Generally, gambling is not allowed in India. It is considered as a criminal offense in most states except few ones. Gambling in India depends upon the local jurisdiction. And the states are allowed by the law to promote gambling as per their own risk. Hence the states like Goa, Sikkim, and Bangalore have many licensed land-based casinos, which offer poker, roulette, and slot machine games.
It does not mean, Indians play casino games only in the above three states. There are many online platforms available which allow poker lovers to play games from any part of the country. Over the past decade, a few Indian websites have come up which provide poker online, and these websites are attracting massive traffic across the country.
Online poker operators in India know that the government and state authorities are not interested in going after the individual player’s interest in poker, hence the Indian websites like add52, Pokabunga, Pokerbaazi, and Spartan are providing international level poker games and attracting maximum traffic. There are many poker leagues conducted by Indian casino houses, and the online platforms also cover these leagues. Famous associations which are covered by online poker platforms are Indian Poker Series (IPS), Indian Poker Championship (IPC), and Deltin Royale Cup.
Indian Poker lovers link poker online with happiness, and they can pay the gambling amount through credit cards and net banking. Rajat Agarwal is the co-founder of Spartan Poker, and he said that the online poker in India is a profit making model and his website has made a profit of $120 million in last year. Another Indian poker operator, Hardik Dhebar, who is a chief financial officer in Delta Corp and bought Adda52 for Rs 155 crore, said that the revenue of Delta Corp in 2015 was Rs. 47 Crores. These figures show that the popularity of online poker in India has reached to such a level that some people have chosen poker as their profession.