For People in Business with Passion for Poker

Horseplay Discoveries (Office Tourneys - 10 Reasons to Hire at the Poker Table, Part 2)

by: Mike van Zandwijk
in: Mindsets | Psychology
December 22, 2007

Very small pony facing a beautiful horse Earlier in part 1, you gathered an inclusive field beyond just applicants. All ready to compete at poker tournament tables in your office, maybe their future workplace. Your chance to find out who truly qualifies for an opening, dealing with tough competition and friendly coworkers.

Poker offers you great insights of the players' inner workings. Each hand presents an unique situation, resembling the many parameters you consider daily to make ultimate decisions. In fact, the only constant you face is ... change.

You want professionals  who manage these dynamics. Your best option to test the required level of flexibility in poker? Switch to HORSE.

Texas Hold'em captivates millions of spectators and players around the globe for over 4-5 years. You'd almost overlook the many other exciting poker games, due to huge media attention of this well-known variation.

Part of the popular community card poker family, Hold'em seems like an obvious choice for your event. It's easy to learn, packed with action and fun to play and watch. Still, if you like to put everyone's elasticity to the test, I recommend to boost your office tourney by playing H.O.R.S.E:

  • Hold'em (2 hidden hole cards and 5 community cards)
  • Omaha (like Hold'em, but on steroids with 4 hidden hole cards)
  • Razz (also known as 7-card stud low: lowest hand wins)
  • Stud (or 7-card stud high: reversed razz, no community cards either)
  • Eights-or-Better (simply put: razz and stud combined or stud hi/lo)

As illustrated in the introductory, all players start with fictional money to invest wisely. Three limit types determine the maximum value of bets and raises. Usually, HORSE limits players to only bet a fixed amount of chips, while no-limit Hold'em provides most thrilling moves like shoving all-in. Mix up game variants and limits and you'll perceive the Fourth to Sixth Sense Reason to Hire at the Poker Table: More...

Office Tourneys - 10 Reasons to Hire at the Poker Table (Part 1: Introduction & Discipline)

by: Mike van Zandwijk
in: Concepts | Mindsets
November 28, 2007

Job interviews involve high levels of stress and organization. Once human resources lined up everyone's busy agendas, all candidates surely strive to impress the hiring committee.  These tense meetings restrain you from truly validating fine qualities, addressed to just a partial, internal audience anyway.

Stylish poker tableWouldn't you rather examine which qualified applicants get along in a realistic setting? With people you both face constantly: competitors, coworkers and first and foremost … potential customers. Dig into RoyalFlop's refreshing concept of Office Tourneys. Appoint your most powerful team right at the poker tables. Remember closely, everyone's in your subliminal sales force!

Let's say you need one or more positions filled for your department, like reinforcement of your customer service, engineering or marketing team. Perhaps you rather subcontract consultants or substitute project staff.

Instead of going through your usual hiring hassle for each applicant, you simply arrange one event and gather all interested parties together. Host this happening at the office, providing sufficient room for poker tables to seat each participant. That's right, you'll discover your best recruits while playing the most empathetic game of the world.

Money bag symbolizing organizational assets, like budget, salary or venture capital Poker as such truly embodies life and tournaments represent living in a business world even more; only the top survivors succeed. Grant all players starting chips, symbolizing company money, like their budget, salary or venture capital and observe how they use their assets to deal with yours. Enjoy this first series in Office Tourneys:

10 Reasons to Hire at the Poker Table More...

Hatching the Golden Egg to Advance Poker Amateurs. Looking Back to Move Forwards

by: Mike van Zandwijk
in: Mindsets
November 16, 2007

Golden Egg On Top

Poker on TV still plays a significant role for the mainstream popularity of this brilliant game. Amateurs usually qualify online to earn a seat for those televised events like the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Surviving numerous virtual or brick-and-mortar tables requires ever evolving skills. Many talents you already own and apply to your business career and personal daily life.

No wonder poker amateurs come first in main events as well as here at RoyalFlop. Relive the last five world champions, then move ahead by taking advantage of the golden egg which actually initiated the poker boost.

Ever more, I wonder if poker is debated more than it is truly played. While poker supporters safeguard the future as sport of skill, others argue whether it's a game of chance and just a hype. Although nobody knows the exact origin of poker, the media boomed the game to an international, mass audience. Surely, poker is here to stay, yet settling on the key initiator is like the chicken and egg problem: what came first?

Prime Mover Who Laid Columbus' Egg of Poker

Henry Orenstein showing his hole cards to a dog (photo by Chris Maynard for The New York Times)Broad coverage on TV, Internet poker rooms, video games, renowned players; all contribute to the vital, ongoing support and promotion of poker. Perfect instruments to enjoy watching others (how to) play cards, but also to improve your own game and learn new skills.

The individual to really credit is a man you might consider as the poker equivalent of the egg of Columbus; however, you probably never heard of him before. More...

Celebrating the Launch of RoyalFlop! Join the Party and Enjoy the Sweet Taste of Winning

by: Mike van Zandwijk
in: News
October 25, 2007

sweet candy poker chips Poker is by far the most popular card game to date with millions of enthusiasts around the globe. Novice and experienced players love to learn new skills and strategies to improve their game on a regular basis.

Unluckily, many sources prevent you from grasping the essence using overwhelming jargon to touch both the basics as well as the complexities of this fascinating game. You want to absorb useful insights in a clear and compelling way with perspectives you can easily relate to: your knowledge and experience in business life.

Discover this different and exciting approach exclusively at RoyalFlop.

Today, we celebrate the official launch of our web site. You're invited, so join the party and stay tuned to:

  • Advance your game and skills in a playful way
  • Beat your competition by outclassing in style and win buy-in
  • Connect with a rising society to grow your network

Passion for Poker - a Classic Amateur's Story

In 2005, I stumbled across this show on Dutch television with grungy looking people playing a card game in a shabby UK basement. The top right corner of my screen displayed a logo that said Late Night Poker. I never really enjoyed watching a live poker game because most of the time, players opted not to show their (hole) cards after winning an uncontested pot. Just before I decided to zap, something suddenly grabbed my attention ... More...

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