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Kremmling’s inaugural poker tournament raises funds for visitors center

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Kremmling’s first-ever Texas Hold’em Challenge was a real success last Saturday night.

Held in the CSU Extension Hall at the fairgrounds, the poker tournament had 36 players. A total of 50 people participated in the event, which also featured a catered dinner, poker lessons and door prizes.

The winners of the Texas Hold’em poker tournament are: first place, Brian Master of Denver; second place, Mike Huff of Kremmling; third place, Carrie George of Kremmling; fourth place, Kittie Docheff of Kremmling; and fifth place, Christi Matthews of Crested Butte.

Each of the winners received plaques with toy sharks attached to proclaim them as true “card sharks.” Door prizes included poker chip sets and Kremmling Visitor Center souvenirs.

“It was a successful first event,” said Kacey Beres, the Events Director for the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce. “It was a great event for the middle of winter which gave locals the chance to get out and have some fun.”

Saturday’s tournament, which featured professional dealers, was not for real money. Participants were playing only for bragging rights.

The Texas Hold’em Challenge was sponsored by Ghostwood Interiors, Confluence Energy, Tri-River Building Supply and the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The Kremmling Chamber’s Board of Directors wants to thank all the staff and volunteers who helped make the tournament a success,” Beres said. “We might possibly hold another one next winter.”

The proceeds from the tournament entry fees will benefit the Kremmling Visitor Center’s Building Fund.


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