The coronavirus induced pandemic had a serious effect on most live poker tournaments that took place in 2020. Poker platforms across the globe and in India were not ready to take that as an excuse. Here’s our list of the top Indian online tournaments that made headlines. (We have only considered guarantees in excess of INR 5 Crore GTD)
Baazi Poker Tour’s (BPT) third edition began the 2020 poker season with a bang! BPT took place between 2-14 January 2020 and had both online and offline series. The BPT series came with a spectacular 7 Crore GTD across several power packed tournaments. The 7 Crores GTD was split into 3 CR GTD for BPT online and 4 Cr GTD for the live tournament.
BPT Online ran from January 2 to 5 and hosted the Day1A INR 1 Crore GTD Main Event, INR 50 Lakhs GTD High Roller and several other massive tournaments. The BPT live tournament took place in Goa between 8-15 January, consisting the High Roller 1 Crore GTD, Main Event INR 2 Crore GTD (D 1A, 1B, 1C) and the Main Event of Day2. Gautam Sachdeva was crowned BPT’s Main Event winner and he won INR 43.21 Lakh.
The India Poker Championship (IPC) turned out to be one of the best live series in January 2020. The GTD was over INR 5+ Crore GTD and other than that the IPC also had assorted gifts for the Main Event winner. Rubin Labroo was crowned the IPC winner and he won a humongous INR 45+Lakh top prize along with a trophy, a Panerai MS Dhoni Limited Edition watch worth INR 6.67 Lakh and a sponsorship package from Spartan Poker worth INR 20 Lakh!
Rubin Labroo is also the India Main Event Champion of 2020. He featured on the cover of Gutshot’s July 2020 e-magazine.
India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) is one of India’s most anticipated online tournament series. The IOPC’s January 2020 edition featured more than 100 tournaments and had a humongous INR 16+ Cr GTD. This online poker series took place between 24 January to 9 February on Spartanpoker.com and crushed its original GTD eventually giving away 20+ Crore. Anurag Srivastava triumphed in IOPC’s Millionaire Main Event and bagged a whopping prize of INR 59+ Lakh.
The IOPC had quite a humble beginning as freeroll series in 2008-09. When it returned in the year 2016, this tournament series offered INR 8.6 Lakhs GTD at the time. From then to now, the IOPC’s growth has been phenomenal.
PokerBaazi’s End Boss tournament took place between 15-19 April and had a monster GTD of INR 5 Crores with the first place winnings of a minimum 1 Crore in prize money. The winner of this massive tournament was Abhishek Maheshwari, who won a little over INR 1 Crore in prize money.
PokerBaazi recently tied up with Asian Poker Tour (APT) to host an online version of the APT for Indian players. Read more about it here. You can also checkout our exclusive interview with PokerBaazi’s CEO Navkiran Singh who is on the cover of the October 2020 edition of the Gutshot e-magazine.
The Adda Online Poker Series (AOPS) series worth INR 22 Cr GTD took place between 8 June to 5 July. With a whopping INR 22 Cr GTD, it consisted 252 tournaments. Some of the top events were the 1 Crore GTD Full House, 50 Lac GTD AOPS Holdem High Roller, 45 Lac GTD AOPS Blizzard, 45 Lac GTD AOPS MegaStack, 40 Lac GTD Super High Rollers and several others.
The AOPS poker festival promised its players INR 22 Cr GTD and crossed 23.57 Cr instead. In the highly anticipated 3 Crore GTD Main Event, Nitish Gupta cracked the pot and took home INR 50 Lakhs. Throughout the year, AOPS was conducted six times in the months of February, March, April, May, July, and August.
With live events coming to a standstill this year, the IPC decided to host the 8 Crores GTD Final Table Series (FTS) which took place online between 16 to 23 November 2020 on Spartanpoker.com.
Aside from that mega prize pool, FTS brought to Indian poker enthusiasts a star-studded live commentary panel. The international commentators included stars like Maria Ho, Kevin MacPhee, Sam Razavi, Radhika Shankar, Ramesh Thotapalli among others who were a part of the FTS live stream broadcast.
The Main Event had a prize pool of INR 2 Crore GTD and Arjun Pasricha aka ‘lolthisguy’ won this prestigious FTS title along with a whopping first place prize of INR 40.01 Lakhs.
The Millionaire Series and extravagance go hand in hand. Spartan Poker’s Millionaire series just concluded earlier this month. This poker fest promised players INR 5.7 Crores GTD. Oh yes! Guess who took a huge amount home after The Main Event? Star poker player, Ashutosh Balodhi was crowned the Champion and he took home INR 34.24 Lakhs for his sterling efforts.
While 2020 was not kind to live events, online events across Indian platforms made up for it. The new year promises to start the poker season in style with the IOPC 2021.
The upcoming IOPC 2021 is a dream come true for every poker player. The 10th edition of India’s biggest online poker series is bigger and better. Can players expect to win big? Yes! Players can win their share of a massive INR 28 Crores GTD between 14-31 January 2021 on Spartanpoker.com.
As much as poker players are looking forward to the year 2021, they should surely get ready to make their way to the top in the upcoming IOPC’s special 10th edition tournament series. Not just prize money, IOPC will also give its winners an 18 karat Gold and Diamond studded crown. Get ready players, this could be your time to make it big.
Here’s the schedule and the amazing prizes on offer at the upcoming IOPC. Despite all odds, kudos to all the poker platforms. Let’s begin 2021 with a bang!
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.
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