The Churchill Little League is hosting a poker night. Picture courtesy of the league.
By Travis Andersen
While many youth sports programs try fund-raising ideas such as selling candy, the Churchill American Little League is spicing things up.
The league will hold its third annual Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament & Wine Tasting tonight at Memorial Hall from 6 p.m. to midnight, in an effort to raise enough money for a new scoreboard.
Boards that have piqued the league's interest cost between $3,500 and $4,000.
"We'll see what happens," said Derek Costa, Churchill president and coach of a Major League team, ages 10 to 12.
Costa expects as many as 200 local residents to pack the hall, with about half of them dealing in.
Players have to put $125 in the pot, a bargain price if you know when to hold 'em, fold 'em, walk away, and run. Costa said the winner netted about $3,000 last year, and the second and third-place finishers also did well.
Though he enjoys the annual fund-raiser, Costa wouldn't call himself a card shark.
"God, no," he said. "This is the one time of the year that I play."
Non-gamblers can pay just $25 for the wine tasting. There will also be a raffle, plenty of food, music, and a cash bar.