Canada-based The Stars Group, formerly known as Amaya Gaming Group, has teamed with Indian lottery giant Sugal & Damani on an India-facing online poker site, G.laws.in reports.
According to the site, the domain name pokerstars.in is owned by a unit of Sachar Gaming, which is linked to Sugal & Damani.
Sachar Gaming currently operates the rummy website khelplayrummy and until very recently used to operate a poker portal, khelplay. The company recently announced that it would be shutting down its khelplay poker operations by 15th March, presumably to facilitate PokerStars’ India entry, g.laws reports.
A message on pokerstars.in website just states ‘coming soon’ without giving any details about the expected date of launch. Sources however inform that the website could start operations within the next few weeks.
The Stars Group, which operates the world’s largest poker website, PokerStars, has over the past couple of years, repeatedly announced that its intention of entering the Indian market with a licensed local partner and had earlier announced that it would start India operations by the end of 2017.