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Spot Light :  In Conversation with  #LFGVegas2.00 winner, Sanjay ‘Werewolf’ Taneja

We are in conversation with the Mighty Werewolf, Mr Sanjay Taneja who’s been cracking every promotion on 9stacks and is a Vegas veteran. Last year, Mr Taneja crushed level 42 as part of the #LFGVegas promotion to win the trip to Vegas and then went on to smash the Uranium Stack at Level 75 to win himself a ticket to the WSOP Main Event 2018.

This year, Werewolf crushed the Aussie100 promotion and has now won the Vegas Grinder package worth 2 Lakhs after making 50,000 LFG points for #LFGVegas2.00.

Excerpts from the exclusive interview :

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Team 9stacks :  Congratulations Mr Taneja! You're the Vegas veteran. This is also the second time you'll be going to Vegas trip via #LFGVegas contest with 9stacks! How are you feeling, especially since this time WSOP will be celebrating it's 50th Anniversary?

Werewolf: Oh, I’m really excited to revisit Vegas on WSOPs’ 50Th anniversary , cant wait to see what surprises await us there. I am really kicked about participating in tthe 500$ buyin with 5 million guarantee tournament.

Team 9stacks :  How is your strategy for #LFGVegas 2.00 different from last year?

Werewolf: LFGVEGAS2.00 was a cakewalk compared to last year, and  there is a lot of action on site and players can grind on  stakes suitable to their bankroll. Last year I played on 10-20 and 25-50 tables mostly but this year point generation has  become really fast , thanks to the constant action on 100-200 and above stakes.

Team 9stacks :  For the new players joining the Vegas chase, could you give them some tips/hacks to win their trip to Vegas faster?

Werewolf: The new players may be new to the platform, but are used to playing PLO/HOLDEM, they will find it much easier to chase Vegas on 9stacks and much more rewarding since 9stacks keeps running multiple promotions simultaneously.

Team 9stacks : You've been to Vegas multiple times and would have covered a lot on your bucket list. What activities do you plan to cross off the list this time?

Werewolf : I would like to ship a big tournament this time.

Team 9stacks :You did exceedingly well at the Little One for One Drop tournament last time in WSOP 2018, which other tournaments do you want to crush this time?

Werewolf:Like I said earlier, the 500$ buyin tournament is going to be my  main focus this year. Although, I would also love to make a reattempt for the  Little One for One Drop title.

Team 9stacks : During the Vegas chase, who did you enjoy playing against the most? How was the action on the tables this time?

Werewolf: Most of the players on 9stacks have become good friends , it is great to see how hard each one is working on their game. The action is insane, kabhi kabhi aisa lagta hai ki table pe sirf apun hi machchhi hai.

Team 9stacks : You play on 9stacks regularly. Were you surprised by somebody's (newcomer or regular player) game this time? Is there a player on the platform  with a lot of promise according to you?

Werewolf: Like I said every player is working hard on their  game, I am really happy to see Sharmaji, Chocha and MohitZR giving the game their best.

Team 9stacks : Which famous players do you want to play against this time at WSOP 2019?

Werewolf :  Not star struck, but to learn from any good player on the table is a pleasure.

Team 9stacks : Which other games did you play in Vegas last year?

Werewolf:  Oh, last year, I was really LUCKY on slot machines. Most of the times if I busted the tournament early, I’d run to the slot machines in  distress and sure enough, the machines would reward me graciously , throwing back most of my lost buyins, in no time! ☺

Team 9stacks: What activities do you recommend (apart from poker ofcourse) , for the all the winners of the Vegas challenge to do, during their stay in Las Vegas.

Werewolf : Go to the shooting ranges, ride some Ferraris , see some of the most world renowned shows , do a lot of shopping at the north and south outlet malls if looking for good deals on big brands or just chill on the strip and Fremont street area in downtown Vegas.


Here’s wishing the Werewolf the best for all the other milestones available on the #LFGVegas2.00 board!

Team 9stacks

Poker Ke Side Effects : Juggling Life and Poker

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Hi guys!

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs by werewolf, maidumji, happyknight and betazoid over the past one year and was inspired to write one about my own poker journey. Believe me, it’s been a long and arduous one. Quite unlike my username, @easymoney.

I’ve been playing poker since 2010 ie 8 years  now. I developed a tremendous liking for cash games quite early on, but as all cash game lovers can vouch for, the grind is steep and full of surprises. Especially when it comes to balancing our poker selves along with our regular social selves.

I admire the game strategies employed by Tom Durrr Dwan and try to imbibe his aggro style into my game. I’m not going to lie to you, my rise in poker came with tremendous financial setbacks, especially in the beginning. Like all newbies, I lost money initially because I wasn’t ‘reading the table’ right, I was only focused on my game and did not really observe the other players and what they were doing. I got bad beats and unbelievable coolers and like every other newbie I got affected by them. There were times where my bankroll would get exhausted thrice a year and there were times when I would have to borrow from family, which i agree, isnt ideal.

I would avail bonuses and rakebacks offered by most sites, but at the end of the day, I’d  lose everything on the cash table. To gain back some money, I would participate in cash grinds and somehow would never be able to ‘make the cut’ on the leaderboard.  I would be playing day in and day out. My sleep schedule suffered, my personal life also got a little haywire. My wife and I would go out for dinner or for shopping and I would be playing on my phone all the time. Balancing life and poker together was getting very tough.

But it wasn’t all bad though. The more I played, the more I learnt and the better I got.  As I played on various sites and got exposed to different strategies used by more serious players. I observed the game more carefully, read up on the internet, watched videos on YouTube and slowly I began to win. I still had a long way to go before I got really good at the game.

Very soon, 9stacks launched their Skills Dashboard, which promised to pinpoint the problems in my game minutely. I would be able to understand what hands I win on, which type of stakes  I am better playing on.

I had played on 9stacks earlier and did have quite a good time on not only their cash tables would also participate in their tournaments and win!  Some of the best players in the industry played here and won. There were other players doing so well on the platform, I wanted in on all that.

So when the Skills Dashboard happened, I was thrilled.

Through the Skills Dashboard analytics, I realised where the leaks  in my current game really were. This analytical, data driven approach to my game helped me realise which hands and in which position did my raises help me win. I could see how I have performed across the number of hands I have played. I realised that I was a better cash game player and my tournament strategy was also beginning to improve.

Once I got on this wagon, I decided to up the ante in terms of developing myself as a serious poker player. I allotted strict hour limits for my poker playing time. I ate better, I tried to focus on my health. Started yoga and meditation inspired by some players . I have seen the change in my game now. I come  in the money regularly. I am able to get into the top ranks of the cash grind contests on 9stacks. This boosts my confidence and every poker player will agree that winning a poker game definitely is the best high. Ofcourse, personally, my life is much less chaotic and much more relaxed.

During the #LFGVegas challenge on 9stacks, I won an iPhone8, I won the trip to Vegas worth 2.5 Lakhs, a hefty rake back , because these guys do have the best offers, rake back deals and and achievable contests.

In the current Aussie100 contest, I’ve currently locked in about 75K and Im hoping I can make 50k points before 15th December to win my trip to Melbourne and play during the Aussie Millions in January next month.

I’m glad to share that I have done better as a poker player here on 9stacks and have been trying to develop as a serious one. I like how the platform has made it easy for me. I have my bad days but  I don’t feel the tilt as badly now. I am glad to say that I’ve begun playing more responsibly now.

My advice for everyone who’s wanting to do well at poker:

  • Play WITHIN your limits

  • Have a life BEYOND poker

  • NEVER take  loan from friends to play poker

  • MAXIMIZE on Rakebacks and Promos

  • On a bad day CHANGE your Login and password :p (That’s the only thing you can change in the tilted state, right? )

Signing off for now,

@easymoney


How to read hands in poker

 Most new poker players begin their journey into the game by playing on the small stakes.

While that is a good way to begin the game, it is not something you should continue for a long time if you want to make serious inroads into playing good , skill based poker. This is because at smaller stakes, one tends to not be careful of their betting sizes as the initial investment is low.

Hand reading in online poker is one of the most important skills required in poker.

This is hard work. It requires all your attention , your patience and you will need to make quick decisions to master this skill.

In this article, we will attempt at jumping into the complex world of poker hand reading techniques and  figure out how to read an opponent’s hand taking into account all their tells.

 Before we start, we need to address the two common misconceptions:

 Myth 1 : All players on the table are ‘random’ and can have ‘anything’

It is true that there is some randomness to every player’s game strategy , however, it doesn’t stay that way too long.

Your opponents are can be truly arranged with their play, they could have “anything.” There are some hands that they will fold, and there are some hands they will never fold. Your goal is to assess their method or at least deduce enough about it to figure out how to capitalize on it. Remember this: There is always some method to their madness.

 Myth 2. : Hand Reading is the answer to all the problems in poker

 The second misconception is to do with the term “hand reading,” which is really a misnomer. As beginners, we are obsessed with only looking at OUR game and we tend to not look at the table and miss out key details about other players and their game strategies.

All good poker players know that to do well in poker your aim should always be to determine the hand ranges and not just read the hand of the opponent.

 This means that you should not know only care  about what exact possibilities your opponent has, but you must also worry about the possibilities and combinations that he could have and what move should be made by you to  get the best average result against all of the possibilities.

Hand Reading in Poker

 Consider the scenario where your opponents play half of the cards they’re dealt. How can you figure out what cards  they have precisely? But there’s a probability of guessing a couple of important things about what they don’t have. Your opponents who will call with half their hands still fold the other half and that folding range might look like unconnected junk hands.

 Your main objective while trying to read someone else’s poker hand , should not be to just  figure out whether they have something even better and find a fold, but should also be able to compare it with your hand to see if it is weaker than yours. You need to be especially aware of the ‘tells’  when your opponents put money into the pot despite having a hand worse than yours.

Every once in a while, you’ll find that you’ve gotten outwitted, or that you were ahead and then got outdrawn on your turn. As long as you have accurately determined that you would usually be ahead when the money went in, then you did all the hand reading you need to do.

This is only the introduction to hand reading in poker. We’ll be back with a more detailed version very soon.

Stay tuned!

Team 9stacks


Werewolf Speaks: Funny Poker Terms You Should Know

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As promised here I am with some funny poker vocabulary for you, as poker players you must have heard these expressions on the table, I am sure you would know the meaning of some of them but for those who may be relatively new to poker and be left wondering at exactly how to react to a certain comment here is a little help.

Reminds me of an incident, I was playing live in a casino in my beginner's era and flatted AA when I was the first to act, (its called UTG, now I know) three more people came into the pot which I eventually won.

When I showed my hand one of the players said "wow you LIMPED ROCKETS" and I went Hehehehhehe (not even certain if a sheepish laughter was the correct reaction to that comment.)

Now I am not even sure if the opponent instantly marked me as "FISH" in his mind but I caught the terminology bug and decided to learn all poker terms by heart, basically to sound cool and not look like a fool.

So now I know UNDER THE GUN is the first guy to call after the blinds, LIMPED is flat calling the big blind and ROCKETS are aces. FISH, of course, is a new player not so sure of what's really happening around him on the poker table :)

Let's get to know some more of these terms.


1. Double Belly Buster- A hand in which a player has two inside straight draws at once. For example, if the flop comes K 7 10 and a player holds J 9, either Q or 8 will make a straight. Also called a “double gutshot”
2..Darth Vader- A nickname for the 4-Clubs 4-Spades because they are the "darks fours," which sounds similar to the "dark force."
3. Baskin Robbins- Nickname for 3 A. Symbolizing the chain's "31 Flavors" of ice cream.
4. Dead Man's Hand-Two pair - Aces and Eights. It is supposedly the hand "Wild Bill" Hickok was holding when he was murdered in Deadwood, South Dakota
5. Anna Kournikova- A slang term for the starting hand of AK  in hold'em, named for the former professional tennis player and model. basically, a hand that LOOKS BETTER THAN IT PLAYS
6. Dolly Parton- A straight 5-9 (Nine to five). Named after her starring role in the film 9 to 5
7. Hollywood -  "overacting" or taking too much time to act when a decision doesn’t necessarily require it.
8.Lollipop Hand- A nickname for AQ because it looks sweet but often gets licked.
9.Steel Wheel- A five high straight Flush.
10.Zombie-  A player who shows no emotion

So those were some of the fun terms to learn and show off at a poker table.

Word of caution here- You do stand the risk of sounding like an over smart Machhi (same as FISH) if you use them too frequently.

In the comments below, you can ask me the meaning of the poker terms you wanna learn. Also will appreciate your feedback on the topics you want me to cover in future.

Cheers,

Werewolf


10 reasons why playing poker is the best

Poker is an awesome sport to pursue. It’s so wholesome- it challenges the mind, it is extremely exciting when you get the hang of it, oh, did we mention the moolah you get to make?

Read on to know how cool poker is and why it is a sport you HAVE to play!

 No Barriers

To venture into poker, you only need a desire to actually play the game. We’re serious! Start playing for small amounts and then when you are more comfortable with your style and strategy, experiment with a variety  of bigger amounts to arrive at a sweet spot!

Skills for life

Observing people, reading through facades, emotional control, financial discipline, risk assessment, weakness analysis, drawing lessons from mistakes and bad circumstances, working to achieve long-term goals..  Playing poker equips you with skills that will last you a lifetime. You want to get street smart and extremely savvy, PLAY POKER NOW!

To learn poker, you really don’t really have to have deep pockets

Poker is extremely popular and you just have to google the term to find yourself inundated with the choicest of Youtube videos that teach you poker.

You can begin watching these videos to learn the basic steps. Practice is important, so make sure you play as much as you can.

 Get social

Regardless of whether you play online, or, play at home, periodically gathering with friends and colleagues, poker is a universal language that unites people all over the planet.

There are no limits to the money you earn in Poker

There are literally NO LIMITS to the amount of money you can earn or the amount of time you can spend playing poker.  The more you play, the more you learn, the

You are the owner

You report only to yourself, the mathematical variance and that  green curve on your chart.

Flexible schedule if you play Poker Professionally

What could be better than waking up at 7 am and realizing that today is Saturday, and you do not need to go to work and all you have to do is get on your mobile or your laptop and play poker all day?

Play poker ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

If you have a laptop and connection to the Internet any place on the planet can become your office.

Play and learn from the best

Unlike most competitive areas where you will never meet and communicate with the best players / athletes, in poker you can check your skills and knowledge against the best of the best on any day. How do you do that? You just observe their game and watch them reveal their tells!

Discipline

Yes, discipline is a  key skill that has to be learnt and followed all your life. Why not equip yourself with it by playing poker? Playing poker teaches you to wait for the right cards AND the right time to play them to reap rewards. In life, the lesson you can carry over from this is to curb your impulses and wait for the right time to make your move and achieve the goals you have set for yourself.

 Cheers,

Team 9stacks

9stacks launches the Aussie100 contest for all Aussie Millions hopefuls

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Hey folks,

Playing poker during the Aussie Millions- one of the biggest poker tournaments in the world has always been a dream for most poker players in India. Like the World Series of Poker that happens in Europe and North America, Aussie Millions, is the southern hemisphere’s biggest and the richest poker tournament series. Some of the biggest names in the field participate and showcase their skills on the tables in Melbourne every year, during this tournament series.

Did you think it was impossible for a player like you to play there?

9stacks is going to change that for you.

*drumrolls *

9stacks presents the Aussie100 challenge where 100 qualifiers (Yes! It could be you too!) get to fly to Melbourne Australia with us during the Aussie Millions this January 2019! Stand a chance to play poker and rub shoulders with some of the biggest names on the tables

All you have to do is participate in this milestones based cash grind spread across 3 months, from 13th October to 16th December, 2018, earn 50K points to win the Australia package worth 2 Lakhs!

But hey, all you tournament players have a chance to participate in the various tournaments we are going to host during this contest. The tournaments for the Aussie100 will act as boosters for your cash grind. This means that winning a special Aussie100 tournament can also get you to Australia!

In July we became the first Indian online poker company to take 25 Indian poker players- the largest contingent of players ever to be taken by an Indian poker company to play poker during the World Series of Poker. The 9stacks Team India, which consisted of 25 qualifiers of the merit based #LFGVegas contest gave a stellar performance at the WSOP, with two of the members, Nishant Sharma and Vivek Rughani made history by leading India into the top 100 ranks in the Main Event at the WSOP 2018. The team consisted of mostly amateur regular players for whom this was their maiden foray at the WSOP.

We have always believed that poker is for every one who dreams big and has the zeal to excel at the game. As facilitators of those dreams, we are on our toes everyday, trying to come up with the most do-able, yet the most exciting and innovative online poker contests and tournament formats so that YOU know that your poker dreams are going to come true!

Participate in the Aussie100 contest, qualify for 9stacks Team India and fly to Melbourne Australia with us!

Read more about the contest here

See you at the tables,

Team 9stackst

We got funded :)- 9stacks becomes the first online poker platform to raise series A funding

Last week, we announced that 9stacks has raised 28 crore INR in a Series A Funding Round. The round was led by WaterBridge Ventures and included Astarc Ventures, Vinay Mittal, and our existing pool of angel investors.

For me, two things made this round special:

  • This is the first Series A raised by any Indian online poker company - a real vote of confidence in our team and the systems and processes we’ve put in place.

  • Many of our initial angel investors participated in this round again! Usually startups don’t expect angels to invest in subsequent rounds, but we were pleasantly surprised to see the strong interest from our early backers. Here’s hoping to generate stellar returns for them in the years ahead!

We had started 9stacks last year aiming to provide an authentic, transparent and simple online poker experience, which would make poker a fun sport for everyone. Along the way, we introduced many innovations to the Indian poker industry:

  • The Dual Wallet system  which soon became an industry benchmark

  • Our loyalty points - StackUp points - which offer super value to regular players

  • Sending 25 people to Vegas!

  • Our promotions and tournaments like Goal Digger, Tournament Milestone, Rush, Texasmash, Stack Wars, Peti@FT,  etc which the poker community has appreciated, and have been hugely successful.

  • All day time cash-outs within 2 hours, 365 days a year! And all night cashouts by the next morning. And all these cashouts happen after full fraud detection, thanks to automation and machine learning.

  • Last but not the least, we launched the Skills Dashboard, which is India’s first and only analytics tool to make YOU a better poker player. (Do try it if you haven’t yet - and yes, we’ll keep adding features to that as well!)

We have tried to break barriers and fight stereotypes at every step, be it encouraging women vociferously in the field of  poker, or building a fully automated, data driven platform with one of the safest and fastest cash out processes in the industry today.

And I’m glad we’ve been able to build a great team along the way!

It’s been a good year, and we look forward to more fun and games (of poker) ahead!

To read about our funding stories and to know what our investors have to say about us, please click on the links below.

Economic Times CalvinAyre.com VCCircle Entrackr GLaws IndiaToday Dalal StreetJournal

Sudhir Kamath