The year 2017 told us all that Poker was here to stay. In May 2017, Largest Indian contingent headed to WSOP to explore the deluxe environs of Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Although Indians have participated in the World Series of Poker, the 48th edition of WSOP witnessed Indians making their presence felt in a spectacular way.
Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant created history by becoming the first India-born players to earn WSOP bracelets after besting a field of 843 teams and won #150,637.
2018 a historic year for Indian poker players:
This year, 9Stacks Team India members Nishant Sharma and Vivek Rughani scripted history by finishing 34th and 87th respectively in the WSOP, the USD 10K entry fee Main Event.
The young poker enthusiasts who qualified for the biggest poker tournament of the year through the #LFGVegas are the only two Indians who have cracked to top 100 ranks at a WSOP Main Event tournament.
Both of them reached the top 100 after battling it out for 6 days and outplaying Main Event Veterans like Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth etc.
Moreover, Nishant also became the only Indian to reach the top 50 ranks at the Main Event as he won USD 230,475 (INR 1.6 Crore).
Vivek Rughani, on the other hand, cashed USD 77695 – Rs. 53 Lakhs.
Out of the 7874 players who participated in the Main Event, 5 players including Mayank Jaggi, Vishal Tulsyan, Rishab Jain, Vivek Rughani and Nishant Sharma were part of #9stacksTeamIndia.
“Our effort has yielded spectacular results with Vivek and Nishant’s deep run to the top 100 of the Main Event – especially when you think this was the first WSOP for both of them. We look forward to providing many more Indian poker players a platform to participate in some of the biggest tournaments across the globe,” said CEO – 9stacks, Sudhir Kamath.
Indian Poker Industry on a Rise:
Law Commission of India recommended legalized sports betting in India a few weeks earlier. Although it remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court of India approves it or not, Indian online gaming industry has been growing by leaps and bounds.
Many sportspersons and athletes including the World No. 1 Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand has also advocated for embracing poker and other online gaming.