The PokerBaazi LIVE Poker Room, the erstwhile Baadshah Gaming Live, commenced operations onboard the new and improved Casino Pride 2 on August 1, 2019.
PokerBaazi previously operated a live poker room in the Garden City of Bengaluru in collaboration with Vikram “Lungi” Kumar. However, following regulatory clampdowns, the venue had suspended operations.
In June 2019, PokerBaazi and Casino Pride announced that they were collaborating to jointly run the PokerBaazi LIVE Poker Room onboard Casino Pride 2. This move saw the coming together of two of the biggest names in the domestic poker industry, PokerBaazi CEO, Navkiran Singh, and PokerGuru Staking’s Madhav “Maddy” Gupta. Soon after the collaboration between the two industry giants was announced, news came through that Vikram Kumar, Rohan Dhawan, and Nikhil Jain were also coming on board the PokerBaazi LIVE Poker Room management team as partners.
With the PokerBaazi LIVE Poker Room commencing operations aboard Casino Pride 2 and veterans of the industry overseeing the operations, it was only a matter of time before the Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) was revived. In July 2019, the PokerBaazi team announced that BPT would be making a comeback from October 9 – 14, 2019. The six-event series offered a player-friendly tax policy that included a deduction of TDS only on net winnings. The headline event at the stop, i.e., ₹50K Main Event, was championed by Chennai based Bharat Kumar while Rohit Jinwal shipped the other marquee event at the halt, the ₹100K High Roller.
BPT’s 3rd edition was hosted from January 2 – 14 with Gautam Sachdeva winning the ₹35K Main Event for ₹43.21 Lakhs while PokerBaazi CEO Navkiran Singh won the High Roller for ₹31.82 Lakhs.
The details about the next BPT edition are yet to be announced.