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| On Updated : Jun 26, 2020 4:23 PM IST

Nikita Luther – India’s Poker Superwoman

By Dheeraj Singh

Most of us dream of playing poker for a living, the 28-year-old Nikita Luther is living that dream! Born into a military family, Nikita is based in Delhi and rose to fame by bagging a gold bracelet at The World Series of Poker in June 2018 in Las Vegas. It was India’s second WSOP bracelet. Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java won the first in the WSOP Tag Team Event in 2017.

Nikita Luther won the WSOP gold bracelet, which many call poker’s “Olympic Gold” Beating 1,032 players and 123,000 entries from over 88 countries. She is now one of the best Indian poker players in present times.

Nikita Luther – Guiseppe Pantaleo pose with WSOP 2018 golden bracelet

The beginning

It all began seven to eight years ago when Nikita discovered Zynga poker by US-based games company Zynga. Soon, she started spending four to five hours daily playing it. As the whole concept of Zynga poker is collecting points, all her focus was to accumulate more and more points. She was always at the top of the leader board.

After playing for a year or two on Zynga, Nikita was introduced with real money poker at a friend’s birthday party. Initially, she was a bit hesitant and started with a small amount, but later on, she ended up winning the whole pot.

Soon, she began endless research and study on online poker and started playing it full time.

Being a female poker player in India

“Poker is not a gender-biased game – it is a mind sport. I feel women have an edge in this game. We are more logical, rational and centred with less ego.”

Nikita has played professional poker for more than two years now. Most recently, she had won a Rs 6.8 lakh prize at the five-day Deltin Poker Tournament, organized by and is flying high with $218,554 in tournament earnings. She is one of the top Indian poker players in present times.

PC @adda52 | Nikita Luther-with the-Deltin Poker Tournament Trophy

Association with Adda52

In 2016, the Delhi-based startup chose Nikita Luther as their ambassador nationally and internationally. She says the association with Adda52 helped her evolve and improve her game drastically.

Nikita Luther Adda52 pro

New innings with Spartan Poker

Nikita Luther has parted ways with Adda52. She has now signed as the Team Pro for Spartan Poker, a leading digital gaming platform in the country. On June 23, 2020, Spartan Poker made the announcement on social media and confirmed the news and announced Nikita Luther as their latest Team Pro. While Adda52 remained silent about parting ways with Nikita, the signs were always there.   Nikita began playing on Spartan Poker since February 2020 and even finished fourth in the Millionaire Legends for Rs. 24.13 Lakhs.

What does it take to be a poker player?

A Delhi University graduate, Nikita Luther is a typical math nerd. She loves solving puzzles, equations, and first worked in marketing before playing poker for a living. Nikita says, being a poker player is as intense as any other job. To be a good poker player, you have to keep studying and training hard for the game.

When she is not playing poker or travelling for a tournament, Nikita’s weekly routine involves playing poker thrice a week and 20 hours of study about the game for the rest of the days.

“For practice, I alternate during the week between playing online and watching master classes by poker professionals and game theorists,” says Nikita Luther.

Fun facts

  • Nikita is the only woman in 2018 to win a WSOP bracelet
  • She has also won Ladies Event of the India Poker Championship and the PokerStars Macau Poker Cup Team Event
  • Father was in the Air Force
  • Nikita launched the Poker Sports League in 2016 and also served as the COO in its first two seasons

Nikita Luther Social media handles

  • @nikitaluther on both Twitter and Instagram
  • @nikitalutherofficial on Facebook

Nikita-Luther #1 Female Indian poker player (Image: thrillpoker)

Favourite Poker Players

  • International – Steffan Sontheimer
  • India – Sriharsha Doddapaneni
Dheeraj Singh

I believe Life and Poker work on the same principle. The more you learn the better you become.