Rubin Labroo, the new India Poker Championship 50K Main Event winner is just 31 years old, hailing from Delhi, the poker professional has scaled on to great heights since his college poker playing days as he surpassed a field of 693 entries that were registered over two starting flights in Goa’s Big Daddy Casino for IPC ‘20.
Labroo began his Computer Engineering degree in Manipal. Little did he know that his days at college would introduce him to something so special. He picked up the nooks of Poker really fast, beating all his college friends at the game initially. Clearly, he’s been crushing it since then!
Could you tell us about your poker playing in the early days, what did you learn initially, the mistakes you used to make, etc.?
I started playing poker around 11-12 years ago when I was in my second year of college. I was intrigued by the strategies involved in the game and caught on to the game quickly. I realized this is a long term game and bankroll management is the key.
What were the challenges you faced?
This is a highly psychological game and can get the better of you. you need to be mentally strong and this is the area im still trying to deal with.
What is your game mix like?
I am mainly an online tournament player but I try not to miss any Main Events in live series because of their incredibly high value and I don’t play cash much.
What is it that made you a better player?
I think a combination of experience, study and learning from your mistakes will make you a better player.
Who are your role models in the poker fraternity and otherwise?
I don’t follow poker much so all my favourites are old school players like Phill Ivey and Daniel Negreanu. But I’ve started following BenCB whose approach I like a lot. In the poker fraternity there are some really good players like Aditya Agarwal, Aditya Sushant, Sahil Mahboobani, Ashish Munot, Akshay Nasa, Nishant Sharma to name a few.
How does your family feel about this career choice?
Initially my family wasn’t very supportive of poker as a career choice but with time I think they have seen me and my friends consistently doing well for ourselves. They’re proud and happy for me now.
What’s your advice to a newcomer in poker?
I can’t emphasize bankroll management enough for new players. We can’t let ourselves get carried away with winning streaks.
What are your plans for the live and online space?
Planning to travel, more of Asia this year and evaluate from there. If the early year goes well I’ll take a shot at the World Series of Poker (WSOP). For online, I will be grinding all the upcoming series.
Some guidelines to our poker newbies.
Bankroll Management, study poker and discipline (still working on it) in general are the three pillars for cash or tournament poker and should be followed.
Some quick chat with the ME Champion:-
India Poker Championship (IPC) Main Event, Jan 2020.
Live poker or online poker?
Favourite Live Poker Destination, Indian and International.
Poker by day or poker by night?
Biggest pet peeve at poker tables
Unnecessary tanking every hand.