GPL India partners with PokerStars; Platinum passes on offer for the winners

GPL India partners with PokerStars; Platinum passes on offer for the winners

The Global Poker Index (GPL) India has partnered with to act as online poker host for the first season and have reacted by promising $30,000 Platinum Passes to the winners.

GPL India partners with PokerStars; Platinum passes on offer for the winnersIt’s taken a while (raising $27m in funding for an entirely different project tends to take your eye off the ball), but the Global Poker League (GPL) is the newest poker present set to delight the Indian audience.

A press release received from the GPL has thrown more light on the future of the league in India, four months after the GPL’s parent company Mediarex Sports & Entertainment entered into a multi-year deal with Kwan Entertainment.

We know the league format works. The Montreal Nationals won the first GPL in December 2016. And the Chengdu Pandas won the first GPL China in December 2017. Now it’s India’s turn to shine.

Season 1 of GPL India will consist of six teams of five players. Two of the players will arrive via online satellite qualification, and the team manager will select the other three players via a live draft pencilled in for September 2018.

Here are those teams and respective managers:

Chennai Sharks – Manager Vikram Kumar
Delhi Diehards – Manager Muskan Sethi
Ahmedabad Alphas – Manager Abishek Rathod
Mumbai Jetsetters – Manager Kavin Shah
Kolkata Creators – Manager Aditya Agarwal
Bengaluru Hackers – Manager Vidwath Shetty

The online qualifiers run from May to August. The top four teams in the qualifying groups make it to the finals. The finals take place in November. The format will be 6-Max, and Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em played online and live at GPL India’s studios. The GPL will stream the two-day final.  

PokerStars Continue to Grow Brand Awareness 

PokerStars will become a GPL India partner.

All the online action takes place at the Sachiko Gaming’s PokerStars India online poker room. PokerStars launched the new site last week, and immediately hired the Delhi Diehards team manager, Muskan Sethi, to become a brand ambassador. Kolkata Creators team manager, Aditya Agarwal, is also a PokerStars ambassador.

The winners each receive a $30,000 Platinum Pass to compete in the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Player’s No-Limit Hold’em Championship, due to take place in the Bahamas in January.

GPL India doesn’t stand alone as a team concept in the second most populous country in the world.

India’s Poker Sports League (PSL) is about to enter into its second season and recently announced RunItOnce (RIO) coach Dylan Linde as the first of many wildcard picks. The Match Indian Poker League (MIPL) recently finished their second season.