One of the most promising emerging markets for poker is said to be India and all eyes are sure to be on the first ever India Poker Open, which begins today at Casino Carnival, Mandovi River, Goa, India. Organised by The Shark, publishers of Card Player India – the country’s first free poker magazine – and the IPRT (India Amateur Poker League), the tournament is expected to attract keen interest from both India’s poker community and across Asia.
Today’s launch event is the NLH USD $115 (INR 5000) re-buy and will be followed tomorrow by a NLH USD $230 (INR 10,000) freezeout event. However, the most anticipated event on the schedule is definitely Saturday’s Main Event, which is a USD $2,300 (INR 100,000) buy-in freezeout. Meanwhile, Sunday’s play will mix things up a bit by featuring a USD $355 (INR 15,000) Pot Limit Omaha freezeout.
The Shark director, Pranav Bagai, said, “Frankly, we are in new poker territory with this Main Event. The buy-in is big for this market but we are interested to test the market and gauge player interest.”
This statement signifies just how carefully the region’s poker community will likely be watching the tournament. With expectations that India is on its way to becoming a regular stop on the Asian poker circuit, we will likely see more of these types of tournaments with international appeal cropping up over the next year or two.
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