Pokerstars signs first Indian pro

19 Jannuary 2015

From Gutshot

PokerStars recently announced the signing of the site’s first Team Pros from the subcontinent, highlighting the ongoing growth of poker in India.

Aditya Agarwal is the first Indian Team Pro, having shown demonstrable success in PokerStars’ biggest online tournaments, while Kosei Ichinose is the first Japanese Team Pro, having previously become Japan’s first Supernova Elite player.
Kirsty Thompson, PokerStars’ Head of Pro & Celebrity Management, said: “The signing of these Team Pros from India and Japan is an important step in helping promote the game in countries where poker is only just coming to the fore. Both players are highly respected within the poker sphere, and their success and passion for the game will no doubt spread throughout their local and national communities.”


The Indian poker player grew up in India but moved to the US to study Engineering and Marketing. While in university he caught the poker bug after watching it on TV, and by the time he graduated he was already a full-time pro.
He has enjoyed poker success in all formats, including a deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2008, finishing in the top 100 for $51,466, and a cash finish at EPT Barcelona in 2007 for $34,313. He has also won several tournaments and made final tables in events across India.

Agarwal said: “I’ve been playing at PokerStars since 2004, so this is a dream come true for me. As a poker ambassador I want to help promote the game in India, and inspire more players to play and enjoy the sport.”

Agarwal who used to play under the handle ‘intervention’ will now play under the online username ‘Adi Agarwal’.


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