Viaan Industries Announces the Launch of the 2nd Season of Match IPL
After the success of the inaugural Match Indian Poker League season, where seven teams had competed against each another for a total prize pool of Rs. 2.5 crores, Viaan Industries Ltd. has added three more franchisees to their league and the winner would represent Team India at the Match Poker Asian Nations Cup to be held later this year.
The ten teams to fights for the title are Ahmedabad Hearts, Bangalore Royals, Delhi Aces, Goa Lions, Haryana Hawks, Jaipur Jewels, Kolkata Diamonds, Mumbai All Stars, Pune Kings and UP Indians. The prize money would be 1st Place: Rs. 40,00,000, 2nd Place: Rs. 25,00,000, 3rd Place: Rs. 20,00,000 and 4th Place: Rs. 15,00,000.
Raj Kundra, Chairman & Managing Director of Viaan Industries Ltd., “Online poker is fast gaining acceptance, as a game of skill, in the country. At Viaan Industries, we have been playing our role in shaping up this perception. With more than a million players estimated to be playing this mind sport, we envisage a huge growth for the industry going ahead. India is one of the fastest growing online poker markets in Asia. With the industry size at $120 mn already, the industry is estimated to have grown by high double digits over the last few years.”
Shilpa Shetty Kundra said, “I got introduced to poker thanks to Shane Warne. He is a poker pro so taught me how to play. On the contrary poker is becoming very big in India. Even at Diwali I notice more and more people playing poker over teen patti. It’s a game of skill and requires a lot of mastery. I like playing poker with friends when I get the time. I am small fish but am getting better there ,are so many moves one can make in poker. Poker is all about skill and reading your opponents well. It’s one of the highest individual paying sports in USA and it’s catching like wildfire in India. I am proud of what Raj has created with the Match Poker League.”
The league is associated with International Federation of Match Poker and allows the winning team of the league to represent team India in international poker leagues.