The Grind is Over – Let the Grind Begin!

The rake rebate promotion last month at Running Aces, combined with a few new students, a tournament or two, and working on the Pocket Fives Live events, kept me so busy that I didn’t have much time for blogging. I can’t promise that this month will be significantly better in terms of writing output. I had a lot of ideas saved for blog posts, but I’ll have to hit them quickly. And you know what that means… A list!

1. Voting for the Minnesota Poker Awards will close on Friday. Most of the races are pretty close, so your vote can really make a difference. I also got the trophies for the event today, they look great. The awards will take place on December 29th at Running Aces, and we hope you join us for the party!

2. I made my 160 hours for the rake rebate promotion, so I’ll have a nice chunk of change coming around the 10th of the month. It’s always nice to know there is an extra two grand waiting for you. I should make my hours again this month, though it will be a struggle again with the MSPT event, the Pocket Fives Live Winter Open, and Christmas all cutting into my hours. Poker will be a way more than full time job this year.

3. The Pocket Fives Live event for April is now on the Running Aces 2014 schedule and I’m really excited about it. We’re not ready to launch a full fledged tour yet, but we are booking more P5s Live events and heading in that direction. The April event will be eleven days long, from April 10th to the 21st, and will feature two tournaments a day. This will be a serious tournament series, and the first national series that Minnesota has ever had, so I’ll be pulling out all the stops to get as many people as possible to show up for this thing!

4. I have updated the tournament page here on, and added the P5s event as well as the Winter Avalanche at Running Aces in January and the Team Battles on December 17th.

5. We raised almost $2,000 for Philippines relief over the last two weeks! Thanks to all the players at Running Aces who gave up their mystery vouchers for the cause. I know I will miss some people here, but there were a few players who collected vouchers for me day after day and it was such a nice feeling to walk in and have someone hand me a pile of vouchers they had been collecting and I want to thank a few of them. Josh Sexton, Josh Oien, Tim Votava, Ryan Reider, Heidi Roggenkamp, John Somsky, Bernie Schneider, and a host of other players were very generous in helping out the cause.

Now I’m back to work, grinding out those hours and getting my hours in at Running Aces. I’ll see you at Canterbury for the MSPT this weekend too, hopefully at the final table.


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  1. #1 by daveb on December 6, 2013 - 10:37 am

    Enjoy your writting, in response to #3 above. Are neither the HPT or MSPT National Tours?
    Also good work on raising $$$ for the Philippines!

    • #2 by Fox on December 6, 2013 - 12:08 pm

      The key word is series. HPT and MSPT are single event tours, running a single event over the course of a weekend. I won’t split hairs over whether they are national or just regional tours, but they are aren’t a series. The Pocket Fives event will be an eleven day series with two events every day and I’m looking forward to huge turnouts from Minnesota players who have never seen anything like this as well as players from all over the Midwest.

  2. #3 by robowolfman on December 5, 2013 - 8:46 pm

    Good luck at the mspt this weekend.

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