Local card sharks are invited to participate in the second annual SML Rotary Scholarship Texas Hold’em Tournament this Saturday. The event is going online to allow participants to stay safe while raising money for a good cause.
Originally scheduled for October, the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic. Don Bull, one of the event’s organizers, said plans changed to online when it became apparent that an in-person tournament would be unlikely for at least the next few months.
Bull said players have gone online to connect and play games. Poker nights, regularly held at Hot Shots every Thursday, were temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.
Hot Shots has also hosted previous tournaments, including the first SML Rotary Scholarship Texas Hold’em Tournament held in October 2019 and the Dave Lortscher Memorial Texas Hold’em Tournament in May 2019, which raised money for the Scruggs Volunteer Fire Department. Bull said Saturday’s tournament will include several regulars who participated in the weekly games and the past tournaments, but he is inviting anyone who has an interest in playing online poker to join and help raise money for the Rotary Club of SML.
The fundraising goal for Saturday’s tournament is $3,000. That amount would fund the two $1,500 scholarships the club provides each year.
Bull said he has had more than 20 people sign up so far, but more players can sign up to reach the goal. Players can sign up as late as Friday, he said.
The cost to participate in the tournament is $50. The top winner will be awarded $200, $100 to the second place winner and $75 to the third place winner.
Interested participants should email Phil Green at email@example.com. Green will instruct players where to send their registration fee or donation.
Once registered, Green will provide players with instructions how to join the tournament, which begins Saturday at 2 p.m.