Westfield Lions Club to host annual poker tournament April 20-21

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Bill Harris won last year’s Westfield Lions Club Poker for Sight championship. (Submitted photo)

The Westfield Lions Club will host its two-day Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament, the Westfield Lions Club Poker for Sight, April 20 and 21. This is the 10th year for the biannual tournament, which raises funds to benefit local causes. There is a $25,000 payout for the tournament.

This year, the fundraiser is highlighting the sponsorship of the Washington Woods Robotics Team to allow them to attend the state competition in Louisville. The event also benefits the Indiana Youth Assistance Program.

“This tournament helps our community is so many ways whether it is funding building improvements, scholarships for students or eye exams/eye glasses for those in need,” said Brian Abraham, chairman of the club’s poker committee. “The Lions Club has been a fixture in Westfield for over 85 years and continues to give back to the community in a big way.  Every player in the tournament contributes to the wellness of the community, even if you win the tournament.”

Abraham said the event is the largest Texas Hold ‘Em tournament in the Midwest. First place finisher receives $10,000 and a black leather jacket. Up to 350 players participate in the event. There are three qualifying sessions and one championship round. Two qualifying sessions take place April 20 and one on April 21. The final championship round is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to midnight April 21.

This year, the poker tables are newly built by David Carrington. Free food is provided to the players. Players are welcome to walk-in, and the cost is $135 and must be paid in cash. The top 15 percent of each qualifying session moves on to the championship. If a player doesn’t qualify, they are able to buy in again.

For more, visit lionspoker.org.

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