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Baadshah Gaming ties up with Mojo Games, Mercury Gaming out of proposed poker network

Baadshah Gaming, a poker and fantasy sports portal has entered into a strategic partnership with Mojo Interactive Services India Private Ltd, a subsidiary of Canadian gaming software provider Mojo Games, for their poker solution, as per the latter’s press release.

Commenting on the development, Madhav Gupta, Co-Founder, Baadshah Gaming said, “We are very excited to be working with Mojo and chose to partner with them for their advanced iGaming platform and poker solutions. After considering several options, the Mojo solution was a clear winner as it gives us a lot of flexibility and allows for seamless integration of our proprietary products. We look forward to growing our online gaming network with Mojo Games.”

Baadshah Gaming is operated by Oceanking Software Solutions LLP, which is promoted by poker operator Madhav Gupta. It is understood that certain shareholders of Pride Group of casinos have also invested in the venture in their personal capacity.

Mojo Games’ earlier press release had stated that it had formed a poker network with  Essel Group company Mercury Gaming Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (which operates Mercury Poker) and Baadshah Gaming. However, it now appears that Mercury Poker is no longer going to be part of the Mojo Games-led poker network and is instead going to be part of the Microgaming-led Indian Poker Network.

Gupta confirmed that Baadshah Gaming is the only website being serviced by Mojo Games at the moment. He however did not rule out the possibility of co-opting other websites as part of a poker network at a later stage.

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Essel Group launches new poker network with Mojo Games [Updated]

Essel Group has started its second poker website, mercurypoker.com in collaboration with Mojo Games Inc., a Canada based B2B gaming software provider.

Mercurypoker will be a part of the India Poker Network (IPN), which will be a Joint Venture between Essel Group and Mojo Games as per the latter’s press release.  Public records indicate that Pranav Bathija is the promoter of Mercury Gaming Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and the owner of the mercurypoker.com domain name. It is understood that Bathija is a close business associate of Essel Group Chairman Subhash Chandra’s son Amit Goenka.

Bathija however strongly denied having any links with Essel Group. He said, “Mercury Poker is an entirely different business entity and has nothing to do with Essel Group. Yes, I know Amit Goenka personally, but my business is not related to Essel Group at all.”

IPN expects baadshahgaming.com, a soon-to-be launched online poker website of Goa-based casino operator Pride Group to join the India Poker Network, the Mojo Games press release added.

Madhav Gupta who owns the domain name baadshahgaming.com and operates the poker room in Casino Pride however firmly denied the news. “Pride Group does not own baadshahgaming.com and has nothing to do with this proposed venture. Further, I have not signed any agreement with Mojo Gaming” stated Gupta.

The press release further stated that Mojo Games is on target with its plan to launch its iGaming solution for VLeague and Alisports, a division of Alibaba in mid-March 2017 to help market Alisports’ first IPT land based poker tournament event to be held in late April 2017. Concurrently, Mojo Games plans to roll out its own direct to consumer site to join the India network.

Interestingly, Essel Group had launched pokernation.com, an online poker website in May 2016,  as part of the Microgaming-led poker network. It is still unclear whether Essel Group will continue to be associated with two-rival Indian poker networks or shut down operations of pokernation.com altogether and exit the Microgaming-led network.

Update: The article has been updated with comments from Madhav Gupta and Pranav Bathija.