Winnipeg's first charity poker tourney a success

The first licensed charity poker tournament hosted outside of a casino in Winnipeg, Manitoba, last week was met with rave reviews from participants and organizers alike, said the Winnipeg Sun yesterday.

The event was hosted at the Army Navy and Air Force (ANAF) Veterans Club on April 23 as part of a two-month Manitoba Gaming Control Commission (MGCC) provincial pilot project aimed at testing people's responses to fundraising poker tournaments.

"I think this is such a great opportunity for charities to get some extra revenue," tournament chairman Mike Skaftfeld said to the Winnipeg Sun during the Texas Hold'em event. "I want this to be a regular event like bingo is."

The real money tournament hosted 140 players and awarded first place with $1,120. It raised $1,400 for Lions Club Foundation of Manitoba.

"I would enter future tournaments, especially because some of the money goes to charity," said player Tracy Scott. "I like that it's in the neighborhood because the casino is pretty far away from me."

MGCC officials were on hand to observe the tournament, in which ANAF and Lions Club volunteers served as dealers.

Twenty-one charities were invited to participate in the provincial project. The ANAF is hosting its second event on the weekend of May 5.

Please see Manitoba Tests Out Charity Tournaments In Pilot Project for further details on the project.

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