The Spartan LIVE is housed onboard the luxurious Big Daddy Casino in Panjim, Goa. The casino opened its doors to poker lovers early in 2018, after a change of management. The India Poker Championship (IPC) team comprising of Amin Rozani, Sameer Rattonsey, Rajeev Kanjani, and Peter Abraham have taken over the poker room operations of Big Daddy since May 3, 2018. Casino veteran Narendra Punj heads the business operations for Big Daddy.
The casino is currently running within the confines of the erstwhile location of the Maharaja Casino, and apart from daily cash games, weekly tournaments are regularly organized at the venue. The interiors of Big Daddy are cozy and luxurious, and the management has tied up with various domestic sites to host regular live tournaments.
The poker room played host to the IPC 2019, which returned after an almost four-year hiatus. The series made a blistering return 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.
IPC once again headed to the Big Daddy Casino from January 15-19 comprising of four events. The showstopper of the series – the Main Event that offered a jaw-dropping ₹3.25 Crores in the prize pool guarantee was taken down by Rubin Labroo for 61.80 Lakhs. Labroo was also named the India Poker Champion. The series’ ₹100K High Roller was won by Anmol Srivats for ₹39.37 Lakhs.
The details about the next IPC edition are yet to be announced.