The Poker Sports League (PSL) has once again cemented its position as India’s most prestigious poker event, breaking records and surpassing all expectations. With an extraordinary 9,547 unique entries during the qualifying rounds, the Season 5 qualifiers break all records for unique participation for a poker event in India. Based on the current trajectory and the massive growth from previous seasons, PSL is expected to break all viewership records for poker with its live streaming of the final matches starting 22nd July.
Pranav Bagai, CEO, and Co-founder of Poker Sports League, shared his heartfelt excitement, stating, “The level of engagement we’ve witnessed this year has left us absolutely thrilled! With over 9,500 unique entries flooding into the general qualifiers, we are truly humbled by the sheer passion and dedication showcased by the aspiring players vying for the top 37 spots. In comparison, the esteemed World Series of Poker Main Event, which started in 1972, has garnered a maximum of 8,773 unique entries in a single year”
Earlier this year, PSL 2023 forged strategic alliances with two leading entities – Pocket52, a prominent online poker gaming app, as its Title Sponsor and JioCinema as its official Streaming Partner. This groundbreaking collaboration revolutionizes the gaming experience, reshaping viewer engagement from the comfort of their homes. The tournament, with an impressive prize pool of ₹1.5 crores, will be exclusively live-streamed on JioCinema, commencing from 22nd July and culminating in the grand finale on 19th August.
The excitement begins with the live auction among the six teams in Goa on July 8th, followed by virtual matches from 22nd July to 10th August, providing players with a unique opportunity to compete from their homes. In a historic first for Poker Sports League (PSL), the much-anticipated auction will be brought to viewers’ screens through a live stream, enhancing the excitement and spectacle akin to the IPL-style auctions. The eagerly awaited event will see team owners, captains, and analysts gather in the vibrant ambience of Goa, promising an enthralling experience for poker enthusiasts nationwide.
Nitesh Salvi, Director who founded Pocket52, “We are ecstatic to see the response for PSL season 5 on our platform. 9500+ unique entries for the general qualifiers alone are testimony to the underlying passion and immense potential of poker in India. We are optimistic that Season 5 will be bigger and better than ever before and will create a wave of momentum that will bring more and more people into the poker ecosystem and create a sustainable culture for skill-based online gaming in India.”
PSL Season 5 is all set to become the biggest poker extravaganza in India, boasting its largest-ever prize pool and an unmatched level of participation. An unprecedented live finale in Goa awaits, showcasing 72 players, including professionals, captains, and 37 qualifier winners, making it a trailblazing event.
Mark your calendars for the grand finale, scheduled from 16th to 19th August, where the champions will be crowned in an exhilarating live finale in Goa.
Poker Sports League is India’s first and the world’s largest poker league in terms of Prize Pool and Participation. The idea behind PSL is to sportify the game of poker through a unique, team-based format. PSL is an equal opportunity platform where anybody who has the zeal to play poker can participate & start a successful poker career. PSL is completely free to enter where you have a chance to win from big prize pools along with claiming name & fame on a national level.
Amarylisa Gonsalves is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Advancing from a marketing background, she found her calling in writing. She takes delight in exploring genres and is a curious learner. Patient and ambivert, she believes in letting her work speak for itself. Apart from content writing, she finds solace in writing poetry by expressing herself through words. Additionally, she adores indulging in anything that satisfies her creative self, like drawing and DIY crafts.
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