Feb 25, 2018

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!

Cash game lovers, here’s an exciting news for you. Pokerbaazi is back with its cash promotion along with the phenomenal “The MoneyMaker 3.0”. This promotion is a splendid chance for all the cash game enthusiasts to win big. So what are you waiting for? Bucker up! For this exciting promotion called the “cash drive” is all about befitting you with benefits.

 The Cash Drive begins on the 20th of January, 2018 and would run for a solid 3 weeks! Also, you can win upto 300% bonus amount on VIP point races and stack challenges!

Let’s enlighten you, in details, about the “Cash Drive”.

The journey to the 300% bonus amount is divided into three steps. First, a player has to earn 5 times VIP points of the deposited amount using code CASHDRIVE2. If you reach the target, you would be rewarded with the 100% Real Cash amount of the deposited amount.

After the 1st round comes the second round with the challenge and the reward complimenting each other, perfectly. In the second round, you are expected to earn 10 times VIP Points of the deposited amount and you would be rewarded with another 100% Real cash Bonus of the amount deposited.

Apart from this, if you effectively complete two stack challenges, you would bag another 100% Real Cash Bonus. For more details refer to www.pokerbaazi.com

Just to remind all you baazigars, the MoneyMaker 3.0 is commencing on the 26th January 2018. The 1 crore GTD is awaiting to crown the deserving winner and the 1st runner-up with the winning title and reward of 30 LACS and 20 LACS, respectively. You can turn your initial buy-in amount of INR 11000 into a huge fortune. You can also win tickets to the magnanimous event by playing regular satellites for as little as INR 10 or deposit INR 30000 or above with the code “TMMJAN” to receive a free ticket.

Rock the felt!


This is not the era of conventions. Like every field, the professional field is also extending its branches into varied aspects of becoming successful. Gone are the days when the most successful career options were engineering and medical studies. This generation has learned to take chances, follow their own call and reach the pedestal of success.

Poker has also become such a career option which can earn you both money and fame. The biggest perk is, you don’t need any specific degree or educational qualification to become a successful poker player; all you need is your adulthood (playing poker below the age of 21 is illegal) and skills, of course (which can be developed). Going by the words of the experienced, ‘perseverance is the key to success’. Being naturally good at something is a boon but practice and the will to polish your skills is the main factor. Poker requires just that- your patience to brush up your skills and your belief in yourself. This game of skill and strategy has given a platform to many celebrities who were a nobody once upon a time. Most of the celebrated poker professionals of today have built themselves up from a scratch and now have secured a respectable and financially secure position in the society. Here are a few poker professionals from the poker landscape who have outrightly proved to the world that to become successful, all you need is the courage to follow your calling-

Daniel Negreanu:

This Canadian chap was not an extraordinary name in the poker world when he first started playing poker. His inclination towards poker started when he used to visit pool halls, betting rooms etc. in his teenage. Very soon he could understand that poker was his call and with his parent's support he took up poker as his profession. It wasn’t easy to grope a platform in the poker industry at such a tender age. The biggest obstacle was maintaining bankroll. After his first plunge into the poker world, he got himself trained a bit and visited Las Vegas to turn the tables of his life. He couldn’t survive there much. After a few months, he had to return back to Toronto due to his inability to maintain the bankroll. But at the age of 23, he became the youngest poker player, at that time, to win a WSOP bracelet.

Phil Ivey:

Who doesn’t know this name in the poker landscape? Where there is poker, there is an existence of Ivy there. His introduction to poker happened in the back-room games at the New Jersey Telemarketing Firm, his workplace in the 90s. His passion for poker made him forge an ID to gain an access to the Atlantic City’s casinos. But now, Ivy’s value has reached to over $14,000,000.

 Johnny Chan:

This China-born poker star had an all-set career option in Texas. But ironically, he chose Texas Holdem instead of his family business of restaurant. He pursued his calling and in 1987, he won two WSOP bracelets back to back. After that, there was no looking back and now he owns 10 more such prestigious bracelets to his name.

Chris Moneymaker:

His life was quite set and stable when he took his calling. He wasn’t a very skilled player when he decided to switch his career but he knew his goals well. He spent $40 to enter an online poker qualifier for the 2003 WSOP seat as a novice. He polished his skills swiftly and efficiently and within a couple of months, bagged the 839-strong Main Event. It’s been more than a decade now that he is a professional poker player in the poker landscape.

 Vanessa Selbst:

This lady is really the superhero of poker. She is one of the most celebrated female poker professionals and has reputed poker titles to her honour. When she got inclined towards poker, she had a well-defined academic path for herself. But after knowing poker, she didn’t take much time to realize what would give her professional satisfaction. It was 2006 when Selbst took up her first WSOP tournament and in her first time, made her way to the final table and also the top 7. Since then, she went on climbing the success ladder of poker. She is also the only female poker player to have secured the first position on the ‘player of the year’ list by the Global Poker Index. Recently she retired from being a professional poker player.

Poker world can boast of numerous such players whose success stories are inspirational. Poker is an unbiased field where only your skills and strategies are responsible for your success or deterioration. It’s a field where you don’t find cheap diplomacies and nepotism. You are responsible for what happens to you.

So go out there and make things happen, because here in poker, we rely on our capabilities of playing our cards and not on the quality of cards dealt with us.

Bluffing is one of the essential skills that are to be learned in online poker games. The thrill that the game holds can be attributed to a great level to a single element – bluff. The art of bluff can make you good money and at the same time bring you to the losing edge.

You learn it along while playing the game for a considerable amount of time. Bluffing in online poker is somewhat difficult as compared to bluffing at real tables. You will learn the art of bluffing automatically once you spend enough time on a poker site.

In poker games to maintain a stable win rate, you have to be able to bluff in certain spots or have the skill to make your opponent make big lay-downs. If you can do this with a high level of proficiency, you will be one of the top poker players.

In live poker games or online poker games, you have the option to show the table your hand after you rake in the pot. It is suggested that you should never show your hand, and importantly never show your hand if you feel the table is as good as you or better than you.

If you show your hand to a skilled table, the players will have some awareness into how your mind is operating on a given day, and likewise, then the table will have hand range to put you on. Giving away some small information such as betting out with top pair, and showing an “AK” can harm your chances in the future.

If you decide to show your hand after you make a hand like top pair and top kicker, you are telling the table that you are very tight, but also that you don’t want to be messed with. Given this information, now every player in return will mess with you in subsequent hands. When you tell a poker player you have it all the time, most players become stubborn enough to attack you constantly. It can have ups and downs depending on if you are careful or not, but showing your cards is definitely not the best solution.

If you sit in a poker game where you see loose aggressive players, and not just one or two, but an entire table of wildly aggressive players, this is the time to show one bluff. The reason to show a bluff at a table like this is that once you start making big hands you will now instantly get paid off. There are no ifs or buts about it. This is the only time where it is acceptable to show a bluff, and it is also one time where you can accumulate heaps of chips in front of you in a matter of minutes.

The best time to not show bluffs is all the time. There is no reason to let a decent player have free information. If someone doesn’t pay to see your hand then they should not see your hand.

So, poker folks before you intend to bluff do remember these pointers that will help you grind smooth until the end.

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)!


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. 


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.


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!

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