PokerStars gears up for India launch

19 March 2018

The Stars Group has entered into a partnership with gaming company Sugal & Damani to support the launch of its PokerStars brand in India.

According to, PokerStars will replace khelplay, an online poker website that was previously operated by Sugal & Damani’s parent firm, Sachar Gaming Private Limited.

Khelplay had been scheduled to cease operations on March 15.

Records seen by show that Sachiko Gaming Private Limited, another company owned by Sachar Gaming Private Limited, now owns the domain name ‘’.

At present, the greets visitors with a message that states ‘Coming Soon!’.

Although a launch date for PokerStars in India has not yet been announced, the site said a number of sources have indicated that the service could go live within the next few weeks.

Rafi Ashkenazi, chief executive of The Stars Group, has previously spoken about the possible launch of PokerStars in India, initially stating that the service would go live in 2017.

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