We are here to help, please ask any question you have.
1Who are you?
We are Blue Dog Events. We are a fully insured, State-certified gaming provider. We are registered with the Tournament Directors’ Association. We’ve facilitated hundreds of fundraiser tournaments throughout Northern California since 2004. In fact, we’ve raised over $28 million for worthy organizations like yours. We pride ourselves in running top-notch poker tournaments that are fun for poker experts and first-timers alike.
2What’s your story?
We know that fundraising can be boring, frustrating, and overall unpleasant. We know, because we’ve had to sell lots of cookie dough and wrapping paper too. So, we created an easy, profitable fundraiser that’s actually fun. We run poker tournaments that folks love, and watch groups like yours rake in the profits. Our clients find that it’s a heck of a lot easier and way more fun than getting people to buy magazine subscriptions…again.
3Who can play in a Blue Dog tournament?
Anyone of legal gambling age can play in a Blue Dog tournament.
4What if I’ve never played poker before?
Players of all skill levels play in our tournaments. Our dealers are friendly, knowledgeable, and professional, and can help you along. We can’t tell you what to do with your pocket 10s, but we will tell you the rules and let you know your options whenever you need.
5How much does it cost to host a Blue Dog tournament?
Our pricing is simple and reasonable. There’s a $200 booking fee up front, and a $250 per table fee, due the night of the event. We do charge an extra premium if your event is greater than 10 tables. An extra fee may be added if your event is really far away from our home base of Walnut Creek, CA. Everything you need is included in the price – tournament manager, dealers, tables, chips, audio/visual system, music, tournament software, etc. Our poker equipment is top-notch and our staff is awesome.
6How does my organization make money?
A few ways. First, there’s the original buy-in - that’s the entry fee you charge your players. Second, there are re-buys. Those are additional opportunities for your players to buy chips after they’ve run out. Third, there’s the add-on. This is an opportunity for all players to buy chips at the tournament’s halfway point. We can help you decide how much to charge for buy-ins, re-buys, and add-ons if you’d like. We can also help you determine how much money you’re likely to make with this worksheet.
7Do you have any advice for making our event successful?
Yes – get as many players as you can and have them pay their buy in before the event. Tell everyone you know about the awesome fundraiser you’re hosting. More players = more profit. Try not to schedule your event near a holiday. Make sure everyone knows that players of all skill levels are welcome. Talk to us ... we are here to help.
8What happens if we have to reschedule or cancel our event?
If you need to cancel, we will do everything we can to re-book your date. If we can, we will refund the booking fee. Just reach out to us and we will work make it work out. We truly want you to make money, not lose money.
9Are you too good to be true?
You gotta admit, over $28 million raised is pretty impressive. See what some of our clients have to say!