In September 2020, the World Poker Tournament announced that WPT Online India would take place from 5th November to 22nd November, and Adda52 would power the online tournament.
WPT Online India’s timing couldn’t have been better as it coincides with Diwali and the festive season, which is traditionally associated with gambling in the subcontinent.
However, in this article, we explore exactly why playing cards and gambling has become associated with Diwali.
The mythology behind Diwali and gambling
According to Indian mythology, Goddess Parvati is the goddess of love, beauty, harmony, strength, and power. She is also the Hindu god Shiva’s wife, who is considered the creator, destroyer, and protector of the universe.
It is said that both of them decided to play a cosmic game of dice on Diwali and any human that gambles on that day has Parvati’s blessings with them.
In certain parts of the country, it is also believed that anyone who does not gamble on Diwali will be reborn as a donkey in their next life.
Even though gambling is somewhat considered a vice, on Diwali, it is celebrated by Hindu Indians worldwide.
This has led to a noticeable effect on casinos and sportsbooks, both online and offline, on Diwali not only in India but across the world.
Diwali’s Impact on Online Gambling in India
The numbers demonstrate the effect of Diwali on online poker and gambling sites. In 2017, the Times of India reported that the festive season caused the revenue of many online gambling sites to go up by 30% at least.
Catching on the trend, top-rated online casinos in India like Royal Panda also offer promotions and bonuses during the festive season.
However, the effect of the festive season is not only limited to India. Since the Indian diaspora is one of the largest in countries like the United States, a spike in the revenue and traffic for online gambling services is also observed there.
Important to stick to trusted sites for new players
It is common for new players to sign up on online gambling sites during the festive season. These players are usually not very experienced and do not know the ins and outs of online casinos. In some cases, new players often fall for online casinos that might not be the most trustworthy operator.
New players need to stick to online casinos and sportsbooks that are vetted and carry valid licenses and follow regulations. Even if Parvati’s blessings might be with them on Diwali, it cannot protect them from sites that are involved in scams or fraud.