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Poker tourney honors late club member
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Forsyth County News

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The second Lanier/Forsyth Rotary Club Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at 4180 Creekwood Drive. Register by Oct. 15 at For more information, contact Ann-Margaret Johnston at (404) 405-7539 or

With an expert helping head up the games, the Rotary Club of Lanier-Forsyth will hold a poker fundraiser Oct. 21.

Ann-Margaret Johnston, a club member who helped organize the event, said this is the second time for a Texas Hold ’Em tournament.

“The first one was done in February,” she said.

Just as the first event, the Oct. 21 fundraiser will be held in memory of club member Eddie Taylor, who died last December.

Johnston said the club decided to try a poker fundraiser because the game is “so popular.”

She also has a lot of experience with the game, having published a book on how to turn poker into a business. Johnston, a CPA, also works with professional poker players through her business.

The event begins with a 6 p.m. dinner, while poker play begins at 7 p.m.

All proceeds will go to area nonprofit organizations.

Johnston said a professional gaming company will oversee the tournament, and a silent auction will begin at 9 p.m.

“We have some great auction items,” she said. “There’s a husband-and-wife will and Discovery Flights in Gainesville has given a flight over Atlanta.”

Prizes will also be awarded to poker winners, including an iPad 2 for first place and cash prizes for a minimum of 10 places.

Tickets are $100 to play and $35 to watch. Both ticket costs include dinner and drinks, Johnston said.

Additionally, buy-ins and add-ons will be available during the tournament’s first hour.