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Joker Poker

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Joker Poker is a simple and fun game that has been played by clubs for many years. It is usually played throughout a season on the major training night of each week or at the after match function.

In simple terms, 52 playing cards plus a joker are shuffled and pinned face down on a board, like a cork board.  Each night/week a raffle is held where club members pay for the right to select a single card. The objective is to select the joker from the playing cards that are pinned faced down.

Part of the excitement and fun of Joker Poker is that after each unsuccessful card selection the prize jackpots .  For example the prize may be a carton of beer in the first week and jackpot by a carton of beer each week until the joker is selected.  Imagine how much excitement would be generated if the joker hadn’t been found after 15 weeks and the prize had grown from one carton of beer to being 15 cartons of beer.

Joker Poker

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Financial Considerations

Joker Poker costs as much as the prize the club offers and the cost of a pack of cards. Clubs can make good funds if the prize jackpots, take this scenario for eg. 20 members pay $5 per ticket for the right to select a card that may win them a slab of Beer. If the joker is not selected for 10 weeks, the club has raised $1000 at the cost of 10 slabs (approx $350) and a pack of cards. If a prize is donated, then the funds raised will be cost free.

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Promotion

To promote your Joker Poker fundraiser, utilise existing club resources and social media. Club resources include club newsletters, the club website and noticeboards. The more members that are attracted to the event and participate, the better the atmosphere and financial return to the club.

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Revenue Opportunities

Revenue opportunities arise mainly from the Joker Poker but clubs can combine the fundraiser with other post training or post match activities such as pizza/pie nights.

Licences and Permits

Clubs need to check with their state or territory regulatory body to make sure they have all the required permissions to run Joker Poker.

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Factors to Consider

No Winner

Assume you want to run your Joker Poker competition for 15 weeks, you cannot assume that the Joker will be selected during this time, so you need a clearly defined process on how you plan to finish the competition.

What many clubs will do to identify a “last day winner” is to sell tickets to the final raffle as you would normally do (ticket sales should be significantly more given the increased interest due to large prize) and then draw one ticket at a time. After each draw the successful ticket holder selects a card from the remaining playing cards. If they don’t select the joker another ticket is selected and that ticket holder selects a playing card. This process is repeated until the joker is successfully identified

Disclaimer

This procedure should be treated as a guide only. Your club should seek advice specific to the needs of your club and event. Seek further details from authorities and service providers; especially in regards to insurance, licences, permits, spectator and participant safety.

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