Are there places in India where you can play “real” poker?
There are nine “real” casinos in the country; they are all located in poker-friendly states: Goa and Sikkim. But only four out of nine casinos offer poker. These are two Casino Pride establishments in Goa, as well as Sikkim Casino in the state of the same name and Mahjong Casino. Each has 6 to 8 poker tables.
How long does it take to start playing online poker for real money?
No matter if you play online or real poker in India — poker is a game with simple mechanics, regardless of its type. You will remember the rules and will be able to play without making mistakes in them after a few games. But difficulties begin when you begin to master strategies, tactics and learn to behave at the card table like a professional. Depending on the time you spend playing, practicing and studying articles and videos, this will take from six months to several years.
Who is the most famous poker player in India? How much does he make?
The most famous Indian in the poker world is Vivek Rajkumar. He won the 2008 World Poker Tour for $ 1,424,500. This instantly made him a star, and now, more than 10 years later, Vivek Rajkumar is still famous in the industry. By 2021 he had finished his career and is now running a business.
Is there an age restriction for playing online poker in India?
Even in states where poker is legal, the minimum age of player is 18. If this condition is not met, the company (owner of the poker room) will receive a large fine. That is why we ask players to verify by submitting documents.
Do I need to pay taxes on my winnings?
Online poker is in a gray zone, but the law requires tax on large winnings. There is a general rule for all states of India: online poker players 30 percent income tax on all winnings in excess of Rs 10,000.
Can money in an online casino account disappear due to legislative reasons?
We are not aware of any cases where poker player deposits or winnings have been seized. Sometimes transactions (deposit or withdrawal) are not made because the bank declines them. But in this case, the money is returned to the account from which it was sent.