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Hello and thank you for visiting our website dedicated to the members of the High Stakes Private Poker Club (HSPPC) and the great game of Texas Hold’em Poker. This website provides a glimpse into the background, activities and accomplishments of both the HSPPC and our players. It is with great pride that we present to you the HSPPC website. We hope you enjoy it and will contribute to its content.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Club Objectives
1- Provide an environment where skilled players can play against each other to both improve their skills as well as have a good time.
2- Maintain an active membership of 30 – 45 players. This will provide enough players to hold regular games each week with full or nearly full tables, while not being too large to manage effectively.

Game Times and Logistics
- Games are held weekly in the Paradise Island room in the No-Limit Hold'em AOL side games section. Game times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7PM & 8PM Eastern Time
- As long as at least 5 players are present at the start of any club game, the results of the game will be considered valid for the purposes of maintaining club statistics. Regardless of whether he/she is present, the club leader should attempt to ascertain the results of each club game for the purpose of notifying club members and maintaining club statistics.

Club Membership
1- From time to time, club members identify players that may be good candidates to join the HSPPC. There are 2 primary qualifications for a new club member:
     (a) The player should be at a relatively high skill level. This typically means that the player has at least 2 AOL tournament wins and/or the player has a very high percentage of AOL tournament “in-the-money” finishes.
     (b) The player should be very friendly, courteous, and easy to get along with.
2- To the extent a new player is recommended and they meet the primary qualifications, the club leader should attempt to gain feedback on the player from other club members. This can be in the form of informal requests for feedback from current club members, or a formal vote on the new member from all current club members.
3- The club leader has some discretion regarding when a formal vote is required vs. when the informal feedback from several players is sufficient. However, the club leader should be very cautious when receiving any strongly negative feedback regarding prospective new club members. In virtually all cases, strongly negative feedback about a player should preclude that player from joining the HSPPC.
4- To keep the club roster active, members play as often as possible but should attempt to play a minimum of once per month. In the event a player does not play for 3 consecutive months, the club leader should reach out to that player to determine if they wish to continue their membership. Each circumstance is unique, so the club leader should use their discretion regarding whether to remove a player from the HSPPC or to switch the player over to “Alumni” status. With Alumni status a player is always welcome to continue to participate in our weekly games, but not in any of our tournaments. If an alumnus wishes to return to active status, the club leader will decide whether or not to re-instate the player. (Some of the criteria the leader may use in his/her decision are the current # of active members, the member’s sincerity in wanting to return, the member’s commitment to playing on a regular basis, input from prior club leaders, etc.)
5- While there is no formal limit on adding new members, it is recommended that no more than 2-3 new players be added in any month. In addition, as players are added and dropped, the club leader should monitor the overall size of the group to make sure it does not grow too large or too small.
6- Monthly and Annual club Champions will be recognized by the club leader.

Social Activities

The club leader should consider soliciting the help of another club member or members to plan periodic online or in person social activities or events. These include, but are not limited to:
   a. Recognition of club member Birthdays and Anniversaries
   b. Planning and executing club events that allow club members to get to know each other a little better (e.g. Fun Facts guessing game)
   c. Planning and executing the annual HSPPC Las Vegas Convention.