How did Poker Become Popular in India?

The game of poker was developed some time during the early 19th century in the United States. Since those early beginnings, poker has grown to become an extremely popular game across the globe. The game’s popularity in India is relatively recent, but over the past few years it has really experienced an upward rise.

Main Variants of Poker

Texas Hold’em is the most popular poker game and accounts for the majority of traffic on most poker networks. At the beginning of the game, every player gets 2 hole cards. The board is made up of 5 cards where the first three are revealed after 2 rounds ( this is known as the ‘flop’) and the next card is opened on the third round , also known as ‘turn’. The final card is placed on the board during the ‘river’ after which the final round is played. This round decided the winner.

Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) is the second most played variant of poker globally. Pot limit is a betting structure where players are allowed to bet/raise between a minimum bet and the current size of the pot. Players  are not allowed to  raise more than the amount in the pot over and above the amount of bet that has to be made. In PLO, each player is dealt four hole cards and five cards are dealt on the board.

In draw poker, each player is given five cards. A player can decide to throw away a number of these cards and then take new cards to replace them.

In stud poker, like seven-card stud, some of each player's cards are laid face-up on the table so that the other players can see them.


Poker is a game of skill because players use their knowledge, training, attention, experience, or expertise and the final result is influenced by one or more of these factors. While games of skill may have an element of luck or chance, as long as they are predominantly influenced by skills, they are not considered ‘gambling’ and do not break the laws prohibiting gambling. Poker has been recognised as a game of skill by several High Courts in India and meets all the criteria related to “games of skill” laid down by the Supreme Court of India. 


Thanks to digitalization, high speed Internet and affordable mobile devices online poker has become popular in Tier 3 and 4 cities also. People also have more disposable income to use for gaming and they can do so from the comforts of their homes thanks to online portals.

How does online poker work?

Since you are going to play real money poker online, checking that the platform you are playing on is safe is important. Random Number Generator (RNG) is a mathematical program used to create unpredictable patterns that will generate a completely random distribution of cards in online poker. This ensures that the selection of cards is completely guess-proof and each of the 52 cards has an equal chance of being selected. It also ensures that no individual player can get “better” cards than the other by design. It ensures that things are always fair.

Thanks to the excellent interface offered by online poker portals, players have very good gaming experiences from the comforts of their homes on their mobile devices.You can play your favorite game anywhere, anytime. 

Poker sites also allow users to make deposits through wallets like PayTM and Mobikwik, or using UPI. Money won can also be instantly withdrawn to wallets or bank accounts. 

Customer service

The popularity of poker is in an upward trend in India and it can be largely attributed to the accessibility provided by online poker sites. During the time of lockdown because of coronavirus more and more people tried online poker for the first time to keep themselves entertained. As a result, the industry went through a rapid growth phase which continues to this day. 



Shikha Tripathi

A social media strategist and an avid poker enthusiast, she loves taking risks and so is naturally aggressive on the poker table.