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Indian poker update: Chris Gayle signs with Adda52 and PokerHigh merge

The Indian poker scene has been a bit chaotic this year; just a few days ago we commented about the exciting promotions for December 2018 with more than 5Cr ($700,000USD) in GTD prizes, and now the poker rooms are announcing new ambassadors and merge to help the poker growth as a game of skill in the country.

Indian poker update: Chris Gayle signs with Adda52 and PokerHigh merge

Chris Gayle, new Adda52 ambassador

Chris Gayle, a popular cricket player signed this year a contract with the Indian poker room Adda52. Cricket is a trending sport in India, almost every Indian sports fan plays cricket on a regular basis or watch it on TV; if adding soccer-stars like Neymar is a good strategy for other markets, having a cricket star is a way to go in India.

Gayle is a member of the West Indies cricket team and the sign-up came after a very mediatic Gayle's participation in a high-roller poker tournament at the Goa’s Deltin Royale casino, the Deltin Poker Tournament Colossus

Adda52 commented on its press release:

“This will also help the audience relate more with poker as a skill-based yet fun game at the same time.”

The Gayle's image is now constantly used to promote the new Adda52 events.

Hippo52 merges with PokerHigh

PokerHigh announced its merger with Hippo52 on the last days of November 2018. Although but online poker rooms are far from big brands like Adda52 or PokerBaazi, a database of almost 1,500 players (from Hippo52) could boost their performance after the merger. Hipo52 players will be migrated to the PokerHigh platform, and tournament series (including live-ones) and new promotions are still to be announced by the new room. Less than 50 players took part in the action before of the fusion, but today this number has duplicated.

PokerHigh commented on its press release:

“Having collaborated with Hippo52 during multiple events in the past, we are now excited to work together as one unit with their combined expertise in offline poker and community engagement”

Conclusion

This year the discussion continues in India to decide whether poker is a game of skill or a game of chance. All the poker platforms are making efforts by hiring Indian personalities as cricket players or even chess players, and the fusion announcements are nothing but an effort to overcome in a very competitive market.

We consider that 2019 will be a booming year for the Indian poker world, as more and more players are being attracted to the tables every day.

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