Poker Sports League signs on Viswanathan Anand as brand am­bas­sador

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Poker Sports League (PSL) has found a brand am­bas­sador in chess master Viswanathan Anand.

The premium poker league, which com­menced op­er­a­tions last year, has roped in Anand in its bid to pop­u­larise the game.

“My as­so­ci­a­tion with PSL is an at­tempt to es­tab­lish the fact that Poker, like the game of chess, is in­deed a game of skill, which in­volves a lot of strat­egy and a de­fined skill set,” Anand said. “I have played chess all my life and when I was in­tro­duced to poker, I could in­stantly draw the par­al­lels, which made me con­nect bet­ter with the game. Like many other in­ter­na­tional uni­ver­si­ties, poker is now be­ing taught as a course in IIM (Kozhikode) to es­tab­lish that it’s a game that’s played with skill.”

PSL had re­cently launched its sec­ond sea­son.

“Chess and poker are fre­quently com­pared as both games are based on strate­gic think­ing and de­ci­sion-mak­ing. A chess game is bro­ken up into an open­ing phase, the mid­dle game and the endgame, of­ten with blurred lines be­tween each phase. De­pend­ing on your over­all strength as a player, each part Chess grand­mas­ter Viswanathan Anand

The league has re­ceived a com­mit­ment of ₹150 crore spread over the next eight years and 12 fran­chises

has vary­ing lev­els of im­por­tance as to what is best to im­prove next. Sim­i­larly, the whole the­ory be­hind poker brings to light facts like, how to fig­ure what the best plays would be in dif­fer­ent sorts of sit­u­a­tions,” says Dabur scion Amit Bur­man, co-founder, PSL.

Bur­man and Anuj Gupta, founder of poker por­tal, founded PSL last year to give the sport a ded­i­cated plat­form.

The league has re­ceived a com­mit­ment of ₹150 crore spread over the next eight years and 12 fran­chises.

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