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    Meetup Home Games vs Private Home Games

    Players should be aware that these are home games that are organized through a public social site to bring together those who share a common interest, in this case to play poker. 

    Currently, there is very little control or vetting for either players or hosts in these games as compared to private home games that may only include family and close friends where trust is implicit in the game.

    While meetup games are going to be very similar to private home games since most people are honest, there is always going to be some risk involved when dealing with unknown players. This risk factor will increase If the host and players are not diligent about following the rules. 

    All games should have a very strict policy towards applying appropriate rules and adherence to the rules should be a matter of course. 

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    Players and hosts play at their own risk. I cannot make any guarantees as to the actions of either players or other hosts that choose to meetup through this or any other meetup site.

    Paul Ikeda

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    I Posted a more comprehensive description of what Poker Solver does. If you are new it's a poker software tool that I'm currently working on.

    I also included a lesson on how Range Removal works.


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  • Luke M.

    6978 sierra court, dublin, 94568 Sat Feb 7th . 6:30 . No limit holdem

    55 dollar buy in . Optional 10 bounty . Start stack is 8k . Rebuys before start of 5th round .
    20 min blinds Buy ins are 55 for 8k or 75 for 16k
    Rebuys are 45 for 8k or 65 for 16k Max 40 players so RSVP asap . Snacks and sodas provided . Bring own booze . Cash game to start once one tournement table breaks down . rSvp to Luke . [masked]

    February 6

  • Vlad T.

    Paul, just a thought... why not consolidate 3 meetups into a single one to reduce the burnrate?

    September 14

    • Paul I.

      Hey Vlad

      I think that there is value in three groups. While there is considerable over-lap, each would have their own center so to speak covering a greater area.

      Also, the three sites kind of developed a little different character in the games that were offered which I think is worth preserving.

      Right now my greatest concern is keeping the game fair and safe to play. I was hoping Bold Poker would be sufficient to prevent cheating but the developer seems apathetic. I found several issues where potential cheating with that app could be plugged with simple fixes but it appears like the designer is no longer supporting it.

      Paul

      September 15

    • Paul I.

      I'm currently considering designing my own app but only if it could be 100% validated by the players which is a very difficult problem. I may have a couple solutions which might even translate to be used on poker sites but again it must be extremely well thought out before hand and may be an even tougher solution than solving for Range Removal was.

      September 15

  • David C.

    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for both your emails and your posting here on the bulletin board. In my weekly game at Penn State before we moved here recently, we also experienced the same kind of "one bad apple really can spoil the whole bunch" phenomenon you're alluding to here. Our situation wasn't so much cheating as it was a domineering guy who just sucked a lot of the fun out of the evenings. I don't have a solution for that, but I acknowledge how much it felt like a loss to those of us who just wanted to play a fun game and act like gentlemen--even to strangers at our table. I think part of the problem is this perception (mostly incorrect, I believe) that a good player has to be an "alpha dog" who dominates the table in small, subtle ways such that, when the big hand comes along, he will already have "trained" the other players to back down from him. Could we possibly let the "alpha-dog" thing go and just enjoy a great game, as gentlemen? There's a great pleasure in good sportsmanship.

    August 24

    • Paul I.

      I would need to figure out how to make it both anonymous and limit the times they may vote.

      August 28

    • Paul I.

      I think I would need to be able to view the member name and keep that info private. If there were a way that I couldn't know as well it would be better.

      August 28

  • Herman

    Hey Paul,
    Thanks for hosting your games before. It was challenging and a good learning experience for all levels. I am also disappointed in the lack of Meetup games lately. However, there is a healthy selection of private games around the Bay Area. I still attend 2-3 games a week with .25/.50 to $1/$2 stakes. With these games, I think it is a trust issue...you need to know someone to get invited.

    But I think the Meetup games are a good way to know people and get invited to other games. I know I was approached to new games due to my attendance at various Meetup events. I also want to point out a new Monday group that is getting started:

    http://www.meetup.com/Monday-Night-Poker-San-Jose/events/198734392/

    Even though the .10/.20 blinds are way below what I am used to playing, I went over there on their first Meetup and played Heads Up with the host. I think everyone should support these fledgling groups because these newbies will be the next Phil Ivey's of the future. :)

    August 24

    • David E

      That reminds me of my first pre-meetup home game before I created the Beginners group last year. One person showed up and we played heads up. I felt embarrassed so you're right that we should support the new meetup hosts because I think it's typical to have slow beginnings as you negotiate the many factors involved in reliably filling up a home game.

      2 · August 26

    • Herman

      As fellow game organizers, we know how difficult it is to set up fun but challenging games on a regular basis. If we keep the "fun and challenging" motto in mind when we plan games, I think we can keep this Texas Holdem fad going for a while longer. :)

      August 26

  • katherine

    Although I have only attended a handful of games, I have really enjoyed playing and meeting many new people. I agree with Dave's observation below about the repeated, regular game schedule being a key to the success of home game scheduling. Never have i seen any issues re cheating come up, and I have never felt any anxiety about playing in a stranger's house.

    August 25

  • David E

    I agree that there are still a healthy selection of private games, especially if you factor in the SF group. 4 of the main hosts in that group have stopped hosting, for various personal reasons unrelated to hosting issues. There are 5 fairly active hosts in that group ranging from 2x a year hosting to 2x a month. I think one thing that would help is a tactic Sri and Herman have perfected of putting a repeat on the meetup so it becomes a regular game (1st Friday, every Wed, etc.) I may try that this fall for 1 or 2 meetups if I can make my work schedule cooperate. If more hosts looked at the other regular repeating games and filled in the holes with regular games, we could get a sweet rotation going.

    August 25

    • David E

      I don't really need anything in the way of help except for folks to help with setup and breakdown which always seems to work out. Unsolicited voluntary donations help out with cleaning and supply costs. Security is always a concern but I don't have any active concerns at this time.
      I would pick up SV Poker if you let it lapse.

      August 25

    • David E

      Thanks for the update and I would love love love it if we had a game at your place some time. It's always a good game.

      August 25

  • Paul I.

    Thanks for the replies so far. Lots of encouraging words. I'm still going through them and learning some things as I go. I need get some sleep now but I'll get to the rest soon

    August 25

  • Paul I.

    If this shows up in your mailbox. You may want to consider turning off meetup discussion notifications. It's the little check box at the bottom of the bulletin board discussion. Click join the discussion to get here and uncheck notifications.

    By the way, if you don't see any replies from me in the next few hours, it's because I'm watching The Poker Movie again lol.

    August 24

  • Donnel

    How much is the buy in?

    July 30

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  • Paul I.
    Another bad run, yeesh, Organizer
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