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Playing online poker from India FAQ

India, officially known as the Republic of India, it's a huge Asian country (it's the 7th largest by area and second most populated with over 1.3 billion inhabitants, 17% of the current world population) and because of that, India has one of the most powerful economies in the world. The Taj Mahal, one of the most famous building and a world famous heritage is located in Agra (India), and almost in any country, you can find Indian food very popular because of its curry taste.

Playing online poker from India FAQ

Who are India's most popular poker players?

The TOP-10 Indian poker players, led by Vivek "Psyduck101" Rajkumar, have won over $10MUSD in live poker tournaments. Vivek usually visits the USA to play the WOSP and its bigger cash was the $ 9,600 + 400 No Limit Hold'em - WPT Event where he won $1,4MUSD. Rajkumar is followed by Nipun "Javatinii" Java which has almost won $2,5MUSD and he was the first Indian poker player in winning a WSOP bracelet in 2017; Nikita Luther won the second WSOP bracelet in 2018.

Aditya Agarwal is also one of the most known faces in the Indian poker industry, mostly because he has been a PokerStars Team Pro for a long time, along with Muskan Sethi.

What is the legal Indian background?

Talking about online poker regulation in India is like trying to answer the eternal question: is poker a game of chance or skill?. The Supreme Court of India has ruled that games of chance are illegal in the country, but games of skill are not*. And with the base that poker is a skill game, the online poker industry (which also includes Rummy games) has developed in India and right now several poker rooms offer their services to Indian players, and also a complete banking system has developed as well.

Over the last years, several High Courts in India (like Karnataka and Calcutta) have ruled in favor of online poker, asking the authorities not to interfere with the gambling market growth. 

*Note: The following states have declared that gambling is completely legal (like Nevada in the United States): Goa, Daman, Sikkim and Nagaland (this is the first state in granting an online poker license).
** Games of chance or skill in Telangana, Assam, Odisha, and Gujarat has been declared illegal in India.

What to know about Indian gambling income and taxes? 

Many poker players from India have doubts regarding the TDS. The Indian tax is related to 194B of the Income Tax Act which says that any winning above Rs. 10,000 is subject to a TDS tax of 30% (flat rate). So, when you request a withdrawal to any Indian online poker room, your profits will be liable for 30% that will be automatically deducted by the site (TDS means Tax Deducted At Source, this is why the poker room must deduct it, pay to the government and send to the player a certificate for tax return).
We have contacted several online poker rooms and some of them have promotions to reduce the amount of tax paid in a completely legal way; please contact our support team to know more information about this.

*Note: Only Indian poker rooms deduct the TDS. Please don't hesitate to contact our team in order to know more about international poker rooms which don't charge the TDS.

What are the available deposit and withdrawal methods for Indian poker players?

Along with the development of the Indian poker industry, the banking industry has developed as well, and now Indian players can easily deposit and withdrawal from online poker rooms using a wide range of methods:

Credit cards

Almost all poker rooms accept MasterCard, Visa, and in a minor quantity American Express to process deposits.

Paytm

Paytm is a popular payment processor available in India with a wide range of services including movie, flights, hotels, and of course, online poker. Paytm works like Skrill and it is similar to Amazon with an integrated e-wallet to deposit at Indian online poker rooms.

PayUmoney

PayUmoney is an Indian payment gateway accepted by most of the internet companies operating within the country and it works with all credit cards, 50+ Indian banks among other local services.

Cashfree

Cashfree is a payment gateway for local and international transactions from India. Cashfree integrates its platforms with almost all payment processors available in India, including the ones covered in this article and other as PayPal.

ecoPayz

ecoPayz is very popular among international poker players, and it is also available to process deposit and withdrawal in our international room menu available for Indian players. Indian customers of ecoPayz can use ecoVoucher via the Offgamers website. 

Cryptocurrencies

Using Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies is also possible for Indian poker players and it's important because it can be used to process deposit and withdrawals on Asian sites and other great poker rooms available for Indian players.

Bank transfer

All Indian poker rooms process withdrawals to over 50 banks in India. When requesting a withdrawal to an Indian bank account, always consider the 30% TDX which will be deducted by the poker room.

What are the best online poker rooms for Indian players?

Indian poker players have two main options to choose when playing online: Indian poker rooms and international poker rooms.

Indian poker rooms

Visit our complete menu including the best Indian poker rooms now. There you will find the best first deposit bonus, reload bonus, no deposit bonus among other great offers. All Indian poker rooms process payments to Indian bank accounts.

International poker rooms

Indian poker players are welcome to join booming Asian poker apps, and also to play in private US clubs or Israeli poker rooms with all the support and experience of Worldpokerdeals. We guarantee with our brand all the money of our players and we can assure that these rooms are an EV+ choice for professional poker players, as the fields are very soft and the action runs 24/7.
Note: As these poker rooms operate abroad, they are not subject to the Indian TDS tax.

Online poker rooms accepting Indian players Low-stakes Mid-stakes High-stakes MTT Spin&Go
BetOnline X X X X X
PokerKing X X X X X
SwC Poker X     X  
Spartan Poker X X X X  
Nitrogen Sports   X X    
Aconcagua Poker X X   X  
Israel rooms (Goldpokerpro, Purepoker))   X X    
PokerMaster *Only for VIP players   X X    
PPPoker *Only for VIP players X X X    
Red Argentina de Poker X X   X  
J88Poker X X      
Asian poker applications *Only for VIP players   X X X  
Pokamaax X X      
Kingsclubpkr   X X    
Crypto poker club X X      
UMA Poker X X   X  
Poker Saint X X   X  
Real Poker X X   X  
Poker Dangal X X   X  
Mad Over Poker X X   X  

Conclusion

Playing online poker from India is not a challenge with anymore for Worldpokerdeals players. We invite all Indian players to contact our support team in order to start playing at the best online poker room for Indian players with excellent rakeback deals and full funds guarantee.

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