The most popular online games played by internet users from Northeast India is absolutely Poker. Texas Hold’em Poker application on Facebook built by Zynga has over 10 million monthly users and tons of friends are going crazy about playing Poker online everyday.
Mayfair Hotel and Resorts in Gangtok, Sikkim has the only Casino in the Northeast region. Casino Mahjong (in the photo) is the first of its kind in India opened with regular table games such as Roulette, Texas Hold’em Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker and Blackjack etc.
The richest prize in tournament poker kicks off in just a little over a month as the 2013 World Series of Poker will kick off of May 28th at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. One man that is looking forward to a strong World Series is native Indian and WSOP bracelet winner Chandrasekhar Billavara.
Billavara is not your typical bracelet winner. In his everyday life, Billavara operates a coffee shop in California and the majority of his poker experience comes from weekly home poker games that he plays with friends. To give you an example of his inexperience, Billavara was eliminated from his first WSOP event in 2007 in just the third hand.
After such a quick exit, Billavara nearly gave up playing in the WSOP. However, after losing his first event he was fortunate enough to win over $3,000 at the craps tables at the Rio. He then decided to invest half of those winnings in another attempt to win World Series gold.
Billavara entered a $1,500 NL Hold’em event that eventually drew 3,151 players and over the course of the next three days navigated through the field and ultimately came out on top of a final table that included professional player Greg Mueller to take his first gold bracelet and $722,914.
One would that after hitting such a huge score that Billavara would try his luck at playing the game professionally, but instead he remained in California to run his business and still plays weekly home games with friends.
Since his big score back in 2007, Billavara has had moderate success at the WSOP, including two deep runs in events last year. To date he has a total of $754,000 in career earnings.
Billavara’s story is one that has been lived many times at the World Series of Poker. Players from around the world go out in hopes of having the run of their lives and coming out a world champion. Many only go home with a story and some souvenirs but on a few rare occasions, unexpected champions like Billavara emerge proving that “Anyone can win” at the World Series of Poker.