What: Eighth annual Hangtown Hold ‘em Poker Tournament
Who: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce
Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville
When: Saturday, Jan. 25, check-in and registration at 3 p.m., gaming starting at 4 sharp
Cost: $50 buy-in, with optional $25 re-buys and $25 add-ons
Information: E-mail Lynzee Schram at email@example.com or call 530-621-5885
Give these guys a hand — and they’ll show you how to play it.
Poker champs, along with novices who think they can best the best, will gather Saturday, Jan. 25, during the eighth annual Hangtown Hold ‘em Poker Tournament inside the Marshall Building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.
The fundraiser for the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce generally draws about 100 card players, with big prizes for the winners and a prized trophy for the top dog.
Joining the card sharps will be two founding members of the chamber committee that along with chamber CEO Laurel Brent-Bumb came up with the poker tournament eight years ago, Kevin Brown and Mike Kobus. The rivals are ready for action.
“Mike and I were members of a group of guys who called ourselves the ‘Cambridge Poker Club,’ named for the street one of them lives on,” said Brown, owner of Breaker Glass in Placerville. “Russ, Jim and Charles were the other guys and we started meeting in ’06 in a garage.
“But Mike dropped out when we all elevated our play,” Brown continued. “So as far as him being my most formidable foe … well, let’s just say I wipe the floor with him.”
Kobus, owner of Koby Pest Control, upped the ante after hearing about Brown’s comments.
“I’m not even close to Kevin’s level,” said Kobus, 53. “I’m just a very, very good amateur compared to him.
“But you can tell Kevin Brown that when we go head to head this Saturday, he’s going down.”
Don’t let these guys have all the fun — dig out your Old West duds, put a garter around one sleeve and join the action.
Check-in and registration begins at 3 p.m., with gaming starting at 4 sharp and play running until 9 p.m. Fork up for a $50 buy-in, with optional $25 re-buys and $25 add-ons.
Then get ready to stare down the guys and gals across the table and if the right cards don’t slide your way, bluff your way to the top.
Actually, Brown, 50, said he doesn’t stare down his opponents, with his style being that of a “fidgeter” who keeps the others off-balance with his nose-scratching and other mannerisms.
It must be effective, as Brown is the 2007 World Series of Poker champ.
“I’m a semi-professional player but I’m pretty hyper so I don’t stare at the others,” said Brown. “I’m not sure if I have a ‘tell,’ but probably not, with all my fidgeting.”
Brown said he enjoys playing poker with others (as opposed to casino machines) because “it’s not like gambling if you really understand what you’re doing.”
He added that because there is no house, like in a casino, it simply is one player up against the others, with the odds even for all. (Incidentally, Brown said he enjoys casino play, too, and he said his secret there is to “hit and run,” leaving with small jackpots because if you stay longer the house inevitably wins.)
Kobus said amateur poker players such as himself will find a good time at the Hangtown Hold ‘em Poker Tournament and may even find themselves taking home the winner’s trophy.
“There’s always the players who are really skillful and they come out near the top each year but a couple of times I’ve also seen amateurs end up at the final table,” he said.
Kobus said he has enjoyed playing poker since he was a kid.
Bring out the kid in yourself and support the chamber of commerce at the same time. The evening will include a no-host bar, raffle prizes and delicious food, among other attractions.
E-mail the chamber’s Lynzee Schram at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-621-5885 for registration information.