India to Offer New Poker League

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The nation of India, with its over 1.2 billion people, has announced the formation of a new poker league.

The Poker Sports League or PSL will be launched in mid 2017 and feature 12 teams with nine players each vying for a top prize of just over US$500,000. 

The league’s founders include: Anuj Gupta, India Poker Legend founder Pranav Bagai and Dabur Vice Chairman Amit Burman.

“We are yet to finalise on the execution details, but as many as 7 franchise owners have already signed up,” Burman told Sportskeeda. “The contracts are for 10 years, with the owners spending around Rs 70 crore during that time. Five more franchise owners are expected to come on board very soon. We noticed poker in India didn't have a proper structure as compared to countries such as the US. A lot of players were there, but mostly online. And we all know poker is a game where looking at the other person's expression can give you an inkling of what's going to happen. It is the world's most popular mind game. So it just made sense for us to get on board. Chess is so popular, but what makes Poker more interesting is the fact that the opponent can trick a mistake out of a player, by using mind games.”

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