Deltin Royale hosts third edition of WPT India

Offshore casino Deltin Royale in association with online poker website Adda52 hosted the third edition of the World Poker Tour (WPT) India from 15th-21st October, 2019 in Goa.

Following the success of the previous two editions, the 2019 WPT India edition featured eight events with buy-ins ranging from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 1 lakh held over the course of six days.

Four-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi also attended and participated in this edition of WPT India as a special guest.

The tournament ended yesterday with the main event comprising of a Rs. 55,000 buy-in. The main event, which saw a total of 630 entries was won by PokerGuru ambassador Ashish Munot, who took home a total prize pool of Rs. 63.48 lakhs (which includes a US$3,500 WPT Passport).

Yuvraj Chaudhary finished second place and won Rs. 42.77 lakhs while Jai Saha came in at third position, taking home Rs. 27.53 lakhs.

While a total prizepool of Rs. 3.25 crores was guaranteed by the organisers for the main event, total prizes worth Rs. 3.28 crores were distributed, with WPT India receiving more entries than required to meet the guaranteed prizepool.

Commenting on the event, Manish Adnani, Business Head of Poker at Delta Corp Ltd. noted, “WPT India is back for the third time, here in Goa. It’s been a good start right from the beginning, with prize pools growing organically. We hope to propel the fabric to the next level, hopefully setting the benchmark for live poker events for the decade.”

Newly appointed Adda52 CEO Naveen Goyal explained the company’s participation in the event, “Being a category leader in online poker, has always invested in offering the best user experience to its poker players across online and offline channels. After two successful editions of WPT, it continues to be the exclusive partner for WPT 2019 and maintain the international standards of the game.”


WPT Vietnam winner Dhaval Mudgal talks about poker developments in 2018

Dhaval Mudgal, the winner of WPT Vietnam and one of India’s top poker players, recently gave an interesting interview to Raj Juneja, the host of Poker Life India.

In their discussion on PokerGuru TV, Mudgal and Juneja spoke about various poker developments  that affected the growth of poker in India in the year 2018.

The discussion began with the variables affecting the game at the macro-level. Juneja noted how better internet connectivity and higher smartphone usage is changing the gaming market. He also pointed out the huge funding received by companies like 9Stacks.

Mudgal and Juneja went on to appreciate the way 9Stacks used its Rs. 27 crores funding by taking more than 50 Indians to the #LFGVegas promotion, and now sending a lot of players to play in Australia, as well. Mudgal said, “It’s important to engage new people (players)… it’s a big responsibility that lies with people (poker companies) who get big fundings.”

The duo spoke about the trailblazing run that Team India had in international events in 2018. They recognised a few Indian poker players who performed well at events like WSOP and APPT Macau—Nishant came 34th in WSOP and cashed in Rs 1.57 Cr, one of Dhaval’s closest friends, Nikki (Nikita Luther), won a bracelet, and Paawan (Bansal) did well in Las Vegas. Mudgal appreciated the fantastic performances of Indian players in 2018.

They briefly touched upon the tweets by Lok Sabha MP Dr. Shashi Tharoor on the sports gaming private member’s bill introduced by him. The Poker Life India host raised an important question about All India Gaming Federation (AIGF)—‘If there is a new start-up poker website, are they bound to join AIGF or can they operate outside of it?’

To this, Mudgal replied saying that he doesn’t think that there is anything that compels any poker start-up to join AIGF. However, he also put across his viewpoint on the importance of being affiliated to an organised body that can regulate and systemise gaming.

Speaking on the topic of RNG, Mudgal said that companies like Poket52 that claim of bringing in safer RNG system with the help of blockchain technology will be game changing only if the security enhancement offered by them is significantly higher than the existing operators. He also asked that in case Pocket52 and other such companies are really offering safer games, then does it mean that the current ones are not secure?

The duo also spoke about how social media is used as a medium by poker players to voice their opinions about poker platforms, as was recently done for Adda52 and The Spartan Poker. They questioned the authenticity of the criticism sometimes received by such platforms on social media.

This led to Mudgal pointing out the importance of unity and long-term thinking among poker players. He said that players should not go for short-term gains at the cost of compromising the quality of the game in the long-run.

Another important point discussed by the duo was about big big money coming into fantasy league gaming platforms. For example, Dream11 got $100 million investment from Tencent Holdings from China.

Mudgal noted that ‘truly, fantasy sports has ridiculous potential in our country.’  He stated that specially, for games like cricket that have a large customer base, the prize pools can reach billions even if small ticket prices are charged from each player.

The ace poker player showed optimism about the potential of some of these huge prize pools and funding trickling into the poker sector of the gaming industry, too.

He, however, expressed slight concern about the large hold of the popular and huge fantasy gaming sector on the regulations that will take affect for the gaming industry as a whole.

He mentioned how, with huge funding, fantasy sport platforms may easily be able to afford draconian taxes, while poker players cannot afford to pay the same, at present.

He also noted how the changes that poker players want in the gaming industry are far deep rooted than the changes required in Fantasy gaming and Rummy sectors. He indicated that poker players would hope for a more customised regulation for the poker industry than a one-fit-for-all solution for the entire gaming industry.

Nevertheless, the duo noted that any regulatory changes in the gaming industry are more likely to be brought to fruition after the elections of 2019.

They briefly spoke about the social stigma around poker in India. Mudgal shared his experience of how people abroad find playing poker for a living cool, while people in India think of it as gambling. However, they noted how the perception about the game is changing over time.

Mudgal also noted the contribution of poker leagues like PSL, Match IPL and GPL India in bringing the right exposure for poker among the mass audience. He said that such platforms show people how exciting this sport is and motivate them to join existing players in playing poker. 


Adda52 hosts second edition of WPT India at Deltin Royale casino

Online poker website Adda52, a subsidiary of Delta Corp Ltd. successfully organised the second edition of the World Poker Tournament (WPT) India at the Deltin Royale casino in Goa from 13th-19th November, 2018.

The 7-day long event that included several big prize pool tournaments and the main event with a Rs. 55,000 buy-in had a total prize pool of Rs. 3.09 crore for various events having different buy-ins. The main event saw a record-breaking total of 697 local and international players participating.  The main event title along with the prize of Rs. 66.35 lakhs were won by Nikunj Jhunjhunwala.

Commenting on the second edition of WPT India, Mohit Agarwal, co-founder of Adda52 said, “The second season of WPT in India has grown even bigger and better with a massive rise in the participation numbers this year – the record-breaking entries is a testimony to that. It has given an opportunity to Indian Poker Players to network at the backdrop of an International arena. This clearly depicts that the poker industry in India is growing at a rapid pace.”

Angelica Hael, Vice President of Global Tour Management, World Poker Tour said, “When WPT and Adda52 inked a deal three years ago, we knew that it was going to be the start of a wonderful partnership. Now, with the Deltin Group holding full ownership of the Adda52 brand, we anticipate even more robust partnership opportunities. The WPT India event drew a record-setting field last season, and we are gratified to host many returning players and new participants, contributing to an even larger number this year.”


WPT to host India event from 13-19 November at Deltin Royale

The World Poker Tour (WPT), one of the world’s largest poker tournament organisers, will be hosting its second edition of WPT India tournament from 13th-19th November, 2018 at the Deltin Royale Casino in Goa.

The WPT event in India, which is touted as the largest poker tournament in the country is part of WPT’s strategy of foraying into emerging Asian jurisdictions. WPT has also announced that it would be hosting a WPT Vietnam event from 26th September-4th October, 2018 at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh.

The WPT India event will be hosted in partnership with online poker website Adda52 and gaming conglomerate, Delta Corp Ltd.

Commenting on the announcement of the event, Mohit Agarwal, co-founder of Adda52 said, “We are excited to host the second season of the WPT at India’s largest casino, Deltin Royale in Goa. With a population of 1.3 billion, India has a booming poker scene and the game is growing in popularity by the day. WPT India is a perfect fit for the Indian poker community and puts India firmly on the global poker tournament map.”

WPT had hosted a similar India event at the Deltin Royale casino in Goa last year. The event saw 527 entries and the main event was won by poker pro Vikash Mantri.

The series this year will include the WPT India High Roller, Superstack, Bounty, and Shootout events. The full schedule of the various events and buy-ins of the tournaments have not yet been announced by the company.