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The Poker Tournament - The Results
The poker tournament was a damned good success. I had a blast and I think everyone else did, too.

It was worth all the work that went into it. Thanks especially to zordac and alcamar for designing and constructing the tables and to starbuckanear for helping to clean the house, come up with ideas, and watch The Evil Dead with me while I was ironing the miles of fusible fabric onto table tops.

Thank all of you so much for coming, both the ones who came across town and ones that drove from J-town. Thanks for making the day so much fun :)

Congratulations to those who made the final table:
haabda: "I'll raise you one hundred and one"
Shawn: the powerhouse motto of "the more I drink, the better I play"</i>
Matthew: "Distraction is my ally."
everraven: "Fuck it, just fuck it. Fuck fuck fuck fuck it. brief pause I'm all-in."
Julie: "Are you sure you want to go all-in? You shoulda seen the last two guys that tried that..."
mandis13: "If I keep them laughing, they won't notice that I've got all the chips."

Matthew suggested that I start a listserv for planning and scheduling more tournaments or just casual games. I'll talk to havoknkaos who hosts my website to see if I can host one from it.

zordac is already brainstorming on how to build chip holders. That's our next investment. And table legs :)

mood: accomplished accomplished
music: Nina Simone - "Feeling Good"

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From: navydave Date: August 31st, 2003 12:02 pm (UTC) (link)
So who won?

Are you looking to make chip holders on par with the tables (translated: pretty fuckin' nice)? Or just something that will work?
Also, the table legs.... I think that just having the tops as they are worked reallyreally well; you can sit them wherever you need to. If you make legs, it'd probably be handy to at least have them detatchable/foldable

Oh, and for the record, I most definately had a blast. When this happens again, you MUST let me know.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: September 1st, 2003 01:34 am (UTC) (link)
The order of winners:

1. haabda
2. Shawn
3. Matthew
4. everraven
5. Julie
6. mandis13
kesterly From: kesterly Date: August 31st, 2003 12:16 pm (UTC) (link)


Yesterday was the most fun I had had in a long time. It was great, wonderful, stupendous! Can't wait to do it again sometime!

Oh and ya know.. I got to thinking... There are so many people out there that I don't have on my live journal friends list or ICQ...So if you would like to be added, just let me know so I know who you are! I figured by broadcasting on here I would catch most people!
wyldkyss From: wyldkyss Date: August 31st, 2003 01:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Sounds like everyone had fun :)
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: September 1st, 2003 01:14 am (UTC) (link)
Yes'm. Now I just have to figure out how to attract more Jackson people (including you) to the next one...
wyldkyss From: wyldkyss Date: September 2nd, 2003 06:28 am (UTC) (link)
I have nooooo clue how to play poker of any sort, but I know Andy's interested. :)
blueathena From: blueathena Date: August 31st, 2003 11:04 pm (UTC) (link)
my dad plays poker really well. I wonder if its genetic? heh... I've never played poker myself. Kinda want to, without the risk of walking away broke. :-D
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: September 1st, 2003 01:13 am (UTC) (link)
That's the benefit of a small, casual tournament. You get to spend a decent amount of time at the tables but don't spend any more than the tournament buy-in, which in our case was only $20.

You are invited to all our tourneys. Perhaps you can make the trip up with someone you know who's going as well. :)
mandis13 From: mandis13 Date: September 1st, 2003 07:19 pm (UTC) (link)

A few quick comments...

IMHO, we should figure out a better way to do blinds on the final table next time. By the end, they were getting kinda ridiculous... :)

Scheduling a goodly bit ahead of time, just like ya did this time, is a very, very good thing!

GREAT tables!

Next time we should NOT take a dinner break. Not only did it take a lot of time, it threw quite a few peeps off their game. Maybe a break every hour for bathroom and smokes, but other than that, have sandwiches made. :)

I had a GREAT time... aside from one bad hand (the last one is ALWAYS the bad one for me") I had a hell of a run! Let's do it again sooner rather than later!
everraven From: everraven Date: September 2nd, 2003 02:23 pm (UTC) (link)


It was a great time, babe. Frankly, "damn fine" is a better terminology. Two ideas for next time, well - three kinda.

Shorter breaks - yeah, Mandis is right about that - perhaps we should invest in a scheduled break every hour or two hours. We might also think about ordering food that is easily eaten while playing - course, I can't begin to think of what that might be

Next, the blind. I think our problem was DOUBLING the blinds. See, this never got bad until the final table - when the doubling was occuring much quicker. Yes, it did mean that the final table took less time. But, lets face it - skill kinda got tossed there at the end. I watched Rounders again this weekend, and looked back at an old episode of WPT. If you take into consideration how much money was held by EVERY player - the blinds were never more than a drop in the bucket. Yeah, blinds get as high as 10k in WPT - but the players have about a million in chips on the board - easy. A 10k ending blind is really damn well nothing. Whereas our blinds were over 10% of the TOTAL CHIPS ON THE TABLE. Thats a big difference from just 1%. Perhaps we should look into incrementally (damn, is that even close to spelled right) increasing the blinds. Rather than double them, 1/2 to 2/4 to 4/6 to 6/8 -start the blinds at the final table at 10/20 - and increase by 10 each hour - 20/30 - 30/40 - much smoother. And it keeps the skill involved. You don't have the blinds hit some ridiculous amount that pretty much slaughters the small folk at the table. I say this when the final table chip leader didn't even win the game - but I really think it would be best. The true reason we had such long games is a LOT of us (including me) were not being as aggressive as others. We didn't want to risk going out, because we wanna keep playing.

Last idea - cause this is getting WAY long - is the idea of something to hold chips. Where did you and zordac get the coolie chipholderthingies you had at the game? If we could use those at the table - I'd be damn happy to buy my own.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: September 2nd, 2003 04:47 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: ideas

What "coolie chipholderthingies" are you talking about? zordac has one big game box that was a gift one Christmas from his sister, I think, but that held all the chips that we have (which is over fifteen boxes, so at least 1500 chips).

Right now we are working making individiual chip holders or at least compartments for holding the chips during storage, carrying the trays around for table set-up, and for transporting a player's chips while rearranging of tables after a few people have gone out. We've bought pvc for furrows and 1/4 inch sanded plywood for making the boxes. We're also experimenting with covering small tackle boxes. By the time we finish futzing around with different options, I want to have enough chip trays/holders for every player to have one that will also double as storage while we're not playing. The ones that you can buy online are about $5 each, but don't hold very many. Hence why we're experimenting with building our own. Either way, by the time we have the next game, we'll have a better way to transport and store chips.

As for the blinds, I agree completely. I agreed to decrease the blinds for the final table and even slow down the rate of doubling, but people were ready to get out of there. I think that the blinds should increase incrementally, but we just have to figure out a rate that works best (but still maintaining that the small blind is always half of the big blind, always).

For dinner options, there are always sammiches, pizza, Coop deVille, and even Dino's delivers now, although some of those will be rather messy to eat at the tables.

I'm glad for all the suggestions, because both means that people had enough fun this time to want to do it again and that the games will just keep getting better and better.
vyode From: vyode Date: September 4th, 2003 08:22 pm (UTC) (link)

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