The Poker fever has spread all over the country. The rising frequency of live tournaments like the India Poker Series, India Poker Championship, India Poker Ranking Tour, and India Poker Pros shows a vivid picture of growing popularity of poker games among Indians. These tournaments saw the rise and fall of many players from across the nation.
Since the advent of Internet poker, many skillful poker players are trying their luck by playing real money poker online. In fact, in some countries poker is now considered as a sport rather than just a game. Nowadays, in India, many players are making poker their full-time career.
Below given is a list of Indian players whose winnings and game play are an inspiration for many Indian poker enthusiasts.
Vivek Rajkumar – This Indian American poker ace from Las Vegas, Nevada, has won the Main Event of the World Poker Tour Borgata. He won a cash prize of $1,424,500. The final table that he won had poker veterans like Dan Heimiller and Mark Seif. His lifetime earnings sum up to about $4,427,667. The poker king of India also had notable winnings of $113,425 at the LA Poker Classic Tournaments, where he secured the first position among 167 participants.
Dhaval Mudgal – Dhaval Mudgal is another prominent face in Indian poker with 760.08 POY points. His greatest achievement so far is when he won the No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack Turbo Event in Asian Poker Tour of 2016, Manila. The spirited poker player crushed a strong field of 120 players on September 20 and pocketed a sum of $2970. He secured the third position in the same tournament by winning in No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Hyper Turbo on 22nd September. In addition, he secured the 3rd place in NLH Main Event of Deltin Poker Tournament, Goa in January 2016.
Raghav Bansal – Raghav Bansal needs no introduction in the poker industry of India for he has won numerous accolades in his glorious poker career. He has won many tournaments across the globe, which includes his greatest win of HK$ 23,000 + 2,000 No Limit Hold’em at the Macau Poker Cup 25. He was ranked 8th in the tournament with winnings worth $17,688. Bansal added another feather to his cap at Deltin Poker Tournament by winning No Limit Hold’em Main event for a prize money of INR 3,060,000.
Aditya Aggarwal – This poker pro from Darjeeling has lifetime winnings of approximately $650,000. The poker star started playing when he was in the freshman year of his college; he went on to master the game by the end of his college days. In 2007, Aggarwal won the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas for the first time in the No Limit Hold’em variant. Subsequently, he rose to the 450th position in the Main Event. Later Aggarwal secured 15th rank in the European Poker Tour with winnings worth Euros 25,100 held at the Barcelona city. Aditya Agarwal, nicknamed Intervention (due to an abundance of Adityas in India), is one of India’s top-earning poker player. His lifetime earnings sum up to about $649,684.
Amit Jain – This poker pro garnered fame and limelight this year when he finished 14th for winnings worth $27,714 in Event 69- $1000 + 111 Little One for One Drop at the 47th World Series of Poker held in Las Vegas. Prior to this, he secured 16th rank for $4,400 in the 1,500 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event of 2016 World Poker Tour National held at Philippines. This poker ace plays both live and online poker tournaments held in India.