Apr 20, 2019


Presenting The Success Story of Vinay Rajpal

Vinay ‘vinay09’ Rajpal is no stranger to Indian poker circuit. A prolific ace card player, he has won several cash games and high-profile tournaments on PokerBaazi.com in less than a year now. He has also very neatly duplicated his performances at both the Leaderboards and is leading the Minor Leaderboard right now. He is also one of the frontrunners in the Major Leaderboard.

We ran into him today and went on to know the inside scoop of how he had scripted history.

You started as a low stakes player but evolved into a proficient high-stakes player. How did the transition happen?

 I started as a professional poker player about a year ago. I had then told my family members of my love for poker and that I wanted to give it my best shot for a year. I had never thought that they would accept my request, but they did- and ever since that day, I have only made them proud with my gameplay. Their love has been the inspiration behind my transition into a prolific high stakes player.

How did it all start?

I started playing poker three years ago on PokerBaazi.com. I played only freerolls for two years until I was able to convince myself that I belonged to the bigger stage.

I then started grinding with lower stakes of INR 250, 500 or 1100 and subsequently gained enough confidence to play mid-stakes. Over time, I devoted myself to make observations and was able to build up a decent bankroll; a habit that continues to this day!

One thing I’d like to point out. I have been a loyal player at PokerBaazi and I love playing here. It has given me a lot to write home about- be its free promotional offers, Cash Drives or its high value guaranteed series. I have always felt confident playing here because I have played more than four thousand tournaments on PokerBaazi.com and have cashed out over a thousand of them too. It has been a happy journey since day one!

How do you read your opponents?

I make notes and observe their playing habits. This is important because in poker, you may often come across the same players and since their playing habits almost never change, you start from a position of advantage if you have notes. I often mark my notes when a certain player makes a bluff on a pot so that it works as a ready reference for the next time.

What is your daily schedule? Do you have any preferred strategy as well?

See, poker is the music of my life. I grind for 14-16 hours every day with a few breaks of half an hour each to recharge myself. I usually start playing at noon and then go on to play until 2 am. I do stretch when there is an ongoing promotion that suits me.

With regards to strategy, I prefer going in with the flow and playing according to the volume. My advice for anyone would be to build their bankroll and play strictly according to it.

You used to play cash tables earlier and now you are playing top tournaments. How has been the transition?

Oh, it has been amazing! I used to play cash games earlier but as I became more experienced, I came to know that tournaments have more scope. PokerBaazi is offering several high guarantee tournaments so it is a win-win situation for me. I believe I can do better and that’s exactly what I am trying to accomplish in tournaments now. I am pleased with the way I am going ahead now.

What do you think of PokerBaazi?

I have been playing poker on PokerBaazi for three years now and have seen this website evolve to its present form. It is simply the best website in India.

There are four things I like most about it:

  • It has a helpful and clear TDS policy that encourages the healthy habit of taxpaying among all players.
  • It runs excellent promotional offers and codes the year-round.
  • It has a top-class customer care. I can call them up at two in the night and they still respond.
  • It is the best website for Grinders. I have received immense personal support from Navkiran Singh (CEO, PokerBaazi.com) and Varun Ganjoo (Marketing Director).

Baazi Rewards : PPL Tournaments Tickets

It was 21st August 2018 that our innovative Loyalty Rewards Program, called the Baazi Rewards; had debuted on the Indian poker stage with a bang. A month or so on today, it has become a template in its domain and has undoubtedly won the love of all those it was intended for. Plus, you can now also win tickets to major tournaments in PokerBaazi Premier League through Baazi Rewards.

Imagine a world where you can follow your passion for poker without any second thoughts. We know of your love for poker and we also understand that regardless of what your proficiency level is, you may make a few bad moves and end up taking the heat.

We are here to save the day for you through our Baazi Rewards.

Baazi Rewards is a revolutionary Loyalty Rewards Program that is launched by PokerBaazi and it pays you for just being your best at your game- even when you’re not exactly winning someday! It would incentivize you with loyalty points for the duration of time that you would play cash games on company’s gaming software and apps, and you can encash these loyalty points for hefty prizes at each preset level.

Yes, it is that revolutionary.

You can win!

Baazi Rewards have been in the news since day one. We have awarded over INR 1.5CRORE in CASHBACK AND LOYALTY REWARDS PROGRAM together since August 21, and the numbers are rolling up every hour. We are presenting some of the top winners of our distinguished Baazi Rewards below.

Just one question: if they can do it, why can’t you?

  1. Pramod “PG111111” Gupta claimed a Goa Package at Premium level 16 in just 28 days.
  2. Kanishk "GOONER1317” Upreti claimed a MacBook Pro at level 21 in less than a month.
  3. Pulkit "IFOLDFULLHOUSES" Goyal was rewarded with Vegas package at premium level 22 in just 15 days.
  4. Utkarsh "OSWALD99” claimed ONE PLUS 6 at level 15 in just 10 days.
  5. Bobbe “FURIOSAA” Suri won a Samsung S9+ at level 18 in a month.

There are several more players who have won BIG with us and we shall publish their names subsequently.

Two good!

The Loyalty Reward Program, called Baazi Rewards, comprises two options (called LOYALTY REWARDS PROGRAM and CASHBACK) and you are free to take one.

  1. The former option features top prizes like a Jaguar XF supercar, a see-me-once trip to Vegas and tickets to PokerBaazi’s popular tournaments. You can also win premier gadgets like MacBook Pro, iPhone X and OnePlus. This is also the default option and it comes with lifetime validity.
  2. The latter would help your bankroll swell as we would credit your cashback amount as applicable every week. Just a reminder, you can switch among the two options only once a calendar month.

Key features

  • The Loyalty Rewards Program comes with an unlimited validity.
  • The taxes for all prizes (claimed under the Baazi Rewards) will be borne by PokerBaazi.
  • Players can win up to 50% back at the Premium Levels.

Now win tickets to major PPL Tournaments through Baazi Rewards

Players can win tickets to various PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL) tournaments through several Premium Levels in Baazi Rewards.

The upcoming INR 4.5+CRORE worth PPL Autumn’18 Edition features several tournaments and you can win tickets to them by playing your favourite cash games and going up the Premier Levels as follows:

Level 5

PPL #23, ValueTown 15LAC GTD (5RE)

Level 9

PPL #4, The Big 20LAC GTD (RE)

Level 10

PPL #9, The Endeavour 30LAC GTD (RE)

Level 11

PPL #14, The Vegas 30LAC GTD (RE)

Level 12

PPL #27, ME Warm Up 20LAC GTD (5RE)

Level 13

PPL #32, BSS 20LAC GTD (5RE)

Level 15

PPL #19, The Summit 20LAC GTD (5RE)

Level 17


Level 18

The MoneyMaker 1CRORE GTD

Level 21

PPL #20 HighRoller 50LAC GTD (5RE)


We’re sure this would have got you excited, and you can visit this link to know more about our Loyalty Rewards Program: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/baazi-rewards-info .

Remember, it all begins with a decision to try!

OMG= PPL Autumn’18 Edition + Prize Pool of INR 4.5+ CRORE GTD

"PokerBaazi will launch its top two events- MoneyMaker and PokerBaazi Premier League together as one event with a jaw-dropping prize pool of INR 4.5+ CRORES. It’s all 'Advantage YOU' this October with PokerBaazi! "


Incepted in 2015 and 2017 respectively, the PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL) and MoneyMaker (MM) have together created shockwaves in India’s passionate online gaming community because of their top-end winnings categories. Their timeline is a glorious sum of PokerBaazi’s highly player-centric and game-based initiatives.

Fast forward to 2018, and they have together bettered themselves with higher Guaranteed prize pools, lower Buy-Ins, and a massive fan following. What’s even better, you can win a ticket to the PPL through the company’s recently released Baazi Rewards and we shall release more information about them a few days from now!

Your favourite league is back as your one-stop answer to all big bang events that offer a hefty prize pool. We have combined your two most favourite poker bigshots - PPL and MM to offer you an unbeatable and jaw-dropping winning proposition. 

The Now

India’s most prestigious online poker series, the PPL is back with a bang! Its latest avatar is an exciting inclusion of its famous sibling- the MoneyMaker. The PPL 1 CRORE Main Event would thus now pave way for a similar MoneyMaker event with a buy-in of just 10K.

The Wow

PokerBaazi’s king’s move aka the PPL had debuted as the first of its kind online league in the dynamic online gaming space of India. It then had a prize pool of INR 12 LAC but it has now swelled to an incredible INR 4.5+ CRORE in less than three years- and you can scale the new prize pool in 7 days flat!

This year, each PPL season has a Leaderboard with prizes worth INR 10 LAC plus a Yearly Leaderboard that has a prize of INR 25 LAC and a Harley Davidson bike for the winner.

Isn’t that something that makes you go WOW?

The How

It is simple! You need to enrol for the PPL Autumn ’18 Season and go on your usual way of gunning down the top prize. You only need to play the best poker of your life for these seven days and hopefully, you would be able to scale the target! And guess what, we have surprise package for you.

Surprise Package

PokerBaazi’s class-leading Baazi Rewards have made a mark for themselves for their incredible Loyalty Rewards Program. This reward system is special because they would award you for simply playing the game and on the time that you spend on the company’s platform, regardless of whether you win or lose. The Baazi Rewards would also offer entries to various PPL events and MM subsequently and you know this is going to be the best deal for you.

The new levels with PPL Tickets will be available very soon.

 Advantage YOU!

This translates into more bang for bucks as you get an inside-out chance to make your dreams come true. For this time, you only need to focus on one major event or series at a time.

  • The Guaranteed prize pool is INR 4.5+ CRORES.
  • Another big plus is that there are two Leaderboards instead of one. One leaderboard is for PPL (and is worth INR 10 LAC) and the other is the Yearly Leaderboard (worth INR 25 LAC). The top prize for the latter is a Harley-Davidson bike that you can drive around the city as a mark of your victory!
  • The minimum Guaranteed event for each day is kept at INR 15 LAC. There is also an INR 50 LAC High Roller and one MM tournament waiting for you.
  • The Satellites start on 19th September 2018.
  • There would be exciting giveaways on Facebook. You can Like, review them and share your views so that you don’t miss on any further updates.


Four Years Ago, Poker And Me Were Worlds Apart Until…

It was February 2014, 
I was a freelance artist who used to create portraits and painting on canvases for people. It was fun being that way because it allowed me to express my creativity while also earning me some cool bucks. The reason I was also good at drawing and painting was because I was crazy about art classes when I used to study in school. My parents weren’t that kind towards it and weren’t even that supportive since my art I guess they were right, partially!

Poker to the rescue

Over the next few months, I realized that somehow this painting thing wasn’t taking me anywhere. I was not earning enough plus the art materials were also becoming costlier.

It was then that my dear friend told me of poker. He told me about an underground casino that invited people who looked like they belonged to the place and knew what their best and worst hands were. But here was another problem- I was a nobody at poker or even cards and it was hopeless for me.

With the income declining rapidly, I thought to give it a shot as the winters were setting in. I played a few freerolls and once I thought it was all good, I went up to the casino owner one fine day and told him that I’d like to play a game. It was a room filled with beautiful bright lights, some soft music and a huge table in front of me. I was very nervous and it was showing in my face! He directed me towards a certain table and asked me not to take any other seat.

A hard-earned victory

I took the table and after a brief introduction of everyone, we sat down. I was observing the good poker players from the bad ones as they were trying not the play the cards but were trying to fox others. I too tried my hand at both smart play and a little bit of bluffing- and won the first few hands easily. This calmed me down a little bit and suddenly I was in the game! I continued to play until late night and while I lost a few hands owing to over-excitement and wrong moves, I came winning out a lot many. I even won the complete game on that table that night.

As I was checking out of the casino that fine night, the casino owner called me up and said, “I had deliberately asked you to sit there because they were all novices!”  I felt like I had no words to thank him. He could have made it my last game  but he chose to be the better man- and I would always remain grateful to him for that.

I met some of the nicest people that night and while it has been four long years since, but I still go to the same casino every single weekend to play poker. Painting is still my first love but Poker became a way of life for me, it turned my world upside down and I love it.

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