The Missoula Downtown Foundation’s second annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament will take place on Sunday, March 6 in the members-only room at the Historic Hell Gate Elks Lodge Hall (112 N. Pattee St.) in Downtown Missoula. Doors open at 1 pm, and tournament play commences at 2 pm.
The cost of the tournament is $100 per person, $1,000 for a Sponsor Table of 10, and $5 entry fee for spectators. Unlimited Re-Buys are $50 each at the tournament, and all buy-ins equal $3,000 in chips. Run by Brad Jarvis of Stockman’s Poker Room, the tournament includes complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar.
Businesses and groups of individuals are encouraged to create a team of ten to start the tournament together for the opportunity to knock a co-worker or friend out of the tournament for a bit of friendly competition. Competing players can place a bounty on their own heads and challenge their table players to knock them out of the tournament.
“The Missoula Hell Gate Elks Lodge #383 has been a spirited community center in Downtown Missoula for 118 years. We are proud to support the Missoula Downtown Foundation Poker Tournament because The Hell Gate Elks have been an integral part of Missoula’s heritage,” said Dave Elmore, General Manager of the Hell Gate Elks Lodge.
All proceeds from this event go directly to the Missoula Downtown Foundation, which is focused on the spirit and heritage of Missoula through cultural, historical, and economic enhancement of Downtown Missoula, now and for future generations. Current fundraising efforts are focused on replacing the Caras Park Pavilion canopy, Downtown wayfinding, and holiday décor repairs. The Missoula Downtown Foundation is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization and part of the Downtown Missoula Partnership.
“The Downtown Poker Tournament is a great opportunity for folks to gather their friends and spend the afternoon in a very special place in the heart of our community,” said Kim Johns, Co-Chair of the Poker Tournament Committee and manager of the MSO Hub. “This year’s tournament is expected to draw almost 150 poker players, and anyone can come be a spectator. It’s a fun way to fund important infrastructure projects for Downtown Missoula.”
Major donors for the 2016 Downtown Poker Tournament are The Muralt Family Foundation and the Hell Gate Elks Lodge #383. Other sponsors include Stockman’s Poker Room, Acoustic Vision, Alphagraphics, Grizzly Liquor, Hell Gate Grill, 3-7-77 Design, and the Missoula Osprey.
Poker Tournament Tickets can be picked up at the Downtown Missoula Partnership Office (218 E. Main) or reserved over the phone (406-543-4238). Online registration can be found at www.missouladowntown.com/poker.