The 10th edition of India Poker Championship has come to an end and it was indeed a show to remember. Organized by Spartan Poker from January 14 – 19, 2020, at the Big Daddy Casino, Goa, the tournament bought together popular film, internet and television personalities under one roof. Celebrities like Neha Dhupia, Kunal Kemmu, Rannvijay Singha, Dino Morea, Anita Hassanandani, Siddhanth Kapoor, Aly Goni, Aditi Bhatia and others made the event a night to remember. India Poker Championship (IPC) is a series of offline poker tournaments held biannually in Panjim, Goa since March 2010.
The blockbuster finale of the skill-based game witnessed Rs 6+ Crores as the price money. Approximately 1756 enthusiasts participated in the event from across India to compete for the title. How ever, 31-year-old Rubin Labroo from Delhi was the one who won the title of India Poker Champion 2020 with Rs 61.80 Lakhs of the loot!. Labroo also bagged a one year sponsorship deal worth a whopping Rs 20 Lakhs from Spartan Poker, along with a gorgeous engraved limited-edition Panerai watch worth over Rs 6.67 Lakhs.
India Poker Championship (IPC) truly witnessed moments filled with thrills and excitement and the 3rd edition of IPC Awards just added to the whole experience by appreciating the poker talents.
Commenting on the tournament, Mr. Amin Rozani, CEO of Spartan Poker said “We are over whelmed with the response and glad to be able to provide a platform for all the poker lovers. We wish to keep extending our poker family”.
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!
What an incredible week of poker went by at the India Poker Championship! Taking place from 11-15 September in the Spartan LIVE poker room onboard the Big Daddy casino in Goa, the event saw more than 2000 participants come together and create history. All attendance records across events were broken leading to the absolute crushing of the original prizepool guarantee of INR 3 Crores. When all was said and done, prize money worth INR 5.48 Crores was awarded!
IPC 10k Freezeout – Siddharth Mundada
This opening event attracted a record field of 437 entries from which 52 finished in the money and the man standing at the top of heap was Siddharth Mundada. The massive turnout in this 10k Freezeout meant that we couldn’t play down to a winner on the opening day, going into an unofficial second day. Haresh Kukreja was the overnight chip leader among the final nine players and he consolidated that lead early on today, busting out Shane Hodges and Kanishka Samant in the first hand of the day itself. Bust-outs continued over the course of time and soon, Kukreja himself was sent to the rail by Mundada, who of course became our eventual winner.
Mundada has been proving himself as a live player in recent months, having recorded 5 cashes at WSOP 2019 in Las Vegas, with total career cashes of $24k. However, this win in Goa became the largest of his live poker career, earning INR 8,80,000 for this victory, his first major live title too. In heads-up, he was up against Nikhil R, another player who had done brilliantly since yesterday. However, Mundada went into heads-up with a chip lead or nearly 5:1 and it was always going to be difficult for Nikhil to make a comeback from there. Eventually, the 27-year old Mundada emerged winner while Nikhil had to settle for the runner-up prize of INR 6,17,000.
IPC 100k Highroller – Pranay Chawla
This second event of IPC Sep recorded 207 entries which was another record-breaking field. Day 2 resumed on 13 September with 70 players still in contention of winning a massive prize of INR 51+ Lakh, a prize never seen before in a live poker Highroller tournament in India. Slowly but surely, eliminations were taking place, eventually reaching the bubble, with 24 players being paid a min-cash of INR 1.88 Lakh. As the night went on, players kept getting busted and collecting their cash prizes, while Pranay Chawla kept increasing his stack, entering the Final Table as the chip leader. He managed a few more bust-outs and even entered heads-up with the chip lead. We would’ve expected a deal in heads-up considering the massive pay jumps, but that didn’t happen.
The chips went back and forth between Chawla and Nitish Gupta but eventually, it was Pranay Chawla who managed to take away all glory. The Indian poker industry will remember this series for years to come and they will remember Chawla too, who managed to outlast this field full of pros to take away the 100k Highroller title and the enormous cash prize of INR 51,66,800 that came with it.
IPC 35k Main Event – Raj Talwar
And then it was time for the Big One – the Main Event. This INR 35,000 buy-in event had two packed starting flights of Day 1A (390) and Day 1B (387), which saw an incredible 777 entries competing for a prizepool of over INR 2.67 Crores. That figure crushed the original guarantee of INR 1.6 Crores by a cool additional crore, something that even the regs did not expect to happen. In the end however there could be only one and that turned out to be 32-year old Pune businessman Raj Talwar who raked in a phenomenal first place prize of and won the Main Event of this comeback edition of the IPC outlasting a massive field.
Day 2 combined the survivors of both starting flights (82 and 77) bringing them together on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm to play down to one player who would be crowned champion. Three-way action at the final table had Ayush Garg leading with Dhaval Mudgal close behind followed by Talwar on the short stack. Mudgal kept bleeding chips and failed to get any traction and eventually put it in with pocket Threes but got eliminated by Talwar who hit an Ace pair on the turn against Mudgal.Chips kept moving back and forth between Talwar and Garg but eventually Talwar managed to win a couple of pots to take the lead. Eventually he called with Ah 3d on Garg’s Qc 2d on a board of Tc 6h Jd Kd Ts. And with that hand we had a winner in Raj Talwar who took down the biggest ever field for an IPC Main Event, a cool trophy and INR 49.25 Lakhs!
IPC 15k Headhunter – Raghavendra Hada
All good things must come to an end and so it was with this amazing poker festival as the final day of the series saw the culmination of the Main Event as well as the final side event of the series in the Headhunter. This tournament followed the bounty format where for every elimination a player would receive INR 5,000 from his opponent’s buy-in. The Head-Hunter guaranteed INR 17.5 Lakh in prize money but 348 entries crushed it to make the eventual prize pool of INR 34.8 Lakh. It was Raghavendra Hada who went on to win the tournament defeating Arsh Grover in heads-up. Hada walked home with INR 7,39,000 in prize money while also separately cashing out his several bands which represented his bounties from the tournament.
The night only got better for Hada as he was handed over his trophy by none other than the ‘Big Daddy’ of poker, Dan Bilzerian. As for Grover, he began the final table as chip leader but couldn’t go on to complete the victory. Grover was slightly behind at the start of heads-up and ended up finishing second for INR 5,18,200, excluding prizes from bounties.
What a fantastic end to the proceedings and a wonderful comeback for India’s premier tournament in Goa. There was a feeling of excitement in the air right through the 5 days with great turnouts and prizepools expected AND delivered! The presence of Dan Bilzerian certainly added plenty of zing to this edition. Plenty of nostalgia in the air too as the IPC made its return after more than 3 years and many of the poker faithful who were absent from the scene came together to be a part of these festivities. So a terrific week of poker with many crores in prizes given away and four new IPC title winners crowned.
The IPC will return in the new year specifically from 14-19 January and we will see you at these felts again for another record breaking event! Until then…