Chess Grandmaster and Padma Vibhushan award winner Viswanathan Anand who was roped in as the brand ambassador of Poker Sports League (PSL) last November, has helped bring in a fresh perspective to the paradigm by getting the conversation rolling which is ascertaining the debate around game of chance & game of skill when it comes to Poker, said a press statement.
The five-time world champion who famous for his “poker face” on the chess table is one of the most revered names in the world of chess. His involvement has facilitated in bringing credibility to the game, which is widely misunderstood as gambling in the country. This undoubtedly fairs to be the “biggest move ever” made by any brand in the history of Poker.
“The whole idea of my association with the league lies in the fact that I find poker no different from chess and through this alliance we are hopeful that we are able to give the sport the long due prominence & acceptance. The sport has been internationally acknowledged and recognised and Poker Sports League is an attempt to furnish a platform for the immense poker talent we have in the country,” said Chess icon, Viswanathan Anand while attending a PSL press conference in the capital.
Poker has been broadcast on sports channels across the globe since 1978. However, in India this will be the very first attempt by PSL, who has signed an agreement with Discovery Networks India, to give the latter, exclusive rights to air the second edition of the league on their flagship sports channel DSport in June 2018. The channel telecasts wide range of leagues and events from across the world of sports including Football, Cricket, Golf, Horse Racing, Cycling, Motor Sports, Rugby, Action Sports and now Poker, the press statement added.
Amit Burman, Vice Chairman, Dabur, while addressing the media said, “Poker Sports League Season 2 has an exciting line up of players & we are certain that like last time, we will be able to execute it at par with any international format. Poker Sports League in mere 2 seasons has managed to create its mark in the sports arena & the day isn’t too far, when it will become the most sought after leagues in the country. We have announced 11 teams & we are certain that the most skilled team will emerge as champions, as Poker is purely a mind game & there’s no stance of chance overriding the former.”
The PSL team is gearing up for Season 2, which is scheduled for May 9-13 in Goa. Season 2 will see 11 city-based teams from across the country competing for a whopping prize money of Rs 3.60 crore. The teams 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.
The 11 teams finalised are Bengaluru Warriors, Delhi Panthers, Goan Nuts, Gujarat Falcons, Kolkata Kings, Punjab Bluffers, Mumbai Anchors, Pune Sharks, Rajasthan Tilters, Andhra Bullets & Chennai Thalaivas.