Kosher Poker Tour offers players a way to have fun and raise funds for a good cause. PHOTO / Special to the AJT

Kosher Poker Tour offers players a way to have fun and raise funds for a good cause. PHOTO / Special to the AJT

BY DAVID NEISEN / AJT //

The Kosher Poker Tour (KPT) will make a stop in Atlanta this summer at Congregation Dor Tamid in Johns Creek. The Atlanta regional event, set for July 14, is the second stop on the tour and comes on the heels of a similar event in Houston that raised more than $100,000 for the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.

The winner of each KPT event – there are more than 25

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regional matches – will be eligible to take part in the $100,000 KPT National Championships in Las Vegas (tentative date March 2014), where participants will be playing for the KPT Championship Bracelet, a huge cash prize pool and the opportunity to represent the Jewish community in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

While in Vegas, winners of KPT Regional Events will enjoy a Poker Fantasy Camp featuring training with some of the biggest stars of the poker world. They’ll also be treated to a special “Play with the Pros” event where participants will have the opportunity to play with poker stars like Phil Hellmuth, Jamie Gold, Eli Elezra, Eric Seidel, Barry Greenstein, Mike Matusow and Card Player Magazine publisher Barry Shulman.

Each individual Tour event features 20 custom poker tables, experienced professional poker dealers and tournament directors. In addition, there will be multiple giant-screen video monitors, custom poker chips and cards.

The KPT’s unique non-gambling structure is approved in all 50 states and Canada. Major stops on the docket include Miami, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Each event will offer local Jewish organizations risk-free fundraising opportunity.

“The Kosher Poker Tour far exceeded our expectations,” said Suzanne Jacobson, senior vice president of development for the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. “It’s been a real pleasure working with the KPT, and I highly recommend the Kosher Poker Tour for every Jewish community.”

Kosher Poker Tour Executive Vice President Anita Rosenblatt encourages every Jewish organization in Atlanta to participate in this tremendous opportunity to raise funds through the KPT.

“Every organization has donors and supporters that are poker players and fans,” Rosenblatt said. “The KPT is an easy way to raise additional funds by simply inviting your donors to participate. It couldn’t be any easier than that.”

The Tour is produced by Las Vegas-based Aces & Angels, the premier producer of charity and celebrity poker events in the world. Aces & Angels produces the annual Celebrity Poker Tournament at the Super Bowl, as well as events at other high-profile venues.

“Of all the events that we produce, we are most passionate about the Kosher Poker Tour,” said Michael Eakman, Aces & Angels CEO and executive producer. “It is important to give back to the Jewish community. The best way that we accomplish that is to help local Jewish organizations raise much-needed funds for their programs.”

The goal of the KPT is to help raise more than $2 million for local Jewish federations, JCCs, day schools, synagogues and other Jewish organizations. In addition, the Tour supports the JNF, B’nai B’rith, Jewish War Veterans and Ramah.

The KPT is the result of two-and-a-half-plus years of research and development and is the only tour of its type in the world.

For information on how your Jewish organization can raise funds through the KPT or for those interested in being a table captain, call (702) 430-9100. Those interested in playing in the event or becoming a sponsor, visit KosherPokerTour.com. 

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