Supported and endorsed by chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, the franchise-based poker league is back in a new avatar under the name of Poker Sports League – Virtual Season 3 (PSL-V). With an online format, PSL aims to establish poker as a sport of the mind by showcasing a combination of skills, math, decision making and courage that are needed in the right mix to emerge as poker champion.
League season three was originally scheduled to be played between six teams, however, with the growing potential of online games in India and excellent response from the recently concluded online qualifiers, Mind Sports League (owners of PSL) has now extended a chance. to poker enthusiasts in other cities, to partner with PSL for two other teams.
The virtual format will now see a total of eight teams, with 10 players each, competing for a prize pool / payout of over two crore rupees. Poker sports league promoter Amit Burman said: “With the commendable response we received for the Exhibition Tournament – Virtual Poker League and the PSL V Online Qualifiers, we are positive for increased participation and delighted to include two more team owners.”
Following the advent of PSL V, Mind Sports signed a contract with six team owners for 10 seasons for the next five years with – a live season / league and a virtual one. Speaking of PSL season three and welcoming the six teams on board, CEO and Co-Founder of the Poker Sports League Pranav Bagai says: “I am delighted to present the six teams namely Delhi Czars, Deccan Aces, Goan Nuts, Gujarat Falcons, Mumbai Anchors and Kolkata Kings and welcome them to the PSL family. Additionally, due to the massive response we have received from the recently concluded Online Qualifiers and Virtual Poker League, we are excited to add two more teams and look for the right partner to be our next team owner. We have some very exciting things planned; Rap song, integration A – list celebrities, campaigns and more. In addition to that, we will be announcing a partnership with an OTT player for the live broadcast of the season very soon ”
The league will have a total of 30 events (poker games) where each participant will have the chance to play a maximum of six of those 30 games. With Rs. 15,000,000 as the prize pool for each team, each qualifier will receive a match fee of Rs. 10,000 per match. The mentor, jokers and pros will receive Rs. 20,000 per game. Mentors will also receive a base fee of Rs. 2,000,000 as well as a training budget of Rs 3,000,000 for the season which they or the team owners can decide how to spend for the season. training of their team members, at their discretion.