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Take a lucky shot, and make a wish, too

This was the last table playing last year, now don'tcha wanna be on that table this year?
This was the last table playing last year, now don'tcha wanna be on that table this year?
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Tonight is a night for getting lucky, and before your mind starts wondering, by lucky I mean the kind of luck you find in Texas. I’m talking a game of Texas Hold ‘Em, and a charitable game, too. Infact, I'd just go ahead and place my bet that this is one of the best events for anyone who enjoys playing poker.

The Queen City Shootout is an event that was started by Jennifer Basara with The Basara Company, and lucky for us, the success of the first event has led to a second. Whiskey River and Suite are playing host to the Shootout, with registration beginning at 4:30pm and the tournament starting at 5:30pm.

And if playing a game of Texas Hold ‘Em doesn’t already bring the heat, well, wait till you find out who will be attending:

“This star-studded event will pit the area’s most cunning poker minds against current NFL players, NASCAR drivers and other local celebrities. . . Celebrities scheduled to appear at the Queen City Shootout include Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Jason White, Jonathan Stewart, Dante Rosario, Jon Beason, Boris Diaw and Ric Flair” (Information gathered from Press Release).

So what’s got everyone pulling out their poker faces? How about an opportunity to play at the World Series of Poker Tournament in. . . yeah, you guessed it, LAS VEGAS!

But the best reason to attend the event isn’t for a little stargazing (although, I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t a big temptation), but rather, an even bigger temptation is that it benefits charity. The event’s net proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina, and I couldn’t wish for a better reason to put on my game face than that.

Ticket costs vary, with individual ones running for $275, spectator tickets at $125, and anyone coming with a participant (aka, us lucky charms) ticket costing $75.

So why not test your luck, as well as contribute to a great cause, and hold em like they do in Texas by putting on your po-po-po-po-po-po-po-po-pokeeerrr face!


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