In this era where everything meets commercialism at the end, sports are no different. The debate whether commercialism is necessary in every field or not is futile because change is the only constant and the wave of commercialism is a changing trend that is essential to adopt. In most of the countries, sports are no longer just a medium of entertainment or a way to build international bond. Sports have become one of the most successful professions in terms of money, fame, and glamour. Sportsmen enjoy the status of a celebrity and are idolized by masses at large. But to reach that part, the one thing that is constant is persevering hard work. A sportsman proves himself right from the grass root level that he is worthy of dependence and the celebrity stature to earn the glamour at the later stages.
Sports are greatly patronized in India, especially cricket and hockey. Excluding the corrupt practices within the management, the Indian Government puts in a lot of funding for the better performance of the players. The selection procedure is tough and these days, players rarely get selected in the budding period of their game. Most of the players join the national league quite late and thus their journey of the much deserved success starts late. Also, there are other games like carom, chess which have prestigious stature in the face of World sports but unfortunately, only cater to job satisfaction if taken up as profession, with significantly low earning. You do get a lot of respect for your skills but the monetary benefit is quite far-fetched.
On one side we have outdoor games like cricket and hockey and indoor games like carom and chess, which not only demand your hard work but also support from the management to give you success, on the other hand, we have skill based indoor games like poker which solely go by your skills and your discretion. Here there is no management, no jury, and no board of corrupt directors who judge your talents based on their own interests. Poker players don’t need extraordinary funds to maintain their game and skills. All you need is regular practice and some patience.
In games like the aforementioned ones, no one enjoys a huge payday right from the beginning. You start earning peanuts at first and then ascend slowly upwards to a pay that can be termed as truly ‘handsome’. But poker is different. You brush your skills as you want, decide time on your own and most importantly, don’t have to consider your age to start afresh. You can enter the felt whenever you want, use your skills, defeat your opponents and win mammoth amounts. So, the flow of money and your work hours, both are decided by you. Also, this might sound unbelievable to you, but poker players can win huge amounts in less than 12 hours.
Other sportsmen toil day in and day out just prove their talent to others and still don’t get proper platform but in poker, you prove your talent only to yourself. Once you yourself are convinced, you don’t need to anyone to approve any of your decisions. The amount that other sportsmen make can be earned by you in one-fourth of the time taken by them. E.g- Cricketers make money after a successful series of matches but a poker player requires just one hand or a few hours of the day to earn as much or more. There is no limit to what you take back home.
Apart from the monetary benefit, poker players also enjoy their share of the stardom in the poker world. A successful poker player is not only revered but also becomes a centre of attraction. Sports news portals, especially which are dedicated to poker news mainly, write columns after columns, centring you.
Once you become a poker pro, you not only earn by playing but also are sought after by many poker brands who wish to rope you in as their brand ambassador and advisor- the benefit of an added income.
Celebrated poker players, who are retired, also make money even if they don’t visit the felt religiously and regularly.
So, now, don’t hesitate to commit to poker if you have the talent and skills and also wish to turn your signature into an autograph. Poker is a field for the deserved and not the reserved. It still remains untouched by the negative factors that might pose a threat in the path of any budding poker player who wishes to make it big.
Day 7: Manoj ‘killbill’ Pentakota ships PPL Spring’18 Main Event for INR 28.2LAC
The PokerBaazi Premier League concluded yesterday with the Spring’18 Edition. The week-long series marks the first of four such series scheduled for 2018. Indian Poker-Pro Manoj ’killbill’ Pentakota took down the 1Crore Guaranteed Main Event for a whopping INR 28.2LAC! Here’s a look at the action from the Final Day.
Event 37: 1L GTD RE
First up was the 1LAC guaranteed Re-entry event, which roped in 129 entries. ‘kris81n’ took down the event, defeating ‘griezmann’ heads up for a payday of INR 29,920.
Event 38: 3L GTD Deepstack Turbo RE
This 3LAC guaranteed Deepstack Turbo Re-entry Event was next in line and attracted a field of 164. Heads up play saw ‘superchor89’ and ‘TheInternetKid’ battling it out, and it was eventually ‘superchor89’ who came out on top and scored INR 60,750 for his efforts.
Event 39: 1CR GTD MAIN EVENT
The event that everybody had their eyes on- the PPL Spring’18 Edition boasted a Main Event with a guaranteed prize pool of INR 1Crore! 471 players took part in the event, utilizing an additional 253 re-entries. Eight and a half hours is what it took to crown our champion – Manoj ‘killbill’ Pentakota. He defeated ‘schemer’ heads up for a life-changing amount of INR 28,23,600. Runner-up received INR 16.01L. The Final table also featured names like ‘kornkid’ (5th), ‘Sidddhu’ (6th) and ‘Killersam’ (8th).
Event 40: 25L GTD RE
Event 40 featured 25L in guaranteed prize pool and roped in 208 players. ‘Acesheart’ took down the event, defeating ‘Sidddhu’ heads up for INR 4,87,500. Second place received a payday of INR 3,62,500.
Event 42: Hangover 2L GTD RE
The trademark Hangover Event concluded the series, and promised INR 2L in guaranteed prize money. ‘kallolbecs’ took down the event defeating ‘floatfish’ heads up for a payday of INR 52,580.
Congratulations to all the winners of Day 7!
Stay tuned as we announce the Leaderboard Winners of the PPL Spring’18 Edition and PPL Fantasy League. Find the details in the links below:
PPL Spring’18 Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-leaderboard
PPL Fantasy League Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-fantasy-leaderboard
Day 5: PPL Spring’18
The PokerBaazi Premier League Spring’18 Edition concluded its fifth Day with Events 25 through to 30. Here’s how the Day unfolded:
Event 25: 1L GTD R+A
The Day kicked off with Event 25 – a 1LAC guaranteed Rebuy/Add-on event. It saw 118 entrants along with 193 rebuys. Heads up saw ‘jeeven’ defeat ‘flippp’ for the win and a payday of INR 22,000.
Event 26: 3L GTD 6-max RE
Next up was the 3LAC guaranteed 6-max Re-entry event, which roped in 95 entries along with 84 re-entries. It was eventually ‘criminal_mind’ who took down the event, beating ‘abhishek081190’ Heads up for a sweet payday of INR 72,000.
Event 27: 4L GTD FO
The 4LAC guaranteed Freeze-out Event was next in line and attracted a field of 130 players. After over 5 hours of play, heads up saw ‘VJS2807’ and ‘Lucid’ battling it out, with the former coming out on top and winning a prize of INR 88,000 for his efforts.
Event 28: 2.5L GTD R+A
Event 28 was a 2.5LAC guaranteed Rebuy/Add-on event. 95 players took part in the event, utilizing a total of 158 rebuys. ‘qazxsw2’ came out on top of the field, defeating ‘agent080’ heads up for a score of INR 60,000.
Event 29: 50L GTD 6-max HighRoller
The big one of the Day, Event 29 marked the featured Event – a 50LAC guaranteed 6-max Highroller event. 118 of the biggest names in Indian poker took part in this event, utilizing a total of 49 re-entries. It was none other than recent WSOP bracelet winner Aditya ‘gangajal’ Sushant who took down the event, defeating ‘Sara24’ Heads up for the title and a mammoth Payday of INR 11,00,000. Second place was rewarded INR 8,25,000.
Event 30: The BIG 10 (5RE)
The final event of the day was the Big 10 – a 10LAC guaranteed Re-entry event. Over 6 and a half hours of play was what it took to crown the winner – ‘fsociety’ who defeated ‘AbhishekRathod’ heads up for the win and a payday of INR 2,10,600.
Congratulations to all the Winners of Day 5!
Day 6 of the PPL Spring’18 kicks off at 2:00 pm today and is Headlined by the 15LAC guaranteed Main Event Warm-up, scheduled for 8:00 pm.
The complete schedule of the PPL Spring’18 is available here: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl#ppl
Day 5 Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-leaderboard
Day 5 Fantasy League Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-fantasy-leaderboard
Good luck for Day 6 Baazigars!
PokerBaazi Team PRO
On January 26, 2018, we will be celebrating Republic Day in India – honoring the Constitution of India which was put into place in 1950.
There will be parades, speeches and much of the regular fanfare to celebrate 69 years of India being a sovereign democratic republic based on the four pillars outlined in the Constitution - Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.
These four pillars have been underlined in a very special way for us in the Indian Poker community this year.
Legendary boxer joining PokerBaazi as its brand ambassador is the biggest boost for poker and a great start to 2018 for all poker lovers.
To me, the other important part of this year’s celebrations or pre-celebrations as an Indian, a woman and as a Poker player is the happy fact that one of our very own, Muskan Sethi, is being honored as a First Lady by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Muskan is being celebrated for being the first woman who has breached the bastion of professional Poker in our country. How amazingly cool is that?! This not only validates Muskan and the hard work she has put into her game, the time she has to spend away from her loved ones while traveling for Poker, the charitable contributions she makes through her winnings.
It also validates all of us on the Poker scene today. Poker is being seen as a reputable profession, a sport which both men and women are free to pursue and in which to excel.
We, at PokerBaazi, would like to congratulate and thank Muskan for lighting this torch for our small Poker community and wish her all the best always!
In further celebration of this Republic Day, PokerBaazi is rolling out a Republic Day Series that you absolutely cannot miss with exciting tournaments between January 25-28.
Besides a huge freeroll with 5L GTD and higher guarantees for the Saturday and Sunday tournaments, we can all look forward to playing The MoneyMaker again! With 1 CR Guaranteed and 30L for first place, this tournament is a life changer in all respects!
With just a 10k+1k buy-in, The Moneymaker will give you a chance to win 30L – it can be the turning of a dream into reality, the promise of a fresh start, an expectation of a brighter future. Go for glory this Republic Day and give it your all to join the other Moneymakers Anujkumar Kodam and Devesh Thapar in the halls of legend!
PokerBaazi is running mega Satellites in this week to offer over 100 guaranteed tickets to The MoneyMaker in a fraction of the original cost.
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. This can be accentuated with the datum of PPL 4 bestowing players with a guaranteed prize of 6.5 Million. Well, the delight fast-tracked when the first day kindled with thrills, adrenaline and excitement, kicked off yesterday at 7 PM and saw 144 registrations trailed with the main event offering 7 LACS GTD prize.
The first event for day 1 commenced at 7 PM for 30K GTD [R+A] NO LIMIT Texas Hold’em. The event drew 120 players and they built-up a prize pool worth Rs 80600. Keshav Chadha ‘Urindanger’ chugged all the way to the top spot by winning Rs 17732, ‘pingu’ took the second spot by winning Rs 13299 and ‘Nikhil.31.u’ earned Rs 9672 for the third place.
The action moved at a brisk pace when the satellite for the second event started at 7 PM where 44 players participated. The event 2 for day 1 instigated at 9 PM for 50K GTD [FreezeOut] NO LIMIT Texas Hold’em. 159 players created a total prize pool of Rs 79500. Jimmy Arora ‘jeeven’ treaded to the top position by winning Rs 16099, ‘thehorse7’ took the second spot by winning Rs 12124 and ‘krishan’ took the third spot with a cash prize of Rs 9143. Getting excited? Well, time to keep your nerves under control as we take you to the highlights of the main event.
The main event for 7 LAC GTD [2 ReEntries] NO LIMIT Texas Hold’em began at 10 PM. 144 players participated in it and the total prize pool went up to a whopping Rs 955000. The combat endured for straight 7 hours. ‘zimmyyash’ seized the lead by winning Rs 200550, ‘rohitbegwani’ was next in stroke with Rs 148025, ‘Mrsinister’ took the third spot by winning Rs 112213 and ‘killersam’ took the fourth spot by winning Rs 85950.
The fourth event for 45K GTD [R+A] [Turbo] NO LIMIT Texas Hold’em commenced at 11.30 PM. 108 players contended in it and the total prize pool was Rs 91200. ‘pocketjs’ took the top position by winning Rs 21888, ‘VnutsG’ shoved for Rs 15504 and ‘Amit030’ took the third spot by winning Rs 10944. The gala is not over yet and concoct yourself for much more looked-for delights in PPL 4, which is a 5-day affair and encompasses 24 super exciting events.
We have always mentioned that Leaderboard points are as exciting as the games and PPL 4 will have a leaderboard prize of 6 LAC Real cash chips. ‘zimmyyash’ took the top spot with 564 points, ‘Urindanger’ got the second rank with 471 points and ‘jeeven’ got the third rank with 466 points.
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