A trio of stories from India with the largest online poker room in the country, Adda52, opening Crazy Pineapple tables, the India Poker Championship set to begin, and news of increased interest in the game from the females of the species.
The online site has been running Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) and Omaha Hi/Lo games for four years. Crazy Pineapple is not to be confused with the Chinese poker variant on offer at outlets such as TonyBetPoker.
In Crazy Pineapple, players are each dealt three cards face down, and each player has to discard one card after the flop round of betting. The rest of the hand plays out in the same fashion as No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE). Crazy Pineapple is almost identical to NLHE with the introduction of the third card increasing the likelihood that more players move to the turn with stronger hands thus making the game more stockings and suspenders, rather than woolly tights.
Only two Crazy Pineapple tables are open during the experimental phase. Adda52 Founder & CEO Anuj Gupta and his team conducted a survey with their players to identify what new games they would like on the site, and Crazy Pineapple was the overwhelming choice.
The India Poker Championship Hits The Horizon
The annual India Poker Championship (IPC) is about to break out their tables in the next few days. The event will operate 29 Nov – 6 Dec and all the action will come from the Deltin Royale Poker Room in Goa.
The casino won’t be expecting a monster.
The last IPC was in 2013, and Amit Jain defeated 51 players to take the title. Incidentally, Jain was the runner-up in 2011.
There are eight events planned on the roster including the aforementioned INR50,000 Main Event NLHE Freezeout, an INR100,000 Super High Roller, and an INR25,000 PLO Freezeout.
The Ladies Come Out to Play
The India Poker Championship also contains a INR5,000 Ladies Event. According to the India Economic Times, it should draw in a pretty exciting field. In an article penned by Smitabalram Kumar poker has become the hangout of choice for Bengaluru’s high society women. Amongst those providing commentary in the piece included fashion expert Sheetal Sharma, restaurateur Shweta Gupta, psychologist Shamsah Pradhan and professional poker player Pavan Kishore.
“One can go overboard on alcohol at a night club, ” said Pradhan, “Book reading can get serious. Scheduled poker nights ensure compulsory socialising for women who neglect it due to family commitments.”
Poker is a powerful thing.
It’s even preventing women from India overdoing it on those books.