Talking Poker with a Professional Poker Player

From being introduced to free money poker on Zynga to killing it in the real money online poker space in India, Vida discusses the game of skill he loves to play

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Q. You recently won the GG Europe Masters Package by making over 30K Pocket Coins. Your thoughts.
I’m really thankful to Pocket52 for coming up with such a fantastic promotion and helping players widen their horizons by participating in such high-value tournaments such as GG EUROPE for WSOP-E. I never thought I’d be able to complete the 30K Pocket Coins target keeping in mind the stakes that I was playing at. Also, I had a delayed start since I was already competing in a previous contest which also was a success for both the players and the site itself. It definitely was a very long grind but the results are totally worth it and I’m really glad to be a part of the Pocket52 community. Hoping for such exciting promotions in the future.

Q. You have also been actively involved in two of the biggest Pot of Gold promotions at Pocket52. Your thoughts.
One thing that’s common about online poker is players hit and running after a profitable session. The Pot of Gold is a one of a kind feature offered only by Pocket52, I believe. It kind of demands from players to stick around for a longer grind to get that extra rakeback the site offers. Having a table running for over 72 hours is a huge achievement when I look at it from the site’s perspective. It was very exciting to see the table running at max capacity even during early mornings. Congratulations to the players who won it.
The second PoG also had an extended run. But, it had some unexpected results. For that, I expect the admins to be more involved when there’s a deal about to be made. Apart from that, it’s an amazing feature and I’m looking forward to the next big POG.

Q. Tell us about your Poker journey.
It all started with Zynga Poker back in 2013 followed by some Poker on 1/2 friendly cash games with my mates during stay overs. After a few months, a friend of mine introduced me to Real Money Poker games in India and all the money people were making every day. That’s where my real grind started… and here we are today!

Q. What are your thoughts on Great Vault Digger 2.0?
I found both GVD 1.0 & GVD 2.0 really fun to play. I’d say the milestones are a bit challenging to achieve but the returns are exceptional! Simply put, you guys just made Poker games in India way more interesting.

Q. Any advice for youngsters starting their Poker journey?
Study the game and learn as much you can!

Q. What is your favourite Poker moment?
Just like most of the Online Poker players I know, getting the first Royal Flush in my Poker career is still one of my all-time favourites.

Q. What kind of effect do you think the online gaming boom has had on the integrity of the game?
I think Online Poker Games in India have helped new players learn the game aesthetics very quickly. The competition is ever-increasing and it takes no time for the meta to change. Players learn quickly, but to be a winning player they still have to bring their A-game.

Q. What is it like to play on Pocket52? How has been your experience with Pocket Vault?
I found Pocket52 very simple yet supremely elegant. Be it the UI, Contests, Customer Support or Rewards, I’d say Pocket52 provides the best customer experience I’ve ever come across. And the Pocket Vault is a dream-come-true for all Poker players- the rewards and rakeback are challenging but fun to chase.

Also, Pocket52’s Hero Call Quiz was, by far, one of the most exciting learning experiences I’ve ever come across. It mysteriously made learning challenging in a way. Additionally, the rewards were exceptional. I mean, the campaign in itself was a self-learning experience and the poker training sessions from the best in the country becomes the cherry on the cake! Had an amazing time participating in Hero Call and looking forward to Hero Call 2.0 🙂

 

*This article has been updated on 27th November.


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