HOST GUIDELINES

(These are Guidelines to help hosts and to prevent complaints)
THANK YOU FOR BEING A HOST ON FRIENDS_R_US. 

WE KNOW IT IS HARD WHEN WE DON'T GET JUMPERS, BUT WE HAVE TO SHOW THEM WE ARE THERE BY SETTING THE GAMES AND BEING ON TIME. WE TRY NEW GAMES TO SEE WHAT MEMBERS LIKE AND WE WILL TRY IT FOR A WHILE UNTIL WE KNOW IF IS GOING TO BE A GAME WE WANT TO CONTINUE HOSTING.

​THESE ARE GUIDELINES, NOT RULES!

THIS IS OUR LEAGUE, EVERYONE IS EQUAL!
PLEASE DO NOT CORRECT ANY ONE IN THE LOBBY, IF THERE IS AN ISSUE LET THEM KNOW ON TRILLIAN.  ALL HOSTS ARE ALSO MEMBERS, SO PLEASE BE NICE TO THEM AND NONE OF US ARE THE BOSS, IF WE MAKE A MISTAKE APOLOGIZE AND GO ON, WE ARE HUMAN AND NOBODY IS PERFECT.  WHEN NOT HOSTING YOU ARE A MEMBER, SO DON'T CORRECT OR CRITISIZE HOSTS!
THIS GOES FOR EVERYONE!  HOST  AND THIS MEANS ALL HOST NEED TO STAY OFF OF OTHER HOST PAGES, ONLY BRING UP THE PAGE IF THERE IS A PROBLEM.  IF THEY NEED TO FIX OR REPORT AN ERROR THEY NEED TO LEARN TO DO IT NOT HAVE ANOTHER HOST DO IT FOR THEM.
PLEASE BE SURE TO SAY GOOD LUCK AT TABLES AND GOOD GAME WHEN FINISHED.

Code Of Conduct for Hosts


When you are a host The Code of Conduct is a bit Higher. Bragging Goes out the Window. Jokes about sex go out the window. We are there to provide a friendly safe environment for our members and it is out Responsibility to Abide by this . You also need to be in the room 15 minutes eary.  We need to be polite to members no matter what, so when if caps,  you need to be extra careful when speaking to members, because caps can make something you thing is simple or polite may be taken as rude because of the caps.

We are not to addy or talk about the league in other rooms, unless you are a private table!!
Do not discuss other leagues or other leagues members in the room.
Do not talk bad about anyone in the lobby, that is DRAMA and we don't want or need it!
Remember the rule: If you don't have something nice to say, don't say nothing at all!


Setting a Tour Includes:
Name Of Tour, Game , Name of Game Room , Link to Room, Rounds, Round Times, Ladderbux charged.  We charge 200 bux unless it is a special with bux added.  We do swiss and it can be set as 9 rounds because it will adjust the rounds by the number of jumpers you get. 

PLEASE DO NOT SET TRUE SWISS!!!

We do 2 of each game except for, yahtzee, dcr and dice derby those are  3 and all card games are one per hour.  Do not set the next hour if you set cards, because card games take longer and can run over time.  Games are to be set on the hour and then  15 mins or all on the hour,  so you can close one and start the next one, as soon as you are ready, so normally one free game if needed, but not necessary.  Please start as close to start time as possible, you can give the go and pairs after the go if you need to wait one minute before closing, this will keep tourneys on track and keep the tourneys going.  When hosting you need to use the pogo name or shortened like the first few letters or part of pogo name so members know who they are playing, members don't know everyones real name.  You can call them by their name when not hosting.  We do  leave a person in the first round but if they aren't there by the end of the first round take them out.  If they missed the tourney please watch for them the next tournament and after running the greeting and they aren't in room remove them, if you don't have enough after removing them apologize to the people who are there and tell them there isn't enough because that person isn't present and the tourney has to be cancelled.  We do not want to use members if they aren't there.
IF YOU HAVE 3 IN THE HOST NEEDS TO JUMP TO MAKE 4, DO NOT CANCEL IF YOU CAN MAKE THE TOURNEY HAVE 4!!!!
At the end of a tourney announce winner, then close tourney so they know it is over.

Check in needs to be open and you can do this 24 hours before your tourney.
If setting farther out make sure you go back to open all tourneys.




Hosting
The main part of hosting is pretty simple.
Only set tourneys you are sure you can host.
When you set make sure check in is open the day before you host that tour . This is your responsibility. Try to set your tourney the night before or by 6am, so members see the times and games on the page, please do not set late and expect jumpers.


When your Starting a Tour.
Announce when you will be closing tourney, at that time Close Registration and Start tour.
We need to start on time if you have enough in. Do not wait for 10-15 mins for one jumper to get in the room, you can leave them in and  tell them who they are playing, if they are not in room by the end of round 1, take them out  and continue.
Click on adjust round one pairs then give Pairs in Room
At the end of round, announce winners and ask if you are correct, except in table games where you announce the winner after they post.
Mark the winners, and advance to next round.
Keep doing til a Clear winner and tour over tourney page tells you that there is a winner.
Announce winner and thank members for being Friends, and ask them to join the next tourney.  We want to help each other get jumpers, by knowing what game is up next!
Close out the tour


PLEASE KEEP UP-TO-DATE BY READING THE HOST HANDOUT REGULARLY!!  THESE ARE GUIDELINES TO HELP ALL RUN YOUR TOURNAMENTS WITH NO DRAMA OR PROBLEMS.
​HOST MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON SKYPE!
PLEASE DO NOT START OR PARTICIPATE IN DRAMA.
OUR LEAGUE SAYS ALL WELCOME, SO THAT MEANS EVEN PEOPLE NEW TO POGO ARE WELCOME!
EVERY HOST NEEDS TO KNOW HOW TO HELP A NEW PERSON HOW TO JOIN THE LEAGUE.  IT IS EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE BEGINNERS TAB TO EXPLAIN HOW TO JOIN A TOURNAMENT!
SHOW SUPPORT OF LEAGUE BY PLAYING IN TOURNEYS WHEN POSSIBLE.  MAKES IT EASY ON HOSTS AND SETS GOOD EXAMPLES FOR OTHERS.
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NOT SETTING GAMES AND NOT SHOWING ACTIVE IN OTHER HOST GAMES IS GROUNDS TO BE DEMOTED OR REMOVED AS HOST.  WE DO NOT HAVE ANY DEMANDS ON WHEN YOU SET OR WHO SETS WHAT TIMES.  YOU SET WHEN YOU WANT AND THE GAME YOU WANT EXCEPT FOR BOWLING AT 8PM EVERY NIGHT.  YOU CAN COPY AND PASTE THE LINK OF A GAME AND THE NAME OF THE ROOM FROM THE LIST BELOW!
WE DON'T ALLOW HOSTS TO HOSTS ON OTHER LEAGUES.  THIS IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND IT ALSO KEEPS HOSTS FROM SHOWING SUPPORT OF OUR LEAGUE.
YOU NEED TO KEEP CONTROL OF YOUR TOURNEY, IF SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE ANSWERING QUESTIONS IT GETS CONFUSING.  RULES NEED TO BE ON YOUR PAGE, UNLESS IT IS A SIMPLE GAME THAT NEEDS NO EXPLANATION. THOSE GAMES CAN BE IN THE TITLE.

MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO FIND ENOUGH.  HOST SHOULD ADD ALL NEW MEMBERS TO THEIR FRIENDS LIST SO YOU SEE THEM WHEN THEY COME IN LOBBY.  
YOU CAN SET GAMES IN A 4PLYR ROOM AND PLAY IT AS A 1V1 SWISS, A GOOD NAME FOR IT IS MUSICAL CHAIRS!  IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW PLEASE ASK SO YOU CAN LEARN IT.
ALWAYS SHOW GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP AND SET EXAMPLES FOR OTHERS, HOSTS NEED TO BE IN ROOM 15-30 MINS BEFORE THEIR TOURNEY SO THEY CAN GREET THEIR JUMPERS, AND WHEN PLAYING IN ANOTHER HOSTS TOURNEY PLEASE BE IN ROOM AT LEAST 5-10
MINS TIL GAME TIME. HOSTS NEED TO SET THE EXAMPLES FOR OTHERS!  
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YOU CAN CHOSE WHO YOU WANT TO SET, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THE PERSON ON THE LEFT OR RIGHT,  AND IT IS BEST IF THE HOST DOESN'T SET SO THEY  ARE THERE TO CHECK OTHER TABLES.

BADGE IS NOT REQUIRED BY CASES OR LEAGUE, IF WE ARE IN A NEW ROOM THAT HASN'T BEEN MARKED THEN IT BEST TO HAVE IT SO PEOPLE REALIZE WE ARE THE HOST!  HOST ALWAYS USE CAPS AND MEMBERS MAY USE THEM IF THEY WANT, BECAUSE SOME
HAVE TROUBLE SEEING THE SMALLER LETTERS!  
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IT TAKES LESS THEN 2 MINS TO SET A TOURNEY, PLEASE DO NOT MOVE TOURNEYS TO 2018, JUST DELETE THEM, UNLESS YOU PLAN ON USING THEM IN THE NEAR FUTURE, REMOVE ALL MEMBERS THAT HAVE JUMPED BEFORE MOVING ANY TOURNEY.
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PLEASE START ON TIME IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH, IT'S NOT FAIR TO MAKE MEMBERS WAIT AND IT CAUSES US TO LOSE MEMBERS.
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AN ADDY NEEDS TO BE RAN FOR THE LEAGUE TO GET NEW MEMBERS EITHER BEFORE OR DURING TOURNEY.
BE NICE TO ALL PEOPLE IN LOBBY, MEMBERS OR NOT!  WE NEVER KNOW WHO MIGHT JOIN AND IT MAKES US WELCOME.
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1.  OUR MEMBERS ARE OUR FIRST PRIORTY, SO PLEASE TREAT ALL OF THEM WITH RESPECT.  I KNOW SOMETIMES THIS IS DIFFICULT, BUT WE DON'T KNOW IF THERE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAKES THINGS DIFFICULT FOR THEM!
2. ALL HOSTS ARE EQUAL, SO WE NEED TO LET THEM DO THEIR HOSTING WITHOUT BEING CRITISIZED!  IF THERE IS A PROBLEM PLEASE LET THE HA KNOW AND THEY WILL SPEAK TO THE HOST IN QUESTION.  SOMETIMES THEIR MAY BE PERSONALITY CONFLICTS,
 BUT TREAT EACH OTHER THE WAY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED, AND IF THERE IS A PROBLEM PUT IT ON IM NOT IN LOBBY.  EVEN ON SKYPE OR TRILLIAN PLEASE SPEAK TO EACH OTHER WITH RESPECT.  UNLESS YOU ARE ASSIGNED TO DO SOMETHING OTHER THEN HOSTING DO NOT TAKE IT UPON YOURSELF TO DO IT!  
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3. IF POSSIBLE TOURNAMENTS NEED TO BE PRESET BY 10PM THE NIGHT BEFORE SO THAT OTHERS CAN SEE WHAT TIMES NEED  TO BE SET.  SOMETIMES THIS CAN BE DIFFICULT BECAUSE OF WORK SCHEDULES, BUT PLEASE TRY.
 IF PRESET IT HAS BEEN PROVEN YOU WILL GET MORE JUMPERS IF THEY KNOW THE GAMES ARE THERE! MEMBERS NEED TO SEE THE GAMES FOR THE DAY LISTED IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.
 PLEASE CHECK THE GAME BEFORE AND AFTER THE TIME YOU ARE SETTING SO  THAT YOU DON'T SET THE SAME GAMES OVER AND OVER.
THERE ARE GAMES LIKE BOWLING, BATTLESHIP AND OTHERS THAT 2 CAN BE SET IN AN HOUR.

4.  PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN TO DO THE 1V1 AS TEAMS AKA R.R. OR MUSICAL CHAIRS.  IT IS REALLY EASY ONCE YOU HAVE DONE IT.  HOST ALSO NEED TO KNOW HOW TO FIX BLUE LINES.
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5.  IF YOU SET A TOURNAMENT AND REALIZE YOU ARE UNABLE TO HOST IT, PLEASE SEE IF ANOTHER HOST CAN HOST IT FOR YOU.  ONLY DO THIS IF AN EMERGENCY HAS COME UP OR ARE CALLED AWAY.
ASKING SOMEONE TO HOST YOUR TOURNEY BECAUSE YOU ARE TIRED THEN YOU SHOULD CONSIDER, HOSTING EARLIER OR RESTING PRIOR TO YOUR TOURNEY.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO MOVE THE TOURNAMENT IT NEEDS TO BE DONE AT LEAST 2HRS BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT IS SCHEDULED, DO NOT MOVE A TOURNEY IF YOU HAVE JUMPERS ALREADY!!!
 DELETE TOURNAMENT IF YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH AFTER EXPLAINING IN THE LOBBY  THERE ISN'T ENOUGH!
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6.  PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE LOBBY AND BE READY TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS AND RESPOND TO POSTS.  FRIENDLY CHAT IN LOBBY IS FOR AFTER TOURNEY HAS STARTED AND TABLES ARE SET.
 IF YOU CAN'T HOST AND PLAY AT THE SAME TIME PLEASE DON'T JOIN YOUR OWN TOURNAMENT!
7.  THERE IS A CLOCK ON THE PAGE SO MEMBERS KNOW WHAT TOURNEY TIME IS.   IF NOT IN ROOM GET A SUB IS ALLOWED ONLY IF IT IS A 2V2 GAME.   PUT ON A 10MIN TIMER ON ANYONE WHO ISNT IN THE ROOM OR RESPONDING.
THIS IS FOR ALL EVEN HOSTS AND ADMN, WHEN THEY ARENT HOSTING THEY ARE JUST CONSIDERED MEMBERS.
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8.  GET THE MEMBERS ATTENTION:  TELL THEM WHAT TABLES WE WILL BE USING, TELL THEM THE RULES AND START.  
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9. DO NOT STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF TELLING RULES TO SAY HI TO SOMEONE, OR ANSWER A QUESTION.  DO THIS AFTER THE RULES.
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10.  WHEN A HOST IS PLAYING IN ANOTHER HOSTS TOURNAMENT THEY ARE TO BE TREATED LIKE A MEMBER.  PLEASE DO NOT SLOW DOWN THE GAME BY SENDING THEM MESSAGES OR GOING TO THE TABLE WITH QUESTIONS.  
WHEN  THEY ARE HOSTING PLEASE TRY NOT TO SEND THEM MESSAGES. THE CURRENT HOST IS RESPONDSIBLE FOR ALL DECISIONS IN THEIR TOURNEY.
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 11.  THE HOST NEEDS TO WAIT TIL ALL TABLE ARE SET BEFORE GOING TO THE TABLE IF THEY ARE PLAYING IN THEIR OWN TOURNAMENT.  HAVE THE OPPONET SET THE TABLE YOU WILL BE PLAYING.  THIS WAY YOU ARE AVAILABLE IF SOMEONE NEEDS HELP.
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12.  ALWAYS THANK THE PLAYERS FOR JOINING YOU AND TELL THEM ABOUT THE NEXT TOURNEY TIME!
13.  PLEASE KEEP UP TO DATE ON SPECIALS AND CONTESTS, AND PROMPT THEM TO JOIN IN.  

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THANK YOU ALL!  
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HELP FOR NEW HOSTS CREATING OR HOSTING:
​​CREATING A TOURNEY
1. LOGIN IN AS TD
2. CREATE TOURNAMENT AND MAKE SURE GAME, ROOM NAME, LINK  
3.  CHECK IN CAN BE OPEN UP TO 24HRS AHEAD OF GAME
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TIME OF TOURNAMENT
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BE IN LOBBY AT LEAST 15-30 MINS ​ BEFORE TOURNEY TIME TO WELCOME YOUR JUMPERS!
​  RUNNING A TOURNEY
1. LOGIN IN AS TD  
2.  CLICK ADMIN. TOURNEY  
3. CLICK ON YOUR TOURNEY NUMBER
4. THREE MINS B4 TOURNEY TIME TELL GAME AND RULES
5.  IF ENOUGH (1V1 NEEDS 4 OR MORE  DOESN'T NEED TO BE EVEN.  2V2 NEEDS 8 OR MORE MUST BE EVEN REMEMBER TEAM COUNTS AS 2) AFTER RUNNING RULES REFRESH AND CHECK IF EVEN IN A TEAM GAME, IF NOT, YOU REGISTER AND CLOSE RIGHT ON THE HOUR AND HIT START!
6. SET TABLES AND GIVE GTG, IF HOST IS PLAYING PLEASE WAIT FOR ALL TO JOIN A TABLES, BEFORE YOU SIT.
7.  YOU CAN START PART OF RND 2 IF YOU WANT 10 MINS LATER
8. WAIT FOR POSTS  AND GIVE THEM THE WTG AND BLNR
MARK WINNER ASAP AFTER THAT.
ALWAYS WATCH LOBBY FOR QUESTIONS AND POSTS!
IF YOU ARE PLAYING YOU STILL NEED TO RESPOND ASAP!
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ALWAYS TELL THE MEMBERS ABOUT THE NEXT GAME TIME
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10.  AFTER ALL ROUNDS ARE PLAYED CLOSE TOURNEY!

Blues Lines***
Blues are what happens when a match happened earlier in the tour . When you hit advance round you will notice beside all the teams/player have a numer in brackets beside them.
 This is how many wins a team/player has. Sometimes a pair gets a Blue Streak on it . When this happens switch a team in the blue with one outside it with Same win Total.
This makes for fair matches and usually get rid of blue . If it stays try with all possible optoins outside of blue with same win total. Try to never switch the top 2.
If you need help on learning how to fix blue lines, we can set up a time to teach you.
CALCULATION SHEET.
Now it shows matches and great for round one but the matches change and hard to change all names while doing it so this is what i do works best.
Put all the names of playes in your tour on sheet. You can do this when you see them jump so you are ready.
The games that use this are  slots, mahjong and some bingo games have certain start and go times. Slots is 5 mins and others are determined by host.
If you prefer paper and using calculator that is fine too, depending on your math skills.
Start of tour:
Get last 6 numbers of pogo token totals, put in the numbers beside each players name
Give Pairs in Room
Start tour with announce time on clock
Stop round at exactly  7 minutes later.
When you stop round say hit new game as this counts all the tokens for undone game and makes it fair.
 
In Slots this wont be needed.
Ask for the last 6 numbers again and ask them not to play until the next go is given.
Put the token total in Final Score
It will show the difference in tokens highest difference wins as it means they earned more in the 7 minutes.
Put in lobby the numbers next to each player of the teams, so they know who won and if they are doing the math, they know you have it correct.
Now for other rounds  its a little trickier. Changing all the names to match the matches takes to much time so i would say keep them the same .
Take all the scores from Final  Score put into Start score for the next round
Give pairs,  give them start time.
Stop and Hit new Game only in Majong
get token count put in Final Score
Compare names with pairs on tour Sheets to see who's difference is higher.
keep going till tour is done .
FOR THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW.  IF THE SCORES ARE BOTH MINUS ON A PAIR, THE LOWEST MINUS IS THE WINNER!!




BACKDOOR CODES FOR YOUR TOURNEY:
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8BALL HIGH STAKES POOL
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=pool2&r=pool2-plp2sf077
8 BALL-BEGINNER  RM 006
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9BALL HIGH STAKES POOL
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=pool2&r=pool2-plp2sf085
9 BALL-INTERMEDIATE  RM 001
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DICE DERBY
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=checkeredflag&r=checkeredflag-plcfsf003
6-LAP RACES MEMBERS ONLY TOPICS DIRT TRACKING

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SPADES
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=spades2&r=spades2-plspsf044
BEGINNERS FREE ROOM BLACK AND BLUE

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2PLYR CANASTA
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=canasta&r=canasta-plcanastasf013
2 PLYR BEGINNERS MEMBERS ONLY BERMUDA BLUE
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4PLYR CANASTA
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=canasta&r=canasta-plcanastasf174
4 PLYR BEGINNERS MEMBERS ONLY BLUE BABY
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DICE CITY ROLLER
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=ytz&r=ytz-plytzsf360
NO AUCTION MEMBERS ONLY TOPICS AMAZING MINIS TOO!
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FORTUNE BINGO
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=superbingo&r=superbingo-plsupbingosf062
SPEEDY GAMES MEMBERS ONLY THREE CARDS BENIGN BINGO
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HOG HEAVEN SLOTS
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=fancy&r=fancy-plfancysf071
50s PLUS MEMBERS BACON BUCKS
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LOTTSO
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=lottso&r=lottso-pllottsosf466
TEAM PLAY TOPICS MEMBERS ALLIGATOR
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MAHJONG SAFARI
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=safari&r=safari-plsafarisf049
50s MEMBERS ARTS AND ARTISANS
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POGO BOWL
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=bowling&r=bowling-plbowlingsf295
FAST ROOMS 50s FREE ROOM BOWLER'S PARADISE
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YAHTZEE PARTY
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=yahtzee&r=yahtzee-plyahtzeesf126
WILD MODE FAST FREE ROOM BOOK CLUB
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MONOPOLY SPLOTS
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=monopolyslots&r=monopolyslots-plmonopolyslotssf304
TOPICS MEMBERS ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGE
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VAULTS OF ATLANTIS
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=mlslots&r=mlslots-mlslotssf110
50s Members Next Stop Vegas
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DOMINOES
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=domino2&r=domino2-pldomino2sf029
 Beginner - Members  Bluebonnets 
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PINOCHLE
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=pinochle&r=pinochle-plpinochlesf011
 Beginner Room All American Blue
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YAHTZEE PARTY
http://www.backdoors.to/bd.asp?p=Pogo&g=yahtzee&r=yahtzee-plyahtzeesf165
Beginners Slow Room Wild Mode Humor
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MORE GAMES ADDED PLEASE WATCH FOR THEM
THESE ARE THE ONLY GAMES TO BE HOSTED UNLESS IT IS A WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE THAT WE CAN HOST