As of this writing, there are a few free to play tournaments in the Knoxville area. Junction 33 is the newest venue to join the poker community. Junction 33 offers mouth watering entrees and a breath-taking number of beverages. Sunday, November 2nd marks the first poker tournament at Junction 33. I recently caught up with the man responsible for bringing free poker to Junction 33. He calls himself the Knox Poker Guy (@knoxpokerguy) and frequents a number of local games.
Let’s start off easy… what is your league’s structure?
The league is set up to reward a complimentary gift card to the top two performers on that night. Top performer receives a $30 gift card and the runner up receives a $15 gift card. Every night, players compete for points that accumulate to award seats into a finals event. If you win one nightly, you are automatically entered into the season’s finals. Seasons are 8-weeks with the finals on week 9. The finals will yield a prize pool of $200. Top performer will receive $125 and the runner up will receive $75.
Excellent. What is your nightly structure? Chip counts, bonus chips, etc.
My goal is to be different than the rest, but not so different that it jeopardizes game play or creates a problem with the players. Levels will be 15 minutes throughout with starting stacks at T8,000 with an extra T1,000 optional. Players can earn an extra T1,000 by showing up 30 minutes before game time. Additional bonus chips can be earned based on your rank.
Yes. I plan to implement a reward system. The system will have five tiers: Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades, and Pro. Each tier will be harder to reach and will bring a new reward. For example, in order to reach the Clubs tier, a player must win three nightly tournaments. Upon reaching this level, the player will receive a trinket to symbolize the achievement that will be good for an additional T300 every game he or she plays in.
Sounds fun! What are some other plans you have for the league?
It isn’t necessarily a plan, but I have to give props to my friends at www.ezpokerleagues.com for the amazing online leaderboard. You can always track your progress quite easily on there. Aside from that, I also plan to do chip races instead of simply coloring up odd numbered chips. The game will start off as a pass-the-deal type of game, but may one day evolve into having trained dealers. Other updates can be found on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/junction33pokerleague.