Sep 17, 2019
PokerBaazi

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Winning Poker requires a strategic mind and a bit of luck. But, it is not enough. If you are going to make it to the final table, you need more than that. Here are a few books that will help you become the King of the final table:

1.    Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold’em Poker Tournaments by Blair Rodman, Lee Nelson, and Steven Heston

The book contains techniques that will help you win against more experienced players who have more strategies and skills up their sleeves. It helps the beginners by giving them the weapon they need to sway away from the pros. Kill Phil Rookie, the abbreviated system can be learned in an hour. For different tournaments like Sit-n-Gos, single table satellite and online, there are different strategies and the book will help you master them all.

2.    Sit n Go strategy by Collin Mashman

This book is definitely one of the best SnG strategy books for beginners. If you wish to play single tournaments, you must read this. The fact that makes it one of the best books for poker is that it will make you a better player in multi-table tournaments as well and not just in SnG games. You need to have a first-hand knowledge of poker playing and Sit n Go games. All the examples and the detailed elaboration of the strategies makes it one of the best poker books for beginners.

3.    Unfolding Poker by James “Splitsuit” Sweeney

Splitsuit is an expert poker coach. Over the years, he has written a lot of content for aspiring poker players. His work has helped many beginners reach the pinnacle of success. Unfolding Poker is a FAQ styled book that was written in front of a live audience. Across the book, you will find answers to questions like how to use the table image, when should you fold or hold over pairs or how to make money in a tight game. The answers were written with input from the live audience. The writing is straightforward and has great material for game improvement. 

4.    Tournament Poker for Advanced players by David Sklansky

The book by Sklansky is for the players who are looking for a transition to the tournament play from the ring/live games. The book contains strategies for different levels of the tournament. The book teaches you concepts like the rising stakes in the tournament game, the all-in strategy, the changing value of the chips, the Gap concept and even the effect of going broke. The author has written another book “The Theory of Poker” which is also a must-read book for poker players.

5.     Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen is one of the best live players of poker. Over the years, he has made a lot of bucks. The book contains every single hand that Gus played in the Aussie Millions of 2007 where he beat other 747 players and won the game. The book is well written and is quite entertaining. It gives an insight into the mind of one of the best poker players. Every hand has a detailed narrative. It doesn’t have any complex maths. 

 

 

 

First and foremost, a big heartfelt Thank You to all the Baazigars who participated in the recently concluded PokerBaazi Premier League Season VI and contributed to making it a big success. We, the entire tech, marketing, and operations teams, had put in an enormous effort and it was heartwarming to see our over-time bear fruit.

Having previously written fleetingly about the various software updates that we’ve launched, I, today, wish to share my journey to Head of Technology at PokerBaazi with all the Baazigars.

A complete 'Punjabi' lad at heart, I completed my schooling from YPS Patiala before going on to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from MIT, Manipal. My professional career began at TCS like countless others in 2012. I continued at TCS for a little over a year before finally growing disillusioned with the work. Around the same time Navkiran, whom I knew from college, approached me to join his venture - PokerBaazi. It was a great opportunity for me as it gave me the chance to showcase my skills in the field of software which I, until then, never had.

The task to create an indigenous poker software from scratch is harder than most people expect. It is like holding Seven Duce offsuite and winning it from a AKQ dry flop. It was certainly harder than I had ever imagined. Our entire tech team worked sleepless nights for months and it took the complete efforts of everyone involved to launch the PokerBaazi client 1.0 on 21st October ’14. What took some more time was my own curiousity towards the designs. Let me tell you that I am indeed a finicky guy when it comes to design. I thank Anirudh Chaudhry for bearing with me for all this when we were deep into logical discussions.

What helped back then was the knowledge we had from our poker-playing days in college. The team did extensive research as well and our flash-based client was the only one in India to have certain features such as Straddle, Player Notes, Tiling, and Cascading at the time. 

We followed up the first release with another a few months later in May ’15. In this version, we introduced tournaments of FreezeOut and R+A variants for the first time on our client. The first tournament we ever hosted on PokerBaazi was the ‘Play to Win 75K’ for the first 50 users on our website.

A major milestone on the technological front was achieved in August of the same year with the launch of the Android app. We continued to steadily update the client for the remainder of 2015 until the launch of the revamped PokerBaazi client on 20th April ’16. This update really catapulted us to another level with the introduction of many exciting features such as Run It Twice, Time Bank & Seat Preference. New tournament variants and Anonymous Tables soon followed.

Even though the new client was well-rounded on the whole, certain problems remained. These came to a fore during PPL Season V when some players faced problems when registering into tournaments. A major internet outage caused by a cyclone in the south Asian region added to the woes. I was surrounded by lots of queries and I would be lying if I say I wasn’t psychologically affected by all this. But it was then that I realized the value of a good team and a motivating leader. Navkiran, walked up to me and told me and I quote, “There is no shame in failure. The shame is only if you are dishonest. Are you?” I remember these words point to point because there are a lot of times when we feel low, but just this feeling of being honest with your work is what lifts you back up. I started listing all the technical issues, making sure none are left. I am personally grateful to Varun Ganjoo for being a pillar at that time. He not only shared the task to listen to each and every person, but also for lifting up my spirits with the lamest of the jokes, being the PJ king he is. These days he is busy with his ‘Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe’ meme. 

ME: Ganjoo, how do you like this? I don’t like this design.

VG: Aao kabhi Haveli pe, tumhe designing sikhayein 

Moving forward, I had only two things in mind. One, to respond to everyone and get due compensation wherever applicable. Treating every player as equal has been PokerBaazi’s undeterred rule. Second was to come up with a plan to overcome all the issues. 

Work had been on for a few months to release a new version of the software before PPL V, but the launch got delayed due to some insurmountable technical problems. We eventually did release the client in January ’17. This version is built on the latest HTML5 which contributes to the lag-free experience. Also accomplished this time round was a complete architectural overhaul of our software and game engine. This also allowed us to integrate other UI enhancements. The four-coloured deck, time bank activation, and revamped mobile experience are some of the new features we’ve been able to include.

We also published our iOS app in the same period. It is hard for me to swallow that it took this while. I am myself a die-hard Apple fan. If Apple built houses here, I would take one. If Apple had a daughter, I would marry her.

The success of PPL VI was to a major extent on the capabilities of our much-evolved client.

PokerBaazi has come a long way since the first launch back in October ’14. But, like wine, I feel we only get better with time. Plans in coming months focus purely on improving the gaming experience for everyone. Among the new features in the pipeline are Visual Hand Replayer, KO Tournament, Show Cards, Tournament Deal Making, and Auto-Seating for Cash Tables. It should be a fun ride as we introduce these features soon.

As always, I welcome any feedback you have for the PokerBaazi Technology team. I believe that it is the constant inputs of the poker community that has helped us reach where we are today and I hope that you and I can grow together as we take the PokerBaazi experience to previously unexplored places in India every day.

I would conclude by saying what I have witnessed in my life : ‘Haar kar jeetne wale ko Baazigar kehte hain’.

Signing off

AVNEET RANA

C.T.O.

PokerBaazi.com

First and foremost, a big heartfelt Thank You to all the Baazigars who participated in the recently concluded PokerBaazi Premier League Season VI and contributed to making it a big success. We, the entire tech, marketing, and operations teams, had put in an enormous effort and it was heartwarming to see our over-time bear fruit.

Having previously written fleetingly about the various software updates that we’ve launched, I, today, wish to share my journey to Head of Technology at PokerBaazi with all the Baazigars.

A complete 'Punjabi' lad at heart, I completed my schooling from YPS Patiala before going on to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from MIT, Manipal. My professional career began at TCS like countless others in 2012. I continued at TCS for a little over a year before finally growing disillusioned with the work. Around the same time Navkiran, whom I knew from college, approached me to join his venture - PokerBaazi. It was a great opportunity for me as it gave me the chance to showcase my skills in the field of software which I, until then, never had.

The task to create an indigenous poker software from scratch is harder than most people expect. It is like holding Seven Duce offsuite and winning it from a AKQ dry flop. It was certainly harder than I had ever imagined. Our entire tech team worked sleepless nights for months and it took the complete efforts of everyone involved to launch the PokerBaazi client 1.0 on 21st October ’14. What took some more time was my own curiousity towards the designs. Let me tell you that I am indeed a finicky guy when it comes to design. I thank Anirudh Chaudhry for bearing with me for all this when we were deep into logical discussions.

What helped back then was the knowledge we had from our poker-playing days in college. The team did extensive research as well and our flash-based client was the only one in India to have certain features such as Straddle, Player Notes, Tiling, and Cascading at the time. 

We followed up the first release with another a few months later in May ’15. In this version, we introduced tournaments of FreezeOut and R+A variants for the first time on our client. The first tournament we ever hosted on PokerBaazi was the ‘Play to Win 75K’ for the first 50 users on our website.

A major milestone on the technological front was achieved in August of the same year with the launch of the Android app. We continued to steadily update the client for the remainder of 2015 until the launch of the revamped PokerBaazi client on 20th April ’16. This update really catapulted us to another level with the introduction of many exciting features such as Run It Twice, Time Bank & Seat Preference. New tournament variants and Anonymous Tables soon followed.

Even though the new client was well-rounded on the whole, certain problems remained. These came to a fore during PPL Season V when some players faced problems when registering into tournaments. A major internet outage caused by a cyclone in the south Asian region added to the woes. I was surrounded by lots of queries and I would be lying if I say I wasn’t psychologically affected by all this. But it was then that I realized the value of a good team and a motivating leader. Navkiran, walked up to me and told me and I quote, “There is no shame in failure. The shame is only if you are dishonest. Are you?” I remember these words point to point because there are a lot of times when we feel low, but just this feeling of being honest with your work is what lifts you back up. I started listing all the technical issues, making sure none are left. I am personally grateful to Varun Ganjoo for being a pillar at that time. He not only shared the task to listen to each and every person, but also for lifting up my spirits with the lamest of the jokes, being the PJ king he is. These days he is busy with his ‘Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe’ meme. 

ME: Ganjoo, how do you like this? I don’t like this design.

VG: Aao kabhi Haveli pe, tumhe designing sikhayein 

Moving forward, I had only two things in mind. One, to respond to everyone and get due compensation wherever applicable. Treating every player as equal has been PokerBaazi’s undeterred rule. Second was to come up with a plan to overcome all the issues. 

Work had been on for a few months to release a new version of the software before PPL V, but the launch got delayed due to some insurmountable technical problems. We eventually did release the client in January ’17. This version is built on the latest HTML5 which contributes to the lag-free experience. Also accomplished this time round was a complete architectural overhaul of our software and game engine. This also allowed us to integrate other UI enhancements. The four-coloured deck, time bank activation, and revamped mobile experience are some of the new features we’ve been able to include.

We also published our iOS app in the same period. It is hard for me to swallow that it took this while. I am myself a die-hard Apple fan. If Apple built houses here, I would take one. If Apple had a daughter, I would marry her.

The success of PPL VI was to a major extent on the capabilities of our much-evolved client.

PokerBaazi has come a long way since the first launch back in October ’14. But, like wine, I feel we only get better with time. Plans in coming months focus purely on improving the gaming experience for everyone. Among the new features in the pipeline are Visual Hand Replayer, KO Tournament, Show Cards, Tournament Deal Making, and Auto-Seating for Cash Tables. It should be a fun ride as we introduce these features soon.

As always, I welcome any feedback you have for the PokerBaazi Technology team. I believe that it is the constant inputs of the poker community that has helped us reach where we are today and I hope that you and I can grow together as we take the PokerBaazi experience to previously unexplored places in India every day.

I would conclude by saying what I have witnessed in my life : ‘Haar kar jeetne wale ko Baazigar kehte hain’.

Signing off

AVNEET RANA

C.T.O.

PokerBaazi.com

Are you sick of being broke all the time? Everyone wants to make more money quickly. While some might say that there are no easy ways to get rich soon, but there are always some wise rules to make quick money. Though these tricks might not help you become a billionaire, but, a little money on the side can do no harm. There are many legitimate ways to earn money in just a single day. With some research, you can figure out a way to earn money on weekends. Here are a few tricks that will help you earn extra cash on weekends:

1.    Online tutoring

This job is super flexible and is a great way to make more money. All you have to do is choose different subjects for students of all ages, determine your hours, and you are good to go. There are several online tutoring resources where you can try teaching online. Read all the terms and conditions to know more about the experience and requirements.

2.    Virtual assistant

A virtual assistant is becoming a popular part-time employment choice. As a virtual assistant, your duties include making phone calls, entering data, and filtering through e-mails. You can be a virtual assistant to a single person to multiple persons. You can set your working hours and your rate.

3.    Referee Youth games

Though it is not a very popular job choice, many people have made a good amount of side money be refereeing youth games. They can be a referee, a score tracker, or a commentator. It is an easy way to make money. All you have to do is sit, watch the game, and get paid for it. Try checking local recreation areas, parks, or any youth leagues. If you know the game and you understand all the rules, it is quite an easy job. If you try before the weekend, you might get a chance to be a referee in a league and you will be booked for several upcoming weekends.

4.    Take surveys

This might sound a little unrealistic, but people make money by taking surveys online. Just keep an eye out for websites that only want to take you for a ride. There are only a few websites that are genuine. While doing surveys, you can earn money while sitting at home and watching your favorite TV show. You will not get paid for every survey that you take. First, you need to qualify. Stay away from survey money that asks for money for their services. 

5.    Poker

Do you know how to play poker? Have you dazzled your friends with your strategies? If your answer is yes, then you can try a hand at online poker. Online poker is gaining popularity pretty fast in India. It will help you earn quite a bit of money while sitting at home. There are many poker websites in India that let you play poker online and compete at a global level. Many people have earned quite a bankroll while playing poker part-time.

 

PokerBaazi Premier League 6 clocked in as the biggest online poker tournament in India. When it comes to PPL, there's really no need for a slow build up and yes, the total prize pool crossed 2 Crore. With a participation of more than 4000 players, it turned out to be massive for many players. We reached out to our winners to congratulate them and asked them to share their best moments. Without further ado, let's introduce our winners.

Akshay Nasa - Baazigar of the Series

If ever there was someone destined to claim this title, it was Akshay Nasa. So dominant and consistent was he in the tournament that he made many players wonder: "It is better to give up!"

“Pokerbaazi is one of the best platforms to play poker in India offering unparalleled user experience and customer support. With the whole bunch of exciting promotions coming all around the year, this site is the best way to start your online poker journey.”

Nishant177 on getting 1st place in the Main Event: 50 LAC GTD (10 LAC GTD to the Winner)

Nishant Sharma is the Main Event Winner of PokerBaazi Premier League 6. He overcame a tough field of 318 players and won a cash prize 1195313.

“I always look forward to PPL After Party for huge GTDs with some great structure and there is a lot of side things going on, like Leaderboard, Fantasy team and some crazy LMS money too. The upgraded software is just brilliant as is the classic low light black theme. Overall, it was an amazing experience.”

Lakshya Khurana “BadBeatFish” finished third place in the PPL 6 Event 11: HIGHROLLER (30 LAC GTD) (6-Max Re-Entry)

"It was a fabulous experience playing on PokerBaazi. Really impressed with the software. Finishing 3rd in the High Roller event was a one-of-a-kind experience in my life. The tournament structure was amazing, the best I’ve seen so far in any online tourney on Indian sites. The players were good. All in all, I'm ecstatic to finish so well in such a big tourney. Thanks Baazi for providing me this opportunity."

Avinash Tauro “Spacecadet” on securing 2nd place in Event:2 75K GTD (FreezeOut) and 1st place in Event 17: 50K GTD (FreezeOut)

“The PPL VI was the most fun I have had in any series. I played 18 of the 24 tourneys, shipped one & placed second in another with a total of 8 cashes. Ended up in 2nd place on the Leaderboard just 90 points behind the eventual leaderboard winner. Thanks Baazi for wonderfully conducting the PPL VI. Waiting eagerly for PPL VII”.

Debashis Bal “Alln” on getting 1st place in Event 24: Hangover (1 LAC GTD) (Re-Entry)

“The game was aggressive and in fact amazing. Will continue to play on Pokerbaazi. Prize-pool was crushed and its good to be in the 1st spot.”

Mohit Chawla “guestuser” on getting 2nd place in Event:8 80K GTD (6-Max Turbo R+A) and 3rd place in Event 21: 2 LAC GTD (FreezeOut)

“Thanks for your wishes again. It was a pleasure for me to be a part of PPL6, Team Baazi has put brilliant efforts for the Tournies structures and the software is just amazing now. I wish team Baazi a very successful future ahead”.

 

We personally reached out to Akshay Nasa and Nishant Sharma and asked them to share their experiences, their advice, and even their secrets with all our Baazigars.

Akshay Nasa - Baazigar of the Series

PB- How are you feeling about the win?

Akshay- I feel pretty elated to be crowned as the Baazigar of the Series in PPL Season VI. It was a tough competition throughout all 5 days from all the Baazigars, especially Avinash, who didn’t play all the tournaments else this was his prize to take away and I would have had no chance of catching up with him. I am excited about the APT trip and looking forward to trying my luck in the live circuit.

PB- Any interesting moment you would like to share?

Akshay- PPL 6 was filled with lots of ups and downs for me. I almost ran deep in the HR event and PLO event, but the most exciting moment for me was when the fight for the title went down to the wire last night in the Main Event where Avinash SPACECADET Tauro and I both finished ITM. After I was knocked out he needed to make the top 15 in that huge field to overtake me. We were on the same table in the other PPL events and were wishing each other bad luck all the time :P. It was quite fun to watch him play till he just got a bad spot and was out. But it was not over until the end as Pawan UKISSMYACE Bansal and Abhishek KETCHUP Kumar both made the FT in that huge field. If any one of them had made it to the top 3, then they would have won the title as they were pretty close in the Leaderboard but incidentally, they just couldn’t win their flips. Big congrats to Nishant NISHANT177 Sharma who took down the title with his impeccable FT play and discipline.

PB- How was the overall PPL experience?

Akshay- PPL was one of the most fun series I have grinded and the new software update is excellent. Structures were awesome, GTDs crushed in every single event and wonderful support. For me personally, Day 3 and Day 4 were devastating as I donked off my chiplead in both the high roller and PLO event. Was chip leading when final two tables were formed and couldn’t even make FT in any of them. Huge congrats to Pradeep LIONROAR Sharma and Vivek ISHOVEONYOU Rughani for shipping those events. But the leaderboard win kind of compensated for it a bit and I hope to improve my endgame and get decent scores next time.

PB- What did you find better this time than the previous PPL held in December?

Akshay- My performance, obviously, lol. On a serious note, this time it was bigger than ever before with all the GTDs being crushed easily and the turnout of players all across the country was amazing and the new software is way better. Kudos to Avneet Rana for the new software update which took the playing experience to a whole new level. Big cheers to Navkiran Singh and Baazi team for organizing such a big event so smoothly and making it a huge success.

PB- Any comments for the Baazigars?

Akshay- Congrats to all the Baazigars who participated and made good scores during PPL. And I am sure team Baazi is planning for more such exciting promotions and poker tournaments for those who missed out this time. It was great fun to play with everyone during the series and I am sorry for any tilt or bad beats that I may have given you at the tables.

Nishant Sharma- Main Event Winner of PokerBaazi Premier League 6

PB- How are you feeling about the win?

Nishant- It's amazing not only because I won, but it also helped me learn a lot of things.

PB- Any interesting moment you would like to share?

Nishant- When 4 tables were left, I had a crazy line up on my table. On my left were Abhishek Rathod, Samay Parikh, Kanishka Samant, Siddharth Singhvi, and one more guy with username ‘ketchup’, who was playing really good. The game endured for more than an hour, but luckily I made it through. It was pure fun!

PB- How was the overall PPL experience?

Nishant- PPL series is amazing as it always has huge GTDs and really really great structure. There were a lot of other things happening too with leaderboard prizes, fantasy team, and the 1lakh LMS freeroll.

PB- What did you find better this time than the previous PPL held in December?

Nishant- I came 5th in the PPL 5 Main Event too. Everything is same except this time it had the biggest ever GTDs in Indian online poker-tournaments and also, the software is very good now with a superb low light black theme.

 

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