River Valley Rotary Club hosting poker tournament


RUMFORD – The River Valley Rotary Club will host a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament on Jan. 12 to raise funds for Envision Rumford and Rotary International.

The tournament will take place at the Hope Association building at 85 Lincoln Ave., starting at 10 a.m.

According to Envision Rumford! Member Jim Rinaldo, the tournament is open to the public and there is a $50 buy-in with a 75 percent guaranteed payout.

Rinaldo said he’s been running poker tournaments in town for a long time.

“I was probably the first one to start doing them,” he said. “The tournament this month will be the second one I do to raise money for the Rotary Club and Envision Rumford.”

Rinaldo said he worked with Rich Allen of the Rotary Club and Catherine Johnson, executive director of Hope Association, to arrange the tournament.

Half of the proceeds will go to Envision Rumford and the rest to Rotary International to eradicate polio worldwide.

“I decided it’d be nice to pool the money with the Rotary Club to create seed money for both groups,” Rinaldo explained. “We can split the proceeds and use the money to help us save money for different events throughout the year.”

Rinaldo said normally, with a poker tournament, it’s best to have around 80 or 90 people playing. 

“Lately, the amount of people showing up is a little below average,” he said, estimating it is between 50 and 60.

The Rotary Club and the Hope Association will provide a meal for all in attendance.  Rinaldo added that there is typically free coffee at the poker tournaments.

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