An action-packed long Mahashivratri weekend has begun with the Deltin Poker Tournament’s (DPT) February edition INR 1.5 crores GTD! Starting off the live action was the INR 10K Kickoff event and claiming the title was well-known pro Jasven Saigal (cover image), for a sum of INR 6,22,500. Saigal was like a juggernaut at the final table ploughing his way to the top, busting all in his way mercilessly. Hosted at the luxe Deltin Royale P.......... [Read More]
Pressure continues to mount for Goa casinos, as the outcome of the current elections will play a major role in deciding their fate. In a latest salvo, the Congress has announced that if they gain power, alcohol licenses for the offshore casinos would not be renewed. Meanwhile, due the election code, the Chief Minister’s office (CMO) is unable to grant a license to the pending sixth casino and this will now be done only after election res.......... [Read More]
A lot has been written about the Indian poker boom the past couple of years and perhaps the greatest validation of this came with leading financial daily, the Economic Times (ET) publishing articles about the development on February 19, 2017. While it can be argued that stakeholders have naturally touted the growing popularity of poker in the country, a close look at the facts is testimony to this. The first ET article titled ‘How tr.......... [Read More]
Poker continues to flourish in the country and reportedly joining the glut of sites that have come up the past year are www.mercurypoker.com and www.baadshahgaming.com. The news was posted on Glaws.in and states that the two launches are offerings from the Essel Group and the Casino Pride Group respectively. Mercurypoker.com This site is said to be a joint venture between corporate giant Essel Group and Mojo Games.......... [Read More]
While Goa is in the grip of an intense election war, casinos in the state face an uncertain future with the March 31, 2017 deadline for shifting out of the River Mandovi looming. Ruling party BJP had given the operators this extended deadline last year, but enquiries reveal that the final outcome will now lie with whichever new government inherits power. Practically every party has been promising to eradicate so-called ‘casino cultur.......... [Read More]
Poker Nation, an Essel group enterprise, has officially announced that Sumit Asrani (cover image) will be their brand ambassador and Team Pro. Asrani has joined team Poker Nation recently and put up a splendid performance at the inaugural Mahjong Poker Tournament. Asrani will be hosting a bounty tournament on Poker Nation this Sunday, Feb 19 at 10pm. This event features INR 50,000 in guaranteed prize money with an additional INR 10,00.......... [Read More]
Goa casinos continue to face the ire of local activists and politicians, and the latest is the city Mayor ordering that advertisements for these be removed from heritage and religious site banners. Surendra Furtado, Mayor, Goa declared that such advertising on heritage site hoardings was illegal and that these would be scrutinized. He stated that the posters were installed without any permissions and clarified, “The City Corporation .......... [Read More]
The fight for poker intensified in Gujarat, with a third petition being filed in the High Court for unhindered operations by AAA Gaming Pvt Ltd, a company run by poker player Jaydeep Dawer in Surat. Prior to this, KN Suresh filed the first petition for poker operations of his company Indian Poker Association (IPA) in October’16. This was followed by another plea by the Hotel Ramada in late December, with all three seeking relief from loc.......... [Read More]
The first-ever Mahjong Aquarium Poker Championship (MAPC) Main Event concluded yesterday, crowning Apoorva Goel (cover image) as its winner after a heads up deal, that left runner-up Manish Kumar with consolation of INR 12.50 Lakhs while Goel took home the top prize of INR 13.23 Lakhs. 33-year old Goel was the first Indian to bring home a Spadie in 2013 and has been facing a quiet past year, with interspersed cashes at.......... [Read More]
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