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Welcome to The Syndicate

The San Diego Syndicate – WSOP Qualifier Series

The Syndicate was formed by a group of friends/poker players who wanted to send a representative to the WSOP Main Event.  There were ten events that first season culminating with Chris Gregg going to the Main Event in the summer of 2006.  The Syndicate is now in its 12th consecutive season and is still going strong.  Last season we sent 3 players to the Main Event and 9 others to $1,500 tournaments.  This time you could be the one that goes to Vegas to represent us at World Series of Poker!

Here’s how it works

We run a 16 tournament series where cash and points are awarded every time you play. At each event 50% of the cash is awarded to that night's winners and the remaining 50% is saved toward our year-end prizes. At the end of the season your top 12 scores are totaled and the winners get to play in the WSOP Main Event!

We also award entries into lower buy-in tournaments, usually at $1,500 buy-ins, for our runners up and even more seats are awarded in an end of the season playoff event. Then, when our players cash in the WSOP they keep 50% of their winnings and the Syndicate shares (and distributes) the other 50%. Everyone who plays in a tournament gets one share in the Syndicate for each event they enter*.

For the 2016 World Series, The Syndicate had 3 grand prize winners who each won a $10,000 seat to the WSOP Main Event; the next 5 places (4th through 8th) earned $1,500 seats and another 4 seats were awarded in our playoff tournament.  For 2017 there will be a change to our prize structure: 1st and 2nd place will receive Main Event prize packages; places 3 through 8 will receive $1,500 tournament entries; and four more $1,500 seats will be awarded in our playoff.  Then players 3 – 8 plus the playoff winners will play in a bonus tournament to determine our final Main Event winner.

Here are some highlights:

·         We take only a player’s top 12 finishes in points over the course of the season to determine the winner.

·         The top two champions of the series win a $10,000 entry into the Main Event.

·         The next top finishers (projected to be places 3 – 8) receive guaranteed WSOP seats ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

·         The top 18 players that did not receive a “guaranteed seat” will compete for additional $1,500 seats in our playoff tournament.

·         The Guaranteed Seat winners plus the Playoff winners will then play a single table tournament with the winner earning a $10,000 Main Event seat.  This is called our “Bonus Tournament”.

·         Players can earn bonus points & playoff chips just by participating - check the full rules for more details.

·         We hold four Major tournaments that feature deeper starting stacks and bonus playoff chips.

·         We hold two special tournaments that emulate day 2 of the WSOP Monster Stack event and day 4 of the WSOP Main Event.

*  In order to qualify for the distribution of WSOP earnings a player must play in a minimum of 5 events.

** All prizes are based upon the amount the Syndicate saves and the tournaments offered by the WSOP. Be sure to check the full rules as well as our structure page for more information and all the details.

Latest News:
Saturday September 10
Season XII – Event 2:  The winner of our second event of the season was Don Curtis.  Don was only able to play an abbreviated schedule last year but plans to play much more this season.  And he’s off to a great start with his first ever Syndicate win!  In second place was Craig “sure I’ll have another” Combs, followed by our other money winners: Eddie, Matt H, Dana, Jamie and Rob.

1 Don C
2 Craig
3 Eddie O
4 Matt H
5 Dana
6 Jamie
7 Rob
8 David R
9 Don B
10 Jonkey
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Upcoming Events:
Event 3 Sat Sep 24 2:00PM Day 2 Monster
Event 4 Sat Oct 15 1:00PM Major
Event 5 Sat Oct 29 2:00PM Deep Stack
Event 6 Sat Nov 5 2:00PM Re-entry
Event 7 Sat Nov 19 2:00PM Day 4 Main Event

Click HERE for the full Season Schedule
Current Rankings:

1 Jonkey 130
2 Don C 105
3 Craig 90
3 Anders 90
5 David R 80
6 Eddie O 75
6 Jill 75
8 Linn 70
9 Matt H 60
9 Anthony 60

Click HERE to see the Complete Results

The Leaderboard: Jonkey added a 10th place to his victory in Event #1 to pad his early lead.  He is of course followed by Don C, who won event #2.  Behind him, tied for 3rd, are our two runners up: Anders and Craig Combs.  David Rimi, who also has made two final tables (6th and 8th) is alone in 5th place.  Eddie O and Jill, who each have 3rd place finishes are tied for 6th and Linn is all by himself in 8th place.

Coming Up:   Our next tournament will be on Saturday, September 24th at Patsy and Farid’s house.  This will be a special WSOP Monster Stack Day 2 event.  The starting stack will be 90,000 starting at the 600/1200/200 level.  Levels will be 40 minutes. The buy-in and all re-entries are $125.

Sunday August 28

Season XII – Event 1:  Welcome back Syndicators – we have returned for a 12th season of poker hijinks!  For this new season we have decided to shake things up a bit, including introducing two new tournament formats and awarding our third Main Event seat in a bonus tournament that should give almost every Syndicator a shot at a grand prize all the way to the end of the season!  You can check out the Rules and Structure pages of our website for more details, but here are the basics: there are two special formats that we will run twice each.  The first will emulate day two of the WSOP Monster Stack tournament when we will start with 60k in chips at the 600/1200 level.  The second will emulate day four of the WSOP Main Event.  For this tournament we will start with 400k in chips at the 4,000/8,000 level.  The goal for these tournaments is for us to get more experience playing at the deeper levels of a big field event so that we have a better chance when we go to Vegas in the summer.  The other big change is how we will award our third Main Event seat.  This season, our top two players will still receive Main Event packages and places 3 through 8 will earn guaranteed $1,500 seat packages.  Then we will hold our playoff tournament for the next 18 finishers.  The 4 winners from the playoff will then join the 6 guaranteed seat winners in a Main Event Bonus Tournament.  This event will be structured like the final table of the Main Event with about 342 million chips in play.  The players will be seeded according to their finish with stacks ranging from 30m for the 4 playoff winners to 42m for our 3rd place finisher.  This new format will allow anyone with a mathematical chance of making the playoffs on the last event (last season that was down to 51st place) to still have a shot at going to the Main Event!

And look who is starting out in the lead!  Your faithful commissioner took down the first tournament of the season.  This is Jonkey’s first ever win to start off a season in 11 tries (he wasn’t around for the inaugural event) and when interviewed for this blurb he stated that he was “thrilled to be sitting atop a leaderboard filled with such esteemed players!”  Almost as excited as Jonkey was our runner-up that night, Anders Wright, as this was Ander’s best Syndicate finish since a couple of 4
th places last season.  In 3rd place, continuing her hot streak from the end of last season, was Jill.  She was followed by Anthony, Linn and David Rimi to round out our money winners.
1 Jonkey
2 Anders
3 Jill
4 Anthony
5 Linn
6 David R.
7 Jon T
8 Jacob
9 Gary F
10 Steve A


The Leaderboard: Since Jonkey’s motion to declare the results of event #1 as being the final results of the season was denied by the committee, we will go ahead with our plans to play the rest of the season.  Thus the leaderboard looks just like the Final Table above.  

Coming Up:   Our next tournament will be on Saturday, September 10th at Patsy and Farid’s house.  This will be a re-entry tournament with a 20,000 chip starting stack and 30 minute blinds.  Re-entries are allowed through the end of level 6.  There is also a surrender option available at that time.  The buy-in and all re-entries are $125.

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