Jammin' in Jersey IV - The Barrel House Battle Royale - June 8-10, 2023 (1 Viewer)


4 of a Kind
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Welcome back to Jersey.....



When: June 8-10, 2023
Where: Iselin NJ
What: Jersey PCF Meetup - The Barrel House Battle Royale

The Important Stuff:
The golden rule applies above all in my house. These meetups are meant to be fun – so please leave any drama at home, there’s no room for it here. Anyone in my house - anyone – deserves full respect, and anyone showing a blatant lack of respect is out, period. My wife and possibly my boys may be in the house at least one of the meetup days, so this goes (even more so) for them as well.

My main card room fits two full size tables, and a third table will be set up in the adjacent workshop, so I can accommodate up to 30 players max. For cash games, there will be a different chip set in play at each table, and each will have its own separate bank.




Smoking/vaping of any kind is not allowed inside the house. I have a covered deck out back and will have ashtray / buckets /heaters out for any smokers/vapers. Cigars are also welcome on the back deck, and if we get enough interest and the weather cooperates, I have a table topper that we can use to have a cigar cash game.


Absolutely NO illegal substances in any form on my property. Same goes for firearms, NJ is about as far from a concealed carry state as you can get. Leave them home please, I've got us covered if the zombies attack.... Note that 420 is now legal in NJ, I would just recommend checking the state website for the guidelines/restrictions accordingly.

I do not plan on any significant COVID restrictions for this event. My entire family is fully vaccinated. I strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect yourself, but note that a vaccination will not be required to attend. You are also more than welcome to wear a mask if you’d like, but it will not be mandatory. And obviously when game time comes, if you are not feeling well or test positive for COVID, please don’t attend. This is all of course subject to change.

While I'm all for a little degeneracy, I'd like this to be more of a social event for chippers than a bankroll buster. Cash games will be lower stakes; there will always be a 25¢/50¢, $100 max / half the big stack buy-in NLHE game available.

Limit cash games will be available Friday afternoon (and possibly evening, depending on the crowd). There will 2 limit tables running – both will be $2/$4 stakes, however one table will play with 2X buy-ins (ie $50 buys you $100 in chips) for those new to circus games.

If there is interest from those who'd like to dip their toes into more NL/PL mixed games at lower risks, we’ll have a micro-stakes learning table where $10/$20 cash gets you $100/$200 in chips. All circus games will be based on a fixed selection of abby99's mixed game (e.g., Draw2maha, Scrotum8, SOHE, double board Omaha, imPLOcean, Badugi, etc.). Games are dealer's choice for an orbit + 1.

My card room House Rules can be found here (we mostly follow Robert’s Rules of Poker for both cash and tourneys). There will be no fee or rake taken at any time.

Thursday Kickoff – Cash Early, Diner/Bowling in the evening – noon to 11pm+

  • Doors open at noon. Snacks/drinks all day, hot dogs will be rolling
    • Tables 1 & 2: TBD – either 25¢/50¢ NLHE or dealer’s choice, whatever the early crew prefers
  • Doors close at 7pm – at which time we’ll head out to an excellent local diner for dinner, and then to a nearby bowling alley (or just out to dinner if there’s not enough interest).
Friday – Mixed Degen (Limit Cash Early, Circus Tourney, NL/PL Late) – noon to 2am
  • Doors open at 11am. Snacks/drinks all day, hot dogs will be rolling
    • Table 1: $2 / $4 Limit – dealer’s choice circus game (orbit + 1)
    • Table 2: $2 / $4 Limit LIGHT – dealer’s choice circus game (orbit + 1) with 2X buy-in - $50 buys $100 in chips
    • Table 3: 25¢/50¢ NLHE, $100 max buy-in or half the big stack
  • Dinner – Pizza
  • After dinner (7pm-ish to 2am)
    • Table 1: 25¢/50¢ NLHE, $100 max buy-in or half the big stack
    • Table 2: 25¢/50¢ NLHE/Pineapple/PLO, $100 max buy-in or half the big stack (rotating HE, HE/Pineapple variants, Omaha high only), based on attendees
    • Table 3: TBD based on attendees. If interest, micro-stakes learning circus table. $10/$20 gets you "$100/$200" in chips.
  • Midnight-ish - Late night single table TURBO TOURNEY – $20 shootout – blinds double every 5 minutes…. andz we don’t stop until one of us haz it all!
  • Doors close at 2am
Saturday – The Main Event (and more cash games) – 11am to ????
  • Doors open at 11am, main event starts at 2pm
  • Lunch – Taylor ham, egg and cheese sandwiches and bagels
  • Pre-tourney cash games - Tables 1 & 2: 25¢/50¢ NLHE, $100 max buy-in or half the big stack
  • Main Event – The Barrel House Battle Royale – T20k NLHE Freezeout Tournament
    • Buy-in: $120 ($100 to prize pool, $20 to bounty - no rebuys or add-ons)
    • Blind structure below
    • Initial seating will be randomized in Tournament Director
  • Dinner @ 6pm – Italian buffet - see below for full menu - $20-$25 per person (mandatory, will be collected before the tourney starts)
  • Post-tourney cash games as tables become available
    • Table 1: 25¢/50¢ NLHE, $100 max buy-in or half the big stack
    • Tables 2 & 3: TBD (NLHE/Pineapple/PLO, micro stakes circus, etc.)
  • Doors close whenever I get tired of having all you degens in my house....
For anyone new to PCF meetups and curious about what kind of bankroll to bring, this thread is a really good reference. I know I was equally as nervous as I was excited about attending my first meetup with regards to bankroll, this thread was very helpful and made me feel a lot more comfortable prior to making the trip.

Main Event Tourney Structure:
T20k starting stacks, 20 minute blinds, no rebuys / add-ons


Up to 20 players: pays 4 - 50% / 25% / 15% / 10%
20 to 27 players: pays 5 - 42% / 25% / 15% / 10% / 8%
28 to 30 players: pays 6 - 40% / 23% / 13% / 10% / 8% / 6%

Blind Schedule:

25 - 50
50 - 100
75 - 150
Break (10 mins)
100 - 200
150 - 300
200 - 400
Break & chip race (10 mins)
300 - 600
400 - 800
600 - 1,200
800 - 1,600
Break, chip race & Dinner (30 mins)
1,000 - 2,000
1,500 - 3,000
2,000 - 4,000
3,000 - 6,000
Break & chip race (10 mins)
4,000 - 8,000
6,000 - 12,000
8,000 - 16,000
10,000 - 20,000
Break (10 mins)
15,000 - 30,000
20,000 - 40,000
30,000 - 60,000
40,000 - 80,000
Break (10 mins)
60,000 - 120,000
80,000 - 160,000
100,000 - 200,000

The main event will be played on my Barrel House custom CPC set:




And new this year: Barrel House Cash!


I have enough nice sets to run all the games that will be played all weekend if needed, but I 100% don't want to do that.
Guest sets - especially customs - are highly encouraged!

Food & Drink
One of the biggest advantages of attending a meetup hosted by a fat guy is that you will not go hungry this weekend. :D I will provide snacks, hot dogs, soda, water and coffee throughout the meetup. Dinner on Friday will be pizza. Lunch on Saturday – Jersey Taylor Ham, egg & cheese sandwiches and bagels, are courtesy of the house. Dinner on Saturday will be catered from a local Italian restaurant – the final menu is TBD, but will be something like sausage & peppers, chicken parm, pasta, subs & salad, and will $20-$25 per person.

I will send out a survey to get some feedback on drinks before the meetup. I will have at least one corny keg of home brew as well as a 1/6 barrel of another craft beer on tap. I have a secondary fridge that we can load up with additional beer - I'm hoping someone will sponsor some options. Same goes for any liquor. If you have anything specific you’d like or have any food allergies, please let me know.

Schwag & Prizes
Meetup commemorative chip:


Main Event Prizes:


Transportation / Parking / Lodging Notes:
My house is 5 minutes off the Garden State Parkway, 10 minutes off the NJ Turnpike, and 10 minutes from the nearest NJ Transit train station (Metropark). I will send out the address to attendees as we get closer to the event via PM.

I live in a suburban area, so on-street parking should be readily available, but I’d encourage folks to carpool if you can, and Uber/Lift drivers are all pretty reliable in the area, and good option if you’re drinking. Those who do park - please respect my neighbors and don’t block any driveways.

As my family will be around during the event, I’m very limited with regards to offering spots in the house for folks to crash. There are a few hotels in the area within 10-15 minutes, I’d recommend one of the following below. As we get closer to the event, I will try to see if we can figure out a group pick-up / drop off to a couple of the local hotels.

APA Hotel Woodbridge <--- PCFer preferred due to heated bidet toilet seats!!!
120 S Wood Ave, Iselin, NJ 08830

Delta Hotels by Marriott Woodbridge
515 US Highway 1 South, Iselin, NJ 08830

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Woodbridge
874 US-1, Avenel, NJ 07001

Attendance will be limited to 30 players max each day. I can fill in spots with locals, but I really don't want to, I'd like this to be a PCF / chipper only event. The event is open to all well-established PCFers / chippers ONLY. I won't draw a line in the sand with regards to # of posts or member duration, but this event is for folks active in the chipping community. The final attendance list will be at my discretion.

Interest list is below. Priority will go to those who participated in prior meetups and those coming more than 1 day. If you know you're coming and need to lock in your spot now due to travel preparations, please let me know via PM prior to booking your trip. At some point in early spring, I will send a PM to all those who have expressed interest to begin confirming attendance. Please either post in this thread of shoot me a PM if you're interested in attending.

Interest List:
@Richard Ye

If you’d like to see what past event were like:

I will update the thread as we get closer to the date. I’m very much looking forward to seeing some old friends and meeting new PCFers!! If anyone has any questions, feel free to hit me up with a PM!!!!
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4 of a Kind
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IN!! Only slightly offended we didn't make the pre registered list. Someday Matt and Luke will accept me as family! I know Nelson still loves me anyways! Lol

haha - I never like to assume for folks, and I know you guys have extensive travel plans next year. You know you guys have spots locked in if you want them dude. :tup:


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@Chippy McChiperson too!

Going to tag some more folks that I'd love to see again/meet that are local or somewhat local

@BearMetal @Rbonus012 @p5woody @dmoney @buffalojim @Geremie @Klobberer @MegaTon44 and I'm sure many many more.

@Thomacetti any chance of taking sabbatical for a whole summer?
Now that NJ is 420…I will make it out to BHBR soon but not yet in 2023 :(
I‘m combining DiD and PHL next your so adding another meet-up in the summer will conclude in an empty house when I get back.

I‘m reading the PHL thread again and have a huge case of degen tingles...
Have a small meeting planned in Cologne but nothing else…I’m restless.

This weekend I’m going to try and get another vegas trip greenlighted in December.
I will start a new assignment in Januari and my current one ends on 15 dec... time enough to go to vegas for a week, be back before Christmas and have 2 weeks of family time left.

Once the new assignment is kicking off, it will be all work for a while…untill end of summer ;)

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