Global Poker League (GPL), operated by Mediarex Sports & Entertainment, announced the intention to launch an India edition of the league.

According to their press release,  the league will be involving six Indian teams – Delhi Diehards, Mumbai Jetsetters, Bengaluru Hackers, Chennai Sharks, Kolkata Creators and Ahmedabad Alphas. So far, insights about the dates of the regional tournament, team owners, players, format, and structure etc, have not yet been declared by GPL. However, the technique of using a single-league entity structure will enable GPL in India to keep control of all of its local franchises during its initial years. This is vital as it fortifies the league’s standing as a potential marketing platform.

The winner of the India edition of the GPL will get an opportunity to play the World Championship of the GPL against teams from the USA, Canada, Europe and China in The Cube, Las Vegas.

GPL is the third major franchise-based poker league that is all set to roll in India following the Poker Sports League (PSL) and, more recently, the Raj Kundra-promoted Match Indian Poker League (Match IPL).

Global Poker League (representational image)

Alex Dreyfus, founder of GPL, said in a statement that the regional leagues “will help function as a promotional platform for poker as a sport throughout the country and help tie India into the game’s worldwide community both through its connections to GPL’s main global league as well as GPL China and other national leagues in the future.”

Expectations from the league are high with many hopeful that the league will create nationwide awareness about the game and the country’s poker players.

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