The final table for the league play is set for June 11. Seven tournament winners and 2 point leaders will square off at the
Governors Lounge for bragging rights and a prize pool at 7:00 PM.
Cash game will ensue after the tournament.
Summer is upon us and we find everyone busy on the weekends. Attendance is suffering a bit but is normal for this time of year, especially as the sun does not set until 9:00PM or so.
Our next scheduled event is not until June 25. A Sunday afternoon game at 3:00 PM if enough members show an interest. Please send
Dan Pionkowski an email if you want to play.
Donna Cooper won back- to- back tournaments ( I believe for the first time in club history) beating a predominately male field of competitors. She now has an automatic seat in the final tournament in the league series. The poker world generally is a male dominated game. Females only make up about 10% of all poker players but the number seems to be rising.
Our league format is coming along nicely. We recently played both a Limit hold-em tournament and a Omaha tournament. Both took a little to get used to, but everyone seem to have a good time.
Currently there are three people guaranteed a seat at the final table. Cary Moon, Robin Langley, and Donna Cooper. Points leaders for at least one seat (or more if Donna keeps winning) are Harold Davis, Isaac Henschel, and Gary Wysocki.
March 22 the City of Dallas will decide whether or not to allow the Texas Card House to continue operating as a business. As this is the biggest poker house in Dallas, it will most likely determine the future of several poker clubs in Dallas.
Meanwhile the Governor's Lounge and the Watauga Social Club are still in operation and will not be affected by the Dallas decision.
-Our first leg of the league tournament was well attended with 22 players vying for league points in a no- limit format. The winners from 1st to 4th were Cary Moon, Harold Davis, Tommy Squires and Rob Leader. Our next tournament will be February 5th and will be a LIMIT game. Should be interesting.
Saturday night (29th) will be strictly a cash game. It will have a changing format as the night goes on. See details on the home page.
Big news in the DFW poker world this week is the City of Dallas changing their mind about the legality of the poker rooms they permitted for the last few years. This includes the most successful room in the DFW area the Texas Card House. It is so successful that at any point of time during the day they have more games in play than the Winstar and Choctaw rooms do combined.
Evidently the poker rooms in Dallas who all received a permit(called a Certificate of Occupancy) from the City have now had them revoked citing a clerical error by the City. This despite the fact that the Texas Card room met with all City departments to make sure their format was legal and receiving approval almost two years ago. This included a blessing from the City Attorney.
The change in heart began a few months back when another poker room applied for a permit from the city in an old shut down steak house near the entrance of a subdivision of homes. Residents of the subdivision came out to the city to demand that they not allow a late-night poker room near their homes. In the argument before the appeals board, the City Attorney argued that the game rooms were illegal. In his opinion the Building Official had the power to deny the permit based upon it being "gambling room." The board denied the appeal and Champions was out of luck. Champions is suing the city saying the City has permitted other rooms so they can't discriminate against Champions.
I suspect the City Attorney changed his mind about poker rooms when the neighbors turned out and now he has to cover his tracks. Basicly stating they made a mistake in permitting them It will harder to defend their denial of Champions if they allowed the other poker rooms to operate.
At least now they are taking on a large poker room that has some money. Maybe a court will decide once and for all whether or not the law allows a "legal poker room" as a commercial venture. The rooms will most likely remain open while working through the court.
We had quite a turn-out for out cash game on Saturday night January 8. Between 15-18 players filtered through two tables of competitive poker play. We had a couple of new young college-age players participate and, it looked like at least one of them did well( sorry I didn't get a name.)
While the cash games were very competitive, it is still a great place for HOA members to get together and have a good time and to just get to know each other. There is a lot of trash talking but, it is always good natured and lends itself to a fun atmosphere. I think we had two tables of at least 7 players at each table all the way to midnight.
Our club provides a little differrent experience as many of our players have been playing together for years. It has a level of comraderie that you can't get in a commercial poker establishment(including the Oklahoma casinos.) Last Saturday night's game is proof of that as our attendance was higher than most of the commercial establishments in the metroplex.
Even if you have never attended one of our games, I think you will find it inviting. We try to go out of our way to make you feel comfortable even though you are attending a club that has been in existence for many years. We want you to become a regular. I would suggest you start by entering into one of our tournaments. You can't lose much money and you begin to learn about the people in club (and how they play!) We have had new players do very well in some of our tournaments and win a bit of money. It is the cheapest way to get into the LIVE poker playing universe. But, be beware, some of these guys have been playing for years and are pretty good. Some of the guys have been playing for years and are still not any good, so don't sweat it. (no names listed)
There are many options for live poker play today, but our poker club is a unique expererience that I think you will enjoy.
2021 was an unusual year for the Heritage Poker Club. We changed our name to the Picciuti Poker Club in honor of our retiring founder Chuck Picciuti. We also spent the year dancing around the latest Covid virus. Our attendance was down for most of the year as we tried to learn how to live with the virus. Poker rooms across the board, however, began to re-open. Some requiring masks and some constructing plexi-glass barriers between players. A number of new alternative poker rooms began to spring to life as some try to turn poker into a business enterprise that meets legal standards. One of our own started such a venture and opened the Governors Lounge only about 4 miles from the clubhouse. Poker seems to be doing well and even thriving as the number of venues in the metroplex grow everyday. The Piccuiti Poker Club(Heritage) fired up a couple of tournaments at the end of the year. Attendance was still a bit low but, it was good to see some familiar faces returning. Cash games became the staple of play for most of the year with a core group of about 20 players attending off and on. All in all I think most of us are glad to see 2022 over.
2023 hopes to be better is we can get past the Omicron virus. We have plans for a new format for the first six months that is new and exciting. A league format where attendance and performance can win you a seat in a final table in June for a good cash prize. Details about this league format can be seen by tapping the "invite" button on the header above.
With the retirement of Chuck Picciuti, the club is in good hands led by Dan Piontkowski. John Crawford is still keeping the financial books for needed supplies for the club. The Heritage HOA staff is always accomodating for our games and even played a few times.
We start 2022 with a cash game on January 1. We will watch football and play poker beginning at 3:00 PM. If you want to play please come by the clubhouse.
So cheers to 2022 and good luck on the poker table.
The Heritage Homeowners Association Board of Directors voted to change the name of our club to the Picciuti Poker Club in honor of Chuck Picciuti who created the club years ago.
I asked Chuck when the first poker event occurred for the club and to his best recollection it was sometimes in 2010, He and his wife Mary organized each and every game at least twice a month for all those years. Mary was always at the poker tournament games taking entry fees and distributing chips to the players. She would always stay until after the first break when late registration was complete. Her duties complete, she would wish everyone a good night with a response from the players of thanks.
During these last 11 years or so, Chuck managed the club with help from his treasurer John Crawford. Some tournaments fielded five or six tables of players. Items for the club were bought from donations made from players over the years. Poker tables, chips, playing cards, electronic game clock, a couple of TVs for the HOA club room, all made the poker experience as realistic as any casino card room. Chuck also championed a number of charitable causes for the club including Eagle Scout projects, a Heritage Little Library constuction, food drives and the annual major fund raiser "Assist the Officer." An effort to raise money for Fort Worth police officers who have been shot or injured in the line of duty. Significant funds were raised each year around a major fund raising event involving a large poker tournament. It was a great deal of work for the club but was worth the effort and was satisying to see actual recipients of past funds raised attend the event.
Unfortunately the Covid pandemic brought everything to a complete stop. Chuck and Mary just don't have the energy to restart the club activities again and have decided to retire. He has passed the torch to a new generation who will give the club a chance to revive. Dan Piontkowsk will take up the lead for the club and John Crawford will still maintain our finances. You are invited to join the next edition of the Heritage Poker Club now called the Picciuti Poker Club.
The Free Roll night was a success. Had a few new players attend for their first time and we hope to see them again. A few players from the pre-Covid period returned to enjoy the chance to win a few dollars for no risk. Good to see Donna C (one of our top female tournament cash winners from the past) and Dolye W again. In the end Harold D took first place and Dan O second. The final hand had Dan O going ALL IN with 99 and a quick call from Harold D who turns up AA. It was over quickly. Two tables of cash games started up and went late into the night.
Our founder, Chuck Picciuti, made it in time to play awhile in the cash game. It was announced that the Heritage Homeowner's Association voted unanimously to rename the club to "Picciuti Poker Club" in honor of our founder who has retired from managment of the club. An honor well-deserved.
The next event is a cash only game at the clubhouse set for Saturday night the 13th.
One of our members has decided to enter into the world of managing his own "legal" poker room. A social club that requires a membership to join with the abililty to play private poker games with friends and neighbors. Good luck to Jason B in this endeavor.
Change is never easy. Chuck has decided to turn over the club management and responsibilities to others as we try to breath new life into the Poker club after the pandemic. Chuck is our founder. He has been the soul of our club along with his wife Mary. Chuck has decided to let those he has trained to take the reigns from here.
Dan Piontkowski is the new President of the club and is thinking post-pandemic. He is organizing a Free Roll Tournament on November 6 to start us off again. Yes, free roll meaning it cost you nothing to play with a chance to win real cash.
We will talk about Chuck's legacy at a later date.
I am Dan O'Leary, I hope to add items to this blog on a regular basis and have taken over responsibility to run this web page. I am learning from scratch so bear with me.
I looked through the pictures under the NEWS tab and remembered some great times with what has now become old faces. We would sure like to see you guys again and hope to bring back those fun nights.
I have updated the scheduled poker club nights unter the INVITE tab. We plan to have some sort of poker game on these nights. We are going to make a special effort to get the tournaments going again to hopefully levels we saw before Covid.