The Lodge Card Club in Austin, Texas will be holding a poker tournament. Depending on the number of entrants, up to three days have been set aside for the action on the first day.
A big part of the Texan poker rush is the Lodge. Brad Owen, Andrew Neeme, and Doug Polk are the co-owners. Polk seems to be planning to play the heads up event. If he doesn’t make it all the way to first place, he will switch to providing commentary for the live stream. If they buy-in, fans of the ex-ambassador will have the chance to play him.
The buy-in is $1,000 and the field is capped at 256 players, with entry fees and mandatory tips. If there is a round that requires byes, there will be a $400 bounty in play during all of the matches held that round.
The first round will start with 20,000 in chips and 100 in blinds. For all 8 possible rounds, the blind structure will be the same. They will start at a later blind level as the chip stacks are doubled round by round, Round 2 will start at the 100-200 blind level, Round 3 will skip to the 200-400 level, etc…
Do you want to be crowned as the best heads-up poker player in Texas? Next month, The Lodge will host the first-ever Heads-Up Open.
The heads up are open
At one point, Doug Polk was one of the best heads up no limit hold’em players in the world. Even a rusty Polk is likely to be a difficult competitor. He has maintained some of his heads-up fire since retiring from poker.
Over the course of 25,000 hands, he took over a million dollars off Daniel Negreanu. The pair played $200/$400 no limit hold’em heads up for months, mostly online.
Polk has set up a monthly heads-up cash game to play live on The Lodge’s Youtube stream. The first episode was about him taking on Daniel Cates. Now that the World Series of Poker is over, these matches should start picking up.
He has a personal interest in heads-up poker, so this tournament fits nicely into that pattern of publicity stunts. If it proves profitable, it will provide an example of successful heads-up tournaments for other poker rooms to follow. Many sites don’t put heads-up events on their schedules because of the inefficiency of having just two players per table.
On the club’s website, you can find full details for The Lodge’s Heads Up Open event.
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The Lodge Card Club in Austin, Texas, will be hosting the first-ever Heads-Up Open poker tournament. The buy-in is $1,000, $900 to the prize pool, $100 in entry fees and mandatory tips, with the field capped at 256 players. If there is a round that requires byes, there will be a $400 bounty in play during all of the matches held that round.