Â We have been invited to return again this year to Paris and host the second annual European Seniors poker tourney on Monday (Feb. 7). Â Believe it or not, they smoke in Europe but the wonderful management of the Aviation ClubÂ has again honored “The Seniors” World Championship of Poker” and agreed thatÂ this year’s tournamentÂ will be non-smoking. Remember, last year about this time we took our European poker tour and rode on the London “Eye” and on the double-decker buses and playedÂ pot limit poker at the old Vic in London Town. Then we took the bullet train under the English Channel and came up in Paris in time to host the inaugural of “The European Seniors” at the world famous Aviation ClubÂ on theÂ avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris. Our daughter, Sarah,Â and our invited daughter Claire came with us and the girls played a little poker with us in all the poker clubs in Europe. That is, when they were not snowboarding in the Alps or shopping in the fancy shops or visiting all the museums. Carol, it wasÂ nice to visit with our European exchange student daughters last year. I remember when Sarah was growing up we invited five wonderful young ladies from all over Europe to come to our home here in Las Vegas and live with us for a yearÂ and become ourÂ exchange student daughters. These young ladies have added an extra dimension to our lives. TheyÂ are Jannie Rasmuessen from Denmark, Marita Lattunen from Findland, Nina MoniacÂ and Annette Warke from Germany and Josefin Gerdevag from Sweden. Carol, I know that you have invitedÂ ourÂ exchange students daughters to join us in Paris again this year.Â Also, I want to honor our troops byÂ visiting Normandy where so many of our heroes gave their lives for the liberation of France and all of the other enslaved countries of Europe during the terrible days ofÂ World War II. Then I want to throw some moreÂ coins into the River SeineÂ justÂ for luck. I know it will be another real honeymoon for us in Paris. But I am sure that we will find time to go to the Palace at Versailles and visit Notre Dame and spend a lot of time at the Louvre. We will only stay a little over a week this year becauseÂ we must return and complete the arrangements for the big poker happenings in Las Vegas and Oklahoma. Â We have been asked by Dr. HenryÂ Jay Bindson, president of theÂ Las Vegas Lion’s Club, to help arrange a poker charity tournament for theÂ benefit of the Diabetes Lions Club in conjunction with DiabetesÂ Alert Month in March. Then we are arranging to go back to my hometown in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and host the grand opening of poker in Oklahoma at the Cherokee Nations Enterprises casino. Â Finally, I have been asked to coordinate The Centennial Charity Classic to be held on April 30 at the Golden Nugget in beautiful downtown Las Vegas. The no limit poker tournament at the Golden Nugget will be an official part of the centennial celebration marking the 100th birthday of Las Vegas. I have been requested to advise the mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, of a few of my Oklahoma Johnny poker tips. I willÂ beÂ the mayor’sÂ poker adviser so that he will be sure to succeed.Â I willÂ lay you 8-5 that the mayor willÂ make it toÂ the final table of this event. ButÂ the odds might be aÂ little longer that the mayor will win the tournament because I am also Carol’s adviser. I expect her to win the first ever Centennial Charity Classic. This may be a conflict of interest, and I may be called before the ethics poker board to give an account of my actions at this tournament. Brooke Dunn, senior vice president of Shuffle Master, has arranged for his company to sponsor the Centennial Charity Classic. Shuffle Master poker machines will be used on 30 of the poker tables at the Golden Nugget. Also, Samuel A. Culotta, junior vice president of development at the YMCA of Southern Nevada, has worked long and hard to make this poker event a great success. Sam, Brooke, Bob, Tony, Dan and many others are doing a great job of lining up over 500 supporters of the “Y” to be at the Golden Nugget. For now, we expect cold weather in France in February, so pack me some of my Oklahoma long johns. Oklahoma Johnny poker tip of the week Here is one on my New Year’s resolutions: I know that the YMCA is often called the “Y,” so in honor of the YMCA and the Centennial Charity Classic, this year I will only play poker on the days that end in “Y.” Until next time remember to stay lucky.