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Vegas Comes to Athens: Who’s All In?

January 09, 2014

CAN YOU BEAT THE PROS IN TEXAS HOLD ‘EM? IF SO, YOU COULD WIN A VEGAS CASINO PACKAGE! JOIN US SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1st…

If you’re 18 or over and a fan of Texas Hold ‘Em, Darius Goes West, Inc. is offering you a rare opportunity to test your skills against two Vegas pros on Saturday, February 1, at The Rail in Athens. All proceeds from “Dealing for Darius” will benefit muscular dystrophy research.

This one-night Texas Hold ‘Em tournament brings two Vegas pros to the Classic City. Gavin Smith (aka “Birdguts”) is a Canadian professional poker player who took the first prize of $1,128,278 in The World Poker Tour (WPT) Mirage Poker Showdown in Las Vegas in May 2005. In October 2005, he made the final table again in the Second Annual Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship where he finished third. He made a third WPT final table in January 2006, finishing fourth. The three WPT final tables earned him the World Poker Tour Player of the Year award for season 4. In 2010, Smith earned his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, earning $268,238 for his first place finish in a WSOP Mixed Hold ‘Em event.

Bryan “Devo” Devonshire has been a professional poker player for nearly a decade. He took second place in his first WSOP event in 2006, and to date boasts more than $2 million in live tournament earnings. Devonshire is also a recognized poker writer and coach, with his articles and blogs carried at pokerpages.com.

When Darius turned 21, Smith and Devonshire, who had seen Darius Goes West, offered to host a poker tournament in Las Vegas to celebrate Darius’s milestone birthday and to raise funds for DMD research. Darius and his crew headed back out west for this event, where “Big Daddy Weems” made it to the final table! Now Smith and Devonshire are coming to Athens to host a tournament on Darius’s home turf. Organized by the Georgia Poker Club, this one night Texas Hold ‘Em tournament is set for Saturday, February 1, 2014, at The Rail, beginning at 7:00 PM. The grand prize (along with bragging rights) is a Vegas casino package, with awesome prizes for second and third place finishers as well. All who attend will have a chance to receive an autographed photo of the pros.

To play in the tournament, a $50 donation is requested if you sign up in advance, or $75 if you opt to pay at the door. Once the tournament is underway, there will be an optional $20 add on after the first break for an additional $5,000 in chips. To sign up, click here. Darius Goes West, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation, so your donation is tax deductible.

FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP, CLICK HERE!
Hope to see you there, and thanks to our sponsors: The Georgia Poker Club, Athens First Bank & Trust, Grange Mutual, The Rail, Raymond James, and Winder Insurance Center.

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