Poker Sports League Cancels Offline Qualifier Events

By Dhanu Delphi on April 7, 2020

The Poker Sports League (PSL) in India has decided to cancel all offline qualifier events for its upcoming third season. The PSL, which was founded by Amit Burman, the Chairman of the Dabur Group, was originally scheduled to hold its qualifiers from January 18 to April 5, 2020, across four major cities: Bangalore, Kolkata, New Delhi, and Mumbai.

However, due to COVID-19 concerns and the 21-day lockdown, the PSL had to cancel all land based qualifiers. The online qualifiers will remain unaffected, and are accessible via the #HashtagPoker app on Android and iOS. There are 72 online qualifier events spread across from November 14, 2019 to April 5, 2020. There is a cap of 18 entries on every player. And it so happens that there are 50% more participants this season than last season.

Poker Sports League Season 3 Set to Showcase Players’ Skill

During the event’s inauguration, Burman had stated that PSL will be a global showcase for the skill of Indian poker players. While season 1 of the PSL contained two foreign players per team, season 3 was supposed to be the first PSL season to feature all-Indian teams. Burman said after two years of running the league, he is confident that Indian poker players can compete with the best the world has to offer.

For Season 3, the PSL will have six teams; each comprised of 12 players: the Delhi Czars, Goan Nuts, Mumbai Anchors, Deccan Aces, Gujrat Falcons, and Kolkata Kings. Each team will also have a captain or mentor who is selected by their team’s owner. Seven slots in the teams’ 12 player-roster will be reserved for amateurs who proved themselves worthy in qualifier events.

PSL Continues Mission to Bill Poker as Skill-Based

The original date for the draft ceremony is April 30. And its Boot Camp—where teams and players learn more about their schedule and train—is slated for May 17-18. Because there is no definite timetable for when the coronavirus outbreak will end, it is unclear if and when these events will be held.

Their Grand Finale of Season 3 of the PSL is set on May 19-23 in Kolkata. More than 4 crore is up for grabs, with the top 4 teams earning their share of the prize pool.

PSL’s third season, featuring all-Indian teams, is a key step towards their goal of branding poker as a skill game. It signed up former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand as a brand ambassador in 2017; he is expected to come out in support of the league once more this season.