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We are in Week 1 of the New Year, and already a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is raging across the country! However, all is not gloomy with news of another industry collaboration setting up hopes of a one-of-its-kind poker school!
The long-time poker operator Vikram ‘lungi’ Kumar has partnered with high stakes cash game player and former Rockets Poker Room (Bengaluru) operator Santosh Suvarna to start poker operations in the Cadillac Casino at DoubleTree by Hilton, Goa. Located in Panaji, Cadillac Casino opened its doors in March 2020 and has gaming tables for Andar Bahar, Roulette, and many other casino games.
Elaborating on his latest venture, Kumar told PokerGuru, “It’s a pleasure to collaborate with Santosh Suvarna and Cadillac Casino. It’s two old friends coming together, we have been thinking about this for many years, and this was the right time, keeping in mind Cadillacs expansion plan in 2022.”
Kumar, who has been a part of many poker ventures, including PokerGuru Staking, also hinted at plans to start a one-of-a-kind poker school and offer poker at the casino on a digital platform. He said, “I would be starting a poker school. I am in the process of preparing the curriculum and also getting the team together to deliver this. The poker school will be one of a kind and will be functional at the DoubleTree Hilton Cadillac Casino. I will oversee the operations, and we will have poker on a digital platform. The business in Goa is flourishing, and my immediate plan is the expansion of Cadillac Casino and providing better facilities to the poker community.“
On the topic of offering poker in the casino, he said, “Yes, we will be offering live poker at the casino, there will be a space for digital machines, and they will also be training and poker school, which will be live for walk-ins and other non-poker clients. I want to make them learn this beautiful game of poker and highlight the skill sets involved to play it.”
Kumar was earlier overseeing the operations at PokerBaazi LIVE. However, his involvement with a competing live gaming venue is an apparent conflict of interest. Hence, he has parted ways with PokerBaazi, effectively ending a five-year-long collaboration. “It has been more than five years of partnership with PokerBaazi – from being their team pro to their live room partner. Now, we have parted our ways and have all my energies in the new project that I’m getting into,” he added.
Even outside the gaming industry, Kumar has other business interests. He owns a real estate group company and has multiple investments in the hospitality and medical industry.
About Vikram Kumar
Like many, Kumar was introduced to poker through Zynga Poker. He started by playing home games in late 2008 and early 2009. However, it was almost eight years later that he grabbed the spotlight when PokerBaazi signed him on as their Team Pro. Before long, Kumar became one of the most vocal poker players in the circuit. His association with PokerBaazi was further strengthened when he got signed on as a strategic consultant at the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room for the brand`s offline venue in Bengaluru the following year.
In 2019, he collaborated with PokerBaazi for the PokerBaazi LIVE poker room in Goa. Kumar has also been a part of the PokerGuru Staking management (formerly known as AceJack).
About Santosh Suvarna
Santosh Suvarna is another well-known poker operator. He was the man in charge of the Rockets Poker Room in Bengaluru. Today, he is regarded as one of the leading casino operators of India, given his varied business interests in the sector.
Santosh, when contacted, said, “It gives me immense pleasure in welcoming lungi to the Cadillac family, we have created many of today’s poker pros in our Rockets Poker Room in Bangalore, with such great facilities at Cadillac it gives me immense pleasure in continuing to produce world-class poker pros from India and starting poker operations in our facility.”