New World of Sports Club Limited (NWOS), a Pune-based firm has launched Mumbai’s first poker club in the Linking Road area of Santacruz. Bolstered by Pune-based businessman Allen Bansode, Suraj Kusalkar and Rishi Nagpal, NWOS alleges to have secured the required permissions and licenses from the local authorities for operating a licensed card room for poker as a skill-game in the city.
This is apparently NWOS’ second poker club after the poker room they had initially set-up in Koregaon Park, Pune, in 2016. The poker room has over six poker tables. The club also provides food and non-alcoholic beverages to its customers and is an exclusive club that conducts daily card games and tournaments for its customers. The poker room is managed by Chetan Jain.
According to Jain, who heads the operations of the room, the company has secured clearance from the police and has received all other local licenses and permissions. He adds that anyone who wishes to take part has to apply for membership initially and be accepted by the poker club. Each membership application is vetted thoroughly and new members are usually accepted through referrals only.
Jain also suggests that NWOS is paying all statutory levies along with taxes on the membership fee. He assured that it is legal and safe to play games at the club. If things do turn out for the worse, you can always play online poker in India.
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