Wichita’s Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is hosting a benefit poker tournament Saturday, August 3. The “Inaugural Chips for Champions Poker Tournament” will be held at KSHOF’s location at the Wichita Boathouse. The tournament will raise funds to support the KSHOF Youth Education Programs. According to marketing manager Jordan Poland, this year’s focus is on kids’ health and that “over 6,000 kids will be served by the program.”
Several sports celebrities are expected to participate including the “Voice of the Kansas Jayhawks, ” Max Falkenstien, former major league baseball player Ken Berry, KGSO sports radio host and announcer Chris Allison, and Wichita Eagle sports columnist Bob Lutz.
Suggested donation to participate is $80. Registration can be done online on a tournament page; by printing a form to complete for return in person, or by calling KSHOF at the number below. Players who contribute the full amount will start with 20% more chips.
Gaming Entertainment Management (GEM) is managing the event and players can expect a structure similar to events GEM has managed in the past like the Cards for the Cure event back in January. Lunch for the event will be provided by Papa John’s Pizza. Only the tables featuring celebrities will have dealers, the outer tables will be player dealt. To fill out the feature table(s), seats will be auctioned off prior to the start of play. While doors open for registration a 9:00 am, the seat auction should be completed in time for play to start at 10:00 am.
Players will start with 10,000 in chips with blinds starting at 25-50. Rounds are expected to be 25-30 minutes. The next two levels will be 100-200 and 200-400. The tournament will break an hour for lunch at noon. Players can buy-in and re-buy until 2:00 pm. At minimum, all players who reach the final table of 10 players will cash. First place will pay $2,500. Payouts for the rest of places will be determined at the completion of registration.
Numerous sponsors are backing the event. Security 1st Title, EMC Insurance, Commercial Mechanical Inc., KWCH 12, Xclusive Events, House of Schwan, My Town Media, and Papa John’s. For additional information or to register by phone contact Kansas Sports Hall of Fame at 316-262-2038.