The game of Poker is not yet totally understood and even accepted, in India. But there are people who have long back surpassed those reservations and realised the potential of online Poker and offline Poker to its full extent. Indian players have surely made their presence felt on the tables of casinos all over the World.
Here are top 5 Indian Poker players, who’ve proved their skill and expertise in online Poker and/or offline Poker.
Best Live Cash: $1,424,500
Total Live Earnings: $4,427,667
Vivek Rajkumar is an Indian American Poker player from Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2008, he won the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open Main Event, securing a cash prize of $1,424,500. He defeated a final table that included tournament veterans Dan Heimiller and Mark Seif to win the title.
Rajkumar has also had notable success at the LA Poker Classic tournaments. In 2008, he placed 1st out of 167 entrants in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em for a prize of $113,425. In the 2009 L.A. Poker Classic $9,900 Heads Up Championship – No Limit Hold’em, Rajkumar placed first from a field of 111 entrants for a prize of $350,000.
Best Live Cash: $270,509
Total Live Earnings: $1,796,525
After being a software engineer for 10 years, Nipun Java turned into a full time professional Poker player in May 2014.
On Feb. 24, Nipun had $331,485 in career live Poker tournament earnings, and had never recorded a six-figure score. The following day he finished second in the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Playboy $500,000 Guarantee for $114,955, and on Wednesday he won the World Series of Poker Circuit Bicycle Casino Main Event for $226,785, doubling his career tournament earnings in roughly three weeks.
And now today he’s second on this list. Yeah, that dramatic!
Best Live Cash: $300,031
Total Live Earnings: $666,257
Taha has been playing professional Poker games since 2008 and has earned over $300,000 in major Poker tournaments. He is currently ranked at 3653th position in Poker tournaments worldwide. 2016 has proved to be a very friendly year for Taha as most of his earnings have been gathered in this year only.
Best Live Cash: $96,445
Total Live Earnings: $649,684
Aditya started playing Poker in college, and till the time his college was done, he was already a Poker pro. Aditya has since had great success online, cashing more than four million dollars in the biggest PokerStars tournaments. Highlights include wins in the notoriously tough $100 Rebuy tourney, plus several other high-profile results. He’s also performed well in live tournaments, cashing in the World Series Main Event several times, including top 100 finishes in 2008 and 2015. Other results include a deep run at EPT Barcelona in 2007 for $34,313, plus numerous wins and final table appearances in events across India.
Best Live Cash: $80,885
Total Live Earnings: $294,765
Rahul hails from an industrial family and his choice of making a career in Poker is a fine example of passion and love for the game. Byyraju came in the spotlight by notching up a career-best performance, winning his first big game, playing the HK$30,000 NL Hold’em-High Rollers Event at the Macau Poker Cup in June 2011.
2013 was a great year for the pro, who went on a poker rampage at the Deepstacks games at Las Vegas just prior to the WSOP (World Series of Poker). He cranked up a 3rd, 7th, 16th and 92nd finishes, all in a space of 25 days.
I bet you didn’t read all of those money figures; “Yeah I didn’t, ‘coz they’re so damn long!” Exactly.
Isn’t that amazing- you can make a fortune while playing a fun game! Yes, YOU can do it too. Just register and start playing Online Poker at KhelPlay, and lists like these might include your name too.