker enthusiasts of the country as the New Year brings in a massive windfall in terms of amazing poker offerings from the India Poker Championship! It’s going to be a triple whammy for the month of January as three tremendous properties from the IPC stable will feature at different points of the month. Not only will we see the next edition of the IPC live tournament series return to Goa but that will soon be followed by the ever popular India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) which like the live event will offer mouth-watering guarantees. How much you ask? There will be over 16 Crores on offer at the IOPC and that makes it more than 21 Crores in guaranteed prizepools across both of India’s premier live and online tournament series! And to add an extra bit of sparkle, we will also see the third edition of the India Poker Championship Awards take place in January 2020.
IPC 2020 – 5 Crores GTD
The IPC has always held a special place in the pages of Indian poker history. Over the years the brand has earned the goodwill of thousands of players who have participated in its various editions. Despite going on hiatus a couple of times, the IPC made its comeback in a big way both times setting attendance records with every edition they did. This time too it’s going to be no different. After their return to Goa in September, the IPC will now begin the new year with its opening edition of 2020 set to take place from 14-19 January onboard Big Daddy Casino in Goa. The September edition had promised 3 crores in guaranteed prizes and the IPC crushed that by going well over 5 Crores in the series. This time around the organisers have amped up the guarantee for the January to INR 5 Crores! And we won’t be too surprised if this new year edition of the IPC goes on to crush previous records for prizepools and attendance.
The highlight of the series will be the IPC Main Event, which has a higher buy-in of INR 50,000 this time around. The winner of this prestigious Main Event will be crowned the India Poker Champion of the 2020 season. So not only will there be tremendous cash prizes to compete for but also the honour and glory of being crowned as the national poker champion of India! Check out the schedule for IPC Jan 2020 HERE.
IOPC 2020 – 16 Crores GTD
And there is barely any breathing room for poker enthusiasts as the IPC’s online avatar, the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) will soon set the virtual felts at SpartanPoker.com ablaze. The IOPC is recognised as India’s biggest online tournament series and has had record breaking turnouts and prizepools with every edition it has done since its inception in October 2015. To give you an idea of its phenomenal growth trajectory, IOPC Oct 2015 had 26 tournaments offering 8.6 Lakhs in guarantees. 4 years later, the IOPC Jan 2020 edition will feature 100 tournaments and a mammoth 16 Crores in guaranteed prizes! Not only is this an indicator of the popularity and growth of the IOPC, but it’s a significant representation of how far poker as a game itself has come in terms of being the mind sport of choice for this generation of card players.
The IOPC will take place at Spartan Poker from 24 January to 09 February 2020 and if it’s last edition is anything to go by, we can surely expect yet another guarantee crusher of a series this time around as well.
IPC Awards 2020
After two spectacular editions in previous years, the IPC Awards will return in January to celebrate the achievements of the best poker players in the country. It will be a night of excitement, celebration and revelry where the best of the best will be recognised and felicitated in front of the industry professionals as well as their peers for their accomplishments in the previous season. The inaugural edition of the IPC Awards took place in Bangalore’s Sheraton Grand hotel two years and last year saw it take place in the Sahara Star hotel in Mumbai. The upcoming edition of the Awards will take place on 14 January in Goa onboard the Big Daddy casino. This extravaganza will be part of the IPC tournament series and will in fact take place on the opening day of the series.
It promises to be a night filled with pomp, pageantry, revelry and even nostalgia as many faces, old and new, will be part of these festive celebrations and will rightfully make for a wonderful precursor to what should be a record shattering IPC tournament series. Stay tuned to this page as we will bring you more details soon on the event schedule.