The online poker scene in India will soon welcome another operator thanks to the man behind the Match Indian Poker League.
First reported by Glaws.in, the new poker site will be called Poker Raj after its founder and the owner of Viaan Industries Limited, Raj Kundra.
Added Value for Poker Players
According to Glaws, the desktop and mobile platforms will go live on September 16 and feature a variety of cash games and tournaments. Powering the Poker Raj will be Salus Technologies and its owner has said the site will provide a natural extension to the Match Indian Poker League.
To mark the launch, a series of freerolls with a total prizepool of $14,000 will take place between September 16 and 30.
Alongside his wife, Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, Kundra has become one of the most active businessmen in the Indian poker scene. However, this will be his second attempt at launching an online poker site. #
Despite having success with his team-based match concept, the entrepreneur couldn’t get Celebrity Games off the ground in 2016.
“That (Celebrity Games) was in a partnership and fortunately or unfortunately it did not work out as my partners had mixed views on how it should be run. I guess there is always the right time for the right project,” Kundra told Glaws on September 13.
A Better Time to Try
Although success this time around isn’t guaranteed, India’s online poker scene is in a healthier state now than it was in 2016. In April of that year, the Nagaland Prohibition of Gambling and Promotion and Regulation of Online Games of Skill Bill was signed.
The Nagaland State Lotteries Office initially offered up ten licenses and the owner of Khelo365.com, M/s K365 Web Assets Pvt Ltd, was the first to get the greenlight. Since then, dozens of poker sites have gone live despite regulatory issues in other Indian states.
At this stage, India’s poker economy has a long way to go before it fulfills the potential many industry insiders believe it has. However, with another major company getting in on the action, the market is looking much stronger as we head into 2019.