If 2016 was happening, 2017 promises to be another high-octane one for poker in India. The starting gun for action is all set to go off on Republic Weekend, January 25 to 29, 2017 with the Mahjong Aquarium Poker Championship (MAPC), a brand new thrilling event, from the organizers of the highly successful Rounders Poker Championship (RPC) held in Kolkata last month, along with some more partners, as well as PokerGuru at this debut event!
Highly Successful RPC
Held in early November, the RPC proved to be a major draw with pros and regulars flying in from all parts of the country to the Chambers Poker room. Practically all guarantees were crushed with the large crowds.
Some of the big winners at the series were Abhishek Jalan, who won the 25K Main Event for his first live title, outlasting 77 challengers and Shanky Sachdev who took down the 50K High Roller after defeating 57 entries. Pros such as Paawan Bansal, Sahil Agarwal, Kavish Kukreja, Dhaval Mudgal and Shravan Chhabria were all present for the inaugural RPC. series
Now, the same team of Shashwat Agarwal, Director of the Aquarium Poker Room (formerly known as the BG Poker Room) in Kolkata, Kanishka Samant, well-known tournament pro and Team PokerHigh Pro along with Purba Rinzing of Casino Mahjong and Mayank Agarwal, another well known poker pro and poker entrepreneur from Kolkata have now come together to bring about the Mahjong Aquarium Poker Championship.
Adding to the excitement is the massive INR 1 Crore guaranteed prize pool! Yes, you read that right! Action begins with a Super Satellites on January 25 and a fun Player’s Party the same night!
What’s more, the team has partnered with PokerGuru for this inaugural event and we will be on site to bring you all the live updates of each and every development, as it occurs.
Speaking about the upcoming festival, Shashwat revealed, “I have always wanted to be a part of hosting a good tournament series in this part of India with big guarantees. We started the initiative with Rounders poker championship and following its success were looking to find a venue partner, who was on the same page which we are glad we found in Mahjong”.
Nestled in a picturesque Sikkim valley, the Mahjong is India’s first land-based casino, situated within the luxurious confines of the Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino, surrounded by lush green forests and breathtaking mountains. The 5-star property is based on 48 acres and boasts colonial architecture, top class amenities and an expansive gaming room with numerous offerings.
Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino in Gangtok
On behalf of Mahjong, Purba said, “we are very happy to be hosting an event of this scale. We at Mahjong are known for catering for high octane cash game events so having a deep structured tournament event where a player will never fall short of action is the perfect mix we are looking forward to along with show casing some north eastern hospitality ”.
*All players registering for the event will enjoy complimentary return-flights, 5-star accommodation and luxury transfers from Bagdogra airport to the venue.
Player Experience a Priority
Talking about the planning and formulation of the tournament, Kanishka explained, “the vision for Mahjong Aquarium Poker Championship is to be player centric, may it be with coming up with the best structures we can present, hefty payouts, big guarantees of course, absorbing a decent portion of the TDS hit. Our effort is to bring in a tournament series poker players would see value in and love to attend being a passionate poker player myself that's what I am striving to achieve and I would appreciate the love and support of everyone to help us make it a success.”
As mentioned, up for grabs is a hefty INR 1 crore up for grabs through two action-packed events.
Event Schedule – January 25 to 29, 2017
Jan 25, 4pm – INR 12K Super Satellite (5 Packages worth INR 1.5 Lakhs each guaranteed including one free package) followed by Players Welcome Party at 9pm
Jan 26, 4pm – INR 1L High Roller (60L GTD)
Jan 27, 2pm – INR 1L High Roller Day 2
Jan 27, 2pm – INR 50K Main Event Day 1A (Players who bust Day 1A of the Main Event can re-enter on Day 1B. Players busting Day 1B may re-enter till late registration on same day)
Jan 28 - 4pm – INR 50K Main Event Day 1B
Jan 29 - 5pm – INR 50K Main Event Day 2
*18% of the prize pool will be deducted as TDS with the organizers putting up the remaining 12%
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More information will be released soon about exciting leaderboard prizes, live and online satellites. Watch out for further surprise announcements and for all the updates, stay tuned to PokerGuru!