DWIGHT WILLIAMS, RI
Season 1 - 2019 Mid-Season TOC Champion
Become a Champion at your Bar!
The Mid Season TOC Championships are exciting events held halfway through the season that ANYONE 21 years or older can play, yet still rewards players who have Top 3 finishes in tournaments held during the first 12 weeks.
Week 13 - Mid Season TOC Night
Mid Season TOC Championship Night is the Week 13 event where ALL PLAYERS play in 2 nightly tournaments at the bar to compete for 3 seats to the National Tournament of Champions!
Please read on for full details on this exciting event!
Mid-Season TOC Champion: Medallion and seat to the National TOC Finals!
Winner of Game #1: Seat to the National TOC Semi-Finals
Winner of Game #2: Seat to the National TOC Semi-Finals
The Mid Season TOC Medallion will be awarded to the Champion during Week 14 (the following week).
How It Works
HOW TO QUALIFY
Any player that is 21 years or older can play on Mid Season TOC Night. However, players with Top 3 finishes in tournaments at that bar through Week 12 gain the advantage by earning extra starting chips for BOTH GAMES!
THE FORMAT(see rules for ties here)
The Mid Season TOC Champion will be the player who earns the MOST COMBINED POINTS from both games on Mid Season TOC Night!
This event will feature 2 tournaments at each WTP bar. All players begin with 10,000 starting chips for each game, and blinds will run similar to how they are during a normal WTP tournament.
There are no pre-registration bonus chips for Mid Season TOC tournaments.
However, for each time you earned a Top 3 finish in a tournament at that bar during the first 12 weeks, you get an additional 2,000 chips. This gives you a solid advantage over the other players!
Example: John Smith earned four Top 3 finishes over the first 12 weeks of the season. John would receive the standard 10,000 in chips PLUS an additional 8,000 chips for a total starting chip stack of 18,000 for both tournaments!
Remember: The more you play at that bar over the first 12 weeks of the season, the more chips you start with and the better your chance at winning!
Mid Season Points Champion
Players who are ranked #1 at their bar through Week 12 will receive the new Mid Season Points Champion medallion for their achievement.
Players can earn bragging rights by besting their fellow poker customers at the mid-way point of the season. Mid Season Points Champion medallions will be sent to all bars along with the Mid Season TOC medallion. Both will be awarded to the winners the following week.
Tips for the Tournament Director
Entering Scores & Awarding Prizes
Please enter scores promptly after the conclusion of your bar's Mid Season TOC Night. The player with the most combined points from both games is your Mid Season TOC Champion; the scoring system will generate the winner for you. Do not award the Mid Season TOC Medallion until your next scheduled night on Week 14.
In The Event Of A Tie
Note: If there is a tie for the Mid Season TOC Championship, both players qualify for the National TOC Finals. The following tiebreakers are for the Mid Season TOC medallion.
Tiebreaker #1: If two or more players tied for the Mid Season TOC Championship, but only one of them won a game, the player who won a game gets the Medallion.
Tiebreaker #2: If a tie still exists, the player with the highest point total from a single game on Mid Season TOC night gets the Medallion.
Tiebreaker #3: If a tie still exists (rare!), the remaining players compete in a best-of-three face-up game (no chips, cards dealt to the players face up, and the first to win two hands gets the Medallion). This is held on Week 15 during the 1st game of the night.
TD's: Run your championship events the same way you run a normal game. Consistency is appreciated by players! This means getting games started on time, telling players what they are playing for before the game (announce drink & food specials for the night as well). As always, please adhere to the standard late policy just like a normal game.
Seating & Player Chip Counts
Player chip counts for Mid Season TOC Night are system generated and will appear on TD printouts. Use the seating assignments on the printouts for both games to ensure that stack sizes are dispersed across the player field. This will help avoid instances of one table of monster starting stacks and one with short starting stacks.
We have found that it is easier to first hand each player their starting 10,000 chips and their table assignment. Then move from table to table handing out additional starting chips to those players.
There are 2 tournaments on Mid Season TOC Night, so run your blinds just like you would for your normal games! We do understand, however, that blind times may be shorter at some locations due to the size of the field and/or time allotted to run tournaments.
Feel Free To Ask For Help
Ask trusted players for assistance in handing out chips and coloring up. There will be lots of extra chips in play for both games on Mid Season TOC Night. If you feel overwhelmed or it's your first 'championship' event as TD, don't be afraid to ask for help!
Remember that World Tavern Poker is about having a great time playing a game that we love!
Frequently Asked Questions
I didn't earn a Top 3 finish at my bar through Week 12. Can I play on Mid Season TOC Night?
YES! Mid Season TOC Night is open to ALL PLAYERS, even if you haven't played at that bar this season.
I know who my Mid Season TOC Champion is. Can't I award the Medallion on Mid Season TOC Night?
NO! To be 100% sure, and especially in the case of ties, we want all TD's to enter scores from Mid Season TOC Night and then determine the Champion. Plus, awarding the medallion (and any other prizes the bar may be giving away) the following week allows the TD to present the Champion with their award in front of more players!
What if we don't normally use starting stacks of 10k?
First, all tournaments should start with a MINIMUM of 10,000 chips as this is the standard for the league. However, if you start with more chips at your regular games, simply add 20% in starting chips for each additional Top 3 finish that a player has.
I'm not 21 years old. Why can't I play in this event?
Because this tournament qualifies players for National TOC events in a casino, you must be 21 years of age or older to play in any WTP Championship events.
Do players have to sign up online for games on Mid Season TOC Night?
No, but we highly recommend it. Even if you have a Top 3 finish at that bar, register like you would for any other game. If you cannot register for some reason, just show up and the TD will put you on the list!
Are there Bonus Chips for online signup or early arrival for the Mid Season TOC?
No. There should be no bonus chips for registration or early arrival for this Championship event. You should still try to arrive early so that the TD can get all players registered and in their seats before game time (and to grab some food and drink of course!).