It was 23rd October 2014 when I screamed “IT’s LIVE”!! That was the day PokerBaazi.com opened to the public. I am more than excited to see us complete 3 years. Well, it’s actually 2+1 and there’s a reason why I say so.
The first two years were more about building relationships and trust with the Baazigar community. We’ve gone from launching as an online poker website which only offered cash games to reaching a point where events like the PokerBaazi Premier League have become a brand. The initial years were difficult with our home-grown, made-in-India software, but things got considerably easier with your unwavering support. It was that support which helped me and my team to constantly work hard and take our software to a level where there are no complaints, where Baazigars love to play poker on and where I get regular compliments for the same. Along the way, we have implemented clear, transparent processes to compliment our software and pushed others to be transparent as well. As our work has increased, so has our team. We have also added to our work environment with a TT table the newest fad in our office. Sunday evening cricket matches at the Baazi office are also catching on!
I had gone to Vegas for the WSOP this year and I was talking to a few internationally renowned pros who were on my table. I showed them our client and they were really amazed. Their reaction was something I will never forget. I came back super charged to grow even faster and ensure that we are recognized on the world map.
The last year has been one where PokerBaazi hasn’t lifted the foot off the accelerator. I had a clear vision to offer something to every type of player and by something, I mean something big! We did The Vegas Challenge, Vegas VIP Race, Vegas Tournament Challenge, Goa Carnival, Baazi Summer Carnival, PokerBaazi Premier League, Diwali Cash League and The MoneyMaker, among other promotions. What excites me the most is the fact that we have not just built the numbers, but have got a terrific set of smart players who can stand out in any promotion, no matter the target. In the Vegas Tournament Challenge, where we offered 3 Vegas packages for players who can win two tournaments each out of the 14 to be held over two weeks; all three packages were hunted down!!
In all these promotions, prizes included multiple international packages to Las Vegas, Macau, Manila, Thailand & more. The last edition of the PPL, called the PPL Special Edition, guaranteed INR 2.4 Crore in prizes. When I take a look back to see the 12 LAC guaranteed prize in the first edition of PPL held in December 2015, I get good vibes seeing the rise in every subsequent edition.
I must mention the highlight of our journey so far - THE MONEYMAKER! With its humungous prize guarantee of INR 1 Crore and a 25 LAC guarantee to the winner, it became the biggest online tournament in the history of Indian poker. It became the talk of the town. What was most overwhelming was the response you showed to it. It was a full-house before I blinked. The MoneyMaker is also something that goes on to prove that PokerBaazi is India's most trusted poker website. The idea of The MoneyMaker came to my mind in a casual post dinner discussion with some of the Baazigars. One of them raised the question what if a foreign brand comes to India and announces a 1 Crore guaranteed tournament. It was in that moment that I decided to give our Indian community something which they would only expect from an international giant or may be not expect at all. And that’s what I aspire to do, to bring forward what amazes you, to keep doing new things, bigger things every single time!
The month of October will always remain special to me. This time we decided to do a Hi Octane October. The promotion not only provides great value to tournament grinders, but has also brought along the launch of a new concept, Double Or Nothing. The Double Or Nothing tournaments have created a lot of buzz and a liking for a range of buy-ins starting from 500 to 5000. The response was so good that I had to ask the team to increase the number of these tournaments everyday for the first few days of the launch.
Before I go ahead and take you through what is already planned for the coming days and what to expect, I want to whole-heartedly thank you for being an integral part of this journey! I also want to congratulate the whole PokerBaazi team for the success we have achieved. I congratulate the PokerBaazi Pro Team for being true representatives of the PokerBaazi brand. A special congrats to Abhishek Rathod & Vikram Kumar who became proud fathers recently!
In the coming year, one thing is going to change. The man writing this blog will not remain single! But that’s only one of the things to cheer about. My team and I are all working full power to take your PokerBaazi experience to greater levels. The next editions of the PokerBaazi Premier League & The MoneyMaker are already announced. PPL Winter ’17 Edition will be from 14th to 19th November and will carry a massive guaranteed prize of INR 2.6 Crore in just 6 days. Only a week later, you will witness the second edition of INR 1 Crore guaranteed The MoneyMaker on 26th November. Though the guarantee remains the same, which is still the biggest till date, the first two places this time are guaranteed 30 Lac & 20 Lac, respectively.
These are the big numbers that you now know already. I promise that there will be bigger things, bigger surprises for you. There will be constant client optimizations to give you a superior playing experience. While I promise to do my best, I solicit your kind participation in whatever comes next. Let’s together make this Indian software a benchmark the world over.
I may have sprouted a white hair or two along the way, but no complaints. The family of Baazigars I received along the way leaves me very proud.
Poker is enjoying a growing preference during Diwali celebrations across the country, and with good reason! The skill-based game has intrigued many to come ‘try their luck’ at the felts and find out what all the fuss is about. Get-togethers during the festival are slowly seeing Rummy games being replaced by it, and for us poker enthusiasts, well, that’s great news!
PokerBaazi.com’s ‘Diwali Cash League’ kicked off on the 16th of October and is a great opportunity to enjoy some poker at the cash tables while standing a chance to win a trip to Australia! That’s right – the top two winners of the Diwali Cash League win a 7-night package (flights + stay) to Melbourne, during the 2018 Aussie Millions early next year. The festival also features iPhone Xs, gold coins, tournament tickets, and tons of cash prizes all up for grabs until the 5th of November.
Divided into 2 categories (Hi and Lo), the League will feature a Leaderboard that rewards players with points based on the number of hands played (https://www.pokerbaazi.com/promotions/diwali-cash-league) and stack challenges completed (https://www.pokerbaazi.com/promotions/stack-challenge). Depending on the stake levels chosen, prizes and points will vary.
The PokerBaazi.com Diwali Cash League is guaranteed to add to the festivities of the season, and with the race now underway, it’s time to grab your seats at the tables and start clocking those hands! (Oh, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to find out what’s nice to see in Melbourne too!) Two weeks of high-value cash games gift wrapped with loads of goodies, this one’s most definitely going to a be a ‘Happy Diwali’.
Day 7 of the PPL SE concluded last night with the final 6 events of the series, including the 60 LAC GTD Main Event. Let’s take a look at the highlights:
Event 26: Day 7 kicked off with the 1 LAC GTD Freezeout, attracting 145 entries. “Kanav07” defeated “Psychonaut” heads-up to take down the event along with 22,838 in prize money.
Event 27: The 2 LAC GTD RA event followed, and roped in 132 unique entries, taking the total Prizepool to over 2.5L. “adit11” finished on top of the pack, winning 55,968 in prize money, followed by “cf123” in second place.
Event 28: This exciting 5 LAC GTD Freezout event saw a field of 185 players fighting it out for first place and a piece of the 5.55L on offer. “Psychonaut” once again found himself heads up for the title, and took down the event defeating “praf11”. He received 1,11,000 in prize money.
Event 29: The highlight of the day and the series, this 60 LAC GTD Main Event boasted a field of 293. This event attracted some of the biggest names in the country, each competing for the title and a monumental top prize of 11.4 L! It took nearly nine hours to finally crown our champion, winner of the PPL SE Main Event – “JDBhaiya”. Second place finisher “yo_bitch” missed out on the title but won himself 8,40,000 for his efforts.
Event 30: This 1L GTD RA Turbo event saw Mr consistent “Amit1Sur” oust a field of 92 to win 28,320 in prize money. Second place in this event was taken by “ShakuniMama”.
Event 31: The PPL SE concluded with the trademark Hangover event, offering 2 LAC in Guaranteed Prizepool. “Ziigmund” came out on top of the field of 153, receiving 46,980 in prize money. He defeated “Indianavatar” in the heads up duel and recorded his first win of the series.
Congratulations to all the winners of Day 7!
PokerBaazi would like to thank each and every one of you for making the PPL SE a Grand Success. The response that we have received only motivates us to do more. 7 days and 31 events of high octane poker seem to have flown by extremely quickly, but we will be back next season for more!
As the PPL SE concludes, it’s time to congratulate not only the winner of the events but also the winners of the Leaderboard and Fantasy League. Let’s take a look at the winners.
With 2927 points, 2 wins and 11/27 cashes in the series, the winner of the PPL SE Leaderboard and Baazigar of the Series is "Intruder", bagging 3 LAC for his efforts. Finishing closely behind him is “Amit1Sur”, who recorded 2575 points, 1 win and 13/30 cashes. CONGRATULATIONS!! Complete leaderboard standings can b
e viewed here: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl7-leaderboard
Team “Loafer” tops the leaderboard with 9118 points, and is the winner of this edition of the PPL SE Fantasy League. Finishing in second place with 8615 points is Team “Sherlocked”. CONGRATULATIONS! Details of the teams and complete leaderboard standings can be viewed here: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/fantasy-leaderboard
Following the legacy of the PokerBaazi Premier League, here comes the After Party! The PPL SE After Party will run from the 4th of September through to the 10th. Details listed here: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-se-after-party
Thank you once again Baazigars, for making this Special Edition of the PokerBaazi Premier League a Grand Success!
Day 5 of the PokerBaazi Premier League Special Edtion attracted 596 unique entries and was headlined by the Pot-Limit Omaha Highroller Event. Let’s take a look at last night’s highlights:
Event 17: The 2 Lakh GTD event was the first of the evening and roped in 160 entries. First place and a prize of 40,500 was rewarded to ”ketchup”, who defeated “Younggun” in the heads-up battle to record his first win of the series, bettering his previous score of the runner-up in Event 14.
Event 18: The 1 LAC GTD Event was the next of the evening. “ISquirtBullets” defeated the field of 142 entrants and won himself 37,825. Runner up in this event was “Griezmann.”
Event 19: The PLO Highroller Event guaranteed a prize pool of at least 20 LAC. 164 registrations to this event show the prizepool increase to over 25 LAC. Recording his 2nd win of the day and his largest of the series so far, it was once again “Ketchup” who took down the title along with 5,12,325 in prize money. “Advanced_basic” finished runner up in the event.
Event 20: This 1.5 LAC GTD 6-Max Turbo Event was the final event of the day. With 130 unique entries, this tournament had nearly 2.4 LAC to offer. “Griezmann” continued his good run in the PPL Special Editon with a win over “slecker” and won himself 52,690 for his efforts.
Congratulations to all the winners of Day 5.
Day 6 kicks off at 3 pm today and will be highlighted by event 24: Main Event warm-up. Come Join the action and stand a chance to win from the 2.4 CR in prizepool!
For the latest Leaderboard standings here: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl7-leaderboard
PPL SE Fantasy League Leaderboard standings can be found here: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/fantasy-leaderboard
PokerBaazi would like to wish all the players the very best for Day 6. See you at the tables!
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The 2.4 Cr PokerBaazi Premier League Special Edition got off to a flyer yesterday with the first 4 events attracting guarantee-crushing numbers! Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action:
Event 1 featured: We kicked off with the 1 Lac GTD RA event which saw “usermane” oust a field of 241 (unique) entries to take down the top prize of Rs 31,647. The runner up of this event was the ever consistent “Amit1Sur”.
Event 2 highlighted: This 1Lac GTD FO tournament offered Rs 138,000 in the total prize pool. The top prize of Rs 26,315 was won by “shove_allin”, with “AnshAA” finishing runner-up.
Event 3 draw out: The highlight of the day, this 15 LAC GTD Deepstack event registered 245 entries battling it out for the top spot and a sweet score of Rs 348,425 in prize money. After over 7 hours of high octane poker, it was “rajjo_” who defeated “VnutsG” in the heads-up battle to be crowned the winner. A special congratulation to our very own Navkiran “baazigar21” Singh for finishing 3rd.
Event 4: The 1 LAC GTD PLO event was the final event of Day 1. This event attracted 133 entries and the GTD prize pool was more than double! The top prize of Rs 47,300 was won by “qazxsw2”, followed by runner up “Pokeraces”.
PokerBaazi would like to congratulate all the winners of Day 1 and wish you the best for the remainder of the PPL Special Edition.
Join us for Day 2 today kicking off at 5 pm and stand a chance to win from the massive 2.4 Cr prize pool! Here are the Leaderboard standings after Day 1: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl7-leaderboard
Good luck Baazigars!
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