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
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:-
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!
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!