The second edition of The Match Indian Poker League Season II came to an end on March 31, 2018 in Kolkata, West Bengal and debutante, Haryana Hawks emerged as winners after defeating the UP Indians to claim the title and also would be representing India at the TFMP Asian Nations Cup, which is to be held in Bangkok later in this year.
The pair would also represent India at the Asian Nations Pairs Challenge at the Thai Sports Festival, which is also scheduled to take place in Bangkok, against an AI (Artificial Intelligence) called, DeepStack.
It had been a dream run for the Haryana Hawks to win INR 40 Lakh alongside the title leaving UP Indians as the runner up and Delhi Aces as the second runner up. The one day poker event was held at Hotel Hindustan International, Kolkata. The event saw ten teams representing major cities across the country, contesting against each other.
The one day season was conducted after live and online qualifiers determined the participants for the last few weeks across the country. The event day had 156 hands of poker played in 4 sessions and after the end of session 1, the winners were struggling at the 7th position but from Session 2, they turned around the things for them and ended up holding the title.
The opening season of the Match Indian Poker League was won by Mumbai All Stars, which was owned by former Bollywood actor and ex boyfriend of Priyanka Chopra, Harman Baweja. Mumbai All Stars won the season by a clean sweep and established the foundation of MIPL. The winners of the second season, Haryana Hawks is owned by PokerBazzi, Pranjal Batra, Pulkit Totla, Nitin Maheshwari, Jagdeep Singh, Jitender Agarwal and Kalyan Chakravarthy.
Jagdeep Singh and Pratibha Arya, were representing Haryana Hawks in Season II and now the task got harder and yes, more popular.