#2 Gearing up for PPL Spring’18: Reigning ‘Baazigar of the Series’ Rubin Labroo

PPL Blog Series Feb 2018

The PokerBaazi Premier League Winter’17 Edition saw some great performances by well-known names in the Indian poker circuit, but one name- Rubin ‘kornkid’ Labroo, stood out amongst them all. Rubin won himself the Baazigar of the Series title for a great performance on the felts throughout the series.

Consistency is one of the biggest attributes of a good poker player, and Team IPN caught up with Rubin to find out what it takes to achieve such figures and scores. Here is what the Delhi based player had to say leading up to the PPL Spring’18 edition, set to commence on the 12th of February, 2018.

“Hey guys! It’s great to be able to do this with IPN, I had a great run in the last season of PPL and am pretty pumped about the upcoming one. I managed to win a satellite to the series already so I suppose that’s a good start!

Honestly, I had never played a series for the leaderboard until the previous edition. I wanted to give it a shot and ended up having a great run. I was really focused and disciplined throughout the series and tweaked my game a little bit. I also avoided going to showdowns and give my opponents                                                                   information about my game. 

Usually when I play tournaments, especially the bigger ones, I bust because of my own mistakes and I used to beat myself over it. I look back and analyze how I played the hand and what I could have done differently. When I won the leaderboard, I played much more disciplined and made a conscious effort to avoid such mistakes.

Semi bluffs and aggressive 3 bets close to the money/final table definitely gave me an edge, and I feel my strongest game is with 25+ BB as I apply a lot of pressure on people who are trying to cash first.

Choosing the right streets to barrel and pot control is extremely important. The margin for error is much smaller in these bigger events. People want early double ups, I’m happy with late double ups. I don’t mind grinding and being card-dead early on in the tournament if I know I can make a deep run count and apply pressure later on.

Luck definitely plays a big part in tourneys and you gotta win those flips and make more chips. This is where variance comes in and when it doesn’t go your way, you move on to the next tournament. I also believe that you must not get too attached to hands and learn to let them go. Making good laydowns is definitely an important part of the game.

Adjusting to opponents and making notes (even mental) definitely help in decision making. I remember calling an over bet shove with middle pair on a KT637 board for all my chips to an aggressive player just coz I had notes on him. In the main event at 24 people paid I was 24/24 with 3BB and I went on to chop it from there. It was a super great run!

Hoping to beat those odds and win the title again this season! GL to all for the upcoming PPL :)”