In the past friends would get together and play their odd games, Low Guts, High Guts, Seven Card Stud (Nothing Wild), and list goes on and on. Poker began to grow after the boom of Chris Moneymaker. The game that everyone has grown to play more often than not is No Limit Texas Hold'Em.
As the creator of the DPL, I began to think about the concept of a poker league. I thought it would be fun to have a poker league that gives points to players for every game and at the end of the season, the player that accumulated the most points would be deemed the champion for that year.
After running the idea past fellow DPL member, my father, John; he felt that many of his poker buddies would not be in favor of such a poker league, as they probably enjoyed their monthly home game much more. This was pure speculation on Dad's part. To prove my point, I asked dad to host a Saturday night game of No Limit Texas Hold'Em, tournament style, with no re-buys or add-ons. My father and I joined forces and got a decent amount of players assembled to have a game. After the game was over and prior to all the players departing for the evening, the concept of the poker league was announced. Believe or not, Dad's speculation was debunked. All players were in favor of the idea, and thus the Decatur Poker League was founded in 2008.
The league is a way for friends to get together and sharpen their poker skills. The league was not created as an avenue for anyone to make money. All games are friendly games and players are always anxious to see the updated standings after each session.
2013 DPL Members (not all present)
From left to right (bottom row): John E., Chad H., Bob W., Pete, Amy, Phillip, and David
From left to right (middle row): Mike, Penny, and Keith
From left to right (top row): Bob B, Tom B., Steve, Tom T., and John B.
2012 DPL Members (not all present)
From left to right (bottom row sitting): Phillip, Pete, David, Keith, and Tom T.
From left to right (middle row standing): Penny, John, Bob W., Mike, Bob B.
From left to right (standing): Chad H., Steve, Tom B., Chad W., and A.J.
2011 DPL Members (not all present)
From left to right (bottom row sitting): Amy and Krystal
From left to right (middle row sitting): Mike, Steve, Pat, David, Bob B., and Britt
From left to right (standing): Chad H., Keith, John, Phillip, Bob, Tom, Chad W., A.J., William, Terry, and Pete
2010 DPL Members (not all present)
From left to right (sitting): Keith, Chad, and Mike
From left to right (standing): Steve Le., David, Steve La. (back row), Bob W., Bob B., Phillip, John, Pete
2009 DPL Members (not all present)
From left to right (sitting): David, Keith, Chad, and Bob B.
From left to right (standing): Larry, Steve S., Pete, Bob W., John, Steve L., Phillip
2008 DPL Members (not all present)
From left to right: Larry, Jeff,
Gary, Bobby, Pete (sitting),
Bob, Phillip, Dave
C., John, Keith, and Dave K.