Real Poker’s Arizona Poker Tour is comprised of a series of related poker tournaments conducted under the rules and regulations for amusement gambling at mind sports. This not only includes regularly scheduled individual tournament events, with a guaranteed minimum prize pool and projected maximum, but also a monthly and annual points race, and monthly and annual freeroll championship level events.
Event Summaries Report (PDF) for Current Month
Any third party location with an arms length relationship to Real Poker LLC can be a venue stop on the Tour. Our primary targets are sports bars and grills near the Valley freeway system, but a community clubhouse, a private residence, a hotel ballroom, even public venues like community centers and libraries can be used. We prefer venues with amenities such as food and beverage service, video, music, internet… but technically, we could play outdoors at a public park or in the mall at the State capital... although either of those options would likely require a permit.
Our short term goals are to finish crowdfunding our first mobile setup of six custom table tops and 5,000 tournament chips. We will expand from our base of operations at Toso’s on Tuesdays to other venues, and as our membership grows, we hope to be conducting nightly events at multiple venues around the Valley. A true poker tour.
In the future, we would like to grow with additional mobile setups, and affiliate or chapter clubs outside of the Valley. Eventually, we foresee the need for an umbrella 501c3 charitable organization (educational) like the United States Chess Federation to organize and oversee a larger network of individual card and game clubs.
Every player on the Arizona Poker Tour is helping to contribute to our efforts to proliferate the play and appreciation of competitive poker throughout Arizona.
Our freeroll championship events are open to the public, and represent our primary method of fullfilling our exempt purpose mission. Part of every AGPT addon goes towards funding these freeroll events, and members benefit by receiving bonus starting chips based merely on attendance at Real Poker events (no purchase required).
A portion of the Addons also funds other player benefits, such as the monthly and annual points races, and a high hand fund for monthly, and potentially nightly prizes.
Financial Summary of Past Events (click for larger view):
Financial Summary (Sample) for 3-table event:
Real Poker has fixed costs related to each event on the Arizona Poker Tour. The sample event financial worksheet demonstrates that AGPTs work best with 3 full tables (27+ participants). Once we can add a 4th table, we not only hit our minimum targets of 10:1 for first place and 80% returned to the players, but we can start to add more to the Member Benefits Fund (MBF) for points, freerolls, charities and promotions. Adding additional tables really increases the prize pool. 100% of the Addons go to player benefits, including the prize pool. Our overhead is minimal, other than prize pool funding. With 4+ table events, things really start to fall in place.
We also want to target $20 (with tips) per hour for the dealers. Casino tournament dealers make between $15 and $25 per hour in Arizona. In order to be competitive and retain the best possible dealers, we need to be able to pay them an honest days wage for an honest days work. Until we get to 3-table capacity, the dealers are only making $12-13/hr. Still more than minimum wage, but its important in smaller field events (<27) that we get at least 10% tipped from the winners in order to hit at least $15/hr. Dealers keep 100% of their tips (which are pooled). They also earn minimum wage ($10/hr).
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