Jul 20, 2019


PokerBaazi.com: The Initiators Of Creativity in The Field Of Poker!

With enormous prize pools, exciting features and interesting formats, PokerBaazi.com has always been initiators in the Indian online Poker industry. From The MoneyMaker to the PPL to the ginormous GameChanger, every new event witnessed an overwhelming response from the poker community, creating and recreating new records along the way.

One of the latest features is Multi-Day format tournaments, and these have gained immense popularity in the domestic poker circuit. While these tournaments are a no-brainer when it comes to value for money, there is still a lack of clarity amongst many players as to HOW EXACTLY these tournaments work. Let’s take a look.

The Format

A multi-day tournament features two or more starting flights which lead up to the Final Day. These are much like qualifying tournaments/rounds. Each day, a bunch of players qualify and book their spots in the Final Day. Qualifying is simple – all you need to do is survive through the starting flight, and of course, the bigger the stack, the better! Every starting flight concludes when 10% of the playing field remains. The only way to play on the Final Day is by qualifying; direct entry is not allowed.

Players can choose to play as many starting flights as they wish, and upon qualifying multiple times, will take forward only their biggest stack onto the Final Day. While there are various formats even within Multi-Day tournaments, at PokerBaazi.com each flight ends when 10% of the playing field remains, and thus, every player to survive any starting flight will make it In The Money (ITM) and of course, into the Final Day.

For example, let’s assume there are 3 starting flights which attract playing fields of 150, 200 and 250. Each starting flight will end when there are 15, 20 and 25 survivors respectively, and the Final Day will start with 60 Players – all ITM.

Multi-day tournaments typically have gigantic prize pools with very low buy-ins. Having multiple opportunities to ship an event with a massive prize pool makes it all the more exciting and of course, challenging!

The 1CR GTD Value Bomb

If you haven’t played tournaments in this format, a golden opportunity awaits you. India’s Biggest High-Value TournamentValue Bomb is set to hit the felts of PokerBaazi on June 5. The tournament will feature 4 starting flights (including one Turbo flight) and boasts a massive guaranteed prize pool of INR 1 Crore – all for a buy-in of only INR 2500!

June 5, 6, 7 and 8 will feature Flights 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D at 7PM, with 1D being a Turbo format. Day 2 (Final Day) will kick off on June 9 at 6PM, and will conclude with the crowning of the Champion. With a buy-in of 2500 and prize pool of INR 1CR, players have a shot at an ROI to the tune of 4000x! What’s more, freebies and discounted tickets to the Value Bomb are available on our social media handles, so be sure to check them out! 

Different Poker Playing Styles, yet one stands out!

The complexities of human nature are yet to be deciphered however researches have tried to classify us. One such research talks about the playing styles of Poker players based on which people have devised winning strategies.

DISCLAIMER: Following these strategies might not prove to be a full proof plan, but some of the strategies do make for a winner.

Let’s discuss some of the famous Poker playing styles:

  1. TAG: The term stands for “tight aggressive”. This style of playing is observed in majority of the champions on the felts.

    These players are extremely selective when it comes to their starting hands. They won’t enter the pot with trash hands most of the times. Depending on the game, a TAG typically plays 18% to 25% of the hands. TAGs prefer to bet and raise instead of checking and calling.

  2. LAG: It stands for “loose aggression”. These characteristics are majorly seen in losing players but they often earn much more than TAGs. This style of playing involves more skills as compared with the TAG style. So, if you are making money exhibiting this style of play then you ought to be an amazing player. LAGs are also known to play with trashy hands, which is not the case with TAGs. They are also observed to be playing 23%- 30% of the hands depending on the size of the game (short-handed or full ring).
  3. ROCK: This is a tighter version of TAG. With the increasing difficulty level of online poker, this style of playing is gradually increasing. Hard times require more resilience and that’s how Rocks came into existence. These players are not necessarily skilled, but they do have stronger decision making power in terms of the amount they are investing. Therefore, they do manage to have a small amount of rate of winning.
  4. MANIAC: These players are characterized as the hyper-aggressive kind of LAGs. Their aggression is extremely typical and evident and their liberal overbets, just puts a cherry on the top.

Another characteristic about Maniacs is that they play more than 30% of the starting hands depending on the size of the game.

Now the natural instinct is to question which style is the best one. We believe that the TAG style of playing is the answer to this question as they are frequent winners who are also profitable as far as the bankroll is concerned. On the other hand, the three other playing styles discussed do not have frequent winners. Either they are not very good learners or are simply losing their bankroll for nearly nothing.

We hope you had a good time reading it. Assess your behaviour on the felts and know whether you will be a winner or not! 

Did you know Poker Sharks are not an unbeaten Poker species?

The best players in a game of Poker are referred to as Sharks. They are the apex predators of the game who feed on players who are not as good a.ka., the fishes. The Poker Sharks strike fear in the heart of other players because of their high skill and the ability to capitalise when the moment is right.

You can spot a Shark easily as they stand out from the crowd. It is quite possible to beat them and the only way to do so would be to become a bigger shark at the table. This can only happen over a certain period of time. Here’s how you can beat the Poker Sharks in their own game:

  • Taking a balanced approach: The key trait of a Poker Shark is that they combine both value hands and bluffs while betting. It makes it very difficult to gauge the position of their hands and their next move. Their in-depth knowledge of the game gives them the leverage of checking a range of hands made of diverse holdings thus, ensuring that they are always in a good position.
  • Quickly adapting to situations: Poker Sharks are quick to adapt to the ups and downs of the game and use it to their advantage. They keep on assessing the dynamics of the table and opponents to get an edge over the fishes.
  • Living and breathing the game: The Sharks never rest. Whether they are playing or not, they are always in the game. From watching training videos, reading books, discussing strategies with other Poker enthusiasts to learning from their own mistakes, they are always looking to enhance their hunting skills.
  • Evaluating the table: To be and beat a Poker Shark, you will have to evaluate everything in the room. Find a table with the weakest players or keep an eye on when a player is leaving the current table and pounce on the opportunity to make profits. The attention-to-detail has to be there as it makes or breaks the game.
  • Thinking logically: Logical thinking trumps emotional thinking any day – that’s how the Poker Sharks condition themselves. They are calm, composed and control their emotions, even through the worst of situations.

Think you can take them down with these hacks? Get into action and WIN big on India’s most trusted online Poker platform, PokerBaazi.

Know How You Can Avoid Being A Victim of Angle Shooting!

Angle Shooting is making use of unethical tactics and intentionally deceiving usually novice opponents to excel in a game of Poker. Technically, it cannot be called cheating because the legitimacy of angle shooting is ambiguous, but in spirit it is cheating. It’s against the conduct of the game because it influences an opponent’s action and gains more information from an opponent while a hand is being played to assess the strength of one’s hand.

 To ensure that angle shooting isn’t practiced during a game, several casinos, live card-rooms, etc., have set strict house rules. Even after that, players still try to push and bend the rules to win a game unfairly. Let’s take a look at a few instances of angle shooting in live Poker.

 The lack of clarity and ambiguity in a player’s actions makes it possible in live poker for angle shooting to take place. Enlisted below are the different angle shoots in live poker:

  1. Being ambiguous with the checking motion due to multiple options being accepted as ‘check’. Making a small motion which causes the poker dealer to think the player has checked and then denying it is one example of angle shoot.
  2. Putting out incomplete bets and suggesting that bet wasn’t completed so that it isn’t counted as a binding call. To combat these, Casinos have set the following rules in place:
    • It’s mandatory to make a complete call as soon as a chip is put forth,
    • Incomplete call money to be left in the pot and the player to fold or he/she will have to complete the call for the entire amount to continue playing.  
  3. Pushing the cards forward enough to make the opponents think that one has folded and then denying that the move didn’t constitute a fold.
  4. Another form of angle shooting is putting out the calling chips and saying raise and then going back on your words, knowing well enough that the first verbal action holds true and has to be followed. One makes a case that they have made a betting mistake and plead to be excused. Ivan Freitez is famous for such shenanigans. Check out the video, here.
  5. One more dirty angle shooting tactic that players use is tricking the opponent to show their hand prematurely before oneself and using it to one’s advantage. Thankfully, Casinos have made it compulsory for players to show all hole cards at the showdown in order to be awarded the pot, leaving just the verbal declaration, null and void.

 Acting out of turn, berating opponents, peeping, hiding larger denomination of chips are a few more examples.

 Online Poker and Angle Shooting

  • Disconnecting the internet until the hand is over is a common practice of angle shooting. However, online Poker platforms continue to play the hand and puts the additional bets into a side pot, considering the disconnected player all-in. Still, angle shooters plead to be excused. To reduce such cases, websites have allowed only X number of minutes as part of the disconnect protection protocol per day while some have completely eliminated the feature.
  • Exiting the table after a big win to protect the winnings and re-joining the same table with limited number of chips.

If you happen to be a victim of angle shooting, you can confront the player or bring it to the dealer’s attention. Being clear with your action is the only thing that can help you not being counted in the league of angle shooters and earn others’ respect, if not money.


Know Why Poker is Termed As a Mind-Sport!

Poker is a Gentleman’s game. There are certain etiquettes that are expected from the players to maintain the class and dignity of the game. These aforementioned terms are often understood and adopted in daily life while one is playing the game, but we have enlisted the top 8 ones as a crash course for you.

Never Play Out of Turn

It’s quite natural to be excited when you have been dealt a good hand, but you should wait for your turn to raise the pot. Similar is the case when you are folding hands. Playing out of turn can hamper the mood of the game and confuse the action of fellow players.   

Never Discuss After Folding

Chatting about the possibilities of winning after folding is tempting, but it will spoil the game for others. One of the players from the table might benefit from your info and put others’ bet in jeopardy. So never discuss, till the game is over and #DontSpoilTheGame

Never Show Your Cards Until the Game Reaches That Stage

After folding, you should never flip or flash your cards. Doing so will give other players the information which will change the way the rest of the hand is supposed to be played out. But if you are all-in, you are free to show your cards and see how the odds have favoured you.

Never Splash The Pot

You must have seen in the movies that at the table, players (actors) throw in a bunch of chips, randomly. As cool as it may look, it is strictly prohibited in an actual game. If you toss your bet in the centre of the pot when there’s already a few chips thrown in, you will end up ‘splashing the pot’, making it difficult for others to calculate how much you have actually bet. Stack your chips in front of you to avoid the confusion.

String Bets are a Strict No-no

“I’ll call your 100 and raise another 500,” WOW! Amazeballs! Yeah, in reel life. In real life, not so much. This is another bad habit that they actually show in the movies and it’s called the String Bet. You should declare whatever you are doing, whether calling or raising, separately.

Show to All When Showing

If you know that you are going to win as soon as you pick your cards and intend to show even before the showdown, don’t just show your cards to the player sitting right next to you. Remember, you two are not the only ones playing.

Paying Attention

Make sure that you don’t have to be reminded every now and then when it is your turn. Your attention should be undivided when you are playing the game and should follow the action without missing anything so that you can calculate in your mind and increase your chances of winning.


Last but certainly not the least. Badmouthing other players/the dealer or showing your frustration when you are losing won’t help you win. Other than the money, you will also lose respect.

Whether playing online or in real life, #PokerDemandsYourDecency.


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