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The Stage Is Set for the Biggest Battle for the WSOP Main Event Ticket!

Hey guys,

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The biggest battle of the season is here!

This #LFGVegas2.00 season we’re giving you a chance to participate in the WSOP Main Event 2019 and the entry ticket is on us!

Can’t believe what you just read?

This March, grind for #LFGVegas2.00 , make only 20,000 points on the Vegas board by 31st March to be eligible to play the Shortcut to Main Event -LFGME Tournament, hosted by 9stacks on the 1st of April 2019.

The winner of the tournament gets Rs 10,00,000 in PB to participate in the biggest most anticipated poker tournament of the year- the WSOP Maint Event 2019.

Ranks 2 - 9 get 20,000 each in their poker balance.

Did you think we’d stop here?

NAH!

For every additional 10,000 points you make this month , post the minimum 20,000 points, you get another ticket to re-enter the Shortcut to Main Event-LFGME tournament on the 1st!

Remember, this tournament can be entered only if you have won the entry tickets through this month’s grind. There are no direct buy-ins.

Check out the deets, here.

#LFG!

Cheers,

Team 9stacks

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

5 rookie mistakes every poker player makes in the beginning.

Just starting out as a poker player? Know the basics of poker but don’t win as much as you thought you would? Check out a few tips to know what are the few common mistakes every rookie poker player makes in the beginning.

1. Playing All or Most Hands

Are you laughing at this one? We’ve all been in this position when we started out playing poker. We learn the basics and couldn’t wait to start being in the midst of the action. After all, we thought, this is how you learn, how hard could it be?

You over called your low pocket pairs, overbet a mediocre hand on the turn, hoping for fates to ‘Turn’ the river to your advantage. That’s not skill, that’s not the strategy, that’s gambling because you are waiting for luck to turn the tides in your favor, instead of really playing and getting value on a good hand.

2. Marrying a Hand

Everybody has a favorite hand, one that they have always won with, historically and have become attached to it.

Because poker is such a competitive game, we often think, especially in the beginning, that ‘giving up’ or ‘folding’,  when we have in hand our favorite set of hole cards, is a bad thing. We get emotionally attached to a hand because we don’t want to necessarily get bluffed out of the pot, or if we are bluffing, let the other people know that we have a weaker hand with respect to the cards on the table.

Unfortunately, this doesn't work in your favor because by continuously calling bets you are never sure of where you stand in the hand before it is too late. You may have an AceKing up your sleeve, but if the board is not with you, and the others have better hands that respond to the 5 cards laid out on the table, you cant really do anything about it.

3. Improper Bet Sizes

Learning how to correctly size your bets in poker (no limit and pot limit games) to manipulate the table comes with the experience of playing poker regularly. Most newbies either underbet or overbet, always hovering on the extremes and giving away their hands to the more experienced players.

For example, newbies often raise the pot 5x-6x the size of the blinds preflop or when they are out of position.

Miss sizing bets also happen after the flop where newbies with big hands under bet even though there are many hands in the game, allowing them to cheaply draw to a better hand. Sometimes overbetting is done to ‘Protect’ the hand, In most cases, this behavior on the table is incorrect as ideally, you would want to bet an amount that maximizes how much one can win and minimize the loss.

4. Buckling under Table Talk

Table talk is an art that of course, the poor poker noob takes time to get used to. The more experienced player applies various subtle techniques to intimidate his opponent and get to know more about their hand by just, talking and creating a certain kind of pressure. Most noobs buckle under the pressure and either fold their hand or over call/ wrongly bet to reveal their hand to the rest of the table.

5. Playing on Scared Money

Scared Money in poker is the amount /chips that a poker player is reluctant to use even though it is part of his bankroll because he is nervous about losing it while playing.

In the beginning, all newbies are scared money, and that can be because they haven’t played the game too much, don’t understand the strength of their hand or haven’t planned their bankroll funding properly and are unsure of how to curb their loss while playing the game.

What one needs to understand is that the amount you have kept aside as bankroll, cannot be expected to be recovered each time and the beauty of the game is in remaining in the present and playing the hand dealt to you, as skillfully as possible. Scared money never really gets you anywhere. You will not be able to focus on reading the table or plan your next move against the player next to you.