Poker, unlike many other sports, doesn’t depend on gender, but the ability of a player to analyse what’s presented to them and make the most out of the situation. Poker only measures talent as a parameter, and that’s what makes it a sport worth respecting. Here we bring you the top Indian women poker players who have broken the stereotypes and cashed in big numbers at the poker table.
Considered one of the best in business and always placed at the helm of the top women poker players in India, Nikita Luther is nothing but deserving of the laurels she is bestowed upon. Also known as the first Indian woman poker professional, Nikita has paved the way for future women poker players in the country. The Delhi-based poker professional starting playing poker only a few years ago, and it was not until 2015 that she recognised the potential it had, not only in India but globally.
After three years of honing her skills across various tournaments, Nikita finally took over the big stage when she won it all at the biggest poker event in the world, the World Series of Poker (WSOP 2018). She cashed in $87,902 by winning the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Tag Team Event at the tournament. This was the biggest crown of her live game career until next year when she won $109,300 by placing 2nd at the $500 + 65 No-Limit Hold’em – Zynga Poker WPT500, at ARIA Poker Classic, Las Vegas 2019. A poker pro for Spartan Poker, Nikita Luther is an inspiration for all Indian women poker players who one day want to make it big in the sport.
If you are wondering if this is the same Minissha Lamba that featured in movies such as Kidnap, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Bheja Fry 2, then you are absolutely correct. Once a movie actress in Bollywood, she turned her eye to the poker table and has been grinding it for a few years now. She started playing poker when some of her friends from abroad taught her how to play around 9-10 years ago. Since then, she has been sharpening her game and making a good name for herself in the list of top Indian women poker players.
Her breakout year was 2018 when she shipped quite a few major tournaments and made some serious cash. The biggest of which was $33,058, which she won when she took the 2nd spot at the p100,000 No-Limit Hold’em – High Roller event at WPTDS India, Panjim. Early that year, she also won $21,466 at the p200,000 No-Limit Hold’em – DPT Super High Roller, at DPT Colossus Super High Roller Series, Panjim.
Yet another name that will be featured in almost all lists of the top women poker players in India, Muskan Sethi. Recognised as one of the 100 most influential India women, she received the Women’s Achievers Award from the President of India in 2017 and became the first Indian woman poker player to do so. With a glorious poker resume behind her, she is one of the best in the poker circuit, and rightly so. Having received mentorship from American professional poker player Faraz Jaka, she has represented the country in many global poker tournaments.
In 2014, she participated in the hit British poker show called the ‘Shark Cage’ and reached the heads-up stage as well. Over the years, she has done quite well in many other global tournaments such as the WSOP, WPT, EPT and Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT). While many people call her the first female poker professional player in India, we may see a lot more from her over time.
Touted as the next big thing in the Indian poker circuit, Suchi broke out in 2019 with quite some impressive wins under her belt. Well, why shouldn’t she? After all, she has one of the best coaches one can hope for. Married to the poker genius Aditya ‘Intervention’ Agarwal, she often plays with her husband and the duo are smashing tables left and right recently.
She started her professional poker journey only after marrying Aditya, as she did not play the sport before. In a short period, she has shown her skills in both the offline and the online arenas. Her live win journey started from the p35,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Main Event at the Baadash Gaming Live Tournament, Goa in 2018, where she bagged $4,397. Since then she has been continuously grinding and winning it out, especially on the online platforms. Even called the ‘First Lady Of Indian Poker’, she is undoubtedly one of the top women poker players in India you should look out for.
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