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PokerGuru Heads-Up Feature: PPL SE Main Event Winner Jaydeep Dawer Talks About His Victory & More
September 13, 2017, 11:02:16
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It has been a breakout year for Jaydeep Dawer (cover image) who seems to have discovered the secret to binking big-ticket online tournaments. Dawer a known name on the domestic circuit added another big score to his resume last week when he topped a record 293-player field in the PokerBaazi Premier League Special Edition Main Event for ₹11.4 Lakhs.

45-year-old Dawer hails from the city of Surat in Gujrat and his romance with poker began way back in 2010. He is among the few who has also donned a poker organizers cap having run poker ventures both online and live. While his poker ventures may have ceased operations, his career as a player is flourishing.

Like any serious poker aficionado, Dawer too dreams of making it to the WSOP and plans to go to Las Vegas for the series next year. PokerGuru caught up with Dawer post his PPL Main Event win and here he tells us all about his Main Event journey, how he won the event while playing at the Macau Poker Cup 27 & more. Here are the excerpts -


Hello Jaydeep, thank you for speaking with us. Please share your experience in the Main Event. What did you think about the turnout and structure?

Actually, I logged into PokerBaazi almost after two years just for this event. I was not a big fan of the old user interface (UI) of PokerBaazi but the modifications done by their Technical team are admirable and worth a mention. The PokerBaazi Premier League Special Edition Main Event lived up to its hype. The structure was superb and turnout was decent too. I guess there were some 293 registrations and 108 re-entries so that makes a decent number.


Please tell us your views about the whole PPL SE series. Did you play the full schedule? How was your overall experience?

I just played two events in this PPL series as I was playing the Macau Poker Cup 27 live in Macau simultaneously so had to juggle time from the live schedule to play online.


Please tell us about the journey in the Main Event. Any key hands or takeaways?

I maintained a decent x1.5/2 Average Stack throughout the tournament. I was amongst the top five stacks once the money was reached. I went into the final table with the chip lead I guess and I had a massive chip lead of 3:1 when heads-up started.

Then in 2 back to back hands my Ace-King did not hold up and the opponent now had the chip lead. This was the time for the most epic hand of the tournament. The next hand “yo_bitch” opened 180,000 and I called with card 1card 1. Flop is card 2card 2card 1. He raises 190,000 and I re-raised him to 550,000. He flatted and the turn opened the card 3. I fired another bet of 820,000 and he flatted again. River was the card 3 on which I tank shoved my entire stack. He folded. I think that was the turning hand as that again gave me the chip lead and I subsequently won the title.


How have you been improving on your game? Any specific coaching?

Well I haven't taken any formal coaching till date but I soon intend to take one to block the leaks in my game. For now, discussions with all the elite players in the country while on poker trips and a lot of self-thought process in the hindsight is the only self-coaching I use to elevate my game. Moreover, whenever I am free, I do watch the final tables of the big events on online sites.


How is travelling for poker going?  

I have been constantly travelling these last three months without any worthwhile results except a 10th place finish in the APT Macau ME in June 2017. Yes, I do plan to continue to play actively on the Asian circuit for now and I am also targeting WSOP 2018 if everything works out as per plans.


What are your plans for future?

I believe that a poker player learns something new about the game every day and he can only elevate his skill in a process to master the game, which actually would not happen in a lifetime. I don't have any set goals except that I want to play some good poker and continue to keep fueling my passion for the game.

Thank you Jaydeep for speaking to us and good luck for your journey!

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