NCPT14 – Open House Hold Em – October 3rd – Karaoke Mulligan Selections

Although I am not inclined to take requests, I will from time to time make an exception.  As such, our first selection for this tournament is:

Jonathan Coulton’s A Gambler’s Prayer

As your karaoke master, I will be exploring various themes in the weeks to come, one theme per tournament, with an average of three songs per theme. I reserve the right to abandon the theme idea at any time and for any reason. And of course, we’ll have  obligatory songs by Springsteen and the Grateful Dead each week.  William and any other octogenarians will have the option of reciting poetry, however, the poet and sometimes the text will be selected by me.

This week’s theme is karma, and we offer these theme selections:

John Lennon’s Instant Karma

Radiohead’s Karma Police

Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon

Other selections:

Chuck Berry’s Around and Around

The Carter Family’s Can the Circle Be Unbroken

Grateful Dead’s Ripple

Pete Seeger’s Pay Me My Money Down

Digital Underground’s The Humpty Dance

Beastie Boys’ No Sleep Til Brooklyn

Bruce Springsteen’s Because the Night

And for any octogenarians needing a re-buy: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, Parts I & II

NCPT14 Inaugural Tournament Results

Our Correspondent Mark Taylor writes:
1st- Jeff E
2nd-  Mark T
3rd- Paul F
4th- Ben L
5th-  Rob M

Not sure if Jeff or anyone is providing commentary but I can provide a little. Forgot how Dan K busted on $ bubble but Jeff battled back like a champ as he was down to 4k or so when got to 5 handed. His initial push came on a 3 way All-in with Rob holding AA when Ben shoved with AJs and Jeff called as so short with something like KQ (2 broadway cards).  Jeff hits a gut shot straight on the river to snatch the Main, albeit smaller, pot. Rob’s bullets held up vs Ben to take the side pot, which was probably the biggest pot of the night up to that point, doing serious damage to Ben’s previously significant stack. Not sure how Rob got whittled down but he and I ended up all-in against each other, both holding A5s. Rainbow flop gave each of us back door hopes for a flush, when running diamonds filled mine, much to Rob’s discontent. A very tough exit. Somewhere after that, I remember getting all-in vs Jeff holding A8 vs his A2, leaving him only a 24% dog. I still had him out-chipped at that point, smelling another kill. Board flops AAK, not ideal but I was still in the lead. K on the turn gives us each Aces full for the split, sub-optimal result, for me at least. Even though I had 5 straight kills of all leaving in places 3-7, when it got to heads up, Jeff had, or got, the chip lead. i get All-in with A5s vs his 10-8, feeling good once again, only to watch him flop a Boat (his 2nd flopped boat of the final table!)  It was Jeff’s night as he showed tenacity battling back from the felt to claim the title.  Well played to Jeff, and all others down the wire.

MT

NCPT14 Inaugural Poker Tournament Karaoke Mulligan Selection

We have a late entrant into the eligible songs for Karaoke Mulligan:  Ylvis’ What Does the Fox Say.  Anyone singing this from start to finish, including the dance, will get 500 bonus chips.  If William does it, he gets 5000 bonus chips.  After watching this masterpiece, I don’t think there will be any argument, even though I have not run this past the commissioner.

Here’s the link to the video: What Does the Fox Say?

 

Unless I get a waiver from Gregg, I’m going to try to avoid the Primary Wave Media properties, so he does not try to collect royalties on the spot.

Musical selections for Week 1 (will try to have a mix for those with different musical interests) Links to lyrics are adjacent to titles.  It would behoove you to spend a little time on youtube, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, or wherever/however listen to your music beefing up your style.  A dry, William Shatneresque recitation will not fly here.

William, if you prefer to recite poetry instead of sing, we’ll make an exception in your case.  In that case, something from Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal would appropriate.  If there are any other octogenarians on hand, we’ll make a similar exception.

Don Ho’s Tiny Bubbles

Cole Porter’s I Get a Kick Out of You

Springsteen’s Thunder Road

Talking Heads’ Life During Wartime

Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back

Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady

And of course, the obligatory Grateful Dead song: Box of Rain

Let the games begin, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

NCPT14 Term Sheet

New Castle Poker Tour 2014 Term Sheet

League Size:    Limited to 28 members.

Membership Privileges:  Only members can qualify for year-end TPC and can share in the winnings of the League Champs. In addition, all members have first right of refusal for monthly tournaments for a period of up to one week prior to a schedule game.*

Membership Fee:  $280 membership fee plus $480 pre-pay of Contribution to year end pot to be applied to first eight tournaments.

Regular Tournament Buy-in:  $300 for members, with $60 going to year end pot, $240 for non-members with nothing going to year end pot.

Regular-Tournament Structure:  Members finishing in 1st-through 10th place will be receiving points in the following manner:  13 points to 1st place, 10 to 2nd, 8 to 3rd, 6 to 4th, 4 to 5th, 3 to 6th, 2 to 7th,  1.5 to 8th, and 1 to 9th and 10th.  Each place point will be multiplied by the square root of number of players at the tournament –so tournaments with more players have more points to award. Non-members finishing in a point slot will take the point slot away from a member.

Tournament Schedule: 12 games to be scheduled over the course of the next year.

Pace of Play Guidelines – no cell phones, texting, emailing, etc. while at table.  Unless doing hosting responsibilities, if not in your seat at time of play, hand will be folded.   At all times, players should be cognizant of the pace of play, and to keep the game going.  Penalties can be imposed on any player for not abiding by Pace of Play Guidelines.

TPC Qualification:  Top 10 point holders from regular season will qualify for TPC.  If there is a two-way tie for 10th place, TPC will be expanded to 11.  More than a two place tie, two best average finishers will make the TPC.  If a member cannot make TPC, next place finisher in league qualifies for TPC.

Tournament of Champions Format (TPC):  For those who qualify for TPC, their regular season point totals will be converted to chips and our TPC Champion will be that tournament winner.  Each TPC player will be given 100 chips per (point total/4) rounded to nearest 50 in chips.  In addition, chips will be awarded to TPC members for the following:

Knockout Chip Award – each month knockouts will be kept track of.  For those qualifying for the TPC 1st, 2nd and 3rd in total knockouts over the year will get 500, 300 and 200 in extra chips.

Highest Average Finish Chip Award: 500, 300, and 200 to 1st through 3rd.

Best P&L Chip Award:  500, 300, and 200 to 1st through 3rd.

Year End Awards:  Year End Awards must be used within one year of receipt or are subject to forfeiture.

TPC Champ – Should receive ten thousand dollars, which they must use to buy into a tournament at casino of their choosing.  .  Anything they win in that tournament will be shared with league membership as follows: 30% of the first $200 thousand dollars in prize money and 20% percent on incremental prize amounts above $200 thousand dollars will be shared with the League.  Any amounts received by League will be split equally among league members not inclusive of Champ.

Regular Season Champ- Should receive five thousand dollars, which they must use to buy into a tournament at casino of their choosing.  Anything they win in that tournament will be shared with league membership as follows: 30% of the first $200 thousand dollars in prize money and 20% percent on incremental prize amounts above $200 thousand dollars will be shared with the League.  Any amounts received by League will be split equally among league members not inclusive of the Regular Season Champ.

TPC Runner Ups – The Second place finisher at the TPC should each receive $500 which they must use to buy into a tournament at casino of their choosing.  Anything they win in that tournament will be shared with league membership as follows: 30% of the first $200 thousand dollars in prize money and 20% percent on incremental prize amounts above $200 thousand dollars will be shared with the League.  Any amounts received by League will be split equally among league members not inclusive of the respective Runner-Ups.

Members can receive multiple awards and all terms of each award are additive; but no one member can receive more than the TPC Award.  If Awards are used towards higher buy-in tournaments (i.e. Member provides own money towards tournament), the league membership % cut will be adjusted appropriately.

If the regular season point leader wins the TPC, then the Regular Season Champ award will be split up between the TPC Runner Up and the Regular Season Second Place points finisher.

Canceled Games – games that are canceled due to weather or force majeure will be re-scheduled on a best efforts basis by league commissioners.  Re-schedule games require the presence of 14 members to qualify as a normal league game.

Any money available after paying out awards and other league expenses will be split among winners approximately in the following manner – 40% to TPC Champ, 30% to Regular Season Champ, 15% to each Runner up.

League Commissioner has the ability to fine, change rules or dismiss members for behavior not favorable to promoting an enjoyable playing atmosphere.

By joining the league, you agree to all terms and conditions stated herewith, and you also agree that all League matters or conflicts to be adjudicated by league commissioner.