May 27, 2019


A large number of players want to switch from online to live to be a part of the real live poker experience. You may think poker is poker, so why so hype about the transition? The difference between online poker and live poker is poles apart, if you are not organized in making this transition, then major problems can trip you up. Playing sitting in front of your PC while making microsecond decisions and being physically present at a slow-paced game is indeed diverse. Are you prepared to hiding your emotions from your opponents? You might also have to deal with a host of characters, including obnoxious, loud or simply big-headed.

Seat selection- Play online poker, you don't have much choice about seat selection and you normally have to accept the one seat that becomes available, whereas, in live games, the seat can make a difference between winning and losing. You should be able to pick the seat that is most profitable in the long run, especially when a new table opens and if due to any reason you cannot get into that seat, you should try to move there.

Analysis- Online is generally considered as easy as all you have to do is to go to the lobby and found the best possible game for you according to the table. You can see where the worst players are playing, where a large number of players tend to see the flop and tables with either the biggest pots. You will likely be able to analyze the potential profitability of a game depending on your strengths and weaknesses. In live games, it might take you a bit longer time to analyze which one is best for you as there is no history available for the number of callers or the pot size.

Reaction- No one can see you smiling when you are dealt pocket aces or see you bang your head when you miss your draw while playing online but your opponents can see your emotions in live tournaments, so make sure that you stay calm when looking at the cards as they come out. The best way to deal with this situation is to look at your opponents when the flop is dealt and not in the cards.

You might find these things obvious but sometimes the obvious is overlooked, which makes it necessary to review notes. The skills which you have learned while playing online will bring a great knowledge to the table but it’s time to focus on live reading skills. 

 We have also described in another blog post about Live Poker vs Online Poker !



PokerBaazi Premier League is back with a bang in its fifth edition and promised to be bigger and better than ever before. Are we excited? Of course, we are. With a GTD prize of 8 million, the series entails 24 super exciting events. The main two highlights of this season will be 25 Lac GTD Main Event and a 15 Lac GTD 20K HighRoller Event.

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A calling station is an extremely loose player who plays too many hands and calls every bet, even with marginal hands. They are known as calling stations as 'Call' is one of their favorite moves. They are also among the most desirable opponents as they are weak and predictable, making them easy to game plan against. The most difficult part of playing with them is that they are not bluffable. Love them or hate them, but you gotta deal with them at the poker table. Here are a few tips to play against a calling station in any live poker tournament game.

Extract values- Remember to make a bet to excerpt value from your opponent, which means giving your opponent the chance to “catch up” something by letting him hit the turn and river at low cost. A delayed value shove is considered a good play if you have managed to hit a monster, a half or slightly more pot bet is suitable on the flop.

Isolate him- If you covet to get involved with the caller and yet fold most of the better players, make as many raises as possible pre-flop. Get into as many heads up pots as probable with the call-station player after isolating him.

Slow play- We all know betting on the sure thing removes any risks and this is where you check-raise your ogres such as AA and KK with slow play. Slow play can certainly help you extract value from calling stations. You should be checking/calling the flop and turn for the smallest amount possible in situational hands against call stations.

No to Bluffing- Bluffing is not often recommended as the calling station is always looking for a motive to call you. He will call even with lesser-strength hands and you don’t need the strongest possible hand to get rewarded. So, you should be checking your rival down to the river even if you don’t hold the best hands.

Avoid reading hands- It is a waste of time to read their hands as it is almost impossible to know what they are holding as they won’t be raising. You can check to them if you think they have a big hand and see if they bet. It is very probable they have hit something big if they do bet. You should also respect their raises and fold unless you have them beat.

You should have the strategy to match with these low limit players. Calling stations are usually one of the best types of opponents you can have as you can dictate where the actions lead and take control of the hands.

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Deep Stack Poker Tournament Strategy

Effective Tips For All-in Poker Strategy

Being deep stacked means that both you and your rival have more than 100 BBs or even 150 BBs in your stacks. Deep stack is not about creating opportunities but waiting for opportunities to fall into your arms. There is always more integral risk involved purely due to how much money is in play in deeper stacked games. These games can be incredibly grueling and quite boring unless you are prepared for what’s in store. The dynamics of deep stack games revolves around maneuverability, playing trickier post-flop plays and getting involved in more pots. 

Be aggressive- You need to be very aggressive and precautious at the same time when you have nothing but putting efforts to make a play. You don’t have to continue firing away on the turn and river just because you felt you could steal away the pot on the flop. Consider using your aggression to take advantage of opponents’ weakness. Try bluffing before or on the flop.

Know your opponent- The type of opponent you are playing with is always a key factor, especially in the deep stacked poker tournament. You might not want to fall into the trap of paying off the guy who only plays monster cards. Remember to make notes on the number of hands played and focus on the strength of hands with which your opponents will call big bets.

Position is important- Position is one of the most important factors in cash poker games and it becomes extremely important when playing with deep stacks. You are left guessing when you are out of position, which can be dreadful with deep stacks. Playing in position will give you a prospect of the final say whether you want to raise, check, bet or call.

Know the techniques- You need to be aware whether your rival can make an important three-bet or if he flats if raising with a draw. Keep a track on what bets you can make on future streets, the active players’ stack sizes and the pot size. Your opponent will also be thinking about protection, pot control and variance, which makes it easier for you to bluff check/raise since your opponent won’t play for a big pot with marginal hands.

Stamina- Players incredibly underestimate this quality, but it is something really vital in deep stack tournaments. You will need a lot of stamina as these tournaments take a lot longer to complete than any other games. Keep yourself fuelled with nutritious food and energy drinks.

Deep stack poker games are fun and essential for developing good poker skills. If you think you lack the patience needed to sit and remain focused in these games, you are probably better suited for regular stack sizes.

High stakes drama, bad beat tilt and massive bank balance blow- all ingredients incredibly justify the classy game of cards, ‘Poker’. For decades, poker has been the top touch game for celebrities. Poker and celebrities go hand in hand. One of the important reasons why people love watching their favorite personalities play poker is the dramatic extravaganza of this card game. No wonder that celebrities fly off to the casinos every weekend. After the launch of the show 'World Series of Poker' on ESPN, online poker game gained more exposure and popularity. The show involved few big celebrities as guests initially, but gradually the sky became the limit for the TRP. Here are six famous personalities who play poker and help legitimize the game to beginners-

The spider-man star, Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire is an A-list star with an Oscar-winning movie and a record-breaking superhero franchise to his name. But did you know that there is a wonderful poker player hidden inside the mask? He is a regular winner in high-stakes poker games. The 39 years old actor, Tobey Maguire has won more than $10 million dollars in Hollywood home games.

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly is best known for her role in TV series 'Fraisier' and Woody Allen's 'Bullets over Broadway'. Well, the actress is not just remarkable at acting skills, but also holds an awestruck poker luck. Jennifer Tilly won a bracelet in World Series of Poker, beating 600 counterpart players. She was the first non-poker celebrity to win a WSOP bracelet and that win indeed changed the poker history.

Gape Kaplan

Best known for his role as Gabe Kotter in the sitcom ‘Welcome Back’, Gape Kaplan is an American actor, comedian, commentator and professional poker player. He is also the Las Vegas’s first celebrity poker player. He finished sixth in the WSOP in 1980 and won his first major tournament at Amarillo Slim's Second Annual Poker Classic in the same year.

Minissha Lamba

Minissha Lamba is famous for her outstanding performances in Bollywood movies like Bheja Fry, Corporate, Bachna ae Haseeno and lots more. The 30 years old actress from India can be regularly seen playing many domestic tournaments. Minissha secured the 4th position in IPC 15k Weekend Kickoff event and won Rs 1,40,000.

Shahid Kapoor

The 35 years old heartthrob actor from India is a secret poker lover. Shahid Kapoor revealed his passion for poker after bonding with Harman Baweja. According to the reports, Mr. Kapoor's lavish house turns into a poker hub every weekend night. Famous Bollywood stars like Aamir Khan, Fardeen Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Farah Khan are seen making their way to Shahid's home in Versova.

Shannon Elizabeth

Shannon Elizabeth is a former fashion model and an American actress. She is renowned for her roles in American Pie, Nights of Demons, Cursed, and Scary Movie. She established her table presence by claiming first place and winning $120,000 prize pool in the New Year’s Eve Poker Tournament, beating 91 other celebrities.   

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