As per an anonymous report, we’ve heard the news of a popular poker operator being detained in Goa on charges of illegal gaming activities and an angle related to narcotics as well. As per our sources, this operator was detained today afternoon for the same, in connection to a tip-off from a couple of days ago.
The operator identified as ‘Gautam’ is currently under the custody of Siolim Police in North Goa. He is under interrogation for running games using the widely used PPPoker platform and alleged involvement in narcotics as well. He was caught with equipment that was used for running bots.
Further reports suggest that this person was associated with a well-known Indian online poker platform in the past and has been associated with the poker industry for quite a long time now. As per the anonymous source, he was based out of Bangalore and only recently made the move to Goa. The current COVID-19 induced lockdown has given rise to many such illegal operations in a few states. Gautam has been reportedly handling these games with operators from Kolkata and other regions across India.
PPPoker is a free-to-play platform that allows players to host and play their own home games, not specific to any geographical region. There is no specific restriction as any person can open a club on the platform. The application is being illegally operated in Mumbai, Kolkata, and Delhi, with Kolkata being the hub for a majority of these clubs. However, the use of PPPoker as an application in India is illegal and a few raids have been made in connection to this in the past as well.
Every time when rake worth a crore is generated on PPPoker, 10-12 lakhs are paid as the cost to the application itself in order to keep the club running for the following week’s game. The clubs generated in PPPoker give 100% Rakeback. The in-game currency in this application is like diamonds, which can be purchased by the owner of the club and distributed to players who can then use it to buy chips.
Indian poker operators have been battling against this entity for quite a long time and have now urged gaming bodies like the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) to take action against the same.
This is a developing story, so stay tuned for further updates…
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.
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