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Ogilvy and Pokerstars India Partner to Launch India’s First Ever Poker TV Campaign

MediaInfoline March 7, 2019

PokerStars India announced its association with Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The launch and association are designed to strengthen the brand’s resonance as it seeks to bring the concepts of poker to a wider audience.

Ogilvy brought the concept of the bluff to life through engaging and fun narratives designed to entertain but also encourage people to work out whether Nawaz is bluffing and try their hand at the game themselves. One features Nawaz trying to use a poker chip as everyday money, one follows him as he attempts to take on a role inspired by James Bond and one sees him observing and analysing the behaviour of people in a café.

Viewers are encouraged to vote on whether they think Nawaz is bluffing for the chance to win prizes.

Rohit Dubey, Group Creative Director, Ogilvy West: No pun intended, poker advertising in India is a tricky game. The communication has to tread the tight rope of legalities, balancing the elite and massy act simultaneously. The challenge was to tell engaging stories, that border between fact and fiction, and are interesting to watch. With ‘IS NAWAZ BLUFFING?’, we tried to hit the triple whammy of curiosity, mass act and engagement that we hope is well accepted by the consumers. Nawazuddin Siddiqui brings an effortless fit and raises approachability quotient of Poker. It was sheer joy collaborating with the team at, who are creatively courageous and allowed us the room to write this campaign. Let’s see how cards unfold now. We are keeping a straight face.

Harsh Bhatt, Senior Vice President: Pokerstars is the biggest online poker brand globally. Yet, in India it is just about launching. There were a ton of barriers we had to address. For one, Indians are habituated to playing card games like Rummy and Teen Patti. The first task was to introduce them to a new kind of game; a game of skill. Secondly, we had to toe a fine line between introducing the brand to the masses, and yet keep it on a pedestal over the other card games. Nawazuddin was our choice for a brand ambassador who could balance both. The launch itself was planned such – stage one introduces Poker to the masses through the commonly known card term – bluffs. It’s an interactive campaign which will engage with the audiences. We plan a second burst soon which will take the messaging forward by introducing the prerequisites for playing Poker. You’ll be happy to learn that Indians have all the prerequisites, and more. The past few months have been a combination of a whole lot of strategic thinking, creative ideation and celebrity management, but it has all come together beautifully as a campaign.

Watch the films:

Bond film – here

Pokerchip – here

Expression – here


Creative team –Kiran Anthony – Executive Creative Director

Rohit Dubey, Group Creative Director

Nikhil Waradkar – Senior Creative Director

Sohil Wadhwania – Creative Director

Riti Hamlai – Associate Creative Director

Sandeep Jaiswar – Creative Controller

Client Servicing

Harsh Bhatt – Sr. Vice President

Anand Ganesh – Client Service Director

Khushbu Sachdeva – Account Director

Hardik Parekh – Account Supervisor

Planning team

Arjun Vedanayagam – Vice president Planning

Rahul Bharadwaj – Group Planning head


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