On Jan 9 in Nassau (Bahamas), The great Indian poker aim of winning the Rs 36 crore stake at Bahamas has folded. All the eight Indians players have been busted out of the tournament including several Indian-origin players organized by online leader Pokerstars.
Ajay Chabra who was the last Indian-origin person fighting for the top slot, , bowed out on Tuesday evening. On the third day he was last Indian fighter, as only 38 players were left in the fray from the original 1,039 who had entered the Rs 25,000 buy-in tournament in Bahamas. He takes the prize pool to $26,45 million.
Apart from the winner Six others in slot would get over a million each. The money would be given in descending amounts to players who ranked up to 181.
After day three play, Scott Baumstein was the leader of the US who had amassed $4.24 million chips. But in the run up to the final minute of the game over the next two days there could still be expected a lot of changes.
According to brand ambassador of Pokerstars, Aditya Agarwal said it takes a cool mental state to reach the top level in a five-day tournament. Agarwal job is to promote poker in India. He said there was more of doubtfulness about the game since many associated it with other games of chance.
The Supreme Court had already announced rummy to be a game of skill, he said and it was also happens on poker too in only a matter of time. How it’s treated in most of the countries where it’s played is the matter would be seen in the light. He said many states like the Calcutta and Karnataka High Courts have already declared poker to be a game of skill – and is therefore, legal.
He said its popularity would only grow as there were many poker rooms in both the states. even states like Goa and Sikkim have legal casinos which also host poker games.
Agarwal started off on poker at age of 15 in college. He is a celebrated player in India. He learned the game from other students in his college. In the beginning he took coaching classes and then was mentored by expert players. That resulted in good money over the years for him. He has played in several tournaments and now has been shifted to Goa since one year to be able to play more efficiently, but is also online almost every day.
He said it was very easy for Indians to play online and the money can be transferred to the site through credit cards or other payment methods. When a player wants to withdraw, the gaming company deducts 30 per cent on winnings, providing tax deduction certificate on daily basis.