Going ‘All-In’ for a lifetime of memories

Going ‘All-In’ for a lifetime of memories

September 19, 2018 3:00 AM


I had the honor to interview Jack Binion, a true legend of the gaming industry. Binion’s love of all things poker would change the industry forever, and now he is supporting a cause dear to him – Keep Memory Alive.  The nonprofit organization was created to increase awareness and raise funds for the research, diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders by exclusively supporting Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Binion and I reminisced about the old times. I have known him for years, and I was there in 1995 when he opened The Horseshoe Casino and legal poker to the south in Tunica, Mississippi.

I asked Jack about his close friend Doyle Brunson retiring. He said he still has lunch with Doyle and Bobby Baldwin weekly to keep up with the guys.

I asked if he ever thought sports betting would be legalized across the country?

Binion said not in a million years.

He has spent his career making poker mainstream, and now he is using his influence to help this worthy cause.

We also spoke about the inaugural Keep Memory Alive Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament, a charity event Binion is hosting in Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 21. He said he supports this charity because “most of us will experience some form of memory loss in our lives.”

The money raised will support Keep Memory Alive. At the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health patients can receive treatment for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

Other luminaries who are scheduled to appear are poker icons Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson, Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu and legendary WSOP tournament director Jack McClelland.

The buy-in for the tournament is $500 for one seat or $3,500 for 10 seats. First prize is $10,000 and runner-up prizes include trips, wine and chef dinners.

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. with a tutorial at 6 p.m. Tournament play begins at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center in Las Vegas at 888 West Bonneville Ave. Guests who want to attend and enjoy a night of poker, music and entertainment can buy a ticket for $100.

For more information call 702-263-9797 or visit keepmemoryalive.org.