The game of poker is still in its infancy in this country. Concentrated in only a few urban areas among the neo-rich youth, poker is not catching the imagination of the larger public. The reason for the lack of the game's popularity in India is largely due to the fact that it has the "gambling" tag attached to it. And, this tag is largely frowned upon by most Indian parents and by the general populace who lacks knowledge about the element of skill involved in playing online poker games.
Such taboos, however, have not stopped Indians from playing online poker games. A few of them have even started representing India, albeit unofficially, at The World Series of Poker (WSOP) events across the world, managing to win handsome rewards and money in the process. Let's take a look at the best poker player in India.
Nipun Java: The Best Poker Player in India
As per the POY rankings (Player of the year), Nipun Java is the best poker player in India currently playing his trade. He has a POY score of 1648.75 points that puts him 688th on the all-time poker money list but proudly stands first on the Indian poker money list. Nipun's total online poker games earning stand at approximately Rs. 2 Crore while his total live earnings are an astonishing Rs. 13 Crore that makes him the highest-earning Indian poker player ever.
Nipun Java: Profile
Nipun Java, born in New Delhi, India is a professional poker player who now resides in the United States of America and plays mostly in the US live poker circuits. Nipun has been playing poker at the US circuit since 2009 but caught the attention when he placed 5th in the LA Poker Open Championship Event in Los Angeles for $ 34, 650. Although he consistently cashed in most tournaments, he did not win that kind of monie until 2014 where he took home the Larry Flynt Grand Slam of Poker $170 No Limit Holdem (NLH) Event for $39,000. At the beginning of 2014, Nipun placed 2nd in the WPT - LA Poker Classic No-Limit Hold'em Playboy $500,000 Guarantee event and won $114,955. This was followed by a victory at the WSOP circuit No-Limit Hold'em Main Event where he won $ 226, 785 and coveted the WSOP ring.
His next significant cash finish came in 2015 at the 46th WSOP 6-Handed Pot-Limit Event (PLO) where he bagged the bracelet. In this event, he placed 2nd and won $ 270,509. Year after year, Nipun always got himself in the money-making final tables and won five-figure cash in most of the online poker games he participated in. He eventually made history in 2017 at the 48th World Series of Poker $1000 Tag Team Event where he created a last-minute partnership with Aditya Sushant, also one of the best poker players in India. Nipun and Aditya won themselves, and for India, the most prestigious trophy in the poker industry - a WSOP Bracelet. They were the last team standing at the event and won the 1st place prize of $150,000.
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