Women are always raising the bar and breaking boundaries across various professions in the country, and now they’re acing it in the poker world too! Poker isn’t a taboo anymore in the Indian society and isn’t confined to any specific gender, race or territory. Women poker enthusiasts are coming forward to learn the tricks of the game and are competing with some of the best on national and international platforms – reaching great heights in all forms of the game!
Here we have the story of another boss achiever, Pratibha Arya, one of the few female poker players in India who turned her life around from the moment she was introduced to the rapidly growing mind sport.
Based out of Delhi, Pratibha was always the brightest kid in the classroom; a topper, a computer-science scholar from a reputed college, and a street jazz dancer. In the final year of her Masters’ degree she got placed at a very reputed company, but chose to part ways with this opportunity and pursue poker full-time. Her 3-year journey of maturing from an amateur player to one of the most recognised poker players in the country has been nothing short of magnificent and inspiring!
Pratibha’s first ever tournament was in Goa, back in 2015 where she managed to make it to the final 6 players, cashing in Rs. 65,000. Post her win, she started studying everything about the game, watching several professional videos, seeking inspiration from brilliant poker players and majorly, learning the techniques and calculations behind this beautiful mind sport.
“It’s all about skills, math, probability, and practice, with minimum luck involved. Poker is not a gamble since we have plenty of familiar faces winning consistently. I myself spend around 9-12 hours playing and honing my skills every day without fail,” explains Pratibha who also represented India at the Poker Nations Cup in Oxford and the IFMP Asian Nations Cup in Bangkok. She was also one amongst the two players from India who got a chance to play against the latest Artificial Intelligence computer bot -Deepstack, in the Asian Nations Pair Challenge in Bangkok. Domestically, she has represented Mumbai and Haryana (respectively) for the two seasons of Match IPL and was awarded the Player of the League in the second season.
Pratibha is now focussing on the domestic circuit and plays on PokerBaazi, India’s most trusted poker platform. She recently participated in one of their mega tournaments, the Game Changer, which went down in the history books as India’s biggest online poker tournament. A massive field of 3777 players from across the country took part in the event, and Pratibha put up an extremely impressive performance on the felts, finishing 10th in the competition.
For her, PokerBaazi played a pivotal role in making her the brilliant player that she is today. Like her, many have chosen poker as a career choice, and PokerBaazi.com is one such website which allows players to learn and enjoy the game without having to invest any money. Once a player believes he/she is ready, they can choose to move up stakes and take their game to the next level
Pratibha shares her experience with PokerBaazi, “There are plenty of reasons why I love PokerBaazi. The best part about their website is their UI. Since we as players are always multi-tabling online, having a smooth interface really helps. Secondly, they are very quick in their transactions. The money comes to me within 24 hours. They have amazing promotions like 40% cashback, international trips to Vegas, Bahamas and Barcelona and really cool gadgets to choose from.”
Pratibha also reflected on what poker, as a sport essentially is. She said “Poker is not a taboo. In fact, it is a sport with intricacies and huge complexities. It requires a lot of research and technique to master – and that’s one of the things I love about it!
Her story is indeed an inspirational one – finding success and beating the odds in a male-dominated profession. These are the women of today, the daring, strong and independent.
Let’s pledge to break a million stereotypes, just like Pratibha did!