Aug 25, 2019


Is Emotional Health Significant for a Poker Player?

Playing or doing the same job for a long period of time can tire anyone. Although playing poker for a longer period of time is a thrilling and rewarding process, it has a strong emotional impact. This article won’t talk about having a major dent to your bankroll, but the amount of mental strength it requires to be at peace.


This is one of the most important qualities a poker player has and it has the capability of making or breaking a player’s career. However, people erroneously think that patience is only limited to waiting for the best hand to come your way. Patience can be waiting for the right tournament to start which has a format that you’re good at, instead of randomly playing because you wish to.


Poker players generally study the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents but never focus on their own weaknesses. Each hand and your opponent’s reaction to it increases the level of stress in you. So, it would be smart to observe what causes you to tilt? What are the reasons behind the pressure build-up?

Therefore, it is advised to take full breaks from playing on a regular basis. Sit back and relax, and try not to think about the hands you played. Abstain from self-analysis in this period.

Climb the Levels

Whenever you’re at a table, always notice who are amateur players and who are highly experienced professionals. This will help you learn a lot from the professional poker players and eventually climb the levels. Make sure you target the right kind of player to oust him/her from the table and equally respect the presence of the pros.


Tilt is an inevitable barrier in the psychological well-being of a poker player. It is natural for a player who researches and self-analyses his/her gameplay, consume study material and still lose at the felts. It is a feeling of disappointment because they folded to a bluff, got their bluff called and many other reasons. Make sure you never allow it to control you and how you play the following hands.

Emotional health should be a priority for everyone. When you stick to one particular kind of lifestyle, it becomes a duty towards yourself to give yourself some breaks. Indulge in self-analysis, but over-analyzing is also not a healthy practice.

A Poker Routine of Sorts!

They say habits die hard, which means if a man works towards doing a certain task in a certain way, it becomes ingrained in their subconscious mind. Making it worth your while in poker requires you to do the same because you have to make logical decisions in a split of a second. Therefore, the decisions you make are based on your knowledge that is stored in your subconscious mind.

Here are a few habits that you can develop in order to have a promising career as a professional poker player:

Be Vigilant- Scan the Table in the Pre-flop Phase

Always try to read the behaviour of the players behind you. Use of software (HUD- head-up display) that collects and displays statistics about your opponents is the smartest move to make. This helps in finding looser open raises that you might get away with and also notice non-standard stack sizes that might shove over you.

Don’t Let Your Ups & Downs Bother You

Variance is the biggest demon a poker player faces. It comes with inevitability and can/should be fought with all the positivity. Dwelling in the past has never helped anyone, and the best part about poker is that you can always counter the effect of a big loss with a huge win eventually. Regular usage of tracking software and monitoring your bankroll is not advised in the short-term. This will protect you from some major tilts.

Practice Hand Reading

A good way to polish your skills is to study a hand that you played recently and try to make your opponent play in a rough range. The catch here is that you don’t have to be too specific and assume things, but at the same time not be too vague. Come to conclusions based on logic but never take that as the gospel truth.

Warm Up Your Cognitive Powers

Even a poker player needs a warm-up session before every game. Quickly going through your study material and the hands you had reviewed is good practice to incorporate in your playing routine before a game. Never try to consume new material as it will effectively damage your base. Applying partially consumed theories will never have a positive impact.

The results of introducing these habits in your routine may come out in a while, but we all know good times take time to come around.

Introduction to Texas Holdem

Poker is a mind-sport that can be learned overnight, but it takes a lifetime to master it. Understanding the concept of ranges, poker maths and the correct usage of instinct makes it a complex yet enjoyable process.

Here are a few tips on how to play various hands in the pre-flop round:

How to Play Premium Hands (AA, KK, QQ, JJ)

These hands hold a lot of value and can put you way ahead in the game. It can easily be an overpair, higher than any card on the board. In tighter games, especially online, a player should not go all-in with a QQ at this stage. AA is one of the most difficult hand to defeat but a player could always try not to overbet. It basically depends on different variables such as what is the texture of the board and playing style of your opponents.

How to Play Top Pairs (AK, AJ, KQ)

Hands like these usually make top pair with a kicker to help, when they hit the flop. Kickers play a crucial role in Texas Hold’em because two players can always hit the same pair and it then comes to the kicker which decides their fate.

It’s always advisable to play tight in such cases. Call and see the flop in case someone raises and if that’s not the case, it would be smart to raise and dominate the game.

How to Play Suited Connectors (KQc-89c)

Suited and connected hands make a good prospect of hitting a straight or a flush draw when the flop is rolled out.

It has to be both suited and connected for it to be a good hand, otherwise, you’ll be a fool putting money in some trash hands. However, you should take the chance only if the bets are cheap.

How to Play Pocket Pairs (TT, 22)

It is common to see an overcard that is compatible with your pocket pair. Major value addition is seen when your pair flops a set (three of a kind).

If you find yourself hitting a set and if there’s no raiser before you on the table, go ahead in the game. Additionally, small pocket pairs can be profitable in cheap flops.

Texas Hold’em is one of the most action-driven, exciting variants of poker and is loved by the poker masses. Play on PokerBaazi- India’s most trusted poker website to get the best of the action. Leave comments if you think this was helpful.


Tables are Turning in the Indian Online Poker Community!

Another splendid week and we have another set of Indian poker pros showcasing their amazing skills on the PokerBaazi felts. After a successful roll-out of Baazi Grinders Series 40 LAC GTD, we’re back with our daily featured tournaments. The Grinders Series hosted many notable players of the Indian poker circuit namely, Neeraj “SelfClaimedPro” Kumar, Harsh “harsh1327” Bubna and Rahul “Clearsky” Gupta, who shipped the 5 LAC GTD Main Event.

Here’s a quick recap of our daily featured tournaments between 5th July & 11th July:

FriYay 10 LAC GTD (RE)

The event was shipped by Nishaanth “shanni” Shanmughasundaram for a paycheque worth INR 2,35,300. He is a regular on and has had deep runs in major series such as PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL).

Value Town 10 LAC GTD (5RE)

Value Town announced Alok “TheProfessional” Birewar as the winner. He went home taking away INR 1,77,600 in prize money. Alok is a frequent name, both in the Indian and the international poker circuit with some serious runs at World Poker Tour (WPT) and Asia Poker Tour (APT).

BSS SuperStack 25 LAC GTD (RE)

Bangalore-based poker pro, Vidwath “Qweasdzxc” Shetty won the title in the late hours of Sunday night. He went away with a staggering amount worth INR 4,85,750.

The Bout 10 LAC GTD (RE)

Someone’s Monday blues were surely absent this week. The Bout was shipped by Sanket “blackcod” Arora for the winning prize worth INR 2,41,500. Sanket is not a regular in the online poker circuit in India and we’re glad that we are offering him a conducive platform to enjoy the starting phase of his poker journey.

The Endeavour 15 LAC GTD (RE)

This INR 3850 buy-in tournament was taken down by Rohit “acesinyourfaces” Setia. He won the title for a payday of INR 3,15,000. It is fulfilling to see someone winning big who is not a frequent attendee at various online poker events.

The Vegas 10 LAC GTD (RE)

The winner of this event needs no introduction. He’s a regular in the Indian and international poker circuit. He has had some major deep runs at the World Poker Tour (WPT), our flagship online tournament series- PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL). He is none other than Sahil “ImHighIshove” Mahboobani.

He shipped this tourney for a paycheque worth INR 2,20,900.

The Summit 10 LAC GTD

The Summit was scaled by a new face named, Vikas “slecker” Kumar. He walked away with the top prize worth INR 3,73,050.

Love for poker in the Indian online poker community is increasing day by day with newer faces surfacing and shipping major tournaments. Online games with the real money format are witnessing rapid growth in the country. While it is still a new sector in the gaming industry, times are changing for good!

All Eyes on the Main Event!

WSOP 2019 is witnessing many Indians having deeper runs with several debutants getting the international poker circuit amazed by their skills. Headlining this, is none other Kartik Ved who is now representing the Indian team in the most-coveted event, the Main Event.

Here’s a quick recap of WSOP 2019 between July 5 & July 10:

Event #73 ($10,000 Main Event Championship)

July 5

Day 1C kicked-off with an unreal field of 4,879 players which later came down to 3,664 players. Among these survivors were a group of 9 Indian poker pros, which was led by Vivek Rughani with a stack of 171,300.

Others included, Shravan Chhabria (114,800 – 144 big blinds), Madhav Gupta (99,200 – 124 big blinds), Raghav Bansal (96,900 – 121 big blinds), Kartik Ved (81,500 – 102 big blinds), Aditya Sushant (47,000 – 59 big blinds), Aditya Agarwal (41,300 – 52 big blinds), Dhaval Mudgal (39,800 – 50 big blinds) and Paawan Bansal (27,400 – 24 big blinds).

July 6

From the first two starting flights, only four players made it to Day 3. This small group is led by Yudhishter Jaswal (346,600- 144 big blinds) who is trailed by Siddharth Karia (294,800 – 123 big blinds), Ankit Ahuja (275,200 – 115 big blinds) and Kunal Patni (66,500 – 83 big blinds).

July 7

On Day 2C, a huge group of 25 Indians was a part of the action, but only 11 of them survived to enter Day 3. Some of the familiar ones among them were, Ashish Kasaraneni (347,900 – 144 big blinds), Kartik Ved (285,100 – 119 big blinds), Tarun Goyal (238,400 – 99 big blinds), Shashank Jain (235,500 – 98 big blinds), Aditya Agarwal (213,700 – 89 big blinds) and Romit Advani (112,700 – 47 big blinds).

July 8

Among the 1,286 survivors, ten Indians made it through, but it was Kartik Ved who outshined the Indian contingent with a healthy stack of 970,000.

Here is the list of Indian qualifiers.



Chip Count

Kartik Ved


Akshay Nasa


Yudhishter Jaswal


Ashish Kasaraneni


Romit Advani


Ankit Ahuja


Jaideep Sajwan


Aditya Agarwal


Goonjan Mall


Siddharth Karia



The Indians who ended their quest to win the main event were, Kunal Patni, Shashank Jain, Tarun Goyal, Abhishek Rathodand Kunal Punjwani.

July 9

On Day 4, only three Indians managed to sail through the rough waters and entered Day 5 with 351 other players. They were, Kartik Ved secured a stack of 2,243,000 (93 big blinds), Yudhishter Jaswal (1,333,000 – 56 big blinds) and Akshay Nasa (670,000 – 28 big blinds).

A number of notable players finished in the money on Day 4, namely, Ankit Ahuja (822nd for $18,535 – ₹12.70 Lakhs), Aditya Agarwal (844th for $18,535 – ₹12.70 Lakhs), Siddharth Karia (944th for $17,135 – ₹11.74 Lakhs) and Romit Advani (1,005th for $15,970 – ₹10.94 Lakhs).

July 10

Day 5 witnessed only 106 players in carrying their stacks to Day 6. Only 3 Indians had advanced to this day but only Kartik Ved managed to survive with an unreal stack of 5,085,000 chips.

Sadly, Akshay Nasa (307th for $38,240 - ₹26.13 Lakhs) & Yudhishter Jaswal (26st for $ 43,935 - ₹ 30 Lakh) went to rails making good money.

Event #71 (SALUTE TO WARRIORS – $500 No-Limit Hold’em)

Two Indians finished in the money on Day 3 among a field of 1,723 players. They were Aditya Systla (14th for $5,819 – ₹4 Lakhs) and Sachidananda Sivakumar (141st for $865 (~₹59,552).

Event #75 ($1000 +$111 Little One for One Drop)

July 6

A field of 702 players whittled down to 253 players on Day 1A. Among the survivors were three Indians, namely Sanjay Sharma (175,400 – 110 big blinds), Nishant Sharma (107,100 – 70 big blinds) and Deepak Bothra (41,200 – 26 big blinds).

July 7

1,537 players started-off on Day 1B which later shrunk down to 590. Among these were eight Indian challengers led by Rahul Byrraju with a stack of 248,500.

The chip count for the Indian contingent is as follows:


Chip Count

Rahul Byrraju


Akash Malik


Madhav Gupta


Jasven Saigal


Raghav Bansal


Meherzad Munsaf


Satchit Kapur


Aditya 'Bitti' Agarwal



July 8

Day 1C witnessed a big group of 14 Indians furthering their goal of winning a WSOP title. This group was led by Aditya Systla with a stack of 184,600.

Team India’s chip count at the end of Day 1C:


Chip Count

Aditya Systla


Shashank Jain


Vivek Rughani


Karan Radia


Nipun Java


Kunal Punjwani


Dhaval Mudgal


Muskan Sethi


Kunal Patni


Ankush Agarwala



July 9

Out of the 25 Indians who had advanced to Day 2, six of them had gone ahead with their stacks to Day 3. The group was once again led by Rahul Byrraju with a stack of 937,000.

Others were, Ashish Ahuja (826,000 – 52 big blinds), Madhav Gupta (810,000 – 51 big blinds), Vivek Rughani (509,000 – 32 big blinds), Aditya Systla (411,000 – 26 big blinds) and Sanjay Sharma (180,000 – 11 big blinds).

The players who busted in the money were Kunal Punjwani (468th for $2,400 – ₹1.64 Lakhs) and Raghav Bansal (671st for $1,692 – ₹1.15 Lakhs).

Event #78 ($1,500 PLO Bounty)

July 9

Attracting a total of 1,130 players, Day 1 of the event saw three Indians advancing to Day 2. They were, Aditya Sushant (215,300 – 134 big blinds), Kunal Patni (173,900 – 108 big blinds) and Minissha Lamba (100,700 – 63 big blinds).

WSOP 2019 is nearing its conclusion. Make the most of it, Team India as you did so far. All the best!


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