PokerStars India, operated by Sachiko Gaming Pvt. Ltd. is scouting for the best poker brains in India to compete in one of the teams – Pune Alphas as part of Global Poker League (GPL) India, the country’s first long-run poker league. The online qualifiers began on July 2 this week and to be considered in Pune Alphas, all the players have to do is to participate in one of the freerolls that run daily on Pokerstars.IN until July 8. The qualifiers for Kolkata Creators ended last week and the rest of the weekly qualifiers will run for the next four weeks until August 5, to find team members for the other regions.
Seven ‘Round 1’ MTT (multi-table tournament) satellites started running on Pokerstars.IN from June 25 i.e. one each day from Monday – Sunday for a total of six weeks (till August 5), with each week dedicated to selection of team members in one regional team. The top ten finishers in each will qualify for the week’s Team Final. After the online qualification period, the top 10 finishers in each Team Final – 60 hopefuls in total – will then go on to participate in the GPL India Bootcamp, to be held on September 8, 2018 in Delhi. PokerStars team pro ambassador Muskan Sethi also in Las Vegas will run the qualifiers for her team – Delhi Diehards on PokerStars.In from July 16 – 22.
GPL India Online Qualifiers Schedule
– Kolkata Creators Week – Online Qualifiers Done: Team Manager – Aditya Agarwal
– July 2, 2018 – July 8, 2018 – Pune Alphas Week – Online Qualifiers each day with Final Qualifier on July 8, 2018 : Team Manager – Abhishek Rathod
– July 9, 2018 – July 15, 2018 – Chennai Sharks Week – Online Qualifiers each day with Final Qualifier on July 15, 2018 : Team Manager – Vikram Kumar
– July 16, 2018 – July 22, 2018 – Delhi Diehards Week – Online Qualifiers each day with Final Qualifier on July 22, 2018 : Team Manager – Muskan Sethi
– July 23, 2018 – July 29, 2018 – Mumbai Jetsetters Week – Online Qualifiers each day with Final Qualifier on July 29, 2018 : Team Manager – Kavin Shah
– July 30, 2018 – August 5, 2018 – Bengaluru Hackers Week – Online Qualifiers each day with Final Qualifier on August 5, 2018 : Team Manager – Vidwath Shetty
All six team rosters will be confirmed before 9 September. From there teams will compete for the Season One Championship and the chance to win the hottest poker tickets in town, five Platinum Passes – worth a total of Rs. 20 lac Platinum – Rs. 1 crore to play in the PSPC, in the Bahamas in January 2019.
The 60 GPL India Bootcamp hopefuls will undergo quickfire interviews to explain why they should join their respective teams as finalists. The judging panel for this interview will be a mixture of PokerStars India pro’s, GPL India managers and local celebrities. The finalists will then be randomly assigned to play in a Sit-and-Go with each table representing a regional GPL team. Each player’s starting stack will depend on how they scored in the panel interview, with the lowest starting stack being 1k and the largest 5k.