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The Poker Tournament - Invitation, Schedule and RSVP List
You are invited to a Poker Tournament and Party!

When: Saturday, August 30th, 2003 (This Saturday).

Schedule: Doors open at noon. Check-in starts at 1 PM. Check-in will include buy-in, random seating assignments, questions about gameplay, and rules. The game itself starts at 2 PM. Please try to come during check-in. The game will run until there's one wo/man left sitting at the final table, probably no later than 10 PM so out-of-towners can make the return trip. Good company will last indefinitely.

Where: zordac's and my house
Note: I've taken out the maps now that the event has passed. Safer that way.

What: We'll be playing No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em with blinds that double every hour. It's easy to learn and we'll run through how to play the game during Check-In. Plus, we'll have a few practice hands before we begin. To get a solid idea of how the game works, watch The Travel Channel at 8 PM this Wednesday to watch a Texas Hold'Em Tourney in Los Angeles.

Accommodations: I can offer crash space for four to five people if necessary or offer crash space at nearby friends' (who will also be attending) houses.

Who: Anyone who likes poker, enjoys fair and competitive game-play. All are invited even significant others who just want to watch, even if I've only met you a couple times. No trouble-makers, period. All egos that are too big to get through the front door aren't welcome in the house.

- $20 for the buy-in (yes, we're playing for real money, but it's tournament-elimination-style play, so all you'll risk is that $20 for a day of fun with friends and a chance to win fairly sizable pots)
- any special drinks you may want (I'll try to buy a few cases of general sodas, water, etc. We'll all pitch in for dinner ideas, like ordering pizza).
- Optional: A snack, to share if you are so inclined. :)
- yourself

Please R.S.V.P. here so I can get an approximate head-count and buy enough chips. Post any questions you may have.

John & Liz
Monkey Dave

Unconfirmed Maybes
Dave Winters
Errol and Anna
James (D2)
Ryan (D2)

Unlikely Possibilities
Jake (zordac's friend)

Anyone else is welcome to join us. Leave a message, and I'll add your name to the list. :)

mood: awake awake
music: Saloon Doors

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exblogger From: exblogger Date: August 26th, 2003 01:17 am (UTC) (link)

Really wish it wasn't *this* weekend...

I'd love to participate in something like this. Alas, the family has big plans, and I'm already committed to going to LA. Keep me in mind for next time.

(I'd like to sign up for the WAY advanced warning list, please.)
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: August 26th, 2003 01:33 am (UTC) (link)

Re: Really wish it wasn't *this* weekend...

::nod nod:: At first people were really receptive to having it on Labor Day weekend, then I had lots of people back-out over the last week when they got their weekends in order.

And you will get much advanced warning next time, especially if this one is successful enough to plan another one! :)

Have a good weekend yourself!
kacarson From: kacarson Date: August 26th, 2003 07:16 am (UTC) (link)
Me wishes me could attend... but alas, between the family gathering on Saturday, working most of the weekend, and that whole "distance" thing... ::Shrug::

Maybe next time... ;-)

everraven From: everraven Date: August 26th, 2003 09:34 am (UTC) (link)

*shuffle up and deal*

I can give a definate YEP to the attendance of myself, Mandis and Rogers. I'll check with Gsan today, and have him drop you a line to make sure he will be riding up there with us. Also, would bringing DVD's and such be a good idea (not like we aren't going to be purchasing Two Towers tonight). Though it might make good background noise - and be wonderful for the eliminated to watch.
From: navydave Date: August 26th, 2003 10:49 am (UTC) (link)

and thus it begins... :)

good call... you'll need SOMEthing to do after that first round. Loser.
everraven From: everraven Date: August 27th, 2003 07:04 am (UTC) (link)

Re: and thus it begins... :)

Okay - so apparently shit-talking and insults are allowed at the game. I'll make a note of that.

alcamar From: alcamar Date: August 26th, 2003 11:38 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: *shuffle up and deal*

True. We've been watching the 80's music channel(read listen... hehe). ALthough, in the main room at least, I think 2 towers would be distracting to the game. Not that I wouldn't mind watching it again, but you'll end up having ppl watching it while it's their turn.
*shrugs* just my thoughts, but it's the host and hostess' call :)
mandis13 From: mandis13 Date: August 27th, 2003 03:02 pm (UTC) (link)

A few questions...

#1: The payout scheme? Is it winner-take-all (which I personally hate), or graduated, like winner gets half the take, 2nd place gets half what 1st got, 3rd gets half what 2nd got, etc. down to the 6th place person (which is how almost all tournaments do it).

#2: Tables: How many people per table?

#3: Will there be an ante? What will the blinds start at, and how much will they go up every hour?

#4: Do we have dealers, or are we doing players deal? For the final table we should have a dealer (we can get someone who has been eliminated already).

I might think of more, but this will do to start... :)
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: August 28th, 2003 12:03 am (UTC) (link)

Re: A few questions...

#1 At present, the payout scheme will be in three increments of 50% for first, 30% for second, and 20% for third place. Matthew has suggested that all players at the final table at least get their buy-in back, but that will depend on how many players we get overall. I will take suggestions from players because I want this to be as much fun for everyone, however, I will be making the final decision as we're counting up all the entries.

#2 alcamar, zordac and I spent the last couple weeks making custom poker tables that seat six. At the final table, there will also be six players which will be chosen through time elimination, i.e. it doesn't matter how many people are left at your initial table, just as long as you're one of the last people still playing.

If the entries don't divide up well by six, then we might have a table or two that starts out with five. Table assignments and seating arrangements will be decided randomly based on pulling a table letter and seat number from out of a hat when you buy-in.

#3 There will be both antes and blinds (the way the World Poker Tour does it). Both will start small but still guarantee action on every hand. Right now, I intend to double both the blinds and the ante every hour, however, I might adjust the time limit for the doubling based on our attendance. Obviously I want to set fair levels based on the chip ratio that we're starting out with: 50 white at $1, 25 red at $5, and 25 blue at $10.

#4 At the start of the game, the players will deal for themselves. I don't mind having a dealer for the final table. Even though our tables only have six sides, it should still be roomy enough that we can seat a seventh person for dealer. I'm sure there will be at least one avid eliminated player who would still like to participate by dealing. If I'm not playing, I'll do it myself.

I've got strict rules on dealing that coordinate with the Hoyle rulebook, which will also decide any rules questions as the game progresses, except where otherwise indicated. These will all be stated in writing (I'll have several copies printed so each person can have one) when you arrive.
mandis13 From: mandis13 Date: August 28th, 2003 03:21 am (UTC) (link)

Re: A few questions...

Something you might want to do is get a 4th chip. If $1 is the smallest chip we have, the game is going to be over pretty quickly. With 6 people per table, $20 in a minimum $1 increment is not a whole lot to run with.

For many low buy-in tournaments, the antes start at $0.25, and the blinds at $0.25 and $0.50.

Just an idea!
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: August 28th, 2003 11:35 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: A few questions...

We won't be playing with the $20 we started off with. We'll be using chips that figuratively total $425. It won't count for real money, but it'll just help to maintain the ratio and add a little more weight to the game as it's played.

As for a forth chip, I am out of options. I bought about 16 packs of chips from walmart, 100 chips in each pack with three colors.
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