May 27, 2019


Action escalated to the apex of the second day at Deltin Royale Casino, Goa for the 50k Highroller event of Baazi Poker Tour. Played on 6-max tables, the tournament brought 15 Lacs in GTD prize pool. Shortly after an instigation, 64 players registered keeping the tune higher and better. The tournament began with an announcement of Shuffle Up & Deal by the tournament director Roshan Morajkar.

With few dawdling hops of event- Ronak decided to fold, Abhishek Jain decided to call, and elimination of Gaurav Didwania, the aura maintained its charisma with registration numbers intensifying to 105 in just one hour. Players also had an option to re-enter till the end of the 4th level. Sangeeth Mohan, leading out at 3000 got eliminated by PokerBaazi Pro Abhishek Panda.

The action seemed to be boundless with registration crossing over 129 amassed with an elimination of Danish Sheikh by Sanket Sangaria. Jatin made a bet of 550 from UTG+1 to which, Kanishk flats from the Small Blind. Jatin Kukreja stepped up magnificently in beating Kanishk Upreti with a higher flush. Pranav Desai opened with 625 and got 4 callers on the table – Phaninder, Sahil Agrwal, Farookh and Tarun.

Level 6 and 7 elicited some interesting shots with effects like Anup calling to shutdown, PokerBaazi pro Vikram decided to fold and elimination of Ankush by Vinod Megalmani. Rahul Melwani went all-in preflop with 25,475 and got a call from Archit. With a start of level 7, there were whopping 145 entries and 15 re-entries but the news just got majestic with an announcement of total prize pool, Rs 72.5 Lacs.

The ensuing ticks presented Harman Baweja, Actor and the enthusiastic poker player taking it down from Vinod Megalmani. Sanket who had a stack of 78,000 got eliminated with the beginning of level 10, Varun Gulati got eliminated by Kanishka Samant and Shashwat, Anirudh got eliminated from the same table. At the culmination of level 11, the number of players plunged to 58. The rewarding time enunciated with the prize pool of 72.5 Lacs, to be divided among the top 15 players. The epic continued with an elimination of Jaydeep Dawer, Jimmy Arora, Bharath and Vaibhav Sharma.

With confounding strides, the tournament field was down to 39 players at the end of 14th level. Next levels were stirred with the eliminations of Hemant Arora, Abhineet Jain, Rahul Melwani and Eka. As it is said, ‘The game is not over yet’ or ‘The best is yet to come’, 24 survivors of Day 2 will recapitulate the battle for High Roller Championship on Day 3. Stay tuned for something awesome!!

Kicked off with 100 preliminary entries to a whopping 230 entries for the 10K Freezeout event, Baazi Poker Tour was besieged with an astonishing poker extravaganza. Whether we talk on Bonanza or the Rainy weather, everything was in favour of players looking for treasured experience. Hundreds of Poker enthusiasts marked their presence to play in Baazi Poker Tour at Deltin Royale Casino, Goa.

The expedition started with the announcement of “Shuffle Up & Deal” by PokerBaazi Pro Vikram Kumar, the 10K Freezeout event for 7.5 Lacs in GTD prize pool, began at 7 PM. Players got started at a blind of 25/50 and a blind interval of 25 minutes. The event was decked up with notable pros from across the country, including PokerBaazi Pro Paawan Bansal, Abhishek Panda & Vikram Kumar, Jasven Saigal, Rajat Sharma, Pranay Kapoor, Maria Kirloskar, Kartik Ved, Sahil Chutani and Simon Mint.

The actions seemed to be unbounded with registration crossing over 200 amassed with elimination of Rajat Sharma, Shashank Desa and Nisha Sarin. Abhishek Kumar goes all-in preflop with his stack of over 8500 and gets called by Piyush, Vikram Kumar goes all-in preflop with a stack over 4000. 120 well-heeled players were left after the second break. The game started at blinds 600/1200/200.

The thrill rapt to pinnacle with elimination of Vikram Kumar and Sumit Sapra from the same table. Spartan Poker pro Sangeet Mohan moved all-in with 14,500 and got one caller on the table. With clock leading to zero hours, there were only 65 players left in the 10K Freezeout event. The major chip counts: Sidharth Sighvi – 67,000; Suren Gupta – 66,000; Jeeran Jain – 64,500; Bharat Jaiprakash – 63,000; Kartik Ved – 62,000.

Kartik opened with 4000 preflop which Bharat called to see the flop and after few hit-or-miss moves, Bharat got eliminated from the 10K Freezeout tournament. With confounding strides, the tournament field was down to 38 players at the end of 13th level. The fun escalated with the proclamation of the prize pool, which was a whopping 22.8 Lacs. The number of places paid were 24.

The first player to get eliminated was Sangeet Mohan in the 24 players’ watercourse, channelled to win cash prizes. He won 20,000. 11 players eliminated in the next half hour. The cash prizes were- Raghvendra R – Rs 25,000, Rajesh Patel – Rs 30,000, Shantanu Bharadwaj – Rs 30,000, Gaurav Didwani – Rs 30,000, Santosh Suvarna – Rs 35,000, Sameer Chaturvedi – Rs 35,000 and Deepak Kempegowda – Rs 35,000. Mandira finished 12th for Rs 44,000.

The 10K Freezeout event reached its final table of 9 players with Kalyan Chakravarty leading the final 9 with 4,29,000 chips. Jaydeep Dawar finished 9th for Rs 53,000 and Kanishk Upreti finished 8th for Rs 65,000. Alnoor who got doubled up, lost his stack to Vikas in this hand. He finished 7th by winning 85,000. Siddhrath Signhvi finished 6th for Rs 1,10,000, Nitesh Baliyan finished 5th for Rs 1,40,000 and Alpit placed 4th for Rs 1,90,000.

En masse, the showdown belonged to the top 3 players- Jiren, Kalyan and Vikas. Jiten got eliminated a while later winning Rs 2,55,000. Vikas and Kalyan were strode up for the tournament title and the prize money. Just 4 hands into the foremost upshot, Kalyan won the 10K Freezeout tournament bagging Rs 5.7 Lacs in top prize. Vikas gript the second spot by winning Rs 3.5 Lacs. As put down in Kalyan’s own words, it is his first major win in his intact poker career.

Located right on the banks of the Mandovi River, Deltin Royale Casino is one of the sought-after nightlife spots in Goa. Started in August 2013, Deltin Royale Casino is a gamer’s paradise weathered with top-notch tournaments enfolding both Indian and International games. It has the country’s only enthusiastic Royale Poker Room as well as an exclusive Taash Room for Indian Flush. Open 24 hours, Deltin Royale offers live gaming during any time of the day or night. However, tables and games available to play can differ according to peak or non-peak hours of the day.

The casino offers 12 games which include Money Wheel, Poker, Blackjack, Baccarat, Indian Flush (Teen Patti) and American Roulette etc. There are many more wonders presented than you would have anticipated from this casino. They also offer kids’ rooms with bunk-beds, games and trained nannies if you want to sneak out to the gaming tables in peace.

Deltin Royale also bids deluxe VIP Gaming Suites that selected guests can choose to stay and play in. They provide different bands according to packages. For example, the white bands are for invitation-only VVIPs and gold bands are for VIPs. Find your favorite tang at the Vegas Restaurant along with the live entertainment shows. You can have access to a selection of Indian, Italian, Continental, Thai, and Chinese cuisines (veg/non-veg) at the Vegas restaurant.

Quick checklist for you

  • It’s open 24*7.
  • You must be 21+ to access gaming floors.
  • A valid government photo identity must be presented before coming on board.
  • Photography is permitted, excluding the VIP gaming rooms and the main casino floor.
  • Wear formals and avoid shorts, T-shirts, slippers.
  • Snacks will be served by 8.30 p.m.; Dinner will be served between 9 p.m. and 1.30 a.m.
  • Drink on table is only available when you are playing.
  • One time chips can be used on selected tables only.
  • Only selected drinks available for normal tickets.

Important Details

  • Address: Boards from Noah's Ark, RND Jetty, Dayanand Bandodkar Road, Panjim, Goa. Ph: +91 86 985 99999.
  • Timings: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Dress code: Smart casual (no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or flip-flops/chappals).
  • Types of Games: Texas Hold'em Poker, 5 Card Poker, Pontoon, Casino War, Baccarat, Money Wheel, Blackjack, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Mini Flush, Sic Bo.

Akhilesh Singh aka Aone1 showed great poker skills by charging up through a strong field of 169 players to win the 15 LAC GTD Main Event of PokerBaazi Premier League Season III which eventually became India's biggest online tournament till date with an overall prize pool of 21.9 LAC. Akhilesh Singh won a whooping 5 LAC in the tournament.

Akhilesh shares his experience with all Baazigars!

Question 1: How do you feel after winning the 15 LAC GTD PPL-III Main Event?

Firstly, I would like to thank PokerBaazi team for providing such a platform to play poker. It was an amazing feeling to win a major & India's biggest online tournament ever and winning the main event will boast my poker dreams to a different level now. "It was probably one of the best moments ever playing poker.

Question 2: How challenging was the field?

It was indeed a challenging field with lot of good recreational & professional poker games for Indian players, whom I have known to play solid and have learned a lot from them by playing poker on PokerBaazi.

Question 3: What is your review of the PokerBaazi Premier League Season III?

It has been an amazing poker league and a big thanks for holding tournament between mid stakes to high stakes so everyone could participate in it.

Question 4: How & when did you start your poker journey?

A college friend of mine introduced me to poker and I started out playing the game more often online in 2009. We use to play home games during weekends for 3 years and after our college I decided to play poker full time as a career.

Question 5: What are your Poker goals for this year?

This year I would focus more on cash games. I have dedicated to play 40 hour a week and will play some live tournaments as well.

Question 6: What kind of cash games & tournaments do you prefer to play?

I prefer mid stakes cash games ranging from 50-200 blind and stakes up to 50K. I love playing the NHL & PLO formats of the game. I would be playing tournaments ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 25000 and I love playing the FreezeOut mode with big buy ins.

Question 7: What is your advice/suggestion for poker enthusiasts?

Poker is all about making good decisions and I would suggest poker beginners to master the basics of poker sequence to start off with. Poker is a game of skill, luck and observation. We all need to be observant and learn from those who are better than us by simply watching how they played certain hands. This would help to incorporate all the good things learned from others to develop the game.

The last day of the Pokerbaazi Premier League (PPL) III concluded with the fete and stood up to the expectations of ardent poker players. The Main Event of PPL III reaches a prize pool of 21.9 LACs making it the biggest ever online tournament in India! The satellite for the first event began at 2.30 PM where players were given a chance to win a direct entry in the next event held at 4 PM for 20K GTD [FO] No Limit Texas Hold’em. 75 players participated in it and the prize pool went up to 30000. ‘Vinayy20’ took the top spot for a prize of 9000.

The delight was trailed by another event held at 7 PM when the game started for 30K GTD [Turbo] [R+A]. 61 players contested in it and the prize pool was 46200. The player with the username ‘Jas21’ gript the top position for a prize of 13860. The inquisitiveness just got magnificent with each and every move. The next event held at 9 PM for 60K GTD [FreezeOut] No Limit Texas Hold’em. 83 players competed in it and the prize pool was outstanding 99600. ‘Shrey94’ got the top spot by winning an amount of 29880.

The massive prize pool wasn't the only excitement, but an interesting point came when the final 5 were left. After negotiations which went on a good 15 minutes, a deal was struck. Considering the huge chip lead of 'Aone1' (Over 2 Million chips), he was given 5 LAC and the remaining four settled for 2.7 LAC each. The game then continued for glory and 'Aone1' came out as winner.

The final event of PPL III held at 12 AM for 50K GTD [Turbo] [ReEntry] No Limit Texas Hold’em. 61 players joined in it and the total prize for this event was 72000. ‘Alwaysendupw’ got the top spot by winning an amount of 21600.

After finishing the 15 LAC GTD Main Event in the second place, 'KillBill' emerged as the PPL Leaderboard topper and took down a prize of 1 LAC Real Cash Chips. 

The gala is not over yet and concoct yourself for a scintillating Poker extravaganza at India’s largest offshore casino. Deltin Royale presents Baazi Poker Tour from 23rd to 26th June 2016. You can visit the website for the complete details and to register for the upcoming events. Stay tuned for all the latest updates of Pokerbaazi. Don’t forget to follow our social media channels.

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