Card games like poker have been very popular with Bollywood stars. Most particularly during Diwali, many such celebrities have turned their homes into card parlours.
Here are the top five celebrities who are quite passionate about poker. These five cannot do without their fair share of the game and some even take part in popular domestic tournaments.
Lamba is perhaps one of the most familiar faces in the poker circuit, taking part in tournaments like the Deltin Poker Tournament in Goa. The 30-year old actor has starred in hits like Bachna Ae Haseeno, and holds a degree in English.
Way back in 2011, the Time of India had reported that Minissha Lamba loved playing poker, and has been a regular at the poker table since.
Impressively, the actress has notched up many scores in events over the years. In 2011, Minissha made 4th place in the IPC 15K Weekend Kickoff event. Additionally, she also has a 3rd place finish in the IPC 5K Warm-Up event in 2013.
Since poker in India has very few female players, Lamba’s success as a poker player offers inspiration to the many young women who are eyeing to pick up the popular card game.
The Dangal actor has been setting the box office stage on fire for many years now. But did anyone know of Aamir’s penchant for the card game? Aamir recently admitted that he loves to play poker. Moreover, sources have speculated that the star hosts poker parties at home which feature stakes between Rs 5 to Rs 5K. The star, known for his reputation as a perfectionist, regularly organizes entertaining evenings of poker for his fellow actors and directors. Unlike his acting skills, Aamir isn’t that at proficient poker, having lost the pot on several occasions to better players. Reportedly, Kunal Kohli has been the biggest earners at these events.
The Bollywood heartthrob has a secret proclivity for poker. This was discovered after he began to bond with actor Harman Baweja over the card game.
Like Aamir Khan, Shahid also hosts long night games in his home with close buddies playing poker.
Most people don’t know this but the 35-year old actor actually has a degree in medicine. However, he ended up playing the lead role in a few movies. Known for his link-up with celebrities like Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra, it seems that Baweja prefers to enjoy the poker table limelight.
Like Minissha Lamba, Harman frequently visits the domestic tournament circuit and has some good scores under his belt.
He participated in numerous editions of the IPC, making 2nd place in the Freezeout Tournament in 2011. He is best buds with fellow actor Shahid Kapoor, and play poker regularly at the latter’s residence in Versova.
Son of veteran actress Kiron Kher, the 32-year-old Sikander Kher is an avid poker enthusiast.
Sikandar is yet another actor known to frequent poker rooms in Goa and his tournament scalps include a 2nd place finish in the 30K Main Event in the 2013 edition of the IPC. He was active in the 2012 Season of the Ultimate Poker Challenge tournament series, where he, astonishingly, made three final table finishes.
Besides the five from the list, Hrithik Roshan, Fardeen Khan and Zayed Khan also have a poker group and it is rumoured that out of the three, Zayed plays a bold game.
Farhan Akhtar, Sameera Reddy, Ritesh Sidhwani and Raj Kundra are some others who love playing poker and even Ekta Kapoor and Jeetendra are known to play the card game now and again.
Throughout the years there have been several movies that have broached the subject of card games.
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