Re: The Notre Dame(s) of Poker

by , Feb 15, 2007 | 1:25 pm

Now think about this … What if all those poker teams listed below faced off against each other? Let’s say, for example, 15 teams, 10 players each — $100k collective team buy-in, $1.5 million prize pool, and a really cool trophy. Money awarded to 1st and 2nd place only … because it’s a team payout to 20 players total.

That would be fun and cool, right?

With top-caliber pros seeking a collective monetary goal, collusion, chip-dumping, and protection would be expected — part of the strategy, in fact — with hand signals and code words that probably still abide by the rules of English Only …

But with those same pros returning to battle in open-tourney free-for-alls, would that be good or bad for poker? (And either way, I’m starting to wonder if it’s not just a reality we may have to face without some sort of standards about declarations of backing deals.)

This weekend I’ll be competing in something called the [Dallas-area suburb] Poker Bowl II. It’s a $240 buy-in for six-player teams. I’m on the Suicide Kings. Am definitely looking forward to it … as well as our pre-game meeting at Cracker Barrel to go over “a few things.” The last time I played in a “tag team” event I won it. (Yo, shout out to Fubu, we did it man!) This is a little different, but I expect to do well. Regardless of how we fare, however, I can’t help but wonder if I’ll feel the need to bathe immediately or soon after.

ALT HED: Go Team!?!

8 Comments to “Re: The Notre Dame(s) of Poker”

  1. Karridy

    To those of you considering playing in a real Team Tournament, let me say that this format is the most enjoyable I’ve played. Go Suicide Kings!

  2. Fubu

    Hey Partner, I am available to help defend our title this weekend if you need me. I would like some info on where, when, might come cheer for you. I’ll even bring pom-poms!

  3. Ed

    Fubu with pom poms?! oh god….get plenty of pics!


  4. DanM

    Karridy, my honorable team captain, to be sure, I suspect this format is fun. But will it alter the way major tournament poker is played, say, 20 years from now?

  5. Karridy

    I know you are probably being a smartass, but I’ll bite. While it won’t alter the way tournament poker is played, I certainly think the format will make it’s way into major events within the next 2 years.

  6. DanM

    I dunno. There are a lot of old-dog pros who detest the idea of it. I guess they know what they are capable of.

  7. Karridy

    And there are some who just don’t want to let the genie out of the bottle.

  8. Fresh Princess

    It seems as though plain ol’ NL Hold’em tournaments need some spice. I have been noticing different types of Hold’em events this year that are unfamiliar. The Commerce had a tag team event, Caesar’s Palace and The Circuit had Valentine’s Couple events. In the recent IP (Biloxi) tournament they had a deep stack tournament. And the new WSOP Schedule is a long list with a different twist.