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Aditya Agarwal, PokerStars Pro to Establish Poker as a Professional Sport

Founded in 2001, by Isai Scheinberand his son, Mark, PokerStars is one of the leading poker gaming platform. This flagship brand of The Stars Group Inc., holds licenses in 17 jurisdictions and is the most licensed one in India, where participants can play for real money or with play money. With the best online security, it is the first choice of poker players all over the world.
The first ever Indian Team Pro, Aditya Agarwal is selected by Pokerstars to represent his home country, India. India’s pioneering PokerStars pro Aditya Agarwal and team was appointed as an official face of the company in January 2015. With an initiative of establishing poker as a professional sport in India, an interactive session with Aditya was organized across many cities including Bangalore.
Team NewsPetrolling was delighted to meet the poker expert. With the focus on the coming generation, Aditya wants to spread the game of skills across the country. Aditya said, “Poker has maintained its popularity because it has evolved with the times. PokerStars continues this evolution by providing a modern twist on traditional poker that we believe will be exciting to not only poker players, but to a broad spectrum of gamers as well…. As a poker pro I want to help promote the game in India, and inspire more players to play and enjoy the sport.”

Poker Industry in India

With a population of about 1.2 billion, India is the second-most populous country in the world . The mobile and online gaming industry in India is worth of Rs. 900-1,200 crore and is growing at 60-70% Y-o-Y. Last year Nagaland became the first Indian state to allow online poker operators. In the past year, poker has caught the attention of the mainstream media significantly. Thanks to events such as the Poker Sports League, the game has now become an aspirational pursuit among India’s young generation.
PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it’s launch, PokerStars has become very popular all over the world, with the most number of daily tournaments. More than 165 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site. PokerStars is the flagship brand of The Stars Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TSG; TSX: TSGI), which owns gaming and related businesses.

Aditya Agarwal: The PokerStar

Aditya finished his schooling in Darjeeling, India. He moved to the US to pursue Engineering Degree at Drexel University. It was then when Aditya and his friends came across the popularity of the Poker game. By the time Aditya graduated, he was already a full-time poker pro.
Since then, Aditya had great success online and has cashed more than four million dollars in the biggest PokerStars tournaments. He once won a notoriously tough poker game worth $100 Rebuy tourney. He has also participated in live poker tournaments, and has cashed in the World Series Main Event several times, including top 100 finishes in 2008 and 2015.
He won a deep run at EPT Barcelona in 2007 for $34,313. Having played online at PokerStars since 2004, he claims it to be the pinnacle of his career so far. He believes that promoting poker among youth as a professional game would definitely yield some great result. His role as a ambassador helping to establish the game as a professional sport across the country, and to inspire the next generation players.
Aditya is a member of Team PokerStars Pro, and when he isn’t spreading his love of poker at the cash game tables and local tourneys in India, you can find him playing online under the screen name ‘AdiAgarwal’.

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