Feb 25, 2018

In this era where everything meets commercialism at the end, sports are no different. The debate whether commercialism is necessary in every field or not is futile because change is the only constant and the wave of commercialism is a changing trend that is essential to adopt. In most of the countries, sports are no longer just a medium of entertainment or a way to build international bond. Sports have become one of the most successful professions in terms of money, fame, and glamour. Sportsmen enjoy the status of a celebrity and are idolized by masses at large. But to reach that part, the one thing that is constant is persevering hard work. A sportsman proves himself right from the grass root level that he is worthy of dependence and the celebrity stature to earn the glamour at the later stages.

Sports are greatly patronized in India, especially cricket and hockey. Excluding the corrupt practices within the management, the Indian Government puts in a lot of funding for the better performance of the players. The selection procedure is tough and these days, players rarely get selected in the budding period of their game. Most of the players join the national league quite late and thus their journey of the much deserved success starts late. Also, there are other games like carom, chess which have prestigious stature in the face of World sports but unfortunately, only cater to job satisfaction if taken up as profession, with significantly low earning. You do get a lot of respect for your skills but the monetary benefit is quite far-fetched.

On one side we have outdoor games like cricket and hockey and indoor games like carom and chess, which not only demand your hard work but also support from the management to give you success, on the other hand, we have skill based indoor games like poker which solely go by your skills and your discretion. Here there is no management, no jury, and no board of corrupt directors who judge your talents based on their own interests. Poker players don’t need extraordinary funds to maintain their game and skills. All you need is regular practice and some patience.

In games like the aforementioned ones, no one enjoys a huge payday right from the beginning. You start earning peanuts at first and then ascend slowly upwards to a pay that can be termed as truly ‘handsome’. But poker is different. You brush your skills as you want, decide time on your own and most importantly, don’t have to consider your age to start afresh. You can enter the felt whenever you want, use your skills, defeat your opponents and win mammoth amounts. So, the flow of money and your work hours, both are decided by you. Also, this might sound unbelievable to you, but poker players can win huge amounts in less than 12 hours.

Other sportsmen toil day in and day out just prove their talent to others and still don’t get proper platform but in poker, you prove your talent only to yourself. Once you yourself are convinced, you don’t need to anyone to approve any of your decisions. The amount that other sportsmen make can be earned by you in one-fourth of the time taken by them. E.g- Cricketers make money after a successful series of matches but a poker player requires just one hand or a few hours of the day to earn as much or more. There is no limit to what you take back home.

Apart from the monetary benefit, poker players also enjoy their share of the stardom in the poker world. A successful poker player is not only revered but also becomes a centre of attraction. Sports news portals, especially which are dedicated to poker news mainly, write columns after columns, centring you.

 Once you become a poker pro, you not only earn by playing but also are sought after by many poker brands who wish to rope you in as their brand ambassador and advisor- the benefit of an added income.

Celebrated poker players, who are retired, also make money even if they don’t visit the felt religiously and regularly.

So, now, don’t hesitate to commit to poker if you have the talent and skills and also wish to turn your signature into an autograph. Poker is a field for the deserved and not the reserved. It still remains untouched by the negative factors that might pose a threat in the path of any budding poker player who wishes to make it big.

Day 3 of the PokerBaazi Premier League Spring’18 Edition

Yesterday saw the completion of Day 3 of the PokerBaazi Premier League Spring’18 Edition on PokerBaazi.com. Events 13 to 18 were played out yesterday, here are the brief updates of the Day.

Event 13: 1L GTD R+A

The day started with a 1LAC guaranteed Rebuy/Add-on event. 120 entries and 255 rebuys pushed the total prize pool up to a little over one lac, and it was ‘Ronil1’ who took down the event for INR 24,145, beating ‘mirror_image’ in the heads-up duel.

Event 14: 2L GTD RE

Next in line was the 2LAC guaranteed Re-entry event. It drew 125 entries who utilized a total of 119 re-entries. Akash ‘nikita69QQ’ Shekhar scored his first win of the PPL Spring’18 by defeating ‘pokerisnogamble’ heads up for a payday of INR 44,000. 

Event 15: 3L GTD SuperStack RE

Event 15 featured a guaranteed 3Lacs and attracted a field of 150 players. Heads up saw ‘flippp’ and ‘ChubbyGhost’ battling it out, and it was eventually ‘flippp’ who came out on top, winning himself INR 64,312 for his efforts.

Event 16: 5L GTD PLO Deepstack Turbo RE

Event 16 was the first PLO event of the series and roped in a field of 116 unique and 105 re-entries. ‘pokerkid82’ was the last man standing after coming out on top in the heads up battle with ‘Hitler’. He received a payday of INR 1,32,600.

Event 17: The BIG 12 Freeze-out

This was the featured event of the day and offered a massive 12LAC in guaranteed prize money. Heads up play saw ‘pinguv’ and ‘TiltDaddy’ battling it out, with the latter coming out victorious and securing a sweet payday of INR 2,43,000. ‘pinguv’ received INR 1,83,000 for his second place finish.

Event 18: 2L GTD 6-max Turbo R+A

The final event of the Day was a 2LAC guaranteed 6-max Rebuy/Add-on event which roped in 133 entries with 212 rebuys. ‘boomtlt23’ beat ‘Nutpeddling729’ heads up for the win and a prize amount of INR 46,530.

Congratulations to all the winners of Day 3!

We kick off Day 4 at 2pm today. Look out for Event 23 – The Summit. It features a guaranteed prize pool of INR 30LAC and is set to commence at 8:00pm.

The complete schedule of the PPL Spring’18 is available here: : https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl#ppl

Day 3 Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-leaderboard

Day 3 Fantasy League Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-fantasy-leaderboard

Good luck for Day 4 Baazigars!

In the past year, I’ve received several messages from young players who recently completed their graduation and just started their first jobs. My assumption is that they are all around 22-25 years old.  They usually have three questions for me – the first one being “Do you have a boyfriend”, the second one is “What are you doing” and the third one is “I want to quit my job. How do I become a full-time Poker player”… 

This post aims to answer the last question since I’m pretty sure the first two questions, as entertaining as they may be, are not of much relevance to any discussion around Poker!

 Most of us who play Poker have been seduced by the siren song – play Poker all day long, make a lot of money and live the Poker lifestyle that the Pros enjoy. But the reality is not as fantastically uplifting - this siren lures you with a golden dream that leaves many players broken on the rocks of despair and consumed by the sea of disappointment.

 I’ve read a number of articles that keep reinforcing the idea that the 9 to 5 grind in a “regular” job is the death knell to any cool, hip young Poker player.  I mean, how could you be perceived as glamorous and sexy if you work as an IT analyst or a junior HR executive when you could be living the high life as a full-time Poker professional? ut like the saying goes: 

Poker is a hard way to make easy money.  In fact, there is no such thing as easy money.

 Let’s look at the statistics.  The average tournament player will get in the money 10% of the time while an expert player usually gets in the money 15% of the time.  That means as an average tournament player, one is losing 90% of the time!

 When it comes to cash game players, they have to deal with downswings that sometimes go on for more than a few weeks.

 It may seem like I’m being negative but I’m not here to discourage anyone from playing Poker - in fact, it’s the opposite.  

Instead of looking at becoming a full-time Poker player in the early years of your work life, wouldn’t it be amazing to have a second income from Poker? Working hard at your job will help you with discipline, playing Poker as a hobby in the evenings will help you with patience and focus, while playing without the pressure of having to make rent money will make you fall in love with the game even more! 

 My advice to all of you out there who feel like you want to make Poker your career, follow these simple steps and then decide whether it is the right path for you and at what point in your life can you afford to so. 

  1. Keep a separate bank account for your bankroll whether it is Rs. 5,000, Rs. 50,000 or Rs. 5 Lakhs.
  2. Read as much as you can on Bankroll Management, then make a plan and stick to it.
  3. Play on only trusted Poker sites or in legitimate Poker rooms.
  4. Keep track of every single tournament or cash game you play and review your profit or loss each week.
  5. Study hard and continually improve your game.
  6. If you are a consistent player, apply to a reputed stable to get staked and receive coaching.
  7. Give yourself a year or two to see whether you are making money – enough to live on or more than enough as a second income.

 I would also suggest that you look around the Poker circuit and talk to some of the most successful, profitable players.  You will soon realize that most of them have jobs or own businesses. 

 There are very few young players who play Poker for a living without a financial safety net. Those that do are consistently winning players who have been playing for a few years, who work very hard on their game and other aspects such as mental/physical strength. By all means, be inspired by them, but don’t jump into taking up Poker as a career by being ill-informed or because of your ego.

 And, the next time anyone asks me what I am doing at 11:30 on any given night, I will send you a picture of me – not twerking at the MTV Pool Party, or sipping champagne on Dan B’s yacht – but in my pajamas grinding The Big 1 Lakh tourney on Baazi.  Not glamorous or sexy in any way, I can assure you.  More like Animal from The Muppet Show. That’s the reality of the life of a full-time Poker Pro ;-)

 

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