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India has long been one of the most popular countries for mobile game downloads on Google Play and Apple App Store, but income has been lagging. That is starting to change now. A significant difference between 2020 and 2021 was that individuals began to spend more money on games. The prevailing belief was that after seeing significant increase in terms of engagement and user base in 2020, it would level out, but instead, it really surged. Due to the new fad of remaining indoors and avoiding physical activities, many of us had the opportunity to play some of the most recent games this year. Real money games accounted for about 51% of the overall industry revenue reached around $1.8 billion in financial year 2020, according to a recent report by gaming and interactive media venture fund Lumikai and consulting firm Redseer.

So, before we get fully engrossed in what 2022 have to offer; let’s look at what we achieved and what we lost? We always reflect on the year that gone by!

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In 2021, the player who proved that bankers are an excellent fit for poker with his gameplay is Divanshu Khurana – earning him the title of Gutshot Player of the Year! Boosting total earnings of Rs. 85,80,411 from PokerBaazi alone, Khurana stands as the perfect example of how good investors can be good poker players! Khurana’s 3-Way Deal during the FT of PokerBaazi’s ₹5 Crores GTD EndBoss with Ishaan Chugh and Dhiraj Lakhotia put him in the limelight: with a personal-best ₹63,37,000! Though he credits most of his winnings to the strategies that his professional banker life taught him, we can’t help but be honest and wonder about the kind of waves this Gurgaon lad will create in the poker world the day he decides to turn pro!


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The Ruling Tournaments of 2021

Gutshot Magazine estimates an approximate amount of `750 crore was generated in prize money across multiple poker platforms in 2021! With such astronomical figures, it’s no surprise that 2021 saw Indian  poker brands compete with some of the top poker platforms in the world. India’s poker vertical is expected to grow to $2.2 billion by 2027 (Shingetsu Research). Several high-value online poker tournaments are an integral part of this ecosystem. 2021 saw several marquee series take place across platforms like Spartan Poker, PokerBaazi, Adda52 and others, driving poker’s growth. Despite most poker activities being pushed to the online felts due to COVID-19, the poker landscape in India has managed to grow significantly bigger. These mega series have contributed immensely to the poker community by continuing to challenge players and giving them an opportunity to shine in the field of poker.

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Top Poker Players of 2021

The last couple of years have been challenging with most live poker events moving online. People are

learning poker through everything available on the internet and are taking the game very seriously. Online tournaments have been taking centre stage in India’s poker scenario for quitesome time. Ishaan Chugh, Vaibhav Temani, and Mohammad Azhar made it to the list of players who cashed big in tournaments hosted on Indian online poker platforms. These players look at poker not only as a game but to empower, and as a way to prove their edge over others.


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Poker Hall of Fame 2021 – Eli Elezra

Every respected community honours their pioneered and most respected practitioners with one of the  ‘highest forms of recognition’ – Hall of Fame. Getting honoured for having taken the road less travelled, making a career out of it, and doing what others have ever done or could ever do, is simply phenomenal. Nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame induction is an honour, and as for getting inducted – it is a lifetime achievement – even for the few, we call legends! Eli Elezra was the honourable inductee for 2021 who got the maximum votes from the existing inductees.

2021-The Year of Record-Breaking Performance

2021 witnessed a significant ascent of numerous cricketers on the international and franchise circuit. These included talents from the smaller Test-playing nations like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, islanders from Sri Lanka, and a few Calypso Kings from the West Indies. These players stunned the world through their fantastic batting/bowling and record-breaking performance. While these new entrants showcased their arrival on the scene, many legends from the cricket world outperformed their younger comrades with their high-octane exploits. We have curated a list of players who generated the most fantasy points in 2021!

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