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Gaming in India is on the rise evidenced with the fact that Team Soul won the trophy of Rs. 30 lakh from PUBG Mobile India Series with a total prize money of Rs. 1 Crore.  The tournament created unprecedented buzz through Indian gamers who were only used to seeing such high prizes in real cash games or overseas console gaming events.

When we talk about gaming in India we can’t overlook the growing industry of online poker though the mindset of Indian gamers is a little different.  Normally when an Indian hears the word Poker they think of things like Cards, Money, Casino and even James Bond!

Just like any other individual or team game where strategy and skill are both involved, real money poker enthusiasts in India are finding a well deserved sense of pride as well as achievement when they win at poker tables.  The adrenalin from defeating opponents from across the country and being awarded the top spots is attracting Indians in droves every night to online poker playing portals.

Without doubt one of the main drivers for the popularity of the game is the large prize pools of cash that is guaranteed every tournament by various Indian poker companies.  Such tournaments receive thousands of players whole fight it out for 5-8 hours on these apps with winners taking home lakhs in prize money.

Gaming companies such as Adda52, PokerRaj, Spartan Poker, PokerStars, PokerBaazi and 9Stacks are the leading real money gaming platforms in India and hold regular special events for their users.

However despite the growing prize money pool, India has been missing a widespread and officially recognized national championship event.  In this competitive landscape Adda52 announced the National Poker Championship as an attempt to take the game to the diverse and untapped segments of Indian gaming.  Just like other National level competition, National Poker Championship first holds state level qualifiers to determine who can participate in the main final event.