On Saturday, December 15th, the Hoboken Poker Club will hold a poker charity tournament to benefit the Toys for Tots organization. There will also be a trivia competition, both activities planned by a non-profit poker club that gives regularly to numerous charitable causes.
The Hoboken Poker Club was formed by John Hanti, Grif Auld, and Chris Van Cleve who wanted to organize poker players, who they hoped the world would begin to see as “real people,” to enjoy the game and donate to charity in the process.
Their first venture was a poker tournament during the 2006 holiday season, and they held it in Hanti’s studio in Weehawken. The entry fee to play was a $20 unwrapped toy to be donated to children in need. “It was so successful,” Hanti told the Weehawken Reporter, “that we’ve decided to do it again.”
In the meantime, the three recreational poker players started the Hoboken Poker Club and registered it as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their motto is “doing well by doing good.”
“Our goal is to make the Hoboken Poker Club a vehicle to run fundraising events for area charities,” Hanti said. “This is our way of giving to those less fortunate. We want to use poker as a vehicle to help as many people as we can.”
The December 15th, 2007 event is the first as an official non-profit, and it will be held at the Park Avenue Bar and Grill in Union City, New Jersey. Seats have filled quickly, and at the time of this article’s publication, the website reported only 17 seats still remaining. The entry fee is a $20 or greater unwrapped to for Toys for Tots and a $5 tax deductible reservation fee.
Players in the tournament will compete for prizes donated by corporate sponsors, some of which include New York v. Kansas City football tickets, concert tickets to see Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton or Lenny Kravitz, and numerous gift certificates to local restaurants like Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Harbor Bar and Brasserie, Arthur’s Landing, Houlihan’s, and Fuddrucker’s. There is also a six-month health club membership and package of new music releases, both added to the prize list.
For those interested only in the trivia contest in addition to or instead of the poker tournament, a $5 fee allows participation with no reservation necessary. There will be three trivia competitions throughout the afternoon – 12:15, 2:45, and 4:15.
This will be the first of numerous events for the Hoboken Poker Club. They are already in the process of organizing a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association in February of 2008 and for the American Cancer Society in March.
For more information, visit www.hobokenpokerclub.net or call Grif Auld at (201) 264-3187 for tournament details or questions.