When I was growing up, my parents would spend just about every Saturday evening playing poker with several of their best friends. Usually, there were about six players in the game, which started around 7 p.m. and wrapped up around 9:30 p.m.
This wasn’t serious poker. You got $1 worth of chips for 50 cents, which means when the night was over, the big winner came home with something like $1.14. The big loser was out 62 cents.
By the time I reached my teens, I was allowed to be a part of this Saturday night tradition.
We played games like “3s and Jacks, King with the Ax, Pair of 7s Takes All” and “Baseball.”
It was at these games that I earned my degree in poker, and it is why I always look forward to the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker tournament put on twice a year by the Fountain Valley Community Foundation.
The next tournament is coming up on Saturday, March 25, at the Center at Founders Village Senior and Community Center. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. and the first hand is dealt at 6 p.m.
This is a charity tournament with your registration fee going directly to the non-profit you designate. For example, if you are a Kiwanis Club member and you get six fellow members to sign up and play, all seven registration fees go right back to Kiwanis. Or if you have friends who aren’t in Kiwanis but want to play poker, ask them to designate the Kiwanis Club.
In the interest of fairness, the same thing goes if you’re a member of the Fountain Valley Rotary Club, or Woman’s Club, or Newcomers Club or Cat Club or Slurry Seal Club… you get the idea.
So, you have until March 24 to register online for $25 at fvcommunityfoundation.org or you can register the night of the tournament for $30 starting at 5:15 p.m.
It’s a fun evening that includes food and beverages and some great silent auction items. For more information, call Glenn Grandis at 714-457-3557.
Mark your calendars:
There’s also a few other fundraisers coming up in the next few weeks.