THE 4 PHASES OF 4 ACES
TENTATIVE plans for starting back, Subject to change
Phase 1(4 Aces, not State)
There may be a time when it is deemed safe to open bars, but that doesn't mean it will be safe to open poker. There is much closer contact at the poker table, and there is greater risk due to the transfer of chips and cards. So, when Florida decides to reopen bars, we will allow dealers (if any) who want to deal to deal, and anyone who wants to play to play. However, it will be strictly for fun and prizes, NOT for points. Prizes will be entirely up to the bars and will be based on sales for the night. There will be no point usage of any kind, nor will there be any signing in. It's all just for fun, prizes (maybe) and to be social. (The one exception is that awesome points will be given to anyone who helps the dealer sanitize equipment.) Frequent hand washing and face masks will be required. Equipment will be frequently sanitized, and start/end times will not be guaranteed at first. Event scheduling may be sporadic so always check the calendar before you leave. Points will remain frozen where they were in March, so if you choose to stay home you will not lose your competitive advantage. PLEASE TIP. This will be an experimental phase to see if we can find a way to sufficiently keep equipment as sanitized as possible, and to work out any and all changes needed to safely move forward with bar poker in a world with no available vaccine.
We are not necessarily going to follow the crowd. What other leagues consider acceptable risk may differ from what we consider acceptable.
In short, this phase is only for those who really, really want to play poker and who are confident that it can be done safely. Attendance at events (if any) will not be encouraged during this phase.
Normal sign-ins will resume for record-keeping purposes. However, absolutely no points will be awarded. If any are awarded in error they will be promptly rescinded (except for helping to sanitize equipment).
You will be able to REDEEM points for VIP status, however.
Phase 3 - We will likely be in this phase the longest
This phase means we have worked out the kinks with sanitation, etc. and we encourage players to come out if they feel safe doing so. No pressure though. Point functions will resume EXCEPT for tournament points. Absolutely no tournament points will be given out, and we will still not be keeping records of who won. We still don't want anyone who still doesn't feel safe coming out to feel like they have to risk their life in order to keep up.
(It may be a long time off, but good things come to those who wait.)
Bragging Rights Resume
Finally, in phase 4, everything will return to normal as much as possible. Phase 4 means we have considered everything and decided that although everyone may not 100% agree, it is time to resume normal operations. Tournament points will be back in effect and you can brag about your mad poker skills all you like and you'll have the points to prove it. :)
Once we are into Phase 4 and all is stable, monthly tournaments and win percentage tournaments will start back. Your hard work in February and March will not go to waste. February and March points and percentages will be combined with whatever month we are in when we start back in full, and the following month all tournaments will return to normal.
Also, when we officially start back for real a number of policy changes will be implemented to improve the league. We were going to ease into them over the next year or so, but at this point we might as well rip the band-aid off and make the improvements all at once. Please keep in mind that this is all subject to change based on future guidelines and recommendations.