Joe King Poker Tournament: Kings Beach could be yours! |

Joe King Poker Tournament: Kings Beach could be yours!

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KINGS BEACH andamp;#8212; The North Tahoe Business Associationandamp;#8217;s Joe King Poker Tournament is slated for Sunday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., at the Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay. The winner of the tourney will take home the grand prize and act as Honorary Mayor of Kings Beach for the year. Registration is $75 per player by Feb. 15. After Feb. 15, registration goes to $85. Table sponsorships are available for $650 which includes registration for up to 10 players and signage at the affair.The event is modeled after the legend of Joe King, who reportedly won the rights to the land that is now Kings Beach in an all-night 1925 poker game. King took the winnings to develop several buildings, some of which are still standing today. Cheri Sprenger of the North Tahoe Business Association said: andamp;#8220;The event has given us an opportunity to share some of the history of Kings Beach with the community. Joe King was well known as a true andamp;#8216;gamblerandamp;#8217; throughout the Tahoe area.andamp;#8221; The tournament, now in its fourth year, will honor Dennis Oliver, a North Lake Tahoe resident and Public Information Officer for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, who made a major impact on Lake Tahoe during his time here. Oliver was an avid poker player and supported many charity poker tournaments in casinos near his home.A portion of the 2011 proceeds will go to the Dennis J Oliver Memorial Arts andamp; Environmental Education Fund, paying tribute to Dennisandamp;#8217; memory by raising funds for this new foundation. Donations to the memorial fund will help initiate the Lake Tahoe Environmental newspaper project, with an inaugural publication scheduled for spring 2011. Oliver supported the arts and enjoyed painting in his spare time. He loved nature and the outdoors and even wrote two regional travel guides, nature and outdoors, andamp;#8220;Inside Out Northern Californiaandamp;#8221; (1999) and andamp;#8220;Camping! Northern Californiaandamp;#8221; (2001). He was also known for being an award-winning police and then environmental reporter for the Oakland Tribune and the Hayward Daily Review. Dennis was enthusiastically involved in civic affairs and was a candidate for the Incline Village General Improvement District board earlier this year. Tahoe Biltmore is offering a special Stay and Play Package: $199 gets you two seats in the tournament and a room for the night. For those not into Texas Hold-Em poker, there will also be a Slot Challenge, Video Poker, a casual poker table, hors dandamp;#8217;oeuvres and no host bar.Participants and spectators are encouraged to dress in 1920s attire, and prizes will go to the best dressed man and woman. Attendees will also have the opportunity to compete for raffle prizes.Registration is limited, and pre-registration is required by Feb. 18. Call 530-546-9000 or e-mail for details or to pay by credit card. Visit the Special Events page at for the latest information on the tournament.

What: North Tahoe Business Associationandamp;#8217;s Joe King Poker TournamentWhen: Sunday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.Where: The Breeze at Tahoe Biltmore.The winner of the tourney will take home the grand prize and act as Honorary Mayor of Kings Beach and lead the Kings Beach SnowFest! parade on Saturday, March 12.

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