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Restock the Shelves - Charity Poker Events!

Most of the time poker is a very predatory game for someone like me, taking money from others to pay my bills. I don’t produce anything or make the world a better place by playing poker, so it can be an unfulfilling job at times, which is why I like charity events so much. They aren’t just fun, they make you feel like poker is actually doing some good in the world.

I’m proud to be a part of the Restock the Shelves event happening across the country on Monday, January 19th, representing Blue Shark Optics. Aside from the fact that I really like the glasses, I’m proud to be a part of the pro team at Blue Shark because they do so much for charities. Cosponsors Ante Up are also an excellent company, and a host of other poker companies have joined to provide special prizes at different venues.

I will be playing at my local card room Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minnesota at 6 pm on the 19th, facing off against my friend and Ante Up Ambassador, John Somsky. We have a friendly $50 last longer bet that goes to the charity. I will also be providing a copy of my book to the bubble guy, and Ininja Poker will also provide a $50 bounty for whoever busts me and a free t-shirt for everyone at the table when I bust out.

The event I am playing is a freeroll with a $5 add-on that goes to the charity and they will also be accepting non-perishable food items. I plan to hustle my neighbors for a car load of groceries before the event. If I can buy stuff from their kids every time they have a fund raiser, they can hand over a few cans of soup!

The full schedule of events all around the country is below, and if you are unable to attend an event you can also offer prizes, bounties on players in the events, or donations in the name of Restock the Shelves to local food banks. Complete information on the events can found HERE.

Restock the Shelves Events List

CALIFORNIA

The 101 Casino

Petaluma, California

Benefiting Redwood Empire Food Bank

Event details: 6:30 p.m., $60 buy-in. Hold’em Radio will be broadcasting live.

Team Ante Up representative: Ante Up Ambassador Garrett Roth

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Greg White

 

Bankers Casino

Salinas, California

Benefiting the Monterey County Food Bank

Event details: 6 p.m., $65 buy-in with one $60 rebuy and one $60 add-on

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

Jackson, California

Benefiting Interfaith Foodbank

Event details: 7 p.m., $50 buy-in for 4,000 units and a $2,000 guaranteed prize pool, and an additional 1,000 units for players logging one hour of live play before the event. Players who donated a non-perishable food item receive a $5 discount on the buy-in.

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

Livermore Casino

Livermore, California

Benefiting Tri-Valley Haven

Event details: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. $45 buy-in with $20 rebuys and add-ons and $1,000 guaranteed for first place. Players get an additional 1,000 units for making a donation of cash or a non-perishable food item.

Team Ante Up representative: Ante Up fan Kathy Stahl

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Greg White

 

Lucky Chances

Colma, California

Benefiting North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City

Event details: 9:30 a.m., $65 buy-in with one optional $50 rebuy. Lucky Chances is donating $10 for each player above whatever players donate on their own.

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

Red Hawk Casino

Placerville, California

Benefiting Twin Lakes Food Bank

Event details: 6:15pm; $60 buy-in for 5,000 units. Donation of money or non-perishable food items gets additional 1,000 units

Team Ante Up representative: Mitch Crowe

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Kenny (Quoc) Nguyen

 

CANADA

Cool Mule Poker

Ontario, Canada

Benefiting the Thornton Food Bank

Event details: Noon Jan. 18 at 705 Ontario Poker, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Last Shot Bar & Grill ($20 gift certificate for the player who has made a $20 donation and knocks out Team Blue Shark Optics representative Steve Brydson) and 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Wild Wing.

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Steve Brydson

 

Georgetown Poker

Georgetown, Ontario

Benefiting the Salvation Army Oakville Community Church Food Bank

Event details: Events starting Jan. 10. Visit Georgetown Poker’s website for details

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Buddy Villaluz

 

Orangeville Poker Tour

Orangeville, Ontario

Benefiting the Orangeville Food Bank

Event details: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Visit Orangeville Poker Tour’s website for details

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Steven Kerr

 

CONNECTICUT

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Mashantucket, Connecticut

Benefiting the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut

Event details: 11 a.m., $300 buy-in. All players who make a donation will be entered into a drawing for 10 seats into the $200 Super Satellite.

Team Ante Up representative: Poker Radius CEO Jason Richeda

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Warren Schreiber

 

FLORIDA

Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room

Daytona Beach, Florida

Benefiting the Jerry Doliner Food Bank

Event details: 12:30 pm. $65 buy-in for 5,000 units. Players making an optional $5 add-on for charity receive an additional 2,000 units. All players who make a cash or food donation will be entered into a raffle for prizes.

Team Ante Up representative: Deep Stack Charity Classic founder Scott Frank

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

Derby Lane

St. Petersburg, Florida

Benefiting charity Metropolitan Ministries

Event details: 1 p.m., $80 buy-in for 10,000 units. Optional $5 add-on for 2,000 units, and a donation of a canned food item gets players an additional 5,000 units. Knock out our Team Ante Up or Team Blue Shark Optics representatives and get a Derby Lane hat and jacket made by Poker Joker Gear. An Ante Up Poker Cruise package will be given away during the event, and the winner and a guest will get to ride on the 98Rock/Derby Lane float in the Gasparilla Parade on Jan. 31.

Team Ante Up representative: Ante Up Central Florida Ambassador Andrew Malowitz

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Sam Medina

 

Haven Lounge

Miami Beach, Florida

Organized by Miami Poker Society

Benefiting Curley’s House of Style

Event details: 7:30 p.m., free to play. Players get 10 extra chips for every canned good in the regular-season tournament and a minimum donation of 10 canned food items gets players in the World Series of Poker playoff an additional 100 units. The player with the most canned food items receives a $50 gift certificate from Haven Lounge.

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa, Florida

Benefiting the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center

Event details: 1 pm. $30 buy-in PPC Tampa Bay Downs Winter Fest satellite and 7 p.m. PPC Tampa Bay Downs Winter Fest Event #2 $120 buy-in with a $5,000 guarantee. All players who make a cash or food donation will receive an additional 500 units for the 1 p.m. event and an additional 1,000 units for the 7 p.m. event.

Team Ante Up representative: Ante Up Publisher Scott Long

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Blue Shark Optics founder Kerry Karoutsos

 

IOWA

Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf

Bettendorf, Iowa

Benefiting the River Bend Foodbank

Event details: Please note that this event takes place on Jan. 20 – 6 p.m. $45 buy-in for 4,000 units.

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

LOUISIANA

Coushatta Casino Resort

Kinder, Louisiana

Benefiting Food Bank of Central Louisiana

Event details: 7 p.m., $20 buy-in that goes to charity for 500 units. $20 rebuys for 500 units and a $40 add-on for 4,000 units offered, as well as a $10 dealer appreciation for 1,000 units.

Team Ante Up representative: Darron Simon

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Gregory Besse

 

Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel and Casino

Bossier City, Louisiana

Benefiting Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana

Event details: 6:30 p.m., $65 buy-in with $40 rebuys. Players can double their starting stack with a donation of a non-perishable food item, and will be entered into a drawing for a $120 seat in an upcoming $5,000 guaranteed tournament.

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

MINNESOTA

Running Aces Card Club

Columbus, Minnesota

Benefiting Family Pathways

Event details: 6 p.m. freeroll. Players start with 2,000 units and may purchase up to five, $10 add-ons for 5,000 additional units. An extra $5 add-on for an additional 3,000 units will be offered, with all proceeds benefiting Family Pathways.

Team Ante Up representative: Ante Up Ambassador John Somsky

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Chris “Fox” Wallace

 

MISSISSIPPI

Pearl River Resort Casinos

Choctaw, Misssissippi

Benefiting the New Choctaw Baptist Association

Event details: 7 p.m., $35 buy-in with rebuys. Players may donate food items in the poker room between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and receive an additional 1,000 units for their first donation, and one drawing ticket for each of up to five food donations. At 9 p.m., five winners will be drawn and each receive $100 in casino chips (one hour of cash-game play required to be eligible).

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

NEVADA

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

Benefiting Three Square

Event details: 9 p.m., $80 buy-in. 10,000 units, 20-minute levels, with $1,000 guaranteed to first and $500 guaranteed to second. Donations will be taken during all tournaments that day.

Team Ante Up representative: Ante Up fan Carolyn Wayne

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Nathan Dowland

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Bonfire Bar & Grill

Indian Trail, North Carolina

Event sponsored by 1 Move Poker

Benefiting Operation Reach Out

Event details: 7 p.m., $20 buy-in for 10,000 units. One rebuy and one add-on offered. Get an additional 5,000 units by donating two non-perishable food items.

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Clinton Cartwright

 

Harrah’s Cherokee

Cherokee, North Carolina

Benefiting Manna Food Bank

Event details: 7 p.m., $60 buy-in, 3,000 units. Get 1,000 additional units for a donation. Chip Bully Poker is donating a $59.99 World Series of Poker Circuit qualifier entry.

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

OHIO

Shark Tank Poker Club

Columbus, Ohio

Benefiting Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Event details: 7 p.m., $50 buy-in, no club fee. Players get 1,000 additional units for each donation of a food item, up to 10,000 additional units.

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Joe Abrams

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Parx Casino

Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Benefiting Penndel Community Food Pantry

Event details: 7 p.m., $110 buy-in green-chip bounty.

Team Ante Up representative: Ante Up Ambassador Jo Kim

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

WASHINGTON

Little Creek Casino Resort

Shelton, Washington

Benefiting charity: To be announced

Event details: Please note that this event takes place on Thursday, Jan. 15 – 7 p.m., $55 buy-in. 5,000 units. Donate two cans of food and receive 500 bonus units.

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

ONLINE

Advanced Poker Training

Benefiting Feeding America

Event details: 8 p.m. Eastern. Free to enter. All players are asked to make a donation to Feeding America via its website prior to the event. Prizes include one-year Advanced Poker Training Membership, Mike Caro Grand Power Poker package and an Advanced Poker Training t-shirt.

Team Ante Up representative: Volunteer needed!

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Volunteer needed!

 

HogWild Poker Leagues

Benefiting Feeding America

Event details: 8 p.m. Eastern. All players are asked to make a donation to Feeding America via its website prior to the event. Winner gets a laptop donated by HogWild Poker Leagues, and various prizes from our other sponsors will be awarded

Team Ante Up representative: Ante Up Ambassador Robert Kelley

Team Blue Shark Optics representative: Ted Leahy

 

If you haven’t played a charity poker tournament before, you will be amazed at how much fun you have and how good it feels to give back while you are enjoying yourself. Giving doesn’t have to hurt – give until it’s fun!

 

 

 

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Chris Wallace

Chris "Fox" Wallace is a professional poker, author, and poker coach from St Paul, Minnesota. While he spent most of his career playing cash games,Fox recently started playing more tournaments and won a bracelet in the $10,000 HORSE World Championship in 2014. Follow him on twitter

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