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The poker world has responded to the recent tornado tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma.

World famed poker expert/author and longtime GamingToday columnist Oklahoma Johnny Hale arranged through The Seniors Charities to immediately donate $10,000 in 500 debit cards of $20 each to those in need.

It will be donated in the name of the Seniors Poker Players of the World.

In addition, he and his wife, Carol, expect to raise a further $50,000 during the third annual Super Seniors poker tournament event that OK-Johnny created in cooperation with Caesars Palace, to be held  June 15-18 at Caesars.

Prize pool guarantee is $200,000. Hostess will be OK-Johnny’s daughter, Oklahoma Sarah Hale.

To participate contact contact OK-Johnny at [email protected] or phone 702-423-8801. Players must be age 50 or over to play in the event.

During the tornado peak winds were 210 mph, killing 24 people, including 10 children; and 377 others were injured. The damage is estimated to be $2 billion. In one elementary school, seven children were killed by the storm. Many homes and buildings were destroyed. President Obama recently visited Moore to observe the extent of the damage.

Hale is an Oklahoma native and first learned to play poker there when he was 19 and a college student living just a few miles south of Moore. The 1947 tornado came through the North Campus.

“I remember going out into the storm and watching the debris fly through the air,” Hale recalled. “I was young and crazy, but I did it. I walked in the tornado and talked to my lord.” – George Epstein

“The Engineer,” a noted author and teacher in Greater Los Angeles, is a member of the Seniors Poker Hall of Fame. Contact George at [email protected].

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George Epstein

A retired engineer, George Epstein is the author of “The Greatest Book of Poker for Winners!” and “Hold’em or Fold’em? – An Algorithm for Making the Key Decision.” He teaches poker courses and conducts a unique Poker Lab at the Claude Pepper Senior Center under the auspices of the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks and at West Los Angeles College.

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