The Man Behind India’s First Poker League

Amit Burman

An entrepreneur and vice chairman of Dabur group of companies, Amit Burman, has announced the launch of ‘Poker Sports League’ (PSL), India’s first poker league, where city-based poker teams will compete with one another online as well as offline to win cash prizes.

Starting the League!

The league is expected to kickstart early next year and will be initially only be broadcast online, through Facebook and Youtube. Each team is expected to have nine players each and the tournament will end with a mega final in Goa

Franchising

The format of the competition is similar to cricket, football, hockey and kabaddi leagues taking place in the country. PSL will have 12 city-based teams which will be sold to franchisees. Bengaluru, Goa, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad already have franchise owners while the Chennai, Pune, Shimla, Gujarat, and Punjab teams have not yet been franchised. Country’s leading companies like Freecharge, Kajaria Ceramics, Jaipuria Group, Anchor Electrical etc. have purchased the booked teams.

Chairman’s words

“The Poker Sports League is a unique opportunity for players of the game to hone their  skills as well as popularise the game that is set to be recognised by the International Mind Sports association along with Chess, Bridge, and Draughts”, Burman is quoted as saying. He also added that “There will not be any entry fee for participating in the tournament and money will not be staked. PSL and the franchise owners will earn revenues through advertisements and sale of broadcasting rights of the poker league. PSL has announced that the total prize pool for the first year of the league will be Rs. 3.36 crores”.

According to the Economic Times, Burman, has partnered with Anuj Gupta, founder of poker portal Adda52. com (now acquired by Delta Corp) and Pranav Bagai, a well-known poker player and tournament organiser. If PSL receives a good response, the Indian gaming industry is set to grow exponentially in the next few years. It will definitely boost poker in india and lead to  the game being recognised as a sport.