Feb 23, 2018


Maria Kirloskar

PokerBaazi Team PRO


On January 26, 2018, we will be celebrating Republic Day in India – honoring the Constitution of India which was put into place in 1950.

There will be parades, speeches and much of the regular fanfare to celebrate 69 years of India being a sovereign democratic republic based on the four pillars outlined in the Constitution - Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.


These four pillars have been underlined in a very special way for us in the Indian Poker community this year.


Legendary boxer joining PokerBaazi as its brand ambassador is the biggest boost for poker and a great start to 2018 for all poker lovers.


To me, the other important part of this year’s celebrations or pre-celebrations as an Indian, a woman and as a Poker player is the happy fact that one of our very own, Muskan Sethi, is being honored as a First Lady by President Ram Nath Kovind.


Muskan is being celebrated for being the first woman who has breached the bastion of professional Poker in our country.  How amazingly cool is that?!  This not only validates Muskan and the hard work she has put into her game, the time she has to spend away from her loved ones while traveling for Poker, the charitable contributions she makes through her winnings.


It also validates all of us on the Poker scene today. Poker is being seen as a reputable profession, a sport which both men and women are free to pursue and in which to excel.


We, at PokerBaazi, would like to congratulate and thank Muskan for lighting this torch for our small Poker community and wish her all the best always!




In further celebration of this Republic Day, PokerBaazi is rolling out a Republic Day Series that you absolutely cannot miss with exciting tournaments between January 25-28.


Besides a huge freeroll with 5L GTD and higher guarantees for the Saturday and Sunday tournaments, we can all look forward to playing The MoneyMaker again!  With 1 CR Guaranteed and 30L for first place, this tournament is a life changer in all respects! 


With just a 10k+1k buy-in, The Moneymaker will give you a chance to win 30L – it can be the turning of a dream into reality, the promise of a fresh start, an expectation of a brighter future.  Go for glory this Republic Day and give it your all to join the other Moneymakers Anujkumar Kodam and Devesh Thapar in the halls of legend!

PokerBaazi is running mega Satellites in this week to offer over 100 guaranteed tickets to The MoneyMaker in a fraction of the original cost.






This past month or so on PokerBaazi has been a poker enthusiast's dream come true. The new and improved software with awesome playing experience, 3 back to back amazing Vegas promotions giving out 8 travel packages to Sin City and then the Pokerbaazi Premier League edition VI crushing guarantees every day - it just keeps getting better and better.

It's on every online poker player's bucket list to go to Las Vegas and play in the WSOP, so the Vegas Challenge in April definitely piqued my interest. Being an amateur, I thought I didn't even stand a chance. But I decided to give it a shot anyway. Stayed up 20 hours a day over the weekend to grind the maximum allowed 8 cash game tables and one tournament table, which filled up the entire screen on my 13" Macbook Air (really need to invest in a bigger screen). With 3 packages awarded in the Vegas Challenge, I was naturally disappointed when I placed 4th and missed the Vegas package by the skin of my teeth. A brand new iPhone 7 was a nice consolation prize but having come so close and missing out on an all expenses paid a trip to Vegas was crushing.

After handing out 5 vegas challenges over an action packed weekend, PokerBaazi then surprised everyone and followed up with the Vegas tournament challenge and 3 more packages. When it was first announced, I thought it was an impossible feat but two fellow baazigars quickly proved me wrong. Even though I am primarily a PLO cash game player, I decided to play the tourneys just for the Vegas dream and the incredible value - 2 Lac GTD for a mere 2k buy in! After bricking 4 events in a row, I thought this really isn't my cup of tea and a friend convinced me to book tickets for a trip to Phuket. As fate would have it, I shipped the tournament the same night right after booking my tickets. So now I was in a pickle - cancel the trip or just forget about the challenge?

Well, being the poker addict that I am, I ended up bringing my laptop to Phuket and got lucky on the first night itself! ;) Let's just say winning a trip to Vegas worth 3 lacs was a great start to what ended up being an awesome trip.

Next up was PPL VI with the 1.5 cr guarantee and there was no way I was missing out on all the action. Amazing structures, challenging competition, massive prize pools, new and improved look that's easy on the eyes - Pokerbaazi has really bounced back from the setbacks faced in PPL V and really outdone themselves. I would like to congratulate Navkiran Singh and the entire team for setting an example for poker clients not just in India, but worldwide.

Special mention must go to Varun Ganjoo for his prompt replies and be taking care of all the baazigars, especially me. :)

After grinding non-stop during the PPL, a fish like me has somehow gotten lucky enough to place 7th on the PPL leaderboard. Here's to the run good continuing at the World Series of Poker. Right now, it's time for the PPL after party and getting that Macbook.

This rant would be incomplete without a tip of the hat to my long time friend and mentor Paawan Bansal for introducing me to poker 7 years ago and then Pokerbaazi 2 years ago. We've come a long way from playing $10 buyins in college campus lounges and discussing hands over McDonalds breakfast in the wee hours of the morning. If you ever decide to take a break from all your gallivanting across the globe and open a stable, book me a slot for full-time coaching. I know I am a slow learner LOL, but I just hope to be half as good as you one day and life will be sorted. Let's kill it in Vegas this year with all the other Baazigars!

Finally, to everyone I have had the pleasure of playing against on Pokerbaazi, it's a bloody good time to be a Baazigar, innit? See you at the PPL after party.


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