You probably know Minissha Lamba, the actor, but do you know Minissha Lamba, the poker player?
The 34-year-old made her Bollywood debut back in 2005. In 2018, she made her first foray outside the silver screen on two new mediums: television and theatre. Amid these varied acting gigs, she discovered her penchant for poker at a Diwali party eight years ago.
Since then, Lamba has made an appearance in some of the country’s renowned tournaments like Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) in Goa and the India Poker Championship, where she was placed fourth in the 15K Weekend Kickoff Tournament in 2011.
In 2017, she played her first international tournament, participating in WPT500 Aria Poker Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a celebrity pro for Adda52, India’s largest online poker and card games site.
This year, she’s back there. When Lamba and I spoke on July 4, she was all charged up. “I just won a seat in the satellite tournament this morning!” she said on a call, shortly after the qualifying event was over.