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Last Week of the Month is BPO Week....
Weekly Online Qualifiers to the
Bar Poker Open National Championship

1st Place = Airfare/Hotel/Buy-in to the Nationals
$2000+ TOC Tourneys & Quarterly Championships
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Free Poker Schedule
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*Bar Poker Open Qualifiers
Last week of each month.

Sunday
*Twin Dragon Sports Bar
*Gonzo's Bar & Grill
The Hideaway Grill
KickingPig Bar & Grill**
**20 buy-in 1 re-buy
Monday
The Lost Dutchman
Blue Goose Tavern

Wild Hare Bar & Grill
Horseshoe Saloon
Renton VFW**
**$10 buy-in Members & Guests

Gig Harbor Eagles**

**buy-in - Members & Guests
Tuesday
*Gonzo's
*KickingPig Bar & Grill

*Grand Peking

*Red Dog Saloon
Wednesday
*The Fan Club
Stocktons
Hy Iu H
ee Hee
Sporty's Beef and Brew
*Grand Peking
Renton VFW**
**buy-in - Members & Guests

Thursday
*Stocktons
*Pub 85
L
ighthouses Saloon
The Siren Tavern
*Golden Mum

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*KickingPig Bar & Grill
Siren Tavern
Redmond Eagles**
**$25 Buy-in Members & Guests

Saturday
Twin Dragon Sports Bar
Blue Goose Tavern
Lighthouse Saloon

*Jeepers Country Bar
KickingPig Bar & Grill**
**$20 Buy-in 1 re-buy
Redmond VFW**
**$10 buy-in Members & Guests


Online
Saturdays & Sundays
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TOC WINNERS

September 2016
Keith Martinez

June 2016
Julie Freer

Mar 2016
Jason Compton

Dec 2015
Scott Owens

Sept 2015
Darrin Johnson

June 2015
Kurt Steputis

March 2015
Mike Torre

Sept 2014
James Van Eaton

Semi-Pro Division

May 2016
Travis Perman

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History Of
The World Series Of Poker

World Series of Poker was officially started in 1970 by Benny Binion, owner of Binion's Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although 1970 was the first official tournament to determine the "World Champion," the idea for the game actually came about 21 years earlier in 1949 when Nicloas "The Greek" Dandalos came to Las Vegas and approached Benny Binnion to set up a no-limit poker marathon so Nick could challenge the best poker players in the world. Benny Binnion agreed and arranged a publicly viewed match between Nick Dandalos and the best poker player of the time, Johnny Moss.

The marathon match lasted five months with short sleep breaks, and they played every kind of poker known to man. Johnny Moss finally beat Nick "The Greek" and ended up winning over 2 million dollars.

21 years later, Benny Binion decided to re-stage the game and invite some of the best poker players in the world to determine the "World Champion" and the World Series of Poker was born. Johnny Moss became the first World Series Of Poker Champion by wining the first tournament and also winning again the following year. The first tournament had 7 players, followed by 13 the second year. Binion hoped that someday his tournament would grow to 50 players. The 1982 game had 52 players and the game started growing fast, especially after the introduction of satellite competitions. 5 years later the tournament grew to over 2,000 players and the 2002 tournament attracted over 7,500 players. The 2005 World Series Of Poker is expected to draw over 8000 entrants paying an entry fee of $10,000 each and thousands more will try to win a seat at the World Series Of Poker through online satellite tournaments. With an expected prize pool in excess of $80 million, each contestant at the final table will take home at least $1 million in prize money.

WSOP $1,000 Bracelet Events
2016
Full WSOP Schedule

 
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2016 / 2017
World Series of Poker

Circuit Events

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WA State GPF Quarterly Championship
Next Quarterly Nov 20th - Renton VFW

Summer Quarterly - Results

Tyson Flath - 1st Place
Anglesea Pour - 2nd Place
Jessica Rogg - 3rd Place
John Mitchell - 4th Place
Kevin Shea - 5th Place
Justin Goyo - 6th Place
Bill Stein - 7th Place
Julie Kelly - 8th Place
JR Brockman - Bubble

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September 2016 TOC Results
Next TOC - December TBD
Total Prize Pool - $1,920

Keith Martinez - 1st Place - $640
Cheryl Miller - 2nd Place - $440
Gary Ralstin - 3rd Place - $290
Tyson Flath - 4th Place - $170
Travis Perman - 5th Place - $130
Steve Griffis - 6th Place - $100
Julie Kelly - 7th Place - $85
Storm Diamond - 8th Place - $60
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Semi-Pro Division
Once each quarter the Semi-Pro Division will conduct a championship tournament.  The top 200 players as recorded on the Semi-Pro Leaderboard will qualify - the first 50 to register will play.  This will be a $50 buy-in tournament no bounties, no re-buys, no add-ons. Qualifying points accumulate for 6 months prior to each Quarterly.

May Semi-Pro Results
Next Semi-Pro - October TBD

1st - Travis Perman
2nd - Austin Searles
3rd - Scott Owens
4th - Dan Oster
5th - Scott Lum
6th - Justin Goyo
7th - Jason Zuraff
8th - Isis Caney
Bubble - Julie Freer
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TOC Qualification Requirements

  • A 1st place win in the 6 months prior to the TOC
  • Your name engraved on the Championship Trophy
  • Pre-registration via Tourney Registration page 
  • Limited Seating Available

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State Championship

Qualification Requirements

Win a seat at a GPF Amateur Poker Championship in your local area by accumulating 20 GPF points. Players that accummulate more than 20 pts will be awarded chips in accordance with the following schedule.  Points accumulate for six months prior to each championship.  Tourney points will accumulate for 6 months prior to the event.

Regular League Poker Point Schedule
    1st Place -  20pts
    2nd Place - 16pts
    3rd Place - 14pts
    4th Place - 12pts
    5th Place - 10pts
    6th Place -   8pts
    7th Place -   6pts
    8th Place -   4pts
       

Quarterly Starting Chips
  20 GPF Points = Seat and 10K in chips
  60 GPF Points = Seat & 15K in chips
100 GPF Points = Seat & 20K in chips
                      Re-Buys
  50 GPF Points = 5K rebuy
(unlimited rebuys through 6th blind level, you must bust out to re-buy)
                      Add-Ons
 100 GPF Points = 10k
add-on at the end of the 6th blind level.

Satellite Tournaments
Beginning at 9AM the day of the GPF State Championship, eight person single table satellite tournaments will be conducted.  The last satellite will start no later than 11AM. Satellite tournaments will be started as soon as eight players are seated. Starting chip count will be 1000 with 8 minute blind levels. As many tournaments as can be started within the alotted time will be conducted.
 
1st Place    20 GPF pts        -        2nd Place   10 GPF pts

How to Play
Strategy Position

This is one of the most rudimentary concepts in poker and it is very important to understand as a beginning player. Poker is played around a table, these days usually with 9-10 people at a table, if we are talking about Texas Hold'em or Omaha (Stud games are 8 handed). The dealer button is ground zero for the deal. That is the perspective from which the hand is dealt. If you are to the immediate left of the button you are the small blind and first to act in subsequent betting rounds to the pre-flop betting. In the first round, since you have posted a blind, you act second last and can opt to call, raise, or fold since you have only got half of the current bet out there. The big blind is to your immediate left. The big blind acts last in the pre-flop betting action, but the big blind (henceforth the blinds shall be written in shorthand, SB and BB respectively) has an option to raise it up in the pre-flop action if no one raised his blind.

Think of the button again as the focal point of the action. This position gets to act last in each betting round. This is a very powerful advantage in poker. The action starts with the player to the left of the button. As players decide to bet, call, raise, or fold, the player on the button has the advantage of seeing what all the other players have done before he makes a decision. Let's say you have a pair of sixes in your hand. There has been a bet, a raise, and two calls when it gets to you. You can likely make a safe assumption that right now you do not have the best hand. If the raise was a large one, you should likely fold that hand. This is not information that the person to your left, in the SB position had when they originally opened the betting.

When the action gets back to that person they have the decision of folding their investment in the pot already, or calling (or re-raising) the raise. Not you. You are getting to make a decision with zero investment in the pot at this point. Compared to the player in the small blind, you are buying a stock today knowing what the price is tomorrow.

As the last player to act, you can also opt to close the betting by calling. No one can raise or re-raise unless you re-open the betting by raising when it gets to your turn. Other players can raise and re-raise of course, but when it gets to you, you can close the betting.

Relative Hand Strength

With position in mind, consider your relative hand strength. We are not talking about your grandfather's arm wrestle grip here. We are referring to how strong your cards are as starting cards. The best two cards you can look down to see obviously are a pair of aces. But, that is only going to happen once every 220 hands you play, on average. The worst two cards you can look down and see pre-flop are 72 offsuit. So if AA and 72 offsuit are the poles, which hands should you play? Well, like most things in poker, the answer is 'it depends'. Should you play a mid-pair in early position? That is up to you and your unique style of play. But, we certainly can say without knowing a personal playing style is that having that same mid-pair in late position with a bunch of players now folded, is a better situation that having the hand as first to act. A pair of aces against a full table of players wins just under half the time (if everyone kept their cards for the purpose of the example), but against only one other player it wins better than 4 out of 5 times, again, on average. So, if you end up with AA or a good hand of sorts, the odds of winning the pot with that hand increase relatively to the number of opponents. Like in a football game, you have a better chance of scoring if there is only one defender to beat. Chances of scoring by running all the way down the field and weaving through all the defenders in your way are less. You would prefer fewer opponents between you and the goal. Same goes for poker.

Knowing 'less is more' in terms of opponents, is an important concept. When you have got a good hand, isolate. Isolating your opponents and paring down the field improves your chances of dragging the pot your way.

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Outs

'Three strikes and you're out' is a common baseball reference. Three outs and an inning is over in a baseball game. In poker, an 'out' is used to refer to the remaining number of cards in the deck that will make your hand. For example, let's say you have KsQs in your hand and the board is Ts-4s-Ad. You need another spade to hit a flush. How many spades are there left? Well, there are 13 of every suit, right? You have two spades in your hand with two of them on the board. So of the known cards, (your pocket cards and the community cards) four of them are spades. That means there are 9 more spades available. Now, people could have folded their pocket spades making them unavailable to hit on the turn card or river card, but... we do not know that. So let's just keep it simple and say there are 9 spades 'somewhere' in the deck. (we could get complicated and say there were probably 3 discarded in the 16 cards that the other players discarded and make an allowance for that in our calculation, but let's not for the purpose of the exercise)


Knowing there are nine spades left, those spades are what we refer to as our 'outs'. Our opponent is betting and we are calling, hoping that we hit one of those remaining spades. We do not know what our opponent's hand is of course, but through his actions we will put him on a hand, that is to say, we will mentally assume he has a specific hand. Based on what he has done, let's say we deduce that he likely has at least an ace in his hand. So he has got at least a pair of aces as his hand. We are drawing here and need to hit one of our spade outs to beat him. We could hit running queens, sure, but we are just going to think about our chances of getting that flush. How many cards are in the deck in total? 52. And again, we know what 5 of them are after the flop. After the turn, we will know what 6 of them are (our two in the pocket and the board four cards). So, before the turn card, what are our chances of hitting a spade? Well, on the turn it would be 9 of the 46 unknowns. 9/46 is .1956. So our chances are 9 in 46, or roughly just under 20%. If we stuck around to the river, we would have an additional shot of 9/45. It might get costly to call though as our opponent will bet to get rid of us and try to scoop that pot right then and there. Unless you have 'the nuts' (the best possible hand) then you do not want to give opponents a chance to draw out on you. In this case, the opponent would not want us to hit one of those 9 spades.

There is

actually a simple way to calculate a reasonable approximation of your odds of making that flush, or whatever hand the case may be. It is called 'the rule of 2 and 4'.

Rule of 2 and 4: We just showed how to count your outs. In the case of our flush draw, we have 9 outs. The rule of two and four works like this:

With the turn and river to come still, you have 2 chances to hit one of those 9 outs. Recall we figured out that it was just under 20% or so that we had in terms of a chance to hit that flush with one try. With two tries it is about a 35% chance. With nine outs, on the turn we take our outs and multiply by 4. 4 x 9 = 36. That is pretty close to the actual chance of 35% chance of hitting that flush with the turn and river to come. With just the river to come we multiply by 2. 9 x 2 is 18%. Not far from the actual numerical chance. This is a quick way to come up with your odds and see if it is worth sticking around. The other part of the decision we need to consider is, 'How much money is in that pot?' Why is this important? It is important because if you do not have reasonable pot odds, you should not be calling the bet.

Pot odds

Now that we know how to calculate outs and figure out the chances of hitting the needed cards to make our hand, let us look at the pot itself. Let's say there is $50 in the pot. You are faced with the flush draw situation we just went through and you figure your opponent has a straight. You need to hit that flush to win. Our opponent bets $25. That means there is $75 in that pot now and we have to call $25 to get that. $25 to win $75 is 3-to-1 odds we are getting. What did we say the chances were of hitting the flush in percentage terms? About 19%, based on our rough rule of 2 and 4 calculation for a single draw, but if we stuck in the hand to the river and had another shot that is roughly 36%. 36% is just bette

r than 2-to-1 odds (33.333% being 2:1 of course). So we are getting paid 3-to-1 on a 2-to-1 draw. That is good, right? It is. But as we noted above, the answer to anything in poker is 'it depends'. It is good if he has all his money committed already and we are not liable for another stint of betting which would make it more expensive for us to call on the river. Before acting, consider how situations like this may play out before you commit yourself.

There is another way to look at odds that makes things get more interesting. With pot odds we are assuming no more money is going into that pot when we calculate it out. What if we had some veiled hand that our opponent was not likely to put us on? We might call a long-odds draw in a situation where we figure we will get the pot, AND ALL the chips the player has in his stack if we hit that draw. These are implied odds.

Implied odds

In our example we were getting paid 3-to-1 on a 2-to-1 draw chance. That is good. But what if

our opponent had $1500 in chips in his stack? What if the situation was a straight flush draw and not just a flush draw and we think our opponent has trips or something strong he would call with? Maybe we think he has the Ace flush already. We would win if we hit our draw and the straight flush. The pot may have insufficient odds in it to make us think about calling assuming he's got the better of us now. But in some situations, we have to think about the possibility that if we hit our miracle card, we would also get a call from the player for an all-in bet we would make. That makes the odds a lot bigger than what is just in the pot. Whereas above we had a situation where we had to call $25 to win $75, if we hit an open ended straight flush draw and we figured we would get an all-in call from our opponent because he has hit the ace flush, we would have to take his $1500 into consideration as we calculate our odds. Now we would be getting a lot more than 3-to-1 if we hit.

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Past Champions

Summer 2016
Tyson Flath

Spring 2016
Yuriy Yarmolinskiy

Winter 2016
Craig Johnson

Fall 2015
Steve Griffis

Summer 2015
Allen Lundborg

Spring 2015
John Long

Winter 2015
Alessandro Faria

Fall 2014
Donald Bly

Summer 2014
Gary Ralstin

Spring 2014
Yuriy Yarmolinskiy

Winter 2014
Kurt Steputis

Fall 2013
Scott Luxich

Summer 2013
Martin Berndt

Spring 2013
Roger S. Coale

Winter 2013
Donald Bly

Fall 2012
Ron Toomey

Summer 2012
Jeff Welch

Spring 2012
Kurt Steputis

Winter 2012
Brett Verner

Fall 2011
Scott Claflin

Summer 2011
Paula McCord

Spring 2011
Evonne Bess

Fall 2010
Evonne Bess

Spring 2010
Terry Smith

Fall 2009
Donald Bly

Spring 2009
Cathy Williams

Fall 2008
Jim Appelgate

Spring 2008
Mary Anne Richey

Winter 2007
Rebecca Mayse

Fall 2007
Chad Hanson

Summer 2007
Ronald Schnacker

Spring 2007
Michael Moore

Winter 2006
Paul Smith

Fall 2006
Correy Gnirk

Summer 2006
Curtis Burkhart

Spring 2006
Bob Ledbetter

Winter 2005
Richard Dean
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August Quarterly Venue Champions

Sunday

   

Schooner Galley & Pub

 

Vincent Reed

Twin Dragon Sports Bar

 

Ginni Swanton

Gonzo's Bar & Grill

 

James Kelby

The Hideaway Grill

 

Justin Group

     

Monday

   

The Lost Dutchman

 

Jonel Coby

Blue Goose Tavern

 

Arjun Chadra

Wild Hare Bar & Grill

 

Elaine Moore

Horseshoe Saloon

 

Mathew Miles

The Fan Club

 

Dennis Rankin

The Forbidden Pub

 

Alicia Hill

     

Tuesday

   

Gonzo's

 

Chris Dye

KickingPig Bar & Grill

 

Don Lennebacker

Grand Peking

 

Debi Miller

Red Dog Saloon

 

Harley Pendleton

     

Wednesday

   

Sam's Sports Bar

 

Brett Verner

Hy Iu Hee Hee

 

Shawn Dwyer

Sporty's Beef and Brew

 

Elaine Moore

Grand Peking

 

Debi Miller

The Forbidden Pub

 

Alicia Hill

     

Thursday

   

Stocktons

 

Oleksa Zaveruha

Pub 85

 

Austin Searles

Lighthouses Saloon

 

Heidi Boden

The Siren Tavern

 

Wendy Frost

Golden Mum

 

Cheryl Miller

     

Friday

   

KickingPig Bar & Grill

 

Don Lennebacker

Siren Tavern

 

Will Mace

Redmond Eagles

 

Terry Carpenter

     

Saturday

   

Lighthouse Saloon

 

Zach Buckingham

Jeepers Country Bar

 

JR Brockman

KickingPig Bar & Grill

 

Craig Plummer

Vern's Poker Palace

 

Roger Coale

VFW 2995

 

Dave Estrella

Blue Goose Tavern

 

Jack Murphy