Indian Players Who Left Jobs for Poker

Poker is a fun game, which is fast catching the nerves of Indian masses. Although it is not an easy way to make a living, there are already many professional players who play poker online real money game and earn a lot of money. They prefer playing poker for living rather being stuck in those boring jobs. This is perhaps the reason why they have left their jobs for poker. A look at successful poker faces who left their jobs to become professional poker players:

Kunal Patni

Kunal Patni is a banker. He had guts to become a successful professional poker from the beginning. Initially, he used to play poker recreationally with friends since 2012. However, he became serious about poker when had a great run in the Asian Championship of Poker (ACOP) in 2014. Today, Kunal Patni is a star player from India with several big milestones in his kitty. Having over $175,073 in total live earnings, he had many deeps runs and cashes across several big-money events including Deltin Poker Tournaments (DPT), World Series of Poker (WSOP), World Poker Tour (WPT), PokerStars Championship Macau, APT Asia Poker Championship, Macau Poker Cup and many more.

Tarun Goyal

A software engineer worked in IT hub of Bangalore, Tarun Goyal hails from Bathinda in Punjab. He picked up the game back in 2012 and started playing on major sites. He is also one of the few players who left their full-time jobs to pursue their career in poker. He not only won big online tournaments but also won the Adda52 POY 2016 title. Recently, Tarun caught up media attention for his winning 3 heads-up events in Poker Sports League (PSL), which concluded on 29th May 2017. Like many players, he has also this dream of going to WSOP and winning the bracelet for India.

Abhineet Jain

A management graduate from XLRI, Abhineet Jain is one of the prominent names in India’s poker industry. Like many others, he too got introduced to the game of poker during his college days. After college, he joined Tata Motors and worked there as a manager for a few years. Despite a tight schedule at the office, he put decent volume online and also played some of the live tournaments in Goa bagging cash across several events in Deltin Poker Tournament and India Poker Championship (IPC). 

Abhineet has earned a big name in India’s poker industry, especially in the past few years. Be it high stakes PLO cash game or online MTTs, he has excelled in all popular poker games and tournaments. Today, he is one of the best PLO players in the country and is approached by several well-known pros for PLO coaching. 

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