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"Piss wank"

The Final Table from 2005 - note the girly drink in my spot

The World Series of 7-2 Offsuit is the Friday Night Poker Club's End of Year 'Main Event' - except we hold it in the Summer of course, because in the Winter it get's all coldy and wet. Brrr! The icing on the cake, the cherry on the pie and the apple in the eye of all 7-2 regulars, this is Deep Stack poker at it's most competitive, having a nice engraved silver trophy at stake as well as the Kudos of winning through against some of the best players in the group. I play too, to provide something of an overlay. All this and you get to take home lots of money, which you can - er - buy stuff with.

Not just any old Tom, Dick or Harry, that's for sure. If Tom, Dick or Harry want to play they MUST be registered members of either 7-2 Offsuit (aka The Friday Night Poker Club) or The London Poker Meetup. Seating will be restricted to a maximum of 72 runners available on the day, because as we all know, '72' is a magic number...

The group has grown so large that my gaff simply won't be able to cope even if we get just a few players more than last year, so in 2006 the WSO72 will be held in a public card room in London (that's the plan anyway). We will have the use of the room for the entire day and table service will be provided.

Day/date: Saturday 20th May 2006

Start time: 12:00 noon kick-off.

Breaks: At colour ups (4pm and 7pm approximately)

Registration: Arrive from 11:00am for registration. Please ensure you arrive no later than 11:45am so that final seating can be arranged in good time.

Runners: Maximum 72 (8 tables of 9 runners each)

Open to: Only members of 7-2offsuit and London Poker Meetup

Format: No Limit Texas Hold’em FREEZEOUT (no re-buy, no top-up)


Starting chips: T10,000 (16 x 25, 16 x 100, 16 x 500) 

Structure: WSOP structure (see below) blinds start at 25/50 off the button

Predicted finish: Hopefully before midnight! If needed the final table will be concluded the following day (Sunday 16th July)

Prize pool: Assuming we get all 72 runners - a princely £7200

Final table: last 9 finishers (final table) - 13% of the field

Bubble prize: The usual 7-2offsuit Limited Edition Tee shirt (they currently fetch about £25 on eBay, but I find it's a good idea to set a reserve…

Results: Ineligible for inclusion in the 72os League Table.

Rules: Standard casino rules will apply. I suppose the Organiser’s decision is final. That would be me, unless I can pay someone to TD the thing...

We'll be playing EXACTLY the same structure they plan to use in the World Series of Poker main event this year, but with a 30 minute clock throughout. On this basis the tournament should be no more than 12 hours to reach a conclusion. As always there will be a number of cash games and Sit and Gos available to players who bust out of the tournament early.

Level Running Ante    Small Blind       Big Blind      Duration of Level  
   1    No Ante          25        50     30 minutes
   2    No Ante        50       100     30 minutes
   3    No Ante         100       200     30 minutes
   4       25       100       200     30 minutes
   5       25       150       300     30 minutes
   6       50       200       400     30 minutes
   7       50       250       500     30 minutes
   8       75       300       600     30 minutes
   9      100       400       800     30 minutes
  10      200       500      1000     30 minutes
  11      200       600      1200     30 minutes
  12      200       800      1600     30 minutes
  13      300      1000      2000     30 minutes
  14      300      1200      2400     30 minutes
  15      400      1500      3000     30 minutes
  16      500      2000      4000     30 minutes
  17      500      2500      5000     30 minutes
  18     1000      3000      6000     30 minutes
  19     1000      4000      8000     30 minutes
  20     1000      5000     10000     30 minutes
  21     2000      6000     12000     30 minutes
  22     2000      8000     12000     30 minutes
  23     3000     10000     20000     30 minutes
  24     4000     12000     24000     30 minutes
  25     5000     15,000     30,000     30 minutes
  26     5000     20,000     40,000     30 minutes
  26     5000     25,000     50,000     30 minutes

The final table will be dealer dealt. All players at that table will be ITM.

The Winner of the WSO720s gets more than just a nice little payday. What about the respect of your peers? The much coveted Friday Night Poker baseball cap? A nice NEW solid silver Friday Night Poker card protector and the HUGE feeling of smugness and superiority that comes from carrying aloft the World Series of 7-2os Tournament Champion's trophy? Just ask Dave B who won it last year! Actually no, on second thought don't bother, Dave just liked getting the money. Come to think of it, with the winner of WSO72os 2006 taking down two big ones this year who gives a monkey's left nad about the silverware? Show me the money!

Assuming we get all 72 runners the prize pool will be a wallet-bulging £7200. These funds will be allocated to the final table finishers as follows:

  • 1st - £2000 + engraved trophy + FNP cap + engraved card protector
  • 2nd - £1400
  • 3rd - £1000
  • 4th - £800
  • 5th - £600
  • 6th - £500
  • 7th - £400 
  • 8th - £300
  • 9th - £200

Assorted spot prizes will be awarded for the following players on the day:

- First Bust-out

- First Successful '7-2 Offing' of the day

- Going out on The Bubble  

- Making the Final Table

Players can either win their seat by ONLINE QUALIFICATION (buy-in $10) or reserve their place by PAYING IN ADVANCE (full amount £100 + £10).

Online Qualification

We anticipate that the majority of players will take advantage of this method of qualification, but a direct buy-in to the event is also available.

The majority of the home games we play are single table tournaments, so the basis of the online qualification process for the World Series of 7-2 Offsuit will be centred around competing successfully (placing 'In The Money') in a short series of single table Sit 'n' Gos.

If you're already a succesful SNG player it should be realistically achievable for you to qualify for the Main Event for as little as $10.

How often do you finish in the top THREE (In The Money) in a 10-man SNG?

Is your answer 30% of the time? As much as 40% of the time? More? What about in the top SIX positions? 50% of the time? More?

As easy as 1 - 2 - 3

The qualification system we have devised is geared around finishing in one of the 'In The Money' positions (i.e. 1st, 2nd or 3rd) in a single 10-man SNG. Once you get past the first stage (Level 1) if you finish 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th however you are NOT ELIMINATED, you simply drop down a level and can try again. Only if you are unlucky enough (or bad enough) to finish in one of the bottom 3 spots in your SNG are you eliminated from the qualification process and have to buy in for $10 to have another crack at it. Here's a brief table that clearly illustrates the simplicity of this 3-stage process:

LEVELSBuy-inRunners1st, 2nd, 3rd4th, 5th, 6th, 7th8th, 9th, 10th
    L1  $10    10Advance to L2     Eliminated   Eliminated
    L2  N/A    10Advance to L3  Drop back to L1   Eliminated
    L3  N/A    10  WIN SEAT!  Drop back to L2   Eliminated

As you can see finishing 8th, 9th or 10th at any stage eliminates you from the qualification process. Finishing in the top 3 spots in just three consecutive SNGs automatically qualifies you for the Main Event!

Fully paid up seats for the main event (effective buy-in £100 + £10) will be automatically reserved for those players who successfully complete this online process.

Full details of this qualification process are in the final stages of being approved with our online partner for this event and will be sent out to the email list as well as being accessible in the group's forums and on the private Yahoo! group message archive. Watch your inboxes...

Paying in Advance

The entire amount of £110 (£100 + £10*) is payable.

Cash - if you’re at one of our London home games you can just make payment to the game host who will forward on your details. If at The Pub Game, make payment to one of the London Poker Meetup organisers, Dave Potts, Dave Bland, Mark Oldfield or Jim Lynott.

Cheque / Postal Order - by post to Dave Potts. My address, lest it's slipped your mind, is 12 Shalimar Road, London W3 9JD.

Online - Pokerstars funds transfers are also possible – my 'Stars user ID is 'Origami Boy (Acton, God's Country)'. For your info GBP110 = USD192

However you decide to pay please ensure that we have your full name, address, mobile number and email address.

Once all 72 seats are taken (either through succesful online qualification or by advance payment) we will NOT be accepting any further entries for The WSO72os. Assuming we fill to capacity (as we expect to) all seats in the tournament will have been pre-paid in full so no-shows on the day will not affect the size of the final prize pool.

A full list of confirmed runners for WSO72os 2006 will be maintained on the London Poker Meetup message board and in the 7-2 Offsuit forums.

* Entry fee passed directly to cardroom in lieu of tournament hosting fees.

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