May 4, 2010
Elks poker players help raise funds for charities
I’ve been playing poker now long enough and well enough that I could theoretically take the next step — go pro.
One problem is I never set aside my winnings in a separate poker bankroll account to fund entering other poker events. I usually end up spending it on regular activities, so I’m always starting over from square one.
The other problem is I enjoy where I’m playing now — the Elks Lodge. However, based on the declining numbers showing up at our poker leagues, fewer players are doing likewise. The biggest exodus of players is due quite literally to them moving out of town. We’ve lost others — one who decided to concentrate on family, one to natural causes and three because when one broke up with another, all three stopped showing.
I could take my money elsewhere and play in bigger events with bigger payouts. But casinos have a rake of all the action that they get to keep.
I prefer the Elks’ procedure — the rake they keep ends up going to charity.
November 13, 2009
NEW — 1:55 p.m. Nov. 13, 2009
Go all in for a good cause at a charity poker tournament Saturday.
The wife of a city Public Works Operations Department employee was recently diagnosed with cancer. The tournament will help raise money for the chemotherapy treatment she needs soon. But the medical co-payment is high and the family needs help.
Enter the poker tournament at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N. The event begins 6 p.m. Saturday.
“We want to do anything we can,” said another Public Works Operations employee, Greg Keith, city water operations manager.
The tournament has no buy-in, but a $100 donation will be requested. A potluck and silent auction will also be part of the event. The winner will take home a trophy and a sense of satisfaction after helping a family in need. The family has two young children.
Keith praised municipal workers for efforts to organize the event.
“The generosity of city employees has been just fantastic,” he said.