PokerBaazi Team pro Vikram Kumar is a well known poker player, not just for his exuberant poker play, but also more recently for his now famous “Lungi TV” updates where he streams cool and sometimes hilarious video clips about his profession. The Chennai-based poker pro has been amongst the active players  in the last 12 months with multiple travels and a string of impressive performances.

A deeply passionate student of the game, Vikram’s entire life circles in and around poker games. Over the years, he has enhanced his poker skills, carefully honing them, and eventually becoming a full-­time poker player.

In more recent developments, Vikram has been spending the majority of his time in Bengaluru as he has taken on the role of Strategic Consultant at PokerBaazi Live poker club in Bengaluru. His new role will see him heading management and all strategic decisions regarding events and promotions at the poker room.

We had a chance to sit down with Vikram and asked him a few questions.

Question: You’ve been associated with PokerBaazi Live Poker Club in Bengaluru for a long time as a regular player. How come to the switch to management?

Vikram Kumar: “As you know PokerBaazi is the trusted poker brand for poker in India with Navkiran Singh (CEO) and Puneet Singh(Director) living in Delhi and Jasven Saigal, living in Mumbai and operating semi remotely. It was not easy [for me] and my experience of co-hosting marquee events like BPT (Baazi Poker Tour) and Boom Boom series to go with close proximity to Banglore opened the doors for this. So, when Puneet offered the role to me it was no-brainer to take up the challenge and try not only to give a good playing experience but also to glorify this great game among the general public.”

Q: What is your history with poker?

VK: “I have been playing poker close to 10 years now right from the Zynga days. In the last three years, I have transformed from being recreational player to a semi professional and finally to a professional player. And, I can tell you the journey’s been pleasant.”

Q: What strategies do you plan to implement in this new role? In what ways do you see yourself adding value to PB Live?

VK: “We have plenty os strategies which you guys will see it in due course. I intend on adding value in different aspects of running a live room. One of them would be to run action games in ‘lungi style‘ and strengthen Bengaluru as the poker capital of India in a stronger way.”

Q: You are a well-known poker player and have been participating in poker tournaments all over the world. How will your international experiences at poker rooms the world over help PB Live?

VK: “It’s like running a corporate, it’s about putting a bunch of best practices and making the experience the best for the end users and hopefully, my travels will help in this.”

Vikram Kumar in play at PokerBaazi Live Poker Club

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