Charity poker event thrives at Derby Lane in Florida



Derby Lane spent Memorial Day helping a wonderful local charity as the greyhound track’s poker room attracted more than 100 players to a tournament for the Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge, which helps those wounded in action be active.

The organization has helped vets scuba dive, explore the Grand Canyon and climb mountains in the Alaskan range and Mt. Kilimanjaro. The group helps give the freedom to be active after suffering horrible injuries. This is the second year the poker room hosted this event, raising more than $7K for the charity this year. I was happy, albeit for only a few hours, to support this cause.

NAPLES-FT. MYERS GREYHOUND AND POKER ROOM: Between the Tampa Bay area and the South Florida corridor, is this fun poker room in Bonita Springs, and offers several promotions in Southwest Florida. Every Saturday from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. the room is giving away $500 an hour. Every other Wednesday it’s giving away between $1K and $3K depending on the limits played.

For more information, see a member of the poker room staff or call the poker room at 239-992-2411. As always, these promotions are subject to change and cancellation. The poker room also offers occasional larger buy-in no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha tournaments, which we hope to hear about one upcoming real soon.

SILKS POKER ROOM: The PPC returns this month with the North American Championship at Tampa Bay Downs. This 11-day series is highlighted by the $560 main event with a $200K guarantee. This will be the third event of the second season of the PPC. Satellites have been running since April as 20 percent of the prize pool goes to its world championship in Aruba.

This event schedule has the following highlights: $150 warm-up ($50K guarantee), $330 PLO ($20K guarantee) $120 seniors, $130 ladies and for those who don’t make Day 2 of the $200K there’s a $225 event with a $10K guarantee to end the series.

The summer is heating up in the Central Florida market. If you hear of any events that we should know about, please contact us at the info below.

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