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Finale Party in Goa Marks the Introduction of a New Sport in India

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Carl Hostrup picked up his US$320,000 cheque and became the first poker player to win a professional poker tournament in India. The Asian Poker Classic sponsored by, held in resort state of Goa, is the first poker tournament to be held in India.

"I thank the Asian Poker Classic team for the great tournament, hospitality, and for the opportunity to visit such a beautiful place in such a beautiful country. I will remember this forever and I look forward to returning next year to defend my title!" said Carl.

Indian finalist Pranav Bathija, from Mumbai, learned to play poker at the tournament's sponsor site only four months ago, yet managed to best five international players, and take a third place finish, and his share of the $1,000,000 (44,490,085 INR) prize pool. Hostrup celebrates his victory with

Fireworks display at APC Finale Party

"If I can learn poker in just four months and place third in an international poker tournament, then I've proven that it is very possible to be a successful poker player in India. 2007 will show that Indian players can compete in the game on an international level," said Bathija

"Poker is a global sport with players from almost every country around the globe -- now India has taken its place among the poker nations. We are proud of the success of this year's Asian Poker Classic and hope that it provides the platform for future growth and development of the game in India," according to Imran Hassan, Director of Operations for the Asian Poker Classic.

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About Asian Poker Classic (

Asian Poker Classic is the first professional poker tournament held in India.

The 2007 APC tournament, held March 1-5, attracted professional poker players, celebrities and online players from all over the globe.

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