The Week That Was: Poker Anecdotes from Game Changer 4.0 Winners


The 4th edition of PokerBaazi’s Game Changer concluded this past week with yet another smashing performance on the virtual felts! With a massive prize pool of INR 2 CR GTD and built-up excitement from players all over the country, the entry field managed to register 3,990 players with a late surge and outlasting them all to claim the INR 33.16 Lakh hefty top prize was Jaikira ‘testify’ Kumar. The almost-newcomer bested Mohak ‘Tiltin’ Kapoor heads-up to become the new Game Changer champion, with the runner-up pocketing INR 23.08 Lakhs. Not bad at all, for 2nd place!

For today’s feature, we contacted players and runners-up from GC 4.0 residing in different corners of the country, getting to know more about their initial journey with poker, their experience with the current season of Game Changer, and more. Let’s hear it from them:

Mohak Kapoor, the 27-year-old Game Changer’s runner-up champion was born and brought up in New Delhi and first got introduced to the game during his school days. However, being young and belonging to a conservative family, he wasn’t able to play it frequently. He officially began his poker journey right after completing graduation. “This season’s game changer turned out to be like the name itself as I was able to run deep though eventually falling short of the title merely finishing runner’s up and taking home a whopping amount of money. I’ve been playing on Baazi since the time it started. It’s been a great experience all these years. The User Interface is impeccable and a delight for every poker player. The Customer Service is equally reliable and whenever I have faced any issues, they’ve been resolved with the least tat,” Kapoor talks about his Game Changer experience on Baazi.

Kapoor further talks more on his learning curve to the game, “The holistic approach that has made me better at the game is a strict study/play approach where I devote 10 hours to playing the game every day and 2-4 hours on studying the various amount of spots/decisions that could improve my game further.”

Next on the podium Prashant Jha, a Banker turned Consultant who bagged one of the top 10 places in Gamechanger usually plays poker recreationally. He got introduced to the game in college and hasn’t stopped playing since. Poker without earning the big bucks never made sense to him so he never thought of starting his journey with ZyngaPoker.

Jha speaks with us about his recent Game Changer experience and his journey with Baazi over the years, “Game Changer was an amazing experience. I played Day 1a via satty but then got busted. Fired another bullet on Day 1c and made it to Day2 with a 41bb stack. I was one of the big stacks at the table so really put the pressure on towards the final 2 levels of Day1 and increased my stack. When Day 2 began, ITM had not started so I continued my aggression and built a stack. I played the best poker of my life on Day2 right till Final Table. On FT, there was only one stack bigger than me and I tempted ICM by played a big hand with the bigger stack and paid for it. That crippled me. Post that I still played aggressively because the table seemed to be happy with getting pay jumps and I wanted to go for the win. Busted 5th when my QQ ran into Aces so that was that. Still my biggest online score till date so I am trying to relish it and not think about the what-ifs.”

“I play all the big tourneys on Baazi. Their desktop client is hands down the best, especially for multi-tabling. Besides, Baazi has earned the trust of the players over the years. Their mobile platform could be improved but it is still one of the best out there.” When asked about his poker motto in life, Jha doesn’t hold back – “I am aware of all the right mottos in poker about trusting the process and not being result oriented. But who isn’t! It’s the implementation that matters and that’s what makes it tough. Keeping a strong mental game makes the grind a whole lot easier.”

Shivraj Verma, another winning contender at GC 4.0 is a software engineer from Noida and an ardent lover of solving puzzles and playing strategy games.  His journey with poker started on a Las Vegas vacation when he first watched WSOP FT live back in 2014. Before that, poker for him was just any other game of luck. He initially started playing on Zynga, it was up until last year when he came to know about online poker platforms in India that are legal and completely safe. He hasn’t looked back since. “Playing this season’s Gamechanger and earning a spot in the Final table is like a milestone in my poker career. I had few other small titles in my name but nothing compared to this achievement. I am really excited and waiting for another big flagship series from Baazi. I am a Baazi regular but play mostly on cash tables. My experience with the Baazi platform is very good. I believe it is one of the best and most trusted platforms in India,” Verma reminisces and shares his prized GC moments with us. His only motto? Staying focused and motivated, self-belief keeps him going throughout the game.

Ramesh Chand, on the other hand is a recreational player – a family man who loves playing rummy and teen patti and is also one of the top 10 finalists in this season’s Game Changer. He usually spent his time playing on adda52 but moved on to Pokerbaazi as he saw the love for the platform from a lot of people. He feels that tickets through deposit codes are a god send by the Baazi folks, since it gives an opportunity to low-stakes players as well. “I played a tournament before but wasn’t able to perform that well. This time though, it changed my poker perspective and career hugely, just before this I did incur a loss in a deposit, but this time it worked supremely well for me. I was actually not that confident since I don’t have a lot of tournament experience however bagging one of the top prizes motivated me to the fullest. Grateful to the Baazi team for giving an opportunity to players through tickets,” Chand expresses his feelings on the Baazi tournament structure and his utmost happiness on the Game Changer win. The key to his success – POSITION IS EVERYTHING so choose hands according to your suited position.

Congratulations to the winners! It’s always great to have such a trusted and motivated community of players from all walks of life.