THE 4 PHASES OF 4 ACES
TENTATIVE plans for starting back, Subject to change
Phase 1(4 Aces, not State)
Bars in general vs. poker: There is much closer contact at the poker table because you have a group of people from 6 to 9 households crammed together in a tight space, not to mention the added risk due to the transfer of chips and cards. So, when we start back it will be strictly for fun and prizes, NOT for points. Prizes will be entirely up to the bars and will be based on sales for the night. Frequent hand washing and face masks will be required. Equipment will be frequently sanitized, and start/end times will not be guaranteed at first. Event scheduling may be sporadic so always check the calendar before you leave.
Why the Changes? We don't want to put dealers in harms way if they don't feel comfortable. Basically, if a dealer wants to pick up an event and organize a game they can, but otherwise the event is not happening. Dealers can change the normal times to whatever they feel is best. They can arrive late and leave early, so long as their start/stop times are announced in advance.
Points will remain frozen where they were in March, so if you choose to stay home you will not lose your competitive advantage. PLEASE TIP $3 to $5 per game.
We are not necessarily going to follow the crowd. What other leagues consider acceptable risk may differ from what we consider acceptable.
In short, when we first start back it is only for those who really, really want to play poker and who are confident that it can be done safely. Attendance at events (if any) will not be encouraged during this phase.
No points will be awarded. You will be able to REDEEM points for VIP status, however.
Phase 3 - We will likely be in this phase the longest
This phase means we have worked out the kinks with sanitation, etc. and we encourage players to come out if they feel safe doing so. No pressure though. Point functions will resume EXCEPT for tournament points. Absolutely no tournament points will be given out. We still don't want anyone who doesn't feel safe coming out to feel like they have to risk their life in order to keep up.
(It may be a long time off, but good things come to those who wait.)
Bragging Rights Resume
Finally, in phase 4, everything will return to normal. Phase 4 means we have considered everything and decided that although everyone may not 100% agree, it is time to resume normal operations. Tournament points will be back in effect.
Once we are into Phase 4 and all is stable, monthly tournaments and win percentage tournaments will start back. Your hard work in February and March will not go to waste. February and March points and percentages will be combined with whatever month we are in when we start back in full, and the following month all tournaments will return to normal.