Heads up with Baazigar Sumit “boronyx” Sapra
Sumit Sapra aka “boronyx” is one of the leading MTT players in the country today and needs no introduction. He recently took down The Summit on PokerBaazi.com for a whopping payday of INR 2,70,112 after coming out on top of a Final Table filled with regulars including Abhinav Iyer and Akshay Nasa. Sapra has been a prominent figure in the Indian poker circuit since its inception, and an active member on all platforms pertaining to the growth and issues related to poker in India.
Team IPN caught up with Sumit following his win. Here’s what he had to say:
Congratulations! Tell us a little bit about your win!
Thank you! The Summit is one of the flagship events on PokerBaazi and features some of the best players in the country so the field is usually pretty tough. The structure is good even though it does get a little shallow towards the end. The final table was loaded with some really good regs like Akshay Nasa and Abhinav Iyer to name a few and in 4 handed play Nasa had around 50% of the chips in play so my aim was to just try to get to HU first. Once we got to HU then we just ran pretty good to even things out first and then take the chip lead and then just kept chipping away.
You have been a regular on PokerBaazi for years. What are your views on the recent upgrades in terms of the software and rewards program?
The new software is incrementally good and I’m happy to see Pokerbaazi make progress on this front even though at times it has been slow but now they are almost there in terms of software compared to the market leaders in India and hopefully they continue improving. Baazi Rewards is definitely one of the better player rewards programs though I’d personally like to see more for tournament players!
What are your views on the booming poker industry and what does it means to us as poker players in India?
The poker industry in India obviously has tremendous potential but for it to really flourish there needs to be a few changes at the systemic level like rationalization of the tax laws and the operators adopting a more player friendly approach when it comes to interpreting these laws and giving back to the player community. Sites operating with a short term mind-set or not caring about the players’ interests and the survival and growth of the poker community in India are not going to last forever. We as poker players need to be smart and conscious about taking our business to the platform(s) which offers the most value and are also player friendly in terms of their policies and rewards, etc.
Any upcoming poker travel plans?
I’ve had a great year which included many poker pit-stops across the world. I will be heading to Vietnam again for APL later this month and then to the Bahamas early next year for the PSPC in January but apart from these 2, there’s not much travel in the near future.
Good luck with that! Any feedback for the Team and PokerBaazi.com?
Well my feedback for PokerBaazi is to continue striving to improve their software, keep up the good work on their already great customer service!
And finally, any advice for a new comer?
For newcomers I feel it is very important to get the theoretical fundamentals of poker in place as a first step so spend more time studying than playing and then once you reach a level where you start making money, it’s important to continue working on your game and not relax. Also staying grounded is important as is bankroll management as I’ve seen a lot of youngsters make that mistake.