Tanmai Relwani is a businessman by profession and has been playing poker as a recreational sport for about five years now. Just recently, Relwani shipped the Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) ₹20K PLO (Turbo) for ₹5.80 Lakhs along with his career-first LIVE title.
Till date, he has two prior recorded live scores to his name, the last one being an 8th place finish at the 2019 World Poker Tour India Big Bounty. The poker professional narrates his story to the India Poker News team and here we have an exclusive interview for all our readers-
Please tell us how did you pick up poker as a career?
I was in Delhi a few years back and my flatmates used to play poker daily, from there I picked up the interest for the game and started playing on a regular basis.
Could you tell us about your poker playing in the early day?
I used to play cash games a lot in my initial days, which had a lot more fluctuation than tournament poker. The mistake I made was taking tournament poker as a cash game.
What were the challenges you faced?
Finding a decent and safe place to play was the biggest challenge.
What is your game mix like?
I usually play 50-50 Cash Game & Tournament.
What is it that made you a better player?
I still watch the full match of popular poker tournaments like WSOP, EPT etc. That helped me a lot in strategizing my game and the patience requested to reach the top.
Who are your role models in the poker fraternity and otherwise?
Daniel Negreanu and Tony G.
What are your plans for the live and online space?
I will be trying to attend all the live tournaments this year. Online games are something I am still trying to figure out as the pace is much faster and the huge problem of not being able to look the person in the eye and get a read.
We had a quick chat with Tanmai…
Proudest achievement – Baazi Poker Tour PLO WIN
Live poker or online poker? – Live
Favourite Live Poker Destination, Indian and International. – International.
Poker by day or poker by night? – Poker by day.