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Poker and Prevention

September 23, 2009 - Theresa Proudfit
I'm not a big gambler. Don't get me wrong, I love cards and I am pretty competitive, but I don't like to lose money. In fact it makes me sick to my stomach when I lose more than $20.00 doing anything. However,  last Friday I took the night off from work to play in the Texas Hold'um Poker Tournament held at the Spread Eagle Club. The event was a fundraiser for the prevention of suicide and depression, which is important to me, so I didn't mind the donation. I'm not exactly a beginner, but I'm definitely an amateur poker player.  I've played with friends and family in the past and I also played in one other local tournament, one tournament at Chip In and one tournament in Vegas.  In all three of the prior tournaments I was the first person out of chips at the first table. As a matter of fact in the Vegas tournament I was actually out of chips 17 minutes after the play began. But, I'm getting better. About 70 people entered this particular tournament and play started sharply at 7 p.m. I made it until 9 p.m.  Not bad. My cousin Aaron and his buddy Supa probably wouldn't be impressed, but I was quite proud of myself.  For not really having a great hand all night I did a pretty good job staling and bluffing to move to a second table and I even won a few pots before being put "all in" with a pair of jacks and losing to "trips". So it was a personal best for me. I had a really great time and it was a good money maker for the cause. The Spread Eagle Club and the committee for the Prevention of Suicide did a wonderful job organizing the event and I would recommend one of these tournaments to anyone. The Spread Eagle Club holds a tournament every Friday at 7 p.m. so if you're like me and you like to play cards, but you don't like to lose money check out one of these tournaments.  You could win big, but even if you don't the money goes to a good cause so its all worth it. The proceeds from this Friday's tournament will benefit the Lcpl. Eric A Palmisano Care Package Project and next Friday is the Friends of Museum tournament. Good luck. I hope you make it past the first table!


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