Maria Kirloskar in action
Maria Kirloskar in action

Renowned poker player, Maria ‘Dr4gonLady’ Kirloskar has been signed up by as a member of the Pro Team. She joins the likes of Abhisek Panda and Vikram Kumar on the PokerBaazi Pro Team.

Maria expressed her jubilation to PokerShots saying, “I am super thrilled and honored to be joining the PokerBaazi Pro Team. I have looked up to Vikram Kumar and (ex-PokerBaazi Pro) Paawan Bansal because of the people they are as well as their poker skills. To be chosen to work with Vikram, Jasven, and the entire PokerBaazi Team is a privilege and I’m very grateful.”

Championing the Case for Women in Poker

In an industry completely dominated by men, Maria is one of the few women to effectively stand out. Her journey in poker has not been easy, but her perseverance has enabled her to stand out among her peers. Maria is among a handful of women who have made it to the top in poker in India and thus a great role model for aspiring female players. Her results in the live as well as online formats over the past few years have been most noteworthy and her announcement as a PokerBaazi Team Pro comes as no surprise.

Maria believes that her over the past 2 years participation among female players has steadily increased. The reliability and success of online websites have enabled this rise and the numbers will continue to increase according to the new PokerBaazi Pro.

Her role, then, as a member of the Pro Team on PokerBaazi is all the more relevant as it can showcase to women that this is a gender-neutral sport. “I feel that we regular female poker players can further the participation of women in poker by continuing to demonstrate that we are comfortable living, working and playing the game within this male dominated industry. We have equal opportunities in this sport and as long as we continue to learn and improve our poker skills, there is no stopping players of either gender,” says Maria.

Strong Results

Having been associated with poker for almost 10 years, Maria made her debut on the big stage at the IPC in Goa in 2012. Since then she’s had nothing short of a roller coaster of a ride culminating in the announcement today. Among her deepest runs in the  live circuit is the 11th place finish in a 300+ field in IPC ’15. She also took 15th place in IPC ’16 in a 230+ field.

Her online game is not far behind either, with multiple scores on various Indian and International websites. Maria has consistently finished in the money on PokerBaazi and claims that the Daily DeepStack and the Sunday tournaments are her favourites.

Members of the PokerBaazi team were effusive in their praise towards the new Team Pro. Navkiran Singh, CEO of PokerBaazi, said, “Maria Kirloskar has set a great example for women in India that Poker is a skill game and if you have the will you can master it. Therefore, we are proud to have her as the latest addition to our Pro team.”

Jasven Saigal, who’s among the most recognisable faces in Indian poker and a strategic Consultant with PokerBaazi, echoed similar thoughts. “Looking forward to working with Maria as she is very dedicated, disciplined and always eager to learn and improve,” he stated.

About PokerBaazi

PokerBaazi is the most trusted online poker website in India. This platform has been successful in garnering the attention of Indian players towards winning real money though online poker gaming. PokerBaazi ensures that players do not face any difficulty to win free real money through playing various poker games. Players can enjoy the two most exciting variants of poker, Omaha and Texas Hold’em. encourages players to win real cash with a zero investment. The primary focus is to provide a world-class poker experience to the players.

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