The Indian poker market is getting bigger and better with each passing month. Poker players in India are excited as the inaugural India Summer Championship of Online Poker (INSCOOP) will kick-off on May 12 and will run till May 27.
INSCOOP 2019 promises two weeks of intense poker action, with huge value on offer across 92 events. The icing on the cake is the festival’s Main Event dubbed “The Mammoth”, giving players the chance to win a share of the whopping 1 Crore guaranteed prize pool.
PokerStars India Looking To Make Its Mark
INSCOOP is PokerStars’ latest initiative to make a splash in the Indian poker market and level the playing field as it looks to challenge India’s dominant online poker network Adda52. It marks the biggest online tournament series ever hosted by PokerStars India since it entered the market in April 2018.
PokerStars which was established in 2001 is considered the biggest online poker room in the world. PokerStars dominates just about every market it enters into and has made big strides in the Indian market in recent months.
Ramping up its efforts to gain a foothold in the market, PokerStars India recently announced a new partnership with Bollywood star Nawazuddin Siddiqui. As part of the deal, Siddiqui now serves as the operator’s brand ambassador, appearing in India’s first-ever poker TV commercials.
While other major tournament series in India are focused on the size of their prize pools, INSCOOP 2019 is concentrating more on event volume in an effort to stand out from the competition.
The recent India Online Poker Championship hosted by Spartan Poker in Jan 2019 featured less than 60 events with just under INR 90 Million in guarantees. PokerBaazi also ran its own poker festival, the PokerBaazi Premier League, with a total guaranteed prize pool of more than INR 45 Million spread across 38 events.
INSCOOP 2019 features 92 events with less than INR 45 million in guarantees.
Details and Highlights
PokerStars India’s biggest online poker tournament will have something in store for players of all skillsets. The two-week festival is set to offer various formats that will cater to both amateurs and seasoned professionals, culminating in the Main Event which will feature 15 starting flights and will run as a phased freezeout.
The Mammoth represents PokerStars’ largest event in terms of prize pool. The last huge event hosted by PokerStars India was the Winter Series Main Event held in December 2018, which featured a guaranteed prize pool of 35 LAC – just approximately one third the size of the prize money up for grabs at the upcoming INSCOOP Main Event.
Among the different formats that players can participate in include freezeouts and reentries, progressive knockouts and rebuys with add-ons. The festival will also feature some of PokerStars’ novelty formats including 3-Stack, Win the Button and Bubble Rush. Players can choose from a wide range of buy-ins, starting from INR330, all the way up to INR12,000.
One headline event will take place daily throughout the series, with at least 10 lakhs up for grabs. The tournament also aims to attract as many casual online players as possible by hosting a Sunday Special Edition on May 19, with 30 lakh rupees in guarantees.
On top of the action-packed events, there will also be tons of freerolls and deposit promos which will give players the chance to win free tickets to plenty of events on the INSCOOP schedule. A further 18 lakhs worth of special promotions will be given away by PokerStars.IN, which will be spread across dozens of daily freerolls.
Players who are unsuccessful in their first attempt need not worry as second-chance freerolls will also be running, awarding an additional 6.5 lakhs. Deposit incentives are also on offer, which may enable players to win their way to the INR 5500 buy-in INSCOOP Main Event.
Win Your Way To APPT Manila
Players who take part in at least eight INSCOOP 2019 events will have the opportunity to win a package to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila Main Event which kicks off in July. Those who qualify will battle it out in a wrap-up event scheduled for May 27, during which the top five finishers will be awarded with an APPT package.

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