Here's something you can bet on: The Kosher Poker Tour (KPT) will be in Atlanta next month. PHOTO / KPT

Here’s something you can bet on: The Kosher Poker Tour (KPT) will be in Atlanta next month. PHOTO / KPT

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The Kosher Poker Tour (KPT), supporting Congregaiton Dor Tamid, Congregation Beth Shalom and Congregation Etz Chaim, will be in metro Atlanta for a full-fledged Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on July 14 at Dor Tamid in Johns Creek. The tournament’s winner will represent the region at the $100,000 Kosher Poker Tour National Championships at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; other prizes will also be awarded.

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Each of the participating congregations in Atlanta generates donations when they sell tickets or bring on sponsorships from local business partners. To support the Atlanta Jewish community, contact the synagogues or the Atlanta Jewish Times, a major sponsor of this community event.

The response to this upcoming event has been fantastic so far, but the uninformed might be wondering: Why all the excitement, and why poker?

The answer is simple: There are more than 60 million poker players in the United States and more than 100 million worldwide. More people play poker than play golf, billiards or tennis. Recently ruled a “game of skill and not a game of chance” by federal courts, it’s an exciting and thriving sport for all people, regardless of their background and talent.

Women, by the way, make up the fastest growing demographic in this male-dominated sport. Be wary, gentlemen – women win when they play just as consistently as men do!

Regular general admission to the tournament in Atlanta is $200. Sponsorships include “Presenting Sponsors” at $5,000, “Supporting Sponsors” at $2,500 and “Table Sponsors” at $1,000.

Additional information is available at kosherpokertour.com. For Congregation Dor Tamid, contact Gregg Woodman at (770) 378-2037 or gwoodman@starfinancial.com; for Congregation Beth Shalom, contact Steve Kaufman at (770) 597-2066 or capitalcitymgt@gmail.com; and for Congregation Etz Chaim, contact Robin Brill at (404) 308-3566 or robin@brillent.com.

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