Bad Bad E. takes down the final chapter of the Friendly Game (for now)

December 12th, 2010

The 2010 Player of the Year Champion.

Did he have it planned all along? When he proposed having a Player of the Year Tournament did he know he’d be the one best suited to win the whole thing?

Bad Beat E. — aka. Eric M. — the man whose suggestion launched the Player of the Year format, outlasted 25 other wannabes to take down the big game.  The achievement won him a coveted championship bracelet that some seemed to want more than the cash. But he also took home $700 bundled in seven stacks of 100 $1 bills World Series/Rounders style.

In Rounders, Matt Damon called his $30,000 three stacks of high society. We’ll call our seven stacks of $1 bills Seven Stacks of Cuyahoga Economy.

First, the top finishers.

  1. Bad Beat E. (Eric M.): $700
  2. Steve M.: $400
  3. Crown Royal: $240
  4. Nicole: $120
  5. Coach Doug: $90
  6. Jason P.: $60

The Bubble was my pick to win it all, Detroit Dave.

It was a pretty amazing showdown of wildly varying chip stacks. Everyone came to play. And many of the big stacks took early and shocking exits. Desi — fourth in chips and who took out another player in the first level to send her chip stack soaring — was out early. As was Chris C., No. 2 in chips, whose Queens were cracked by Steve M.’s A-9. Bad Beat E. delivered one of the bad beats of the night. His J-Q cracked Lil Coleman’s Aces, sending the man with the highest chip stack to start the game to the rail. Saf and Brian P., two other favorites, also left before things got down to the nitty gritty.

The game was contested all the way to the end. The usual laid back and talkative Crown Royal was all business all night, and grabbed the chip lead with three to go. When the game came down to Steve M. and Bad Beat E.,  heads up lasted about 10 hands with several all ins. Bad Beat E., just a little ahead of Steve M., hit with his A-J against Steve M.’ lower pocket pair.

A great night for lots of great reasons. Some more observations:

  • It’s true. This is the last Friendly Game for awhile. Some recent success in my business has made sure I’ll be an indentured servant to it for the next year or two at least. So I’ll have no time to host games. But I’m happy to lend out my tables, chips, etc. if people want to continue the gatherings. I will send the e-mail list to Chris C. and leave the site up for blinds, etc.
  • Big kudos to Eric M. for bringing all the Player of the Year Payments in $1 stacks of $100 each. Everyone loved it. It was great presentation on a silver platter. We displayed the Seven Stacks fo Cuyahoga Economy all night and brought it to the table when it came down to the last few.
  • Another thank you to Saf, who not only thought of the bracelet idea but paid for it out of his own pocket. It was so nice it made him want to just win the tournament.
  • Nicole gets the extra bonus of the night. She organized a bounty on Detroit Dave’s head and winds up taking him out at the final table to collect the $50 players threw in.
  • Obviously, Eric M. gets the biggest achievement of the night. But gotta give it up to Coach Doug, too. Couch Doug comes in 23rd in chips out of 26 to finish fifth.
  • In the final game of the nigh, Bam is declared a cash game specialist.
  • Jason P. wins the Poker Purple Heart for reporting to the game with a boot on his foot. Pain.
  • As always, thanks to everyone for the good times, the great poker, and help with tables, chairs, food, poker chips and everything else!
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Your 2010 Player of the Year Champion: Detroit Dave

December 7th, 2010

The champ is here!

Many of you lack the courage to make a bold prediction. Not me.

The 2010 Friendly Game Player of the Year Champion will be Detroit Dave.

Yes, Dave has the 20th largest stack in the field of 28. But many forget that Dave was among the top finishers in the first game of the year but a FAILED to put in the $5. So this man knows how to win tournaments. And it’s going to happen this Friday. Here’s how.

Almost immediately Dave will double up through Brian the Wasp and then bust out Crown Royal, taking his stack to the same size – if not larger – than the chip leader. From there, Dave will cruise and maintain a monster stack throughout the whole tournament. Dave will mortally wound Lil Coleman at the final table – who will keep a giant chip lead after taking out Saf early on. Dave will then take out Brian P. to win the cash and the bracelet.

So congratulations in advance to Detroit Dave. And here’s my final table and top finish predictions.

  1. Detroit Dave
  2. Brian P.
  3. Krusty
  4. Lil Coleman
  5. Desi
  6. Nicole
  7. The Host (Bubble)
  8. Bam
  9. Chris C.
  10. Josh K.
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WATCH LIVE! Player of the Year selection Thursday!

December 2nd, 2010

The deadline has passed and we have 28 players signed up for the 2010 Friendly Game Player of the Year Tournament. The Host and Chris C. are picking the seating in advance so we can start right away at 7:30 p.m. To watch this live click here.

UPDATE: Here are the lineups for the final game. Players with 700 or more in chips are in red.


Button: Brian the Wasp
Small blind: Crown Royal
Big blind: Harry Owens Dad
UTG: Scott C.
5. 401k Scott
6. Bam
7. Detroit Dave
8. Youngin’ Kyle
9. Chris C.
10. Bad Beat E.


Button: Lil Coleman
Small blind. Donny B.
Big Blind. Bubblina
UTG. Shelby
5. Nicole
6. Brian P.
7. Coach Doug
8. Adrianator
9. Saf


Button: Krusty
Small blind. Steve M.
Big Blind. Joe P.
UTG. The Host
5. Jason P.
6. Ron S.
7. Bill M.
8. Desi
9. Josh K.

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Fulwood Table to be retired for Player of the Year tournament

December 1st, 2010

Sorry Sam

The beloved octagon (aka. The Kids’ Table aka. The Fulwood Table) will NOT be making an appearance at The Friendly Game’s Player of the Year Tournament. We’re at 27 players with a few holdouts left. So unofficial/under the table/clandestine co-organizer Chris C.  and I talked. We’ll move Chris’ other 10-seat table from his house to mine before the game.

If we get 28 to 30 players (we won’t have more than that) we’ll have 10-player tables to start the tournament.

There are still some logistical issues with the game and whether we can pull that off. We may actually need to move the location of The Friendly Game.

But, for now, the beloved Fulwood Table will be used only for serving food.

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Payouts for the Player of the Year Tournament

November 20th, 2010

Looks like we’ll have between 26 and 30 players for the tournament. Here’s what it’s shaping up to look like payouts-wise. Upon request of a few players, we’ve decided to pay six instead of the usual five.






1st $700 $715 $745 $745 $745
2nd $425 $440 $440 $440 $440
3rd $240 $240 $240 $240 $250
4th $120 $120 $120 $130 $150
5th $90 $90 $90 $100 $100
6th $60 $60 $60 $70 $70
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Blinds for the final game (bring a pillow)

November 20th, 2010
Students need sleep in order to study.

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The final players in this year’s Player of the Year tournament should brace themselves for a long night. I’ve been swayed by the idea that this game should run a little longer than the others. So you’ll notice only small tinkers in the blind structure.

Right now we’ve got 26 players registered for a total of 14,600 chips. We may get a couple more to push it just above 15K.

I could still tinker with these blinds if we get more players or get more feedback. But basically, final players, prepare for a game that will last about six-and-a-half hours: end time 1:30 to 2 a.m.


1-2 (40 minutes)
3-6 (40 minutes)
6-12 (40 minutes)


15-30 (40 minutes)
25-50 (40 minutes)
35-70 (40 minutes)


50-100 (20 minutes)
75-150 (20 minutes)
100-200 (20 minutes)
150-300 (20 minutes)
200-400 (20 minutes)
250-500 (20 minutes)


300-600 (20 minutes)
400-800 (20 minutes)
500-1,000 (20 minutes)
600-1,200 (20 minutes)

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Early details: Player of the Year tournament

November 15th, 2010
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We’re still piecing some of the final details together for the end-of-the-year tournament. But here are some basics.

  • The buy in will be $30 like every regular game. No need to pay the $5 extra.
  • I will need to know by Dec. 1 if you’re playing in the tournament (21 have already RSVP’d).
  • We will have four tables to seat 35. If we have more than 35, the players with the lowest chip counts will be alternates. I can almost guarantee now that we won’t have more than 35 players.
  • Seat positions will be picked by random draw soon after Dec. 1 by Chris C. and me and will be posted online.
  • Blinds will be announced as soon as possible. However, I can tell you now that the first three blind levels will remain the same as they have all year long. Things will likely go up fast, though.
  • Payouts will be set and announced soon after Dec. 1. If we get a turnout in the thirties we’ll likely pay 6 and pour most of the POY cash into the top three spots.
  • Game will start at 7:30 p.m. exactly. Latecomers will lose their seats to alternates if we have any. Chips will be on the table in the assigned seats when players come in.

More to come!

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