The Gentleman Gambler

Jul 8, 2003 3:18 AM

Carol, will you please tell the folks all about "The Seniors" Charities?

I would like for you to tell the readers of GamingToday all about The Orleans Open on July 17, when we will both be hosting "The Seniors" WCOP Charity No Limit Hold’em poker tournament.

I know that there is a long list of charity events that you organize and help others to hold during the year, which include poker charity tournaments at the Four Queens, The Orleans, Reno Hilton, Excalibur, the Grand at Tunic, Mississippi, and many others on your agenda.

Moreover, I know that the wine tasting and silent auctions at the Jaguar dealership in Las Vegas was a great success. All the money that was raised was for the Nathan Adleson Hospice where you and our daughter, Sarah, are volunteers of the Golden Monarch Council and the Silk Butterfly programs for children that are terminally ill.

Yes, Johnny I will be happy to. But you know that you do most of the talking and I was not really sure that you were going to stop, so that I could talk.

Honey, I will sure tell them all about "The Seniors" Charities and how "The Seniors" World Championship of Poker and the casinos are cooperating to help create a new charity here in Las Vegas.

And I will tell them how you twisted a lot of the arms of your poker friends for Dr. Willard L. Noyes and his brother Tom to help them raise money for hospital supplies needed for those that were injured in Kosovo during the war in the Balkans.

First, "The Seniors" Charities is a state of Nevada non-profit corporation of which I am the president. All money raised is deposited in the bank and very careful records are maintained and reviewed by the board of directors of "The Seniors" Charities.

This corporation was founded by me a few years ago and I have dotted all the "I’s" and crossed all the "T’s"and filled out all the forms required by the IRS so that "The Seniors" Charities is approved by the IRS as a non-profit charity and all gifts and contributions that "The Seniors" Charities receives may be claimed as a deduction on the contributors income tax return.

Second, The Mission Statement of "The Seniors" Charities is available to anyone that would like to call me or send me their name and address.

But to put it simply, the Play to Win Charity Program that is being created and supported by poker players and participating casinos has a goal to raise enough money ($100,000) to fund and operate a special children’s toy lending library for an initial two-year period.

I am pleased to report that over $25,000 has been earmarked for this program and that we are ahead of our projected schedule. We hope to be ready to open the library in 2004.

After this two-year trial period, the charity would go into phase II. In this phase "The Senior’s" Charities would attempt to acquire grants for additional funding to assure that the program will continue to be an integral part of the services rendered throughout the Las Vegas community.

"The Seniors" Charities must fund the program for a trial period of two years to prove that the program is needed and will be supported and used by the public.

The parents of special children can come and select free of charge an age appropriate "Play to Win" toy, and in accordance with the child’s health and abilities, the parents are trained to properly use the specially designed toy and can take the toy home and encourage the child to utilize the toy until he or she is ready for the next level of toys.

At that time the first selected toys would be returned and the parent would be guided in their selection of the next level of "Play to Win" toy.

Yes, all poker players are invited to the Orleans Open on July 17 when Oklahoma Johnny and I will be hosting the

next "The Seniors" Charities poker tournament.

I have so much more that I would like to tell you but OK Johnny wants to finish this column-but if you want to know more , or better yet if you want to be a part of and help "The Seniors" Charities, please feel free to let me or OK-J know about it. Thanks to all and yes, I too, always stay lucky.


Oklahoma Johnny’s Poker Tip of the Week

Always remember the third option, when it is your turn to play when you are playing a hand of poker: you can bet or check if there has been no bet. Or you can call if there has been a bet.

But you can also consider the third option if there has been a bet before you ”” you can raise.

If the hand is not good enough to raise, most of the time it is not good enough to call with.

No one ever wins very much money if they do not raise at every opportunity. So, raise and you can take the money on home and count it there

Remember, until next time to stay lucky!