As the 16th World Poker Tour (WPT) is going on a cruise ship in Goa, India; the poker fever has been very high among players participating in the tournament across the country. The week-long poker tournament which started on November 7th, 2017 is being held in India for the first time since its launch in the year 2002. The competition which will end today that is 13th of November, 2017 is witnessing country’s pros and amateur players taking part in the game and competing against each other to win the legitimate ‘Poker Pro’ status and also to win as much money as possible.
It all started in the US in May 2002, and finally, it has arrived in the Indian subcontinent. Adam Pliska, CEO of WPT Enterprises, expressing his first-time experience in South East Asia, he said, to the media “World Poker Tournament had never been to this side of the world that is South Asia. Hence, there was always this gaping hole. We wanted to get in touch with a regional poker house so that we can learn about the poker culture of The Indian subcontinent so that we could make this experience an intriguing one for all the participants. We wanted to crack the cultural symptom; otherwise, we’d only have the pros attending various tournaments across the globe, and not garner new participation from new faces. Someone in this room is going to have a serious impact on the future of Indian Poker. The next Phil Laak or Doyle Brunson might be right here.”
The Deltin Royale which has neon blue floors has more than 30 playing tables to accommodate all the players. The casual mood of vacation gets intense around 9:00 PM in the night when the players would order their drink and put on their eyeshades or pull up their hoodies to make it difficult for the other players from getting a read on them. Manish Adani business head of Delta Corp which also runs Adda 52, the official partner of this tournament expressed his joy when he saw more and more players joining than he expected. He said “I never anticipated the turnout to be so huge. We are pleasantly shocked to see that 32 percent more than the estimated number has turned up.”
With the in-game buy-ins ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 1 lakh, the week-long fiesta tested both the mental endurance and patience of card players and also their abilities to compete under pressure. “Poker is becoming a culture today, one where working professionals, businessmen, and a major chunk of youngsters are taking to studying the strategy and skill behind the game,” said Adani.