Texas Hold'Em and Food!
I am not only an avid foodie at heart, but also consider myself an avid Texas Hold'Em player. I love the game and have for many years. There is no way I would put myself in the same tier of player as the likes of Scotty Nguyen , Doyle Brunson , Annie Duke , Daniel Negreanu or so many of the other famous players. Though I would love to have the opportunity to go heads up against them!
I came across a poker club in Northwest Arkansas, called PDQ Poker of Northwest Arkansas. It is run by David Hill and his wife Quida Hill, and they promote fun, family friendly poker events at local restaurants. So now you see the tie-in right?
For me it is a win, win situation. Not only do I get to eat at some really nice places, but I also get to partake in one of my favorite past-times, which is playing Texas Hold'Em poker. And I have had the privilege to meet and interact with some really nice folks.
The tournaments are free, and generally there are some "prizes" in the form of a gift certificate from the participating restaurant, for the first and second place finishers of that days tournament. And qualifications for a bi-monthly tournament that does have some cash prizes. So not only do you get to interact with some really nice people, maybe eat some really darned good food and just have an all around fun time, but you get to do it for free.
You are not required to purchase food at the restaurants that host the events, but if you do make sure to save your receipt(s) and give them to David, because in appreciation for spending some of your hard earned dough, he will give you extra chips to play with. And if you bring a new player "into the fold" he will also give you some extra chips to play with.
All around, this is a great thing for not only us poker players, but also for the restaurants that host the events. It helps drive in business and recognition that they might not of otherwise had. I have seen first hand one of these tournaments bring in I would guess to be somewhere around 50 plus people in one evening. And that was at Bariola's Pizzeria on Steamboat Dr. just off of Wedington.
The tournaments begin at 7pm and run Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the following locations;
Penguin Ed’s on Mission
2773 E Mission Blvd
Buck Nekkid BBQ
3825 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72703
1290 N. Steamboat Dr.
Penguin Ed’s West
6347 W Wedington Dr
So, if you like to play Texas Hold'Em as much as I do and are a foodie at heart, join me on the tables and lets have some fun!
You can find PDQ Poker of Northwest Arkansas on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/177711418933412/