Feb 25, 2018

PokerBaazi.com, country's most trusted poker brand, is back with it's prominent tournament series - The PokerBaazi Premier League Special Edition and this version guarantees to be greater than any time in the recent memory! The Special Edition is scheduled to run from 28th August- 3rd September 2017.

The seven-day poker marathon will have 31 competitions with an astounding prize guarantee of 2.4 CRORE. You can check the grand schedule of the PPL here. The schedule has following big events:

  • 60 LAC GTD Main Event
  • 40 LAC GTD HighRoller
  • 20 LAC GTD PLO HighRoller
  • A daily big guarantee worth 10 LAC or more
  • All tournaments have a minimum guarantee of 1 LAC

The tournaments have the best structures as they are designed by PokerBaazi’s PRO team, which consists of some of the best known Poker players in the country including Abhishek Rathod, Abhishek Panda, Jasven Saigal, Vikram Kumar & Maria Kirloskar. Since its origination, the PokerBaazi Premier League has been the champion tournament series for Indian poker players. The previous 6 editions, have consistently beaten the guarantees and witnessed record participation. The latest, Season VI which took place in May 2017, easily crushed the record of 1.5 Crore GTD with of over 4000 entries.

The PokerBaazi Premier League is a unique series not only because of its massive guarantees ensured but also the giveaways. There are leaderboard prizes worth 15 LAC to reward your performance in the series. This includes a 3 LAC prize to the Baazigar of the Series. 

PokerBaazi.com is running daily satellite tournaments on its platform to help players win a package of the PPL Special Edition worth 55,000/-.

Step 1- satellites are daily at 4:00 PM and 9:30 PM

Step 2- satellites are every Sunday at 10:30 PM. Through these satellites, you can win the PPL Special Edition package for as low as 135.

The package and tickets of PPL are also available on the Baazi VIP Store, the website’s flagship poker retail store, the first of its kind in India. PokerBaazi is running an early bird offer giving away huge discounts on the tickets.

I have been trying to lose 5 kilos for the longest time.  I know my life will be perfect once I lose those 5 kilos. I will win every Poker tournaments, crush all the cash games – and I will be doing these incredible things while wearing the clothes I have bought and stored for the past ten years in anticipation of the ultimate day I lose those stubborn 5 kilos.

It is with this goal in mind I joined Bikram Yoga and embarked upon an adventure that has been able to align my Weight goals with my Poker goals – albeit in unforeseen ways. But then, God works in mysterious ways.

Courage

When one makes an idiotic decision to start a Bikram Yoga class, it is exactly like making the idiotic decision to play professional Poker. The heat is on in more ways than one.  Bikram Yoga is a one and a half hour intense yoga class held in a closed room with the temperature rising to 41 degrees coupled with 40% humidity.  Each morning I wake up in a cold sweat with my first thought being, Holy Moly (actually, stronger curse words are my first thought each morning), I have to head to the torture chamber today. Not fun. So I gather my courage, look into the mirror and tell myself “You go girl, you can do it.” 

Lesson Learned: As the saying goes, “Everything you want is on the other side of Fear”. In Poker, as in life and Bikram Yoga, you have to be brave. Don’t chicken out - make courageous moves even when you are seated at a live tournament table with the likes of those I am usually seated with. You know who you are – Imma coming for you next time.  Just kidding. Really. I love you guys, please be kind.

Focus

So I am now in the Bikram Yoga class, talking to myself, pumping myself up in the hopes that I can make it through the one and a half hour of heat and sweat.  I have decided to shake everything off, be Zen and as Nike says, just do it. I look up and there’s a hefty, hairy man who has taken his place in front of me. He is shirtless and nearly shortless, too, as the tiny spandex shorts he is wearing leaves little to the imagination.  Now it’s a challenge of focus.  I train myself to see only my own body in the mirror but since the mind is like a mischievous child, it keeps wandering to places where it should not. And definitely must not. 

Lesson Learned: Focus is the foundation of everything in life. In Poker games, I tell myself to focus only on the players on the table, determine opponents’ ranges, and find the right spots. Instead of daydreaming about meeting Elon Musk and requesting him to invent a technology that allows you to reach through the computer screen and strangle the players who continuously shove their entire stacks of 100 BB to gain 90 chips from the pot in online poker tournaments.

Discipline

Now, half an hour into the class it feels like I’m in an early stage of a tournament. I’m cruising; I’m feeling great about the work I’m putting in. Working with balance and skill and I’m in a good place. I make a slight misstep by losing focus and turn my head slightly to the right (mainly in a gloating manner, trying to show off my ability to contort myself 10% more than the previous day). The matronly seventy something lady to my right, wearing a thin cotton flowery salwar kurta, is now moving like a yogi samurai with such grace and flow, contorting herself into the best possible posture that she would undoubtedly be Bikram’s student of the year. And she is doing all this while smiling. I sheepishly turn back to look at myself in the mirror and vow that I must be more disciplined and not be swayed by my own ego, even if I am pretty good at yoga. Pretty good is not good enough.

Lesson Learned:  Do not let your focus waiver – be disciplined so that every move you make involves focus and deep thought. Do whatever it takes to stay on the path to your goal, whatever it may be, without any distractions. Remember, that in today’s hyper competitive poker world as in life, being pretty good won’t help you reach the brass ring.  You need to focus on being legendary.

Flow

One hour into the class and I’m in the zone, or being one with the flow - my mind is clear, the moves automatic. I am thinking only of the yoga postures and my mind, surprisingly, does not wander. I don’t see the hairy man with the curvaceous bottom nor am I worried about the little geriatric gymnast to my right.  My moves are as good, if not better now than everyone in the class or so I choose to believe. It feels exactly right – like I’m 3-betting and stealing blinds at the right time as well as making amazing reads. I’m feeling fine – let’s do this.

Lesson Learned: If you can grind with the will to win and keep reminding yourself to be focused and disciplined, you will find yourself in the zone or in the sweet spot of the flow. Your hard work will pay off - just keep getting yourself in line in the early to middle stages of the tournament.  All the study and hours of practice will make your moves automatic and you will find the light at the end of the tunnel.

Endurance

It is nearly the end of class and I am dying now. No, really, I am literally dying.  In the exact situation I find myself every time nearing the money or FT bubble in tournaments.  I am sweating, I am fearful of absolute collapse, I am about to cry. But then I force myself to think of all the hard work I have put into this insane activity, the hours of practice through sickness and health, how good it feels to get to the other side. And then I also suddenly remember that I will be singled out and get lectured at by the instructor for being the ultimate wimp and all at once the cloud lifts. I am able to continue breathing through the heat, the sweat, the tears and I complete each posture with grace and aplomb.

Lesson Learned:  To endure the long of hours of grueling poker sessions - all the while keeping your mind sharp enough to make creative plays, gut wrenching decisions, basic calculations that are tough for the mathematically challenged like myself – you have to keep yourself in peak physical condition. The mental strength required for these sessions should not be underestimated and it is important to focus on building up your physical and mental stamina. 

So, to return to the title of this blog post, I’m not sure if Bikram Yoga helps me survive Poker or Poker helps me survive Bikram Yoga.  All I know is that I believe that both have made me travel the path of self-improvement and that’s the point of our journey in life.  I am nowhere close to having the level of discipline and focus that is shared by my superheroes, Aditya Sushant and Sharad Rao, but I am inspired by them and will now work harder to achieve my weight and poker goals.  Thank you, Aditya and Sharad, for being amazing and showing all of us that with hard work, dedication, and discipline, you can make your dreams come true. 

 

Maria Kirloskar

PokerBaazi Team PRO

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The Vegas season is more than what every poker player dreams of. This time around, PokerBaazi.com bombarded us with one after another mega promotion, giving away Vegas trips in prizes. The best and the unique part about these promotions was that each and every category of players had a fair chance to take home a Vegas package. It all started with two concurrent promotions, The Vegas Challenge & Vegas VIP Race.

The Vegas Challenge had three exciting challenges a) Completing a stack challenge on 5/10 to 50/100 tables b) Getting 5 paid places in tournaments & c) playing 10K hands. It was surprizing to see the first Vegas package being booked in the first three days itself! Hats off to Prateek Mishra ‘pratmish’ for this amazing feat. Two other Vegas packages in this promotion were soon to follow. Rohit Begwani & Rony Chowdhury both showed that there can be a marathon on the poker tables as well. Apart from the top 3 who won Vegas packages worth 3 LAC each, there were 7 more prizes including two iPhones & five 50K Bankrolls. I congratulate all these winners for completing all three challenges in such a short span.

The Vegas VIP Race, on the other hand, was for the high stakes players as the target involved generating 12 LAC VIP points. I was pleased to see Rahul Mittal, my fellow Bangalorean, & Abhigya Sagar, both noted players in the circuit, completing the target & taking away Vegas packages worth 4 LAC each. The next three prizes in this race are still open and I can see a those getting filled up soon.

With 5 Vegas packages being won in the first half of the month, PokerBaazi came up with another big promotion, adding 3 more Vegas packages worth 3 LAC each. The Vegas Tournament Challenge, as the name suggests, is a special challenge where you have to put your tournament skills to use and win two 2 LAC GTD Vegas Special tournaments happening every day at 10.30 PM from 17th to 30th April. If you are reading this & think this is something out of this world and not achievable, you would be amazed to know that not just one but two Baazigars have already achieved this. I must congratulate Akshay Nasa ‘sherlock52’ & Amit Singh ‘pokman875’ for proving what Baazigars are capable of. You also have to generate 1 LAC VIP points in the Vegas Tournament Challenge to win a Vegas package.

You can play each Vegas Special for free using deposit code VEGAS2L. Details are available here.

All in all, I can see a great Vegas trip coming up this summer. Vegas, beware!

There are 6 more Vegas Special tournaments to go. This is going to be as exciting as it can be. Join in with me and let’s take this challenge.

Hello folks,

I write this blog as I step into my second year as a PokerBaazi Team Pro. After a scintillating start to the year in the Kolkata Poker Championship which we shipped, things have gotten bigger and better in the Vegas promotions, with Baazigars playing day and night to win the race to reach Vegas!

It's an open secret that every poker player dreams to visit Las Vegas to play poker. However, I happen to be one of the very few, if not the only one, who went to Vegas on vacation and then decided to try poker in a more organized and professional manner once I was back in India.  India now has a very strong international presence due to a lot of our stars playing on the international circuit, and I would like to take a moment to give a special mention to Aditya ‘Intervention’ Agarwal’s and Raghav ‘this donk is my hero’ Bansal’s consistent performances in the global arena. Last year I had booked my tickets to Vegas for the WSOP and was looking forward to playing in the biggest tournament in poker, but due to some personal commitments, I could not make it. Instead, I ended up playing at the APT Manila and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise with a career-best 3rd place finish in the ME and an APT title in one of the side events. However, if things go as per plan you would be seeing lungi dance videos straight from the sin city come summer.

As mentioned, we’ve been doing some crazy Vegas promotions with 5 Baazigars already winning Vegas packages this month. But for all those who’ve missed out, we’re coming up with another offer that can win you an all-expense trip to the Mecca of poker. We’re conducting daily Vegas Special Tourneys starting today, 17th April, till the end of the month and anyone who ships 2 of them and makes 1 Lakh VIP points will join the already qualified Baazigars heading to Vegas; meaning up to another 3 players can still qualify!

All in all, I believe that 2017 is going to be an epic year for PokerBaazi and with so many Baazigars making it to Vegas it’s going to be a journey of a lifetime at the World Series of Poker this summer. So, if you want to take a shot in free-rolling to Vegas all you have to do is login to PokerBaazi and participate in Vegas Tournament Challenge!

P.S. You could see lungi playing in the comforts of PokerBaazi LIVE in the coming week. If you know me or even if we have not met do come and say hi. You will definitely like my PJ‘s. Until then keep crushing and keep growing this wonderful sport that we all love.

Whoever said that going to university is easy and fun got it ALL wrong. It is hard, and therefore, playing online poker in India, along with university life can be a bit tricky task. You need some amazing time management skills to make sure that you devote your full attention to both activities whilst simultaneously not burning out and keeping time for yourself too!

Time Management: As previously mentioned, if you’re not going to get a diary (online or a physical diary), or remember to complete your assignments as well as be there for your poker games on time, you might land yourself in a little bit of a pickle. 

• Lots of Studying: University work is not as easy as it looks. Writing research papers, completing group assignments along with individual assignments can be stressful. Like poker, it requires a lot of attention to detail. 

• Poker Friends: You should keep a separate group (Facebook, WhatsApp, online poker forums, etc.) of poker friends, who you talk to about your poker winnings, and who’ll understand you and encourage you further. Talking to friends in college might not be your best bet because they will never be as into poker as you are and will never fully understand the poker jargon. 

• Discipline: Be focused and strong. You cannot let poker decide whether you should complete an assignment or whether you should attend a class/seminar. Just because you are earning a lot of money playing poker online doesn’t mean that you have to give your education a back-seat. 

• Do NOT become an Addict: If you find yourself thinking about poker when you’re not supposed to, for example, during class hours or at social gatherings with friends, it would be in your best interest to take a short break from the game. By doing this, you will be able to challenge your mind to take up other activities and focus on what’s currently happening around you. Poker can wait, but your college education cannot!

• Socialize: You might start becoming an addict who goes to class every alternate day and then bails on social events because you want to only play poker. Do NOT become like this! Going out with friends helps you forget the hard, college life as well as giving you a break from poker for a while. It’s a change from your daily schedule, but this change is good! 

• Get active: Sitting in a classroom all day and then sitting at a computer or laptop at home can make you a couch potato! Try playing a new sport. It’ll make you more active. It will help you maintain your weight and improve your blood circulation. 

All this is easier said than done, but do remember one thing that is constantly stressed upon – it is NOT EASY. Managing college work and online poker is not easy. Make sure you complete any pending university work before rushing into play poker. Poker should be a special treat once you have studied enough for the day! 

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