PokerLion launches its android app with a Rs. 10,000 freeroll tournament

It is party time for the users of Kolkata headquartered newest real money poker website, PokerLion. And what the occasion is? PokerLion has just launched their much awaited ‘android app’ to celebrate this launch they have announced a freeroll tournament of GTD prizepool of Rs. 10,000.

Indian poker players can now download the android app from PokerLion itself and the icing on the cake will be this Saturday night special tournament. is recognized for its amazing promotions and tournaments, and after the launch its android app to celebrate the occasion with the recreational poker players. The free entry tournament which is scheduled for 16th June at 9 PM with prize pool of Rs.10,000 is for the poker players to play on Saturday leisure night and enjoy their weekend.

The new app is launched with key features such as daily free chips, fair play, variety of poker games, freeroll games, refer-a-friend, amazing offers, daily tournaments, customized wallet cashier, notifications and live update of leader board.

To play tournament, download the newly launched ANDROID APP (, sign in to your account and then register at the tournament from the “PLAY POKER” tab in your dashboard. The new players can sign up both at the android app and the website. It gives poker players a chance to show up their skill and knowledge of poker, and now that is something worth working for!

The registration for the Saturday Tournament given the name of ‘Jims Poker Room Tournament’ has already kicked off and going at full swing, it will be running till 16th June 2018 itself. So, get set for this crazy poker action without giving out any money from your pocket and win the guaranteed prize pool of INR 10,000 right through your mobile app.

This is the quest of PokerLion to give the Indian poker players a better experience of poker game of skill. PokerLion promises to be a game changer for recreational poker players coming up with more exciting poker related things in future.

With such amazing news, PokerLion is the place to be at this Saturday to play poker!

And to know more about the rules of the tournament check out Tournament section at or in the Android App.

Good luck and see you at the tables on Saturday, 16th June 2018, sharp at 9 PM through the new APP.

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PSL to be telecast on DSport TV channel from 12th-17th June

The second edition of the Poker Sports League (PSL), the team-based poker tournament founded by Adda52 and Dabur scion Amit Burman will be broadcast exclusively on DSport, a premium sports television channel run by Discovery Communications from 12th-17th June from 8 pm (India time) onwards.

PSL uses a ‘RFID chip’ technology to give viewers a first-hand experience of the hands being played at the table as they will be able to see the cards and gauge the moves made by players, making it a very involving and interesting experience.  Apart from the actual gameplay of poker, the show also focuses on entertaining viewers by delving into the backgrounds and life stories of poker players.

With this initiative,the company hopes that poker will now follow the likes of mainstream sports such as Indian Premier League, Indian Super League, I-League, Pro Kabaddi League and many others setting up an identity of its own.

Commenting on this exclusive partnership PSL co-founder Amit Burman said, “The growing interest of people from across the world is a validation of this league – changing the landscape for poker in India. Our country being the country of sport fanatics, poker deserves an equal opportunity to openly build its fan base and have a dedicated property that every poker lover could look up to and dream of being a part of. We are glad to associate with DSport as our telecast partners to make this dream a reality where we will give anybody and everybody interested in poker a chance to experience the game.”

The final event of PSL was held from 9th-13th May, 2018 at the Deltin Royale casino in Goa. Eleven city-based teams competed against one another and a total prize pool of Rs. 4.5 crores was distributed to the winning teams and players. Chess grandmaster Viswanthan Anand was present at the event and is the brand ambassador of the league.


PokerLion launches ‘Poker Player Hunt’

Have you been daydreaming of being a poker player? To be the one among the greatest? Is it your wish to play poker and crush tables right, left and centre? Yes, we know all poker players in their early days look up to the legend players like Barry Greenstein, Chris Moneymaker and Daniel Negreanu. These are the players instilling the ultimate desire of playing like these legends.

Well then it is the time to stop daydreaming and do what is needed to be the one. presents you with a brilliant chance to play poker at the website, earn raffle tickets and grab the chance to win a Hero Maestro Scooter.

PokerLion is on poker player hunt and you could be our entitled player and secure your place as the pro poker player in the world of poker.

What you need to do to secure your place is:

  • Play 1 MTT (Multi Table Tournament)
  • Play 50 cash game hands (Omaha 1/2 or above and Texas Hold’em 5/10 or above)
  • Play 5 Fish Party SNGs

And 3 raffle tickets every day. The more you play, the more you get good at the game. The better you are at the game, more you win raffle tickets. The more you win raffle tickets, you are closer to win a Hero Maestro Scooter.

As part of this poker player hunt, starting June 4 through June 24, players logging onto PokerLion and playing the Multi Table Tournament (MTT), cash games and Fish Party SNGs will collect as many as raffle tickets all through the dates. One lucky poker player will win the grand prize and the winner will be declared after 30 days of the offer closing day.

PokerLion, the brainchild of Navneet Makharia and other poker enthusiasts, was formed with one goal and that is to capture the Indian Poker scene to the next level and further. Since its start in 2018, PokerLion has covered loads to be amongst the best online poker site in India. Known for their amazing programmes and highly rewarding promotions, PokerLion has become a name synonymous with good poker in a little time span.

This is an immensely rewarding and exciting endeavour and we call out to all of you to come and play. Enough of these small talks! Now let’s see the awesome perks of being a Poker player.

PokerLion’s player hunt is a first-of-its-kind endeavour to recognise the best of poker talent in India.

Navneet Makharia, the director of PokerLion explains, “We always wished to accomplish more for the Indian poker scene. Now we recognize that to change the game and to change the mindset of Indian common people, you have to play with the best. Our attempt is to give the decent poker players in India the recognition they deserve and the chance to prove their talent. Hence, we have brought this chance for them and as the prize of demonstrating talent; we are giving away Hero Maestro Scooter to the lucky one.”

PokerLion player hunt will give a platform to poker talent across the nation, who has distinctive talent to show at the tables. See you soon at Poker Lion!

Disclaimer: This post is a sponsored post and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the authors of this website. Readers may treat this as an advertorial. 


GPL India to start online qualifiers on 25th June, team finalisation on 9th September

PokerStars India pro  Muskan Sethi, today announced further details around the official launch of the first edition of  Global Poker League India (GPL India). Launched in collaboration with, GPL India will reveal the landing pages today that will allow players the first chance to pre-register to participate.

GPL India is expected to kick-off with weekly qualifiers on 25th June on All six team rosters will be finalized by 9 September. From there teams will compete for the Season 1 Championship and the chance to win the hottest poker tickets in town, five Platinum Passes – worth a total of Rs. 20 lakh Platinum – Rs. 1 crore to play in the PSPC event in the Bahamas in January 2019.

Commenting on the league, Muskan Sethi, said, “This is too exciting and I cannot wait for the GPL online qualifiers to begin on the PokerStars India website. GPL India is the first long run poker league in the country and the prize on the line is huge!  It is important for any poker player to get the right platform to showcase his/her talent and PokerStars.IN and the GPL India rightly serves this purpose. I’d recommend everyone to check out GPL India’s qualifier’s schedule today and pre-register for the qualifier’s for their home team. This is the only way players from India can win the chance to compete on the world stage at the PSPC in Bahamas, January 2019.”

Ankur Dewani, CEO of Sachiko Gaming Pvt. Ltd., the company that holds the rights to use the PokerStars brand name in India said, “GPL India is the world’s leading poker league format. We are excited to be a part of it and to host qualifiers on India is home to a growing number of poker aficionados and experts and it is our endeavour to present them with the right platform to help promote their skills and take it to a global level. The poker industry in India offers unparalleled experiences to the players who visit to be a part of GPL India.”

The online qualifiers will run on PokerStars India website for six weeks starting 25th June, with each week based on GPL India’s six regional teams: the Kolkata Creators, Pune Alphas, Chennai Sharks, Delhi Diehards, Mumbai Jetsetters and Bengaluru Hackers.

Seven ‘Round 1’ MTT (multi-table tournament) satellites will run on starting 25th June i.e. one each day from Monday – Sunday. The top ten finishers in each first round will qualify for the week’s team final. After the online qualification period, the top 10 finishers in each team final – 60 hopefuls in total – will then go on to participate in the GPL India Bootcamp, to be held on September 8, 2018 in Dehli.

The 60 GPL India Bootcamp hopefuls will undergo quickfire interviews to explain why they should join their respective teams as finalists. The judging panel for this interview will be a mixture of PokerStars India pro’s, GPL India managers and local celebrities. The finalists will then be randomly assigned to play in a Sit-and-Go with each table representing a regional GPL team. Each player’s starting stack will depend on how they scored in the panel interview, with the lowest starting stack being one thousand and the largest being five thousand.

Business Poker

FTR Poker acquired by The Spartan Poker

Quadrific Media Pvt. Ltd., the company that operates The Spartan Poker, has acquired the online poker website FTR Poker last week. The company has not stated the consideration paid or other details about the contours of the completed transaction.

The announcement was made in an email sent out by the FTR Poker support team to its players yesterday. Players were further informed that player balances have been moved from Diode Gaming Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (the erstwhile company that operated FTR Poker) to Quadrific Media Pvt. Ltd.

Existing customers were also informed that the acquisition will give them access to super high value tournaments and a wide range of cash games. Users having any objection to the transfer of funds have been given an opportunity to communicate the same to Quadrific Media.

Amin Rozani, Managing Director of The Spartan Poker confirmed that the acquisition had taken place last week and noted, “Quadrific Media has taken over the brand FTR Poker, player pools and existing balances. We are happy to announce this acquisition as it will add more value to players. In future, we may be looking at acquiring other poker websites as well and consolidating the industry.”

Rozani, in an exclusive interview with Glaws last week had indicated that his company was in discussions with FTR Poker for a possible acquisition opportunity and was looking forward to add a new brand to the collection ‘if everything goes well’.

Over the past few weeks, players of FTR Poker have not been able to their balances and existing funds due to the ongoing process of completion of the takeover. It is understood that the issue of pending cashouts of FTR players’ deposits and winnings will be cleared in the next few days.


Goan Nuts win PSL Season 2 finals, Gujarat Falcons finish runners up

Amit Burman and Adda52 promoted Poker Sports League (PSL) hosted the grand finale of the second season of the league from 9th-13th May at the Deltin Royale Casino in Goa.

After a rigorous five-day event where 11 city-based teams competed against one another in different formats of the game of poker, the Goan Nuts emerged as the winner and took home Rs. 2 crores as prize money.

The Gujarat Falcons team emerged as the runner-up winning Rs. 1.2 crores while the Rajasthan Tilters team came as the second runner-up with a prize amount of Rs. 90 lakhs. A total prize pool of Rs. 4.5 crores was distributed to the winners at a ceremony held at the Deltin Suites Hotel yesterday.

Commenting on the conclusion of Season 2 of PSL, Amit Burman, co-founder of PSL said, “This season has raised the bar extensively and the game today was a proof that poker is here to stay. We are mere facilitators to give this sport the status that it deserves and establish it as a game of skill, by providing this platform to poker veterans across the globe. I congratulate each of the participating teams who fought hard to get the title and put up a brilliant show here in Goa to culminate Season 2. “

Chess grandmaster Viswanthan Anand, who is also PSL’s brand ambassador and was present for the final event said, “I would like to congratulate the winning team and all the other teams for being such a sport. Today we witnessed some amazing match where we saw the tables turning with Goan Nuts taking away the glory at the last minute by beating the rest of the teams. “

 The team owners of Goan Nuts said in a statement, “It gives us immense pleasure to take away the trophy and the prize money home. Our team has worked very hard to earn this title and hopefully will accomplish it every year from now on. We are very grateful to our team captain Dhaval Mudgal who made this dream a reality.”

The final event will be broadcast on the Discovery Sports (DSport) television channel from 11th-17th June, 2018.


Feature: The Spartan Poker MD Amin Rozani speaks about the growth of his brand, pending litigation, acquisition strategy and more

Amin Rozani has been one of the most well known and important persons in the poker industry in India. The Spartan Poker Managing Director has always been in the news for aggressively promoting the game of poker. In this no holds barred exclusive interview, Rozani opens up various issues concerning The Spartan Poker and the industry in general.

From the growth of poker to his journey over the past few years and dispute with his former partner and Pokerguru founder Rajat Agarwal, to the rumoured acquisition of FTR Poker, Rozani directly answered various questions posed to him.

Full interview:

Q. You have been associated with the game of poker for over a decade, first as a player, then as an offline operator (as part of the poker room in Deltin Royale and India Poker Championship tournament) and now as promoter of an online poker website, The Spartan Poker. Can you tell us why and how you decided to get into playing poker and subsequently into the business of poker?

Amin Rozani (AR): Poker is quite a challenging game and because it is numbers and logic driven, that appeals to my statistically-inclined nature. A visit to the then Casino Royale poker room in Goa introduced me to the game. Shortly thereafter a trip to Macau allowed me to see just how popular this game was in the Asian region and that it was a viable business model which could find its own space in India. This was a key takeaway for me on that trip.

On my return, I decided to explore the business side of the game and over time was involved in various poker clubs across the city. A couple of years later an opportunity arose to lead operations at the Deltin Royale poker room along with my partners Sameer Rattonsey and Rajeev Kanjani. It was a solid run for us handling the room and running the India Poker Championship tournament series through that time which had several record breaking editions.

By the time we decided to move on from Goa, it was time to focus on another of our projects in the online poker space which was The Spartan Poker. The last couple of years with Spartan have been challenging and rewarding as well. It is heartening to see our brand’s contribution to the overall growth of the poker industry in the country.

Q. How was the idea of starting Spartan Poker conceived? Why did you decide to venture into online poker?

AR: We always knew that we would get into the online side of things. It is a natural progression for anyone who wishes to be a part of the poker industry. Spartan was already in the works while we were managing the poker room in Goa and once we exited Goa, our full energies were focused on growing the brand and providing the best value and gaming experience to our players.

Q. There has been lot of acrimony with your former partner of Spartan Poker, Rajat Agarwal and his associates. Litigation is pending in various fora including the Calcutta High Court and trademark registry etc. Can you tell us the progress in the litigations? Would it not be better if both sides bury the hatchet and settle the matter amicably and out-of-court?

AR: Our corporate legal team is constantly working on any litigations that may come along our way and they have been guiding us on any offence, defence or settlement strategies and we completely rely on their opinions and this has always worked well for us.

Q. The Spartan Poker has emerged as one of the leading poker websites in the country. Can you share some details such as the growth rate, revenues and number of users etc. of The Spartan Poker?

AR: The Spartan Pokers growth has been quite co-related to the growth of poker in India and we shall continue to strive to give best services to our customers. Our tournament guarantees, and registrations have grown close to 3 times since last year and we intend to do better this year.

Q. Recently, the India Poker Championship (IPC) and The Spartan team took over the poker room at the Big Daddy casino in Goa. Why did you decide to get into live poker once again?

AR: As poker players and businessmen, we are always on the lookout for additional opportunities to grow our brands and expand the growth of the sport in the country. IPC is a brand which is dear to all of us and there are similar sentiments among Indian players, many of whom had their first taste of live tournament poker at one of our events. On the face of it, the IPC is a tournament series but in our minds it is more than that. This is an opportunity for players from every strata across the country to gather at a premier poker event to play, socialize and network with their peers. I think that it is a fantastic platform we provide and our new association with the Big Daddy casino allows to do this once again.

Q. Will there be The Spartan Poker tournaments conducted in the Big Daddy casino? Can you tell us more about what is in store in the near future as far as the Big Daddy casino is concerned?

AR: It is a bit too early to comment since it has been barely 3 weeks since we took over the poker room management. We do intend to provide a full suite of gaming options from cash games to tournaments in the new venue and are working on finalizing various plans regarding the immediate future of events/promotions to be held in the poker room. Safe to say, we have always tried to ensure that players visiting us return with a great experience and keep coming back for more. Enhancing player experience has always been the goal and will continue to be so.

Q. Many poker leagues have started in India in the past couple of years. The Spartan Poker has also been a sponsor of one of the teams in Match Indian Poker League. Any plans of starting a poker league or participating in any of the existing ones?

AR: We obviously wish to be involved in every aspect of the poker industry and that was one of the reasons we decided to sponsor the UP Indians team at the MIPL. At the moment there are no plans to get into the league space but we are always open to creating or being part of something which makes sense for all our brands.

Q. There has been lot of talk about FTR Poker being acquired by The Spartan Poker. Can you confirm whether this news is true and the details?

AR: We are always looking to explore new products like league, casino, rummy and getting new sites added to the Spartan network. Our encounter with the FTR team has been very positive and if everything goes well, we shall soon be able to add a new brand to the collection.

Q. Finally, any parting thoughts on how you see the online poker scenario in India emerging/

AR: I keep telling people, “Good things are happening in Poker!” and there is a ton of truth in this statement. From live poker to online to poker leagues, the game is growing every day. When we began down this path almost a decade ago, we couldn’t have envisioned the explosive growth the industry has had especially in the past couple of years.

Online poker has been the driver for much of this and will continue to be so purely from the sheer convenience and value that it imparts to players. It will be difficult for new brands to foray into the domestic market and at the same time, the bigger brands will have to be on their toes to ensure their lead.

All in all such competition will only serve to better us all as service providers and promote this fantastic sport in this country. I truly believe India will be one of the powerhouses of the game in the not too distant future.

Poker The newest poker platform online

Almost every few days a new poker site is launched in India and most of the times the launch of a new poker website is neither exciting nor worth mentioning.

However, the launch of one of India’s newest poker websites, is worth mentioning. PokerLion, under the flagship of Ability Games (Kolkata based), one of the leading software and game developers in India, is one such platform where action packed games combined with a massive number of promotions has fantastic tournaments and freeroll schedules.

Live since 2018, the user interface is neat, simple and easy to navigate. Powered by Mircrogaming, it offers good network of the Indian poker players. Mobile friendly with almost all online payment wallets, deposits and withdrawals system is fast and secure.

The website’s SSL being encrypted with certifications from GoDaddy makes it a reliable and safe platform to play on and the poker software have been certified by eCogra. Since its launch, no online complaints from players had been observed.

Different poker games like Texas Hold’em Poker, Omaha Poker and Blaze Poker is being offered. PokerLion has exciting features that improve the gameplay experience of the Indian players.

Navneet Makharia, the young founder of, informs us, “Tough competition in Indian online poker industry gives the drive to relentlessly reinvent us. This has let us to deliver an ultimate gaming experience to our players.”

A special mention we have to make is about the informative home page of PokerLion which follows a neat and different pattern from the other poker sites in India.

Decent Welcome Bonus, Massive Promotions

Newly registered players receive ₹ 500 as their sign up and welcome bonus credited automatically to their PokerLion website account. Added to that, a player gets various deposit amounts like:

  • 50% bonus on deposit up to ₹ 499
  • 100% bonus on deposit of ₹ 500
  • 150% bonus on deposit of ₹ 1000
  • 200% bonus on deposit of ₹ 2000 + 2 Movie Tickets
  • 300% bonus on deposit of ₹ 5000 + 1 IPL Ticket
  • ₹ 1000 Referring a Friend Bonus

PokerLion is the first Indian gaming site to introduce a special reward of a player the chance to play in Match Indian Poker League based on the Loyalty Points for its cash players.

Not just the The moment a player signs up for an account, he/ she become member and immediately receive FOX Tier status. Users Tier changes with the increase of the loyalty points and the loyalty points can be earned by playing Hold’em and Omaha cash games. Higher Loyalty points give players certain percentage of cash back.

Fantastic Tournament Schedule offers the poker players a decent selection of freeroll and value tournaments as well as the cash games.

The tournament schedule is implausible with numerous Freerolls, Satellites and Multi Table Tournament running around the clock. Their biggest online tournament series is called 1 Lakh GTD Sunday Showdown with a Buy-Ins of ₹ 550 and a guaranteed prize pool of ₹ 100,000!

Customer Care and Support

PokerLion has exceptionally brilliant support to solve the queries of the players through all the key channels. It is one of the major criterion we noticed in them and when mentioned this to them, they informed us that customers are the ones for whom the site is, hence, keeping them content will be the key of PokerLion’s success.

PokerLion is the one of the to-be shining star in the Indian Poker scenario of 2018, if you are looking for fraud free Indian online poker site. Reaching to players of the entire nation (except to residents of Assam, Odisha, Telangana and Gujarat where poker game is not allowed), it is changing the online poker experience to a whole new level.

Disclaimer: This post is a sponsored post and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the authors of this website. Readers may treat this as an advertorial. 


Big Daddy (Maharaja) Casino’s poker room taken over by The Spartan Poker team

Exclusive The Spartan Poker team led by Managing Director Amin Rozani and his brother Vasim have taken over the poker room at the recently restarted Big Daddy Casino in Goa’s Mandovi River.

While the terms of engagement between the Big Daddy casino management and The Spartan Poker are not fully clear, it is understood that there will be cross branding and synergies between the two companies. Notably, The Spartan Poker is already conducting promotional activities of Big Daddy on its website and is offering packages to the offshore casino to the winners of its online tournaments.

Confirming the development, The Spartan Poker Managing Director Amin Rozani said, “I am exited at the return of the Indian Poker Championship (IPC) Team in Goa. Player experience remains the top priority for us and our partners in the Big Daddy casino management. We are looking forward to doing bigger and better things with the IPC in the coming months. Vasim Rozani will be stationed in Panjim for on ground execution.”

Rozani along with his partners Sameer Rattonsey and Rajeev Kanjani (who are part of IPC) were earlier operating the poker room in the Deltin Royale casino in 2016, but exited the venture after negotiations of extending the arrangement with Delta Corp failed.

Big Daddy Casino, which is operated by Haryana politician Gopal Kanda’s Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited had earlier been in the news for all the wrong reasons. After being denied permission to revive their offshore casino license which was active until 2011, the company had approached the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court in 2016 and offered to pay all pending dues and fines totaling to over Rs. 45 crores.

Kanda’s original MV Lucky Seven vessel had courted major controversy and caused environmental damage after it ran aground in the Miramar beach in July this year. After the MV Lucky Seven vessel was found unsuitable, the company in December last year signed a deal with Haryana Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group’s casino vessel MV San Domino.

Essel Group has been trying to start an offshore casino named ‘Casino Maharaja’ in Goa for the past nine years without much success and its vessel had been lying defunct and inactive in the Mandovi river until it was leased to Golden Globe Hotels.


GPL India season 1 to be held from May 2018 onwards, PokerStars to be online partner

Eight months after a grand announcement to launch an Indian poker league, Mediarex Sports & Entertainment’s Global Poker League (GPL) has finally announced the tentative schedule of GPL India season 1’s online qualifiers.

According to the company’s press release, GPL India season 1 online qualifiers will be held from May-August 2018 on their online partner Sachiko Gaming’s PokerStars India website.

The selected players will play in GPL India’s six city-based teams will compete over a four week period, with the top four scoring teams moving on to the GPL India finals to play for the title and winning five Platinum Passes – each valued at roughly Rs. 20 lakhs – to the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas in January 2019, which has a prize pool of  around Rs. 65 crores.

Each of the six GPL teams will consist of 5 players (of which 2 will be selected through online qualifiers and the remaining 3 will be chosen by the team management) and will be led by a team manager. The six city based teams announced by GPL are Chennai Sharks (Manager- Vikram Kumar); Delhi Diehards (Manager- Muskan Sethi); Ahmedabad Alphas (Manager- Abhishek Rathod); Mumbai Jetsetters (Manager- Kavin Shah); Kolkata Creators (Manager- Aditya Agarwal) and Bengaluru Hackers (Manager- Vidwath Shetty).

GPL’s four week season will see the teams competing against one another in 6-Max and Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Poker variants online and live in GPL’s India Studio to decide weekly winners. The finals will be held in November 2018 in a two-day event and will be streamed online.

Commenting on the announcement of GPL India launch, Malta-based GPL CEO Alexandre ‘Alex’ Dreyfus said, “We are excited to have partnered with the largest poker brand in the world to bring our unique and leading league format in India. We hope to offer a unique experience to the poker communities and help building creative content promoting this skill game and sport.

With our motto ‘Compete Globally, Play Locally’, GPL India and the six cities we selected for this first season will definitely spice up the ecosystem. We took our time to understand the competitive landscape. This is not a sprint, but a marathon, and working with PokerStars in India guarantees us a long term vision.”