Dec 10, 2019


Play to Spread Smiles!

Let your poker skills help you bring a significant change in the lives of many while winning big. Earlier this year, PokerBaazi invited you to #PlayForACause and raised funds to sponsor the education of 40 young girls during our flagship online tournament series- PokerBaazi Premier League (PPL) in association with KHUSHII, an NGO that works towards empowering women.

This Independence Day, PokerBaazi along with its sister companies (BalleBaazi & RummyBaazi), have added an additional 10 girls making it a total of 50. So we all will be hosting various online events to raise funds with PokerBaazi alone hosting three different events.

Let your Winning Hand be the Helping Hand they need

As we celebrate the day of freedom, let’s use our knowledge of the game to do some good. Let’s raise the ante to help raise our girls.

Be a part of #KhushiyonKiBaazi. Following are the details of the online events that will help us raise funds:

  • 47K GTD Freedom Free Entry Tournament

Celebrate freedom and win big as this free entry tournament will go live on 15th August at 5:30 PM.

  • Freedom Tournament

Scheduled to go live on 15th August at 8 PM, this tournament will feature a buy-in worth INR 1500. The fee collected from this tournament will be matched by PokerBaazi and will be donated towards the cause.

  • 73K GTD Freedom Free Entry Tournament

This tournament will roll out on 15th August at 9 PM. It’s a free entry tournament which means you can do your bit without spending anything.

Basically, play as much as you can and contribute the most. Register for our tournaments and be a part of this noble cause.


Khushii is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation working for the upliftment of underprivileged children, women and vulnerable families. Founded in 2003, the NGO has been working against poverty, social neglect and abandonment and has impacted over 5 lakh lives.

It feels great to work in association with an organisation that is working hard towards bettering the lives of many.

Stay tuned to our social media channels for the latest updates on the same. Let’s ante up to contribute the most!

How to Fight High Variance in MTTs?

Downswings are a part of every gamer’s life and even the most-skilled poker players get a taste of it quite often. Here are a few points to follow as you build your bankroll for our upcoming biggie- GameChanger 2 Crore GTD (21st August- 25th August) that features a buy-in of only INR 5500!

Look out for your bankroll

One of the most common mistakes players make is that they are buying into tournaments that are higher than their bankroll.

As we know, multi-table tournaments come with heavy variance. An important factor to consider is that your higher buy-in can handle a significant blow or not.

Generally, the players aim to have at least 300+ buy-ins for the stakes they play, however, this also depends on the structure and the format of the game.

For example, if you play tournaments with a large field or games that are quick-structured such as turbos, then you need to have a larger bankroll (300-500 buy-ins).

However, if you like to play games with smaller fields or slow structured tournaments, then you can get away with a smaller bankroll (200+ buy-ins).

Move down in stakes when necessary

If and when you face a major blow to your bankroll, try to move down in stakes because this will help you build you bankroll once again and in a steady manner. Although it’s natural to hesitate in doing so, it does help you in the long run.

Sell action

Selling a percentage of your tournament action is a smart way to reduce the effects of variance. This helps because in doing so, you will be free to play the same kind of games you played earlier.

When you sell action, an investor gets to take a percentage of your profit which depends on how much they have invested.

Avoid playing while tilted

If you feel that you’re tilting and negative mindset is getting a hold of you, then try to be away from the felts as soon as you can. If you choose not to do this, it will simply affect you further. You’ll not be completely alert and will see yourself getting crushed by a fish.

Take a break because your bankroll is way more important than your need to keep playing.

Study aggressively

Downswings is a common phenomenon and a smart way to combat it is to review your hands and analyse your strategy.

You can also choose to approach another pro with whom you can productive discussions. This will significantly reduce the number of leaks in your gameplay.


Now that you’re ready to become invincible, gear up for India’s biggest online poker tournament- GameChanger. We are giving away FREE tickets as well, so stay tuned to our social media channels!

This is Where All the Action is!

The late stages of a poker tournament include the process starting at the bursting of the bubble to the first-place finish at the FT.

Before you start reading about the late stage, go read about how to play early and mid-stages of a poker tournament and come back after.

So here are a few poker strategy tips to keep in mind if you aim to have a deeper run in a game:

Understanding ICM Implications

Due to Independent Chip Modelling (ICM) implications, a particular play may pan out depending on the stage of the tournament the game is currently on. The most intense play is when the ICM pressure is the highest- when players are playing to finish in the bubble. This happens because the pay jumps are massive.

As the players start aiming to reach the final table, the ICM pressure continues to build up.

The most important goal after the bubble should be to build the biggest stack as fast as possible even if it means that you could bust out.

Post Bubble Strategy

A player’s aim should be to build an above-average stack for the final table until the pay jumps become massive again. There is no point in playing conservatively with a short stack at this stage of the game. So if you have a short stack in this phase of the game, start playing aggressively.

Busting out of the game at this stage wouldn’t be a big deal because the next pay jump will not be a significant one.

It goes without saying that a player shouldn’t take unnecessary risks to build a healthy stack, but they will be subject to additional pressure with a short stack if they fail to act and blind out.

Basically, any decision that would help increase the value of a player’s tournament payout, in the long run, should be considered.

Final Table Strategy

At this stage, the ICM pressure begins to increase once again as the players reach the final table. The intensity of the effect depends on the size of the pay jumps. So larger gaps in the payouts mean higher intensity of ICM pressure experienced by the players at the FT.

For example:

Player 1: 7,000 chips

Player 2: 10,000 chips

Player 3: 15,000 chips

If you are player 2, you would want player 1 and player 3 to get head-to-head and try to play tightly.

If you are player 1, you would expect player 2 and player 3 to get into a head-to-head battle. This would zero down your risk of any loss and will let you finish in the second place. However, if they are not being in the confrontational phase, then you are definitely under a lot of pressure.

So when professional players talk about the ICM pressure, they are referring to different kinds of pressure depending on your position on the table.

  • Big stacks enjoy the advantage of the fact that players show to try to avoid getting involved with them.
  • Mid-stacks play tighter, hoping to eliminate others.
  • The shortest stack faces the highest intensity of pressure to make a move first.
  • Players try to get involved with players with whom they have covered earlier to avoid the risk of elimination.

Apart from this, there is obviously the psychological factor that comes into play. However, you can prepare yourself by studying the sport and the format of the poker variant you will be playing next.

We think you’re prepared to take a plunge in the poker action. Register for GameChanger 2 Crore GTD which is scheduled to go live on 21st August and is featuring half the buy-in as before- INR 5500 instead of INR 11000!

Be the smart guy!

Every skill-based game has its own terms and poker has a long list of it. In the case of poker, it adds a kind of glamour to the entire routine of playing the game. 

So if you think you are lagging behind in the word game, here is a list of a few poker terms which will help you study the sport easily and maybe start a conversation with a poker pro!


An orbit refers to one entire cycle of the game in which one player is sitting at the dealer position. It is a common measure of the length of play. An orbit is similar to a lap in racing games.

Hole Cards

Hole cards are the playing cards dealt to each player on the table face down. In Texas Holdem, a player is dealt with 2 hole cards however, in Omaha, a player is usually dealt with 4 or 5 hole cards.


A c-bet or continuation bet is a bet made by a player who raised pre-flop. By doing so, he/she has continued in trying to achieve his/her goal of winning the pot.


It is a term that refers to the highest possible straight a player can hit in a game. The term broadway alludes to the length and popularity of the famous Broadway in Manhattan, New York. The hand is nicknamed in this manner because of the high-end building sprawled across the Manhattan skyline. For example: A-K-Q-J-10 (non-suited).

Sit and Go (SnG)

It is a poker tournament with no scheduled starting time that starts with whenever the players put their money in. Generally, operators host single table sit-and-gos with nine or ten players, but multi-table games are played as well.

Slow Playing

Slow playing is a deceptive strategy in which a player chooses to play passively or bets weakly with strong holdings. The purpose is to build the pot and lure players into it who would've otherwise folded to a raise.

Flat Call

It is a technique used when a player is slowplaying. A flat call or a smooth call is calling a bet with an above-average hand with which many players would like to raise.

Pot Odds

It is the ratio of the current size of the pot to the cost of a contemplated call. It is often compared to the probability of winning a hand with a future card in order to estimate the call’s expected value.


A term used both in cash games and tournament. It occurs when there is a bet, a raise and then a re-raise. The reason it is called a 3-bet is that the automatic posting of the blinds is considered the first bet, the second bet (2-bet) is when a player raises the blinds instead of calling and the third-bet (3-bet) is the re-raising of the 2-bet.


A four-bet occurs when a player re-raises a three-bet.

Dark Tunnel Bluff

It is a repetition of continuation bet (c-bet) on multiple streets (pre-flop, flop, turn, river) simply because you want to keep betting. However, you are doing so without thinking through. You are basically trying to bluff with below-average hands.

Hachem Syndrome

It is a condition in which players who have recently made it to the headlines for their deep runs at the WSOP (World Series of Poker) develop an unnecessary and unnatural sense of entitlement.

Squeeze play

It is generally a pre-flop bluff. It occurs when a player re-raises after there has been a raise and one or more callers. This situation can be dodged by trying not to limp especially in the initial stages.

Now that you’ve become a street-smart poker player, it’s time to be where all the action of online poker is, on PokerBaazi. We recently another variant of poker- 5 Card PLO and are all set to launch OFC Poker soon. Apart from this, the second edition of India’s biggest online poker tournamentGameChanger 2 Cr GTD is ready to go live on 21st August. This edition features half the buy-in as before- INR 5500 instead of INR 11000. So come be a part of the poker festivities and win massive real cash prizes!  

You've survived the early stages of the tournament with some tight play and now the competition has narrowed down a bit. With the blinds going up and the ante kicking in, you've entered the next phase of the tournament and things are about the heat up!

Generally, play in the middle stage of the tournament is looser and more aggressive because players are now incentivised to try and steal the pot, even pre-flop. 

With strategies set to change, how should you go about your play? Let's take a look.

Aim for value and bet small

With the blinds set to raise the minimum bet, your pre-flop raise should usually only be between 2X to 3X the big blind. This is because you want to conserve your stack as much as possible and don’t want to bleed chips in case a hand doesn’t go your way.

Even if you think you have a winning hand post-flop, value-betting will help you extract more from opponents who might fold if you raise too much. 

Look to steal blinds 

While in the early stage there's little incentive to bluff and pick up the blinds, the middle phase makes them much more valuable. When holding a half-decent hand, it can be worth trying to make a bluff a stronger hand by raising when on the button. This works especially when others have folded in the hand before you and the players to your left don’t look too keen. 

Maximise the all-in threat

While in most cases going all-in can seem like a drastic course of action, it’s usually best to just shove pre-flop when you have less than 20 Big Blinds, especially if someone raises before you in a hand you want to play.

Don’t confuse this with desperation though. The idea is to do it when you have a strong hand which has good odds. This is because you cannot afford to call/min-raise with such a small stack and then end up folding when you don’t hit the flop. Pushing all-in reduces the chance of variance hurting you and also gives you your best option to stay in the tournament by doubling up. 

Think you have what it takes to succeed in tournament poker? Register for the GameChanger for just Rs. 5,500 and compete for a guaranteed prize pool of Rs. 2 Crore!


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