The Lodge Card Club Blog


We’re Changing Our Cash Games (Based On Your Feedback)

You shared your feedback and now we’re acting on it.


A few weeks ago Doug Polk donned his visor and went into survey mode, passing around a questionnaire to players at The Lodge Card Club.

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The results are in and we’re making a few changes to our $1/$3 and $2/$5 No Limit games based on your answers. All other games are unaffected.

Bomb Pots Changes

1. Bomb Pots Are Back (with a Cap) at $1/$3 No Limit Hold’em

We’re re-adding bomb pots to one of our most popular games: $1/$3 No Limit Hold’em.


These bomb pots will be capped at $500 per player. In other words, each player can put in a maximum of $500 in a bomb pot. Once that cap has been reached, the hand will proceed as if players are all-in.

2. $2/$5 Bomb Pots Now Have a Cap

Bomb pots at $2/$5 No Limit Hold’em will have a 200 big blind ($1,000) cap.

The “Why” Behind Bomb Pot Changes

Bomb pots are a Texas poker staple, and our survey results back up that statement.


65% of players said they like bomb pots. When given the choice between capped bomb pots and uncapped bomb pots, most players said they preferred capped bomb pots.

In addition to being the more popular option, capped bomb pots are a much better choice for protecting the ecosystem at The Lodge. In other words, games will run longer and break less often with a cap in place.

Buy-In Changes

1. The Max Buy-In for $1/$3 Has Been Raised to $1,000

It was previously a $200 to $600 buy-in game, but we’re making it $200 to $1,000 instead (no match the stack).

2. The Max Buy-In for $2/$5 Has Been Raised to $2,000 with No More Match the Stack

This buy-in range was previously set at $200 to $1,000 with an option to match the biggest stack at the table. We’ve removed match the stack and increased the maximum to $1,500.

The “Why” Behind Buy-In Changes

Players were given 4 different buy-in structures on which to share their preferences:

  1. 150 big blind cap
  2. 300 big blind cap
  3. Match the Stack
  4. Uncapped


For each buy-in structure, the players had 4 options:

  • Favorite
  • Like
  • Dislike
  • Least Favorite


Uncapped and 150 big blind cap had a huge chunk of people vote “Least Favorite” and relatively few said “Favorite”, so those two were out of the running immediately.


When it came to Match the Stack vs 300 big blind cap, interpreting the results was a bit trickier.


Slightly more players had a favorable opinion of 300 big blind cap (73%) versus Match the Stack (70%). More players said Match the Stack was their favorite, but there were four times as many players who said it was their least favorite.


These results were too close to call based on just the data, so our team decided to go with the option that is less disliked and better for the longevity of the games: 300 big blind cap.


To quote Doug Polk:

I think match the stack (MTS) is incredibly predatory. At basically every table I’ve been at with MTS, the moment a weaker player doubles every regular pulls out money to cover him.


How are recreational players supposed to feel about that? I dont think its a good look for the game or the room. Now, additionally, that player has to play way bigger in a game that might have multiple straddles and the players to their direct left are deep stacked to try to stack them. This forces that player to either play tight (bad for the game), get stacked and leave (bad for the game), or just leave because they are uncomfortable (bad for the game).


I think MTS is truly a terrible buyin option for the average players at these limits and is one of the reasons why $1/$3 and $2/$5 run so much less often.

Thank You, Lodge Members

Our team put a lot of time and thought into these decisions and we hope this article helped shed light on that decision-making process.


We appreciate your patience and understanding as we experimented with different structures, all with the goal of creating the best possible poker ecosystem for every Lodge member.


The Lodge Card Club Blog


8 Tips for Your Lodge Championship Series Trip

If you’re coming to Round Rock in May for the $5 Million Lodge Championship Series (LCS), you’re gonna want to read on.


The following 8 tips will save you time and help you have the most comfortable, enjoyable trip possible.

1. Avoid waiting by registering (as a member and for tournaments) ahead of time

The Lodge is a members-only social club, so you’ll need to sign up for a membership on-site before being able to play any cash games or tournaments. Coming by the day before a tournament you plan to play (especially during slower times of day) to become a member is probably a wise move.


Registration for LCS tournaments opens two weeks prior to the series, so you can also come buy-in to tournaments ahead of time.


You could show up right before a tournament begins and sign up then, but you may be met with a couple of lines — one to become a member and one to register for the tournament. Do yourself a favor and register ahead of time instead.

2. Stay in Round Rock (not Austin) if you want to spend less time in the car

Austin is great, but it will take you between 15 and 30 minutes to get to The Lodge if you decide to stay in the city.


If you want to reduce your time on the road, stay in Round Rock so you’re just a few minutes away from The Lodge.


See special hotel deals near The Lodge here.


The Lodge doesn’t serve alcohol, but you can bring your own. If you think you’ll want a drink or two while playing, stop at a store on the way over.


(Note: The Lodge does offer unlimited free soft drinks.)

4. Bring a hoodie/jacket (we keep the room cold)

A lot of poker rooms keep it quite cold inside and The Lodge is no exception.


Be prepared and bring a hoodie or jacket to make sure you aren’t uncomfortable. Even if you forget, though, you can always buy a Lodge-branded hoodie from the front desk.

5. If you’re already a Lodge member, go straight to the cage to register for a tournament

When you play cash games at The Lodge, you have to check in at the front desk before sitting down.


If you’re playing an LCS tournament, however, you don’t need to check in. Go straight to the cage with your buy-in in hand.

6. Have your membership number ready to go when registering for a tournament

Your membership number can be found on your Lodge member card. Have that ready when you’re about to register to make the process as quick and smooth as possible.

7. Table numbers hang above the tables

Do you know that annoying feeling of looking for your table number in a crowded poker room?


That isn’t such a problem at The Lodge because the table numbers — hanging high above the tables — are impossible to miss.

8. Check PokerNews for tournament updates

The Lodge will be working with during the LCS to provide live reporting from all major events. Follow along at

See You in May for the LCS!

Check out the schedule here.

The Lodge Card Club Blog


Tournament Guarantees Are Going Up At The Lodge Card Club!

The tournaments at The Lodge have been getting more players than ever…

…so it’s time to jack up the guarantees!

Here is what members have to look forward to starting this Saturday (March 19th):

  • The guarantees for The Art of Poker and The Big One Re-Entry are being increased by $10,000 each.
  • All tournaments at The Lodge will now have a guaranteed prize pool.
  • The Tuesday Freeroll, the PLO Freeroll, and the Friday Night Freezeout guarantees are being increased by a combined $9,500.

This table sums up all of the changes:

new lodge guarantees

Join Us For The First $40,000 Guaranteed Art of Poker Tournament This Saturday

These bigger guarantees go into effect this Saturday, March 19th, starting with The Art of Poker at 12:15PM.

the art of poker

Come compete for cash and prizes in our most popular $200 tournament! See details and structure sheet here.