Stars Group clinches a deal with  Sugal & Damani to launch its PokerStars brand in India

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With the intention of backing up the launch of its PokerStars brand in India, Stars Group, the Canadian gaming, and online gambling company has clinched a  deal with  Sugal & Damani, which has pioneered the business of operating Government Licensed Lotteries across India.

As per, PokerStars will replace khelplay, the online poker website that was formerly operated by Sachar Gaming Private Limited, the parent firm of Sugal & Damani. Khelplay had been scheduled to cease its 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, the 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.

Source: European Gaming Industry News

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