This Week That Year: IOPT launched by and ‘The’

TWTY-6_edited‘This Week That Year’ is an article series that will provide ‘a blast from the past’ in poker. Here we will feature some memorable events that happened in poker during a particular week in a previous year. From the smaller poker events that hardly anyone noticed to the big poker extravaganzas, we will give you a trip down poker history; week by week.

This week we bring to you one of the biggest moves in the field of online poker. On May 10, 2013, two of the biggest names in Indian Poker, and ‘The’, came together to bring the first of its kind Online Poker Tournament in India. This created an opportunity for online poker players to participate in legitimate online poker tournaments and create a name for them. Read on to understand what happened and how…. 
From May 10, 2013 to May 12, 2013, two poker pioneers and first movers, and The brought Online Poker Tournament to India. India Online Poker Tour (IOPT) is a three day tournament with the biggest prize pool ever offered in cash for online poker in India. The prize pool is a whooping Rs. 6 lakh which is drawing all the major Indian poker players for participation making the competition for the prize very stiff.

The game will be played on tables which is India’s first real cash online poker site. Joining is ‘The’, India’s premier poker league.  The entry/buy-in is Rs. 2000, Rs. 5000 and Rs. 10,000 for 10th, 11th and 12th May respectively. The price pool differs from each day with 10th May having a pool of one lac, 11th May two lacs and 12th May three lacs making the total prize pool to be 6 lacs.

Players can register for the Main Tournament by either paying cash or winning the satellites on to get direct entry to the Main Tournament. organized these satellites from 3rd May till 9th May. Players can deposit money in their accounts and get 7 complimentary tickets to enter the satellites. The players would then have to win the satellites to get their free entry ticket to the Main Tournament.

It has since come back again this year on April 23, 2014 to April 26, 2014 making it the longest running Online Poker Tournament in India played on an Indian Poker Site.