Curt Seeden: Play some poker and support your favorite non-profit – OCRegister

It’s that time of the year. The Fountain Valley Community Foundation is getting ready for its twice-a-year Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Poker Tournament.

The tournament is set for Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Center at Founders Village Senior and Community Center and usually attracts more than 200 players.

And don’t be shy or intimidated if you’ve never played in this tournament. Foundation member Glenn Grandis does a great job of explaining the rules prior to the start. Additionally, there are usually one or two people at your table who will be there to guide you if you have questions.

Online registration is $25. Registration the day of the event is $30.

During the tournament, you can also purchase $20 rebuys (more chips) up until 8 p.m. As the tournament progresses and players are eliminated, the field shrinks to the final eight players at one table. First prize is $500.

What is unique about this tournament is, you choose the charity or non-profit you are playing for, and 100 percent of your registration fee goes to that charity.

I’ve used this analogy before: If 10 members of the Fountain Valley Woman’s Club decide to play in this tournament, they’ve just raised $250 for the club, which will turn around and use the money for great things in the community like scholarships.

The $20 rebuys raise funds for the Fountain Valley Community Foundation, which steps up to make charitable contributions to various community projects each year.

As for the tournament, every player will receive a tournament T-shirt as well as have an opportunity to win prizes in a silent auction. There’s free food and soft drinks, or you can buy beer or wine for a nominal charge.

To sign up to play, learn about sponsorship possibilities or read up on the tournament

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