Without doubt one of the most anticipated online poker series in the country is the India Online Poker Championship or IOPC which is hosted twice a year at SpartanPoker.com. Poker enthusiasts from across the country are salivating at the prospect of the upcoming IOPC because a massive 25 Crores in guaranteed prizes is up for grabs! The tournament series which takes place from 9-26 July at Spartan Poker is the biggest ever IOPC till date for the brand as well as its host platform.
INR 25+ Crore GTD – July 2020
Following the phenomenal success of the last edition where INR 20+ Crore was given away, Spartan is giving every poker fan a chance to win life changing prizes overnight. Get ready for 19 days of madness this monsoon! The rains and coronavirus will be two reasons to stay indoors during that time. IOPC on Spartan Poker will be the third and best reason!
A total of 113 events are slated to run over a period of two week with buy-ins ranging between INR 550 to as high as INR 1.05 Lakh. Surely, IOPC can’t go without action-packed Millionaires! So, ink your calendars with three mind-blowing tourneys:
Millionaire United INR 1.5 Crore GTD
Millionaire Legends INR 1.5 Crore GTD
The Crown Main Event INR 3 Crore GTD
To thrill the high-stakes player INR 1 Crore GTD Super High Roller is also scheduled on 23 July where players will have to invest a steep INR 1,05,000 as the buy-in. There are plenty of options for different stake players to look forward to as the list goes on. Also, don’t forget, IOPC July 2020 also includes a leaderboard of a hefty INR 1 Crore!
IOPC Jan 2020
The 10th edition of IOPC INR 16 Crore GTD ($2.2 million) was hosted earlier this year in January/February and it created waves on a global level. The Main Event guaranteed INR 3 Crore which is around $422K, not too far away from the guarantees being posted by the European poker operators. A total of 99 events were lined up in IOPC Jan 2020 including INR 3 Crore GTD Millionaire Main Event and Anurag Srivastava aka ‘Norman Bates’ turned an INR 11K buy-in into INR 59+ Lakh, outlasting a monstrous field of 3,490 entries. He said, “IOPC is a great series; it’s the biggest series we have in the country. I’m just grateful to be on the list of one of the biggest scores in India.”
After 17 days of intense grinding and maintaining remarkable consistency, Amit Sur aka ‘Immortal Killer’ topped the leaderboard, driving away in a stunning MG Hector. With the stakes being increased for the July 2020 edition, expect bigger winners and more winners to be crowned in India’s most prestigious online poker championship!
Scaling New Peaks
IOPC was introduced back in October 2015 and has had a record-breaking turnout since its commencement. The first ever series had 26 tournaments, offering INR 8.6 Lakh GTD. It has grown and grown rapidly, so much that the at this time last year, the IOPC July 2019 series introduced the massive INR 2 Crore GTD Millionaire Main Event, where 20-year-old Srihari Bang aka ‘bangbang99’ ended victorious taking home gigantic prize of INR 48.56 Lakh!
Gutshot Magazine caught up with the younger Bang brother after the victory, who said, “It’s surreal to take down the Millionaire and the Pokerstars Sunday special the same night. Was close to shipping another IOPC event earlier in the series but lost the HU. The real happiness comes from the fact that we sattied our way on the final day and hence effectively making our grind a 14-hr grind.”
Undoubtedly, Spartan has amped up the poker experience to next level by breaking its own record time to time. So, let the excitement roll this July with India’s leading online poker platform raising the bar high with a whopping and enthralling INR 25 Crore GTD IOPC July 2020!
Check out all the details about the schedule and GTDs – HERE
A few days ago, the India Poker Championship wrapped up in Goa where INR 6+ Crore was given away in prizes across 5 days and Rubin Labroo was crowned the 2020 India Poker Champion. In India, the live and online circuits are growing simultaneously and with the IPC done, it’s now time for some funs at the virtual felts.
Starting tomorrow, Spartan Poker will be hosting yet another edition of the India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) which is all set to break Indian online poker records. The 10th edition of the IOPC is set to give away a whopping INR 16+ Crore in guaranteed prizes between 24th Jan – 9th Feb 2020!
No other online platform in India has come near such massive prizes and in fact, the IOPC is creating waves on a global level as well. While Spartan Poker doesn’t have nearly as many daily visitors as seen in European online operators 888poker and Unibet Poker, they’re really cranking it up in terms of prize money on offer.
When we talk about the Indian poker industry, we’re clearly behind western countries in terms of both traffic as well as revenue. However, India has a population of over a billion and the potential is huge, and Spartan is clearly investing in the future of online poker in India.
Spartan is hosting IOPC at a similar time that European operators 888poker, Unibet Poker and MPN are hosting their own online series. 888’s XL series comes with a $1.4 million prize pool while MPN’s final installment of Universal Championship of Poker (UCOP) is giving away $555,000 and Unibet’s Online Series VII offers a guarantee of $445,000. Spartan’s IOPC Main Event itself comes with an INR 3 Crore guarantee which is around $422k while the overall series guarantee is INR 16 Crore which equals around $2.25 million!
The numbers say it all and the IOPC only keeps growing in India, being hosted twice a year currently. The last edition hosted in July 2019 came with an INR 11 Crore guarantee and the one before that in Jan 2019 promised INR 8.5 Crore in prizes. While we’re still fairly behind the rest of the world, IOPC is paving the way for the Indian market, being an impetus to this constantly growing industry.
“The overwhelming response from players across the country for previous editions encourage us to constantly invest in superior player experience and keep bringing exciting gaming options to our customers,” said Amin Rozani, Co-founder and CEO of Spartan Poker. When asked about these rising guarantees, he said, “Spartan has always been a tournament-friendly website and we’ve always aimed at providing maximum value to our players whenever we host a flagship series like IOPC, SSS and others. We hope to keep raising the bar in coming months and years.”
We’re now one day away from the start of the series and players have been preparing since weeks, because of the gigantic prizes on offer. Never before has an Indian online operator offered an INR 3 Crore GTD Main Event, while the INR 110k Super High Roller is the highest ever buy-in for a single online tournament in the country.
Records are meant to be broken and Spartan Poker has sent the records tumbling with this ambitious poker series that begins tomorrow. As Indian online poker prize pools start to beat those being offered in Europe and other parts of the world, 2020 is set to be the best year for poker in our country so far!
Check out the complete IOPC Jan 2020 schedule and its leaderboard prizes below:-
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.
It’s that time of the year again when the biggest online poker series of India hits the virtual felts at SpartanPoker.com. And this time it’s even bigger! That’s right… a massive, mouth-watering 11 Crores is up for grabs in guaranteed prizepools at the upcoming India Online Poker Championship (IOPC). Taking place at SpartanPoker.com from 14-28 July at SpartanPoker.com, the IOPC will feature a staggering 82 tournament events all of which will carry a guaranteed prizepool across different buy-ins and formats. There will also be an IOPC leaderboard in play for all participating players worth INR 30 Lakhs. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of the series:-
Unlike previous editions, this IOPC will begin on a Sunday i.e. 14 July with a minimum of 54 Lakhs being given away on the first day itself of the series. As before, Spartan has incorporated many of its marquee tournaments into its IOPC schedule and most will carry a bigger guarantee than usual. So players can participate in juicier tournaments like the Destiny, Sunday SuperStack, Headhunter, WTF, Elite, Big Daddy, Highrollers and more.
Return of the Millionaire
The tournament that put Spartan on the Indian online poker map is its signature tournament called the Millionaire, promising a 7-figure payday to the winner and second place finisher as well. This time around the Millionaire returns after a break in the IOPC schedule with a exciting 2 crore guaranteed prizepool for a buy-in of INR 11,000. There will be six starting flights for this super event starting from 24 July every evening at 6:00 pm with the Day 2 finale to be completed on the last day of the series i.e. 28 July. In the last edition of the Millionaire, which took place in January 2019, Jai ‘Joey’ Saha walked away with a massive 25 Lakhs for his victory while another of the top online talents in the country, Ashish Munot score 14.70 Lakhs for his runner-up finish. While those numbers look fantastic, one key thing sets this edition apart. This time’s guarantee is double at 2 Crores which means the winner is likely looking at a payday of well over 30 Lakhs! This tournament will be one of the top favourites of anyone who is participating in this time’s IOPC series.
All Monday-Saturdays of the series will see the Daily Hi-Fi morph into the IOPC Hi-Fi where most buy-ins will be around the INR 2,500 mark and having guarantees ranging from 6 Lakhs to 12.5 Lakhs. The final IOPC Hi-Fi will take place on 27 July with a amazing 18 Lakhs prizepool and a buy-in of INR 6,600.
All participating players in the IOPC can also earn big bucks by doing well and scoring points towards the IOPC Leaderboard. With 30 Lakhs on offer, everyone will be gunning for the top prize of a brand new luxury automobile called the MG Hector. You may have their commercials recently on air featuring Benedict Cumberbatch. Well if its good enough for Dr. Strange, it certainly will do just fine for the player who eventually tops the leaderboard. Even finishing among the top 10 point places, will assure these winners a share of the 30 Lakhs in cold, hard cash.
Satty your way in
While Spartan Poker is well known for its tournament offerings like the Spartan Super Series and the Little Big Series, those do cater to a slightly lower set of buy-ins. The IOPC overall has bigger buy-ins but don’t let that turn you off. You can satellite your way into many of the top tournaments on schedule by participating in the IOPC Super Sattys. A satellite is a tournament where you play for a fraction of the original buy-in and depending on the satty turnout, one or more players could win tickets into the top notch IOPC tournaments. Check out the satty schedule below the event schedule image below.
The month of July is going to pring up plenty of title winners and multiple lakhs in winning amounts to plenty of players from the Indian poker circuit. Will you be one of those players? Will you be the one who drives away a brand new Hector MG?! Only one way to find out – by participating in the India Online Poker Championship exclusively at SpartanPoker.com. Click here for details and TnCs.
Spartan Poker is one brand in the current poker landscape of the country which regularly tries to innovate its line-up of events on its platform. Last month, i.e. Feb 2019, Spartan hosted some cool series and tournaments like 2.o.K, Spartan Super Series, 5 For 5, and others which went into the books quite successfully.
Similarly, for this month too, the brand has sprinkled its exciting set of events for the month of March. Spartan Super Series is back for this month as well, along with Spartan Rewards Plus, and much more.
For the cash table aficionados
The ‘Spartan Rewards Plus’ promotion, along with ‘The Poker Trip’ will run for this month as well, both till 31st March. This promo seeks to offer rapid cash-back for every cash game played on the platform. Players using “REWARDS” code for the Spartan Rewards Plus promo will earn VIP points based on several factors while playing cash games. Players can earn up-to 40% rewards during this time. Using “VEGAS” code would include you in the Poker Trip promotion, which offers exciting package trip to play in the poker capital of the world – Las Vegas!
2.o.K and 5 For 5 scheduled for March
Two of A Kind (2.o.K), one of Spartan’s signature tournament hosted on first Sunday of every month is back for March as well, on 3rd March at 6 pm sharp, for a buy-in of INR 5,500. The tournament rewards top 2 players with INR 15 Lakhs each and winning this one for the month of February were Anish Patra and Kushal Jain, among whom the latter made an impressive run, from winning a freeroll satellite to earning INR 15 Lakhs in one night! Read the report here.
5 For 5 is another evergreen signature tournament on Spartan that will be hosted this month. The tournament is scheduled for 17th March at 6 pm for a buy-in of INR 5,500. This month’s five 5 For 5 winners included the regular online grinder Gokul Raj, winner of the recent IOPC SHR.
PLO Spot Light Series
This is a novel addition to Spartan’s list of events for March. The Spot Light series will be hosted on 14th March and will include 5 tournaments on the day between 2 pm and 9 pm. The buy-ins will range between INR 55 for the lowest to INR 22,000 for the biggest one in the series, i.e. PLO HR which has a guarantee of a cool INR 15 Lakhs.
Cash Bomb Tables
Between 7-9 March, Spartan will be giving away upto INR 5 Lakhs in their latest ‘Cash Bomb’ promotion.
You can get surprised with cash bombs dropping on your 100/200 ‘cash bomb’ ring tables between 6 pm and 1 am daily for the duration of this promotion. Cash bombs can fall at any time and players are eligible if they have played 20 post-flop hands at any point of time on the table.
Spartan Super Series is back!
18-24 March will see the popular Spartan Super Series hosted, this time for a full week! A total of over INR 3.5+ Crores will be distributed throughout the event. The Main Event itself has a guarantee of INR 75 Lakhs and the second biggest event of the series, the Elite boasts INR 50 Lakhs in guarantee. Last month’s SSS Main Event winner was ‘vysh4987’ earning INR 22.15 Lakhs while Zarvan Tumboli topped the Leaderboard for INR 2.5 Lakhs.
Along with the above events, the Saturday DareDevil has been replaced by Saturday Social for a higher GTD of INR 8 Lakhs and a buy-in of INR 3,300. The whole month of March is going to be an extremely competitive affair and lots of prizes are going to be awarded to those who shine in these tournaments. Keep reading GutshotMagazine.comfor similar articles from India and for general poker news from all over.