Feb 26, 2018

Day 2: PokerBaazi Premier League

The PPL Spring’18 Edition has begun on PokerBaazi.com and yesterday saw the conclusion of Day 2 of the week-long series. Here’s a quick recap of the Day’s events:

Event 7: 1L GTD SuperStack RE

Day 2 kicked off with this 1LAC guaranteed SuperStack Re-entry event. 198 entries and an additional 167 re-entries rocketed the total prize pool up to INR 1,82,500. Heads up saw ‘Prasanjeet’ defeat ‘Leokarma2609’ for the win and a payday of INR 36,500.

Event 8: 1.5L GTD Freezeout

The next event of the day was a Freezeout event with a guaranteed prize pool of INR 1,50,000. It was poker pro Kartik ‘TheInternetKid’ Ved who took down the event, coming out on top of a field of 142 and winning himself a prize of INR 31,500. Runner-up in the event was ‘Killersam’.

Event 9: 2L GTD R+A

Event 9 featured a 2LAC guarantee and attracted a field of 128 including 186 rebuys. Tourney regular Faiz ’Ailagaya’ Alam emerged victorious in this event, defeating ‘gd1921’ heads up for a payday of INR 44,000.

Event 10: 5L GTD Turbo RE

A classic turbo event, this 5LAC guarantee re-entry tournament drew a field of 150 entries and 91 re-entries, taking the Total Prize pool to INR 6, 02,500. Heads up play saw ‘rajnkrajnk’ and ‘whale’ battling it out with the former coming out on top and scoring a sweet payday of INR 1,26,535.

Event 11: THE ENDEAVOUR 25LGTD RE

Event 11 marked the featured event of the day, and rightly so! An entry fee of INR 6050 gave players a shot at the mammoth 25LAC in the guaranteed Prize pool, which eventually climbed up to INR 26,75,000 owing to the 332 entries and 203 re-entries. A little over 7 hours later we had our winner – ‘raghu2017’, who defeated ‘bml2012’ heads up for the title and a massive payday of INR 4,94,875. PokerBaazi Team Pro Vikram Kumar and Event 8 winner Kartik Ved also made the Final Table, finishing 5th and 7th respectively.

Event 12: 3L GTD 6-max Turbo R+A

The last event of the day was a 3LAC guaranteed 6-max turbo event. The rebuy/Add-on event drew 174 entrants and 290 rebuys. PokerBaazi Team Pro Jasven ‘JasvenSaigal’ Saigal finished on top of the field, defeating ‘Samarpoker’ heads up for the win and a payday of INR 60,000.

Congratulations to all the winners of Day 2!

Day 3 kicks off today at 2 pm on PokerBaazi.com and will be headlined by The BIG 12 – a 12 LAC guaranteed Freeze-out event set to commence at 8:00 pm.

Find the complete schedule of the PPL Spring’18 Edition here: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl#ppl

Here are the PPL Fantasy League Leaderboard standings after Day 1: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-fantasy-leaderboard

Here are the complete player standings of the PPL Spring’18 Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-leaderboard

Good luck for Day 3 Baazigars!

 

Superstition is an abstract noun which is both revered and laughed at by people. Some believe in them religiously while others mock both the beliefs and the believers. Affectivity of superstitions is an unknown theorem practically but believers do claim that these impact one’s life hugely. Like any other field, poker also has plenty of such beliefs. The following are some of the poker superstitions:

1)      Aces and eights: though these two cards, separately, is considered to be quite a good beginning at the hand, the combination of both is considered to bring ill luck for the player possessing them as his whole cards. The combination is also known as “the Deadman’s cards”. This combination got stained because this was the combination that gun-slinging lawman, Wild Bill Hickok held it in his hands when he was murdered Deadwood, South Dakota at the Number Ten Saloon in 1876. The poker players vouch on the fact that this combination brings ill-luck.

2)      Three sixes: this is a superstition strongly believed by players of the Christian cult and also those players who are inherently superstitious. The biblical reference to this combination is, 6-6-6 is an anti-Christ symbol. The combination is considered to be satanic and thus, a lot of poker players fold their cards if the flop-flips 6-6-6, unwilling to encourage Satan.

3)      Pocket jacks: this superstition is a result of lack of skill. Technically, pockets jacks is a great hand to start a game with but using it in the correct way is not everyone’s cup of tea. Actually its quite difficult to exploit the combination and as a result, most of the players loose the game with pocket jacks as their whole cards. Thus, now most of the players consider this combination as ominous.

4)      Wearing Red: Red is considered as the luckiest colour especially among the Asian players. So, the felt usually becomes a tomato field on the days of important events.

5)      Dirty Clothes: many poker players believe that wearing dirty clothes to the felt attracts good luck. Some players keep their clothes intact after a win and then wear the same clothes to the next event and replicate the same moves with a belief that history would repeat itself.

6)      Chipping Away: Counting chips during a game is considered to be ominous but the matter of the fact is, keeping a track of your chips while you are playing helps you manage your bankroll better.

Being superstitious is not good but it isn’t harmful either unless you are obsessed. Your beliefs and abiding by them during a game gives you a mental support and your comfort zone. But don’t let your superstitious beliefs affect your game. If at any moment you are not able to abide by such beliefs, keep your nerves. You have nurtured those beliefs, those beliefs didn’t nurture you. Rest is all good when you are winning at the felt.

Vanessa Selbst is a revered poker celebrity who has 1had a magnificent poker career all throughout. Interestingly, after her retirement from poker, she chose trade market investment as her new profession which in turn is a hint towards the possibility of poker players being comparatively more skillful while investing money in the stock market.

Aaron Brown, author of “the poker face of wall street” firmly believes that the game of poker and the trends of stock market have a lot of similarities. Brown drew this inference from his own experience – he has been a poker player all his life. Also, trade market was his profession for 30 years. From his 30 year stock market career, he felt that there is a lot of similarity between poker and stock market.

Since both the fields are under the influence of probability to quite an extent, here we are to draw a parallelism between trade market and the game of poker:

Taking risk is the first step: successful poker players and great stock market traders know it very well that risk is the stepping stone to success in their field. On one hand they know, any moment, they can face huge losses but on the other hand they also know that it can also be recovered in the same way. The most successful poker players and investors know what it feels like to take a serious risk, and they don’t let it rattle them too much. Maybe they’ve even “pushed the rent money into the middle of the table,” Brown says.

Both poker players and traders should be observant to the trends that led to their win. Taking those patterns as reference, maestros of both the field secure their profit.

Analyzing the pattern: traders and poker players are subjected to two different scenarios while analyzing patterns. A poker player analyzes his opponents from the change in his or her body language, the pattern of betting and various other factors. But to be a good trader, you need to do extensive reading and research on the previous market trends to save your money from being wasted. Early wins are a result of the correct impromptu decision whereas profits at large come from extension research and updated knowledge of the market.

Team work: unlike poker, trading is a team work. You cannot earn well from the stock market without partnership and team work. But in poker, your win is your credit. Thus, this habit of working solo sometimes results into repulsiveness towards team work, in case of poker players. This brings their downfall while investing in stock market.

 

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!

 

REPUBLIC DAY SERIES

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

You know how to play poker and after sitting down at a table, you realize that you know much less than you thought. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, it doesn’t matter, we bring you a few tips to help you become a better poker player and thus make more money wherever you play. It is indeed important to dredge up that what works for one individual might not work for another in poker.

Learn from the pros

Watching the play of pros like Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu or Phil Ivey playing cash games and tournament is a great way to learn poker. Take necessary notes, listen to the commentators, analyze the players and watch the videos with a sombre approach. How they used to play in the beginning and how they play now or why they played that specific move will be really helpful to you in learning all the essential tips and tricks of the game.

Read poker books

A full-length book will give you greater insights than watching a 15-minute video. In the recent time, there are so many books available which have been written by online players specifically to provide valuable comprehensions. They have also covered various software used to play online poker games. You can read various free e-books on poker to get started.

Clear all basics

If you need to move forward, you will have to go back to basics and mastering the basics of the game will help not just a beginner but to a pro as well. Basics simply refer to knowing who to bluff, calculating pot odds, knowing your odds to make better hands, when to play tight or lose, and which cards to raise from which position.

Internet help

The virtual world is filled with so much information on poker via poker blogs, poker forums which are ideal for both beginners and challenging players. They comprise of poker strategies, poker advice, and free games. The best part is that they are free to use and you can indeed learn a lot from them.

Focus on other players

The best thing you can start doing now is to start observing your opponents even when you are not in a hand. Do notice or take note of when they third folds to each re-raise, if they have a tell or if any player raises in a certain position. Getting this information from your opponents will help you in bluff and steal the pot.

It’s ok to leave after the flop

It is sometimes ok to leave after the flop even when you think it’s going your way. The flop could kill you even if you start with a great hand. Some players, especially beginners find it really difficult to fold after the flop. They convince themselves to stay as they have already put money into the pot but this kind of thinking will only cause them to lose a lot of chips.

Poker is a game of luck, psychology, and strategy. You should know how to control your game and know when to quit. Many players make the mistake of playing the game when on tilt and end up losing lots of money. You should prepare yourself that anything can happen in poker and you can suffer bad beats or bad plays just like any other player. Once you realize that you are on tilt or angry, then you should take a break and only come back when you feel better.

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