The Port Clinton Area 4th of July Celebration Committee, with help from the Port Clinton Elks Lodge, have organized what is planned to be the largest No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament ever held in the Port Clinton area on Sunday, Jan. 29 .
The event is limited only by the number of seats available in the Grand Ballroom of the Elks Lodge, 231 Buckeye Blvd. The goal is to put a big dent in the funding goal for the 2012 Port Clinton Area 4th of July Celebration.
According to tournament co-organizer Debbie Tester, the planning committee is gambling on increasing the number of players for this year’s event.
“The ultimate goal for the 4th of July festivities is $8000 to $10,000 and we’ve been successful in trimming down that amount in the past with smaller Texas Hold’em events at the Elks Lodge,” Tester said. “Last year we had 107 players, up from 40 the previous year, and we hope to meet that number this year but we can accommodate many more than that if the players turn out.”
Elks Exalted Ruler Craig Ward said he is happy to lend a helping hand.
“We believe we have a wonderful facility and are very proud to share it with the community, especially for an event that celebrates the birth of our great nation,” he said. “We hope we draw interested participants from around the region and we’ll welcome them with traditional Elks hospitality.”
According to 4th of July Committee Chairman and Port Clinton Councilman Mike Snider, the date of this tournament is significant as well.
“Sunday, Jan. 29 is the week just after the NFL Division Championship Games and the week before the Super Bowl,” he said. “As a football fan I call this ‘Honey Do Sunday.’ It’s the first weekend since late August that I’m not going to be attending or watching on TV a football game. So rather than start on that list of projects my wife’s been accumulating for five months I think I’ll play Texas Hold’em.”
Pre-Registration is suggested with any remaining open seats available at the door. Contact Debbie Tester at 419-732-3012 for details and to preregister. A $50 buy-in with no re-buy is requested.
Doors open on Jan. 29 at noon; table assignments are at 12:45 p.m., and the first deal is at 1 p.m.