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Toso’s Bar & Restaurant just east of I-17 (2401 W Union Hills) has leased private event space to our club for our Arizona Poker Tour events every Tuesday and Saturday. Our Amusement Gambling Poker Tournaments (AGPTs) are unique in some ways, and very traditional in others. Members enjoy competitive poker events conducted at local nieghborhood bars and restaurants using dedicated, professional dealers.
We also conduct a monthly tournament on the FIRST Saturday of each month. To stay as current as possible on all information, check this website before an event, or our facebook page, and make sure we have your e-mail address and/or cell phone for e-blast and text alerts.
We are currently scouting for second Sports Grill venue in the NW Valley to add a third weekly event. If you know of one that can facilitate up to six tables, convenient freeway access, with good food and service, let us know! We want to have all four compass points in the Valley covered as soon as possible. For now, our headquarters and base of operations is at Toso’s, where we have Tuesday (6pm) and Saturday (4pm) events scheduled every week.
First Saturday 4pm on November 3rd and December 6th only:
All other Saturdays (Except the first Saturday of the month - see above Deep Stack)
Every Tuesday, we get a monster game. Should be a regular 5-6 table events now.
Sign in with the Tournament Director as soon as you arrive. The wait list is established by priority sign-in order. Members and their guests should arrive up to 45 minutes before the tournament starts to get an "early bird" +500 bonus starting chip. This helps the tournament director to establish how many tables we need so we can start on time and with balanced tables.
At least until our official "grand opening weekend", we are also allowing a double early bird bonus for you and any friends (up to 8 per member) that you invite (limit one bonus per member/guest). Members must pay all club-related fees, if any, for their guests (like the American Legion or any membership social club).
We ask that members help demonstrate our gratitude to Toso’s for being our initial Tour stop. Please arrive early and order dinner during the social hour before each tournament. Toso's is offering a 15% discount on food. Toso’s also has a “Toso’s card”, which gives you an additional 5% cash back. The pre-tournament happy/social hour is the perfect time for a quick bite while you socialize with, and get to know, fellow club members and event staff. From time to time you may also enjoy a club member presentation or poker-related seminar, or raise your hand in an official club meeting. Bi-monthly general club meetings and various committee meetings take place at regularly scheduled places and times with notice.
Registered players not in their seats at the start will be blinded out. If a dead stack is not set out, one round of blinds per level missed will be removed from the starting stack for any late arrivals. All dead stacks are removed from play when the tournament entry period ends at the end of the first (addon) break.
If wait-listed because the tables are full, members will be seated according to the priority based on arrival and sign-in time. Wait-listed members will receive a full starting stack with all applicable bonuses and addon options.
After the entry period is over, wait-listed members/guests not yet seated will be asked for their entry fees so we can accurately determine the event prize pool and payouts. Wait listed members must decide at the break if they want to enter the event or not. Payment guarantees entry, but no refunds are made once the first break ends, decisions are made, and the official numbers are posted.
Real Poker’s event times and locations are are decided at scheduled general membership meetings, and based on venue availability. We hope to provide a good mix of single, unlimited and no rebuy games with multiple event options each week. We will schedule some "re-entry or rebuy events", freezeouts, bounties, and other formats such as PLO, PLO8, Badugi, Pineapple, and more as we grow during our soft openings. Any WSOP-sanctioned tournament format can be conducted as an amusement gambling event. Cash (“ring“) games are not an option that Real Poker can offer under the amusement gambling exclusion (the cash pot may be considered a “lure to separate the player/s from their money”, and a cash pot, not the entertainment event, is not a valid “product” under the amusement gambling exclusion). Our exempt purpose mission: the proliferation of the understanding, appreciation and play of poker throughout Arizona, certainly includes the ability to attempt to remedy this situation by lobbying or through litigation.
Note: We may adjust blinds if tournaments routinely run longer than 4.5 hours. Our target is under 4 hours. We could also revert the blinds after the addon break to 15 minutes, rather than 20 minutes.
Tournament payouts are one spot per seven players (rounding), and at the % for each place:
The Tournament Director may adjust the percentages above. The 75-25%, for example, could be 70-30%. The goal is to hit 10:1 max buy return for first place, and pay another place every 7 players, with an 80% total return to the members.
Prize pools may be chopped at any time with unanimous consent of the remaining players.
Do you have any suggestions? Likes or dislikes? As with all things club-related, member input is invaluable! If you would like to see something added, removed or modified, please talk to a staff member, member of the Final Table (our elected executive committee of volunteers who enact the will of the majorty), or drop a note via e-mail, or attend any regularly scheduled general membership meeting, where members are given floortime to speak about anything club-related. We will hold our first elections once the Operating Agreement is executed and we have 100 members, the minimum required for recognition by the International Cooperative Association (ica.coop). The seven principles of a cooperative are very much in line with our mission, vision, exempt purpose and goals.
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