Mar 22, 2018

You heard it right, PokerBaazi is writing history. Partnering with Haryana Hawks as their official title sponsor in the Match Indian Poker League 2018 will go a long way in the endeavors to put poker on the map of Indian sports. The initiative highlights PokerBaazi’s constant perseverance to remove taboos surrounding this game.

What PokerBaazi Has To Say

Here’s what the co-founder of, Navkiran Singh had to say about the collaboration. “It’s a proud moment for PokerBaazi to associate with Match IPL- first of its kind in India. I think MIPL is a great platform for poker players to showcase their skill in this spectacular mind-sport. We are really looking forward to becoming a part of this breakthrough concept. This will play an instrumental role in changing the mindset of people about poker, especially in our country.”

Joining hands with Match IPL 2018 will give PokerBaazi the edge required to propagate poker as a game of skill. The venture is in tandem with the visionary approach leaders at PokerBaazi aspire for.

About Haryana Hawks

Aiming for the stars and soaring higher than ever! Yes, this is the motto of Haryana Hawks, one of the chosen 10 teams at the Match Indian Poker League 2018. The team’s mascot clearly states that they have eyes set on the coveted title and glory galore. 

Play On

Well, there’s great news for PokerBaazi patrons as well. PokerBaazi brings you a chance to be a part of this amazing one of its kind league. Play the Qualifiers on and win to get selected in the HARYANA HAWKS Team.


The Match Format

Match IPL Qualifier1: This tournament will start at 8.30 PM on 18th March 2018. Entry through deposit code MIPL1 with a deposit of 500.

Match IPL Qualifier2: This tournament will start at 8.30 PM on 19th March 2018. Entry through deposit code MIPL2 with a deposit of 500.

Match IPL Qualifier3: This tournament will start at 8.30 PM on 20th March 2018. Entry through deposit code MIPL3 with a deposit of 500.

Match IPL Qualifier Finale: This tournament will start at 8.30 PM on 21st March 2018. Only the top 15 players from Qualifier 1, Qualifier 2 &                                              Qualifier 3 will be eligible to play this tournament.  

The Finale winner will be selected to play for HARYANA HAWKS team in the Match IPL Edition 2 to be held on 31st March at Kolkata.

Following are the prizes that come along with the Qualifier Finale.

Rank1: The Summit 10 LAC GTD on 22nd March, BSS 15 LAC GTD on 25th March and The Endeavour 15 LAC GTD on 27th March

Rank2: The Summit 10 LAC GTD on 22nd March and The Endeavour 15 LAC GTD on 27th March

Rank3: Mini Endeavour 5 LAC GTD on 26th March and Mini Summit 5 LAC GTD on 28th March


The fourth edition of our beloved MoneyMaker also ended with flying colours at dawn, yesterday. The felt saw active participation of players from all around India and needless to say that this initiative by was a grand success like the other times. is very proud to announce the winner of The MoneyMaker 4 - Mr Guruprasad Gupta. He bagged the coveted winner's bracelet and prize money of 30 LAC

The tournament had an initial buy-in of INR 11000. There were two different procedures to register one's participation. One could either deposit INR 30,000 by punching in the deposit code or play the satellites by investing as low as INR 22, win it and secure a ticket. This time the felt was 659 players strong and 497 players availed the re-buy benefit. The felt was exciting as usual and many notable Indian poker players graced the tournament with their game like  Madhur Khosla-4th Position, Zarvan Tumboli-10th Position, Pranay Kapoor-12th Position and Nishaanth Shanmughasundaram-15th Position.
Guruprasad Gupta is one of the most celebrated Baazigars. His performance on has always been spectacular, In early 2017, he won the PPL Special Edition Package in PPL RUSH.  After that, the 2017 Dhanteras season again brought Laxmi to his doorstep when he secured the 8th position in the HI Leaderboard of the Diwali Cash League. 2018 also didn't let him down. On March 4, 2018, he took down The Marvelous March Daily Leaderboard. This is all about his major wins. Apart from that, he has won huge bonus for Royal flush six times. All these achievements are proof of his mammoth poker skills and extraordinary grip over the game.
According to the champion, the final table brought along a number of memorable hands. Mr Gupta steered through the felt, towards victory by busting 7 players one by one. He had 2-1 chip lead over the others. Just prior to the final hand, MR. Gupta's ace kings got defeated at the hands of Sheetal Agarwal's pocket fives. Though the Champion was a bit nervous at that moment because the particular hand brought both the heads-up finalists at par but a competent player never looses his hope. In the last hand of the heads-up battle, Mr Gupta was dealt with ace-eight of hearts and  Agarwal was dealt with pocket tens. Both of them went all in. The flop hinted at Gupta's win with a heart's flush but the turn paired up. But Destiny in co-ordination with skills is the winner always, the river round was on Gupta's side.  Subsequently, a brick on the river confirmed his win The river round declared Gupta as the champion and Sheetal Agarwal had to settle for the position of the first runner-up.

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: :

Day 4 Leaderboard:

Day 4 Fantasy League 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 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:

With Day 1 underway, we also have the PPL Fantasy League kicking off. Here are the updated Leaderboard standings after Day 1:

After an impressive performance on Day 1, ‘MrRobot’ finds himself on top of the PPL Spring’18 Leaderboard. Here are the complete standings:

Good luck for Day 2 Baazigars!

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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