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Poker tournaments are always a good way to raise funds for worthy causes, and the Mike Moses Memorial Texas Hold’em Benefit Poker Tournament is no exception. The event is being organized by the Santa Barbara City Firefighters with proceeds going to local charities and victims of the Montecito floods. The action will take place on March 11 at the Carriage Museum in Santa Barbara.
The activities kick off at noon with a barbecue, with the poker action getting underway at 2 PM. Players can enter with a $100 donation, or a group of nine can sign up for just $800. The donation covers the tournament entry fee, food and drinks. Those that only want to show up to support the cause without participating in the tournament can make a $30 donation, which covers food and drink. All final table participants will receive prizes.
The Montecito floods and mudslides in early January wreaked havoc on the Santa Barbara community of Montecito. 21 fatalities were recorded in the disaster. Area residents blame a broken Montecito Water District water main caused ten million gallons of water to be release into the community, which was already suffering from extreme rainfall. The tournament is named for Mike Moses, a retired firefighting captain who passed away in 2016 from cancer. He had been with the department for 27 years.