Indian President Honors Female Poker Player Muskan Sethi For Pioneering The Game In India

Indian professional poker player Muskan Sethi was recently honored by the president of India. Sethi along with 111 other women achievers was awarded this January 22 for outstanding contributions in their respective fields. She was recognized as the first female Indian professional poker player, a remarkable achievement in itself since the pro poker world is dominated by men.

The event that honored Sethi was sponsored by India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development and was aimed at celebrating the success of Indian women in a variety of fields. Sethi stood alongside athletes, scientists, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs and women from a number of different fields.

Sethi Proud Of Her Achievements

In an interview, Sethi was quite proud of her achievement and had this to say “It means the world to me. I feel it’s my mom’s blessings and words of encouragement that have got me so far, at this prestigious ceremony while being seated and counted amongst all these strong beautiful women. I feel a sense of pride and responsibility.”

Sethi has been playing professional poker since 2010 and has racked up quite a few achievements. She is currently the manager of the Delhi Diehards poker team for India’s Global Poker League. Playing online, she has become the 30th ranked player in India based on PocketFives rankings. Sethi has earned $115,658 as “musku89” in her online career till date.

Sethi has experience success in both online poker and live poker tournaments. Her lifetime earnings are $44,310, which is rather small by international standards but they make her the 70th ranked player on India’s All-time Money List. Her best live cash-in was last year in the 2017 UK Grosvenor Poker Tour. She finished in 8th place in the £ 1000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em Main Event and she took home the equivalent of $13,107.

Sethi Continues To Inspire Female Poker Players

Sethi also has a number of other achievements in her career that has helped make her popular on the Indian poker circuit and inspire a number of women in the country to start playing poker. In 2013, she was the only female Indian player in the World Series of Poker.  She has been a constant attendee of the Las Vegas event for several years now and she chronicled 2017’s WSOP in her “Chronicles of a Baby Shark” video blog.

This was a historic moment since 2017 also marked the first year that Indian players managed to get WSOP bracelets, with Nipun Java and Aditya Sushant claiming the coveted awards. Sethi also has the rare distinction of qualifying for the PokerStars Shark cage event back in 2014. She received the runner-up position after a good showing.