I don't talk about poker very much on this blog, but Texas Hold 'Em has been a love of mine since I was a wee Master's student back in 2007. I think the game is almost perfect: there's gamesmanship, strategy, a small amount of easy math, and a social setting around the table.
I love learning how to read people to find their strengths and weaknesses; I'm not great at it yet, but I've gotten much, much better at processing body language and betting behavior to determine whether someone has a better hand than me. Those skills are valuable in many areas of life! It also makes me feel powerful to be one of the few women around the poker table. When I play tournaments in Atlantic City, I'm regularly the only girl at the final table. Succeeding in the man's world around the poker table teaches me, in some small way, how to fight to the top in the man's world of Big Law. (Am I the only one with a traditionally "manly" hobby?)
It is with these hearty emotions that I strongly recommend that those of you in the D.C. area check out this wonderful charity poker tournament that will take place this Sunday, January 30, at the Hard Rock Cafe in D.C.!
The tournament will raise funds for a beautiful organization called One Heartland. One Heartland is dedicated to helping children with HIV/AIDS. They run a number of camps across the country to encourage acceptance and social integration. They also tour the country to raise awareness of pediatric AIDS and encourage compassion. That pediatric AIDS even exists breaks my heart, and organizations like this deserve our support for providing such wonderful services to a vulnerable population.
There will be at least $10,000 in prize money at this event! As if that's not enough for you, all buy-ins are completely tax deductible! Who doesn't want to be in a lower income tax bracket? Even if you lose, your accountant wins!
Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets online. The tournament structure is designed for a nice, slow pace ensuring lots of playing time. View photos of past events here.
When: Sunday, January 30
Tournament Start: 11:20am
Lunch Break: 12:40 pm - 1:20 pm
Registration/ Buy-in Ends: 1:20 pm
Tournament End: ~7:00pm
Where: Hard Rock Cafe DC, 999 E Street NW (Metro Center)
Even if you don't play poker (or don't live near D.C.), let your friends know about this great organization and this fabulous event! If you'd like to make a donation to One Heartland in lieu of playing, you can donate online through this link.
For those who do play, you may be lucky to get one very stylish Jewish Girl as your dealer...
I promise to deal you aces at least once. Just use promo code "FATCHANCE" during the shuffle.