Who lost? Who won? Who was the shark? Who was the fish? We indeed defined many jargons this year. PokerBaazi successfully launched four seasons of PokerBaazi Premier League, went live with Baazi Poker Tour and acquired Phoenix room. From Sunny Leone joining the team to PokerBaazi Pro Vikram Kumar making it to Asian Poker Tour Main Event, it was a year with a plethora of celebrations. IPC Champion Jasven Saigal joined the team as a strategic consultant and PokerBaazi went live in many prestigious colleges in India, including IIT Kanpur, IIM Lucknow, and ISB Mohali and many more. It's been an amazing, wonderfully awesome year, and we are so thankful to our players and readers. Thank you, everyone, for being a part of PokerBaazi. We promise great things in the coming year. From the team of PokerBaazi, Happy New Year.
January- Announcement of 2 Lac GTD every Sunday, 1 Lac GTD Baazigar Challenge Series every alternate Saturday and January spotlight 5 Lacs GTD event. Baazigar Challenger Series began on 2nd January and Baazi Royalty carnival began on 12th Jan, where players got the chance to convert their VIP points to real cash chips. 2 Lacs Republic day special at an entry of 10K VIP Points. ‘NanoNoko’ won the Big Baazi Sunday 2 Lacs GTD DeepStack FreezeOut. The announcement of PokerBaazi VIP Race from 10th Feb to 6th Mar. PokerBaazi also launched February Tournament Schedule, which was designed by tournament Pro Abhishek Panda.
February- Announcement of PokerBaazi VIP race from 10th Feb to 6th March, ‘WonkADonk’ won the Baazigar Challenger Series won the 1 Lac GTD PLO, PokerBaazi VIP Race began on Feb 10th, 2 Lac GTD FO event on 14th Feb, ‘Bronx’ won the Baazigar Challenger Series, ‘akhil0488’ won 2 Lac GTD Deepstack FO.
March- Announcement of Baazi high roller with Guarantees shooting up each passing Sunday. 2 LACs GTD, 3 LACs GTD, 5 LACs GTD & 10 LACs GTD on consecutive Sundays every month, Baazi stack challenge to win exciting cash prizes up to 30k, ‘Modi’ won the title ‘Baazigar of the month’, 1 Lac GTD at 2R+A PLO event, ‘Kingisback’ won 2 Lac GTD. The second edition of PPL provided amazing treaties in terms of notable guarantees and prizes. There were 20 different tournaments with a GTD prize of 20 Lacs. The last day created a sumptuous prize pool of Rs 1360000 and ‘Perkio07’ took the top position by winning Rs 374000.
April- Announcement of PLO Challenger series for 1 Lac GTD, Vikram Kumar joined PokerBaazi Launch of PokerBaazi's all new look. New Theme, Avatars, a whole new UI based on modern designs. The introduction of two new features, Run It Twice & Extra Time, Baazi High Rollers 10 L GTD and 5 Lac depositor’s Freeroll, Launch of Poker Summer Carnival, all through month May, June, and July
May- Announcement of PokerBaazi PokerSmash challenge to win an entry to PPL 3 Mega event worth 11K, Mega Sunday MTT schedule to win 6.5 Lacs, Webinar with PokerBaazi pro Abhishek Panda, Paawan Bansal and Vikram Kumar, Summer Heat Carnival to earn VIP Pints, unlock VIP Points levels to claim big bonuses,
June- Announcement of VIP Conversion to convert VIP Points to Real Cash Bonus, Bazi high rollers and a chance to win 2 Lac GTDs. PokerBaazi launched 'Baazi Poker Tour’ a premium live tournament brand in collaboration with Jasven, and Pros at PokerBaazi- Abhishek Panda, Paawan Bansal, and Vikram Kumar. The beginning of the third edition of PPL was phenomenal with 375 entries and created a prize pool of Rs 154800. The player with the username ‘Ukissmyace’ outranked everyone and won Rs 189750. The main event of PPL 3 reached a prize pool of Rs 21.9 Lacs on the last day. ‘KillBill’ emerged as the PPL Leaderboard topper and won 1 Lac real cash chips.
July- Ultimate Highroller Sunday to win 10 Lac GTD, announcement of Five 100X tournaments, WOW Wednesday for big PLO tournaments, PokerBaazi pro took the third spot at the Asian Poker Tour Main Event, thunder Thursday for 60K GTD, Sunny Leone became Brand ambassador of PokerBaazi, introduction of new seat preference, new tournament break timings and announcement of the VIP Race from 4th July to 5th august,
August- Announcement of Big value Sunday and a chance to win 10 Lac GTD, Baazigar Challenger Series for 1 Lac GTD PLO and 5K Challenger Bounty, 2.5 Lac depositor freeroll, high roller Sunday to win 3 Lac GTD, 20 Lac GTD at the two high roller events on 21st August, Baazi Grinders Day to win 1 Lac GTD prizes.
September- Announcement of 3.2 Lac package of WSOPC, PokerBaazi joined hands with Clever Hands, Conserve India to fight against malnutrition, Poker Nights at Equinox annual fee at the most reputed B-School, Indian School of Business, Mohali Campus from 9th to 11th Sep. PPL 4 bestowed the biggest podium for players yearning for ultimate online poker experience with 22 super exciting events and GTD prize of 6.5 Million. The first day saw 531 entries and the main event for 7 Lac GTD created a prize pool of Rs 955000. PPL 4 concluded with 672 entries and the main event for 2 Million [SuperDeep] No Limit Texas Hold’em creating a prize pool of Rs 2310000. The player with the username ‘wolkgiest’ took the top spot by winning Rs 462000
October- A chance to win an iPhone 7 in Rs 1 by playing satellite every day, announcement of Diwali Poker Night in Mumbai, Poker nights at Antaragni, IIT Kanpur from 20th to 23rd October, Baazi Superstars Day and a chance to win 20 Lac GTD in two HighRoller events, Abhineet Jain and Prakash Singh won 3.2 Lac WSOPC package, celebration of PokerBaazi’s 2nd anniversary celebration.
November- Announcement of Baazi Grinder’s day and a chance to get a full package to the 1 Lac GTD series, weekender 1 Lac GTD, PokerBaazi presented Manfest-Varchasva, the annual fest of one of India’s most reputed business institutions, IIM Lucknow, charity tournament with Clever Bud for 5 Lac GTD Re-entry.
December- PokerBaazi.com announced PPL After Party from 19th December - 28th December 2016. PokerBaazi team visited Swami Sivananda Memorial School, where a Clever Bud sustainable food development system was set up. PPL 5 was bigger and better than earlier editions with 22 super exciting events and a GTD prize of 8 Million. The main two highlights of the season were 25 Lac GTD Main event and a 15 Lac GTD 20K HighRoller Event. The season indeed reached the next level with a total of 3019 entries and the prize pool reaching Rs 1.1 Crore. 9. PokerBaazi Team Pro Paawan Bansal became the Baazigar of the Series. The winners of PokerBaazi Premier League Season V Fantasy League were- Paawan Bansal - AceKissers, Rohit Begwani- BubbluDubblu, and Avinash Kumar- Gunner Daddy's, 2 Lac GTD Baazi HighRollers on Christmas eve.
Indeed, it’s been a phenomenal year for all the poker lovers with the PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL) lofted 4 times with fabulous winnings. Not just we saw the rise in new young poker players in India, but we also dug up some of the most improved players with each season. It’s time to say goodbye to 2016 but not before we look back at the year dedicated to the PokerBaazi Premier League.
PPL 2 (16th- 20th March) - The second edition provided amazing treaties in terms of notable guarantees and prizes. There were 20 different tournaments with a GTD prize of 20 Lacs. The first day saw 365 entries and the prize pool went up to Rs 325000. The second day had 329 entries and created a prize pool of Rs 372500. ‘Boronyx’ took the top spot for the prize of Rs 111750. The tournament witnessed 328 entries on its third day and the player with the username ‘Jerome’ seized the lead with the prize amount of Rs 150000. The last day created a sumptuous prize pool of Rs 1360000 and ‘Perkio07’ took the top position by winning Rs 374000.
PPL 3 (8th - 13th June) - The beginning of the third day was phenomenal with 375 entries and created a prize pool of Rs 154800. The second day saw 328 entries and the prize pool went up to sumptuous Rs 336000. ‘Jungliaunty’ took the top spot by winning an amount of Rs 58,000. The third day witnessed 348 entries with a total prize pool of Rs 525000. The prize pool went up to 690000 on the fourth day. The player with the username ‘Ukissmyace’ outranked everyone and won Rs 189750. The main event of PPL 3 reached a prize pool of Rs 21.9 Lacs on the last day. ‘KillBill’ emerged as the PPL Leaderboard topper and won 1 Lac real cash chips.
PPL 4 (21st - 25th Sep) - PPL 4 bestowed the biggest podium for players yearning for ultimate online poker experience with 22 super exciting events and GTD prize of 6.5 Million. The first day saw 531 entries and the main event for 7 Lac GTD created a prize pool of Rs 955000. The player with the username ‘zimmyyash’ seized the lead by winning Rs 200550. The second day witnessed 484 entries and the main table for 5 Lac created a prize pool of Rs 780000. ‘PlayEasy565’ chugged all the way to the first position by winning Rs 157950. The season just got better on the third day with 459 entries and the main event for 1 Million HighRoller. The total prize pool created was Rs 2500000 and the player with the username ‘Jungleman’ took the first spot by winning Rs 600000. The fourth day entailed six events and 553 entries. PPL 4 concluded with 672 entries and the main event for 2 Million [SuperDeep] No Limit Texas Hold’em creating a prize pool of Rs 2310000. The player with the username ‘wolkgiest’ took the top spot by winning Rs 462000.
PPL 5 (14th -18th Dec) - PPL 5 was bigger and better than earlier editions with 22 super exciting events and a GTD prize of 8 Million. The main two highlights of the season were 25 Lac GTD Main event and a 15 Lac GTD 20K HighRoller Event. The season indeed reached the next level with a total of 3019 entries and the prize pool reaching Rs 1.1 Crore. 98 entries along with 19 re-entries took the prize to a whopping 23.4 LAC! Rajat Sharma ‘LungFakeer’ took away the HighRoller crown along with a huge amount of Rs 5,61,600. The final day had a line up of 6 tournaments. FreezeOut, Rebuy, a hangover Turbo event & the highlight of this season, 25 LAC GTD Main Event. The competition just got spectacular when the total prize pool coasted to whopping 2950000 for the main event of PPL V 2.5 Million, making it the biggest online tournament in India. PokerBaazi Team Pro Paawan Bansal became the Baazigar of the Series. The winners of PokerBaazi Premier League Season V Fantasy League were- Paawan Bansal - AceKissers, Rohit Begwani- BubbluDubblu, and Avinash Kumar- Gunner Daddy's.
So, that was the year that was and undeniably like no other.
Poker is a card game involving skill and chance. The excitement escalates as each player bets or stakes against each other. The prospects of winning are equally favorable to all the participants, but it is not easy as it looks. It is often considered as a man’s game (just like most other games and activities) but these ladies in professional poker are here to prove everybody wrong! Not only have they won big, but they have also managed to shatter stereotypes around the world by defeating their male opponents. Let’s take a look at some of the best female sharks of 2016-
The ranking doesn't include results from daily, weekly or monthly events.
Poker is a family of card games and entails the fusion of patience and high stakes. It is undeniably considered as a skill based game for people who take their job very, very seriously and deadly for edgy players. The year saw a dreadful 8 hours heads up match and not-so-experienced Qui Nugyen winning the WSOP 2016 Main Event and writing his name into the history of poker. This is the intensity of the drama that poker presents. Poker ruled the year 2016 when we talk about online games. Let's take a look at the players who went onto rule the poker world with their talent and hard work. According to The Hendon Mob – a website powered by the Global Poker Index, the All Time Money List of 2016 includes people based on their total live earnings:
• Daniel Negreanu ($32.6 million): is from Canada and was named the best poker player of the decade by Global Poker Index. He was also inducted into the poker hall of fame in 2014. He has an extremely philanthropic side to him, because of which he organizes different events to raise money for the underprivileged.
• Erik Seidel ($30.9 million): was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2010. His total net worth is around 41 million USD. He actively invests in the American stock market too. He is 4th on the list of All-Time Most Popular players of 2016.
• Antonio Esfandiari ($27.3 million): was born in Iran, was a magician by profession and loves playing Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. At one point in his life, he was ranked number one for all-time tournament poker earnings.
• Daniel Colman ($ 26.0 million): is an American who rose to fame when he beat Daniel Negreanu to win a cash prize of $15.3 million, which makes him the recipient of the second largest ‘1st place’ prize in the history of poker.
• Phil Ivey (23.8 million): resides in Las Vegas and has won 10 World series of poker bracelets, 1 World Poker Tour title and appeared at 9 World Poker Tour final tables. He is known as the ‘Tiger Woods of Poker’ and has also donated huge sums of money to charitable causes.
• Scott Seiver ($21.7 million): is an American who rose to fame by winning the No Limit Hold ‘Em WSOP (World Series of Poker) bracelet.
• Phil Hellmuth ($20.9 million): is an American who holds the record of winning fourteen World Series of Poker bracelets. He has been winning tournaments since 1989!
• Sam Trickett ($20.5 million): the only English poker player in this list who has amassed over 20 million USD in live earnings.
• Fedor Holz ($20.3 million): is a German who is currently the highest ranked live tournament player according to the Global Poker Index at a young age of just 23! He won his first WSOP bracelet in 2016 in the $111,111 High Roller for One-Drop event and earned $4,981,775.
• Brian Rast ($19.0 million): is best known for his online poker tournaments. His most recent win was at the 2016 WSOP, where he earned close to 1.3 million USD.
There are many disputes regarding the origination of the most popular card game. One of the version said that poker was originated by Chinese around 900 AD, as a variant of the Chinese Dominoes. In 969 AD, Emperor Mu-Tsung was first seen playing domino cards with his wife on the eve of the New Year.
Another theory states that poker game was originated as a descendant of the Persian card game 'As Nas'. It was also known by the name Ganjifa or Treasure Card. It didn't consist of a deck of 52 cards, but rather was played with 25 cards and had rounds of betting and hand rankings.
In French, an ancient game named 'Poque' was also highly popular. It was somewhat similar to the present Poker game. Three cards were dealt to each player and deceptions played a vital role to gain higher betting amounts. The 16th-century Spanish game 'Primero' is also similar to the 'Poque' game. Primero is known as the 'Mother of Poker' as it is similar to the modern poker game. 'Poque' was developed keeping in mind the basics of 'Primero' game itself.
The poker game came into the public eye when the French colonials brought the game to Canada. It was first embarked for New-Orleans and from New Orleans, it was passed on to Louisiana, Mississippi and nationwide. Because of Mississippi's participation in trading, the crew members of the trading boats used to play this Primero game to kill time. Soon, this game got famous among the soldiers of the North and South during the civil war.
In 1871, when Queen Victoria heard the US Minister explaining the game to the members of the court, she inquired him about the rules of the game. And that is how poker game was introduced in Europe. It gained more popularity during the World War I, where soldiers used this game for recreational purposes.
The 52 deck poker game became famous due to Rheinfelden tale, where the author mentioned about the game that he had observed in 1377. Also, 'The Lying Game', which is basically the early version of poker game was also explained by Joseph Crowell in his script in 1829.
Texas Hold’em was invented in the 1920’s when the Stud Poker failed to lodge all the Texas breeders who wanted to play, due to lack of cards as all the players had been dealt their cards. Live telecasts in the 20th Century of poker games not just allow poker enthusiasts to watch the game, but it also helps them to learn about the game from the comfort of their homes. Poker gained a huge popularity in the 21st century due to an introduction of online poker and live poker tournaments. World Series of Poker helped grab many players and because of the intense coverage, the pros became celebrities and helped appended new dimensions to the professional game.