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PGA Poker Tournament

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 11, 2011
PGA Poker Tournament
By Chris Debiec

The Hollywood Park Casino
Photo By Michael Q. Martin
As a producer I often find myself in situations that, in many ways, feels like gambling. I’m taking a chance and going all in on whether my new show is going to sell. I’m betting that my budget estimate will be on target or else I’m going to be busted out… at least that’s how it feels, sometimes.

On Sunday, October 16, the PGA held its 4th annual Poker Tournament at Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles. The turnout was exceptional. We had more than 150 members and guests attend the event and over 90 players participate in the tournament itself.

This year we wanted to shake things up a bit by creating a themed event so we went with the "Rat Pack”… Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. (the classics). We had music from the era playing in the background; adding in the sound of shuffling cards and clacking of the poker chips made for one helluva great experience.

Photo By Michael Q. Martin
LA has some of the best food trucks in the country and we got them: Shrimp Pimp, Holy Aioli and Sugerbaby’s Cupcakes rocked the house. The Dealer Dolls educated and got many of us warmed up before the tournament.

We could never pull off an event of this magnitude without our paid sponsorships. Taking the top platinum spot was a company called "TheSafeCig”… a great alternative to quit smoking. The gold goes to one of our favorite sponsors; "Culver Studios”. Two newcomers to the race are "CET Universe” taking the silver and "PES Payroll” taking the bronze sponsorship.

In addition to the paid sponsors we would like to thank companies that donated services and materials: Universal Studios Prop Department donated our Rat Pack themed décor, GDC Technology for the awesomely huge gift bags and to Premiere Entertainment for all the yummy drinks.

Without the help and continued dedication of sponsors like these, guild events like this could not happen.

The PGA events committee has some of the most dedicated members in the organization. We would like to recognize those hwo helped us put this event together: Maureen Dooling, Giselle Rivera, Kristine Lacey, Elizabeth Hitt, Eve Watterson, Deen Dioria , Rikki Hughes, Kimberly Austin, Logan Stein, Craig Erpelding, Kathy OConnell, Norman Marcus and Michael Martin

The Final Table
Photo By Michael Q. Martin
The PGA would like to congratulate the winners on their valiant efforts. We had last year’s returning champion Dan Abrams take the title once more.  In addition to our first-ever two-time champ, the final table included: Kyle Leonard (2nd), Jonathan Watson (3rd), Tom Dean (4th), Darryl Harris (5th), Tom Whelan (6th), Carl Nielson (7th), Randall Smith (8th) and Mary Jaras (9th)

Once again, congrats to Dan and all of our winners!




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PATRICK PEACH says...
Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2012
what is the date AND TIME of the 5th annual poker tournament?
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