Roeper always is willing to lend his time to poker charity events



Poker tournaments are playing an important role for many Chicago-area charities. With many charity budgets stressed, they look to local personalities for help. With a busy schedule of writing for the Chicago Sun Times and being on WLS radio with Roe Conn, Richard Roeper manages to find time to help many charities.

“Richard Roeper has been a pillar of support for Chicago-based charities for many years,” said Jason Finn, co-host of the Windy City Poker Championship and founder of “I recently went to a show in benefit of Gilda’s Club, an organization that supports families battling cancer, and who was on stage emceeing the event? You bet, Richard Roeper. He has supported my efforts with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, in particular through our annual Chicago Poker Open, for seven years now. Whenever he’s available to support a local cause, on the green felt, he’s there. I cannot name a Chicago personality who’s more willing to give his time and effort, and lend his poker face, to charity, than Richard.”

Roeper is scheduled to again be on the felt, along with sports journalist David Kaplan, supporting the veterans on June 21-24 as the American Legion Post 615 in Tinley Park will host a televised Windy City Poker Championship. This $250 buy-in televised tournament has several Day 1s scheduled for that weekend.

A full schedule will be finalized and posted online for players. Those who bust out will be allowed to re-enter another Day 1. For more information on this and other tournaments, contact Kirk Fallah at 708-935-2861 or email kirk@windycitypokerchampionshi Schedule and details will also be available online at

— “Chicago” Joe Giertuga is Ante Up’s Chicagoland Ambassador. Email him at

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