Feb 24, 2018

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!

Poker is enjoying a growing preference during Diwali celebrations across the country, and with good reason! The skill-based game has intrigued many to come ‘try their luck’ at the felts and find out what all the fuss is about. Get-togethers during the festival are slowly seeing Rummy games being replaced by it, and for us poker enthusiasts, well, that’s great news!

PokerBaazi.com’s ‘Diwali Cash League’ kicked off on the 16th of October and is a great opportunity to enjoy some poker at the cash tables while standing a chance to win a trip to Australia! That’s right – the top two winners of the Diwali Cash League win a 7-night package (flights + stay) to Melbourne, during the 2018 Aussie Millions early next year. The festival also features iPhone Xs, gold coins, tournament tickets, and tons of cash prizes all up for grabs until the 5th of November.

Divided into 2 categories (Hi and Lo), the League will feature a Leaderboard that rewards players with points based on the number of hands played (https://www.pokerbaazi.com/promotions/diwali-cash-league) and stack challenges completed (https://www.pokerbaazi.com/promotions/stack-challenge). Depending on the stake levels chosen, prizes and points will vary.

The PokerBaazi.com Diwali Cash League is guaranteed to add to the festivities of the season, and with the race now underway, it’s time to grab your seats at the tables and start clocking those hands! (Oh, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to find out what’s nice to see in Melbourne too!) Two weeks of high-value cash games gift wrapped with loads of goodies, this one’s most definitely going to a be a ‘Happy Diwali’. 

Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan, Steffen Sontheimer, Phil Ivey; what does it pop in your mind when you think of these eminent names? Made the way to huge win? Well, of Course, the best poker players in the world with huge impressive numbers to their kitty.

Are you prepared? Because PokerBaazi is here with an exclusive opportunity to crown you with the MoneyMaker tag. Register yourself to India’s biggest online poker tournament – The MoneyMaker, promising a massive prize pool of 1 Crore. You have few more days to wrap up your stuff because the event will keep you engaged on 1st of October, starting at 9 pm sharp.

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The mammoth online tournament is predicted to attract anywhere from 700-1000 amateurs, professionals and recreational poker players from across the country. A buy-in amount of INR 11,000 gives you a seat to this prestigious event along with a shot at creating poker history.  The first-place finisher is to be rewarded with a massive 25 LAC GTD. The prize amount is so far the biggest for a single tournament. The hot shot is worth playing!

The event will be hosted online on PokerBaazi.com, and players can choose to play either by downloading the poker app on their desktops or phones (IOS or android) or by simply using the “Play Now” option available on the PokerBaazi.com website page.

Poker games at times bring you down to situations where players are supposed to come with spontaneous actions, many stressful plays and also requires high concentration.

The ability of decision-making is a key ingredient for the players out there, and this is must be attained. There are many techniques that could be excelled through experience but some that could be attained by your diet.

Poker can help meet all the expectations you list. Apart from that, it provides you entertainment, money, and a way to meet new friends. However, one thing that poker games can’t help you with is staying in shape and enough of energy that a poker player demands.

Poker is a very sedentary activity where people sit around for longer periods of time without burning any calories. To reduce this stress we have motioned a quick healthy routine one should follow in order to keep your brain healthy, focused and working optimally for maximum wins and mastering the Texas hold’em Poker game and other variants of poker too.

Drink a Lot                                                     

Well, when it is stated drink a lot, we nowhere mean that players target on hard drinks but normal water, tea or coffee. Drinking a lot of water is important because when you sit at the tables either playing online poker tournaments or the live poker games, it can get your body rejuvenated, also, will keep you awake and much more alert.

For the extra boost and energy, players should stick to tea or coffee as it works well with stress on the heart. Also, players should be aware that the consumption of sodas and fruit juices can lead to high blood sugar then suddenly drop which is due to the high content of sugar that can affect poker playing skills.

Focus on Eating Habits

Aiming to get best poker sequences should be listed second here because the prior thing to think of is a healthy diet first. Why? Because, players are often traveling and living with unhealthy diet – junks all the time. A big no to junks, hands-on healthy food players!

Make sure to have complete meals three times a day. Additionally, eat light snacks in between to refuel your batteries. The players should be eating every couple of hours to maintain the energy levels so that they can focus better.

Make sure that you are having a moderate sized meal before you sit for the game. You will agree to it, eat less as you tend to be more alert when your stomach is not full.

Increase Your Sleep Hours

A tournament can make you sit constantly for 10- 12 hours that too with high concentration and stressful situations. After all, money cannot be piled that easily! Though it’s fun as every poker hand gets intriguing as the time passes, pretty much-indulging things tend to be. To deal with these hard situations, players should make sure that they have a complete round of 8 hours peaceful sleep. Not sleeping properly can bulge you too vague decisions and keep your emotions on an even keel.

Moreover, overdosing can also hurt your performances and lead you to difficult downswings like the unnecessary anger, depression, aggressiveness and uncontrollable emotions.

So, Poker lovers have a balanced blend of sleep, food, and drinks so that you give a splendid performance in the poker table.

 

 

The third day of the PPL Special Edition concluded last night with Events 9, 10, 11 and 12 all crossing their respective Guaranteed Prize Pools. Day 3 saw 795 unique entries and was highlighted by the 10 LAC GTD Deepstack Turbo. Here are the results in brief:

Event 9: The day kicked off with the 1.5 LAC GTD RA event. It attracted 192 unique entries, and first place was taken by “lalchi14”, along with 38,040 in prize money. The runner up of the event was “monster”.

Event 10: This exciting PLO Freezeout event offered a guaranteed prizepool of 1 LAC and attracted 147 players. “Shrey94” dominated the final few tables and finally took the top spot along with 23,153 for his efforts. “abhi2129” finished in second place.

Event 11: The main event of Day 3, this 10 LAC GTD Deepstack Freezeout event had 245 entrants, increasing the prizepool to over 12L. After 8 hours and an extremely tough Final Table line-up, it was “spiboy314” who came out on top and won a cool 235,813 in prize money. “Spady” finished runner up and received 174,563 for his efforts.

Event 12: Day 3 wrapped up with the 2 LAC GTD 6-max Turbo RA event. 211 players meant yet another guarantee-crushing pool and a top prize of 50,700. “griezmann” was the winner of this event, followed by “amitag” in second place.

Congratulations to all the winners of Day 3!

Day 4 of the PPL Special Edition kicks off at 5pm today. Today’s schedule includes the much anticipated High-roller event, which offers a GTD prizepool of 40 LAC! Come join the action and stand a chance to win from the massive 2.4 Cr Prizepool.

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

PPL SE Fantasy League Leaderboard standings: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/fantasy-leaderboard

PokerBaazi would like to wish all the players the very best for Day 4. See you at the tables!

#PokerBaazi #PPL #SpecialEdition #Day3 #Baazigar

 

 

 

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