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Club asks Hudson's Hope to ante up

Curling Rink would host poker events if club gets district funding


A few Hudson's Hope residents are hoping that the District Council will see them and raise $6,000 to start a non-profit poker club.

Council heard from a number of community groups last Wednesday who made requests for city funds. One of the requests on the agenda was from Leon Beebe, who wanted money to start up the Hudson's Hope Poker Club.

"Our goal is to enjoy playing poker, in a quality professional environment, with friends that are of legal age," according to a letter written by Leon Beebe. "We will host scheduled tournaments, one Saturday each month of the year as well as a top-ten final table and annual charity event."

Tom Matus, Hudson's Hope's chief administrative officer, said that council did not make a decision as to whether any of the requests, by the Poker Club or others, were approved. That decision will have to wait until their March 24 meeting.

This poker club plans to meet at the Hudson's Hope Curling Rink, which will supply staff and refreshments to players during each event.

The $6,000 requested would go towards six tables worth about $2,300, a variety of poker chips, tournament timers and table cards, among other items.

According to Beebe's letter, if and when they receive money from the district, they will apply for a proper gaming licence, and then order all the equipment.

"Upon overwhelming success of our club, we will be donating any extra monies to various community organizations," the letter states.

Other groups that asked for funds were local groups like minor hockey, the ski hill, and Double "H" Saddle Club.

The poker club's request was the third-costliest out of 13 presented to the district totalling more than $27,000, after the $8,100 requested by the Hudson's Hope Ski Hill Association and $7,700 to run a summer arts program.