Feb 25, 2018


PokerBaazi.com- India's Most Trusted Poker Website, is proud to reveal Bollywood actress Sunny Leone as its brand ambassador. Known for her looks and bold statements, she baffled Google when searches for her experienced a “breakout”. The actress is all set to add an oomph factor to the poker world with her stint with PokerBaazi.

Currently hosting a popular reality show Splitsvilla, she was approached by filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who offered her the lead in ‘Jism 2’ five years back. Distinguished for her performance in ‘Baby Doll’, she is also starring recently with Shah Rukh Khan in movie ‘Raees’ and took the internet by storm after she gained 8000 twitter followers in just two days.

Talking about the association, Navkiran Singh, founder of PokerBaazi said, “We are excited to have her as our brand ambassador. Her amazing beauty, grace, confidence, dignity, and sincerity encapsulates everything that we showcase through our platform for gaming industry”. She is all set to add the hotness quotient to the gaming world.

After the recent success of Baazi Poker Tour (BPT), this is another awesome surprise for poker lovers across the country. Over the next few months, the big boss reality star will be working with PokerBaazi in bringing the poker community together.  PokerBaazi is one of the India’s most trusted gaming websites. Playing Poker online is always an exciting experience, especially when you can win real money in it.

If you love playing poker then PokerBaazi is the perfect place for you! PokerBaazi gives you an amazing trajectory to play poker and make instant money online. Our UI gives you uninterrupted services to play the game inured with advanced technologies. We have decked our features bolder and brighter to make it responsive on every screen from mobile to tablet to desktop adapted with simple navigation and faster loading time.

Read the PART 1 here.

After a well-deserved break gallivanting around Europe for a month, I reached Monte Carlo for the EPT Grand Final. It was like being a kid in a candy store. As if the city didn’t offer enough in itself, the sheer volume of notable pros in the field left me star-struck to say the least. After running fairly deep in a couple of side events only to virtually bubble, I was more than determined to make the Main Event count. It could hardly have been a better start, as I became the first player in the room to reach the 70k stack in the first level of the day. After playing the big stack bully in the final level of day 1, I had managed to amass a 100k stack going into day 2, which made me a top 50 stack out of the 1100 who had registered.

Having been moved to three different tables within an hour of day 2, I was starting to get a bit restless and ended up spewing by triple barreling an unknown player who turned out to be a calling station. Managed to get the chips back pretty soon through none other than Winfred Yu, who jammed 12 bigs in the Hijack. I chose to make a close call in the big bling with AJ based on what I had seen of him in the past. He turned over K8 and my AJ held to knock him out. I started picking uncontested pots and dominating the table when this fateful hand came down. I opened pocket 55s from hijack to 3500 on 800/1600/200 and the button called.  Went heads up to a flop of Qd 5h 2h. I led out 4k and the button who had been doing some weird stuff raised it up to 10k. I seriously considered my options, deciding on playing the hand fast by re-raising to 26k against an opponent who hates folding. He called and the Jc fell on the turn. It was pretty much a brick and I over-jammed 70k to polarize my hand. He called it off within a minute and turned over the KQ of hearts for top pair with a flush draw. I got it in as an 82% favorite, but it didn’t amount to much as the 4 of hearts on the river showed me the door.

It was a brutal end to what was shaping up to be a promising tournament and I had steam coming out of my ears for about an hour. Poker can be a cruel game at times but it’s important to keep making the right decisions and leave the rest to fate. That’s all any of us can really do at the end of the day. It was an unbelievable experience playing with some of the sharpest poker minds in the world, knowing I can hold my own against them and I look forward to doing the same next month at WSOP in Vegas.

For now, its an exciting time to be part of the PokerBaazi team with the third edition of the Poker Premier League just around the corner, promising a whopping 40 Lacs in guarantees. I just can’t wait to get back to the online felt during the PPL and bring some glory to the House of Baazi. Being behind the scenes with the team, I can also vouch for the awesome preparation going into the inaugural Baazi Poker Tour, which is going to be a game changer when it comes to live poker tournaments in India. Join us at Deltin Royale in Goa from the 23rd to 26th June and stand to win from the 50 Lac GTD prize pool across the four BPT events. See you at the tables!

Chris Moneymaker’s surname actually made more sense when he turned $39 into $2.5 Million at the 2003 WSOP event and sparked the poker boom. He gave hope to many young players and millions of people began playing poker online and live across the world. Born on Nov 21, 2015, Chris Moneymaker has a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee.

He was working as an accountant when he won a seat into the main event of the 2003 World Series of Poker through a $39 satellite. He decided to enter a $39 satellite qualifier event to win an entry into the WSOP, basically a $10,300 buy-in. Soon, he was flying to Vegas and outlasted whopping 839 players to claim the series, giving the birth to “Moneymaker Effect”.

He made a few interesting moves in the tournament and Lou Diamond, one of the pros described him as a ‘dark horse’. He indeed got lucky during the final table, he was dealt pocket eights while Humberdo Brene had pocket aces, and he got another 8 later on in the hand to attain three of a kind.

Known as Money800 in the poker world, he became one of the most notable personalities in the world of professional poker. After this unexpected win, he quit his accountant job to work as a spokesperson for PokerStars. He even donated $25,000 toward medical research in the fight against cancer.

Married with one daughter, Chris had another WSOP cash the next year in the $5000 Pot-Limit Omaha poker event before getting busted in 10th place. In 2004, he finished second by winning $200,000 at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Start Tournament. Chris won $139,635 in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) in Sep, 2008.

Rankings & Key Statistics

  •    United States All Time Money List- 154th
  •    Tennessee, USA All Time Money List- 1st
  •    All Time Money List Current Rank- 246th
  •    All Time Money List Best Rank- 17th
  •    Global Poker Index Ranking- 4,105th
  •    Popularity Ranking- 58th
  •    Best Live Cash- $2,500,000
  •    Total Live Earnings- $3,609,863

Career Highlights

  •    Won $2,500,000 at the 2003 WSOP $10,000 Main Event, May 2003    
  •    Won $21,000 at the 2004 WSOP $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha, May 2004
  •    Won $24,480 at the EPT London £5,200 No Limit Hold’em, September 2007
  •    Won $130,000 at the PCA Main Event, January 2011
  •    Won $300,000 at the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, March 2011

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) dates back to 1970, when Benny Binion, an American gambling icon invited seven best-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino for a single tournament, provided with a set start and stop time, where a winner was determined by secret ballot.

World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a series of poker tournaments held annually in Las Vegas and the winner receives a World Series of Poker bracelet (introduced in 1976), the most coveted award among poker players and a cash based on the number of entrants. The winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event is considered to be the World Champion of Poker. Stu Ungar and Johnny Moss are the only players to have won the Main Event three times.

The tournament flourished with the introduction of satellite tournaments in 1980 which allowed players to win their way into the various events. There were whopping 2100 entrants by 1987 in the entire series, giving WSOP a massive amount of growth. Player with the most points accumulated throughout the WSOP gets a Player of the Year (POY) award. Nine different players have been awarded till now with Daniel Negreanu as a two-time winner.

WSOP also crowned player with the WSOP Poker Hall of Fame and has honored 42 individuals since 1979. The criteria involve players playing consistently well, playing high stakes and those who competes against accredited top competition. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has paid more than $1.6 billion in total prize money till date which makes it the leading, richest and most respected gaming event in the world.

The first online player to win WSOP was Chris Moneymaker in 2003 and his journey was broadcast throughout the world on ESPN. This was the time which kindled the poker boom and encouraged millions of people to start playing online poker. This poker boom resulted in the growth of poker industry which also known as the “the Moneymaker effect”.

WSOP Expansions

  • World Series of Poker- Europe

The WSOP event took place outside of Las Vegas for the first time in 2007 with the inauguration of WSOP Europe. It consisted of three events held in London from Sep 6 to 7, 2007. The main event was won by 19-year-old Annette Obrestad which made her the youngest person ever to win a WSOP bracelet. The record is yet to be broken as the minimum legal age to play in Nevada is 21.

  • World Series of Poker – Africa

The WSOP expanded for the second time and this time to South Africa in 2010 as WSOPA. The WSOPA was considered a circuit event with the winners getting Championship Rings instead of bracelets. The WSOPA did not take place in 2011 but resumed in 2012.

  • World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific

The WSOP and Australian casino Crown Melbourne equally declared the creation of the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) on April 30, 2012. The first event featured five bracelets.

BPT Main Event winner Punnet Dua speaks exclusively to PokerBaazi about winning Rs 8.5 Lacs, his preparation for BPT and poker experiences.

    • The BPT 25K Main Event is by far your biggest cash – what did it feel like to win such a massive tournament?

It was a great feeling to have every chip in the field with me after two days of play. All I want is to do the same, but "more" of it. More events more action.

    • What were your preparations like for BPT?

I played the online satties, cracked it for 3 events but the high roller. Watched videos, read blogs, carried a book and a pen to study my stats for my live tournament.

    • There were more than 200 entries for the tournament. What was the trail? Were you out to win it, or to try or just ladder up?

My objective was very clear from the beginning, to win a lot of money. Post the final table the objective was clear.

    • There were Pros like Paawan Bansal, Abhishek Panda, Maria Kirloskar and Nikita Luther etc. Come on, admit it, you were terrified, weren’t you?

Well, absolutely, amid a din, I believe I had the best of the field on my table adapting to the moves did take a lot of time and patience. It was a great learning experience for me. I learned a lot from DK's, Panda's and Kanishka's style of play, debated with them about various important hands. Archit Khandelwal also helped me striding the final table.

    • What are your plans in Poker for your future?

Play more. Tournament is indeed my preference over cash game. Looking forward to the next series at Goa to share my action with people who believes in me.

    • How did you make your first bankroll in poker?

Well, to be honest, that was a part of my salary and that’s been the case typically until this year before quitting my job last November to focus wholeheartedly on poker.

    • What was your biggest poker loss in one day?

I bubbled for WSOP main event satellite, I will consider that as my biggest loss. After going step by step it was the last step for two seats. The biggest cash game loss for me was 2 Lacs in a day.

    • Who is your favorite poker player and why?

Daniel Negreanu- His reads are spot on, and has that outgoing personality while playing poker.

    • What are your thoughts on BPT Tournament?

Crushed guarantees and great online backing. Winning the satties online indeed increased my ROI (return on investment). Jasveen, Navi, Ankit, Sanket were great hosts. They were personally involved in all goings-on and undeniably created a fabulous spectacle for the poker community.

    • How is your experience playing at PokerBaazi?

It’s been a steady journey so far for me, Omaha action is super loaded and crazy good for high stakes players.

    • How different live poker tournament is from online poker? Which is easier?

Well, this is an endless argument, I see online poker as a tool to play more hands per hour and play the same hands differently to know the best of the spots and positions. The practice and experience in online games can add skills to your live game and vice versa, but eventually to win a tournament you need to read souls sometime or the other.

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