Poker Sports League, a unique initiative which brings together Poker enthusiasts from all across the world, organized a press interaction in Kolkata to invite bids for the Kolkata Team for Season 2. Mr. Pranav Bagai, Co founder & CEO, Poker Sports League (PSL) was present to interact with the media, highlighting the journey and role of PSL in glorifying the mind sport in India.
Poker Sports League at its very core attempts to popularize poker as a sport by putting on display – a combination of skill, mathematics, decision making and grit which are required in the right mix to emerge as a poker champion.
PSL Season 2 offers an opportunity to people with a passion for the sport and a mindset for business investment. PSL franchisee ownership rights for an eight-year period comes to INR 9 crore. What works in an investors’ favour is the year-on-year fee structure. The right to enter the fray comes for a mere INR 57.5 lakh. Add to this INR 14 lakh on account of players’ salaries and the team gets ready to vie for a stake in the season’s prize purse of INR 3.6 crores.
With the emergence of massive online poker tournaments and fantasy leagues, the time is ripe for the Poker Sports League to formalize the poker story in India. With over twenty thousand qualifier participations pan India in the very first year, one can safely infer the potential of poker in the country. PSL in some sense is laying the foundation for an International tournament and has the right ingredients to become a global brand.
In order to draw parallels between chess & poker & set the foundation for poker to be considered a mind game, PSL has also appointed Viswanathan Anand, the chess maestro, as their Brand Ambassador, in November last year. In the grandmaster’s words, “Poker, like chess, is a mind sport”
DSPORT, a premium sports TV channel by Discovery Communications India, has acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast Season 2 of the Poker Sports League (PSL), the world’s first franchise based poker league. The tournament will be covered in English, to begin with. This will be the first ever broadcast of Texas hold’em poker in India.
Talking about the popularity, PSL Co founder & CEO Mr. Pranav Bagai said, “The league owners are looking to get the best of the best on board. We realize that poker is growing exponentially in India. We are opening up Kolkata team for bidding to give an opportunity to all the poker lovers across the country to be a part of this fantastic growth story. Interested parties are welcome to connect with me through the Poker Sports League Website”.
Commenting on the advent of the second season, Mr. Pranav Bagai said, “The first season was only a trailer of what is set to become India’s first and only credible and fully carved out poker league. We received a sizeable response from both aspiring players and corporate’s in the last season and are pleased to note, that the interest has only grown manifold. The second season will witness 12 teams with ten players each, battle it out in a game of wits. Each team this year will consist of a total of 10 players each, comprising of one mentor/ playing captain, two pro-players, two from free live qualifiers, three from free online qualifiers and two wild-card entries. While the first season saw 140players getting drafted, this year the drafts will have close to 170 players, who can be eligible for participation.”
About Poker Sports League: Poker Sports League is the brainchild of Mr. Amit Burman, Mr. Anuj Gupta and Mr. Pranav Bagai which was established last year, with a mission to establish poker as a sport in the country. It is India’s first professional poker league, which gives the opportunity to state level teams & all poker lovers to become a part of the league & learn from the best poker players in India.
About PSL Season 1: Delhi Panthers, owned by Rishi Kajaria of Kajaria Ceramics took home INR 1.5 crore as prize money. The league in the inaugural year became an instant hit. Not just with the players on the table or the passionate franchisees following their teams but also with millions of other poker sports followers. Season One live streaming registered 4.5 million views on FB & PSL Final Table recorded 1.28 million views.
PSL Season 2 Teams: Bengaluru Warriors – Ajoy Khandheria, Anurag Malhotra, Rajiv Ahuja, Amitabh Nagpal & Shalini Arora Kochhar, Delhi Panthers – Rishi Kajaria of Kajaria Ceramics; Ruchirans, Jaipuria of Jaipuria Group; Abhishek Jain of Leela Jewels &Gaurav Goel of Dhampur Sugar, Goan Nuts – Gaurav Mohan of Eventwala, Ravi Goel, Jaskirat Singh Sagar Gogia & Gaurav Verma of New Era Solution Pvt Ltd.,Gujarat Falcons -Veenit Raval of Fuji Silvertech , Akash Singhania of Refcom India, Jaydeep Dawer & Shubhra Bhardwaj, Haryana Hirollers- Divij Talwar & Adnan Kidwai, Kolkata-Open For Bidding, Punjab Bluffers – Vedant Thadani & Co., Mumbai Anchors – Mehul Shah (Original Promoter of Anchor Electrical, Pune Sharks – Rishabh Jhunjhunwala of Bhilwara Group, Shamit Khemka of Synapse India, Chetan Kajaria of Kajaria Ceramics, Sachin Goel & Saloni Gupta, Rajasthan Tilters -Purrshottam Bhaggeria of Filatex Group, Andhra Bullets – Sam Reddy of Mirchi Wild Wings, Chennai Thalaivas – Ujjwal Minocha of GPA Sports Matrix & Vivek Agarwal of GPA Sports Matrix