Centennial tourney a hit in
Las Vegas

May 9, 2005 1:36 AM

Carol, you played great poker at the inaugural Centennial Charity Classic on Saturday, April 30, in the beautiful Pavilion of the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas.

I know that you wanted to win the $10,000 first place prize but you played well and finished in fifth place and received an autographed bottle of Mayor Oscar "All In" Goodman’s favorite Bombay Sapphire Gin.

I know that you will give the mayor’s autographed bottle of gin away so it may be sold at the silent auction during the annual wine tasting charity event for the Nathan Adelson Hospice at the Jaguar dealership on West Sahara.

The Centennial Charity Classic is an official event of the 100th birthday party celebration of the city of Las Vegas.

Mike Lubbe, president and CEO of the YMCA of Southern Nevada, had a lot of help from Roger Ostendorf, Mike Bengamin, Bob Balzar, Marty Wood, Larry Seedig, Brooke Dunn and Pat Sauter, as well as Sonia and all the rest of the YMCA team.

Over 100 supporters of the YMCA paid $500 to have fun, play a little no limit hold’em poker, win some money and support the YMCA.

Dan Shumny, VP of sales and marketing for the Golden Nugget and Tony Cosentino, the wonderful card room manager of the beautiful Golden Nugget, made sure that everything was in order for the inaugural turnament.

Gordie Brown, the fabulous entertainer of the Golden Nugget’s Theatre Ballroom, did an outstanding job of welcoming all the poker players and supporters of the YMCA.

ShuffleMaster and Action Gaming were the two major sponsors of the Centennial Charity Classic.

Brooke Dunn, one of the directors of the YMCA and senior vice president of ShuffleMaster made all the arrangements for his company to furnish 10 brand new poker tables in which they had installed their world famous Deck Mate poker dealing machine.

I got lucky and drew a poker seat by Ernie Moody, CEO of Action Gaming, who was also a major sponsor of the event.

Moody and his son Austin made sure that all of the nuts and bolts stayed on and that all of the expenses were paid, such as paying for the dealers time and making sure that all the dealers were well taken care of.

Several members of "The Seniors" World Championship of Poker/Poker Players Hall of Fame were present to assist me with the induction of John Breeding into "The Seniors" WCOP/ Poker Players Hall of Fame.

Vince Burigo, Bob Thompson and Carol Ann Hale — senior Hall of Fame members — helped me make sure that all of the doors of the Hall of Fame were open wide so that John Breeding could come in and take his place because of his lifetime of achievements and his outstanding contributions to the game of poker.

The Golden Nugget released a special $5 casino chip honoring Breeding which instantly became a collectors item. Each poker player that played in the tournament received one of these special chips.

Bob Thompson, the Silver Eagle, past director of the WSOP and current director of "The Seniors" WCOP tournaments was installed as the first Steward of Poker.

The Sign Design Theater, a group of very special hearing impaired children, sang The Gambler to the poker players in sign language.

Yes, dear, I will invite all of the folks out to your poker charity tournament again this year.

I understand that the event will again be at The Orleans. The Junior/Senior World Championship will be held July10-12 at The Orleans (email me at [email protected] for additional information).

I know, Carol, that in past years you have been able to award $100,000 to the winner — not a million, but still a lot of money.

I will tell all the folks that our daughter, Oklahoma Sarah, played well in the Centennial Charity Classic and that she finished in the top 10 percent of players.

I was the coordinator of the event but got a little tired and finished ninth.

Then at 4 p.m., when the poker players started play at the final table, I got to be his honor Mayor All-In Oscar Goodman’s poker coach.

I teach and coach poker a lot better than I play poker but it was fun being the coach of his honor at the final table, but his honor was such a good player that he did not require that much help and probably could have done it all by himself.

Then I turned the coaching of the mayor over to you Carol after you went out fifth. With your better coaching you helped him finish in second place.

The mayor received a standing ovation from the poker players and the supporters of the "Y" when he finished in second place and then gave all of the $2,000 that he had won for finishing second back to the YMCA for their charitable use.

Trevor Layne finished in fourth place followed by Warlito Fermin Jr. in third place.

The champion of the inaugural Centennial Charity Classic was Eddie Van Meter, who received the trophy and took home $10,000 as his reward for finishing first.

Oklahoma Johnny poker tip of the week

Poker players should always be sure that they remember the dealers and workers in the card rooms where they play.

The dealers are there to protect and serve you.

The dealers only deliver the mail and they have no interest in who wins or loses a pot.

Until next time remember to stay lucky!