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Industrialist Raj Kundra and Bollywood actress, Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s foray into Indian gaming fraternity began in 2017, with the couple launching a poker-based league, Match Indian Poker League (MIPL). The Kundras have dug several notches deeper in Indian poker industry recently, with the launch of their real money poker site, PokerRaj. And now in wake of the upcoming Season 3 of MIPL, comes another big announcement from the Kundra-backed poker league.
In collaboration with MTV, PokerRaj is hosting the MTV Pro Hunt, that opens the doors to all and any for participating in online tournaments and finding their way into any of the eight teams that will clash at the MIPL Season 3, slated to be held on October 23-24 in Mumbai. The live action will be recorded and bundled for telecast at a later date on MTV.
“The hunt for India’s top poker player is back on with Season 3 of the Match Indian Poker League,” a site announcement on PokerRaj stated.
As part of the MTV Pro Hunt, weekly online free-to-play MIPL tournament are running on the PokerRaj website and app. All that the players have to do is download the PokerRaj app on their smartphone devices or PC’s and choose the specific MIPL team they want to play for.
The eight MIPL teams for Season 3 are, Ahmedabad Hearts, Bangalore Royals, Haryana Hawks, Jaipur Jewels, Kolkata Diamonds, Mumbai All Stars, Pune Kings and UP Indians.
The players have to then register for the free-to-play tournaments and start playing. One winner for each team of MIPL, i.e., eight winners in all would win an all-expense paid to Mumbai and get a chance to represent that specific team at Season 3 of MIPL in Mumbai.
Though Team Delhi Aces will not be considered for MTV Pro hunt, the team will be playing the MIPL Season 3. On the other hand, Team Goa Lions will not be participating in Season 3.
Notably, Match Poker is the internationally recognized skill-based version of regular Texas Hold ‘em, with a pot-limit pre-flop and no-limit post flop structure. Once the MIPL Season 3 culminates, the winning team will represent India in the Match Poker Nations Cup which is organized by International Federation of Match Poker (IFMP). The IFMP Nations Cup will feature national teams from different countries. In 2017, eight country-based teams including teams from India, UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Mexico and Austria were seen in action with Team Ireland lifting the Nations Cup.
Season 1 of MatchIPL was won by Mumbai All Stars, who took home the winning prize money of ₹1.25 Crores. In Season 2, the number of teams participating increased to 10 and debutant team, Haryana Hawks won the MIPL Season 2 for winning prize money of ₹40 Lakhs.
PokerRaj which is the latest entrant in the crowded Indian poker industry, will run under the banner of the licensing, entertainment & gaming company Viaan Industries Ltd., which had previously launched other real money skill games like Game of Dot and Chase Bid.
The free-to-play tournaments for the MTV Pro Hunt would be held in Texas Hold ‘em freezeout format and will be open to all players of PokerRaj.com. Title sponsor, PokerRaj has also announced the dates for each of these tournaments. The tournaments would be held at 8 pm on scheduled days.
MTV Pro Hunt Tournament Schedule
To play the tournament, click the link given here.
Watch the PokerRaj MTV Pro Hunt announcement video here.