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15 Apr 2022

Celebrating the fervour of poker in India, Asia’s largest offshore gaming and entertainment destination Deltin Royale, Goa is all set to host, once again, India’s most sought-after live poker event, ‘Deltin Poker Tournament’, better known amongst the poker enthusiasts as ‘DPT’. 

The tournament will begin today (April 14th) and conclude by April 19th. 2022. On the sidelines, Team G2G interviewed pro-players Arun Sriram and Kunal Patni. Both are well-known poker players in the circuit. 

The excerpts from the interview are below:

ARUN

G2G: When did you decide to take up Poker as a profession? 

Arun: I learnt about poker when a bunch of friends came over to play home games during my early corporate career days. But it remained a side hobby till the pandemic. The complexity involved, the competitive environment and the chance to battle with the best minds in the country got me hooked on the game. I am relatively new to the circuit playing poker professionally since late 2020.

G2G: Who are the other pros in this field whom you look up to? 

Arun: Danish is an absolute crusher who doesn't play poker anymore. He is my mentor and guide who helped me reach the top of my game. Among international players, I look up to Phil Galfond for his ability on the felts and his behaviour off it. Would like to evolve into a player who can take the good from these two and model my poker career.  In the Indian scene, Vinayak Bajaj is the player I look up to for his aptitude in poker. 

G2G: What are the tips you give to newcomers? 

Arun: Poker is a tough sport like any other. It demands work off the table to do well on the table. Stay humble during wins and stay strong during losses and learn from your mistakes. 

G2G: You started your career during Covid19 and probably you have recently started attending physical tournaments recently. How different are physical tournaments from online tournaments? 

Arun: As an online pro, the physical tournaments can be overwhelming initially. But the overall vibe is super positive since you get to meet a lot of your peers and hang out with them. The dynamics of the Live tournaments are completely different from online - stack depths, physical tells, situational awareness and a much higher sense of self-awareness mix up to create interesting situations. I am really looking forward to the DPT series in Goa.

KUNAL

G2G: When did you decide to take up Poker as a profession?

Kunal: I decided to take up poker as a profession in March 2015. I was a Private Banker before that.

G2G: Did you miss physical tournaments on account of Covid? Or do online tournaments compensate for the loss of physical tournaments?

Arun: Yes totally. I have been predominantly a live tournament player and not being able to play live for two years was quite a dampener. I played a lot of online MTT during Covid and that kind of made up for the lack of live MTT. But live MTT is what I enjoy the most

G2G: What percentage of your schedule is divided between physical and online Tournaments

Arun: We end up playing online way more than live simply because there are way more online MTT happening. During-covid times, about 70% of the time was spent playing online and 30% live

G2G: Who are the other pros in this field whom you look up to?

Arun: This field has a lot to offer. I really look up to Danish Shaikh, Aditya Agarwal, Sri HarshaDoddapeni, and Gaurav Sood and this has indeed fuelled my aspirations to perform better.

G2G: What are the tips you give to newcomers?

Arun: There is no substitute for hard work. This is a game where you can work hard and really excel in it. So spend that time off the felts to study the game and I am sure the results will follow

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