After a huge success received by the first season of Poker Sports League, the PSL team is gearing up for the season 2. Yesterday, i.e. on the 15th of April, 2018, Chess Grandmaster, Vishwanathan Anand unveiled the Grand Finale Trophy for PSL season 2.

Last year, in November, Anand was the brand ambassador of the League and showed immense support to both the game and the League. With Anand’s association, the organisers believed that they would be able to change the mindset of Indians about poker.

The whole idea of my association with the league lies in the fact that I find poker no different from chess & through this alliance we are hopeful that we are able to give the sport the long due prominence & acceptance. The sport has been internationally acknowledged & recognised & Poker Sports league is an attempt to furnish a platform for the immense poker talent we have in the country“, Anand said during a press briefing here on Sunday.

About PSL Season 2

The league starts on the 9th of May and extends upto the 13th and will be held in Goa. There will be 11 city-based teams, competing against each other for a hefty prize money of 3.60 crores. This year’s teams would be consisting of 10 players:

  • one mentor/ playing captain
  • two pro-players
  • two from free live qualifiers
  • three from free online qualifiers
  • two wild-card entries

The team owners have chosen the team players through a snake drafting process and announced their wild cards. Mentors have been selected by the teams, from amongst the biggest names in the poker industry.

All PSL tourneys were free of cost and began with the selection of 2 Professional Players, after an intricate examination of applications submitted with their highest achievements for the past 3 years.

Post that 2 players were chosen from Live Qualifiers basis their performance in the live poker tournaments hosted by PSL across India. This was followed by 3 players being chosen from online qualifiers hosted on Both live and online qualifiers were held over a span of 3 months.

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