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!
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…
After a three year hiatus, the country’s premier live tournament series in the India Poker Championship returns this September! In less than 8 weeks, the IPC, as it is popularly known, will kickoff at Goa’s newest and most luxurious casino Big Daddy moored on the waters of the Mandovi River in the Goan capital city of Panjim. The IPC will take place from 11-15 September and promises a mouth watering guarantee of 3 Crores across events to all participants. “It gives me immense pleasure to announce the return of the India Poker Championship this September. The IPC has always been a player favourite through the years and we expect this upcoming edition to be an absolute blockbuster,” said Amin Rozani from Team IPC. Rozani is also CEO of Spartan Poker, which runs the Spartan Live poker room onboard the Big Daddy which is where this 5 day poker extravaganza will take place.
IPC returns to beautiful Goa this September with a 3 Crore GTD series
Schedule of Events
As has been the case with past IPC events, this comeback edition too will begin with a Freezeout tournament on Wednesday evening i.e. 11 September and will be coupled with a Satellite for the Highroller which will take place later in the evening. In fact, there will be satellites at the venue on the first three days of the series allowing players to enter into the Highroller and IPC Main Event at a fraction of the cost. The second day of the series will see the Highroller take place featuring a buy-in of INR 1 Lakh. Players will be battling it out for the biggest share of the INR 1 Crore GTD prizepool. The Main Event which features a buy-in of INR 35,000, and a guarantee of over INR 1.60 Crores, is a 3 day affair with two starting flights taking place on Friday and Saturday evening respectively. It will all come to an end on Sunday night where not only will we see the newest Main Event champion being crowned but the series will also culminate with the final tournament i.e. the 15k Headhunter. All in all, plenty of live tournament poker action can be expected and there is every likelihood of previous attendance records being broken. “In the 2015-16 season, every edition we did, raised the bar higher in the terms of player participation. It’s been a while since we were away but during this time, we’ve always been asked about when the IPC will return? We certainly hope to repeat our past success and go beyond with this upcoming edition of the IPC,” said IPC co-founder Sameer Rattonsey.
Get in for a Fraction via Spartan
Rozani and Rattonsey along with Rajeev Kanjani and Peter Abraham form the team behind both these dynamic brands which have been operating in the Indian poker landscape since early 2010. The IPC continues its association with Spartan Poker as lead sponsor and online satellite partner. In fact the action of the live series goes down at the Spartan Live poker room onboard the host vessel, the Big Daddy Casino. Now if the thought of the big buy-ins at this live event have you in two minds, fear not! Spartan Poker’s association with the live event means that players can qualify for all the IPC September edition tournaments online at SpartanPoker.com and that too for a fraction of the original buy-in! Starting from 1st August, play in satellite qualifiers at Spartan Poker which begin for as little as INR 660 which is the buy-in for the 10k Freezeout satellite. You can also play satellites for the 100k Highroller and the 35k Main Event as well as combo satellites which get you entries into two or more IPC live events in Goa. And remember every satellite carries a minimum guarantee of 1 seat or 1 set of seats in a combo satty! So head on over to Spartan Poker from 1st August and take your shot at winning your way to Goa for India’s most prestigious tournament poker event.
Live event and online satellite schedules are given below. For queries about the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +91-9920803125. To get in touch with the Spartan LIVE poker room, call +91-91122 22867.
Make your way to the sunny state of Goa this September for high octane poker action at the India Poker Championship. See you at the tables!