Sugal & Damani Group and the Stars Group announced that PokerStars.IN will be available to customers across a majority of Indian states starting April 17.
Sachiko Gaming that focuses on games of skill, will operate PokerStars.IN with the Stars Group licensing its brand and providing certain support services.
“The popularity of poker in India is growing and we are excited to build the market with the support of the global leader in online poker,” said Kamlesh Vijay, Chief Executive Officer of Sugal & Damani Group.
The game will be available on desktop and mobile to a majority of the age-qualified, adult Indian population and will offer online poker to players in Indian Rupees in a number of skill game formats, including No-Limit Hold’em and Omaha variants.
PokerStars will also host localized versions of branded series and events, such as the Sunday Million and World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP).
Commenting on the collaboration, Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of the Stars Group, said, “PokerStars has helped to make poker one of the most popular skill-based games in the world and we look forward to Sachiko Gaming introducing the brand into the Indian market.”
PokerStars will offer industry-leading responsible gaming, player protection and fraud detection mechanisms to help ensure the integrity of games and the safety of players.
In line with local regulations, players residing in Indian states which do not permit participation in real money skill games will be prevented from playing.