PokerBaazi's “Game Changer” Creates Record-Breaking Online Tournament Prize Pool in India

India’s independent online poker room PokerBaazi has set the record for the country’s biggest online poker tournament in market history.

The revolutionary tournament called “Game Changer” carried an ambitious guarantee of 2 Crore ($281,100) with the winner guaranteed to walk away with a top prize of 50 LAC ($70,250). Never in the history of Indian online poker has a poker site hosted a tournament with a guarantee bigger than 1.5 Crore.

The Game Changer was also India’s first multi-day tournament, featuring three starting flights. The tournament kicked off on February 20 carrying a buy-in of INR 11,000 ($155).

Across the three starting flights, the marquee event received an overwhelming turnout of 3777 total entries to build a prize pool of 3.77 Crore ($529,660)—crushing its original guarantee by almost a factor of two.

To put that into perspective, the next biggest prize pool belongs to The Spartan Poker, who recently hosted a 1.5 Crore guaranteed Main Event during IOPC in January. The tournament attracted 1354 entries but fell short of its guarantee by 14.6 LAC ($20,505).