Chicago Poker Open is Nov. 9 to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs



The Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago host the seventh annual Chicago Poker Open on Nov. 9. Registration starts at 6 p.m. with cards in the air at 7. This year’s event will be at the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago. Richard Roeper, who has become an event regular, plans on attending along with sports journalist David Kaplan.

“The Chicago Poker Open presents an annual opportunity for Chicagoans to get together for a night of intense fun and great networking, all for the benefit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago,” local poker celeb Jason Finn said. “After two years as a participant, I have contributed five years as a co-chair, with Kelly Dietrich. It’s so rewarding for us to put on a great event for a particularly important cause.”

The CPO is the longest running annual charity poker event in Chicagoland, and casino games will be offered, too. Tournament buy-in is $150, casino games buy-in is $100. For more information, go to

• Majestic Star’s poker room started a $3,500 guarantee hold’em tournament on Mondays (noon, $80).

• Ryan Hickey, 21, of Northbrook finished second to Greg Raymer at a Heartland Poker Tour event in St Louis. Also, Chicagoan Faraz Jaka was a semifinalist at the World Series of Poker Europe mix-max no-limit hold’em event held in Cannes, France. 

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

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