Feb 24, 2018

Day 2: PokerBaazi Premier League

The PPL Spring’18 Edition has begun on PokerBaazi.com and yesterday saw the conclusion of Day 2 of the week-long series. Here’s a quick recap of the Day’s events:

Event 7: 1L GTD SuperStack RE

Day 2 kicked off with this 1LAC guaranteed SuperStack Re-entry event. 198 entries and an additional 167 re-entries rocketed the total prize pool up to INR 1,82,500. Heads up saw ‘Prasanjeet’ defeat ‘Leokarma2609’ for the win and a payday of INR 36,500.

Event 8: 1.5L GTD Freezeout

The next event of the day was a Freezeout event with a guaranteed prize pool of INR 1,50,000. It was poker pro Kartik ‘TheInternetKid’ Ved who took down the event, coming out on top of a field of 142 and winning himself a prize of INR 31,500. Runner-up in the event was ‘Killersam’.

Event 9: 2L GTD R+A

Event 9 featured a 2LAC guarantee and attracted a field of 128 including 186 rebuys. Tourney regular Faiz ’Ailagaya’ Alam emerged victorious in this event, defeating ‘gd1921’ heads up for a payday of INR 44,000.

Event 10: 5L GTD Turbo RE

A classic turbo event, this 5LAC guarantee re-entry tournament drew a field of 150 entries and 91 re-entries, taking the Total Prize pool to INR 6, 02,500. Heads up play saw ‘rajnkrajnk’ and ‘whale’ battling it out with the former coming out on top and scoring a sweet payday of INR 1,26,535.

Event 11: THE ENDEAVOUR 25LGTD RE

Event 11 marked the featured event of the day, and rightly so! An entry fee of INR 6050 gave players a shot at the mammoth 25LAC in the guaranteed Prize pool, which eventually climbed up to INR 26,75,000 owing to the 332 entries and 203 re-entries. A little over 7 hours later we had our winner – ‘raghu2017’, who defeated ‘bml2012’ heads up for the title and a massive payday of INR 4,94,875. PokerBaazi Team Pro Vikram Kumar and Event 8 winner Kartik Ved also made the Final Table, finishing 5th and 7th respectively.

Event 12: 3L GTD 6-max Turbo R+A

The last event of the day was a 3LAC guaranteed 6-max turbo event. The rebuy/Add-on event drew 174 entrants and 290 rebuys. PokerBaazi Team Pro Jasven ‘JasvenSaigal’ Saigal finished on top of the field, defeating ‘Samarpoker’ heads up for the win and a payday of INR 60,000.

Congratulations to all the winners of Day 2!

Day 3 kicks off today at 2 pm on PokerBaazi.com and will be headlined by The BIG 12 – a 12 LAC guaranteed Freeze-out event set to commence at 8:00 pm.

Find the complete schedule of the PPL Spring’18 Edition here: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl#ppl

Here are the PPL Fantasy League Leaderboard standings after Day 1: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-fantasy-leaderboard

Here are the complete player standings of the PPL Spring’18 Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-leaderboard

Good luck for Day 3 Baazigars!

 

The chill of January needs to be eradicated with the warmth of achieving fortune. This new year, in collaboration with the Republic day, has brought with it an opportunity for all poker lovers to win huge. This 25th of January starts the “Republic Day Series” on PokerBaazi.com, India’s most trusted poker website.

The series is scheduled to last for 4 days, from the 25th to the 28th of January. On the opening day of the series, it’s the 5Lac Republic Day Free Roll event. The minimum deposit to secure a ticket to the event is INR 200. Punch in the Code''RDAY69'' when you deposit the money to secure your ticket. The event starts at 7 pm on an aforementioned day.

On the 26th of January, it is the day for the prestigious and reputed event, “The MoneyMaker 3.0”. The event guarantees a prize pool of 1 crore and starts at 6 pm on the Republic day. The winner and the 1st runner-up would walk away with prize money of 30 LAC and 20 LAC, respectively. You can deposit INR 30000 by punching in the code “TMMJAN” and secure your ticket. Also, you can play the satellites to win the ticket for free at an investment of only INR 10. The initial buy-in for the event in INR 11000. You can also buy the ticket using your loyalty reward currency. ie Baazi coins.

On the 27th of January, is scheduled another splendid event, the Republic Day Special The Big 7 Lac GTD, which guarantees a guaranteed prize pool of 7 LAC. The event starts at 7 pm on the 27th. The successor to this event is the Republic Day weekender 2 Lac, scheduled on the latter half of the day, at 8 pm.

Lastly, on the 28th of January, are scheduled two exciting events- Republic Day Special BSS - 20 Lac and Republic Day Special BSS - 5 Lac. The former event ensures a 6.9 LAC guaranteed prize pool to the winner. The latter event has an initial buy-in of (2000+200).
Unleash your poker love and win big this Republic Day!

Good evening Baazigars!

October witnessed grand celebrations for Diwali across the country and went down as a relatively happy and joyous month. In terms of the game of poker too, the fact that more people have warmed up to it is a matter of great satisfaction. We added to the spirit of the season with Hi-Octane October, The Diwali Cash League, Double or Nothing tournaments, and our newest poker tournament series, The Big Series. Three Baazigars won iPhone X in the Hi Octane October. What made our Diwali special was the response that you, Baazigars, continue to give us and the fact that we have yet again been given the opportunity to give more!

Thundering November will feature a wide range of prizes, rewards, and contests, and will include The Big Series- a series that has attracted growing numbers over the past few weeks. Weekdays now offer similar tournaments on the weekends, with 28 LAC up for grabs from Monday to Saturday. The weekends will continue to be featured by the Baazi Super Sunday events.    

Daily, weekly and monthly Leaderboard prizes will be featured this month, and iPhoneXs, bankrolls, prizes for ‘Most Valuable Player’ and tickets to The MoneyMaker 2.0 will all be up for grabs. Everyone seems to be grinding tourneys these days, and we’ve tried to include a range of tournament types and structures throughout the month.

PokerBaazi.com has also launched a separate leaderboard for its latest innovation, Double Or Nothing tournaments. Daily prize is a 5000 Bankroll on the website and the monthly winner will be crowned with a RADO watch worth 1 Lac.

The much anticipated The MoneyMaker 2.0 is scheduled for 6 pm, 26th November, and is certain to attract some incredible numbers. Satellites are running daily on the gaming client for as little as INR 10. This event will feature a guaranteed 1Crore Prize pool, 30 Lac for 1st and 20 Lac for 2nd.  

PokerBaazi Premier League is back with its Winter Edition and will feature a massive 2.6Crore Prizepool. The 6-day series kicks off on the 14th and will consist of a total of 31 tournaments. Headlining this series is the 60 LAC GTD ME with 15 LAC up top and the 50 LAC GTD High-roller Event.

November promises to be a massive month for poker with no shortage of possibilities to convert big overnight! Look out for the all-new hand re-player and let us know what you think! And lastly, good luck on the felts Baazigars!

From Donkey Kong to Donk Betting

Maria Kirloskar

PokerBaazi Team PRO- India's Most Trusted Poker Website

Recently, I came across an article by Barry Carter, the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2, in which he says that the new recreational poker player is more likely to come from today’s vast pool of gamers rather than casino gamblers. 

He goes on to explain that the ‘new player’ is more of the serious, tech-savvy gamer where following Twitch and YouTube streamers, even in the arena of Poker, are part and parcel of their gaming experience. This profile of player is used to complex games, making lots of fast decisions and most importantly they are much more willing to tolerate complexity.

These insights sparked an epiphany in my mind because I had been planning to write about my gaming journey over the years and I know that many of you out there are gamers first who now have evolved into Poker players.  It’s a relief to know that all those hours in front of the Nintendo, Atari, PC, Sega, and PlayStation have not been wasted but in fact have helped us on our Poker journey! And I can proudly say I do think I’m a first generation gamer haha (betraying my age, here)!

‘80’s

My gaming journey began in the 1980’s with the fantastic Donkey Kong on the Nintendo handheld.  The Nintendo was my favorite possession, after my Walkman, and I had to have it with me everywhere I went. The challenge was first to get the max score of 999 after which I realized the game would reset and you could go on to make another 999 without end.  Very quickly, it became a challenge of how to get to 999 10 times in a single session! 

In this same decade, I played Nintendo “Egg” and all the uber cool Atari games like Space Invaders, Adventure, and Pong. 

‘90s

In the 1990’s, I was busy completing University and starting my career.  There was no time for games and I didn’t miss it because I just thought that games were for kids, not for people who had to focus on adult responsibilities.

I was pleasantly proved wrong when I had the opportunity to join a company which was creating CD ROM learning titles around stories and games for children.  I had the joy of working on the development and marketing of those incredible games.

At this time, because of the nature of my job, I was able to spend hours after work playing games on some beautiful Macs with huge screens in the office. This was when Myst entered my life.  The most graphically beautiful and complex game I have played till date, I spent 1997 playing Myst and its sequels Myst II: Riven; Myst III: Exile in 2001, Myst IV: Revelation in 2004 and finally Myst V: End of Ages in 2005. I think I fell in love with the Rand brothers who created those amazing games.

By 2003, the Myst franchise had sold over 12 million copies worldwide.

‘00’s

By the 2000’s, I was a full-on the gamer, playing Age of Empires, Doom and Half-Life on the PC.

Doom was my first experience with a first-person shooter game. Released in 1993, I started playing it in 2004.  Since its debut, over 10 million copies of the games in the Doom series have been sold.

Half-Life quickly became one of my favorites and, no wonder, because it won over 50 PC ‘Game of the Year’ awards and is considered to be one of the greatest games of all time.

Then came the immersive strategy game, The Elder Scrolls, which put me on the path to Poker.  The complexity, the endurance and the long hours prepped me well for my current career!

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action-playing open-world fantasy video games, known for its vast and graphically engaging open worlds with its focus on free-form gameplay.  The first of the series was released in 1994 but I began playing it on the PS in 2006. So I skipped the earlier versions, including Morrowind, and started with Oblivion and then went on to Skyrim in 2011.  Thus, began my love for dragons – all because of the character of the great dragon Alduin the World Eater…

In 2013, The Elder Scrolls was voted as the Greatest Game Series of the Decade on GameSpot, winning out over 64 other titles competing for this honor. 

In 2006, I also began playing Call of Duty, which is my all-time favorite console game. Playing the series on the PS, I spent countless hours playing Call of Duty 3, went on to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, then Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3, Black Ops 2, Ghosts, Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 3 and Infinite Warfare.

Phew.  I did not realize until just now that I have spent a lot of hours on my love for gaming!

In 2007, Zynga Poker was launched and all bets were on!

Still, I didn’t know that my poker journey had begun at that time so spent more hours on the PS3 games - getting through all the Call of Duty campaigns and the Oblivion fantasy with the huge battling dragons, were my daily pastime.

In 2015, all that changed when I began playing satellites to win tickets into the IPC live tournaments in Goa.  And Poker became the game of my life.

Now, I play only Poker with a smattering of video game sessions to unwind and destress.  But I do miss those weekends of playing Call of Duty and the beauty of the Myst series.

After reading Carter’s article on the new recreational Poker player being more gamer than a gambler, I realized that sometimes your pastime leads you to a passion and that passion hones skills you didn’t know you either had or would need to have.  I’m glad that gamers are now looking at Poker as a new gaming experience – we’re bound to be challenged by the current generation of gamers whose mental agility will propel them from being mere recreational players to some of the best professional Poker players in the world. 

 

Gamers - live long and prosper!

The fourth day of the PPL Special Edition concluded last night, headlined by the 40 LAC GTD Highroller Event. All 4 events beat their respective guaranteed prizepools. Here are the highlights:

Event 13: This 1 LAC GTD event kick started Day 4, and saw 176 registrations. “kianmnatnihc” won himself 33,200 for a first place finish, followed by “rebetshove”. The total prizepool of this event was 166,000.

Event 14: The second event of the day was the 2 LAC GTD 6-max RA tournament. It was once again “Intruder” who found himself at the top of the pack, ousting a field of 177 entrants and winning 56,500 for the first place. This records his second win of the series. Runner up of this event was “ketchup”.

Event 15: The much awaited NLHE Highroller Event guaranteed a whopping prizepool of 40 LAC, and saw an incredible 162 entries, pushing the total prizepool to 54 LAC! This 6-max Super Deepstack event took nearly 10 hours to conclude, and witnessed some of the biggest names in the country battling it out for the title, bragging rights and a cool 10,93,500 in prize money. In the end, “00megadraw” was crowned champion of the PPL Special Edition Highroller Event. Second place was taken by “Smoothie12” along with 8,23,500 in prize money.

Event 16: Wrapping up the events for the evening, this 1 LAC GTD Freezeout tournament saw Faiz ”AilaGaya” Alam defeat “ISquirtBullets” in a heads-up battle to win his first title of the series along with 24,219 in prize money.

Congratulations to the winners of Day 4!

Today’s events begin at 5 pm, and will be highlighted by Event 19: The PLO Highroller Event, offering a guaranteed prizepool of 20 LAC! Join the action today and stand a chance to win from the mammoth 2.4 Cr prizepool.

Check out the latest leaderboard standings here: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl7-leaderboard

PPL SE Fantasy League standings after Day 4: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/fantasy-leaderboard

PokerBaazi would like to wish all the players the very best for Day 5. See you at the tables!

#PokerBaazi #PPL #SpecialEdition #Day4 #Baazigar

 

 

 

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