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In breaking news, PokerBaazi LIVE (the live poker arm of PokerBaazi) has parted ways with Casino Majestic Pride, effectively ending an almost three-year-long partnership. The announcement comes less than a month after the record-breaking Baazi Poker Tour was held at the venue. According to the PokerBaazi management, the two parties took the decision mutually.
The PokerBaazi LIVE poker room onboard Casino Majestic Pride was one of Goa’s three most sought-after poker rooms. The other two are the Spartan Poker LIVE poker room aboard Casino Big Daddy and the Adda52 LIVE poker room on Casino Deltin Royale.
PokerBaazi joined hands with Casino Majestic Pride (named Casino Pride 2 then) in June 2019 to run its poker operations onboard the vessel. The move had sparked an all-out turf before between the three prominent poker rooms.
With the casino operations reviving, BPT made its comeback last month following a two-year hiatus. The series was a raging success, with the ₹35K Main Event at the stop registering a record-breaking 900 entries.
Given that the partnership between PokerBaazi and Casino Pride had yielded much success in the past, the brands’ decision to part ways came as quite a shock.
Speaking to us on this new development, Varun Ganjoo, Marketing Director at PokerBaazi, said, “We have had a long and cordial association with Casino Pride and thank them for the co-operation over the last three years that helped make PokerBaazi LIVE a premier live poker destination in India. Given the growing demand for live poker tournaments and our ambitious plans, we had to make arrangements to accommodate larger turnouts. Unfortunately, this was not possible at Casino Majestic Pride. However, we have every intention to return with a better venue for the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room, and an announcement on this will be made soon.”
A disagreement on space allotment for poker operations cannot be ruled out for this surprising decision by PokerBaazi. With live events like the BPT, NPS, and possibly APT India in the pipeline, the brand has made clear its intentions to return to a new venue that can comfortably accommodate the overflowing crowds that will attend these series.
When live MTTs are making a strong comeback, it will be interesting to see when and where PokerBaazi LIVE finds its new home.
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