At the end of the day, PartyGaming’s market value was assessed at about $9.1 billion (that’s 5 billion quid UK, which makes the company valued higher than British Airways). PartyGaming runs three online properties — PartyPoker, StarluckCasino and PartyBingo — and now has more than 50% of the global online poker market. Not too shabby for A. Dikshit.
So just who is A. Dikshit? Well, Tom Cruise is A. Dikshit . . . ok, sorry . . . had to work that in at least once. Dikshit is a graduate of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi and had previosuly worked as a software developer in the United States in the 1990s B.O. (Before Outsourcing). In 1998, he met Ruth Parasol, who had just started StarluckCasino after ditching the perv business, and A. Dikshit went on to develop online poker software that would eventually become the platform for everyone’s famous online poker site to curse, PartyPoker.com.
Yep, it takes on a whole new meaning the next time your flopped set of Aces get sucked out on the river by some donkey, and you yell out “You FXXXin’ Dikshit.”
By the way, Dikshit is unfortunately pronounced “DIX-sit”.