India is not an exemplar of a gambling country. Nevertheless, the prospects for the Indian market is estimated at $60 billion. Indian law shared the game of skill and game of chance. Discussions around the poker run to this day. All gaming activities of India is regulated by The Public Gambling Act of 1867. Of course critics of the law insist that the law has lost its relevance, because now Internet exists, and every year more and more people in India make bets or play online poker.
There are disputes in India - is poker a game of skill or not. However, while there has been no clear answer, gradual liberalization runs: there are news sites, poker rooms and even the local poker stars.
Bitcoin gambling in India
At the moment, the Reserve Bank of India does not regulate Bitcoins turnover in the country. At the legislative level, there are no barriers for its use and no adverse liability provided by the use of Bitcoin. However, at the moment, India remains the country with the "gray market", where Bitcoins have no clear legal designations.
Popular poker rooms in India
As we learned earlier, poker and online poker in India have no clear status. However, India has several very good online poker rooms. Here they are:
This is one of the largest poker rooms in India, which has an exclusive contract with the WPT. It tries to create the widest possible media activity. Someone called Add52 Indian PokerStars. And this is partly true: the large pool of players (about 800k registrations), an active promotion and sponsorship of offline tournaments, its own team of professionals. For example, Team PRO Adda52 includes Amit Jain,d Aditya Sushant, Muskan Sethi and Kunal Patni - the best poker players of India.
Adda52 offers classic version of online Poker: No Limit Texas Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha Hi / Lo. There is also a version of Hold'em which is called Sprint Poker. As for tournaments, there are a lot of them. Since Adda52 cooperate with offline series closely, players have the opportunity to play in massive tournaments with big prizes, as well as satellites to major live events.
Adda52 software is proprietary and doesn't require downloading. As for mobile version, it is also available in full, especially for Android smartphones. Functional of Adda52's software is at a good level. Chat, avatars, changing of desktop theme, taking notes, and feature of multi-tabling are available for players.
Aside from Indian bank cards Adda52 also accepts American Express, as well as cards of virtually all the world's banks.
Formally, Adda52 accepts only Indian players but players from other countries come here gradually. Obviously they are seduced by one of the weakest fields in online poker.
This is another popular poker brand in India. Spartan Poker can be compared with Adda52 by popularity and fame. All games are played with the Indian rupees. ($1 = 66 rupees). NLHE and PLO games are the most popular, also there is an option of fast poker. There are not many poker tournaments and they are of very low level and concentrated at the lower limits.
Software of Spartan Poker has all standard features: chat, resize of tables and filters. HM/PT defaults are not available but they can be set up through our special converter.
Spartan Poker Cards accepts cards of Indian banks, but the option to make withdrawal or deposit via Skrill or Neteller is available for our players. By default, 30% tax is charged from Spartan Poker withdrawals but for our players it is sufficient to pay 6% for the conversion and get the money in any convenient way.
In general, Spartan Poker is the room that would be beneficial for players of low and mid-stakes, as well as to players who plan to earn their winrate rather than rakeback. Fortunately, Spartan Poker has one of the weakest fields in online poker.
PokerBaazi is another one popular poker brand in India. PokerBaazi has a slightly smaller size of audience than Spartan Poker but it is also popular in India. PokerBaazi also holds its offline poker series.
PokerBaazi is much similar to the previous two rooms, with the only difference that PokerBaazi has slightly less activity of the players and different software. As for the rest, withdrawals are made by the same system as in Spartan Poker. Our players only pay for the conversion, also they have access to the converter of hands.