Poker Sports League, a unique initiative which brings together Poker enthusiasts from all across the world, is set to host its second season soon. PSL’s successful inaugural launch earlier this year, enabled to gauge target audience & helped boost the action during Season 2.
Key highlights for Season 2
With a Rs 150 crore commitment spread over eight years, the team owners have decided to continue their association with the league and 10 franchises have been signed for the next 8 years with addition of two teams for bidding. The prize pool this year is Rs 3.6 crores and the league will roll out with the online and live qualifiers from December onwards, leading to the final team selection in April 2018. The grand finale will be held in Goa in May 2018.
Twelve teams this year will consist of a total of ten players each, comprising of one mentor and captain, two pro-players, two from free live qualifiers, three from free online qualifiers and two wild-card entries. Each team will have professionals and amateurs co-exist and will include imparting knowledge and skill to the younger lot.
This year the plan also includes broadcasting the league on television other than online, to reach a much broader audience. PSL Season 2 is finalising a media rights partner for the second season, which has an enhanced budget for the league marketing, media activation, fan engagement and broadcast production.
PSL Season 1, saw Delhi Panthers, owned by Rishi Kajaria of Kajaria Ceramics take home Rs 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 sport followers. Season One live streaming has registered 4.5 million views on FB. The PSL Final Table has recorded 1.28 million views. The league aims to make poker a popular sport in India by putting together a combination of skill, mathematics, decision making and grit which are required in the right mix to emerge as a Poker champion.
While talking about the launch of Season two, PSL Co founder & CEO, Pranav Bagai said, “Two teams are up for grabs. There are interests. The league owners are looking to get the best of the best on board. We are opening up two teams 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.”
The Season Two offers an opportunity for the people with passion for the sport and a mindset for business investment. PSL franchisee ownership rights for an eight-year period come for 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 Rs 57.5 lakh. Add to this Rs 14 lakh on account of players’ salaries and the team gets ready to vie for a stake in the season’s prize purse of Rs 3.6 crores. The elite sport, that poker is, also attracts elite sponsorship interests.
Commenting on the advent of second season, Amit Burman, Founder, Poker Sports League 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.”
“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. It isnt wrong to say that PSL hopes to complete India’s growing poker eco-system,” Anuj Gupta, Co-Founder, Poker Sports League added.