Free Pub Poker Tourney's
Hi, down here in Australia
we have a few organisations that have set up free pub poker. Its a leaderboard system, so the more games you play and the better you play, then you have opportunities to play in regional finals and then even state championships. In the smaller venues we have about 60 players, but in some of the bigger cities there can be anything up to 200 players. You can play for free, but if you spend a small amount of money at the bar you get a chip voucher, which allows you more starting chips. After an hour, we have a break, and again if you spend a little more money you get a chip-up voucher.
Now this might not sound much fun (sounds a bit like freerolls
...lol) playing for trophies and leaderboard points, but it does do 3 major things for you.
(1) you are not getting square eyed and blurry vision, and get to meet hundreds of new friends.
(2) you get the chance to get out of your pyjamas, get dressed and venture out into the big wide world (for all you freeroll junkies)
(3) you practice playing with real players so can build up your skills at reading tells
either verbally, or visual (or a combination of both).
The main thing is you have a "live poker forum
", you drinks with your friends, you dump all your bad beat stories and boast about your biggest bluffs. The pubs make some money out of it too. Even though they havbe to pay the poker ppl to host the night, the extra bar turn over, meals and pokies
revenue covers their costs.
Do any other countries run a system like this...?