This past month or so on PokerBaazi has been a poker enthusiast's dream come true. The new and improved software with awesome playing experience, 3 back to back amazing Vegas promotions giving out 8 travel packages to Sin City and then the Pokerbaazi Premier League edition VI crushing guarantees every day - it just keeps getting better and better.
It's on every online poker player's bucket list to go to Las Vegas and play in the WSOP, so the Vegas Challenge in April definitely piqued my interest. Being an amateur, I thought I didn't even stand a chance. But I decided to give it a shot anyway. Stayed up 20 hours a day over the weekend to grind the maximum allowed 8 cash game tables and one tournament table, which filled up the entire screen on my 13" Macbook Air (really need to invest in a bigger screen). With 3 packages awarded in the Vegas Challenge, I was naturally disappointed when I placed 4th and missed the Vegas package by the skin of my teeth. A brand new iPhone 7 was a nice consolation prize but having come so close and missing out on an all expenses paid a trip to Vegas was crushing.
After handing out 5 vegas challenges over an action packed weekend, PokerBaazi then surprised everyone and followed up with the Vegas tournament challenge and 3 more packages. When it was first announced, I thought it was an impossible feat but two fellow baazigars quickly proved me wrong. Even though I am primarily a PLO cash game player, I decided to play the tourneys just for the Vegas dream and the incredible value - 2 Lac GTD for a mere 2k buy in! After bricking 4 events in a row, I thought this really isn't my cup of tea and a friend convinced me to book tickets for a trip to Phuket. As fate would have it, I shipped the tournament the same night right after booking my tickets. So now I was in a pickle - cancel the trip or just forget about the challenge?
Well, being the poker addict that I am, I ended up bringing my laptop to Phuket and got lucky on the first night itself! ;) Let's just say winning a trip to Vegas worth 3 lacs was a great start to what ended up being an awesome trip.
Next up was PPL VI with the 1.5 cr guarantee and there was no way I was missing out on all the action. Amazing structures, challenging competition, massive prize pools, new and improved look that's easy on the eyes - Pokerbaazi has really bounced back from the setbacks faced in PPL V and really outdone themselves. I would like to congratulate Navkiran Singh and the entire team for setting an example for poker clients not just in India, but worldwide.
Special mention must go to Varun Ganjoo for his prompt replies and be taking care of all the baazigars, especially me. :)
After grinding non-stop during the PPL, a fish like me has somehow gotten lucky enough to place 7th on the PPL leaderboard. Here's to the run good continuing at the World Series of Poker. Right now, it's time for the PPL after party and getting that Macbook.
This rant would be incomplete without a tip of the hat to my long time friend and mentor Paawan Bansal for introducing me to poker 7 years ago and then Pokerbaazi 2 years ago. We've come a long way from playing $10 buyins in college campus lounges and discussing hands over McDonalds breakfast in the wee hours of the morning. If you ever decide to take a break from all your gallivanting across the globe and open a stable, book me a slot for full-time coaching. I know I am a slow learner LOL, but I just hope to be half as good as you one day and life will be sorted. Let's kill it in Vegas this year with all the other Baazigars!
Finally, to everyone I have had the pleasure of playing against on Pokerbaazi, it's a bloody good time to be a Baazigar, innit? See you at the PPL after party.
We kept our promise of showering you with more exhilarations this season. And as each season of PokerBaazi Premier League moves along, the cash prizes are getting bigger and better. The fourth day of PokerBaazi Premier League VI consisted of six events and encompassed exciting tracks. The first event of the day began at 4 PM with the bout for 50K GTD (R+A). 141 players participated in it creating a prize pool of 102000. ‘Mukeshjain’ took the first spot for a prize of 21420. ‘mafiamessi’ won 15810 for the second position. ‘poker_101’ took the third spot by winning 11985.
Event 14: 80 K GTD (R+A)
The commotion just got bigger when the 14th event began at 6 PM where 120 players battled and built up a prize pool worth 140400. Chennai ace Pavan Gundesha ‘PavanJain’ paced up to the first place by winning 30888, Akshay Nasa ‘sherlock52’ continued his good run and won 23166 for the second position. ‘ketchup’ took the third spot with the prize amount of 16848.
Event 15: 1.5 LAC GTD (6-Max Re-Entry)
The upheaval just got better with the third event held at 8 PM. 158 players participated in it making a prize pool of 295000. ‘Bhrami’ seized the lead by winning 59738. ‘Button_hai_bro’ took the second place with a prize amount of 44988 and Dinesh Pilkhwal ‘Daddu26’ won 33925 for the third position.
Event 16: 5 Lac GTD (PLO 2R+A)
The next earshot for the main event of the day commenced at 10 PM, this time a PLO event. 101 players joined in it creating a sumptuous prize pool of 1060000. Vivek Rughani ‘Ishoveonyou’ chugged the way to the top spot by winning 254400. Sahil Chutani ‘bluffme19’ won 180200 for the second position and Akshay Pathak ‘AkshayP’ paved to the third position with a prize amount of 127200.
Event 17: 50K GTD (FreezeOut)
The fifth event started at 11 PM. 162 players contended in it and the total prize pool was 81000. Mumbaikar Avinash Tauro ‘spacecadet’ took the top position by winning 16403, Paawan Bansal ‘ukissmyace’ won 12353 for the second position and ‘missionman’ took the third spot by winning 9315.
Event 18: 1 LAC GTD (Turbo R+A)
The next tournament began at 12 AM for 1 LAC GTD (Turbo R+A) where 121 players registered and created a prize pool of 178000. Prateek Singh ‘khotasikka’ took the top spot by winning 39180. ‘himanshu.zak’ won 29370 for the second position and ‘Imgabru’ earned 21360 for the third place.
On the Leaderboard standings after Day 3, ‘sherlock52’ moved up to the top spot with 1643 points, ‘spacecadet’ got the second position with 1361 points and ‘slecker’ got on to the third rank with 1232 points.
Only one more day left for this poker tournament in India! Don't miss out! 50 LAC GTD MAIN EVENT at 10 PM tonight where a massive 10 LAC is guaranteed to the 1st place. Play multiple Satellites during the day and win tickets.
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5 days, 24 super exciting events, guaranteed prizes of 1.5 Crore, 50 LAC GTD Main Event (10 LAC GTD to 1st place), 25K HighRoller Event, that’s some of the classy frills of PokerBaazi Premier League 6. PPL 6 is offering the biggest cash prize ever offered to the Indian online poker community and each passing day is getting remarkably adorned with thrills and exhilarations. The day 2 was massive with the total prize pool of the 4 events reaching 15.97 LAC!
Event5: 60K GTD R+A
The first event of the day commenced at 6 PM. The event attracted 152 players and created a prize pool worth 151200. ‘Pranav.bang1’ continued his good run in this PPL and seized the lead with a prize of 31752. ‘dawnanddusk’ grabbed the second spot and won 23436. PokerBaazi Team PRO Vikram Kumar ‘caprese512’ came third to win 17766.
Event6: 75K GTD PLO FreezeOut
The next bout started at 8 PM. This was the first PLO event of the season. 182 players contested in it bringing up the prize pool to 136500. Akshay Pathak ‘AkshayP’ claimed the first position and earned 27300, Jimmy Arora ‘jeeven’ took the second spot by winning 20134 and ‘missionman’ took the third position by winning 15015. The competition was delicately composed, but soon the tables turned radiantly for the main event.
Event7: 5 LAC GTD DeepStack FreezeOut
The Main Event voyage began at 10 PM. The event drew 220 players creating a prize pool worth a whopping 11 LAC. ‘IamFish007’ came out the best to earn a prize of 214500. ‘P0kerguru’ took the second spot by winning 159500. 'singhsaab’ earned a prize money of 118250 for the third place & Eka Vedantham ‘gettingthere’ took the fourth place by winning 88000.
Event8: 80K GTD 6-Max Turbo R+A
Action approached the fourth & final combat of the day and attracted 158 players. They built up a prize pool worth 209600. ‘ketchup’ paced to the top position by winning 42444. ‘guestuser’ captured the second spot by winning 31964 and ‘dawnanddusk’ got his second top 3 finish of the day and took the third spot by winning 24104.
On the Leaderboard standings after Day2, Vikas Kumar ‘slecker’ maintained the top spot with 957 points, ‘pranav.bang1’ moved up to the second position with 872 points and Mohit Khandelwal ‘bulletraja’ got on to the third rank with 868 points.
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PokerBaazi Premier League aka PPL is by far the biggest stage for poker players longing for ultimate online poker experience and biggest cash prizes in India, offering a staggering 1.5 Crore GTD. Well, the delight fast-tracked when the first day kindled with thrills, adrenaline and excitement, kicked off yesterday at 6 PM and saw 900 registrations trailed with the main event of day 1 offering 10 LAC GTD prize.
First Event 50K GTD [R+A]
The first event for day 1 started at 6 PM. The event drew 216 players and they built-up a prize pool worth 133800. Himanshu Kumar ‘himanshu.zak’ chugged all the way to the top spot by winning Rs 26091, Pavan Gundesha ‘PawanJain’ took the second spot by winning Rs 19401 and ‘slecker’ earned Rs 14384 for the third place.
Second Event 75K GTD [FreezeOut]
The event 2 for day 1 started at 8 PM. A record 270 players participated in it and created a total prize pool of 135000. ‘madanmohan’ seized the top position by winning Rs 25650, Avinash Tauro ‘spacecadet’ took the second spot by winning Rs 18900 and ‘flyingmuck’ took the third spot with a cash prize of Rs 14175. Getting excited by the numbers? Well, time to keep your nerves under control as we take you to the highlights of the main event.
Day 1 Main Event 10 LAC GTD DeepStack 2 Re-Entry
The main event for day 1 began at 10 PM. 255 players participated in it and the total prize pool was a whopping Rs 1850000. ‘FishStars’ Shravan Chhabria seized the lead by winning Rs 351500, ‘bulletraja’ was next in stroke with Rs 259000, ‘technomania’ took the third spot by winning Rs 194250 and ‘acmilanmerda’ took the fourth spot by winning Rs 138750.
Fourth Event 60K GTD [R+A] [Turbo]
The last event of the day started at 12 AM. 159 players took part in it and the total prize pool went up to 137700. ‘comeon’ took the top position by winning Rs 27884, ‘p0kerguru’ settled for Rs 20999 and ‘pranav.bang1’ took the third spot by winning Rs 15835. The gala is not over yet and concoct yourself for much more looked-for delights in PPL 6, which is a 5-day affair and encompasses 24 super exciting events.
It does not end with the poker tournaments. It’s time to take a look at the leaderboard, which has a prize of 8 LAC, including a 1.5 LAC Manila package for the Baazigar of the Series. Vikas Kumar ‘slecker’ with three ITM finishes in the first three tournaments is on the top with 821 points, ‘Fishstars’ has the second rank with 750 points and ‘madanmohan’ is on the third rank with 711 points.
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Indeed, it’s been a phenomenal year for all the poker lovers with the PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL) lofted 4 times with fabulous winnings. Not just we saw the rise in new young poker players in India, but we also dug up some of the most improved players with each season. It’s time to say goodbye to 2016 but not before we look back at the year dedicated to the PokerBaazi Premier League.
PPL 2 (16th- 20th March) - The second edition provided amazing treaties in terms of notable guarantees and prizes. There were 20 different tournaments with a GTD prize of 20 Lacs. The first day saw 365 entries and the prize pool went up to Rs 325000. The second day had 329 entries and created a prize pool of Rs 372500. ‘Boronyx’ took the top spot for the prize of Rs 111750. The tournament witnessed 328 entries on its third day and the player with the username ‘Jerome’ seized the lead with the prize amount of Rs 150000. The last day created a sumptuous prize pool of Rs 1360000 and ‘Perkio07’ took the top position by winning Rs 374000.
PPL 3 (8th - 13th June) - The beginning of the third day was phenomenal with 375 entries and created a prize pool of Rs 154800. The second day saw 328 entries and the prize pool went up to sumptuous Rs 336000. ‘Jungliaunty’ took the top spot by winning an amount of Rs 58,000. The third day witnessed 348 entries with a total prize pool of Rs 525000. The prize pool went up to 690000 on the fourth day. The player with the username ‘Ukissmyace’ outranked everyone and won Rs 189750. The main event of PPL 3 reached a prize pool of Rs 21.9 Lacs on the last day. ‘KillBill’ emerged as the PPL Leaderboard topper and won 1 Lac real cash chips.
PPL 4 (21st - 25th Sep) - PPL 4 bestowed the biggest podium for players yearning for ultimate online poker experience with 22 super exciting events and GTD prize of 6.5 Million. The first day saw 531 entries and the main event for 7 Lac GTD created a prize pool of Rs 955000. The player with the username ‘zimmyyash’ seized the lead by winning Rs 200550. The second day witnessed 484 entries and the main table for 5 Lac created a prize pool of Rs 780000. ‘PlayEasy565’ chugged all the way to the first position by winning Rs 157950. The season just got better on the third day with 459 entries and the main event for 1 Million HighRoller. The total prize pool created was Rs 2500000 and the player with the username ‘Jungleman’ took the first spot by winning Rs 600000. The fourth day entailed six events and 553 entries. PPL 4 concluded with 672 entries and the main event for 2 Million [SuperDeep] No Limit Texas Hold’em creating a prize pool of Rs 2310000. The player with the username ‘wolkgiest’ took the top spot by winning Rs 462000.
PPL 5 (14th -18th Dec) - PPL 5 was bigger and better than earlier editions with 22 super exciting events and a GTD prize of 8 Million. The main two highlights of the season were 25 Lac GTD Main event and a 15 Lac GTD 20K HighRoller Event. The season indeed reached the next level with a total of 3019 entries and the prize pool reaching Rs 1.1 Crore. 98 entries along with 19 re-entries took the prize to a whopping 23.4 LAC! Rajat Sharma ‘LungFakeer’ took away the HighRoller crown along with a huge amount of Rs 5,61,600. The final day had a line up of 6 tournaments. FreezeOut, Rebuy, a hangover Turbo event & the highlight of this season, 25 LAC GTD Main Event. The competition just got spectacular when the total prize pool coasted to whopping 2950000 for the main event of PPL V 2.5 Million, making it the biggest online tournament in India. PokerBaazi Team Pro Paawan Bansal became the Baazigar of the Series. The winners of PokerBaazi Premier League Season V Fantasy League were- Paawan Bansal - AceKissers, Rohit Begwani- BubbluDubblu, and Avinash Kumar- Gunner Daddy's.
So, that was the year that was and undeniably like no other.