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.
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:-
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!