As poker was looked at with an eye of suspicion by police once, it is no longer the case anymore. The myth misleading many gaming enthusiasts was that poker was illegal and considered gambling. Poker falls under games of skill in India particularly, not considering it gambling and making it legal in India, excluding few states like Gujarat, Telangana, etc. Gamers have evolved over time and so has the traditional games. The digital shift is only new to India as many countries have given green signal to online games of skills like poker , Sudoku , rummy, chess, mind games , e -sports like virtual war games, etc. since more than a decade.
PKV Games is played by many gaming enthusiasts, especially youngsters in India. Some consider it means of livelihood and some passionately pursue it like an e-sport, indicating the great acceptance to online Poker. For those who play it passionately, there are online poker tournaments and national championships for them to embrace their passion for gaming. The online poker is an industry in India now and has great amount of platforms offering it.
Now what has made these platforms so popular?
Online poker is a real money card game. Online platforms offering poker games make money from the commission on the winning pot or by direct deposit taken from individual players. These emerging online platforms are advanced in technology, payment execution, gaming operations and also take care of random shuffling supervision.
Why online poker is considered safe?
It is technologically secure as online platforms make sure the integrity of game is not compromised by anti-collusion and pattern tracking programs. Also compared to offline poker where at any times it is played in clubs and central authorities come into picture without prior knowledge of situation. As the central authorities have n recording of the offline poker games, they claim it to be gambling and illegal. Cash payments are also not cross verified and there is chance of cheating in games as well.
Nearly 50 lakh players signed up for online poker in just 3 months of 2019 .Many professionals passionately playing online poker as e-sport are making name and fame in the world. In late 2014, Kunal Patni, a world champion in online poker completely switched his career for his passion of playing poker. He was doing a high paying finance job which he quit after being invited to Macau, China for Asian championship of poker. In 2018 world championship he was on second position with prize money of Rs.7500000.