Would you believe that we’ve thrown nearly 2200 tournaments in the last year? If the average prize pool for those tournaments was $1000, that means we’ve had over $2.2 Million in prizes awarded through the Encore Club in 2011. I’m too
lazy busy to do the math and come up with the real figures, I’m sure they are much higher. Still, even that modest estimate is astounding.
It’s been a fun year. We started the year off as one of the newcomers to the Portland poker scene, and now that December is here I dare say we’ve positioned ourselves well as one of the major movers in town. A lot of great things have happened along the way… we had Micheal Mizrachi visit at the end of March, we ran so many sold-out monthly $10,000 Guaranteed events that we decided to do them weekly, and we expanded our noon tournament from a modest open game to our exciting daily $1000 Guaranteed event. The crown jewel of 2011 was our amazing $37,000 prize pool anniversary event which set the bar for major tournaments in Portland.
We’re always looking for ways to grow and improve here at Encore. I’ve heard nothing but good things from our last major initiative when we bumped up our day-to-day schedule and moved our $10k to a weekly event. It’s very gratifying to see so many happy players coming back again and again. We’re going to make some modest changes and additions in January, and you can be sure that I will be out talking with players and dealers looking for ways to keep our club at the front of the line when it comes to exciting games, big prize pools, and customers satisfaction.
2011 has been an exciting time for everyone involved, but none of our success could have come about without the great players and friends we have developed in the last twelve months. Our players are the reason we’re in business, and I love to hear from any of you about the things we do well, or those we could do better. Thanks for being here for us, and I hope we can make 2012 an even better year for everyone!
Happy Holidays, everyone, and I hope each of you has a successful and joyous 2012.