Thursday, February 4, 2010

Season 6 Rules and Details

Updated 2/4/2010

The league details for Season 6 (this post will be kept up to date with the latest information):


Bounties: players cannot collect a bounty on themselves, either in the regular season or in the Championship.

PokerStars bonus prizes: Players can only win one of the Sunday Million tickets; if they are still leading for the second ticket it will go to the next player on the leader board. Also, the prizes will be shifted to Week 4 (to get a little more track record for the win) and Week 10 (to have a regular season winner heading into the Championship).

Feedback on these changes and suggestions for other changes are welcome.

League Details

The league will have a $15 league fee which will go completely towards the league prize pool.

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 funds transfer to player "potnets" (will show city as Columbia). Please take care to ensure the transfer is going to the right place. Other payment methods can be accommodated but PS transfer is strongly preferred.

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. The lowest score for each player over the 10-week season will be dropped, to accommodate late-joining players and people missing an occasional tournament.


A league "season" will consist of ten weekly tournaments followed by a Championship Tournament.

League format:
A weekly private tournament on PokerStars for $5+.50
Tournaments for Season 6 will be Mixed Games (schedule here)
Tournaments will be Tuesday nights at 9pm EST starting February 16, 2010
Tournament password will be made available on the league blog prior to the tournament
Every league member who plays will get league points, with points ramping up the higher you place

Bounty: For Season 6 there will be a 5 point bounty on the winner of the previous week. A consecutive tournament winner will not collect their own bounty. The week 1 bounty is the Season 5 Champion.

Additional Prizes: PokerStars has once again generously offered additional prizes for the league: 2 Sunday Million tickets for the leaders after weeks 4 and 10, and custom PokerStars shirts for the Top 3 at the end of the season. Thank you PokerStars!

When determining the points leaders for Weeks 4 and 10, the following will apply:
Week 4 leader: Will NOT reflect the lowest score dropped
Week 10 leader: Will reflect the lowest score dropped

Also, note that one player cannot win both tickets; if the leader after Week 10 already won a ticket, the second ticket will go to the next player on the leader board.

At the end of the season, the Top 8 players in league points will play a Championship Tourney, which will also add to the points total. This will be a $10+1 HORSE tournament. In addition to the regular scoring, this tournament will also offer bonus points as follows:

The bounties and bonus points for the Championship Tourney are as follows:

There will be a league points bounty (no cash bounty) on everyone in the Championship, but it will be a weighted bounty based on the leaderboard going into the tourney, as follows:

1)9 pts
2)8 pts
3)7 pts
4)6 pts
5)5 pts
6)4 pts
7)3 pts

2 pts

Bonus points
There will be additional bonus points for finishing in the money in the Championship, as follows:

1)20 pts
2)10 pts
3)5 pts

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.

Two league policies to be aware of:

1) Sitting out - Any player that registers for a tourney but doesn't actually play any hands (i.e. sits out until blinded off) will receive last place points for that tourney. It is OK (and even encouraged) to register to get 5 points for a tourney you can't attend, but it isn't fair to get more points than an active player in that case. You must actually play at least one hand in a tourney to be eligible for more than last place points.

2) Non-league players - Non-league players are welcome to play in any regular league tournaments. This only increases the weekly prize pool, and league points are only awarded to active league players. No league points will be awarded retroactively should a player later join the league. Non-league players are not eligible to win a cash bounty. Of course, anyone playing in these tournaments is welcome and encouraged to join the league!

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