City of Joy – Kolkata to host Match IPL Season 2 on March 31

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Kolkata, 10th March 2018: Match Indian Poker League (MIPL) promotion done by Raj and Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s Viaan Industries Ltd received huge success in its season 1.  

The major purpose of starting the league was to lessen the aspect of luck from poker and establish it as a game of skill, to bring it to the category of good sport like the others. 

The success of the first season has led them to organise and announce the commencement of the second season. This season the match will be hosted by the City of Joy – Kolkata. 

The first season was hosted by the City of Dreams – Mumbai in November 2017. Last season had seen seven city-based teams competing against each other with Harman Baweja owned Team Mumbai All Stars eventually emerging as the champions of poker. 

Numerous changes have been introduced in the 2nd season. Change in the format of the league and inclusion of three more poker teams has been the major modification. This season MIPL will be one day event rather than the two-day event witnessed in the first season. 

The three city-based new teams added are Pune Kings, Haryana Hawks and UP Indians making the total number of participating teams as 10. Team Goa Kings has been rebranded with net set of owners as Team Goa Lions. 

The winner team will get the chance to represent Team India at the Match Poker Asia Nations Cup which will be organized at Bangkok in April. 

Format of 2nd Season 

Match Indian Poker League will be held in Kolkata on 31st March 2018. The league will have 156 hands play out with strategy breaks for all the 10 participating teams. Each team will introduce 8 players and the one-day match will take place over four sessions. 

The New Teams 

UP Indians 

UP Indians is owned by businesswoman Janhavee Droliya. She is an MBA originally from Banaras (Varanasi) but it has been a decade, she has been married and working in Mumbai. Recently having taken interest in sports, Janhavee has plans of sports investment in different manner. And UP Indians seemed like a perfect start for her. 

Along with Janhavee Droliya, Abhishek Jalan (Director of Jalan Synthetics), Rohit Chokani (Founder of White Unicorn ventures) and Anup Palod (ex-investment banker) are the partners in the team. All of them are well established business person in their respective fields. Rannvijay Singha, the well known TV host, has been signed as the face of the team and co-owner. Anita Hassanandani Reddy is one of players signed. Jalan has his own poker stable know as Ace-Jack, hence appointing quality poker players in the team wouldn’t be an issue for Team UP Indians. 

Haryana Hawks 

Haryana Hawks is the second new team of MIPL 2nd season aspiring to fly high in the sports of poker.  

This team is owned by Pulkit Totla (ex-investment banker and a second-generation entrepreneur), Nitin Maheshwari (Director of Gajanan Group) and Jitendra Agarwal (Renowned CA). 

 Jagdeep Singh (Pro Pot Limit Omaha player in India), Kalyan Chakravarthy (pro poker player) and Pranjal Batra (big-time poker enthusiast) are leading Team Haryana Hawks for MIPL. 

Pune Kings 

Manesh and Moksh Sani (Owners of Living Liquidz liquor) are the co-owners and Sunil and Jeetu Ajbani (Founders of Deluxe Veneers) are ready to make a mark in MIPL with Pune Kings. 

Goa Lions 

Goa Kings has been renamed and rebranded as Goa Lions. The new owners of the team Suraj Chokhani and Navneet Makharia (both are founder of Ability Games and a newly launched online poker gaming website, along with the assigned CEO of the team, Ms. Navdha Taparia are bringing numerous talented, budding and professional poker players to represent Team Goa Lions. 

Other Teams 

Bangalore Royals – Gaurav Kapur (banker, and real estate expert). 

Ahmedabad Hearts – Yatin Gupta (restaurateur, entrepreneur). 

Jaipur Jewels – Aditya Agarwal (pro poker player) and Praveen Agarwal (banker). 

Delhi Aces – Abhishek Khaitan (entrepreneur and owner of Radico Khaitan Ltd); Rajnish Gupta (businessman); Shantanu Dalmia (Casewell Drilling), Rajat Sikka (high end women’s clothing exporter) and Ankur Sachdeva (alcoholic beverage industry expert). 

Mumbai All Stars – Harman Baweja (Bollywood actor, producer, and entrepreneur). 

Kolkata Diamonds – Sunny Karira (Park Street Privilege Club, Kolkata’s owner) and Deepak Keswani (Director at United Roads Constn and Wintage Infra, secretary at the Park Street Poker Club). 

Keep following this space for the updates on Match IPL Season 2! Happy gaming!