It’s that time of year again, and the action is over and the dust has settled: YES Prep is over for the year. Once again, over $1 million was raised for underprivileged teens to get the best possible educational opportunities money can buy. A very worthy cause, especially when the return is over $1 billion back into Houston’s economy through those have graduated through the program. I learned that by reading the literature on the table – did you?
Every year, I somehow end up with a stinker of a table. Once, instead of donors, I dealt a table of teachers at one of the schools! Obviously they didn’t rebuy. This year was no different. I got a table full of mid-20s guys who were more interested in the open bar than the fundraiser. How did I end up at a table that actually got (unreasonably) cut off by their server? LOL
Anyway, despite my table and their desire for shots at a fundraiser, the main tables more than made up the difference, and the million dollar mark got crossed yet again, sure as the moon affects the tide.
Now, here are some tips for next year, courtesy of Scott Bosley:
- It’s OK to now and again break the tournament format and deal a hand or two of something else to get the wallets open – blackjack, high card/low card, Omaha, etc. Remember, this is primarily a fundraiser, not a sanctioned poker tournament.
- Encourage rebuys – this is a time when you’re allowed to influence action. Build a rapport with your players before you start dealing, so you can talk to them while they play and try to build pots and all-ins. Encourage players to play “wide open” and have fun. Don’t let them think too hard about the money involved. Use your host for this as well.
- Speaking of the host – make sure to use them to help promote rebuys. Have them help you promote the “wide open” style of play that will facilitate more rebuys.
- Don’t forget to tell players who bust out about the craps tables.
See you next year at the 2017 YES Prep event!!
“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.”