Stars Poker Room Raided

Stars Poker Room Raided

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The Stars Poker Room in Bangalore, India, which only opened in late-January, has had to cancel its inaugural poker tournament after being raided by local police.

According to a report from Gutshot Magazine, officials conducted their action on the Indiranagar neighbourhood venue mid-tournament on February 10 as 60 of the original 75 entrants remained.

Stars Poker Room, which is operated by poker circuit veteran Rajeev Raut in partnership with local businessman Krishna G, was not expecting to be closed as it opened only after the local High Court ruled that poker was a game of skill.

“With great regret we have to announce the cancellation of the Stars Poker Series,” read a Facebook post from Raut.

“Really thankful to all the supporters who stood by. We are still continuing cash games and sit-and-go games at IPA Stars.”

Located in the southern state of Karnataka, the Stars Poker Room formed a strategic partnership with the Indian Poker Association in October and was expecting to breathe new life into the Indian live poker community but the recent raid has now put these plans and the venue’s overall future in jeopardy.

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