On 3rd August, 2018, on a bright clear day, we were invited to be a part of an event which spelt out excitement, for us cricket and poker lovers. It was the announcement and launch of poker biggie Adda52’s newest entrant and brand ambassador Chris Gayle, the West Indian cricket icon who has ruled many Indian hearts with his ‘Gayle Storm’ in many Indian Premier League editions.
The event was graced by Mr Mohit Aggarwal and Anuj Gupta, both founders of Adda52, the largest online poker playing website in the Indian subcontinent. To further enforce the idea of poker being a mathematical strategy which is not purely based on luck, Nikita Luthra, the first Indian female to win an International Poker Title, also spoke about the skills involved in the game of poker. Professional poker players don’t consider the game to be gambling as told by Luthra, and understanding the opponents strategy goes a long way in winning in the end.
Though cricket and poker have entirely different skill sets, hard work, focus, determination and strategy have to be followed diligently in both the games. Gayle’s love for poker goes a long way. The 38 year old is one of the most popular international cricketer in India, and recently participated in the Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) tournament held in Goa, in April, 2018. In a press release, Gayle commented, “I’m really glad to be a part of Adda52! I have been playing recreationally poker for a while now. I have a special relationship with the people of India. Adda52’s name is synonymous with online poker in India – it was an immediate yes from my side.
Towards the end, the last question was asked by my colleague who asked Gayle about upcoming West Indian cricketers who seemed most promising, for the 2019 world cup. Gayle happily replied to this, by taking names like Darren Bravo and Shai Hope. All in all it was really a fun filled session, which ended with Gayle smiling for the shutterbugs and all his fans, and ready to win more hearts with his smile. This was followed by a scrumptious lunch which was indeed a perfect topping to the cake!