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Dabur's Amit Burman is planning a makeover for the Poker Sports League

Amit Burman is a relative newbie to poker, but he understands that to win - in cards or business - one needs to make an educated gamble.

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Last Updated: Jun 21, 2017, 03.24 PM IST
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Poker is the new teen patti, the mainstay of the taash party in India. And by extension, considered a high-stakes card game. With a league dedicated to the game, Amit Burman, vicechairman of Dabur, hopes to give poker an image makeover.

The first season of his Poker Sports League (PSL) concluded recently. "In one way, the game teaches you decision making, probability, and managing the permutations and combinations of the different hands that you have," Burman said over the phone. "There are courses in a couple of US universities dedicated to the sport because it has these different elements involved in one subject."

"When you fill in an application [as a professional] and mention that you are a poker player, they [those looking at your resume] take it very positively. They think, 'Oh, you are a poker player. So you must be a good thinker or have a sharp mind'. Over here it has a negative connotation. We are trying to change that," he said. It is yet to be decided if the league will be a bi-annual or annual affair. Burman started playing the game just two years ago and that too for fun. He doesn't consider himself a good player. Not yet.

As he tries to 'sportify' the event, the Delhi-based businessman reflected on the lessons he learnt through it. "Constant reading of your own cards as well as the mind of the opponent makes you very aware of what's going on around you. Decision making, knowing what's happening around you, taking decisions according to a well thought out strategy is what I've taken back from the sport," he shared.

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