Cricket Star Chris Gayle to Rep India’s Deltin Poker Tournament

April 21st, 2018 by Daniel Smyth

International cricket star Chris Gayle has become the latest famous face to join the rapidly expanding poker scene in India.

Chris Gayle

Cricketer Chris Gayle hitting a century against Hyderabad will be hoping for similar success in the Deltin Poker Tournament Colossus. (Image: cricket.yahoo.net)

According to a press release issued this week, Gayle will promote the forthcoming Deltin Poker Tournament Colossus in Goa. As well as using his international status to promote the event, Gayle will be among the players anteing up between April 26 and 29.

Organized by Delta Corp and Indian online poker site Adda52, the Colossus is a bi-monthly high roller with prizepools typically reaching $300,000.

Worldwide Cricket Power

For many cricket fans, the Gayle’s appearance at the Deltin Royale Casino will be the first time they’ve seen him at the poker table.

Despite being described as an “avid poker player” by Glaws.in, Gayle doesn’t have quite the same résumé as other sports stars who have stepped into poker. However, while his poker credentials might not be world-class, his reputation in cricket is.

In addition to playing international cricket for the West Indies, Gayle currently plays in the Indian Premier League for the Kings XI Punjab. Watched by more than 213 million each week, the Indian Premier League is a major organization in India and Gayle is one of its stars.

In a recent outing against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gayle saluted the crowd as he scored 104 not out to help his team to 15-point victory.

Athletic Legitimacy

Utilizing local celebrities is something that’s become a common trend across the poker scene in India. At the close of 2017, the Poker Sports League (PSL) signed India’s leading chess player, Viswanathan Anand, while online operator PokerBaazi recruited Olympic boxer Vijender Singh in January 2018.

In addition to lending a famous face to the emerging poker brands, the use of sporting figures is designed to give poker an air of legitimacy. With regulation evolving on a state-by-state basis, some regions are battling against the notion that poker is a form of gambling in the same way as casino games.

The Gujarat High Court recently ruled against a petition calling for poker to be classified as a game of skill and, therefore, exempt from current gambling laws. In contrast, the state of Nagaland has taken a more progressive attitude, regulating online poker and giving out its first license to Khelo365 in December 2016.

While the use of professional athletes might not tip the balance in states opposed to poker, it should certainly help bring more attention to the game. This, in turn, could lead more discussions about how to best regulate the industry across the country as a whole.

6 Responses to “Cricket Star Chris Gayle to Rep India’s Deltin Poker Tournament”

  1. joeisi says:

    Universal Boss.

  2. Max Diver says:

    Great choice, after his sports carrer can keep going as a Poker player.

  3. darthdimsky says:

    Wow. Huge news for poker in the ISC. Nothing like an A list cricket star like Gayle. He’s endeared himself to the cricketing public in India real well from his stints at the IPL and his open admiration for Bollywood and Amitabh Bachchan.

  4. guicor30 says:

    If any person ever wondered why poker sites have celebrities, the answer is very clear because now I understand it; I did not know this poker site in India and when I read this news and I know this site online, I’m curious to try your site.
    I am pleased that cricketer Chris Gayle is a poker ambassador; if the poker stars hire him.
    It is also good to know that they want to declare poker as a game of skill, that is, if I would like very much because poker is really a sport of skill.

  5. albosaltenio says:

    surely bringing celebrities from different sports will attract attention about poker in india as it does all over the world.
    I hope that the opening of several countries to online poker opens the doors in the rest of the world.
    It would be great to be able to compete against players from all over the world, for sure it will be much harder but with many better prizes.

    good luck to all the players of india

  6. whiskers77 says:

    In my opinion, it is great, when famous people, no matter if from sport or other entertainment areas, help to open up the mind of society in a country about poker games. Here in Germany, there was once a tv show entertainer, who really boosted poker somehow, also by arranging bigger poker shows at tv in a funny way. And of course it would enrich the poker world, if there came up other countries from Asia like India or China as well. There live so many people. For me Chris Gayle also looks kinda sympathic, like a friendly guy. Therefore I think, he really could contribute to poker in India somwhow.

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