The tables have been brushed and polished. The chips have been oiled and racked. The seals on the decks yearn to be broken.
The second annual GRACE Poker Tournament takes place Saturday, January 18 in the new Classic Wine Storage & Services at 2875 Market Loop in Southlake.
At this writing, 19 seats have been booked. The tournament design calls for a cut-off at 24 seats with 8 players at each of three tables.
“We won’t stop at three,” said Lara Hohweiler, GRACE Director of Community Outreach. “We will seat as many people as want to play.” Contingent plans for tournament expansion are in place to make it fair for all players, to keep the odds of winning reasonable, and to preserve speed of play, she said.
To witness this kind of growth in only its second year is encouraging. Word of mouth, an exceptional venue, and great food and beverages have drawn attention to the event. Mark Nelson of Classic Wine is charge of the drinks, and Ted Bilsky, owner of Scratch Catering & Fine Foods, will bring the edibles.
“We had a great tournament last year, great prizes, great competition,” said Lara. “But having Bryan [Campanello, World Series of Poker champion] attend and advise the players puts this event way over the top.”