An interactive session with Poker Pro Aditya Agarwal was organized in Kolkata. Aditya Agarwal was selected to represent his home country by PokerStars as the first-ever Indian Team Pro. The interaction aimed at promoting the game in India and inspiring more players to play and enjoy the sport. With the focus on the coming generation, PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal is promoting poker and helping to establish the game as a professional sport and game of skill across the country.
With a population of about 1.2 billion, India is the second-most populous country in the world. The size of the mobile and online games industry in India is Rs. 900-1,200 crore and it is growing at 60-70 per cent. Last year Nagaland became the first state in India to pass a law that explicitly gave the green light to online poker operators, several sites have started popping up. Over the last 12 months, poker has caught the attention of the mainstream media in India.
PokerStars, the flagship brand of The Stars Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TSG; TSX: TSGI), operates the world’s No. 1 online poker site & most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses in 17 jurisdictions. It is the first choice of players all over the world, with the best online security. More than 165 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site. Since beginning operations, PokerStars has conducted millions of deposit, withdrawal, and transfer transactions for their players, using legitimate and safe transaction methods with Player funds and account balances for all of the licences are held in separate accounts at a leading European bank, and are not used for any operational expenses.
Aditya Agarwal said, “Poker has maintained its popularity because it has evolved with the times. PokerStars continues this evolution by providing a modern twist on traditional poker that we believe will be exciting to not only poker players, but to a broad spectrum of gamers as well.” He added, “As a poker pro I want to help promote the game in India, and inspire more players to play and enjoy the sport.”
About Aditya Agarwal: Poker player Aditya Agarwal spent his childhood and school years in Darjeeling, India. He moved to the US to study at Drexel University, first enrolling for a degree in Engineering, before switching to Marketing. Just like students at every other college across America in 2003, Aditya and his peers saw poker being played on TV for millions of dollars, and they wanted in on the action. By the time Aditya graduated, he was already a full-time poker pro. Aditya has since had great success online, cashing for more than four million dollars in the biggest PokerStars tournaments. Highlights include wins in the notoriously tough $100 Rebuy tourney, plus several other high-profile results. He’s also performed well in live tournaments, cashing in the World Series Main Event several times, including top 100 finishes in 2008 and 2015. Other results include a deep run at EPT Barcelona in 2007 for $34,313, plus numerous wins and final table appearances in events across India. Having played online at PokerStars since 2004, becoming a member of the team has seen Aditya come full circle, and he claims it to be the pinnacle of his career so far. He has stated how he wants to use his role as ambassador as a way of promoting poker in India, helping to establish the game as a professional sport across the country, and to inspire the next generation of players. Aditya is a member of Team PokerStars Pro, and when he isn’t spreading his love of poker at the cash game tables and local tourneys in India, you can find him playing online under the screen name ‘Adi Agarwal’.
About PokerStars PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best online security. More than 165 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site. PokerStars is the flagship brand of The Stars Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TSG; TSX: TSGI), which owns gaming and related businesses. PokerStars prides itself on its integrity, proven by the awarding of official licences to operate in numerous jurisdictions across the world. Money is secure on the site, and easily reachable via the online cashier. PokerStars will soon be operating in India, offering Indian players the chance to fall in love with the game and play in the most respected and trusted environment in the world. It’s an exciting moment for poker in India, across Asia and the world. Indian players have just been dealt a very good hand indeed.