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Bet-ter than ever

The Capital’s big players are betting on everything from luxury cars to almost half a crore in cash; hotels are having to set up entire floors for the card parties; teenagers have entered the scene, and stylists are busy glamming up the gamblers like never before.

entertainment Updated: Nov 01, 2010 02:42 IST
Aaron George
Aaron George
Hindustan Times

This Diwali, there’s more on the cards than ever. The Capital’s big players are betting on everything from luxury cars to almost half a crore in cash; hotels are having to set up entire floors for the card parties; teenagers have entered the scene, and stylists are busy glamming up the gamblers like never before.

The stakes are colossal. “At a party I attended, the bets on one table had gone up to almost R40 lakh. At another, one player bet his Lexus while the other bet his Bentley,” says a regular from Delhi’s social circuit, wishing not to be named. Recently, there was a card party in a farmhouse on the outskirts of the city, where close to 50 cuisines were served and a DJ was flown in to regale the guests — prominent cricketers, socialites and actors. “It is just so crazy this year. There are at least two card parties every night, and four on Diwali itself. I have no clue how I’m going to juggle all of that!” says designer Siddartha Tytler.

The action is not restricted to farmhouses — hotels, too, have been roped in. “Some people are booking entire hotel floors or multiple suites for their parties. Everyone wants to be bigger than others,” says a socialite, who wishes not to be named.

And, the rich and famous want to look their best. “I’ve just finished putting together a wardrobe for two sisters, especially for such parties,” says stylist Rishi Raj. “I’ve had clients who want to get their make-up done for card parties. They’re very conscious about how they want to look,” says make-up artist Komal Gulati. Designer Reynu Taandon, who has been juggling between 2-3 card parties every day, says, “This year, my factory has been far busier than usual.” Taandon’s son, Rahil, adds, “Even 14-year-olds are coming to card parties.”

For college students, the betting is usually in the R50-1,000 bracket . Among the games, it’s the traditional teen patti, or flash, that is more popular than poker this time. “Teen patti is more fun because of the variations in the game, and since it is simple, more people get involved. Poker is complex,” says Archit Anand, 23.
(With inputs from IANS)

First Published: Oct 31, 2010 16:04 IST