Madan Kumar, or ‘MADSYSMAN’ as his fellow poker players know him, is one of India’s finest professional poker players and is also a part of the core team at India’s fastest growing online poker website, Poker Ninja.

Madan Kumar

From IT To Professional Poker

A hard-core IT guy at heart, Madan got introduced to the game of poker through Facebook. He started playing the game for fun and in due course got introduced to live poker at a friend’s house. Soon, he took a liking to the game and was a regular in the Bengaluru circuits. He continued perfecting his game by playing almost all of the tournaments and cash games taking place in the city. Consequently, his frequent travels to Goa led him to meet and learn from the best poker players in the industry.

Madan Kumar turned professional when Adda52 signed him on as a pro, and since then there’s been no looking back.

He quit his 9 – 6 job to play poker full time. It paid rich dividend, as he went on to win multiple tournaments and made a series of impressive scores at the IPC in 2015, with four final table finishes. He also had a deep run at the Bigstaxxx in Las Vegas where he made a 15th place finish. Post his stint with Adda52, he went back to working for IBM while playing poker on the side.

Over time, Madan has represented India as a professional poker player in many big championships around the world. Among his many achievements, Madan represented the Hyderabad Kings team in the recently concluded Poker Sports League. He was part of a 9 member team and one of the key players. The team performed extremely well under his guidance and supervision.

Madan Kumar at the PSL

A New Adventure

But, his love for the game and the desire to be back on the felts couldn’t keep him away from poker for long. When a long time acquaintance and friend, Praveen Dwarkanath, CEO of Poker Ninja, offered Madan, a chance to join his core team and take on the role of Chief Marketing Officer, Madan jumped at the opportunity. For, this gave him a chance to combine his knowledge of handling a business and his passion for playing poker!

Since then, Madan has successfully essayed the role of CMO for Poker Ninja and is also a part of their Professional Player Team. Along with handling operations, Madan also shares his valuable inputs towards the marketing activities of the website. Being a player himself, he is able to bring the players point of view into the business.  This has helped Poker Ninja keep games and promotions player-centric and provide the players with a great experience on their site.

The Challenge Of The WSOP

‘Madsysman’ is next scheduled to participate at the prestigious World Series of Poker, in July 2017. He will be representing not just India but Poker Ninja as well in the WSOP events.  Speaking about the upcoming tournament, Madan Kumar says, “It’s an honour and a privilege to be able to play with some of the best players from around the world. This platform will once again give me a chance to challenge myself in this game that I am so passionate about. I believe there are 3 keys to success in poker: Discipline, Dedication and Honesty. Discipline to make the right choices like bankroll management, dedication to spend as much time learning the game as playing it, and honesty in playing the game in the right spirit. I intend to stick to these key points and hope to bring home the trophy!

Written By: Meeta Khatri
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