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Mediarex S&E Opens Door on Its Latest Endeavor, GPL India

 Mediarex S&E Opens Door on Its Latest Endeavor, GPL India

If having an international poker league (albeit seemingly defunct right now) and another poker league in the country with the largest population in the world (China) wasn’t enough, Mediarex S&E has gone full bore into another critical poker battleground.

Mediarex S&E, the ownership behind the international Global Poker League and the GPL China, has announced the formation of another poker league, this time in the burgeoning market of India. The GPL India will be a six-team league that will look to extend the reach of one of the most dominant players in the poker industry into a country of a billion-plus people. It also looks to enter a battleground where there are already organizations that have gotten the jump on Mediarex in that nation.

“The GPL India will…create the most legitimate – and perhaps more importantly most appealing – poker competition witnessed in India until now,” Mediarex founder and Chief Executive Officer Alexandre Dreyfus wrote in announcing the new league. “This is a spectacle built to benefit the country’s poker enthusiasts and draw in fans as well. Top players from India’s national GPI rankings will be a part of this league – but while the pros will have their place, the nation’s millions-strong contingent of amateur players and poker lovers will have the opportunity to win their way into a roster spot on their local GPL India teams as well.”

Six teams will make up the GPL India – the Delhi Diehards, the Mumbai Jetsetters, the Bengaluru Hackers, the Chennai Sharks, the Kolkata Creators, and the Ahmedabad Alphas – with a combination of professional and online players making up the teams. The inaugural season will see the eventual champion of the GPL India join other international teams in a proposed World Championship setting. With that said, there are issues that have arisen that make poker fans wonder just what is going on with the GPL.

Since the close of the inaugural season of the GPL International in late 2016, there has been the announcement of the GPL China and, now, the GPL India. While there are teams that have been named for both nation-specific leagues, neither has actually begun play. This is especially interesting in that China was announced in December 2016; nearly nine months later, no play has begun in the GPL China.

Then there is the issue of the GPL already entering into a market that has two other team poker leagues in existence. The Indian Poker League and the Poker Sports League have both exploded on the scene, with the PSL actually having a season under their belt. The IPL has joined forces with the International Federation of Poker (IFP) to play under their unique “Match Poker” format (where identical hands are played simultaneously and points are given for how well the players played the hands).

One thing that both leagues have is financial backing. The 12 teams in the PSL are all owned by prominent businesspeople in India, giving it credibility in the area. The eight team IPL has followed in the footsteps of the PSL, enlisting different businessmen and companies (and even poker professional Aditya Agarwal and his brother, Praveen) as “owners” of the teams. The GPL India and Dreyfus mention that they are following in the mode of the international GPL in that it will not have individual team owners but go with a “single league” philosophy that eschews singular business interests and goes for stakeholders’ ownership in the league overall to grow the organization. Unlike the PSL and the IPL, who have announced the ownership behind all their teams and the businesses they represent, these GPL stakeholders have never been announced in any of the GPL creations.

Has Dreyfus and Mediarex been caught on the short end of the stick with two organizations raiding a huge marketplace before their GPL organization even got off the ground? Or do they believe that the overall “name recognition” of the GPL – and the Global Poker Index, the internationally recognized ranking standard of poker excellence – can overcome coming late to the game and/or delaying the starts (or restarts) of their different leagues? The coming months could be the determining factor of which version of “team poker” will survive.

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World Poker Tour Expanding Operations into India, South America With New Partnerships

 World Poker Tour Expanding Operations into India, South America With New Partnerships

The World Poker Tour has, at certain points in its history, stretched their moniker as far as “world.” For a few years, the organization barely left the States of America and, if it did, it was still on the North American continent. Of late, however, the WPT has been stretching out into the international market, as demonstrated by their latest endeavors on both sides of the globe.

The WPT and India-based Adda52.com announced that they would be collaborating to expand poker in the billion-people strong country. This Asia-Pacific expansion between the two groups will be twofold, with a new tournament – the WPTDeepStacks India – as well as a brand-new honor for yearly performance in the WPT India Player of the Year award. Between both endeavors, the WPT and Adda52.com are looking to make poker even bigger in the country.

“With a burgeoning poker community in a country with a population of more than 1.3 billion, India is one of the most important territories in the global poker landscape,” added Angelica Hael, the WPT’s Vice President of Global Tour Management. “Together with our partner Adda52.com, the WPT looks forward to not only sharing the WPT experience through the expansion of WPTDeepStacks to the region, but also giving Indian players incremental value with the WPT India Player of the Year award.”

“We are excited for WPT and Adda52 to take its partnership to new heights by bringing WPTDeepStacks to one of India’s most beautiful locations, Goa,” Anuj Gupta, the founder & Chief Executive Officer of Adda52.com, added. “WPTDeepStacks India will be an exceptionally unique event since the tournament will be held onboard a floating ship. As poker’s premier mid-major tournament circuit, WPTDeepStacks is the perfect fit for the Indian poker community.”

As Gupta stated, the WPTDeepStacks India will be held from November 7-13 at the Deltin Royale Casino in Goa, India. The $ 1000 buy-in tournament will be the capstone to the other innovation produced by the partnership between the WPT and Addar52, the WPT India Player of the Year award. Along with the DeepStacks tournament, two other events in India will be held to find the best player in the country.

From July 20-24, the Deltin Poker Tour Goa will hold a $ 540 Main Event, with the people who cash in the tournament earning all-important points towards the WPT India POY. From September 6-11, there will be another $ 540 tournament for the Deltin Poker Tour Goa where players can earn more points. Along with the November WPT DeepStacks tournament, the player who earns the most points through the three tournaments will win the WPT India Player of the Year award.

Danny McDonagh, the WPT Live Events Specialist, commented, “Alongside the outstanding team at Adda52.com, the World Poker Tour is proud to introduce a dedicated WPT India Player of the Year award to showcase the region’s top talent and to bring WPTDeepStacks to this flourishing market.” In making this statement, McDonagh also brought up the prizes for those who vie for this title. The eventual champion will be named Player of the Year and earn a $ 5000 credit for WPT events and Deltin tournaments during Season XVII of the WPT.

Alongside their stretch into the Asia-Pacific market, the WPT is also looking southward for more poker action. Earlier this week the WPT announced that they had paired with Enjoy Punta del Este in Uruguay to bring a televised poker event to the South American country. As a part of their Season XVI schedule, the new WPTDeepStacks Uruguay Main Event (with two opening day flights and a $ 1500 buy in) will play from November 1-5 this fall.

“With its entry into South America, the World Poker Tour is now on its fifth continent,” said Adam Pliska, the Chief Executive Officer of the WPT, in announcing the new stop. “As the WPT continues its global expansion, we look forward to showcasing the abundance of poker talent across the globe and bringing the game to new audiences worldwide, starting with Enjoy Punta del Este in Uruguay.”

“It is an honor that a company as prestigious as the World Poker Tour has chosen Enjoy Punta del Este to co-host the tour’s first televised event in South America,” said Sebastián Truffello, the General Manager of Enjoy Punta del Este. “It is no secret that the WPT features the best televised poker tournaments in the world, and it is our great pleasure to partner with the WPT for this extraordinary event. We have no doubt that the combination of Enjoy’s expertise and infrastructure, plus the incredible experience of participating in a world-class WPT televised tournament, will result in an incredible event for all of those who attend.”

It seems that the WPTDeepStacks event won’t be the only tournament going on around that time. Although it has yet to be finalized, there is a full schedule of preliminary events that will surround the WPT tournament in Punta del Este, promising plenty of poker action for all. For those that don’t do so well on the tables, there is plenty of beaches and entertainment to take the mind off the losses – at least for a bit.

The WPT – the organization where “world” was once a funny joke – is truly striving to make it an integral part of its being. With the new events spanning the globe in India and South America, the reach of the WPT seems to only become greater.

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New Team Poker Outlets Look for Success in India

 New Team Poker Outlets Look for Success in India

While many may credit entrepreneur Alexandre Dreyfus with the “team poker” idea (and be mistaken), it seems that he doesn’t hold the copyright on the concept. In India, a new team poker league is ready to debut and, focusing on one of the largest nations in the world, has an excellent chance at success – depending on how the nation embraces it.

Last week, India’s Poker Sports League began with its first live qualifiers, with the end goal of filling out the rosters of 12 teams with nine players each. Unlike Dreyfus’ Global Poker League, the PSL teams are all owned by Indian businessmen and, according to the creator of the PSL Amit Burman, the licenses for those teams was in great demand. “We sold out 12 teams within four days,” Burman commented during early live action in Delhi. “I don’t know how many other leagues can boast of this.”

Part of the draw of the league, Burman stated, is that generations of families gather together to play cards, regardless of age. “We are the only country where we grow up playing cards with our parents,” he boldly stated. “It’s high time that this skill game gets a professional touch.” Live qualifiers have already begun in such cities as Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta, and future qualifiers are scheduled for Pune, Delhi, Mumbai, and Goa.

With the PSL, the twelve teams that will take part – the Bengaluru Jokers, the Chennai Bulls, the Delhi Panthers, the Goan Nuts, the Gujarat Acers, the Haryana Hunters, the Hyderabad Kings, the Kolkata Royals, the Mumbai Anchors, the Pune Sharks, the Punjab Bluffers, and the Rajasthan Tilters – will each field a squad of nine players. Consisting of a captain/mentor, two pros, two live qualifying players, two online qualifying players and two wild cards, the teams will play for a total prize pool that is 3.36 crore. That breaks down to roughly $ 500,000 U. S. up for grabs between the teams.

India seems to be a hotbed of poker activity of late. Along with Burman’s PSL, there is another tour that is looking to do something similar but online. Jatin Banga founded the Online Poker League in partnership with GOPOKER, creating an eight-team league that started at virtually the same time as the PSL. Claiming “the largest prize pool that online poker in India has ever seen,” The OPL’s eight teams – the Bombay Badshahs, the Bangalore Billionaires, the Hyderabad Highrollers, the Delhi Dons, the Goa Gamechangers, the Kolkata Kings, the Chennai Cartels, and the Manipal Money Makers – will feature play over eight weeks all online.

It also seems that Banga has been reading someone else’s playbook. “We intend to sportify the game of poker and bring it to the masses,” Banga stated in a press release. “We have been working on this for a while now and the concept has materialized into something beyond what we had imagined. The never seen before structures and massive prize pool will keep the adrenaline rush going for the players along with a chance to make some serious money!”

While it might be easy to just discredit either of these efforts – and neither has any television broadcasting or has talked about online options – there is one area that they have an extreme advantage:  potential fans. With an estimated population of 1.3 billion, it would take a much smaller segment of the country (say 5-10%) to make the endeavor successful. As such, this might explain the creation of the two tours, with the other differentiating feature of one being online and the other being a live endeavor.

It is also interesting that these two leagues actually embrace something that Dreyfus’ GPL has been trying to avoid, the fact that poker is played in casinos and its gambling nature. Dreyfus has often commented on how he wanted to avoid “gambling related” names for his teams (the Las Vegas Moneymakers are named for former World Champion Chris Moneymaker; the New York Rounders are attributed to the seminal poker film Rounders and the San Francisco Rush could be attributed to the bustle of a major city) to be able to appeal to a larger, more mainstream audience, but it seems the Indian teams aren’t hesitating to bring it up. The PSL live qualifiers are also going to be held in casinos, something that the GPL didn’t do with the creation of its own arena in Las Vegas.

As these two leagues get off the ground, there has been little to no information on what the second year of the Global Poker League is going to look like. Dreyfus has been occupied with the creation of a Chinese version of the GPL (GPL China), complete with its own 12 team league for its roughly 1.4 billion residents, but he has said that information is “coming.” It is obvious that there is an appetite for the team poker concept, but which one will reign supreme?

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