Feb 21, 2018

Cash game lovers, here’s an exciting news for you. Pokerbaazi is back with its cash promotion along with the phenomenal “The MoneyMaker 3.0”. This promotion is a splendid chance for all the cash game enthusiasts to win big. So what are you waiting for? Bucker up! For this exciting promotion called the “cash drive” is all about befitting you with benefits.

 The Cash Drive begins on the 20th of January, 2018 and would run for a solid 3 weeks! Also, you can win upto 300% bonus amount on VIP point races and stack challenges!

Let’s enlighten you, in details, about the “Cash Drive”.

The journey to the 300% bonus amount is divided into three steps. First, a player has to earn 5 times VIP points of the deposited amount using code CASHDRIVE2. If you reach the target, you would be rewarded with the 100% Real Cash amount of the deposited amount.

After the 1st round comes the second round with the challenge and the reward complimenting each other, perfectly. In the second round, you are expected to earn 10 times VIP Points of the deposited amount and you would be rewarded with another 100% Real cash Bonus of the amount deposited.

Apart from this, if you effectively complete two stack challenges, you would bag another 100% Real Cash Bonus. For more details refer to www.pokerbaazi.com

Just to remind all you baazigars, the MoneyMaker 3.0 is commencing on the 26th January 2018. The 1 crore GTD is awaiting to crown the deserving winner and the 1st runner-up with the winning title and reward of 30 LACS and 20 LACS, respectively. You can turn your initial buy-in amount of INR 11000 into a huge fortune. You can also win tickets to the magnanimous event by playing regular satellites for as little as INR 10 or deposit INR 30000 or above with the code “TMMJAN” to receive a free ticket.

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This is not the era of conventions. Like every field, the professional field is also extending its branches into varied aspects of becoming successful. Gone are the days when the most successful career options were engineering and medical studies. This generation has learned to take chances, follow their own call and reach the pedestal of success.

Poker has also become such a career option which can earn you both money and fame. The biggest perk is, you don’t need any specific degree or educational qualification to become a successful poker player; all you need is your adulthood (playing poker below the age of 21 is illegal) and skills, of course (which can be developed). Going by the words of the experienced, ‘perseverance is the key to success’. Being naturally good at something is a boon but practice and the will to polish your skills is the main factor. Poker requires just that- your patience to brush up your skills and your belief in yourself. This game of skill and strategy has given a platform to many celebrities who were a nobody once upon a time. Most of the celebrated poker professionals of today have built themselves up from a scratch and now have secured a respectable and financially secure position in the society. Here are a few poker professionals from the poker landscape who have outrightly proved to the world that to become successful, all you need is the courage to follow your calling-

Daniel Negreanu:

This Canadian chap was not an extraordinary name in the poker world when he first started playing poker. His inclination towards poker started when he used to visit pool halls, betting rooms etc. in his teenage. Very soon he could understand that poker was his call and with his parent's support he took up poker as his profession. It wasn’t easy to grope a platform in the poker industry at such a tender age. The biggest obstacle was maintaining bankroll. After his first plunge into the poker world, he got himself trained a bit and visited Las Vegas to turn the tables of his life. He couldn’t survive there much. After a few months, he had to return back to Toronto due to his inability to maintain the bankroll. But at the age of 23, he became the youngest poker player, at that time, to win a WSOP bracelet.

Phil Ivey:

Who doesn’t know this name in the poker landscape? Where there is poker, there is an existence of Ivy there. His introduction to poker happened in the back-room games at the New Jersey Telemarketing Firm, his workplace in the 90s. His passion for poker made him forge an ID to gain an access to the Atlantic City’s casinos. But now, Ivy’s value has reached to over $14,000,000.

 Johnny Chan:

This China-born poker star had an all-set career option in Texas. But ironically, he chose Texas Holdem instead of his family business of restaurant. He pursued his calling and in 1987, he won two WSOP bracelets back to back. After that, there was no looking back and now he owns 10 more such prestigious bracelets to his name.

Chris Moneymaker:

His life was quite set and stable when he took his calling. He wasn’t a very skilled player when he decided to switch his career but he knew his goals well. He spent $40 to enter an online poker qualifier for the 2003 WSOP seat as a novice. He polished his skills swiftly and efficiently and within a couple of months, bagged the 839-strong Main Event. It’s been more than a decade now that he is a professional poker player in the poker landscape.

 Vanessa Selbst:

This lady is really the superhero of poker. She is one of the most celebrated female poker professionals and has reputed poker titles to her honour. When she got inclined towards poker, she had a well-defined academic path for herself. But after knowing poker, she didn’t take much time to realize what would give her professional satisfaction. It was 2006 when Selbst took up her first WSOP tournament and in her first time, made her way to the final table and also the top 7. Since then, she went on climbing the success ladder of poker. She is also the only female poker player to have secured the first position on the ‘player of the year’ list by the Global Poker Index. Recently she retired from being a professional poker player.

Poker world can boast of numerous such players whose success stories are inspirational. Poker is an unbiased field where only your skills and strategies are responsible for your success or deterioration. It’s a field where you don’t find cheap diplomacies and nepotism. You are responsible for what happens to you.

So go out there and make things happen, because here in poker, we rely on our capabilities of playing our cards and not on the quality of cards dealt with us.

Bluffing is one of the essential skills that are to be learned in online poker games. The thrill that the game holds can be attributed to a great level to a single element – bluff. The art of bluff can make you good money and at the same time bring you to the losing edge.

You learn it along while playing the game for a considerable amount of time. Bluffing in online poker is somewhat difficult as compared to bluffing at real tables. You will learn the art of bluffing automatically once you spend enough time on a poker site.

In poker games to maintain a stable win rate, you have to be able to bluff in certain spots or have the skill to make your opponent make big lay-downs. If you can do this with a high level of proficiency, you will be one of the top poker players.

In live poker games or online poker games, you have the option to show the table your hand after you rake in the pot. It is suggested that you should never show your hand, and importantly never show your hand if you feel the table is as good as you or better than you.

If you show your hand to a skilled table, the players will have some awareness into how your mind is operating on a given day, and likewise, then the table will have hand range to put you on. Giving away some small information such as betting out with top pair, and showing an “AK” can harm your chances in the future.

If you decide to show your hand after you make a hand like top pair and top kicker, you are telling the table that you are very tight, but also that you don’t want to be messed with. Given this information, now every player in return will mess with you in subsequent hands. When you tell a poker player you have it all the time, most players become stubborn enough to attack you constantly. It can have ups and downs depending on if you are careful or not, but showing your cards is definitely not the best solution.

If you sit in a poker game where you see loose aggressive players, and not just one or two, but an entire table of wildly aggressive players, this is the time to show one bluff. The reason to show a bluff at a table like this is that once you start making big hands you will now instantly get paid off. There are no ifs or buts about it. This is the only time where it is acceptable to show a bluff, and it is also one time where you can accumulate heaps of chips in front of you in a matter of minutes.

The best time to not show bluffs is all the time. There is no reason to let a decent player have free information. If someone doesn’t pay to see your hand then they should not see your hand.

So, poker folks before you intend to bluff do remember these pointers that will help you grind smooth until the end.

From Donkey Kong to Donk Betting

Maria Kirloskar

PokerBaazi Team PRO- India's Most Trusted Poker Website

Recently, I came across an article by Barry Carter, the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2, in which he says that the new recreational poker player is more likely to come from today’s vast pool of gamers rather than casino gamblers. 

He goes on to explain that the ‘new player’ is more of the serious, tech-savvy gamer where following Twitch and YouTube streamers, even in the arena of Poker, are part and parcel of their gaming experience. This profile of player is used to complex games, making lots of fast decisions and most importantly they are much more willing to tolerate complexity.

These insights sparked an epiphany in my mind because I had been planning to write about my gaming journey over the years and I know that many of you out there are gamers first who now have evolved into Poker players.  It’s a relief to know that all those hours in front of the Nintendo, Atari, PC, Sega, and PlayStation have not been wasted but in fact have helped us on our Poker journey! And I can proudly say I do think I’m a first generation gamer haha (betraying my age, here)!


My gaming journey began in the 1980’s with the fantastic Donkey Kong on the Nintendo handheld.  The Nintendo was my favorite possession, after my Walkman, and I had to have it with me everywhere I went. The challenge was first to get the max score of 999 after which I realized the game would reset and you could go on to make another 999 without end.  Very quickly, it became a challenge of how to get to 999 10 times in a single session! 

In this same decade, I played Nintendo “Egg” and all the uber cool Atari games like Space Invaders, Adventure, and Pong. 


In the 1990’s, I was busy completing University and starting my career.  There was no time for games and I didn’t miss it because I just thought that games were for kids, not for people who had to focus on adult responsibilities.

I was pleasantly proved wrong when I had the opportunity to join a company which was creating CD ROM learning titles around stories and games for children.  I had the joy of working on the development and marketing of those incredible games.

At this time, because of the nature of my job, I was able to spend hours after work playing games on some beautiful Macs with huge screens in the office. This was when Myst entered my life.  The most graphically beautiful and complex game I have played till date, I spent 1997 playing Myst and its sequels Myst II: Riven; Myst III: Exile in 2001, Myst IV: Revelation in 2004 and finally Myst V: End of Ages in 2005. I think I fell in love with the Rand brothers who created those amazing games.

By 2003, the Myst franchise had sold over 12 million copies worldwide.


By the 2000’s, I was a full-on the gamer, playing Age of Empires, Doom and Half-Life on the PC.

Doom was my first experience with a first-person shooter game. Released in 1993, I started playing it in 2004.  Since its debut, over 10 million copies of the games in the Doom series have been sold.

Half-Life quickly became one of my favorites and, no wonder, because it won over 50 PC ‘Game of the Year’ awards and is considered to be one of the greatest games of all time.

Then came the immersive strategy game, The Elder Scrolls, which put me on the path to Poker.  The complexity, the endurance and the long hours prepped me well for my current career!

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action-playing open-world fantasy video games, known for its vast and graphically engaging open worlds with its focus on free-form gameplay.  The first of the series was released in 1994 but I began playing it on the PS in 2006. So I skipped the earlier versions, including Morrowind, and started with Oblivion and then went on to Skyrim in 2011.  Thus, began my love for dragons – all because of the character of the great dragon Alduin the World Eater…

In 2013, The Elder Scrolls was voted as the Greatest Game Series of the Decade on GameSpot, winning out over 64 other titles competing for this honor. 

In 2006, I also began playing Call of Duty, which is my all-time favorite console game. Playing the series on the PS, I spent countless hours playing Call of Duty 3, went on to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, then Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3, Black Ops 2, Ghosts, Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 3 and Infinite Warfare.

Phew.  I did not realize until just now that I have spent a lot of hours on my love for gaming!

In 2007, Zynga Poker was launched and all bets were on!

Still, I didn’t know that my poker journey had begun at that time so spent more hours on the PS3 games - getting through all the Call of Duty campaigns and the Oblivion fantasy with the huge battling dragons, were my daily pastime.

In 2015, all that changed when I began playing satellites to win tickets into the IPC live tournaments in Goa.  And Poker became the game of my life.

Now, I play only Poker with a smattering of video game sessions to unwind and destress.  But I do miss those weekends of playing Call of Duty and the beauty of the Myst series.

After reading Carter’s article on the new recreational Poker player being more gamer than a gambler, I realized that sometimes your pastime leads you to a passion and that passion hones skills you didn’t know you either had or would need to have.  I’m glad that gamers are now looking at Poker as a new gaming experience – we’re bound to be challenged by the current generation of gamers whose mental agility will propel them from being mere recreational players to some of the best professional Poker players in the world. 


Gamers - live long and prosper!

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.


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