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
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.