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Local GOP playing poker Saturday
Annual tourney builds enthusiasm
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Forsyth County News


The Forsyth County Republican Party’s poker tournament is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 9 at the home of Lauren and Claire McDonald. The ticket price is $100 to play or $35 to watch. All tickets include dinner. For more information, visit

The Texas Hold ’em stakes may be low, but for local Republicans the money goes to a good cause.

For the fourth year, the Forsyth County Republican Party is holding a poker tournament, raising money for candidates and having a great night, according to Chairman Brad Wilkins.

Wilkins said the event, set for Nov. 9, is a big draw.

“Fundraising needs to be fun,” he said. “People can go to all sorts of boring events and feel good about who they’re donating their money to, but it helps if you can make it something they enjoy doing.”

Wilkins expects as many as 70 players in this year’s field. Last year’s top two players plan to defend their titles.

Buy-in for the event is $100. While there’s no cash prize, last year’s winner received a trip to Las Vegas and the runner-up got an iPad.

Wilkins said the event is low-pressure, with some players learning the game for the first time.

“It’s just fun and our members enjoy it. And every year we really do leave this tournament with a lot of enthusiasm about the party and the upcoming elections, and it’s a great party-building event,” he said. “Everybody has a good time.”