The launch of PokerStars.in has spelt excellent things for Indian poker players. With higher guarantees and lower buy-ins for a number of their games, tourneys running for each day of the week, and the thrill of their Sunday Tournaments – there has been plenty keeping us busy since their launch. And we’re not the only ones! Meet the people representing the elite group of poker champions from India and around the world.
Muskaan Sethi: Team India
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Honoured by the President of India as a ‘First Lady’ and also appointed to be India’s Responsible Gaming Ambassador, Muskan first made herself known to the poker world when she qualified for the 2014 PokerStars TV show Shark Cage. With a grandmother who passed on her love of card games, Muskaan chose to cast aside the search a ‘traditional’ job and found her calling in poker. Now, when she’s not working with animals,, Muskan spends her time refining her game and honing her skills to be the best player she can be, at the online tables at PokerStars.
Aditya Agarwal: Team India
With earnings of over $4 million in the biggest PokerStars tournaments, including wins in the notoriously tough $100 Rebuy tourney, Aditya Agarwal has come full circle in his journey from player to ambassador. Originally from Darjeeling, this Drexel University graduate is now working to establish poker as a professional sport across India, and to inspire the next generation of players.
While the international players may not be available to play with on the Indian client, you can be assured to get some serious inspiration from the ladies on the global team!
Liv Boeree: Team UK & Ireland
Touted to be one of the most successful female poker players on the block, Liv Boeree is a real inspiration. After graduating from University of Manchester with a first-class degree in Astrophysics, she went on to find fame as a model and TV presenter for various shows. She solidified her presence in the poker industry after the European Poker Tour (EPT) Season 6 Sanremo event 201 to take the title and a massive $1,698,300 payday.
Fatima Moreira de Melo: Team Netherlands
You don’t understand cool until you get to know Fatima. One of Holland’s best known hockey players, Fatima led her country to win the win the Champions Trophy in 2007, and played on the team that took gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. If that wasn’t awe-inspiring enough, she is also a regular face on Dutch TV shows, a keen singer and a Master’s degree holder in Law. Oh, and she knows how to crush it at the poker table, with her first title win making its way around the corner.
Celina Lin: Team Asia
Celina Lin is easily one of the most talented players on the Asian poker scene. Her journey began in 2004, when a friend talked her into playing during a visit to the famous Crown Casino in Melbourne, after which she built a $10,000 bankroll online in just three weeks. As the first-ever female winner of the Macau Cup, you know Celina has already made her mark in poker history, with much more to come.
Maria’s story is as interesting as it gets. A Harvard grad in psychology with a PhD from Columbia University, Maria already had two best-selling books to her name before she decided to take a quick dive into the poker world to research a new book about luck. It wasn’t long before she realised there’s much more to the game than luck, and discovered a new passion for the game – leading her win a title at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA).