Raj Kundra has retained his connect with the IPL – at least for name’s sake. Barred from the cricketing activities, a former Indian Premier League franchisee stake holder, Kundra has announced the launch of another IPL – the Indian Poker League.
The poker league was announced at a function in Mumbai. “IPL just couldn’t keep me away, so I’m back,” Kundra has said in a lighter vein at the event to announce his latest sporting venture. The former co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals was accompanied by actress wife Shilpa Shetty.
The two-day Poker League will be held in Mumbai in October. The event, recognised by the International Federation of Poker, has secured India’s team entry in the Nations Cup, to be held in Oxford, England, in December. This will be the second time an Indian team will feature at an IFP event. India had finished sixth at the 2013 Asian Nations Cup in China.
“This (the poker league) is an ideal opportunity to put India on the global poker map,” said Kundra. “The winning team here will play as Team India at the World Cup.”
For Kundra, this is his third stint as a sports entrepreneur. Other than IPL, the former Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner has also owned a stake in mixed martial arts’ Super Fight League in 2012. The league is now co-owned by British businessman Bill Dosanjh and 2004 Athens Olympics silver medal winning boxer Amir Khan.