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EXCLUSIVE: Shivanandan Pare from The Gaussian Network tells us about the World Poker Tournament 2021

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WPT (World Poker Tour) is one of the most prestigious names in the world of Poker. Since its inception in 2002, the gaming and entertainment brand has been at the forefront of hosting offline and online Poker tournaments and broadcasting the Main Tour events through television and digital media, and as a result, established its position as the global industry leader.  The WPT television show airs in over 150 countries and territories, and the production of its 18th season is underway. Players from all over the globe participate in the coveted events to win a share from the gigantic prize pools and add a WPT trophy to their Poker resume. 

This year, in association with Adda52, India’s leading online Poker platform, WPT is all set to take another step towards expanding its footprints in India. Following the record-breaking success of last year’s WPT Online event, the Indian Poker giant has been again chosen by WPT as its exclusive partner. Adda52 will play host to WPT Online India 2021,  running from 1st to 30th August.  The tournament series will feature INR 25 Crore guarantee in prizes, spread across 800 plus events catering to every player category with 45 trophies up for grabs.

The highlight of the series is the INR 499 buy-in WPT Unreal, which gives away a gigantic INR 1 Crore guarantee and features 30 entry events from 1st to 29th August. Surviving players from all the entry events will battle it out for the lion’s share of the prize pool on 29th August.

The entry to the prestigious WPT Main Event offering 3 crore guaranteed in prizes will start from 22nd August. The INR 16,500 buy-in event will have 10 entry events, which are scheduled to run for 8 days (22nd to 29th August). All selected participants from these 8 days will fight it out for the most coveted title in the Indian Poker circuit on 29th August, during which the champion will be crowned. 

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In an exclusive interview with TechnoSports, Shivanandan Pare from The Gaussian Network tells us about the World Poker Tournament 2021

We had some questions for Shivanandan Pare, to which he replied:

Q1. What is the major role of Adda52 in this tournament being an exclusive partner of WPT?

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A: Adda52 is the official brand partner of WPT India, WPT has scheduled the entire tournament series from 1st August – 30th August 2021 which is hosted on Adda52.com – it consists of High-value tournaments like WPT Unreal (Participation fees ((buyin499) & 1 Cr Guarantee, WPT Main Event of 3 Cr Guarantee & few special events like Quads 9, Highroller & Super Highrollers & with more than 800+  tournaments are scheduled for this edition. 

Q2. How are the poker player Kunal Patnik and the Bollywood celebrity Minissha Lamba associated with Adda52?

A: Kunal Patni from 2015 to 2020 he was adda52 Poker Pro & in 2021 adda52 re-assigned him as Game ambassador. Minissha Lamba – was associated with Adda52 in 2019 as Celebrity Pro

Q3.  How is this time WPT different from the previous time event?

WPT 1 – 18CR overall GTD, Main event was 2.5CR, Leaderboard prizes were 35L

WPT 2 – 25 CR overall GTD, Main event is 3CR, Leaderboard prizes 1CR, Biggest ROI tourney with buying 499 and 1CR GTD, Special Adda52 passport to be won where a player can win up to 2 months of tournament tickets free

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About Shivandan Pare – CEO of Gaussian Network

Mr. Shivanandan Pare is a business leader with over two decades of rich experience in helming some of India’s leading digital and e-commerce ventures. His career spans across consumer business, investment banking and corporate strategy. His core competency lies in conceptualising, building and growth hacking into the consumer internet businesses.

At Gaussian Networks, as a CEO, he is looking at business transformation for both the card gaming sectors, Rummy and Poker. Also, identification of new streams of revenue with his proven expertise in scaling businesses, building A-class teams, bringing consumer centricity and enhancing the overall consumer experience. 

Before joining Gaussian Networks, Pare had a distinguished stint with Aditya Birla Group where he headed the Group’s new digital business. He spearheaded setting up of one of the largest e-commerce fashion destinations from scratch and drove the Group’s omnichannel and digital transformation efforts. Prior to this, he led the corporate strategy team of Reliance Group and its foray into the media and entertainment businesses.

Mr. Pare, a Harvard Business School alumnus, beyond work, likes to play darts and cards with friends & family and loves to watch movies. He is a foodie who loves to travel, go on long drives and trek.

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