Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

We are more than halfway through the Pocket Fives Poker Tour series at Running Aces, and while it is only a beta test to work the kinks out and figure out where we should be headed with this thing, I have already learned a lot and things are looking good for the future. Today’s six-max $50 rebuy event was a big hit with 80 players and a first place prize of over $2,000 and I think tonight’s Turbo Double Stack event will have a nice field as well.

I busted the rebuy event and I have some time to kill before the next event, so I wanted to thank some people and organizations that have been a big help in making this thing happen. In no particular order –

Running Aces was very gracious to allow us to run our beta test in their room and using their staff. This would have been a hassle at any other poker room, but my connection to the room, an excellent tournament staff, and a lot of flexibility in letting us run whatever we wanted to try, have made it a great experience. Extra thanks to Tournament Director Tristan Wilberg who was a big help in the planning and execution of this event and is one of the most knowledgeable TDs in the country, as well as Ryan Campione who worked his ass off running the rebuy event for us today.

Blue Shark Optics sent us four pairs of shades to give away during our celebrity event, almost $600 worth of glasses just to help us out with our bounty packages. I approached Blue Shark because I have been wearing them for years and I truly believe that they are the only option for poker optics, and I’m honored to be working with them on the tour. If you see me at the tables this week, I will have my new Horn Sharks with my and you should really try them on. You can buy Blue Sharks HERE, and they come with my personal recommendation.

Blind Squirrel Apparel created our tour logo and sent me a big box of shirts with our tour logo, a blind squirrel embroidered on the sleeve, and the BSA logo on back. The tour shirts look great and they are soft and comfortable. Much like Blue Sharks, I chose Blind Squirrel because I actually like their stuff. They make great hoodies in lots of different styles and all kinds of gear that is perfect for the poker table. Check them out HERE and get yourself some threads.

The LIPS Ladies Poker Tour and the Senior Poker Tour both helped us to run some fun events on Sunday, including helping us sponsor a lady into the event (more on that later). Check them out at venues all over the country where we expect both tours to continue to grow quickly. We look forward to working with them in future tournament series.

Our local pros were a big help promoting the events. Kou Vang, Danielle Anderson, Molly Mossey, and John Hayes helped us get the word out, looked good with our gear on, and were fun to work with. Thanks pros!

The most important people are the players who showed up and continue to show up night after night. There are too many of you to thank, but we appreciate the suggestions on how we can improve future events, the praise for this event, and your participation and help with testing out this format.

I look forward to another nice field in tomorrow’s $100 rebuy event and the nightly Deep Stack Turbo which seems to be a very popular format with the players. Thanks again, all of you!

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