Match IPL is an IP owned by Viaan Industries Ltd, a BSE listed company, and the International Federation of Poker (IFP). MIPL stands for Match Indian Poker League, a regulated sports poker tournament, approved and backed by both the IFP and its Indian Federation. The International Federation of Poker (IFP) is the governing body of sports poker, promoting poker and its Match Poker variation as a skill game and a mind sport.

Match Poker is the skill-based variant of the world’s most popular card game in which players compete for points (and not for stakes) in a team format. It combines the skills of an ultra-mind sport with current digital technology. Cards are dealt digitally and the game is played on smartphones and tablets, thereby eliminating the randomness of the cards and amplifying the skill. The technology facilitates record keeping and administration of the competition.

Founded and owned by young and enthusiastic poker-loving entrepreneurs from the national capital – the Delhi Aces is a culmination of their enthusiasm for the game. The owners of the Delhi Aces comprise of an interesting mix of leading businessmen and professionals. Each of them bears a unique strength and their collective goal is to live up to their team motto, “Fortune favours the bold“! Like their own personalities, they expect the Delhi Aces to play aggressive but smart poker where winning is the ultimate goal.

Introducing the owners of the Delhi Aces:

Delhi Aces with Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra

Ankur Sachdeva is an acclaimed professional with a track record of success built on profound knowledge of the Indian wine and spirit industry.  His charm, positive attitude, expertise & team management skills propel Delhi Aces to a winning start in Season 1. Mr. Abhishek Khaitan – Suave, charming and elusive are some of the hats that fit him. Having successfully taken his legacy “Radico Khaitan” and exponentially grown it both in popularity and profit. Rajnish Gupta – The Delhi Aces’ very own Zambian Lion. Affable, friendly, ever smiling – don’t be fooled by his personable demeanour. Mr.Gupta has forayed and Rajat Sikka of Saivana Exports is a top first generation Indian manufacturer & exporter of very high fashion women’s clothing to some of the leading fashion houses of Paris and New York. The fashion ramp in both these cities is dominated by clothes made by Saivana. Shantanu Dalmia is a well-respected businessman in the oil & gas exploration industry. He has been instrumental in expanding the global footprint of Casewell Drilling Services to over 40 countries in the last 10 years. An avid poker player himself, Shantanu is highly accomplished in the sports start-up space and has mentored professionals in product development and growth of this game in India. Riju Jhunjhunwala – young, enterprising, fiercely competitive and an avid history buff. The dynamic Riju Jhunjhunwala, M.D. of RSWM Ltd, believes in not only growing his business but also giving back to society with his hands-on personal and CSR activities.

The Delhi Aces will host their first try-outs on 28th October 2017 in the capital. Pre-registered and shortlisted candidates will fight for points and position in 3 sessions. Each session will entail the players playing a fixed number of hands in the Match IPL format. No element of luck or chance will exist as same hands will be randomly dealt with the players. Players will be judged on the basis of points accumulated by them vis a vis other players, Players will be selected on the basis of points earned, attitude, match poker ranking and years of play/ reputation in the game.

Speaking on the first ever try-outs Mr. Raj Kundra says, “It is delightful to see the enthusiasm and professionalism of the Team Delhi Aces. They have embraced the format of the game in its entirety. We believe this will be the best judge of great talent. If you think you have the skill set then do come out and register on the app with the team to get a chance to represent your country internationally.

Co-owner, Mr. Ankur Sachdeva on behalf of Team Delhi Aces says, “It is heartening to see Poker being embraced as the mind sport that it is! The strategies needed and applied are not very different from playing a game of chess. It’s all about thinking ahead and calculating the best possible moves to gain an advantage. The tryouts in Delhi are to give young (and old) poker enthusiasts a fair and equal chance to be on Team Delhi Aces

Co-owner, Mr. Abhishek Khaitan on behalf of Team Delhi Aces adds, “Poker is catching the imagination of people, the fact that it’s been given observer status for the Olympic games, reinforces our collective opinion on it being a game of skill and not chance.

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