Poker Popularity: Five Indians swimming in Poker Riches

January 16, 2019 11:54 pm


The game of poker, though still in a nascent stage in the country, is slowly rising up the popularity ladder. Fortunately, the taboo surrounding the game in India has not deterred enthusiasts from picking up poker and becoming quite successful at it. Here’s a look at the most prosperous Indians at the felt:

Nipun Java
Poker Winnings: $2,347,593

Nipun Java has the special honour of becoming the first Indian, along with Aditya Sushant, to clinch the elusive WSOP Bracelet. The duo shipped the Tag Team event in 2017, thus marking a place in the WSOP history books. Java is the highest earning Indian players and can be seen playing at various global tounaments like the Aussie Millions, WSOP and WPT.

Aditya Agarwal
Poker Winnings: $958,101

Aditya Agarwal has raked in a lot of money not only in online poker tournaments but has also been gaining fame abroad by cashing out of several major events like the WSOP. He is one of India’s highest ranked cash players and his biggest win this year came at Red Dragon Main Even at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) where he finished runner-up bagging $ 242,211.

Raghav Bansal
Poker Winnings: $949,612

Raghav Bansal is notable player in the Indian poker circuit, where one can always find him sporting his signature hoodie and shades. His most memroable achievement came when he lifted the 26th edition of the Macau Poker Cup in 2017, pocketing a smooth $ 6,202 pay-day.

Taha Maruf
Poker Winnings: $673,517

Taha Maruf first rose to fame when he finished 3rd at the No Limit Hold’Em WPT Main Event in Atalanta City claiming a whopping $ 300,031 as rewards money. This win alone makes up for almost half of his live poker earnings. Since his monumental victory, Maruf has played poker sparingly last appearing in th PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event where he cashed out at 142nd place.

Aditya Sushant
Poker Winnings: $464, 389

Aditya Sushant was part of the tag team that won India’s first ever WSOP bracelet last year. Sushant is a regular at the felt and is slowly rising up the All-Time Rankings. Just a few months ago, the poker pro won $35,159 for finishing 5th in the 2018 Macau Millions Main Event.

The journey to becoming a successful poker pro is well within the reach of anyone. Does this lifestyle entice you? Get a glimpse into the lives of successful pros here.


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