TheSpartanPoker.com is India’s leading & most-trustworthy online Poker gaming portal. It is an India centric online gaming hub that aims to bring the sophistication and quality of a world-class online gaming platform to gaming enthusiasts in India. Considered to be 1st choice of poker players in the country. With a vast variety of Poker tournaments, offers and game offerings, TheSpartanPoker.com, Co-founded by Poker Amin Rozani and partners in 2014, has become the hotspot for Poker aficionados across India. We had a chat with Amin about this startup.
TheSpartanPoker.com offers unmatched technology, software and service to online Poker enthusiasts across the country. The online Poker gaming portal is recognized among patrons and Poker lovers alike as the trustworthiest online gaming portal in India as the portal operates under the highest standards with regards to payments, transaction management, customer support, etc. It is India’s first card room to offer a rake-based online poker model.
The payment and transactions management infrastructure at TheSpartanPoker.com is specifically built keeping in mind the unique needs of Indian players. To ensure completely fair gameplay, the portal has certified their software by Australian lab called iTech Labssuch that all game events that are meant to be random would be entirely random.
The Journey overall and the challenges faced
The main idea behind creating “The Spartan Poker” was to establish a secure platform for the poker players, which is trustworthy, dependent and play free of any kind of fraudulent activities. It was the need of the hour as there were many well-established competitors present in the market.
We founded The Spartan Poker in the year 2014. At that time, the founders were well versed with the Poker scenario for about 4-5 years and good knowledge about the technicalities of Poker in and outside India was an added advantage.The fact that Online Poker was here to stay and grow, it kicked off the idea for “ The Spartan Poker” really well. Today, it has become unarguably one of the best online gaming platforms, for gaming enthusiasts of India who love to play games like poker and rummy. In a very short period of time, the company has seen a steady growth and has become one of the top names in the country’s poker busine
Executing an idea comes with a lot of challenges, especially with something that has to do with poker. The core idea is fairly new and difficult to establish and to be recognized in the market which already has a lot of potential players was hard. We initially had a tough time working with only the founders looking after everything. The mistakes we made were definitely a lesson for us, which helped us improvise and further succeed in our endeavors.
The Core Team
The core team was already working on IPC( Indian Poker Championship), which is the biggest live tournament brand. At that time Sameer Rottonsey, Peter Abraham, Rajeev Kanjani and I were working on this project. Everything was on ground, so the team wanted to add something more to it and make it look similar to Poker Stars (worlds largest online poker company).
We have several experienced people who are a part of this setup and they or as I should say, we consider ourselves as players-first and then Poker Business Professionals. So, that way our thought process is always player-driven. We have taken into consideration a lot of things like, what kind of offerings would interest and excite the players? This is one of the key factors in our minds when we execute or even think of an idea.
Amin Rozani is one of the founders and Managing Director of The Spartan Poker and a Director of Indian Poker Championship. His tryst with online Poker took place when he was working in the BPO industry in 2009. Gradually learning the art and mathematics of the card game, Amin participated in tournaments across Asia. Upon his growth in the Poker industry, he started his journey to becoming the Poker Badshah of Mumbai.
With the launch of The Spartan Poker, Amin has disrupted the online Poker market by providing Poker lovers with a trustworthy and fun playing environment.
Sameer Rattonsey – The co-founder of the India Poker Championship, Rattonsey hails from a business background and is a player of repute on the Indian and Asian circuits having competed and won tournaments in both the regions.
Peter Abraham – The co-founder of the India Poker Championship, Abraham has been associated with the sport since its early days in 2009. Apart from his involvement with the IPC and The Spartan Poker, Abraham is also the editor of Gutshot, a poker and lifestyle magazine.
Rajeev Kanjani – A passionate poker player, Kanjani juggles his roles at The Spartan Poker, directorate of IPC, and his well-established recruitment firm. He is also the founder of the Aces Unlimited brand of poker tournaments.
Revenue and Growth
We grew 1000% from the first month of inception. It’s been almost 3 years now and we have become a very well known and trusted poker platform in India. With our flagship ‘The Millionaire’ monthly tournament, the number of poker players on our site has seen a substantial growth and we look forward to more and more players visiting and being a part of our online platform .(we don’t intend to give absolute figures here)
We are self-funded. However, we are also open to reputed investors who would come forward and love to contribute.
The Spartan Poker not only conducts top level online events for its players, but also offers terrific guaranteed prizes, gaming software and user experience. It is also involved in various offline activities to promote poker among Indian gaming fanatics. All payment and transactions management infrastructure is built specifically to gratify the requirements of the Indian players, making it easier for them. The gaming application ensures completely fair game-play by means of random number generator, which is certified internationally. We want our players to have a good and wholesome experience when they visit our platform.
The brand intends to be one of the most reliable and trusted online poker platforms and become the first choice of every poker player in India. The team behind The Spartan Poker is making every possible effort to be the number one online poker brand in India and Asia as well. Customer satisfaction by offering operational excellence and continuous growth trajectory is the main aim of the company. We are always open to the valuable feedback from the players
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