Indian Poker Association (IPA) is ready to launch four more poker rooms in the country – one in Delhi and three in Ahmedabad by 1st May. Secretary of IPA, KN Suresh made the declaration on his Facebook page.
When asked about to comment on the recent development, Suresh confirmed the news and stated that IPA has signed an official agreement with the Radisson Blu Hotel in New Delhi and three other five star properties in Ahmedabad. He further stated that the Radisson Blu poker room, would operate under the brand name ‘Safe House’, two poker rooms in Ahmedabad would function under the brand name ‘VIP Premiere Lounge’ and the final one would operate under the name ‘Quads@IPA’.
Suresh also asserted that IPA is planning to launch poker rooms in major cities like Rajkot, Baroda, Surendranagar, Surat, Gandhinagar, Gwalior, Varanasi, Gurugram, Indore, Chandigarh, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai in the near future.
On being asked about the legality of such poker rooms that are proposed to be installed, Suresh said that the existing precedents have successfully convinced the Radisson Blu and other locations to lease out their properties. He further added that IPA would approach the courts in case there is any discrepancy from the police or other local authorities.
IPA has been at the forefront of approaching courts to achieve recognition for poker in India as a game of skill rather than chance. In the past, IPA has received court orders from the Kolkata and Bengaluru High Courts that have directed police and other authorities to not interfere in poker games.
Last year the IPA had also filed a petition in the Gujarat High Court seeking a ruling that poker is a game of skill. Subsequently, three other clubs also filed similar petitions in the same high court. The petitions are still pending in court, having been adjourned multiple times. The cases are currently likely to come up for hearing later in June.
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