The Match Indian Poker League has decided to move the starting date and will make space for a female poker player in every team. Nipun Java joins the Global Poker Index India revolution.
The Match Indian Poker League (Match IPL) will not begin on October 14 & 15 as originally promised.
The eight franchise owners have decided they need more time to promote and market their teams ahead of the two-day event. They made their decision during a closed door discussion with the eight owners, and Viaan Industries, Raj Kundra, who is the main driving force behind the league.
And they need every day.
According to The Indian Economic Times, Kundra has told the press that the Match IPL business model means all eight franchise owners will, at the very least, break even in the first year. The cost of a franchise is Rs 50 Lakh ($80k), and an annual Rs. 50 Lakh license fee.
As well as changing the starting date of the league, the franchise owners also agreed to open up one slot for a female player in each team in a bid to promote the game amongst the female gender in the country.
Match IPL takes place 17th & 18th November at the Playboy Club in Mumbai. MTV India will broadcast the event. The total prize money is Rs. 3 crores ($470k).
Nipun Java Joins GPL India
Nowhere on earth is team poker as competitive as it is in India right now. We have just brought you up to speed with the Match IPL, earlier this year the Delhi Panthers won the inaugural Poker Sport’s League, and Alexander Dreyfus is preparing to launch Global Poker League (GPL) India.
The details are a little sketchy, but we do know that GPL India will consist of six teams with the winning team competing in the GPL World Championships.
Last week, we heard that the top ranked GPI India female player, Muskan Sethi, will manage the Delhi Diehards, and a few days ago Dreyfus also revealed that Nipun Java joins the initiative as an ambassador and caster.
Java, the GPI India #1, is one of the hottest players in the world right now. In the summer, he became the first player from India to win a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet when partnering with Aditya Sushant he won the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Tag Team title for $75,318. Shortly afterwards he became the first player from India to win two bracelets after topping a 1,312 player field to win the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em WSOP.com Online Championship. Java then went on to beat 3,173 entrants to take down the $230,848 first prize in a $570 No-Limit Hold’em Deep Stack event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.