Ever since the comeback edition of the India Poker Championship (IPC) was announced a few weeks ago, there has been much excitement among the Indian poker fraternity. IPC’s tournaments were a starting point for many of today’s top pros. Case in point – Aditya Sushant who claimed India’s first World Series of Poker bracelet a couple of years ago, was also the first ever India Poker Champion back in the 2010-11 season. So too fellow bracelet winner Nikita Luther who won the first (and only) Ladies event at the IPC back in 2015.
Gutshot had a chance to catch up with Amin Rozani, IPC Director and CEO of Spartan Poker who is also the presenting sponsor of the upcoming series, “I am quite excited about the September event. IPC holds a special place in my heart as with many of the players from the circuit. It will be a great opportunity attendees to play some top quality poker and connect with plenty of folks from the Indian poker industry.”
Aside from the return of the IPC, the next best news going players have received about the event is that there will 100% refund on the TDS. Rozani had this to say, “Well certainly this will provide much relief to the players as they will be able to utilize the benefits we are passing onto them via Spartan Poker’s Game Bonus and Locked Bonus which will evenly take care of their entire TDS amount.”
Game Bonus is a newly introduced featured at Spartan Poker which is a form of Instant Bonus that can be utilized by players at Spartan’s cash game tables. Locked Bonus is of course an existing feature available to Spartan players where they can play and release the locked bonus which can then be used in either tournaments or cash games. Any TDS amount to be refunded to players will be done as 50% in each in Game and Locked Bonus. All in all, this will be a very attractive proposition for the IPC participants as it takes a significant weight off their shoulders regarding the TDS burden.
The recent resurgence of the live poker scene in Goa has led to the IPC team offering guarantees (GTD) on all their events and there are some juicy amounts to play for! The opening 10k event which is a freezeout has a 25 Lakh GTD while a massive 1 Crore prizepool awaits the participants in the 10k Highroller event and it gets even better if you play in the IPC Main Event where for a buy-in of INR 35,000, you get to compete for a mouth-watering prizepool of INR 1.6 Crores!
The series closes with the 15k Headhunter where 17.5 Lakhs is on offer for players. Of course players will also win cash by way of eliminating their opponents and claiming their bounty which is worth INR 5,000. All of these put together get the overall guaranteed prizepool to a shade over 3 Crores (or 3.025 Crores to be precise) which will no doubt draw poker lovers from near and far to participate in this IPC series. “There is no doubt in my mind that players, old and new, will come for the event in huge numbers and as a result we should go past the guarantees on all tournaments!” said Rozani
The Big Daddy Casino is a relatively new entrant on waters of the Mandovi River but in the past few months it has quickly established itself as the standard for a luxury casino. From tabling gaming options which are varied and plentiful to the dining area, various bars and the hi-limit or VIP areas and of course the Spartan LIVE poker room which is where the September edition of IPC is set to take place. While all casinos in Goa generally charge an entry fee, the Big Daddy Casino will allow Free entry to Spartan players. And it’s pretty simple to do that by signing up for a free account at SpartanPoker.com. Yes, that’s all you need to do – no deposit required.
All participants in the IPC come onboard for free as long as they have a Spartan Poker account. Besides the free entry on IPC Sep event dates, there are additional benefits, “You can take part in the online satellites at Spartan which allow you to win tickets into IPC live events and the second advantage of having a Spartan account is related to the first point of TDS refund. You can claim your TDS refund in your Spartan Poker account by way of 50% Game Bonus and 50% Locked Bonus,” says Rozani whilst commenting on the entry process. “We are delighted to partner with Big Daddy Casino as we share the same thoughts of giving the best possible gaming experience to the players coming to this beautiful venue and event,” he said.
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