Poker Night; the first of many I hope

Last night I hosted my first online poker “Home Game”.

I would call it a success except for the fact that I didn’t win, worse than that I was the first one knocked out of the first tournament.  I lasted 4 hands!  In my defence I had 4 playable hands, it’s just that in 2 of those hands there were others with better playable hands! (note to self: QQ will not beat JJ when the board is showng, 9-10-Q  –  K  –  A)

The night featured 2 tournaments that ran concurrently and a regular ring table with 5c and 10c blinds.  My mstake was playing all 3 tables at the same time!  Whilst this can be done, there was only one other person at the ring table (so there was virtually no down time) and six others at each of the 2 tourneys.  Consequently I was rushing between tables and not studying the play closely enough.

The first of the tourneys was a straightforward winner-takes-all tournament.  The entry fee was $5.50.  $5 for the prize pool and 50c to PokerStars for allowing us to use their poker site.  Six players in meant a purse of $30 for the eventual winner.  Nek minnit (x 58) Mike (aka Mad Dog Fos) was that eventual winner and he had the grace to come and share his winnings at the ring table where Andrea (aka Lipstix_Won) was busy chipping away at my stack.  I was just glad for the respite (she’s ruthless that girl).

The other tourney was a knockout tournament for play money (kindly donated by PokerStars).   It cost $655PM to enter: $500PM for the main prize pool, $125PM for the bounties and $30PM to PokerStars so they feel good about hosting us.  The bounties are rewarded to a player every time they knock someone out of the game, hence knockout.  Reeling from having just been knocked out of the first tournament, I had much pleasure taking the first scalp and sent k1w1rocker packing so he could concentrate on the other tourney.  The remaining scalps however, were all claimed by bump89 and although I managed to claim the chip lead a few times, victory was eventually his.

Many thanks to those who were able to take part in Poker Night; the first of many, I hope.  All those that have already joined the Movers and Shakers have been made administrators in the hope they can attract others to the club.  It would be nice to see the regular Friday and Saturday night tourneys become a well anticipated fixture.


You are invited to join my private poker club for Home Games online.

– If you don’t already have it, download the free PokerStars software from
– Open the main poker lobby, then click on the Home Games tab
– Click the ‘Join a Poker Club’ button
– Enter my Club ID number: 580931
– Enter my Invitation Code: chchcity

That’s it!  Once I’ve approved your membership request, we’ll be ready to start playing Home Games online together.

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