When Chris Gayle is at the crease, your skillset gets tested. The man himself is now backing a different game altogether- Poker. He insists it is no gambling and that it takes great skills to master it. In India, Poker is yet to find a foothold. But celebrities are endorsing the game like never before.
Five-time World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand has said that he finds poker similar to chess. The game clearly needs a lot of brainstorming and strategy and not too long back Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr. was seen playing the game on a professional level.
Chris Gayle backs Poker
“Poker is absolutely a game of skill, Gayle said. One needs to learn the terms and techniques really well and should also have a strategy to be able to perform considerably well. As far as luck is concerned, well, that is needed in any sport, is it not (laughs)?! For example, if a person drops a catch and you go on to score a 100 – That’s luck too, they say!” he added.
Gayle said that he finds the game very relaxing. “I find poker mentally relaxing and enjoyable. We play with other cricketers during the IPL season and other leagues. And I got better at it while playing more,” he reveals.
“It is a mentally stimulating game and also helps me relax and take some time out from cricket. A lot of cricketers play it too, you know,” he added.
While the Caribbean cricketer bats for the game, he also understands the fact that many people are against it and relates it close to gambling. “People need to be educated about Poker, a game of skill. Leagues will help most definitely. They are great for any game. Look all around you and see how leagues have helped in driving any particular sport- for example, IPL, EPL, NBA, PKL,” he observed.
“Poker is growing rapidly in India. It is a good time to be in this game and witness the excitement around the growth. Adda52 are the leaders and being associated with the leaders in anything you do is always a great thing. Have full faith in Adda52 to take this game to newer heights,” Gayle said.