A difficult skill to perfect, one’s poker face must be able to conceal the joy of getting a royal flush, as well as the disappointment of failing to secure a ride home in the back of the dealer’s pick-up truck. Practice facial stoicism today’s Groupon: for $150, you get a charity-poker-tournament package at the Houston Club from The Aces & Angels Foundation (a $300 value).
The package includes:
- VIP expedited-admission to the Houston Club
- Gourmet buffet dinner
- Two raffle tickets
- Guaranteed seat in the charity-poker-tournament plus 1,000 bonus starting chips<p>
A nonprofit, The Aces & Angels Foundation doles out poker chips and fine dining during monthly scheduled charity tournaments that support members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Hosted inside the private Houston Club, the package lavishes card sharks with VIP admission and a gourmet buffet dinner filled with the executive chef’s twist on stadium food. Postmeal, players sidle up to one of the tournament tables to place their bets with 1,000 inedible bonus chips. The foundation—advised by professional poker players Phil Hellmuth and Jamie Gold—also equips contestants with two raffle tickets for a World Series of Poker fantasy package in Las Vegas.
The Aces & Angels Foundation
As noted on CBSDFW.com, Gene Simmons and longtime partner Shannon Tweed hosted a live-music event coordinated by The Aces & Angels Foundation, which was later featured on Simmons's A&E reality show. The party was just one of many fundraisers that the nonprofit organization has created to provide assistance for active-duty and former members of the United States Armed Forces. They visit US military installations with a cadre of famous musicians, Hollywood celebrities, and athletes, doing their part to boost morale and the instances of excited, high-pitched screaming within the armed forces. They also organize charitable, star-studded events such as poker tournaments, VIP parties, and chili cook-offs.
Proceeds from the events benefit charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps veterans recover from physical and mental injuries, and The Gleason Initiative Foundation, which raises public awareness of ALS and provides equipment and services to individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.
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