India’s online poker giant Adda52.com is organizing country’s biggest live poker tournament series, Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) in Goa from 7thto 11thFebruary 2019. This 5-day mega tournament is an effort by Adda52.com, India’s largest poker site and Deltin Royale, the biggest floating casino in India to provide a platform for the best poker minds to participate and win from a prize pool of more than 1 Crore. Adda52 does not limit the players to have a poker experience online; in fact, it extends it to a live environment with tables, dealer, fellow players and the sheer environment.
The poker enthusiasts will get to sharpen their skills on the tables and put their best strategies to test against the best in the country. This edition of DPT features 5 popular categories of poker tournaments – 15K Deep Dive NLH, 3-Seat GTD Main Event Satty, Adda52 High Roller 65K, 35k Main event and 15K Bounty.
During these enthralling 5 days, several popular poker pros including renowned Adda52 team pros Kunal Patni, Nikita Luther, Tarun Goyal, and Minissha Lamba are participating in some of the events. The event is expected to be a grand success building on from the success of the past editions of the DPT.
During a press conference held today, 9th Feb, Nikita Luther, Kunal Patni, and Minissha Lamba shared their experiences of playing the game of poker as professionals and what it takes to be a poker player in our country.
The poker circuit in India has grown remarkably in the past couple of years for both online and live games, and tournament poker (live poker) seems to have taken the spotlight. Speaking about the growth of poker in India, Mohit Agarwal, Founder & CEO of Adda52.com said, “Live and online poker complement each other quite well. While live poker gives the old school charm of playing poker on the table, the constant accessibility of the platform and volume of players available at any point make online poker super attractive. Apart from the money on offer, the skills, knowledge and expertise that come while maneuvering one’s way in the game and competing with extremely talented poker Professionals (Pros) is something that every poker player aspires to and enjoys. Tournaments like these focus on the growth of live poker in India and raising the bar to international standards. It is overwhelming to see how the player base for poker is rapidly increasing every year.”
Mohit also shared in-depth knowledge of the legalities involved, the ecosystem of payments and companies profitabilities while also addressing the fact that the platform and poker gaming is still not native to our country and is still considered a very unconventional career choice, but it is definitely growing for the better.
Poker is generally surrounded by misconceptions around the nature of its game – amount of skill required, amount of money needed to play, impact on day to day life and so on. Speaking about poker myths, Roland Landers, CEO, All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) said, “By taking in to account the patience, perseverance, concentration, mathematics knowledge to calculate odds etc. a player needs to possess, Poker justifiably is a game of skill. With continuous practice, one can only improve in the game. There are a lot of people who play for leisure while there are some who have taken it up as a profession. Anybody and everybody can play this game. Money at stake is not the prime criterion as much as the intent is.”
Talking about the legality of the game, it is quite safe and secure to play poker for real money in India. Legitimate poker websites like Adda52.com provide safe and secure platforms for an amazing poker experience online and extend the same experience to the live tournaments such as DPT.
2019 will be an important year for the poker industry, in terms of both the online and live poker events. The country shall see the development of the game as a mainstream skill-based/mind game, played by almost all sections of the society from the youth to businessmen to women to celebrities. Throwing some light on the 2019 plans of Adda52, Mohit added, “The goal of our team is to develop the game as a skill-based game played by all, just like chess. Adda52 wants to create maximum opportunity for players to experience the game. Several live and online tournaments like the DPT Xpress, are in progress for an eventful year ahead for all the poker lovers.”
After the press conference, we headed to the Deltin Royale Cruise to witness the poker tournament live and also experienced an evening filled with some great entertainment at the sky bar.
Adda52.com, owned by Gaussian Networks Pvt. Ltd., is one of the most popular skill-based games in the country today. Founded in 2011, focuses on providing seamless gaming experience to the poker lovers. Technology has been the backbone of this online gaming company. iTech, a world leading testing and certification laboratory for Online Gaming systems has certified the online game to be fair with a reliable and resilient system. Adda52.com is the only site to have received such certification for the system alone. The Random Number Generator (RNG) by Adda52 has also been evaluated by iTech Labs and has been certified to meet the relevant industry standards. Award-winning technology has been used to make the game accessible across platforms, be it website, app or mobile browsers. This makes it the most secure online poker game platform for the gamers and provides its users a safe environment to enjoy the game.