Raj Kundra’s Viaan Industries and International Federation of Match Poker (IFMP) promoted Match Indian Poker League (Match IPL) concluded their inaugural season with actor Harman Baweja’s Mumbai All Stars team winning the two-day event held in Mumbai on 17th and 18th November.
The Mumbai All Stars team will now get an opportunity to represent India in the Match Poker World at Oxford, England next month.
Seven teams representing different cities from across the country spent two intense days competed in four sessions for prize money totaling Rs. 2.5 crores. Match IPL had earlier announced that eight teams would be participating in the league, but the Pune Knights team was terminated from the league for alleged ‘breach of contract’. Consequent to the removal of Pune Knights, the total prize money was reduced from Rs. 3.36 crores to Rs. 2.5 crores.
Poker player Aditya ‘Bitti’ Agarwal’s Jaipur Jewels team finished in the second place and received a prize money of seventy five lakh rupees while Yatin Gupta’s Ahmedabad Hearts finished third and took home fifty lakh rupees.
Agarwal also received the ‘Player of the League’ award, winning a prize of one lakh rupees and also getting a chance to participate in the Match Poker World Cup. The highlights of the league will be broadcast on television channel MTV on 30th November and 1st December.
After the event, a party was organised by Match IPL at the Theory restaurant in South Mumbai. The after-party was attended by celebrities such as Shamita Shetty, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Harman Baweja, Kunal Kohli, Anita Hassanandani Reddy and others.