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    Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 by Jeremy Olsen

A poker boom isn’t coming back around a second time in the United States. So where’s the next frontier for poker? Chances are high that it’s India, as more people take up the game, and the country becomes more culturally accepting of poker.

In a story appearing in the Mumbai Mirror, entrepreneur Peter Abraham is very enthusiastic about where poker is headed in the country.

“The scene will f***king explode,” Abraham said regarding a new tournament organization (PSL) that could bring poker to the forefront of India.

Abraham, who co-founded the Indian Poker Championship in 2010, has been one of the people responsible for increasing the game’s reputation within the country. But after a decade of poker remaining on the surface of Indian culture, he’d like to see things advance to the next level.

This could very well happen now that Amit Burman – vice-chairman of Dabur and India’s biggest restaurant owner – announced the launch of the Poker Sports League (PSL). The PSL will have 12 teams and offer big prize money to the winners. Qualifiers are going to be held this month, at which point Indians will get their chance to land a spot in the PSL.

“I knew something like this would work in India, but even I was surprised by the response,” said Burman. “A majority of the teams were picked up within days, and there is huge corporate interest in poker because a lot of their employees are now playing it.”

Besides the PSL, another sign that poker is on the rise includes PokerStars working to enter the market. PokerStars has had success in lobbying governments wherever it goes, and such could be the case in India too.

One more big sign includes Delta Corp – owner of Deltin Resorts and Casinos – acquiring the online poker side Adda52 for Rs 155 crore, which is approximately $32.1 million USD. This is a hefty price to pay for something that hasn’t taken off yet, but it shows that Delta Corp believes in poker.

With a population of 1.252 billion people, India is an attractive place for both poker entrepreneurs and pros. The only question is, will we finally see the game take off there in 2017?




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