So you like to play poker but don’t enjoy the risk of losing your hard earned money huh? Well I can completely agree with you there. But guess what, if it wasn’t obvious by the title of this there is a way you can win money and not have to risk any of your own.
What I am referring to is River Chasers Poker Tour. All the information you need on this can be found at River Chasers. However I’ll give you a brief description now of what it is.
River Chasers is a poker tournament that is held at local bars and restaurants around the east coast. It is held at several locations daily in the area you live in making it possible to play poker each night. Anyone can come and play, provided seating is available. I can only speak for the Central PA area (because that’s where I live!) but anywhere from 50-120 people show up each night, depending on the day of the week and the location. Prizes are $100 for 1st, a Hess $30 gas card for 2nd, and a hat and T-shirt for 3rd.
Personally, I find this an excellent way to play poker which I love to do with the chance of winning some money. It’s a great way to improve your skills in live tournament style play. I’ll also add it’s a great way to meet people. A lot of people attend regular and even after the third or fourth time out you will most likely start to recognize faces.
But for those of you looking for bigger things in your poker life don’t worry, there is more. Each night you play you have the chance to earn points through their player ranking system. Player rankings are based on the total number of players entered in each tournament. The top 30% of players at each venue earn ranking points. For example, if there are 100 players, the top 30 spots will be ranked. The 30th finisher would receive 1 point; the top finisher would receive 30 points. At the end of each quarter of the year, a Tournament of Champions is held. Entrance to this varies, based on the total number of ranked players in each region. Usually around the top 30% players per region advance. From there the top 10% of finishers from each Regional TOC will qualify to play in their Regional Championship. Top finishers at each Regional Championship will compete in the Year-End Championship. The winner of this tournament will be crowned Grand Champion and will receive our Grand Prize: a seat at the World Series of Poker Main Event!
As you can see, River Chasers gives you the opportunity to play poker in your area just for fun, or if you are a bit more ambitious you can still win a seat at the World Series of Poker Main Event. And like I said earlier, it’s FREE to play! But some of you might be thinking well that’s great but I don’t live on the east coast. Well for starters do they offer online play. (I don’t know much information on that) However I’m sure with a little research there are tournaments similar to this held around the good old USA. So good luck to everyone out there in poker games, and maybe I’ll see one of you out there in a River Chasers tournament.