Poker tournament raises thousands for Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

The nonprofit La Costa 35 Athletic Club hosted its 6th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament on Nov. 12, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, according to a press release from the club.

“There were 26 poker tables, nearly 250 players, and net proceeds of over $55,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad — an all-time record,” stated tournament director Rob Holzman.

Begun in 2011 as a way to give back to the community, the first poker tournament was held at the then-under-construction Bressi Ranch Boys & Girls Clubhouse. The event sold out the past several years, so organizers moved it to the Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club and Storage, which has 28,000 feet of warehouse space along with an array of exotic and classic cars. Since its inception, the event has tripled in attendance and raised more than $185,000, according to the release.

“The move to Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club with catering from Bushfire Kitchen and Major Events added to the atmosphere,” Holzman stated. “And professional poker player and TV personality Maria Ho made the event even more unique and entertaining.”

The Title Sponsor for the fifth year was Christian Credit Counselors. Gold Sponsors included A.O. Reed, Cox Business, Crestview Capital Advisors, the Manhole Poker League, Morrison Insurance, State Farm Insurance (Mike Giblin), Trinity Homes (Wes Besemer), Synergy One Lending and Whiting-Turner. The event sported large TVs broadcasting the blinds as well as football games, courtesy of Digitainment/Home AV TV Design (La Costa) and Infinite Satellite. HRE Performance Wheels donated the top auction prize of the evening — a set of four custom forged wheels.

With play going on well into the night, Ernie Oar was awarded the coveted Winner’s Bracelet, according to the release.

The La Costa 35 Athletic Club, formed in 1984, promotes friendly competition, good sportsmanship, and a social outlet for its members, Carlsbad residents aged 35 and older.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad has served the Carlsbad community since 1952, providing programs and services to thousands of young people. The organization is completely funded by local donors. For more information, call (760) 729-0207, email, or visit


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