After beginning and shutting down his stock games and online poker venture, British businessman Raj Kundra and his spouse Shilpa Shetty Kundra have joined hands with the International Federation of Poker (IFP) to start a new league pertaining to poker.
IFP, headquartered in Switzerland, which is understood to be a not-for-profit governing body for the poker games, has launched a poker league in a joint venture with Viaan Industries.
The league will feature teams owned by leading figures in Indian entertainment and business industry, and will hold its first ever event in September 2017.
It is understood that the poker league will feature eight city-based teams which will fight over a weekend and take part in ‘match poker’, which is a poker variant designed by IFP.
Earlier Kundra had abandoned his online poker venture back in December 2016 after it had been revealed that he had misrepresented the fact that numerous celebrities like Shane Warne, Shahid Kapoor, Harman Baweja and Minissha Lamba were endorsing his poker website.
In 2015, Kundra was found guilty of match-fixing and betting in Indian Premier League matches by a Supreme Court appointed committee and further banned for life from taking in any cricket related activities.
Recently, Kundra endorsed companies have been accused of not paying wages to vendors and employees. Certain media houses have even raised questions about Kundra’s solvency. Whether Kundra manages to pull off a successful poker league or abandon yet another one of his ventures is yet to be seen.
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