Arena Poker Room Holiday Charity Poker Tournaments

Posted On 17 Nov 2014
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Poker lovers can compete for cash and give back when The Arena Poker Room at Talking Stick Resort hosts its Christmas Toy Drive Poker Tournament on Saturday December to provide toys to Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community while also offering guests $12,500 in cash prizes at each tournament.


“Talking Stick Resort places great value on charitable giving,” said Ramon Martinez, Director of Public Relations at Talking Stick Resort. “The annual charity events are a holiday tradition at Talking Stick Resort, providing some fun competition while giving back to the community – Our guests are very generous and have made a significant contribution in the past, so we look forward to an even bigger tournament this year.”


The Thanksgiving Charity Poker Tournament was held Sat Nov. 15th in the ARENA Poker Room with proceeds benefitting the United Food Bank Services. – A local non-profit organization that takes a proactive stance against hunger, distributing over 50,000 meals a day throughout the East Valley and Eastern Arizona.


Over 330 players were signed up for this event that offered a buy-in of only $50 of which $25 went to the United Food Bank Services. The top 40 finalists were guaranteed a part of the $12,000 in prize money and as it turned out, the top six players at the final table agreed to “chop” 1st thru 6th place prize money.


Poker enthusiasts can now get ready to showcase their skills on December 20 at the 12th Annual Christmas Toy Drive Poker Tournament. Kicking off at 11:15am, the tournament will offer $12,500 in cash prizes as well as provide toys to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Christmas Toy Drive.


“The Christmas Toy Poker Tournament is in its twelfth year at Talking Stick Resort,” said Tom Young, Director of Poker. “It’s a testament to the kind nature of our guests and their willingness to give back to the community. By competing in the match, players are doing their part to ensure others will have a happy holiday season.”


Signups for the Christmas Toy Poker Tournament will be held in the Main Poker Cage beginning at noon on December 1. An unwrapped new toy (valued at a minimum of $10) will serve as the buy-in and will be required, along with a $25 service fee, at time of signup to receive $1,500 in tournament chips.


There is also an optional $10 staff appreciation add-on bonus that will get the player an additional $1,500 in tournament chips, that must be purchased at the assigned table before the player is dealt his first hand.


To learn more about this special event visit Participants must be 21 or older.


Talking Stick Resort is located at 9800 E. Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale.

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