After its inaugural event back in May 2011, one of the latest poker tournaments to hit India has decided to fold its hand and go through a revamp. The India Poker Open launched at Goa’s Casino Carnival and featured a INR 100,000 buy-in main event. Now the series has undergone both a name and venue change. It will now be known as the India Poker Legend and will be hosted at the larger Casino Royale in Goa.
Tournament organiser Pranav Bagai noted that the reason for change was due to mutual differences with the India Amatuer Poker League (IPRT), who were joint-organisers of the first tournament. “Although our team spent many months marketing this brand, it’s only a minor setback for now and will only see positive consequences in the long run,” said Bagai.
He asserts that one of those positives to come out of the change is a shift to Casino Royale, which has built a name for itself in hosting India’s most prestigious tournaments. According to Bagai, “Their poker room is the biggest and best in India and is managed very professionally. Their dealers are very well trained, which is of crucial importance.”
He added, “Players will be happy about the move to Casino Royale because it’s an established poker room and Craig Wildman is a phenomenal Tournament Director. Considering that Casino Royale has its own customer base and is providing us excellent marketing support, we expect to have higher numbers for each event.”
The schedule for the new tournament has been announced with the action set to go down on August 18-21, 2011. It will feature three No-Limit Hold’em side events – a INR 5000 buy-in, INR 10,000 buy-in and a INR 12,000 Bounty Re-buy – as well as the INR 100,000 No-Limit Hold’em main event.
One of the notable exemptions from the tournament this time around will be Pot-Limit Omaha event, which was trialed at the previous tournament. Only 12 players registered for the event and, despite claims that it was the first time a PLO tournament was held in India, the low turnout was still disappointing for organisers. Bagai cited that it will be at least a year before he will attempt to hold another PLO event in the series.
For more information on Casino Royale, visit their official website here and you can register for India Poker Legend here. Players who complete their buy-in for the main event by August 10 will receive two complimentary nights’ accomodation at Taj Vivanta, Panaj.
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