Father-son go 1-2 at Ho-Chunk charity poker event

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In early September, Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa held its fourth annual Pulse Pounding charity tournament, a $330 event that attracted 51 entrants. There were four celebrity bounties, including former Green Bay Packer and Super Bowl champ Derrick Mayes, who was the first player eliminated from the tournament.

“We had a higher turnout than last year and hope to continue growing the tournament,” tournament director Adam Estes said. “We were able to raise over $4,000 for our charity, Foundation of St. Joseph’s Hospital. This was more than double what we raised last year. This increase was contributed to a different add-on structure and a silent auction also held.”

After two days of play, it came down to the father-son combination of Edward and Paul Rohloff. Age and wisdom prevailed as father was able to overcome son to capture the $6,800 first-place prize and a championship bracelet.

The younger Rohloff won $4,080, followed by Gino Bulak ($1,700), Joseph Basak ($1,360), Joan Sandoval ($1,190), Roger Skrzeczkoski ($1,020) and James Reynen ($850).

Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa’s next event will be its popular Polar Blast tournament this winter.

HO-CHUNK MADISON: The electronic eight-table poker room is closing Nov. 15 at midnight. It’s unclear if this closure is related to the ongoing battle with the state over gaming pacts.

— Chad Holloway is a senior news editor for PokerNews. Email him atanteupchad@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter @ChadAHolloway.