India Poker Championship (IPC) is the longest-running live tournament brand in the country today and started when the only other tournament brand running regular tournaments was the India Poker Series (IPS).
Casino Royale in Goa played host to the inaugural India Poker Championship (IPC) in December 2010. Comprising of four events, the series ran from December 2 to 5. Three more editions of the series were held in Casino Royale, namely in February, April, and June of 2011.
After a hiatus of almost four years, the series returned in January 2015 and was held at the Deltin Royale Poker Room onboard the floating Casino Deltin Royale. Six more editions of the IPC were held in April, June, August, October, and November 2015, with the last IPC series taking place from February 24 to 28, 2016.
After another four-year-long hiatus, IPC found a new home at the Casino Big Daddy in Goa. The series made a blistering return to the live circuit with all four events at its comeback series registering record-breaking numbers. Pune’s Raj Talwar took down the ₹35K Main Event topping a never-seen-before 777-entries to win ₹49.25 Lakhs. Noida-based Pranay Chawla turned out to be the biggest winner at the series as he took down the ₹100K High Roller for ₹51.66 Lakhs.
After a smashing comeback, IPC announced its first edition of 2020 that took place from January 14-19, once again onboard the Spartan LIVE poker room at Casino Big Daddy.
The showstopper of the series, the Main Event ₹3.25 Crores GTD was taken down by Rubin Labroo who was also named the new India Poker Champion. Labroo took home the shiny IPC trophy, ₹45.34 Lakhs in prize money but also bagged a juicy one-year sponsorship deal worth ₹20 Lakhs from Spartan Poker along with a gorgeous Panerai watch!
The details of the next IPC are still awaited.