The Poker TDA is comprised of poker room personnel from around the world whose objective is to draft a standardized set of rules for poker tournaments.

Your Voice: TDA’s Official Newsletter – June 2011

We chose “Your Voice” as the title for our newsletter because the Tournament Directors Association speaks with Your Voice. We depend on your input and your feedback. The TDA rules were created by TDs for TDs. In future Newsletters, we will feature articles from you. When you have something to say that will help other TD’s, write it down.

First, you have a unique opportunity to have Your Voice heard at the TDA Summit June 29-30 in Las Vegas. Poker is all about taking action. This is your time to take action.

Below is a quick FAQ about the Summit:

  • Question 1: How much does it cost to come to the Las Summit Las Vegas June 29-30, and how do I register?
  • Question 2: Where can I find more about the Summit?
  • Question 3: Why is the 2011 TDA Summit June 29-30 in Las Vegas a must do for TD’s and Staff?
  • Question 4: Is the Tournament Directors Association Summit just for tournament directors? Who should attend?
  • Question 5: How can attending the Summit help me with difficult situations that come up in my poker room?
  • Question 6: What can you expect to take back to your poker room after attending the FREE 2011 TDA Summit?
  • Question 7: What is the mindset to bring to the Summit and how can I best prepare to get the most out of the experience?
  • Question 8: How did the Tournament Directors Association get started?

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Question 1: How much does it cost to come to the Las Summit Las Vegas June 29-30, and how do I register?

There is no registration fee to come to the Summit, and registration is easy. Simply RSVP and register by emailing TDAGroup@PokerTDA.com. In the subject line, put the following: Your Name – RSVP Summit registration.

In the body of the email put your name, your title or function, your email, your casino or poker tournament organization. You can send one email to register all the people you are bringing from your property. Just be sure to include their names, titles, and emails.

Question 2: Where can I find more about the Summit?

Your ‘one stop shop’ for Summit information:

http://www.pokertda.com/forum/index.php?board=11.0

It takes you to a list of 5 forum posts about Summit specifics including dates, time, discounted room rates, and more… including the TD’s special WSOP tournament. Yes, we are having a special tournament just for YOU!

Question 3: Why is the 2011 TDA Summit June 29-30 in Las Vegas a must do for TD’s and Staff?

Linda JohnsonAnswered by Linda Johnson: “The 2011 TDA Summit provides a meeting place for tournament directors and staff where they can provide input on any proposed tournament regulations as well as the current rules. It’s a great place to meet other tournament directors and to hear from them about procedures they use to improve the effectiveness of their jobs. We need input from big and small cardrooms …this is the forum to get your voice heard.”

Question 4: Is the Tournament Directors Association Summit just for tournament directors? Who should attend?

Matt SavageAnswered by Matt Savage: “The TDA summit is for tournament directors and card room managers as well. With the changing regulations and filings that need to be made, I think it is important to have both involved. Making sure everyone in the cardroom is on the same page makes you room look professionally run and your players happy.”

Question 5: How can attending the Summit help me with difficult situations that come up in my poker room?

Dave LambAnswered by Dave Lamb: “If you have a specific issue that has been difficult to resolve, experience and expertise is in abundance at the summit. All attendees will come away with new ideas that will enhance the operation of your poker room. We have open discussions about a wide variety of poker challenges and the TDA forum is the best possible way to get your questions answered by experts.”

Question 6: What can you expect to take back to your poker room after attending the FREE 2011 TDA Summit?

Jan FisherAnswered by Jan Fisher: “You will take back to your cardroom an abundance of tournament excitement and enhanced decision-making. During the conference, both old and new rules will be discussed and adopted so you will be among the first poker rooms to have the latest TDA rules and suggested procedures.

Generally, TDs coming from the Summit feel more atop their games as they’ve been discussing decisions and ways to think outside the box. Much like the poker players we work for, who have study groups that get them excited about playing, you will feel the same novelty having just been in the trenches with many like-minded professionals.”

Linda Johnson added: “On day two, there will be an exchange of ideas regarding procedures. Some great ideas are introduced that may help the attendees in their jobs. For example, at previous Summits we had someone talk about using all-in buttons when a player is all-in. Many of the TDs have adopted this procedure.

“We also had a TD explain how he high cards for the button on just one table and that is where the button starts at all tables….this has become the norm for most cardrooms now instead of high carding at each table. The exchange of information is worth the price of attendance alone… especially since admission to the Summit is at no cost to the attendees. :)

Question 7: What is the mindset to bring to the Summit and how can I best prepare to get the most out of the experience?

Donna BlevinsAnswered by Donna Blevins: “Think about the mindset a winning poker player needs in a 2-day tournament. It’s way more than just the cards. It’s about being physically and mentally ready and then looking for opportunity. It’s the same with the Summit. This is your chance to do two things… have your voice heard and network.

“First, write down your questions. Make a list so that when the opportunity arises, the words come easily. I guarantee that if you have a question, someone else shares that concern.

“Second, our mind works in direct relation to our body health. If you live in a different time zone, start now to adjust your bio-clock to Las Vegas and be kind to your body. Our brain is 85% water, and the slightest dehydration makes us feel tired. A bottle of water is as important as your cell phone.

“Lastly, make three new friends. Poker is no longer a local matter. It is global. Intend to expand your professional connections.

Question 8: How did the Tournament Directors Association get started?

Linda JohnsonAnswered by Linda Johnson: “In 2001, Matt Savage was running tournaments at Lucky Chances Casino and playing local tournaments in the Bay Area where he found that rules from tournament to tournament and property to property varied greatly. He went to Las Vegas to meet with the tournament directors of the WSOP to attempt to standardize rules where he met with resistance. They told him that it could never happen.

“At that same time, I was hosting the World Poker Industry Conference (WPIC) with my business partner Jan Fisher. Matt met with us, and the Conference gave us the perfect venue to host our first meeting, especially since many tournament directors and cardroom managers would be attending.

“We instantly reached out to widely respected tournament director, David Lamb, for assistance, and the Tournament Directors Association was born. Twenty-four people attended our first Tournament Directors Association summit, and since then, the membership has grown to more than 1,300 members in 39 countries. TDA rules are used in most major tournaments around the world.”

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