Feb 25, 2018

Poker has changed dramatically from a recreational activity to an increasingly popular card game with professional players as well as millions of dollars in tournament prize money. The game has benefited tremendously from the numerous TV shows as well as the growth of the internet era which brought with it more fans, players, websites as well as more money flooding the industry. There is a saying that goes with games involving chance - ‘The house always wins’. These Professionals are living proof that it is not true at least in the case of Poker, further strengthening its position as a game of skill.

Sam Trickett

Born on 2nd July 1986, Sam Trickett is a Professional Poker player from Nottinghamshire, England. Trickett began playing poker in 2005 after suffering a knee injury that ended his career as a professional footballer. He is currently the fifth highest earner in tournament play of all time, and is best known for his runner-up finish against Antonio Esfandiari in the Big One for One Drop, racking up over $10 Million Dollars in Prize money.

Erik Seidel

Erik Seidel is an American professional poker player who has won an incredible eight World Series of Poker bracelets as well as a World Poker Tour title which also got him $1 Million in Cash Prize. Seidel originally was a backgammon player and also dabbed his hands in the stock market at one point. Back in 2011, he was ranked as the best poker player in the world for 15 weeks straight. His net worth is approximately $41 million.

Phil Ivy

Born on 1st February, 1977, Phillip Dennis Ivey Jr. Is an American professional poker player who was at one time considered to be the best all round player on the planet. Ivey has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour tile, and appeared in no less than nine World Poker Tour final tables.

Nicknamed ‘The Tiger Woods of Poker’ for his successful run, Ivey is currently tied with Jhonny Chan and Doyle Brunson for second most all-time World Series of Poker Bracelet holders with 10 in the bag. His estimated net worth is over $100 Million.

Phil Helmuth

Phillip Jerome Hellmuth Jr.  Is an American Poker Pro who has won a record of fourteen World Series of Poker Bracelets. In 2007, Hellmuth was inducted into the poker hall of fame for his achievements in the field. He has also won the World series of Poker Maint Event (WSOP) in 1989 as well as World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Maint Event in 2012.

As of August 2017, Hellmuth has over $14 Million in cashes at WSOP and ranks fifth in the WSOP all time Money List. His net worth is Approximately $22 Million.

Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio ‘The Magician’ Esfandiari is a professional poker player who was formerly a professional magician known for his elaborate chip and card tricks. After taking up poker, Esfandiari has done quite well for himself.

In addition to winning two World Poker Tour (WPT) championships and three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets in his career, Esfandiari has appeared in numerous poker television shows such as Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker. His biggest win came in the form of a $1 Million buy-in tournament “Big One for One Drop” in 2012, earning him $18,346,673 which was the largest cash prize in the history of poker.

His net worth is Approximately $20 Million.




The third day of the 2.6 Crore Guaranteed PokerBaazi Premier League Winter'17 Edition saw a total of 5 events and was highlighted by the 50 Lac guaranteed High-roller event. Let’s take a look at how things unfolded in yesterday’s action.

Event 11: 1 Lac R+A

The first event of the day was the 1 Lac guaranteed Rebuy/Add-on event, which attracted 142 unique entries increasing the prize- pool by nearly 50% to INR 1,42,000. ‘Ohno’ defeated ‘usermane’ heads up to take down the event along with a score of INR 29,925.

Event 12: 1.5 Lac RE

The 1.5 Lac guaranteed Re-entry event was the second of the evening, and roped in 147 unique entries with 139 re-entries. Pole position rewarded INR 31,500, and it was ‘gangajal’ who defeated ‘Hades’ heads up to ship this event.

Event 13: 5 Lac Deepstack Turbo              

The 5 Lac guaranteed deepstack turbo event attracted 156 entries along with 92 re-entries, taking the total prize pool to INR 6,20,000. ‘lokpok’ found himself heads up againt ‘sherkhan88’ and managed to win the event along with a hefty payday of INR 1,25,550.

Event 14: 50 Lac High-roller

The biggest event of the day, this 50 Lac guaranteed 6-max high-roller consisted of 146 of the toughest players in the country battling it out for the title of Highroller champion and the jaw-dropping first place prize of INR 10.55 Lac. 55 Re-entries to this event saw the prize pool sum up to INR 50,20,000. A little under 11 hours later, we had our champion – PokerBaazi Team PRO Abhishek Panda defeated ‘OMG_spew’ heads up to seal the deal and title of the PPL Winter Edition High-roller event.

Event 15: 1 Lac Turbo FO

The I Lac guaranteed Turbo Freeze-out event was the last one for Day 3, and attracted 181 entries totaling to a prize pool of INR 1,08,600. ‘FishermanR’ once again finds himself on top of the field, defeating ‘BAZIGAAR’ heads up for the win and a payday of INR 21,720.

Congratulations to all the winner of Day 3!

Day 4 will kick off at 3 pm today and is headlined by the 25 Lac guaranteed PLO High-roller event.

Check out the complete schedule along with the Leaderboard standings in the links below:

Schedule: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl

Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-leaderboard

Fantasy League: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/fantasy-leaderboard#

Good luck to all the Baazigars for Day 4 and the PLO High-roller event!


You are what you eat. No amount of denying or lying is going to help you get that out of the way. Poker is a game that requires your utmost concentration and attention. It is important to understand that the act of thinking and focusing is a biochemical procedure. The cells in your brain require neurotransmitter chemicals to duplicate pathways and facilitate efficient communication between the cells in your body. Acetylcholine, Dopamine, and Serotonin are the three most basic neurotransmitters that exist in your body. The nutritional consumption of the supposed ‘brain food’ that is going to be mentioned in this article promotes the production of these important neurotransmitters, and the outcome will be having increased focus, concentration, and amazing memory-related skills.

Fish: Fatty fish, in particular, is an amazing source of Omega 3. Omega 3 is a fatty acid that helps to promote the improvement of cellular building blocks. Consumption of this type of fatty fish can help produce all three of the necessary neurotransmitters, therefore increasing concentration, helping you focus better on the cards you have and help you take better, more accurate decisions whilst playing your hand at Poker.

Bananas: Bananas are some of the best brain foods available to you. This is because they are high in Vitamin B, particularly Vitamin B6! Vitamin B6 helps the body produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. A lack of this vital vitamin can cause confusion, irritability as well as depression. These are not qualities you want or require, especially whilst playing a tough game of poker, where the most amount of your focus is needed. Other than bananas, hazelnuts, spinach, potatoes, whole grains also provide a good source of Vitamin B6.

Whole Grains: Other than the fact that whole grains are filled with Vitamin B, magnesium and iron, they are also an amazing source of glucose – which is your body’s most significant source of energy for proper physical and mental functioning. Unlike other processed and refined foods, whole grains haven’t been refined to the part where important components like fiber and protein have been lost. They help regulate your blood sugar too. Carbohydrates are good for you, contrary to popular belief. You need a minimum of 50 grams of carbohydrates a day to support the proper functioning of your brain and other vital organs in your body.

Green Tea: Green tea has won multiple awards (especially amongst social circles) about being the healthiest hot drink around town. It contains antioxidants that help you detox and also helps you improve your memory and concentration levels!

Avocados: Avocados are the healthiest fruits you can consume! These green powerhouses are filled with mono-saturated fats or the ‘good’ kind of fats that keep your blood sugar in check and help your skin to glow! It contains great amounts of Vitamin K and folate, which helps prevent blood clots in the brain and help improve cognitive function, especially help in improving your memory and powers of concentration. Avocados have the highest protein and lowest sugar content as compared to any other fruit! Rejoice!

Blueberries: These are the fruits that contain the most amount of antioxidants known to man, including vitamin C and vitamin K as well as fiber. Blueberries also consist of Gallic acid and thus are capable of protecting your brain from degeneration or stress.

Broccoli: Why do our parents always force us to consume broccoli? It is because it is one of the best foods for your brain available. It has a great content of vitamin K and choline, which has proven to keep your memory sharp for longer duration's of time. Just one cup of broccoli has over 150% of your daily vitamin C requirement. It has dietary fiber as well, this is why it is so important for you, especially whilst you play poker, to keep your mood stable, and be able to focus. Vitamin C helps with all of that.

Dark Chocolate: How did this make it to the list? Dark chocolate is actually good for you because it is filled with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can surprisingly help lower your blood pressure and improve blood flow to your brain and heart, two things important to be noted whilst playing poker.

 These healthy foods above that have been mentioned are vital for you as a poker player and more importantly to lead a truly healthy life!


Oily carbs, ferry rides, amazing shopping and unlimited poker, Macau aka The Vegas of Asia is indeed a remarkable destination for poker enthusiasts. There’s a reason why Macau is named the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’ and you shouldn’t miss out on all this fun! There are over 30 casinos in this province, of which the biggest and the grandest one is ‘The Venetian Macau’. This also happens to be the biggest casino in the world. Do you need any more reasons to visit this casino? The other casinos to visit are Grand Lisboa Casino, MGM Casino and Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome (amongst others).

Macau is a special administrative region of China. It was previously a Portuguese colony and has imbibed a lot of Portuguese cultures as well. There is a plethora of casinos found in Macau and the place earns over 6 Billion USD per year due to people’s gambling addictions! So, if you are done with poker and wondering, what it’s like to visit Macau as a tourist, then here is a list of all the wonderful things you can do in the wonderful province of Macau:

Ruins of St. Paul: This is the flagship site for Macau when it has to impress its tourists. It was built in the 17th century and was built by the Portuguese in honor of St. Paul. In 2005, the ruins of St. Paul was listed as a part of the Historic Centre of Macau (HCM), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most tourists visit this place during the daytime as the entry shuts by 6 PM, and the best part about this attraction? There’s no admission fees.

Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre: This center is an amazing experience for tourists from all over the world to witness the different sights of Macau from 233 meters above sea level. There are different activities like skydiving and bungee jumping that also take place from here. If you’re adventurous, go for it!

Macau Tower: This tower is 338 meters above the city and is the 10th tallest freestanding tower in the world! There are breathtaking panoramic views of the city available from here as well as a Revolving Tower Restaurant that can seat 250 people at once and takes 60 minutes to complete an entire revolution! Talk about dining in style, Macau has it all for you.

Fisherman’s Wharf: Macau Fisherman Wharf is an 111,500 meter squared park and the first ever park of its kind in the tourism industry of Macau. It is centrally located in the outer harbor and also offers attractions such as shopping, entertainment, dining, etc.

Senado Square (Largo do Senado): The Senado Square is a paved town square and is a World Heritage Site (UNESCO) as well. This square has been Macau’s urban center for centuries and is still a very popular venue for many celebrations. It is paved with mosaic colored stones set by the Portuguese.

 Macau is a city that is one of its kind. If you are planning on traveling to Asia for an extended visit, you cannot leave Macau off your itinerary! 

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