Dec 10, 2019


Let the Battle Begin

Earlier this year, we all witnessed the historic success of the first edition of Game Changer 2 Crore GTD. With the guarantee being crushed to reach 3.78 Crore to hosting one of the largest player fields in the Indian poker circuit- a total of 3,777 players, it was truly a game-changing experience for everyone associated with it.

This year, we are gearing to host its second edition where the guarantee remains untouched, while the buy-in is cut down to half the price- INR 5500! However, we’re not resting before you all come and join another historic roll out to make Game Changer iconic. Yes, we have another surprise for you!

Mega Satellites to the Rescue

PokerBaazi will be hosting mega satellites for 1/10th the price of Game Changer (21st – 25th August). Yes, you read that right. We’ll be hosting satellites worth INR 550 only during this multi-day tournament with 20 seats guaranteed to each starting flight!

Check out the details of the mega satellites here:





Guaranteed Seats


21st August

5 PM

INR 550



22nd August

5 PM

INR 550



23rd August

5 PM

INR 550


1D (Turbo)

24th August

5 PM

INR 550



So you still have time to enter Game Changer 2 Crore GTD without a significant effect on your bankroll.

Apart from this, you can also use deposit codes even until 24th August to get an entry to the Game Changer. Here are all the details:

  • Use code GCDAY1A on a minimum deposit of INR 25,000 and get a ticket to GC Day 1A, valid till 21st August.
  • Use code GCDAY1B on a minimum deposit of INR 25,000 and get a ticket to GC Day 1B, valid till 22nd August.
  • Use code GCDAY1C on a minimum deposit of INR 25,000 and get a ticket to GC Day 1C, valid till 23rd August.
  • Use code GCDAY1D on a minimum deposit of INR 25,000 and get a ticket to GC Day 1D, valid till 24th August.

The felts are ready. Wish you all the luck!

PokerBaazi’s famous multi-day marvel - GameChanger - stood true to its name in its first Edition earlier this year. The 2 Crore GTD event reached a mammoth amount of INR 3.78 Crore, making it the largest tournament to ever hit the online felts in the country till date. 

Prashanth Sekar became the first winner of the mega-event and went on to etch his name in the history of Indian online poker, walking away with unreal prize money worth INR 33 LAC. 

What’s fascinating is that he was able to do this with a free ticket offer, an opportunity that we’re now extending to you for GameChanger 2.0!

Here’s How You Can Use Our Free Ticket Offers:

You can avail our deposit codes to various flights of the tournament, just like Prashanth did and repeat history. Here are the details of the codes:

  • Use code GCDAY1A on a minimum deposit of INR 25,000 and get a ticket to GC Day 1A, valid till 21st August.
  • Use code GCDAY1B on a minimum deposit of INR 25,000 and get a ticket to GC Day 1B, valid till 22nd August.
  • Use code GCDAY1C on a minimum deposit of INR 25,000 and get a ticket to GC Day 1C, valid till 23rd August.
  • Use code GCDAY1D on a minimum deposit of INR 25,000 and get a ticket to GC Day 1D, valid till 24th August.

Win a Ticket Through our 8:30PM Satellite: 

Apart from this, you can also participate in 8:30PM satellite with buy-in of INR 250 today (20-08-2019). We will also be hosting a 20 Seat GTD Mega Satty every day at 5PM from Aug 21 - 24 with a buy in of just INR 500!

Buy-in For Half the Price 

Directly buying in for the GameChanger got a whole lot easier with the new buy-in amount. Now play for a prizepool of INR 2 Cr GTD with a buy-in of just INR 5,500 instead of INR 11,000. Half price effectively means double the rewards, so get playing! 

 24 hours left to the second edition of GameChanger (21st – 25th August), we can’t contain our excitement. Do you feel the same? Are you ready to become the talk of the town? It’s time to take down India’s biggest online poker tournament!

Post-Flop Tricks

Slow playing in poker is very similar to bluffing in terms of its nature of being deceptive. However, slow playing is when a player tries not to reveal the strength of his hands in order to increase the size of the pot and bluff is when you don’t have strong hands but you decide to bet or raise. So if a player hits the nuts at the flop, he/she slow plays and maybe calls & lets his/her opponent think that they’re dominating the table.

Please note that we are only talking about the post-flop action in a No-limit Hold’em game because that’s when you have the flop on the table. You decide whether to play fast or slow in a game based on the flop.

So how do you decide whether you should slow play or not?

Types of Players on the Table

The strategy of slow playing becomes highly-effective if there are loose (who play several hands) or aggressive players (who tend to bet & raise in order to dominate) on the table. They will do the work for you and bet to increase the size of the pot.

So if you’re in position, you can simply call. If not, check and then call.

On the contrary, if you have tight or passive players. Do not bother to slow play against players who will frequently fold and are choosy in playing hands (tight) or tend to check or call when they decide to play a hand (passive).

Try and increase the value of the pot by yourself because if you see such players trying to stay in the game, there are high chances that they have very strong holdings. So tread carefully.

Type of Board

Say you are holding a pocket pair of sevens and the flop rolls out Js-Ac-7h. This type of dry/non-coordinated board doesn’t offer the possibility of flush draws or straight draws.

Slow playing in this situation is quite favourable because you can go ahead in the game without really helping your opponent with the turn and build the pot simultaneously.

Secondly, if you choose to bet, you’re basically telling your opponents that you want to go ahead with such a dry board. This will surely let most of your opponents fold. Take the lead if you have such holdings.

If the board is wet and has rolled out, say: As-8d-7h, you shouldn’t choose to slow play. The reasons behind this are:

First, with such a board, your opponents might’ve hit a pair or two or maybe flush draws or straight draws.

Second, you wouldn’t want your opponents to complete their draws on the turn.

Size of the Game

Let’s assume that you’re in a heads-up game with the same cards. It would be advised that you should slow play in the ‘right situation’. For example, if you have a dry board in front of you and your opponent is a loose/aggressive player, slow playing can be a suitable option.

On the other hand, a multi-player game will make things complex. Holding a set of sevens, you’d like to bet if you’re the first player to act or maybe raise in reply of a bet. Slow playing would be the least suitable strategy in this situation.

With so many players on the table, there are high chances that there’ll be players holding flush draws and straight draws. So you wouldn’t want the rest of the streets to roll out in their favour.

These tips can be followed most of the times, but poker is a very complex skill game and there’ll be situations where you have to make amendments in your strategy. Keep playing. All the best for your next game.

Hand Ranges Play a Significant Role in Poker

Note: This article deals with hands only in No Limit Hold ‘em Poker.

You’re sitting at a low-stakes cash game either online or live. All the players seem to be amateurs - lots of calls pre-flop, everyone plays too many hands etc. This should be an easy way to pick up some chips for you, but for some reason, the cards aren’t flopping!

While being tight-aggressive is the right way to play at such a table, you can still be hit by variance or make a mistake due to playing out of position. In such cases, it can be hard to know how to go about your game pre-flop.

With this handy cheat-sheet though, you’ll always have a reference point to use when playing loose low-stakes games. Bear in mind this is specifically for loose-passive tables, when players aren’t raising often pre-flop and tend to always call.

Hand Chart

Raise Always

These hands are self-explanatory. When you’re holding such hole cards, you want to maximise value for them by raising. Generally you would like to raise 4-5 BBs, and 1BB for every player that has already called or is left to play.

Raise from late position, otherwise call

These are hands that are still great, and you’d definitely want to see a flop when holding these hole cards. However, when in an early position, you don’t want to raise and be forced into a situation where someone 3-bets or 4-bets. It’s best to raise with these hands when you’re in a middle or late position.

Always call

Low pocket-pairs and high suited connectors are hands that offer good value in a game where everyone is calling pre-flop. If you happen to hit a set, straight or flush with these hands, then you’re in a dominant position where other players are betting big against you with top pair. Such hands don’t hit often, but when they do, the sheer number of players betting in to the pot will give you a great chance to win big.

Call from late position

These hands are similar to the previous set, except the chance of hitting a winning hand is lower. There is also the need to be more cautious here since you might be on the losing end if you have a lower straight then your opponent. All in all, you want to play these hands when play is passive and many players are in the pot.

As mentioned, this chart only covers play for a specific type of table play. Watch this space for more opening hand combinations for other types of gameplay!

Be a Tactful Player

It’s an established rule in poker that you never limp if you are the first player to enter the pot. However, what should be your plan of action if your opponent is a limper?

Be the Attacker

One of the major things to remember is that opponents who are limping are very rarely holding a strong hand. This means they are betting mostly in the hope of hitting something on the flop. In such cases, bet big and aggressively to prevent others from entering the pot and aim to make it a one-on-one with your opponent.

The other advantage you have against them is that they are usually not the most skilled poker players on the table. A great thing about iso-raising is that limpers would mostly call a raise and then compliantly fold when they don’t hit the flop.

Scan the Table Diligently

Observe what kind of players you have behind you. Be careful when you are iso-raising and you have a skilled player behind you. They might manage to read your strategy and act accordingly. In this case, you can choose to bet widely but try to keep your bet size down. This gives you the easy option of folding in case someone 3-bets.

If everyone on the table is passive and tends to call a lot, then big bets make more sense when trying to isolate an opponent.

On the contrary, the table will also have players who are limping to trick you and might re-raise against your raise. So practice on reading your opponents and then review every move you made after the game ends.

Limping Behind

It is not advised to limp right at the beginning of the game, but as the dynamics change so does your strategy. Limping is more sensible when someone playing before you has limped and it looks difficult like you’ll be able to go heads-up against anyone by making a large bet.

Limping is also a decent idea when the players after you tend to call easily and you aren’t holding a very strong hand.

In cases where you hand is good but players are aggressive, limping into the pot prevents them from 3-betting over you and forcing you to fold.

Let us know if this strategy helped you. Until then, keep slaying the limpers off the table! 

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