Friday, April 07, 2006

Let's Review

So, for places to play poker in Tokyo, we now have:

Japan Poker Player's Association -- Ueno Room:

  • Thursdays - Live Game (simulated cash game). They even simulate a rake by removing some of the play chips from each pot. Kind of shocked me the first time I saw it, but I suppose it trains both the players to know what to expect in a cash game, and the learning dealers so they will know how to calculate and pull the rake for real dealer positions.
  • Fridays - Everest Cup (NLHE tourneys) [I think the E-Cups have finished, actually, and they'll probably switch back to a JPPA limit or NL holdem tourney on Friday nights. Pity, since the E-Cup games had no entry fee and decent prizes.]
  • Saturday - Mini Straddle Cup events at 2pm, Main Straddle Cup events at 7pm. I haven't gone to many of the Straddle Cup games, so I am unclear on specifics. I think the Mini game tends to be one type of game each month, rotating, so they include 7-Stud and Omaha games. The Main game I think is always holdem, usually NL. There's a point and bounty system for players, but I don't know the details.

      Duke :

      • Mondays - Live game and/or tournament, aimed at beginners. Very similar to the Friday and Saturday games, but winning does not gain points towards the Vegas Cup.
      • Fridays - Weekly tournaments. 7:30pm is Limit Holdem, 9:30pm is T.T.O.S (Texas Holdem, Texas Holdem, Omaha, and Stud, all Limit). Winner of each of these tournaments gains 5 points which can be used in the Vegas Cup.
      • Last Friday of the Month - Monthly tournament. The second weekly tournament is replaced with a NLHE tourney for those that have taken first or second in that month's weekly tourneys. Taking first place in this tourney gains you 10 Vegas Cup points, and second place earns you 5 points.
      • Fourth Saturday of the Month - Vegas Cup games. 7pm is Limit Holdem, 9pm is H.O.R.S.E. (7-Card Stud, 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo, Hold 'em, Omaha Hi/Lo, and Razz.) Taking first place in either of these games wins you 40 points, and second place wins you 15 points.
      • Vegas Cup - Every six months or so, Saturday, NLHE. All players who have accumulated points in the games so far can play in the Vegas Cup Final. Each point becomes one chip in the final game, so those who have won consistently since the last Vegas Cup will have larger stacks than those who have just one once or twice. The winner of the Vegas Cup wins a trip to Las Vegas for two, airfare and hotel expenses paid.

      Bar Jack:

      • Tuesday Night game. Details coming soon.

      Hopefully I will be adding to this list as new games open up in town.

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