International Federation of Poker and Viaan Industries sold eight franchises for the opening season of Match Indian Poker League. This league is the brainchild of Viaan’s Raj Kundra and the IFP’s Patrick Nally. The original cost for the first season was INR50 lakh per team. The franchise owners are associated with a ten-year deal. Here is the list of eight teams.
Franchise Owner – Amit Bhardwaj (blockchain and cryptocurrency expert)
Franchise Owner – Yatin Gupta (restaurateur and entrepreneur)
Franchise Owners – Aditya Agarwal (pro poker player) and Praveen Agarwal (banker)
Franchise Owner – Sunny Karira (Park Street Privilege Club owner)
Franchise owner – Gaurav Kapur (banker and real estate expert)
Franchise Owners –Manesh & Moksha Sani (founders of Living Liquid), Sachiin Joshi (Chairman of Viking Ventures), and Sunil & Jeetu Ajbano (entrepreneurs)
Franchise Owners – Abhishek Khaitan (owner of Radico Khaitan Ltd), Rajnish Gupta (entrepreneur), Shantanu Dalmia (Casewell Drilling), and Ankur Sachdeva (alcoholic beverage industry expert)
Franchise Owners – Harman Baweja (actor, producer, and entrepreneur) and Muizz Khan (entrepreneur)
Two more franchises are expected to add in the second season. The IPL management has already signed a TV deal with a major broadcaster in India. The winning team in the opening season of IPL will represent India in Match Poker’s Nations Cup, London.