Sachiin Joshi’s Viiking Ventures acquires the Goa franchise of the Match Indian Poker League (Match IPL) and look forward to partner the Viaan Industries and International Federation of Poker (IFP) to develop the sport of poker in one of the world’s fastest growing market – India.
The Poker scene in India continues to grow as the International Federation of Poker (IFP) recently signed a ground-breaking agreement with Viaan Industries Ltd. to launch the Match Indian Poker League (Match IPL).
Match Poker, created by the IFP is a form of team poker played on a tablet where team members sit on different tables. The players on each table are then dealt with the same hands as the other tables. Games are won by numbers of team points accrued.
The Match IPL, featuring teams owned by India’s leading figures in business and entertainment was launched in full galore by Raj Kundra, Shilpa Shetty and IFP’s President Patrick Nally. The first eight teams will represent the cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Kolkatta and Mumbai. The tournament would be played over a weekend in October to determine the most skillful Match Poker team that would go on to represent India in the Match Poker’s Nations Cup in London.
The league would see the winning team pick up 1.5 Cr ($225k), the runner-up receives 1 Cr. ($150k), and the third place finisher earns 50 lakh ($75k). With the national representation and lucrative prize money on stake, the league promises to be one entertaining fixture. The stage also saw Harman Baweja, the owner of Mumbai franchise and Gaurav Kapur, the owner of Bangalore franchise sharing their excitement and setting the challenge in motion.
Sachiin Joshi’s Viiking Ventures who was recently in the news for acquiring the King Fisher Villa has acquired the Goa franchise under its Goa Kings brand banner. The team is jointly owned by Manesh & Moksha Sani – The founders of Living Liquids and Sunil and Jeetu Ajbano.
The conglomerate has been on a serious expansion spree following the recent acquisition of the iconic King Fisher Villa. Parent to a varied portfolio of brands including Playboy, Goa Kings, Royal Oak, Trance Fitness, Planet Hollywood, Viiking Ventures, and Viiking Aviation, the group has been striding forward on the warfront in typical Viiking fashion.
Sachiin Joshi, the Chairman of Viiking Ventures added, “The concept of Match Poker in India is in its nascent stages, but not for long. Poker in itself is a very interesting sport and there is a lot of mind and strategy that goes into play which not many know. The IFP has worked tirelessly for many years to develop the sport and technology. It’s a mind sport in an e-wrapper. When Raj discussed the opportunity and his vision for the sport, the decision was simple – Let’s make this big.” he further adds, “We are delighted to be working with Viaan Industries on developing the sport of match poker ground up. We envision Match Poker to grow as an exciting and entertaining sporting framework which will attract massive interest in India. With Goa Kings, we look forward to winning the first season of Match IPL, but what drives us more is the opportunity to represent India on the global stage.”
Spearheaded by the dynamic Mr. Sachin Joshi, Viiking Ventures holds one of the most lucrative brand portfolios in the country. The proud corporation with different verticals such as FMCG products, hospitality, entertainment, realty, infrastructure, paper products, agricultural produce and philanthropic activities draws inspiration from the fierce Viikings and their undying aggression for innovation.