Texas Hold’em has been around for years, but recently it has caught on like the plague. Many people first heard of the game when The World Series of Poker was shown live on ESPN and the unknown Chris Moneymaker, an amateur that won his way into the tournament through an online site, won 2.5 million dollars at the final table. Since then Texas Hold’em games started to show up everywhere, especially online game sites. The market is there for selling this game and making a lot of money, but what about we who want to play purely for recreation, where do we fit into the game?
There are many online sites you can go to for a free game, but it just doesn’t have the feel of sitting at a table staring across at your opponent, studying them, trying to decide who holds the better hand. That is what Hold’em is all about!
Well for years I have gone to tournaments and paid my entry fee and played my heart out. Well if you are an avid player these buy-ins can get expensive and sometimes the wife isn’t so understanding. I was looking for a place to play my games and have fun but at no cost to me. Sounds impossible doesn’t it? I thought the same but then a friend told me about Poker Pub.
Poker Pub is an organization that decided they would hold free Texas Hold’em games at local bars in the Kansas City area. Instead of charging an entry fee they would charge the bar a rental fee for their services, in turn making poker games free for you and me. The best part (besides being free) is they have great prizes at every tournament, for the winners.
I know it’s awesome isn’t it?
The only thing that makes me hate Poker Pub is the fact that I didn’t come up with the idea. Poker Pub started out in Kansas City, and now works in 6 states, CO, MO, KS, TX, AR, AZ. And if you aren’t familiar with State Abbreviations and I am talking to the people in Arkansas, Google search the letters and it will tell you.
So what else does Poker Pub have to offer? Well they have so many tournaments that they hold qualifiers to larger tournaments where you can win some great prizes, such as buy-ins at local casinos, and even trips to Las Vegas. So what are you waiting for go check it out…oh yeah the website address…here it is (www.thepokerpub.com).
The website impressed me, and I do web development and hate most webpages. It is a little messy but great info and easy to navigate; their first page is always the most recent news about the games so you know what is going on. They always let you know in advance if a game is cancelled or moved or if new places are added or old places removed. I love how they keep you up to date, and also they have a great calendar that tells time and places for games in your city and at what location. They even provide maps with directions; you don’t even have to rely on your Google map skills. Another function of their website I like is you can subscribe to all ongoing tournaments and get updates about them. So if something happens and the tournament has to be put on hold, you are notified and don’t show up looking like Phil Ivey ready for a game.
Downfalls to Poker Pub (in some people’s eyes) is that you have to be 21 for almost all games, because most places that host them are bars and don’t want any underage people there drinking. This doesn’t bother me at all, this way I don’t have to put up with some 18 year old punk who thinks it’s ok to yell “yeah baby” every time he thinks he has a good hand (which is normally Jack/Queen unsuited). You can call the locations to see their specific rules on their 21 and over policy, some places don’t enforce this.
Another downfall is that a lot of people think they are good players and come dressed as their favorite players or wear crazy getups, which doesn’t help you win at poker, so stop wearing them. So for you experienced players who don’t like to play with amateurs who don’t know how to really play, it can be excruciating until most of them are eliminated. Other than these two small downfalls, there isn’t much else you can complain about. You get free poker with chances to win some great prizes, and best of all you get to play at a real table against people face to face. I think this adds to the game and makes it ten times more fun then playing online with some crappy graphics against people who go all in ever hand.
Well check out Poker Pub and see what I am talking about and enjoy all the free games and prizes. Who knows maybe you are the next Chris Moneymaker.