India is a country that has a long history of card games. And why go to history? Even modern India loves to play card games. So much so that there are more platforms than ever existing in the country where one can get his hands on a deck of cards. Indian origin card games like Teen Patti and Indian Rummy are immensely popular for pastime and entertainment. In a similar way, the globally famous card game, Poker, also finds a prominent space in India’s diversity. The game is known to have its own versions all around the world. The version that the people of India play is called, Indian Poker.
If you are someone who doesn’t live under the rock and knows about the game, you also might be knowing that casinos in Goa host a series of Poker tournaments that offer huge winnings. These tournaments are filled with Indian players that are there to make a mark of their own. Not just in India, Indian Poker players have established and hoisted themselves outside the country boundaries as well.
The most popular Indian Poker players
Here are the most popular Indian Poker players that have made a name of their own in India, and elsewhere.
Talking of the most popular ones and not talk of the one that has inspired all others to be in this field would be a sin. Abhishek Goindi is a professional Poker player who has been a pioneer of Indian Poker in many ways. Indian Poker is not the most famous career to be followed but Abhishek didn’t care about orthodox thinking. He, although being employed at a Multi-National Company, decided to follow his passion and made a mark in the game with this exceptional Poker skills. This out of the box love for his passion inspired many players elsewhere to come up with what they have. He proved that playing Poker can also be a career to be followed and perfected.
A person as talented as Amit Varma cannot and should not be contained to one specific work or profile. People like him spread their color and light everywhere they go. The same happened when a journalist-cum-novelist Amit Varma decided to follow his passion for Poker. The journalist proved his skill when he won the prestigious 2007 Bastiat Prize for Journalism, which is awarded to writers that influence the world for a free-grooming society through their written piece. He is one of the most successful Poker players ever to have existed in India.
This is certainly a name that you would find at all Poker lovers’ chords. Aditya Agarwal is also known as Aditya ‘Intervention’ Agarwal. Rightly so, the player through his strategical gameplay found success more than anyone else on the table he was playing. Coming from the city of joy, Kolkata, Aditya’s educational journey started from Bengal to Philadelphia. He caught the eyes as he started participating and winning a series of Poker games, not just in India, but also in International Poker Tournaments.
If there is a parameter to judge who is a great Poker player and should be famous for his game, it is to look at the Player of the Year Awards. Nipun Java, a New Delhi born-turned NRI, tops this list. He has won the most number of POY in Indian Poker and has made a living out of Poker winnings in the US. He is among the richest Indian Poker players and has won numerous tournaments and events all over the globe. He is also an avid Poker player in Indian Poker events but now has completely to the US. All thanks to his amazing Poker skills.
We have talked a lot about players that have already made their mark in the Poker game both nationally and internationally. Here is someone who is not as big of a name as others on this list but creates a wave wherever he goes. Anosh Patel, who had his beginnings in Dubai, came to Mumbai for business. Just like it does to anybody else, the majestic city of Mumbai grabbed Anosh’s attention in its happening lifestyle. Soon he developed a love for the Poker game and then started to play Poker tournaments online and offline. The rising player leaves his mark everywhere he goes, owing to his unbelievable Poker skill. To see him now spread his magic, you might have to jump one casino to another in the blissful state of Goa.