How popular is it to play real money games in India

With the advent of mobile devices, it has become pretty easy for anyone to play real-money games whenever they want. We have thousands of real money games available to us online. 

In India where there’s a fast-growing population of people with access to smartphones and the internet, real-money games have even become more popular. 

According to the India Gaming Report 2021 by Lumikai and Redseer, the real-money games sector is the largest revenue contributor to the country’s overall gaming industry which is currently valued at $2.2 billion. 

The report also estimated the number of paid gamers in India to be around 95 million as of 2021. Over 60 percent of players prefer to go for games that feature Indian mythology or celebrities or those that come with Indian themes and popular movie characters. 

The number of gamers is expected to increase to 235 million and the financial value to $7 billion by 2026, as per the report. 

Indians enjoy real money gaming in several formats. Here are the most popular ways: 

Online Casinos

There are several gaming sites in India that allow you to enjoy online casino with real money. These websites (or online casinos) are packed with many exciting games like slots, table games, and live dealers. Playing these games will not just provide you with entertainment but can also pay you money in rupees when you win. 

What’s more interesting about online casino sites is that you can also feature native Indian games such as Andar Bahar and Teen Patti. These games are available as both video games and live dealers. 

The live dealers are more popular because they provide players with the real brick-and-mortar casino experience. You get to see and communicate with a real human dealer from your home just like you’re playing at one of the casinos in Goa

Also, popular classic casino games such as Blackjack and Roulette are customized to serve Indian players. For example, there are game titles such as Hindi Roulette and Namaste Roulette. 

Sports Betting

Another popular way Indians play for real money, especially online is sports betting. Similar to casino sites, there are various online sportsbooks available for Indians to bet on. Some online casinos even have separate sportsbook sections. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Ranji Trophy or IPL you want to bet on, you’ll surely find various options. 

In addition to the various cricket leagues and betting markets, you’ll find thousands of betting options on Kabaddi (PKL), Football (ISL, I-League, EPL, UEFA Champions League), Badminton, Hockey, and many other sports. 

With the various Indian online sportsbook available, you can choose the one with the best odds and bonuses to bet on your favourite events. 

Fantasy Sports

The excitement of being able to recreate one’s favourite team is one thing almost all sports lovers cherish. This is exactly what fantasy sports does which has made it popular among Indians and also with many others around the world. Indians enjoy daily fantasy sports, as well as season-long games. 

Unlike sports betting and casino games which are hugely dependent on luck, fantasy sports requires some work. You will have to follow the teams and players’ activities, especially when you’re participating in season-long events. You must be able to build a team that will give you the desired results. 

As expected, the most popular sport in the Indian fantasy world is also cricket. The start of IPL in 2008 gave room for Fantasy Cricket with the platform Dream 11 launched in the same year. Since then, Dream 11 has grown so big that it became an official sponsor of the IPL’20 league. Many other fantasy sports platforms are now available to Indians, making the sector a big contributor to the real-money gaming industry.

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