Muskan Sethi has fought very hard to stand out in a world typically dominated by males, as she is considered as the first professional female poker player from India.
A while back, there was an announcement in the poker world that Muskan was going to be honoured by India’s President, with the support of the Ministry of Women and Child Development in an event that celebrates 100 Indian women achieving success in various fields and communities that are traditionally dominated by men. The ceremony was held on January 22, with a total of 112 respected women from various fields being recognized. Women from various walks of life were seen on stage like athletes, scientists, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. According to the Ministry of WCD, the event was about reflecting “the transformed status of women in India over the past few decades. It established the unabated standing of the Government in promoting equality for women in Indian society.”
Sethi is the manager of the Diehards in the Global Poker League India and she’s now India’s 30th-ranked player on PocketFives, racking up a total of $115,658 in cashes online with her nickname “musku89,” and another $44,310 in live tournament cashes. Muskan shared a few words about her recognition. “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. I was privileged that my dad respected poker as a sport and my mother always had my back, so this is for them, I can’t wait to get back to my poker grind and put in more hard work, some mind coaching from Elliot Roe and poker coaching from Grayson Nichols should help me prepare for the summer.”
Apart from poker, Muskan has few targets for her future: “Along with my poker dreams, it’s my life mission to do a lot of selfless social work. I want to build or work at an old age home, I want to do something for dogs… This was my mom’s dream and I want to be the one who makes it come true”.
She shared that she is very keen on collaborating with the Ministry for Women and Child Development for some innovative projects. Getting honoured by the President is a true milestone for her. Muskan didn’t hold back on sharing some of the best moments of this emotive honour on her social media, and she thanked the Ministry of WCD for this honour. Way to go!