Feb 26, 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.

PPL Spring’18: Day 4

The PokerBaazi Premier League Spring’18 Edition has crossed the half-way mark with the completion of Day 4 last night. Here are the updates from yesterday’s Events:

Event 19: 1.5L R+A

Day 4 kicked off with 1.5LAC guaranteed Rebuy/Add-on Event which attracted 117 entrants. Coming out on top of the field was ‘Hsupta’, who defeated ‘kngs’ heads up and took home INR 33,000 for his efforts.

Event 20: 3L Deepstack Turbo RE

The second event of the Day was the 3LAC guaranteed Deepstack Turbo event, which roped in 135 players. Heads up play saw ‘Killersam’ and ‘mafiamessi’ battling it out, and it was eventually ‘Killersam’ who came out on top scoring INR 63,000 for his win.

Event 21: 2L 6-max R+A

Event 21 was a 2LAC guaranteed 6-max Rebuy/Add-on event, and attracted a field of 111, utilizing a total of 241 rebuys. ‘ChubbyGhost’ continues to enjoy a successful PPL with a victory in this event, defeating ‘fish_calling’ heads up for a payday of INR 48,000.

Event 22: The BIG 5 Deepstack RE

Next up was a 5LAC guaranteed Deepstack event. It roped in 140 entries (and 105 re-entries) and saw one of the most exciting Final Tables. Young poker pros Nishant Sharma, Akshay Nasa and Manoj Pentakota were the last three players left in the event. It was eventually Nishant ‘nishant177’ Sharma who defeated Akshay ‘sherlock52’ Nasa heads up for the win and a prize amount of INR 1,05,000.

Event 23: The SUMMIT 30L Deepstack

This 30LAC guaranteed Deepstack event was the featured event of the day. INR 11,000 gave you a shot at the mammoth INR 5.9LAC top prize, and it was ‘Sara24’ who came out on top of the field of 219. Heads up play saw ‘Sara24’ defeat ‘praf11’ for the win. ‘MrRobot’, who is having a great PPL so far finished 3rd in the event, while PokerBaazi Team PRO Abhishek Panda finished 4th.

Event 24: PLO Highroller 25L (5RE)

The final event of the day was the much awaited PLO Highroller, with a guaranteed Prize pool of INR 25LAC. 125 players took part in the event, utilizing an additional 86 re-entries. It took nearly 7.5 hours to crown our winner – ‘sp175’, who defeated ‘callmenow’ heads up and took home a sweet INR 5.5LAC for his efforts. Second place was rewarded INR 4.1LAC.

Congratulations to all the Winners of Day 4.

We kick off Day 5 at 2:00 pm today, and Event #29 – a 50LAC Highroller event will be headlining the Day’s events.

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

Day 4 Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-leaderboard

Day 4 Fantasy League Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-fantasy-leaderboard

Good luck for Day 5 Baazigars!

 

And we’re Underway! PPL Spring’18 – Day 1

The much anticipated PPL Spring’18 Edition kicked off yesterday on PokerBaazi.com. The series holds a mammoth 4.1 Crore in total guarantees! Day 1 of the series saw the completion of Events 1 to 6. Here are the brief details of how the Day’s Events went down:

Event 1: 1.5L GTD R+A

We kicked off with this 1.5LAC guaranteed Rebuy Add-on event which attracted 165 entries.  Heads up saw ‘fsociety’ defeating ‘pokerwizard’ for the win and a payday of INR 38,010.

Event 2: 2L GTD RE

The second event of the day was a 2 LAC guaranteed Re-entry event, which drew 216 entries and 193 re-entries. Coming out on top of the field was ‘Zedd’, who beat ‘mdhn12’ heads-up for INR 39,877.

Event 3: 1L GTD FO

Event 3 was a 1LAC guaranteed Freeze-out event. A total of 150 entrants played the event which was taken down by ‘pokerisnogamble’ for a prize amount of INR 23,625. The runner-up of this event was ‘akj290’.

Event 4: 7L GTD RE

INR 3300 gave you a seat to this 7 Lac guaranteed re-entry event. A total of 247 entries (including 101 re-entries) took part in the event, taking the total Prize Pool to INR 7,41,000. After about 5 hours of play we were down to the final two- ‘MrRobot’ and ‘Qweasdzxc’. The outcome was decided by a huge pot when the former called a shove holding A9cc and was up against AThh. He was fortunate enough to see three clubs on the flop and seal the deal for a hefty payday of INR 1,55,610. Second place received INR 1,14,855 for his efforts.

Event 5: The Big 15 (15L GTD RE)

Event 5 was the highlight of the day and offered a massive 15L up for grabs. A field of 183 players and an additional 119 re-entries took the Total Prize pool up to INR 15,10,000. After about 7 hours of play, it was Abhishek ‘abhishek081190’ Jaiswal who defeated ‘pokerjoker’ heads up for the win and a prize of INR 3,02,000. The final table also boasted a few notables, namely Rubin ’kornkid’ Labroo (3rd), Jasven ‘JasvenSaigal’ Saigal (6th), Nishant ‘nishant177’ Sharma (7th) and Manoj ‘killbill’ Pentakota (9th).

Event 6: 3L GTD RE

The final event of the day was Event 6 – a 3 LAC guaranteed re-entry event. 199 unique entries along with 135 re-entries took the Total Prize pool to INR 3,34,000. It was eventually ‘crazylion007’ who came out on top of the pack, defeating ‘mafiamessi’ heads up for a payday of INR 66,800.

 

Congratulations to all the winners of Day 1!

We kick off Day 2 with a line-up of 6 events starting at 2 pm today. The featured event is the 25 LAC GTD Endeavour RE event, scheduled for 8:00 pm.

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

With Day 1 underway, we also have the PPL Fantasy League kicking off. Here are the updated Leaderboard standings after Day 1: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-fantasy-leaderboard

After an impressive performance on Day 1, ‘MrRobot’ finds himself on top of the PPL Spring’18 Leaderboard. Here are the complete standings: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-leaderboard

Good luck for Day 2 Baazigars!

PokerBaazi.com is never tired and is always upto something or the other. It seems like the only ambition in its life is to provide the poker enthusiasts a magnificent felt which has the maximum to offer, especially in terms of rewards.

The month of February is loaded with opportunities- PokerBaazi Premier League, The Endeavour, The SummitThe Grinders Series etc.  Out of these, the first series to adorn the felt is The Grinders Series, commencing on the 5th of February, 2018, stretching for a period of 7 days and proffering the Baazigars 35 tournaments to quench their thirst for poker.

The Grinders series guarantees a massive 32 LAC GTD and throughout the month you also have the opportunity to win leaderboard prizes. Let us break down the Grinders Series for you, day wise:

Day 1: the event starts at 3 pm and would feature 5 tourneys. Out of the 5, the most significant is the 1.5 Lac GTD re-buy tourney. The minimum buy-in for the event is 1000+100.

Day 2:  Out of the 5 tourneys, 1.5 Lac GTD (turbo re-entry), has the most to offer Baazigars. The minimum buy-in for the tourney is 1000+100 and starts at 9 pm.

Day 3: the golden tourney for the day is 1.5 LAC GTD (6-max RE) and requires a minimum buy-in of 1000+100. In this tournament, only 6 re-entries are allowed. The tourney unfolds at9pm.

Day 4: this day also features 5 tourneys but the Small Ball HR 3 LAC GTD [RE] steals the show. This high roller event guarantees you a prize money of 3 LAC GTD. The minimum buy-in is 2000+200.

Day 5: this day also doesn’t disappoint the 9 pm prime time and features the 1.5 LAC GTD [Superstack RE] and guarantees a prize pool of 1.5 LAC. The initial buy-in is 1000+100.

Day 6: the main highlight of this day is 1.5 LAC GTD [Turbo RE] and requires an initial buy-in of 1000+100. Such tourneys are real opportunities for increasing small amounts, manifold. The tourney starts at 9 pm.

Day 7: the final day of the series has a mammoth tourney in store for all the Baazigars- 5 LAC GTD ME [RE]. the tourney guarantees a prize pool of 5 LAC and fetches an initial buy-in of 2000+200. The tourney starts at 8 pm sharp.

Above mentioned are the main highlights for the 5 days but don’t underestimate the 4 other tourneys proffered to you each day. For poker enthusiasts with less willingness of investing much, such tourneys are the best platforms to face competition and win, with nominal investment.

So, start marking the dates on the calendar because the Grinders Series is one of the opportunities that you ought to exploit.

This article draws the views of the experienced poker players suggesting which seat is likely to be the best seat at the poker table. The right seat at the poker table can make all the difference when it comes to winning.

In order to effectively choose the best seat at the poker table, you need to have a general idea about what type of poker players are playing with you. If you are playing poker online then watch a few rounds before you decide to settle for a table and try to figure out who are the aggressive and passive players. But if you sit on the table where you see some familiar names popping up then you should get to know their playing styles pretty quickly.

When you choose your seat at the poker table, try to put the aggressive players to your right. This way you can act after these players who tend to open up more and usually raise or re-raise. If an aggressive player is seated to your left then you will be forced to play more passively, as you don’t know what move they are going to make after you and you could end up losing more money.

Position of the poker players at the table

Make sure the next time you sit down at the poker table, stop, observe the situation, and then try to choose the best seat to enhance your winnings.

Further, we have come up with the basic questions that beginners must think of before settling for a seat.

Is there sufficient money on the table?

It is important to ensure that a table as a whole has enough of money because sometimes a seat isn't likely to be profitable because of that. Reason being, if everyone, or nearly everyone, is playing with short stacks, the rake is likely to eat up all of the profit you can expect.

You can look for a table where players have stacks of at least 100 times the big blind (INR200 in a 1/2 game), and most of the other players to have at least 50 big blinds. So if, you see a table with a whole bunch of stacks under INR100, take a pass and look elsewhere.

 What is the quality of the players at the table?

In general, aim for a game where at least a few of the players appear to be relatively poor. If you see a table filled with guys you know to be good or better than you, without even a couple of potentially soft spots around the table, you should incline to keep looking for a seat somewhere else.

Is the seat to the left of one of the large stacks empty?

As the great poker theorist Mike Caro has pointed out, money tends to flow clockwise around the table. You're more likely to win money from a player on your right than from a player on your left. That's generally because, with the large stack on your right, you have the first crack at his big stack. That means an empty seat to the left of a large stack should be more inviting than one on the big stack's right.

 Is there action?

It generally doesn't take that long to see if the game is lively or a rock garden — just a few hands is often enough to decide. A few hands should reveal enough to make a good estimate of the character of the game. Get these few basic answers - Are players all folding preflop? Do players tend to call a preflop raise? Are some at least willing to gamble it up from time to time?

Yes, it's true that a really good player can make money no matter what the level of action is in a game. In the context of beginners, the ideal game is one with a lot of loose and passive players with players doing a lot of checking and calling.

Where is the seat relative to the aggressive and tricky players?

Assuming the table as a whole is acceptable, you ideally want the seat to the left of the fiddly and aggressive players. You want the advantage of seeing how they will act before you decide to play your hand. If there's an active, aggressive player sitting to your right, for example, you are in a better position as you are able to consider their action before deciding whether and how to play your hand. Similarly, you'd prefer not to have him on your left, lest you find yourself having to face a raise or re-raise from him after you have already entered the pot.

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