‘Discover the pro in you’ is the tagline of IPP. Yes! India Poker Pros, one of the highly popular poker championship events in India, is all about creating a world class poker event for the Indian poker lovers with a difference so that they can realise their proficiency and skill in the sport of poker. The primary aim of this world class event is to provide the Indian poker lovers a platform where they can enjoy and enhance their poker skills apart from enjoying the game. Its objectives also include the nurturing of poker talents in India.
This championship event is the brainchild of Vikram Verma, a model, actor and entrepreneur, who is an ardent poker lover. Vikram’s passion towards playing this wonderful game led him design this event that aims to provide a clean and robust gambling experience to poker lovers.
India Poker Pros is held at the majestic Casino Royale, Goa, India's largest casino craft.
Like many popular poker events in India, India Poker Pros has its own set of rules and regulations to ensure fair play and provide a robust gaming environment to its participants. To participate in this championship, participants are asked to register themselves with certain information and make themselves familiar with the briefly stated tournament rules that include Floor people, Chip Race, Old Chips, Side Pots, Calling for a Clock and Dead Button.
The Leader-Board scoring System is a crucial methodology that India Poker pros adopt to rank its poker players. Based on this ranking system top 9 players of every event of poker pros are allotted points ranging from 70 to 200 so that a player who made it to the top rank in a tournament but had never made it to the final table can make it to the final table.
The role of Floor people is to ensure the tournament rules are being followed and fair play takes place. The floor person’s decision is considered as the ultimate decision.
Not only awards but also penalties and disqualification are formulated to tap any attempt from players that violate the tournament rules. It only allows the English language to be used during the play of hands.
Last year, the Main event had a field size of 81 players. It was the longest tournament in the history of poker in India. The tournament ran for a total of 13 hours and 30 minutes. After over an hour session of heads up between the two finalists, Kanishka emerged as the first main event champion.
Every year, India poker pros choose a Player of the Year (POY) based on certain criteria. The POY is from the list of regular player by comprising all the held featured events. The selected player is awarded one year sponsorship by the India poker pros (IPP) that carries the value of Rs. 1 Lakh.
So, if you believe in yourself to be a poker pro then this is the best platform to accept challenges and showcase your skills.