Poker Sports League ropes in Viswanathan Anand as Brand Ambassador – Economic Times

MUMBAI: Poker Sports League (PSL) has roped in Indian chess maestro Viswanathan Anand as brand ambassador.

Brainchild of Amit Burman, Anuj Gupta and Pranav Bagai, PSL was launched last year. The organisers have announced a bigger season 2 with team owners locking in for 8 years.

“In the last couple of years, we have been observing a paradigm shift in people’s mindset for Poker as a sport. The zeal displayed by poker lovers has given rise to a lot of platforms which are not only encouraging the sport in India but also opening doors for youngsters who are keen to explore a career in the game,” Anand said.

He added that like many other international universities, IIM Kozhikode has a course on Poker, which establishes that it’s a game that’s played with skill. “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. 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,” he said.

Drawing similarities between poker and chess, Burman, co founder, PSL, mentioned that 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 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. A lot of it involves reading

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