About Badger Poker

Badger Poker is a membership only poker league.Each month there are nightly tournaments (five per week) in which you can earn points towards extra chips in the Monthly Finals. Entry into Badger Poker tournaments is FREE for members of Badger Poker. Membership also gets you ten Badger Poker credits per month that can be used to rebuy or add-on to any Badger Poker tournament that offers rebuys or add-ons. These credits do not expire and can be used in subsequent months. 

Membership :

The standard membership period is quarterly. We offer a standard bonus package for those who pay $80 each quarter. Here is the breakdown of the $80 package. 

  • $75 for regular dues ($25/month)

  • $5, one extra 25K plaque in EACH of the three monthly Finals covered by your dues.

  • Bonus is only available when paying prior to the start of the new quarter. 

Dues can be paid quarterly at $75 per quarter with no added bonuses. 

Dues can be paid monthly at $30 per month with no added bonuses. 

All quarterly and monthly dues packages receive one 10 credit rebuy/add-on card distributed at the beginning of each month.

A one day membership can be purchased for $5. This does not include any rebuy or add on credits. 

Additional rebuys/add-ons are available for $5 each or 12 for $50.


A Badger Poker year runs June through May. The 2024-2025 Finals tournament schedule is as follows. All Finals tournamnets are held on a Sunday. Schedule is subject to change as needed. 

May 2024, Monthly Finals on 02 June 

June 2024, Monthly Finals on 07 July, delayed due to Vegas trip

July 2024, Monthly Finals on 04 August

August 2024 Monthly Finals on 08 September delayed to avoid Labor Day weekend

September 2024, Monthly Finals on 29 September

October 2024, Monthly Finals on 03 November

November 2024, Monthly Finals on 01 December

December 2024, Monthly Finals on 05 January

January 2025, Monthly Finals on 02 February

February 2025, Monthly Finals on 02 March

March 2025, Monthly Finals on 30 March

April 2025, Monthly Finals on 04 May

May 2025, Monthly Finals on 01 June




Nightly tournaments run throughout the month, see website for schedule and locations. Nightly tournaments are only open for members of Badger Poker and are free to enter.

Starting stacks are $20k. Blinds increase every half hour. There is a five minute break every hour.

Every dollar you spend at the venue THAT NIGHT gets you a 1k chip for use in that night's tournament. Chips must be put into play or turned in that same night. Chips should not go home with anybody at the end of the night.

Putting chips in your pocket “pocket chips” to pull out when you rebuy or later in the tournament is allowed but highly discouraged. If you do engage in pocket chips they must be put into play between hands. Pocket chips can only be put into play in ADDITION to other chips already in play. If you bust out you do not have any chips in play and MUST rebuy in order to have chips to add your pocket chips too. You CANNOT pull out pocket chips in lieu of a rebuy.

You can rebuy up to five times in a nightly tournament. Rebuys end at the second break. The first three rebuys cost one Badger Poker credit. The fourth and fifth rebuy cost TWO Badger Poker credits each.

You can add-on once in a nightly tournament at the second break. An add-on costs one Badger Poker credit.

Tournament is closed for entry at the second  break.

Current nightly tournament schedule:

Sunday 12:00 pm at Schwoegler's Park Towne Lanes in Madison

Monday 6:30 pm at Sconnie Bar in Madison

Tuesday 6:30 pm at Dotty’s Bar and Bistro in Cross Plains

Tuesday 7:00 pm at Pppoker.com

Wednesday 6:30 pm at Schwoegler's Park Towne Lanes in Madison

Thursday at 7:00 pm at Pppoker.com

Schedule is subject to change as needed including canceling or moving to Pppoker. Holidays are usually moved to Pppoker.



Monthly Finals are only open to members of Badger Poker and are free to enter.

You can become a member at the registration for the Monthly Finals.

Each monthly Finals has a prize pool of $750 in cash and prizes as follows

1st: $250.00

2nd: $150.00

3rd: $100.00

4th: $80.00

5th: $60.00

6th: $45 Gift card*

7th-: $35 Gift card*

8th: $30 Gift card*

* Gift cards are dependent on supply. If not enough people show up on a nightly tournament we may not get gift cards for that night. We account for occassional slow nights so this isn't usually a problem.

Monthly Finals have a starting chip stack of $50k and you can get extra chips the following ways.

  1. Every win in a nightly tournament is worth 20k extra in the Finals

  2. Points won during the month earn you extra chips in the Finals per this chart

   1-51 20K

   51-100 40k

   101-200 60k

   201-300 80k

   301+ 100k


  1. Food and beverage purchases at the venue at 1k per $1 spent with a maximum of 25k awarded in this manner

  2. Commemorative plaques are available, $20 for 50k in plaques.


Blind structure for a monthly Finals may have extra blind levels compared to a nightly tournament.

There are no rebuys or add-ons for a monthly Finals.

Start time for the monthly Finals is 12:00pm with registration open at 11:00am. Monthly Finals close to entry at 1:00pm.



The MDE Tournament is invitation only. You must qualify for an invite and be a current member of Badger Poker in the month the MDE tournament is held. 

The MDE Tournament is a special opportunity to win a trip to Las Vegas in June during the Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget including airfare credit, hotel credit, and entry into a Million Dollar prize pool tournament. Prize package valued at approximately $2200. 

A Million Dollar Finals is run as a separate invite only tournament twice a year. People who have qualified will be notified by email. You must be a current member in the month the MDE Tournament is held.. The MDE Tournament will be scheduled for mid November 2024 and mid May 2025. The trip to Vegas is normally the last week of June but is subject to change. 

There are no rebuys or add-ons for a Million Dollar Finals.

There are two ways to qualify for the tournament.

  1. Be a member for five of the previous six months (And remember you must be a current member in the month the tournament is held.)

  2. Get an owners invite

Registration will open at 11:00 am and the tournament will start at 12:05pm. Tournament will close to entry at the first blind level increase, approximately 12:30pm.


There are several ways to earn extra chips for the tournament. All bonuses are counted for time between previous and current Million Dollar Entry Tournaments. If there are multiple people tied for any of the leader categories all of the tied qualifiers will receive the full bonus.

  • Be a paid member for all 6 months of the qualifying period: 25K

  • Win a Monthly Finals: 10k

  • Be a point leader for any month: 10k

  • Be a wins total leader for any month: 10k

  • Earn 6+ wins in nightly tournaments: 20k

  • Earn 600+ points in nightly tournaments: 20k

  • Support venue with food/beverage purchases: up to 25K

  • Other specials that may be offered throughout the year

Commemorative plaques will also be available. $20 for 50k in plaques.

Prize pool for the Nov. 2024 Million Dollar Qualifier is $2900.00 total in the following places:

1st place:

Entry into a Million Dollar prize pool tournament in Las Vegas June 2025 valued at $1200**

$500 airfare credit

$500 hotel credit

Total prize package value of $2200.

Cash out option is valued at $1000 cash if prize package is not taken

2nd place: $400*

3rd place: $200*

4th place: $100* 

5th place: $50 gift card*

6th place: $25 gift card*

7th place: $25 gift card*

* Cash prize amounts may vary depending on membership numbers. We will always pay out four places and first place is guaranteed at $2200.  Gift card places and amounts are dependent on availablity which is dependent on attendance during the year.  Amounts shown are what was paid in the last MDE tournament.

** If the Million Dollar prize pool tournament is not available, or the entry fee increases to more than $1300, we reserve the right to substitue another tournament with equal entry fee value.

Blind structure will be as follows:


12pm 100/200

12:30pm 200/400  

1pm 300/600

1:30pm 400/800

Black and Red off

2pm 1000/2000

2:30pm 2000/4000  

3pm 3000/6000

3:30pm 4000/8000

White/Green off

4pm 5000/10000 

4:30      10000/20000

5:00pm 15000/30000  

5:30pm 20000/40000

Purple and Orange off

6pm      25000/50000

6:30pm   50000/100000 

7pm 75000/150000 

7:30      10000/200000  

8pm 200000/400000

8:30pm 300000/600000

9pm 500000/1million


Miscellaneous items:

  1. If players opt to chop, first place will convert to the cash payout value of $1000 cash

  2. Any disputes will be settled by one of the tournament directors and all decisions will be final

  3. No cell phone use while in a hand (if you have live cards)

  4. Tournament Directors will be seated at separate tables, everyone else will be random draw

  5. Breaks will be every hour for ten minutes, from 5 minutes before the hour to five minutes after the hour

  6. Blind levels will last for 25 minutes (first blind level is 30 minutes)

  7. When the final table is reached all players will be reseated. 

  8. If you win the grand prize package and your membership lapses prior to taking the trip, Badger Poker reserves the right to convert the grand prize to the cash value and pay out at time of lapse.