Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Week 8 Results

Maddoggy44 scored a trifecta last night, taking down the win, the bounty, and moving into the points lead for the league. Fivefingerz put up a valiant fight but settled for second, and newcomer XPreacherX took third. 5 point bounty next week on Maddoggy44.

The current top nine:

maddoggy44 (1) 134.88
EJ89 (2) 123.55
themerk08 105.56
potnets (1) 102.84
nekendrick 90.28
HiRoller88 87.94
Ehonda500Mob (1) 85.40
nutzforU (1) 76.68
UAEgreg 73.26

On the bubble with two weeks to go:

laxstarr1995 71.90
ravensfutbal 66.71
A7X CHAPTER4 64.38
raquel1988 63.62
FiveFingerz 62.55
BaltoBruiser 61.83
xICEPICKx (1) 61.23

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Game Day!

Tonight is Week 8 of Season 1 - the first of three remaining games before the Championship. The bounty is on last week's winner, nutz4you. See you tonight!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

More Bonus Bucks!

See those little Google ads on the side and below this post? We get a tiny little trickle of change just for putting those in front of your faces, plus a somewhat bigger bit of change if someone actually clicks on them. We just recently hit a milestone, moving past one dollar in revenue so far this season! They send you money when you reach $100. What does that mean for us? Well, sometime around Season 75 or so there will be a nice bump in the prize pool!

So we all have that to look forward to!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Week 7 Results

The bounty hunt this week was a little anticlimatic, since EJ89 was one of a couple of players sitting out, but it was finally taken down by nutzforU who also maintained a lead for nearly the entire tournament. Maddoggy44 (2nd) and themerk08 (3rd) put up a good fight, but nutzforU held on to take down the weekly title.

There are 6 players within about 10 points of the Top 9 bubble, so it's still anyone's game.

The updated standings:

EJ89 123.55
themerk08 99.76
maddoggy44 97.46
potnets 94.61
Ehonda500Mob 85.40
nekendrick 85.28
HiRoller88 81.11
UAEgreg 66.98
=== Top 9 =====
laxstarr1995 62.76
xICEPICKx 61.23
rachel1988 58.24
ravensfutbal 56.43
BaltoBruiser 54.36
A7X CHAPTER4 52.65
Craig1625 50.00
FiveFingerz 41.09
Kore89 32.09
mxrider 19.93
DarkRattler 7.02

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

League Policy Update

We have decided to continue providing the weekly tournament passwords openly on the blog, and to allow non-league members to play in the weekly tournaments if they wish to do so. The reasons for this are:

  1. Keeping the password secret does not prevent non-league members from observing the tournaments and commenting in the chat window. This was an issue recently; the solution is to ignore unwanted chat and report inappropriate chat to PokerStars Support. Please do not respond to inappropriate chat.
  2. Allowing non-league members to play in the weekly tournaments simply increases the weekly prize pool and does not interfere with the league scoring. In addition, it may encourage new people to join the league.
Comments welcome.

Game Day!

Week 7 is upon us tonight. There is a 5 point bounty on last week's winner and league point leader EJ89. Everyone should have received the tourney password by email - contact me if you need it.

AX7CHAPTER4 - I still need your email address. You can use the comment link below to provide it (it won't be published).

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Let the Manhunt Begin

Okay, that's a little dramatic, but we are looking for valid email addresses for the following two league players:


Don't worry guys, you are not in trouble, we are just making some administrative changes to the league and will need your email addresses for further use.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Week 6 Results

EJ89 became our first repeat winner and has taken a strong lead in league points. In what was likely our longest tournament yet at over 2.5 hours, nekendrick placed second and LaxStarr1995 took third despite being hospitalized and heavily medicated. That's the sort of dedication we admire in this league!

A7XCHAPTER4 took the 5 point bounty by eliminating xICEPICKx. EJ89 will be the bounty next week.

The updated standings:

EJ89 113.27
potnets 88.33
themerk08 83.16
nekendrick 80.28
Ehonda500Mob 77.93
maddoggy44 76.00
HiRoller88 74.28
UAEgreg 61.18
==== Top 9====
laxstarr1995 53.62
xICEPICKx 53.00
ravensfutbal 51.05
Craig1625 50.00
FiveFingerz 41.09
A7X CHAPTER4 40.92
BaltoBruiser 40.65
Kore89 32.09
nutz4you 25.55
mxrider 19.93
DarkRattler 7.02

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Game Day!

We now begin the downhill roll towards the league championship. Tonight is Season 1, Week 6, with a 5-point bounty on last week's winner, xICEPICKx. The league prize pool has now topped $300, thanks to cash added from the Bonus Situation, so for the couple of folks each week that somehow manage to forget about league night, stay focused and get in there!

Championship Final for top 9 players: January 20.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Bonus Situation

See that little flashing PokerStars logo over there on the right? That's an affiliate link, meaning if someone clicks on that and opens a new PokerStars account, funds it, and meets a minimum level of play we get some money. Well somebody actually did that (thank you!!) so now we have a few more bucks to work with.

Next season, we will be having a $5 cash bounty each week instead of a 5 point bounty, which should provide a little more instant gratification. We will still do a 2-point knockout bounty for the championship tourney.

In addition, there is still $25 left over that will go into this season's prize pool, pushing us over the $300 mark! That accounts for all of the money received, which maintains our non-profit status - this league is all about the love. :-)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Week 5 Results

I thought this week's bounty was going to fall in the first hand when E made a comment preflop about having 2-4 and my cards just happened to be 2-4. Of course the flop came down 3-5-6. E led out $100 and I raised to $500, but when he pushed I knew he spoke the truth. All-in first hand for the bounty, only to get a chop.

The 5-point bounty went to nekendrick and that took the remaining nine to the final table. Along with the bounty, nekendrick took down third place. Second went to raquel1988, and this weeks winner is xICEPICKx. Keep an eye out for xICEPICKx next week - there's a 5 point bounty on his head.

Updated standings:

potnets 79.19
EJ89 75.84
Ehonda500Mob 71.16
themerk08 66.95
HiRoller88 65.86
maddoggy44 64.96
nekendrick 55.28
UAEgreg 53.39
==== Top 9 ===
Craig1625 50.00
ravensfutbal 45.76
xICEPICKx 45.75
FiveFingerz 41.09
laxstarr1995 34.13
BaltoBruiser 28.33
Kore89 22.09
A7X CHAPTER4 21.95
nutz4you 19.94
mxrider 19.93
DarkRattler 7.02

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Game Day

Week 5 is tonight at 9pm, bringing us to the halfway point in the season. There are still lots of points to be had, so come on out. 5 point bounty on last week's winner, Ehonda500mob.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Need Money!!

Last week we had a few people scrambling for PokerStars money for the tourney as it was getting started. Just a friendly reminder that it is ok to plan ahead a day or two. Registration for the tournaments is open for nearly a week before start time...

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Season 2 Format

The polls are closed and the masses have spoken. Mixed Games won by a large margin. So for Season 2 we will use a mixed games rotation much like we saw in the MDP league. For the Hold 'em voters, no worries - we will have some Hold 'em in the mix as well. This is a great chance to try out some new games in a friendly environment. Nothing too exotic, but it changes things up a bit and is a lot of fun. Hopefully everyone will enjoy it!

Season 3 will return to the NL Hold 'em format.

Thanks for voting!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Week 4 Results

Ehonda500Mob took control of the final table early, and never let it go. He took down week 4 and will be the bounty next week. Rounding out the top 3 were themerk08 and HiRoller88.

The standings:

potnets 73.39
Ehonda500Mob 64.33
EJ89 64.11
HiRoller88 57.63
maddoggy44 57.49
themerk08 53.24
Craig1625 50.00
UAEgreg 48.39
ravensfutbal 35.48

==== Top 9 ==

FiveFingerz 34.81
laxstarr1995 34.13
nekendrick 33.68
rachel1988 30.44
BaltoBruiser 28.33
Kore89 22.09
mxrider 19.93
nutz4you 14.56
xICEPICKx 13.33
A7X CHAPTER4 12.81
DarkRattler 7.02

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Game Day

Tonight is Week 4 of Season 1. There is no bounty this week.

New players are still welcome to join, and would be "seeded" this week with 5 league points. Details here.

Also, don't forget to vote in the poll for next season's league format.

Friday, November 28, 2008

POLL - Format for Season 2

The MDP league had an alternating schedule for tournament seasons - they would alternate between a season of NL Hold 'em and a season of mixed games (stud, hold'm limit and NL, omaha, razz, HORSE, etc). People seemed to like this since it changed things up a bit. Some people don't like the other games though. So I'm looking for input on what format we should use for Season 2. There is a poll over there on the right, and there is also a poll over on FftD. Comments are also welcome.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Very Sad News

Jay Allen Craig (aka JacJr, Craig1625) passed away this morning.

Goodbye Jay, you will be missed...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Week 3 Results

Week 3 ended with Craig1625 victorious, edging out maddoggy44 and UAEgreg. As if winning wasn't enough, Craig1625 also scored the 5 point bounty for knocking out last week's winner early in the contest.

The results:

As of Week 3, the standings are:

potnets 62.06
EJ89 51.22
Craig1625 50.00
maddoggy44 42.49
HiRoller88 39.54
UAEgreg 38.27
themerk08 29.96
ravensfutbal 29.79
Ehonda500Mob 29.33

nekendrick 28.35
laxstarr1995 28.04
FiveFingerz 27.16
BaltoBruiser 21.78
rachel1988 21.30
mxrider 19.93
Kore89 15.03
A7X CHAPTER4 12.81
nutz4you 9.56
DarkRattler 7.02

Game Day!

Week 3 of Season 1 takes place tonight at 9pm. The 5 point bounty will be on potnets. Tournament information over on the right.

If you've been on the sidelines, it's not too late to get in. We had several new players join last week, and two of them finished in the money putting them in the top 10 overall. New players are "seeded" with a few points - half the points of the current low score - so you are not starting from scratch. Including tonight, there are eight tournaments left in the regular season - lots of points up for grabs!

Good luck everyone!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

MDP is Dead, Long Live FftD!

In its heyday, was a pretty cool place to hang out. It wasn't perfect - the owners of the site had basically put the site on autopilot - but it got the job done, and many of the folks in this league met each other and stayed connected through MDP.

Tragically, MDP was struck down a couple of months ago, a victim of a virtual drive-by shooting. Despite assurances from the owners that MDP would be back quickly, brain functions ceased and all that is left is for the plug to be pulled. MDP is over, its members slowly wandering away from their keyboards and rejoining normal society.

But normal society wasn't the answer. The void needed to be filled. Enter Forum for the Degenizens - FftD for short. The faithful began discovering it as it took shape, and it is now ready to take its place as a premium time-suck in the lives of former MDP-dwellers. But it is much more than a MDP replacement - this place is all about its members.

If you aren't already there, check it out:

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Playoff/Payout Details

Here is how the end of the season will go.

After the 10 regular weeks of the season, the 9 players at the top of the scoreboard will play in a "Championship" STT. The points from this tournament will be added to the regular season totals to determine the final league standings.

Since the Championship STT will not have the usual bounty in play, it will be a 2-pt knockout tourney instead. Each player will essentially have a 2-pt bounty - knock someone out, you get their 2 points. The tourney winner keeps the 2 points they they didn't give up. So that puts 18 extra points into play for the Championship in addition to the usual tournament points - lots of opportunity to move up in the standings. It also makes getting into the top 9 critical during the regular season!

At the conclusion of the Championship tourney the top 3 point leaders overall will get a share of the league prize pool, as follows:

1st place - 50%
2nd place - 30%
3rd place - 20%


Forgot the results pic:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Online Poker Leagues Are Rigged...

We had several new players join this week, including HiRoller88 who took second and 24.15 points and rachel1988 who took down third along with 18.8 points. UAEgreg scored the 5 point bounty on EJ89. And your humble host outlasted everyone to become top donkey. Hee Haw!!

The updated rankings:

potnets 56.73
EJ89 42.08
HiRoller88 26.65
laxstarr1995 21.49
FiveFingerz 21.47
rachel1988 21.30
nekendrick 20.70
UAEgreg 20.18
mxrider 19.93
themerk08 19.84
maddoggy44 19.21
ravensfutbal 18.46
Ehonda500Mob 14.33
BaltoBruiser 13.45
Craig1625 10.00
Kore89 8.94
DarkRattler 7.02

Thanks to everyone who came out!

Game Day!

Week 2 of Season 1 is tonight, 9pm EST. Details over on the right.

As a reminder, it's not to late to join (or to recruit others)! As the season progresses new players entering the league will start with half the points of the lowest score. One good finish and you are right in the mix.

Rumor has it E was going to join the league, but he has been laying low. Group peer pressure encouraged.

As a wise MDP poster once said... "Get yer balls in there!"

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Week 2 - Jump In!

The battered combatants from week one are getting set for week two, Tuesday night at 9pm. It's not too late to join in! Placing high in any given week will give you a big jump in the standings, and we give new players a few points to get started (half the lowest score). Plus there's always a 5-point bounty on the previous week's winner.

Most of the people that played week 1 probably know someone that was interested or on the fence - apply that peer pressure! The league will be better the more people we have in it.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Feed Test 2

Just trying some more things out.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Check. Check-1-2.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Week 2

The Week 2 tournament has been created - the password is PLQE98nK. There will be a 5 league point bounty on EJ89, who won week 1.

It's not too late for new players to join the league. New players entering after the season starts will start with half the points of the lowest score. For example, someone starting this week would be starting with 2.5 points, since the lowest score is 5.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Week 1 Results

We had 13 players battle it out in week 1, with EJ89 taking down the top spot along with the 5 point bounty. The honor of going out first went to Craig1625. The remaining field battled for about an hour and a half, with the top 3 spots going to EJ89, potnets and FiveFingerz. The final hand was JJ vs. TT, all-in preflop. A Jack on the flop (along with 2 6's) and a Ten on the turn made it interesting, but the jacks held up in a boat-over-boat finale. The rundown:

The points standings after week 1 of 10:

EJ89 36.06
potnets 20.50
FiveFingerz 15.82
mxrider 13.03
nekendrick 11.12
ravensfutbal 9.72
maddoggy44 8.63
UAEgreg 7.75
DarkRattler 7.02
themerk08 6.40
laxstarr1995 5.87
BaltoBruiser 5.41
Craig1625 5.00

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Tuesday is fast approaching. Thanks to those of you that have joined the league and registered for the first tournament!

If you expressed an interest in the league and haven't joined yet, we'd love to have you join. Just transfer $15 to potnets on PokerStars, and register for the first tournament (info over there on the right).

If you are already in, see if you can get a friend or two to join as well. More people in the league will make it more fun, as well as increasing the prize pool.

See you Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

League Starts Next Week!

The first tournament of the first season of the MD DonkFest Poker League is next Tuesday (complete info over there on the right). To make sure you are all set for the league, here's what you need to do:

1) Join the league! The league fee is $15 for the 10-game season. All of the money brought in by the league goes into the prize pool for the league. To pay your $15 fee, initiate a PokerStars transfer (Requests->Transfer Funds... on the main PokerStars screen) to user "potnets". The confirmation pop-up will show my city as Severna Park - please make sure you are transferring to the correct person! Once I receive your fee, I will add you to the league roster. The league fee must be paid in order to earn any league points.

2) Register for the tournament. To find the tournament, click on Tourney, then Private. Scroll down to Nov 11, 9pm EST and look for "MD DonkFest S1W1". The weekly tournaments are $5+.50 and pay out like normal tournaments.

Reminder - if you need to get a PokerStars account you can do so here

Complete league details here

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fun with AdSense

Some of you may have noticed the little Google-placed ads over on the right side of the screen. Google decides what ads "fit" based on the content of the page, and if people actually click on the ads a tiny bit of ad revenue can be generated (if any money is actually generated here, BTW, it will either go into the season pool or towards cash bounties - this is non-profit).

Anyway, so far all of the ads have been poker-related as expected, and some of them even look like decent websites. Today, however, they started running an ad about dealing with psoriasis. Hmmm. Maybe they know a little TOO much about us.

Of course, now I've mentioned psoriasis so their methodology has just been confirmed. Rats. Oh well, let's try a new one: herpes. Herpes, herpes, herpes. Let's see what you got, Google!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Bounty Update

I originally planned to have a $5 bounty on the winner from the previous week. But depending on how many people we have when the league starts, the bounty money - $45 over the season - would take too much away from the season prize pool. So for now I am keeping the bounty idea but changing it to 5 league points. If we get up to a significant number of people we can look at changing back to a cash bounty.

Alternatively we could have the previous week's winner ship $5 back for the next weeks bounty, but I'm not sure how people would feel about that (or how much of a hassle it would add). Thoughts welcome.

League rules updated here

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Who's In?

I would like to get an idea of how many people are going to be joining the league, or are at least interested. Please add a comment to this post to say if you are in or out, and feel free to include league suggestions as well. If you don't want your comment to be public, let me know that too. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Let's Get This Started!

I think all of the details are sorted out. If not, we can tweak them as we go.

Season 1 will begin with the first tournament on Tuesday, Nov 11, 9pm EST on PokerStars. To find the tournament, go to Tourney, then select Private. The tournament is "MD DonkFest S1W1", ID 116969631.

The password for the tournament is UzxbJ7At

Need a PokerStars account?
Deposit $50, get $50 free! Join now.

Please make sure to pay the league fee prior to the tournament - in fact, the earlier the better. The fee for the season is $15, and can be paid via PokerStars transfer to user potnets. The city will show as Severna Park - please ensure you are transferring to the right account.

Please encourage others to join the league - more players will make the league better.

Any issues, please email me at wawhite (at) gmail (dot) com

Monday, October 27, 2008

League Details

The league seems to be taking shape - in detail at least, hopefully the players will come!

The league details (this post will be kept up to date with the latest information):

The league will have a $15 league fee which will go completely towards the league championship tourney. This is the preferred method for joining the league.

Alternatively, a $2 fee can be paid to play in a single weekly tournament. This will allow latecomers to still get in, and possibly encourage occasional players. This obviously is more of a pain to manage, so it is hoped that most will pay the season fee instead.

All league fees and payouts will be processed via PokerStars transfers. To pay a league fee initiate a transfer to player "potnets" (will show city as Severna Park). Please take care to ensure the transfer is going to the right place.

All players in the weekly tournament will earn points, with significantly more points going to the higher finishing places. Points accumulate over the season to determine a champion at the end with the most points.


A league "season" will consist of ten weekly tournaments followed by a championship tournament.

League format:
A weekly private NL hold 'em tournament on PokerStars for $5+.50
Tournament will be Tuesday nights at 9pm EST
Tournament password will be made available prior to the tournament - please do not share the password. Only paid league members should be playing in the tournament.
Everyone who plays will get league points, with points ramping up the higher you place
Bounty: Starting with week 2, there will be a 5 league point bounty on the winner of the previous week. In the event of consecutive wins no bounty is paid that week.
At the end of the season, the top 9 players in points will play a championship tourney, which will also add to the points total

The season ends after the championship tournament, with the league prize pool distributed over the top 3 point leaders. The number of payouts may be adjusted depending on how many people are in the league.

A new season will then begin.

Coming Soon - A Weekly Poker League

I am working on putting together a weekly poker league. The details are being sorted out, but it will be on PokerStars and it will be non-profit (meaning league fees go to league prizes). Likely format:

1) Weekly tournament (NL Holdem to start)
2) 10 week long "seasons"
3) Point system for managing season rankings
4) Post-season championship tournament

More details to come...