Charities big deal with us -- and poker

Jan 6, 2009 5:04 PM
Back in the Saddle by Johnny Hale |

My family wants to invite everyone in 2009 to help support the poker charity opportunities.

Last year we had a lot of fun in hosting, playing, helping out, and participating in the following events:

•  Opportunity Village’s poker tournament fund raiser at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

•  The MDA poker charity tournament to raise money for Jerry’s Kids in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

•  "The Seniors" WCOP/Poker Players Hall of Fame benefit in Pendleton, Oregon to help Native-American kids.

•  The Orleans Open Charity event in Las Vegas.

•  The charity poker tournament at Oceans Eleven during "The Senior" WCOP/Hall of Fame.

•  The Lions Club Diabetic charity poker tournament and other Lions charities at the Tuscany, Las Vegas.

My wife Carol is the president elect of The Mesquite Club, the oldest women’s club in Nevada. The club is trying to create a charity poker tournament for the benefit of

Safe Place, a Nevada partnership for homeless youth.

Safe Place assists youth at its drop-in center and provides shelter and employment opportunities to teens abandoned by their parents, who are often substance abusers.

The Portfolio Realty Group of Las Vegas will co-sponsor a poker gala (black-tie attire) co-sponsored by The Mesquite Club and my family.

This once in a lifetime poker extravaganza will be held Feb. 28 at the plush Southern Highlands Golf Club, located at 18 Augusta Canyon Way in south Las Vegas.

The Gala will be held in a palatial 11,000 square-foot mansion perched atop the 14th green of the exclusive Southern Highlands golf course. There will be a contribution of $250 requested for admittance to the Gala.

If you play in the Gala poker tournament and request refund of your admittance contribution this amount will be given back and can be used as part of the buy-in to the event.

There will be a $500 charity No Limit Hold’em and Texas Hold’em events ($25 rebuys).

The events return $250 of the $500 to the winning players. The other monies will be used by the PRG for the benefit of Safe Place.

The Gala will also feature a silent auction and raffle, wine tasting, an exotic car show along with a fashion and trunk show courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue. The doors open at 5 p.m. with seating for the poker tourney at 6 p.m.

Just e-mail me ([email protected]) before Feb. 18 so I can use your name as a celebrity attending this event.

Those expected to attend include Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and members of the Senior Pokers Players Hall of Fame.

My daughter "Oklahoma Sarah" will challenge any poker player to a No Limit Hold’em Freeze Out for $1,000 with the winner to contribute the prize to the Gala charity.

OK-J Tip for 2009

Remember you can’t buy chips to play in the Big Game upstairs! The only chips you will have to play with in that big poker game are those you give to charity down here.

Until next time remember to Stay Lucky.