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adminJuly 18, 2018
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The growth of Indian poker took a step forward thanks to a new partnership between the Asian Poker Tour and Baadshah Gaming that will allow poker players in India to compete in APT events via live and online satellites.

The agreement was announced this week and will position Baadshah Gaming as the official partner of the Asian Poker Tour in India. The deal will permit Indian players to qualify for APT events through online satellites hosted by Baadshah Gaming, as well as live satellites while onboard the Casino Pride in Panjim, Goa.

 

Striving For A Goal

“The goal of the partnership is to increase the presence of the Indian players at each and every APT event,” stated APT executive tournament director Lloyd Fontillas. “With Baadshah Gaming having the capabilities of running both online and land-based qualifiers, this will happen.”

Baadshah Gaming launched a website for poker and other skill games in March 2017. Three months later, the Casino Pride Group in Goa acquired a stake in Baadshah Gaming via parent company Oceanking Software Solutions LLP. As a result of the deal, ‘Baadshah Gaming Live’ now hosts poker tournaments aboard the Casino Pride vessel situated in Panjim, Goa.

Two live poker tournament series’ were hosted by Baadshah Gaming on the Casino Pride in recent months and both were deemed successful by the growing Indian poker community. The first was held in December 2017 and the most recent series took place last April.

 

Poker As Skill Game

“In line with our aim to promote poker as a game of skill in India, we are excited to team up with the prestigious Asian Poker Tour,” said Baadshah Gaming co-founder Madhav Gupta.

The Asian Poker Tour was founded in 2008 and has proudly hosted some of the biggest poker festivals throughout Asia and the Pacific region, staging more than six dozen major events and a great many smaller tourneys as well. APT destinations have increased over the years and have included Vietnam, the Philippines, Australia, South Korea, Cambodia, New Caledonia and Macau.

“It is every poker player’s dream to win a prestigious title like the Asian Poker Tour and now that dream can be made a reality by simply winning small buy-in satellites on Baadshah Gaming and flying out to various APT tournament series across Southeast Asia,” Gupta added.

Gupta also stated that the new alliance between Baadshah Gaming and APT will allow India’s amateur poker players to rub elbows and compete against pro players who regularly enter APT events. It may also serve to inspire more Indians to become professional players themselves, joining the likes of Nipun Java, Muskan Sethi, Aditya Agarwal, Paawan Bansal, and Nishant Sharma to name a few.

APT events have paid out more than $30 million in prize money to date, often attracting players from all over the world. Expanding its reach to India will undoubtedly increase APT’s player base and generate more interest in poker throughout the country.


adminJuly 17, 2018
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Paawan Bansal capped off a highly successful 2018 WSOP for Indian players by finishing runner-up in The Closer (Event #75), a $1,500 buy-in NLHE tournament, earning a payday of $378,765. Joe Cada, the 2009 WSOP Main Event champ, won his fourth gold bracelet and $612,886.

It was Cada’s 2nd WSOP title this summer, his first coming in the $3,000 NLHE Shootout (Event #3) for $226,218. Cada is running extremely hot, as he also final tabled this year’s WSOP Main Event, adding $2,150,000 to his massive bankroll that includes $8,546,435 for his 2009 Main Event championship.

For Bansal, his just miss of a WSOP gold bracelet was his seventh time cashing at the summer festival, poker’s most prestigious and talked about series. Paawan began the 2018 WSOP by landing 13th in the $565 Colossus (Event #7), navigating his way through 13,070 entries and coming up just a bit short of the final table for a prize of $35,087.

Paawan Bansal’s Cashes at 2018 WSOP

 

Event #75 – $1,500 NLHE – The Closer – 2nd – $378,765

Event #62 – $888 NLHE – Crazy Eights – 533rd – $2,106

Event #61 – $1,000 NLHE – Online Championship – 137th – $2,330

Event #51 – $1,500 NLHE – Bounty – 73rd – $2,952

Event #43 – $2,500 NLHE – 30th – $12,345

Event #34 – $1,000 NLHE – Double Stack – 74th – $6,803

Event #7 – $565 NLHE – Colossus – 13th – $35,087

 

The final day of The Closer began with Bansal possessing a healthy chip stack of 287,000 and among the top 25 chip leaders with 331 players remaining. He chipped up in fine fashion, taking over the lead in chips with five players left.

But Cada began making his move, doubling up through Bansal and picking up momentum. When Cada and Bansal were the final two players remaining, their heads-up battle lasted all of one hand.

Cada held the advantage with pocket tens, while Bansal was looking for help with his suited connectors of 8-9 in diamonds. When the dealer laid out a ten on both the turn and the river, Cada’s quads put an end to the tournament and Bansal’s quest for his first ever WSOP gold bracelet.

 

Final Table Results – Event #75 – The Closer

 

1 Joe Cada $612,886

2 Paawan Bansal $378,765

3 Jeffrey Tanouye $278,774

4 Richard Ali $206,813

5 Eric Afriat $154,660

6 Richard Cox $116,595

7 Jimmy Poper $88,615

8 Brayden Gazlay $67,904

9 Joshua Turner $52,465

 

Team India had a number of players that finished in the money in The Closer. Nishant Sharma, who made a historic run in this year’s Main Event and finished 34th for $230,475, grabbed 19th place and swelled his bankroll by $20,336.

Raghav Bansal (38th, $13,328), Aditya Agarwal  (73rd, $6,365), Sriharsha Doddapaneni (148th, $4,021,) and Muskan Sethi (453rd, $2,242) all earned a payday as well, with Sethi just barely making the cut of 457 players paid.


Charles RettmullerJuly 16, 2018
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An epic heads-up battle in the 2018 WSOP Main Event that lasted longer than 10 hours and saw the chip lead change 11 times finally ended in a victory for John Cynn as he etched his name in poker history books and took first place prize money of $8,800,000.

His worthy challenger, Tony Miles, had to settle for runner-up prize money of $5 million. Certainly not a bad day at the office for the Florida native, who along with Cynn, set a new record for the longest heads-up match in WSOP Main Event action. The pair duelled for 199 hands.

Cynn City

Cynn had shown a propensity to run deep in the WSOP Main Event previously, finishing 11th in 2016 for $650,000. His career earnings on the live poker tournament circuit were just short of $1 million prior to his Main Event victory. Those lifetime winnings have now catapulted to $9,744,786, per the Hendon Mob database.

As for Miles, he had only $54K in lifetime cashes before his $5 million payday. That included a 10th place finish for $10,574 in a $570 buy-in event at the Golden Nugget Casino just days before the WSOP Main Event began. Miles likely used his winnings from that tournament to pay the $10K entry fee of the Main Event.

 

2018 WSOP Main Event – Final Table Results

1 John Cynn $8,800,000

2 Tony Miles $5,000,000

3 Michael Dyer $3,750,000

4 Nicolas Manion $2,825,000

5 Joe Cada $2,150,000

6 Aram Zobian $1,800,000

7 Alex Lynskey $1,500,000

8 Artem Metalidi $1,250,000

9 Antoine Labat $1,000,000

 

2018 WSOP Nears Conclusion

Just two tournaments on the schedule of the 49th annual WSOP are yet to be decided, the $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop (Event #78) and The Closer (Event #75), a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament that began on Thursday. The Big One For One Drop kicks off on Sunday, July 15 and will finish on Tuesday, July 17, while The Closer is scheduled to conclude Sunday.

A total of 3,120 entries in The Closer created a prize pool of $4,212,000. As of this writing, 331 players remain, with a few top Indian players among them.

Aditya Agarwal and Paawan Bansal are both among the top 25 in chip leaders and will be looking to bring another WSOP gold bracelet home. Also in contention is India’s most prolific tournament casher, Nipun Java. Though Java is somewhat short-stacked at the moment, don’t count him out!

Big One For One Drop Details

The $1 million Big One For One Drop is capped at 48 players. Of that $1 million buy-in, 8% will go toward charitable endeavours designed to provide safe drinking water to impoverished nations.

If the full 48-player cap is reached, the winner of the tournament stands to collect more than $15 million in prize money. That’s from a prize pool of more than $44 million that will be distributed to the top 20% of finishers.


adminJuly 14, 2018
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Poker is quickly becoming a card game of choice for a large segment of today’s youth, with its element of skill and its fast-moving action. The poker boom in India has been powered by a spate of live poker rooms coming up in the boat casinos of Goa and the cities of Bangalore and Kolkata. With a couple of exceptions in Goa, however, accommodation is something that one has to look for himself.

Which is why, when cash games tours for Poker and Indian Flush are arranged at a top, plush casino and international Poker venue, along with accommodation and beverages et al, the stakes seem suddenly higher, and more attractive of a choice.

Taashpanti, the newly-formed Indian Poker Brand is organizing a Cash Games Bonanza this year in August to be held at the Casino Bellagio, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Doubtlessly, one of the most famous and well-regarded poker room in the Small south neighboring country Sri Lanka, and possibly the whole of Sri Lanka, The Bellagio, Colombo is a dedicated poker club that has surpassed competition and expectations time and time again.

Cash game players can never be disappointed either with games running from small, medium to large stakes, plus action-packed Omaha games. The capable staff are more than happy to accommodate other games and dealers’ choice is always an option.

This Bellagio Colombo Cash Poker Tour is the brainchild of Mr. Mandar Vaidya, a Bombay based entrepreneur and his team, who has been playing poker for the last 15 years and is well known in the live gaming fraternity.

Through their company GFL Entertainment, Mr. Mandar Vaidya and Mr Alok Joshi, this cash game event is being organised at The Casino Bellagio Colombo from 10th August 10th to 12th August 2018. Texas Hold’em Poker, Omaha Poker and Indian Flush will be arranged with side bets like live performances, extended beverages, shisha and much more to enjoy at the plush VIP Poker Room of the casino with buy ins of INR 50,000 / 100,000.

Taashpanti Colombo Live Poker Event

Additional perks like free stay and reimbursement of air fare (terms and conditions apply) are added to the flavour. Several Poker Players from all over India and Srilanka will attend the event to test their mettle, and have a lot of fun, at the same time.

A bunch of poker pros, stars and celebrities have already committed to this event, and GFL Entertainment aims to organize many more such events within India and globally as well from time to time. This way, poker pros and poker enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hone and pit their skills against their compatriots and poker players from other nations in live cash poker games or live poker tournaments.

For More information, please feel free to contact the Organisers, Mandar: +91 9619601113; Alok: +91 8779688588


Charles RettmullerJuly 14, 2018
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The Global Poker Index (GPI) uses a formula to rank poker players who compete in live poker tournaments held throughout the world. The rankings are updated weekly and are based on player performances in MTTs over the last 36 months.

The 2018 World Series of Poker is nearing its conclusion and the results from the 49th annual poker festival thus far have created some shifting among the ranks of poker’s top Indian players. We compiled the updated rankings of India’s top 10 tournament poker players and analyzed how their respective positions were achieved.

 

GPI Ranking of Top Indian Poker Players

1 Nipun Java 1,890.01

2 Raghav Bansal 1,534.88

3 Kunal Patni 1,446.64

4 Aditya Agarwal 1,397.50

5 Sumit Sapra 1,316.28

6 Paawan Bansal 1,260.72

7 Aditya Sushant 1,235.05

8 Kalyan Chakravarthy Cheekuri 1,055.90

9 Ankit Ahuja 996.61

10 Tarun Ravi 924.14

 

Nipun Java continues to sit atop the rankings list and shows no signs of relinquishing his status anytime soon. He min-cashed in eight events at this year’s WSOP, following last year’s fabulous showing in winning two gold bracelets. Reaching final tables at the Aussie Millions and the LA Poker Classic earlier this year fortified his lead.

Trailing Java is Raghav Bansal, who scored a $40,898 payday for 21st place in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker among his four WSOP cashes this year. Back in February, Bansal picked up quite a few GPI points when he finished 4th in a High Roller at the APPT Macau Poker Cup, adding $108,124 to his bankroll.

Only one time in the money at the 2018 WSOP does not tell the whole story of Kunal Patni’s tournament success. He’s been a prolific casher at other Las Vegas casinos like the Wynn, Aria and Venetian this summer. Patni’s runner-up finish at the WPT European Championship in Berlin in January boosted his earnings by $115,819.

Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal slipped down to 4th place from a year ago despite landing in the money in this year’s WSOP Main Event, finishing 717th for $19,900. It was Aditya’s seventh WSOP payday in 2018 and followed placing 2nd in the APPT Main Event in Macau for $242,211 four months ago.

Sumit Sapra jumped five places on the India GPI rankings since last year. The well-traveled poker pro has cashed in Vietnam, England, Macau, the Czech Republic, and his home country over the past 12 months.

Newcomers among the top 10 include Paawan Bansal (6th) and Kalyan Chakravarthy Cheekuri (8th). Bansal’s six cashes at the 2018 WSOP included 13th place in the $565 Colossus for $35,087. Kalyan made the leaderboard on the strength of winning the $600 Monster Stack at the Venetian at the end of June for a hefty score of $147,233.

Aditya Sushant (7th),  Ankit Ahuja (9th) and Tarun Ravi (10th) round out the top 10. Sushant made the final table of the WSOP Online Championship for $20,969 and just missed doing the same in the Little One For One Drop.


Charles RettmullerJuly 13, 2018
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Day 4 action in Event #68: The Little One for One Drop began with 14 players remaining and Aditya Sushant 10th in chips. Unfortunately, Sushant hit the rail in 11th place, earning $37,530 in the $1,111 buy-in tournament.

Aditya was KO’d by Richard Douglas, whose pocket queens held up through the flop, turn and river. The fateful hand saw Renato Kaneoya raise to 240,000 from middle position, prompting Sushant to shove his remaining 1,235,000 chips into the pot from the cutoff with K-J offsuit.

Sushant’s attempt to push Kaneoya off the pot likely would have worked, were it not for Douglas and his pair of ladies on the button. Douglas made the call, Kaneoya folded, and the board of J-7-4-3-5 gave Aditya a pair of jacks, ending his gallant run toward winning his second WSOP gold bracelet.

Team India’s WSOP Presence Felt

It was Sushant’s third cash at the 2018 WSOP in Las Vegas, following a 9th place finish in the $1,000 Online Championship (Event #61) that added $20,969 to his growing bankroll, and a min-cash of $2,343 in $1,500 NLHE (Event #66) for placing 161st.

Of course, poker fans are well aware that Sushant and Nipun Java became India’s first ever WSOP gold bracelet winners last year in the $1,000 NLHE Tag Team Event, together winning $150,637. Java won his second WSOP title later that summer in the $1K Online Championship, pocketing $237,688.

The fine showing among Indian players continued at the 2018 WSOP when Nikita Luther teamed up with Germany’s Giuseppe Pantaleo to win the Tag Team Event and $175,805. That was followed by Nishant Sharma’s historic run in the WSOP Main Event as he navigated his way through a huge field of 7,874 players to finish a highly respectable 34th place and earn $230,475.

Aditya Sushant’s 11th place finish in the Little One For One Drop pushed his career winnings on the live poker tournament circuit over the half-million dollar mark at $530,775. He is currently sixth on India’s all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob database.

Here are the top ten money winners from India:

1 Vivek Rajkumar $4,427,667

2 Nipun Java $2,365,565

3 Aditya Agarwal $1,027,692

4 Raghav Bansal $957,497

5 Taha Maruf $782,527

6 Aditya Sushant $530,775

7 Kunal Patni $386,999

8 Rahul Byrraju $348,012

9 Kalyan Chakravarthy Cheekuri $292,627

10 Apoorva Goel $282,364

From Chennai, Sushant began his live poker career at the India Poker Championship in Goa back in December 2010. His first recorded cash was a 10th place finish.

However, it wasn’t long until Aditya found the winner’s circle, claiming his first title the same month over a field of 87 entries. Two months later he was back in Goa, once again tasting victory.

Sushant’s first cash in WSOP action came in 2014. He’s made the journey to Las Vegas every summer since, finishing in the money a whopping 10 times last year while winning his first WSOP championship.


adminJuly 13, 2018
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Free Online Poker Games or FOPG is a part of the services offered by online poker websites. Free Online Poker Games helps beginners or novices to improve their poker game and without taking the risk of playing at an actual poker tournament.

Free Online Poker Games are made to teach beginners certain poker play strategies and arm them with enough knowledge to face the challenge of winning in an actual poker game in a poker tournament.

Online poker websites offers tutorials that are free to beginners or novices who are interested in learning more of the game of poker which will be immediately noticeable after only a few plays at Free Online Poker Games. Aside from tutorials, online poker websites offer FPOG or Free Online Poker Games to interested beginners or novices who want to practice their knowledge in poker.

If a person is new to online poker or online poker websites, he can start by playing poker in Free Online Poker Games at online poker websites. A person will certainly have a good time if he plays at these Free Online Poker Games but when he realizes that these Poker Games were meant to improve his poker plays, he will certainly have to take it seriously.

A player must always bear in mind that the action in a real poker play tournament is very different from the action in Free Online Poker Games. There is the absence of the risk of having to spend or lose money in these Games, and players or poker players will see that playing in Free Online Poker Games is easier and sometimes more fun than playing in actual poker game tournaments, at least for newbies to poker.


adminJuly 13, 2018
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Poker Table Etiquette for Online Poker Players

Poker etiquette includes everything having to deal with the way the game is to be played so that it maintains a healthy game spirit environment. Just like you have your dining table manners, you have to follow the poker table manners too so that you do not end up being kicked out from the table. Remember poker is game for the sole purpose of fun and entertainment and do not treat it as a money-making option. Poker table etiquettes are to be followed so that your gaming surrounding remains assertive, other players are not treated to be inferior and also so that there is no foul play.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts while playing online poker:

Do not disclose your fellow players cards while the game is going on and you are or not in the hand. Doing this is totally unethical as per the poker rules. Do not influence others to fold or call by telling them what the other players may have. Just stick to your game and your cards. Let others decide what they want to play. Think about it, if you were playing against a weak player and that player keeps calling you and when you have made a winning hand some other player on the table asks the weak player to fold by disclosing your cards, how would you feel? Similarly, don’t spoil the fun for others too.

The time period allotted to you for making a decision at the table is sufficient for you to act. Avoid unnecessarily delaying it or buying time for each hand just to bug the other players, especially at the pre-flop. It is understood that at flop and onwards you need to think what cards your opponent could have. Taking time then is ok but try to play within the given time.

Using any kind of profanity or abusive language is a strict offense on the poker table. By doing this you may induce the other player to leave the table and never play again by leaving on him a negative image about the game. Many online poker sites provide you with a chat section which is to maintain friendly relation and interaction with your fellow players. Do not misuse it by teasing other players. Also, many players use it as a promotion activity, where they play on one site and talk about other sites. Remember this is a chat option provided for friendly interaction about the game and not promoting other sites. You can use the forums for the same.

Also, do not disclose your hand before the game is over. Either it is a sign of boasting or manipulating others to change their decision. As said earlier let each player decide what he wants to play. You don’t decide for him. If you want the others to know what you had, you can disclose your cards during showdown but not before that. If you talk about your cards before showdown, which may be true or false, will lead other players to take decision on the basis of your cards. This is an unethical way of playing the game.

Group playing is also observed at the online poker tables so as to play against one player and steal his chips. This is totally against the rules of poker and is considered as a case of cheating. Group playing with the use of a cell phone is also not permitted.

These are some of the poker table etiquettes which one must observe and abide by to play the game with complete fairness and in an ethical manner.


adminJuly 12, 2018
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74 Ways to Win at Poker – The Grinder Manifesto

  1.  Be the aggressor

Each time you bet or raise you give the opposition a chance to fold, in which case you win the pot. When you just check or call, they can’t fold. Your profit goes down.

  1.  Play your game

There are many profitable styles in poker. Playing in your own personal style will increase your winnings.

  1.  Take the dog for a walk

There’s a life outside of poker. If you take care of your life, your poker will be sharper and you’ll win more…

  1.  Use stopping rules

It may be wrong according to theory, but pre-defined rules for when to leave a game have worked miracles for many players before you. It’s a guiding hand for the times when you’re tired and weary.

  1.  Think poker

In between games you can spend a lot of time thinking about your calls and folds and bluffs.  The more you think about poker, the better you get. The better you get, the more you win.

  1.  Get a poker bonus

Playing to clear a poker bonus is a way to get some of the rake back. A good bonus always adds cash to your bottom line.

  1.  Don’t play too high

If each pot bet makes your nose bleed, you’ll be scared and play cautiously. Opponents with fatter wallets will exploit you. When you get exploited, your profit goes down.

  1.  Don’t play too low

If losing big pots doesn’t make you feel bad, you’ll be calling too much. When you call too much, your profit goes down. Find stakes that match your risk advertence.

  1.  Keep your cool

No matter what happens, keep a straight face. Losing your temper decreases your profit.

  1.  Take notes of your opponents

If that guy in seat five re-raised you with AJ five years ago, use it against him when he does it again. A quick check in your notes and you can come over the top of him.

  1.  Be honest about your mistakes

Making excuses for your bad plays is a fail-safe way to never improve your poker. If you see a mistake for what it is only once, you’ll be able to avoid it forever.

  1.  Practice a lot

In practice, good decisions often come down to intuition, or gut feeling. The only way of perfecting this “system” is to train it. Only by playing thousands of hands can you move your decision making from brain to backbone.

  1.  Play your position

Acting last is a valuable advantage. You control the information and can always adjust to the opponent’s actions. Every time you play a hand in position, you increase your profit.

  1.  Do the opposite to your opponents

When they’re crazy, slow down. When they slow down, go crazy. Poker is like a game of roshambo – when they go with rock, chose paper. When they chose paper, go with scissors.

  1.  Don’t play tired

You need to concentrate on the game. When you’re tired, concentration goes down. Your profit goes down with it.

  1.  Learn to quit

When you’re playing poorly, don’t hang in there. Stand up, get on with your life, save yourself some money. Good quitting skills are a key to profitable poker.

  1.  Chose a good site

You play better when you feel comfortable. When you play better, you win more. Change site if you feel uncomfortable.

  1.  Don’t play drunk

Poker is a game of rational decisions. When you’re drunk, rationality goes out the door. Your profit goes out with it.

  1.  Choose your starting hands well

Some starting hands are more valuable than others. If your average starting hand is a little better than your opponent’s, how could you not win in the long run!

  1.  Don’t play from the blinds

When you play out of the blinds, you have bad position by definition. Avoid it, even though you have already put in a few chips in the pot. Exception: it’s profitable to play from the big blind against the small blind. Then you act last.

  1.  Be creative in position

Playing speculative hands like 76 can be profitable if stacks are deep. But save those stunts for when you’re in late position. Being creative out of position can get very costly.

  1.  Read good books

Reading is the key to learning. While practicing is essential, reading speeds up your learning curve. For every good book you read, your profit goes up.

  1.  Talk about poker

Many pros tell us their poker education came from discussing poker with their buddies. Every time you discuss a play you’ve made or a theoretic concept, you improve the way you think about poker. When you think better, you earn more.

  1.  Choose tables well

Your poker profits come from other players’ mistakes.  Don’t sit down with people who play flawless poker. If they’re really nice people, buy them dinner instead. It’s much cheaper.

  1.  Sit after the bully

If you choose to play with the bully at all (see above), take a seat on his left. That way you have position on him, and you get to choose which hands to play against his constant aggression.

  1.  Don’t move up when losing

If you’ve lost a few buy-ins, upping the stakes to win back your cash is a very effective loser. Actually, stepping down and turning the downward trend is the smart way.

  1.  Analyze your hands

Don’t just play, play, play. Take a minute now and then to look back at hands you’ve played, try to understand what went wrong and what you did right. Discuss them with your pals. Hand analysis improves your win rate.

  1.  Take notes during live games

Some people may have perfect memories, but you’re not Stu Ungar. A short note about a situation in the game is good for your post game analysis.

  1.  Study your poker stats

By looking at statistics you can discover patterns in your game that are not clear from looking at individual hands. “Oops, AJ in early position costs me on average $5. ” Just don’t let stats cloud your judgment in a game situation.

  1.  Use statistics software

A software tool that imports all your hand histories and sets up huge tables is an awesome aid for your analytic brain. It helps you get a bird’s perspective of your game (and others’).

  1.  Find the overlay

If a tournament with guaranteed prize pool doesn’t fill up, you win your share of the overlay by just registering (in the long run, that is.)

  1.  Look out for added value

At any given point in time, there’s always some poker site or poker room that provides free cash in an attempt to attract players. Don’t be too proud to accept a little bribe.

  1.  Watch poker on TV

Like it or not, but those pros in the televised poker shows are brilliant poker players. You don’t even know what you can pick up from them before you picked it up.

  1.  Watch poker TV with no sound on

When you filter out the babble, things get clearer. Now you notice their faces, now you can read their body language. Silence frees your brain’s processor power for analysis. Analysis means cash on your account.

  1.  Watch a poker show repeatedly

The second time you watch the same poker show, you’ll pick up new insights. And the third time. And the fourth time. Every time you pick up new insights, you boost your expectation.

  1.  Play in many rooms

Each online poker room has its pros and cons. By moving between poker rooms you can suck the best out of each individual poker room.

  1.  Play with the right people

One guy drives you crazy just by being himself. Another guy constantly outplays you. Stay away from both; they will destroy your bottom line.

  1.  Exploit your table image

If people think you never bluff, bluff a lot. If they think you always bluff, bet only winners. By exploiting your table image you use deception deceptive. By using deception, you increase your winnings.

  1.  Study body language

You’ll never know for sure what cards the opponents are holding. But if you can read people like open books, their cards become irrelevant. That’s a very profitable way to play cards.

  1.  Train your poker face

Most of the time nothing exciting happens, then all of a sudden you’re in a blazing hot spot with a super hard decision to make. It mustn’t show in your face.

  1.  Deep-freeze your betting pattern

Always use the same movements when placing a bet. Be a machine, disconnect any emotions you may have, perform the movement like a dance choreography.

  1.  Get a blog

A poker blog is a perfect place to communicate your poker experience with other people. Communication is an interactive way of thinking. Thinking improves your game.

  1.  Get the rake back

Every percent of the rake that you can get in return from the poker site is extra stuffing in your bankroll cushion. Browse the web for poker sites that offer rakeback deals.

  1.  Read your opponents

Things happen all the time around a poker table. Every little event influences the opponents. Keep a close eye on them and you’ll be able to draw your conclusions.

  1.  Exploit other people’s weaknesses

It’s not as bad as it sounds, as long as it stays inside the game. One player is too tight, one is too loose. Use it against them by using that information and adjusting the way you play against them.

  1.  Don’t ever go on tilt

First of all it’s not a nice experience. Second, it ruins your game completely and can get very expensive. On the other hand, having opponents think that you’re on tilt can be pretty profitable.

  1.  Cool off in sit and gos

If you get in a state and feel the tilt closing in on you, quit your deep stack cash game and go to the sit and gos. Here you can let off steam by playing lots and lots of hands at a fixed price. Damage control.

  1.  Don’t make it personal

Opponents will try to provoke you to get at your chips. Realize it’s never personal; and don’t take it personally. If you make it personal, your decisions will be based on factors outside of the game. They become irrational.

  1.  Avoid unlikeable people

If there’s an opponent you just can’t stand, chances are that factor will take over your focus and disturb your game. When your game is disturbed, you’ll win less.

  1.  Learn rare games

While everybody excels in holdem, they’re much weaker in other games. Weak opponents are your safest way to poker profits.

  1.  Improve your focus

Meditation and similar methods can improve your ability to focus. When you’re more focused, you win more.

  1.  Increase your stamina

When a poker tournament drags out into the late night hours, players get tired. If you can be a little less tired, you’ll have an extra edge. Every extra edge is money in your account.

  1.  Watch the news

If you can follow the discussion at the table, you’ll be more comfortable. When you’re comfortable, you play better. When you play better, you win more. By just watching the news.

  1.  Do the math

You don’t have to be a math whiz processing endless calculations in a split second at the table. But by understanding basic poker math you can build your poker decisions on stable ground.

  1.  Train your powers of calculation

The kind of math you’ll need when seated at the poker table is pretty straight forward, but it takes practice. Carry out the standard calculations many times and you’ll win an extra big blind for each time.

  1.  Study probabilities

If you have a feeling for the probabilities that govern common poker situations, you can carry out on-the-fly pot odds estimations in the midst of the fierce poker battle. Money in your pocket!

  1.  Treat your partner well

Again, feeling good – and being good – increases your power at the poker table. A minute invested in your partner is an added big blind in your poker bankroll.

  1.  Multi table wisely

When you play several tables, your profit on each individual table goes down a bit. But as long as your total hourly rate goes up, you can open up additional tables and increase your profit.

  1.  Apply bankroll requirements

Even if you’re a winner, you’ll have some swings. If your bankroll is too small, these swings can put you out of the game. If you cannot play, you cannot win.

  1.  Try new games

By trying out unknown poker variations you’ll learn new things about your old favorite game. Every time you learn something new, you increase your win rate.

  1.  Learn to fold

Folding can be very hard. But don’t call just because you’re curious. The expected value of folding is zero, meaning you cannot lose. When you cut your losses, your profit goes up.

  1.  A dollar saved is two dollars won

Saving money has been a sure-fire way to build profits since shortly before the pyramids were built. Don’t throw good money after bad money. If you can’t win the pot, don’t feed it your chips.

  1.  Get used to bluffing

Bluffing shouldn’t be a super exciting adventure that makes you hold your breath. Bluffing with the proper frequency should be standard procedure and as natural as breathing. When you can bluff without really noticing, you’ll win more.

  1.  Don’t bluff calling stations

If there’s a player at the table who cannot fold, don’t try to bluff her. Instead you may bet your good hands harder against her and expect to be paid off.

  1.  Don’t get fancy against the un-fancy

Creative moves and third-level thinking won’t work on opponents who simply don’t understand the concepts. If the opponent plays ABC poker, play ABCD.

  1.  Understand your table image

The way people perceive you dictates how they play against you. If you understand how people perceive you, you can predict their play. If you can predict your opponents’ plays, you’ll win more.

  1.  Throw a party

Poker’s is not your whole life. Kill the laptop once in a while and enjoy life. Enjoying life will make you feel much better about your poker. Feeling good ignites inspiration and drives cash into your pocket.

  1.  Live right

According to an old saying in poker, in order to get lucky you need to live right. If you can figure out what that means, you definitely deserve to win more.

  1.  Keep the distance

Remember it’s just a game. Don’t take it too seriously or you might wake up one day realizing that “poker is no fun anymore.” If it’s not funny, you could just as well put in a few extra hours in your boring job.

  1.  Screw the odds

Avoid being obsessive about those numbers. They are important, but it’s also important to let your intuition loose. So once you understand the odds, stop thinking about them.

  1.  Prepare for failure

Thanks to the unpredictable fall of the cards, you cannot avoid failing time and time again. To be a winner you must be able to handle repeated disappointments with equanimity.

  1.  Play higher

If you can move up in stakes without losing your edge, you’ll earn more money. Of course, if you move up and start losing, you can lose very fast. Also, remember your bankroll requirements.

  1.  Say goodbye to politics

Politics takes too much time. If instead you play more poker, you will get better. Also, having been a poker player effectively closes all political doors.

  1.  Quit your day job

Work takes so much time. By playing more you improve your game. When your game gets better you win more. And you’d better, now that you’ve quit your day job.

 


Charles RettmullerJuly 12, 2018
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Nishant Sharma became the first Indian player to ever finish within the top 50 places of poker’s most celebrated tournament, the WSOP Main Event, landing in 34th place and collecting $230,475 for his efforts.
Sharma was part of a contingent of Indian players who did their country proud in the $10,000 buy-in event, which is recognized worldwide as the poker tournament that carries the greatest amount of prestige. This year’s Main Event boasted the second largest field in WSOP tournament history as 7,874 players entered, creating a prize pool of $74,015,600.

Indian Players Galore

Among those 7,874 entries were Indian players such as Rohan Dhawan and Aditya Sushant, who took seats on Day 1A and made it through to Day 2. The next starting flight, Day 1B, saw four more Indians advance in Rishab Jain, Dharmesh Patel, Jaswinder Suri and Kavin Shah.

The poker tables at the Rio on Day 1C were populated by 20 Indians who successfully advanced to Day 2 action, including Sharma, who was joined by the likes of Paawan Bansal, Nikita Luther and Aditya Agarwal. When the dust had settled after Days 2A, 2B, and 2C, among the players eliminated were Muskan Sethi and Nipun Java, but a dozen Indians remained in the hunt for WSOP fame and glory.

Patel, Bansal and Shah hit the rail on Day 3, followed on Day 4 by six more Team India players. However, the money bubble had popped for the Day 4 finishers, resulting in paydays for Jaideep Sajwan ($23,940 for 589th), Aditya Agarwal ($19,900 for 717th), Rohan Bhasin ($19,900 for 731st), Yudhister Jaswal ($15,920 for 977th), Sriharsha Doddapaneni ($15,920 for 1,057th) and Apoorva Goel ($15,000 for 1,148th).

High Hopes

That left three Indian players who bagged and tagged chips for Day 5 action among 310 players all told. Sharma was joined by Vivek Rughani and Kartik Ved, with all three possessing impressive chip stacks. Ved exited in 128th place and picked up $57,010 for his first ever cash in a WSOP event.

On to Day 6 went Rughani and Sharma, with Vivek’s title run ending in 88th place for $77,695. He became the second Indian player in WSOP Main Event history to finish in the top 100, joining the 71st place finish of PokerStars Team Pro Aditya Agarwal in 2015.

Sharma battled long and hard on Day 6, at one point sitting among the top 10 in chipleaders. He got all his chips in the middle with pocket queens, but watched helplessly as Aram Zobian tabled pocket bullets. When the dealer turned over another ace on the flop, that was all she wrote for Sharma.

Nonetheless, it was an impressive performance by Nishant that will undoubtedly create more interest in poker throughout India.

As will the performance of Aditya Sushant in the $1,111 Little One For One Drop that is currently underway with 31 players remaining. Sushant sits in the middle of the pack with 1,675,000 chips as of this writing.



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