Texas Hold’em is set to return to Pershing Community Center Nov. 20, but in a new, larger location to allow for social distancing.
“We are holding Texas Hold’em in the ballroom this year,” explained LoraLee Neubeck with the FMWR Installation Wide Events office, noting that while the event has been held inside Blackjack Bar and Grill the past few years, a more spacious venue was needed to allow for social distancing.
“It’s pretty much the same; we’re just spacing it differently,” she said. “We usually have eight people per table, but to allow for distancing, we’re limiting the number of people per table and spacing the tables farther apart.”
Advance registration is open now through Nov. 19 for $25 per person and can be completed in person at the Installation Wide Events office in Bldg. 470, Room 1105, or online at https://leonard wood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/ texas-holdem/4750436/53726.
Registration is $30 at the door.
Check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m. with competition starting at 6 p.m. Players must be at least 18 years of age and Department of Defense ID-card holders with access to Fort Leonard Wood.
All COVID-19 mitigation factors that apply to the installation will apply during the event. Neubeck said Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation personnel will also take additional precautions.
“We are offering a lot of hand sanitizer (to participants),” she said. “We’ll have sanitizer bottles at every table and we’ll also have bottles at the front for players when they arrive. Unless something changes between now and then, masks will be required unless eating or drinking, and all participants will be required to be 6 feet away from others.”
Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event. “The kitchen will be open until 7 p.m., and the bar is usually open until sometime later,” Neubeck said.
Fort Leonard Wood has hosted a series of Texas Hold’em marathons annually since 2006.
In Texas Hold’em, players attempt to put together a winning five-card hand, using two cards of their own kept face down, along with the best of five community cards that are revealed in stages. Players wager at each stage until the hand is concluded.
As with past Texas Hold’em events, play will continue until the last hand drops during the Nov. 20 event. Cash prizes, based on participation, will be awarded to the winners.
The Nov. 20 tournament is the first of five Texas Hold’em events coming to the installation. Future tournaments are scheduled for Dec. 11, Jan. 22, Feb. 26 and March 12.
For more information about Texas Hold’em, visit the event listing at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com.