Joe King Poker Tournament: Kings Beach could be yours |

Joe King Poker Tournament: Kings Beach could be yours

If you play your cards right, you could be the next mayor of Kings Beach. And if you register before Feb. 19, that honor and a grand prize could be yours for 75 bucks.

The North Tahoe Business Associationand#8217;s Joe King Poker Tournament is slated for Friday, March 12, 7 p.m., at the Tahoe Biltmoreand#8217;s Breeze Bar in Crystal Bay, as part of 2010 SnowFest! activities. The winner of the tourney will take home the grand prize and act as honorary mayor of Kings Beach in the Kings Beach SnowFest! parade on Saturday, March 13. Registration is $75 per player before Feb. 19. After Feb. 19, registration is $100.

and#8220;This tournament is now in its third year, and it will be hard to top last yearand#8217;s excitement,and#8221; said Cheri Sprenger, executive director of the NTBA. and#8220;The event has given us an opportunity to share some of the history of Kings Beach with the community, and it is great fun for the gamblers and the attendees. Joe King was well known as a true and#8216;card sharkand#8217; throughout the Tahoe area; itand#8217;s like reliving the 1920s.and#8221;

After the first round, two players from each table will move onto the championship round. Tournament prizes will go to all the finalists at the championship table.

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 poker game in 1925. King took the winnings from that game to develop several buildings, some of which are still standing today.

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. All proceeds benefit the North Tahoe Business Association.

Tahoe Biltmore is offering a special Stay and Play $49 rate on rooms for anyone registered in the tournament. For those not into Texas Hold-Em poker, there will also be a video poker tournament, live music, hors dand#8217;ouvres and no host bar throughout the evening.

Registration is limited, and pre-registration is required by March 5. Call 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.