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.
Day 7: Manoj ‘killbill’ Pentakota ships PPL Spring’18 Main Event for INR 28.2LAC
The PokerBaazi Premier League concluded yesterday with the Spring’18 Edition. The week-long series marks the first of four such series scheduled for 2018. Indian Poker-Pro Manoj ’killbill’ Pentakota took down the 1Crore Guaranteed Main Event for a whopping INR 28.2LAC! Here’s a look at the action from the Final Day.
Event 37: 1L GTD RE
First up was the 1LAC guaranteed Re-entry event, which roped in 129 entries. ‘kris81n’ took down the event, defeating ‘griezmann’ heads up for a payday of INR 29,920.
Event 38: 3L GTD Deepstack Turbo RE
This 3LAC guaranteed Deepstack Turbo Re-entry Event was next in line and attracted a field of 164. Heads up play saw ‘superchor89’ and ‘TheInternetKid’ battling it out, and it was eventually ‘superchor89’ who came out on top and scored INR 60,750 for his efforts.
Event 39: 1CR GTD MAIN EVENT
The event that everybody had their eyes on- the PPL Spring’18 Edition boasted a Main Event with a guaranteed prize pool of INR 1Crore! 471 players took part in the event, utilizing an additional 253 re-entries. Eight and a half hours is what it took to crown our champion – Manoj ‘killbill’ Pentakota. He defeated ‘schemer’ heads up for a life-changing amount of INR 28,23,600. Runner-up received INR 16.01L. The Final table also featured names like ‘kornkid’ (5th), ‘Sidddhu’ (6th) and ‘Killersam’ (8th).
Event 40: 25L GTD RE
Event 40 featured 25L in guaranteed prize pool and roped in 208 players. ‘Acesheart’ took down the event, defeating ‘Sidddhu’ heads up for INR 4,87,500. Second place received a payday of INR 3,62,500.
Event 42: Hangover 2L GTD RE
The trademark Hangover Event concluded the series, and promised INR 2L in guaranteed prize money. ‘kallolbecs’ took down the event defeating ‘floatfish’ heads up for a payday of INR 52,580.
Congratulations to all the winners of Day 7!
Stay tuned as we announce the Leaderboard Winners of the PPL Spring’18 Edition and PPL Fantasy League. Find the details in the links below:
PPL Spring’18 Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-leaderboard
PPL Fantasy League Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-fantasy-leaderboard
Day 6: PPL Spring’18
Day 6 of the PokerBaazi Premier League concluded yesterday, leaving today- the Final day - to settle any pending scores. Here are the updated-s from yesterday’s action:
Event 31: 2L GTD Deepstack Turbo
The Day kicked off with Event 21 – A 2LAC guaranteed Deepstack Turbo Event. 136 entrant took part in the event utilizing an additional 136 re-entries. ‘bml2012’ was the last man standing after defeating ‘gangajal’ heads up for the win and a score of INR 42,840.
Event 32: 1L GTD R+A
Next up was the 1LAC guaranteed Rebuy/Add-on event. It attracted 118 entries along with 140 rebuys, and it was eventually ‘Ykm1994’ who came out on top of the field, defeating ‘griezmann’ heads up for a payday of INR 22,000.
Event 33: 3L GTD RE
A 3LAC guaranteed Re-entry event, Event 33 roped in a field of 98 along with 96 re-entries. Heads up play saw ‘DADDY101’ defeat ‘MrRobot’ for the win and a payday of INR 72,000.
Event 34: 5L GTD Megastack FO
This 5LAC guaranteed Megastack Freezeout event was the next in line, and attracted 153 entries. ‘tani07’ came out on top of the field, defeating ‘callmenow’ in the heads up battle and earning himself a payday of INR 1,01,250.
Event 35: 15L GTD ME Warm-Up
The featured event of the day was the 15LAC guaranteed Main Event Warm-Up. The event roped in 148 entrants along with 111 Re-entries. Exactly 7 hours later, it was ‘murderer90’ and ‘sunit’ that were left in the event, with ‘murderer90’ eventually taking down the event for a hefty payday of INR 3,15,000.
Event 36: 2L GTD 6-max Turbo R+A
The last event of the day was a 2LAC guaranteed 6-max Turbo Rebuy/Add-on event. 108 players took part in the event, utilizing an additional 191 rebuys. Heads up saw ‘TiltDaddy’ and ‘Zedd’ battling it out, with the former eventually emerging victorious scoring INR 53,856.
Congratulations to all the Winners of Day 6!
Day 7- the final day of PPL Spring’18 Edition kicks off today at 2pm. Headlining the day is the much awaited featured event of the Series- a 1CRORE guaranteed Main Event, scheduled for 4:00pm.
The complete schedule of the PPL Spring’18 is available here: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl#ppl
Today also marks the final day to score some points for the Player and Fantasy League Leaderboard.
Day 6 Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-leaderboard
Day 6 Fantasy League Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-fantasy-leaderboard
Good luck for Day 7 Baazigars!
Day 5: PPL Spring’18
The PokerBaazi Premier League Spring’18 Edition concluded its fifth Day with Events 25 through to 30. Here’s how the Day unfolded:
Event 25: 1L GTD R+A
The Day kicked off with Event 25 – a 1LAC guaranteed Rebuy/Add-on event. It saw 118 entrants along with 193 rebuys. Heads up saw ‘jeeven’ defeat ‘flippp’ for the win and a payday of INR 22,000.
Event 26: 3L GTD 6-max RE
Next up was the 3LAC guaranteed 6-max Re-entry event, which roped in 95 entries along with 84 re-entries. It was eventually ‘criminal_mind’ who took down the event, beating ‘abhishek081190’ Heads up for a sweet payday of INR 72,000.
Event 27: 4L GTD FO
The 4LAC guaranteed Freeze-out Event was next in line and attracted a field of 130 players. After over 5 hours of play, heads up saw ‘VJS2807’ and ‘Lucid’ battling it out, with the former coming out on top and winning a prize of INR 88,000 for his efforts.
Event 28: 2.5L GTD R+A
Event 28 was a 2.5LAC guaranteed Rebuy/Add-on event. 95 players took part in the event, utilizing a total of 158 rebuys. ‘qazxsw2’ came out on top of the field, defeating ‘agent080’ heads up for a score of INR 60,000.
Event 29: 50L GTD 6-max HighRoller
The big one of the Day, Event 29 marked the featured Event – a 50LAC guaranteed 6-max Highroller event. 118 of the biggest names in Indian poker took part in this event, utilizing a total of 49 re-entries. It was none other than recent WSOP bracelet winner Aditya ‘gangajal’ Sushant who took down the event, defeating ‘Sara24’ Heads up for the title and a mammoth Payday of INR 11,00,000. Second place was rewarded INR 8,25,000.
Event 30: The BIG 10 (5RE)
The final event of the day was the Big 10 – a 10LAC guaranteed Re-entry event. Over 6 and a half hours of play was what it took to crown the winner – ‘fsociety’ who defeated ‘AbhishekRathod’ heads up for the win and a payday of INR 2,10,600.
Congratulations to all the Winners of Day 5!
Day 6 of the PPL Spring’18 kicks off at 2:00 pm today and is Headlined by the 15LAC guaranteed Main Event Warm-up, scheduled for 8:00 pm.
The complete schedule of the PPL Spring’18 is available here: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl#ppl
Day 5 Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-leaderboard
Day 5 Fantasy League Leaderboard: https://www.pokerbaazi.com/ppl-fantasy-leaderboard
Good luck for Day 6 Baazigars!
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!