Recently, India has emerged as one of the top 5 countries where online gaming has sparked rapid development. As per a report by Flurry Analytics, India came second only to the U.S in terms of online gaming. China, Brazil and Russia are the others that make the top 5.
Mobile card and casino games rank high in the online gaming category. Celebrities have also played a significant role in attracting even more people to pick up card games like poker. It is a common trend nowadays to see poker websites sign on celebrities as brand ambassadors in order to entice more users to the site. One such example is PokerHigh’s signing of Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal.
Besides celebrities, most online poker platforms sign up professional poker players as website promoters. In recent times, these individuals have performed remarkably well abroad in major poker festivals like the WSOP and the Asian Poker Tour (APT Macau). Most notably Aditya Agarwal and Aditya Sushant have displayed profound skill at the poker table; the latter of whom clinched India’s first WSOP bracelet alongside Nipun Java last month. Not only has this uplifted the nation’s reputation in such tournaments but has also emphatically answered the many reservations people hold about the validity of playing poker professionally. Apart from India’s successful endeavours overseas, poker players like Sumit Asrani have triumphed on more than one occasion in local tournaments held all over the country.
With modern technological advancements, almost everyone in India has access to a smart phone or tablet, which provides the ideal medium for online gaming. The high internet penetration coupled with proliferate use of smartphones has seriously aided online poker. With several websites offering mobile-friendly card games and poker tournaments, people now prefer the online version rather than its live counterpart solely because of ease of accessibility.
According to a Google KPMG report published earlier this year, the online gaming industry in India is presently being valued at $360 million. What is even more pleasing to note is that this figure has the potential to rise to $1 billion by 2021. This paints a bright future for poker enthusiasts who play card games in India.
For those who can’t live a day without playing India’s most popular card game, here is some great news.
More than a month ago the Gujarat High Court had judged poker to be a game which relied considerably on chance; a judgement which affected the countless individuals who play poker in India.
In what can be dubbed as a boost to poker in India, a top government official has stated that Goa’s offshore casinos may soon be shifted on land in the coming years