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It`s Great to See the Initiatives Being Taken to Showcase How Poker is a Game of Skill

Posted by Ashish Ahuja on 2020-07-31 at 8:44 PM

Hello guys, I’m back with another blog. It’s been a while since I last posted my periodic updates about the game. Finally, after all the big online series that have recently finished like the AOPS & IOPC, I would like to just give you some updates.

I would also like to update you that my two-year mentorship program under Aditya Agarwal has come to an end. I’m really grateful to Adi for all that he has done for me. My game has changed drastically, and I cannot thank him enough for what he’s done for me. Now that the two years have ended, sometimes you feel that you take things for granted. Time just flies by, and now if I think it over, this was the golden era in my poker career because I learned so many new things under the able guidance of Intervention. It just changed my world around.

Thanks to Adi, hopefully, now I will be able to continue my journey on my own, but still, I think there’s a void in my poker life now. The position that your mentor has in your life cannot be filled by anything else.

I would still give up anything to be under Intervention because no matter how much you may learn, there are certain things in life for which you need someone to show you the path. I’m trying to put effort on my own so that I can grow on my own, but there is no one else who can take Adi’s spot in my life.

Moving on, lately, there have been some really huge GTD events on Indian platforms and sites. The series on various sites have all been an enormous success. Pokerstars had INSCOOP in May, Adda52 had two tournament series back to back namely AOPS and APF having the entire month of June and half of July completely action-packed. Spartan’s IOPC was a huge success too, having some great tournaments for poker players. Next month will be PPL, so hopefully, Baazi will have some crazy guarantees for that as well.

The game has evolved a lot lately. I really want to express that we never thought that the game will change so much in such a short time. It is all due to the poker operators. They have made some marvelous efforts to improve the standing of poker in India.

Apart from the sites, there are things and initiatives taken by Indian poker players to prove that poker is not gambling, and it’s a game of skill. A lot of players have started their own streaming channels to promote the game. A big shout out to Jdsaz, Abhishek Goindi, and Sid Karia. They have been doing a good job lately showcasing the content.

A shoutout to PokerGuru. They have started a new show where they showcased everything they possibly could. They had a celebrity on the show, they called all the stakeholders of poker leagues in the country, and they have also showcased that poker is not just a male-dominated sport. PokerGuru has made its own efforts to showcase the game as well. It’s a skill game and not just gambling, and it could be played by anyone.

A big shoutout to all the female poker players out there. They have done great in the recent past, and I hope to see them, and other female poker players to do great things and prove that it’s not a male-dominated sport. Nikita Luther, Muskan Sethi, Minisha Lamba and Niharika Bindra are counted among the top female pro not just in India but globally and have inspired many young females to take up poker professionally like Kanchan Sharma, Deepanshi Tomar, Mahima walia Das, Ruchika Purohit, Radhika Shankar, Ashumi Parekh and many more.

That will be all for now. Good luck, everyone, and keep crushing!

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