Tri-State Poker Tour
Good evening everyone! My name is Scott and I wanted to come in and get some of your valuable opinions on a concept that I am starting in January, 2012. A good friend an I, who are avid cash game and tournament players, are going to start up a regional poker tour covering Iowa, Illinois
, and Missouri called the Tri-State Poker Tour. My partner and I want to develop a more affordable poker experience here in the Midwest without having buy-ins and entry fees that are out of the average poker players budget. I know this seems a long way off, but we will need time to contract the tournaments with the casinos
, work out the detail and address any concerns with the gaming commissions in each state, and make sure the scheduling does not conflict with other events.
With the Heartland Poker Tour charging $1100 to $1650 and WSOP
Circuit Events going $1600 up to $5K, we are aiming at a more affordable level around the $6-700 range for our tournaments. We feel that this puts our Tournaments right around the middle of the pack which would be lower than the Heartland and WSOP circuit events but higher than the $2-300 regular house events that most poker rooms host on occasion.
We are currently looking at enlisting 4 casinos per state (12 total) with each casino hosting 3 tourneys per year or 36 tourneys a year. Each state will also host a State Championship Tournament with each state champion being crowned getting a cash prize plus a WSOP Main Event seat and the privilege to represent their respective state. State championships will rotate around to each casino in the state each year to be fair to all the poker rooms we go to. Similar to the other tours and circuit events, there will be qualifiers the week of the tournament and the will consist of standard, shootout, and bounty style format to add a little variety. We will also have a mystery bounty in each tournament. No one will no who the mystery bounty will be except the dealer at the selected bounty's table. A free entry will be given to the player who collects the bounty which can be used at any tournament we host except the state championships.
Some of the input gathered from the players and poker room managers from all three states that we have spoken to over the past several months have given us some very positive feedback, but we are still looking for more input from those players who frequent these larger buy-in tournaments.
We are also looking into possibility of acquiring virtual poker tables to be able to bring in tournaments to those facilities that do not have a poker room or a large enough poker room to handle the amount of entries we could receive. These require no dealers or chips and can be setup anywhere like a convention room or similar area. This may not happen the first year but with technology expanding faster than you can follow it, nothing is out of reach.
I appreciate any and all input you all may have, positive or negative, or if you have a favorite poker room that you play at that may be interested in having us come in and host an event, please let us know.