The Stars Group is set to enter the Indian iGaming market with the launch of PokerStars.in on April 17th.
The site will be available to players in the majority of Indian states through a partnership with Sugal & Damani Group, a conglomerate active in a number of sectors including lottery and gaming.
However, players in the state of Assam, Odisha and Telangana will never be able to access the site because of the undefined legal position of real-money skill game playing in those states.
PokerStars.in will be operated by Sachiko Gaming Pvt Ltd., a Sugal & Damani subsidiary focused on skill gaming, with The Stars Group licensing its brand and supplying certain support services.
Sugal & Damani chief executive Kamlesh Vijay said: “The recognition of poker in India keeps growing and we are fired up to build the marketplace with the support of the global innovator in online poker,”
The stars Group chief executive Rafi Ashkenazi commented: “Pokerstars has helped to make poker one of the very most popular skill-based games on earth and we look forward to Sachiko Gaming bringing out the brand into the Indian market.”
The site will be accessible for play on desktop and cellular devices with Indian Rupees as the primary currency, and will feature localized types of PokerStars’ most popular tournaments and events, including the Sunday Million on 22nd April 2018 and World championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). Players will also be offered a high standard of security through responsible gaming and fraud recognition mechanisms.
Sugal & Damani has strong pedigree in lottery and gaming in India, working a network of 25,000 lottery point of sales terminals and portion as the sole selling or marketing agent for lotteries in the state of Punjab Maharashtra, Sikkim, Mizoram, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh. By way of a subsidiary, additionally it is mixed up in African lottery market under the Winlot brand, with 15,000 terminals operating on the continent.
Sugal & Damani has also been lively in online games, offering rummmy and texas holdem under the KhelPlay brand. The poker offering, which run on Microgaming’s Indian Texas holdem Network, was shut down before this month.