BlitzPoker, an online poker site fronted by internet celebrity Dan Bilzerian is already making a name in the country’s competitive online poker market even though its been in operation for less than a year. One of the main reasons for the online poker room’s popularity is due to its unique and exciting offerings, may it be in cash games, MTTs, or promotions, attracting newbies and poker pros alike.
$4 Million Guaranteed at IOPC
On Jan 14, BlitzPoker launched its latest online poker event, the Indian Online Poker Championship (IOPC). The festival is currently in progress and will conclude on January 31. Over the next few days, Indian players will compete in some of the biggest events of the series, which include “The Crown”, the festival’s main event.
All in all, the series boasts of a massive guarantee of INR 28 crore, equivalent to $4 million, making it the largest online poker event in India. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for players competing in the ongoing festival.
IOPC Main Event Guarantees Over $490,000
The series will culminate in the Main Event which gets underway on January 25. “The Crown” offers a cool $490,000 guarantee, and features multiple Day 1s. Surviving players will meet again on Day 2 on January 31 to play down to a winner. On top of the first-place prize, the ultimate victor will also take home a Gold Crown, plus hampers and certificates!
The IOPC Main Event is poised to set a new record as the biggest-guaranteed single tournament in Indian online poker, outshining PokerBaazi’s $283K-guaranteed “Game Changer” back in 2019.
Other Highlights
The festival has also boosted the prizes on offer by running a series leaderboard, with an additional 1 Crore up for grabs. Players finishing in the money will earn corresponding points that will count towards the leaderboard.
The series also features a Masters Table which will be comprised of winners of selected events on the schedule, including the Main Event, Millionaire United, Millionaire Legends, Highroller, Super Highroller, and PLO Highroller. Some of the best players of the series will engage in one final action at the iconic IOPC Masters Table which will take place on February 3 and will be livestreamed.
The player who finishes at the top will walk away with a special AVENGER CHRONOGRAPH 43 BREITLING customized watch.
Winners of feature tournaments will be awarded with a Gold Badge of Honour, while the rest of the victors will receive a Silver Diadem. That’s in addition to hampers and certificates that the winners also get to take home.
Among the feature tournaments are the following: IOPC Highroller (ongoing), IOPC Super Highroller (January 28), IOPC PLO Highroller (January 30), Millionaire Legends (January 23), and The Crown – Main Event (January 25).
BlitzPoker Enjoying Rapid Growth in India
BlitzPoker is majority-owned by i3 Interactive Inc, an online gaming and entertainment firm providing online poker, sports betting, and online casino services. In August 2020, it launched BlitzPoker in India to tap into the country’s promising market for online poker. It’s currently running under the Quadnet Poker Network through Spartan Poker, one of the biggest poker networks in the country.
BlitzPoker is part-owned by Bilzerian, well-known as “The King of Instagram”, who has a massive following on social media. The online celebrity, who also plays high-stakes poker, are among individuals recognizing India’s potential of becoming an online poker hotspot. Bilzerian also earlier invested in Livepools, a real-money fantasy gaming firm operating in India.
Bilzerian’s wide reach has no doubt contributed to BlitzPoker’s rapid growth in the country. Stats show that over 7 million of his 30 million followers on Instagram are from India.
But the site does not solely depend on Bilzerian in terms of marketing as it also signed a number of Bollywood celebrities as brand ambassadors. They include Malaika Arora, Mouni Roy, Disha Patni, and Neha Sharma.
The online poker platform is expected to come up with more major online poker events in the future as it looks to achieve more growth in India.

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