Second session tournament winners: Joe Beausoleil (left) in first place

Second session tournament winners: Joe Beausoleil (left) in first place

Princeton players get their poker-face on

Wednesday nights at the Royal Canadian Legion are the place to be for locals who enjoy a good game of poker.

Wednesday nights at the Royal Canadian Legion have become the place to be for locals who enjoy a good game of poker.

Legion Poker night is 100 per cent organized and facilitated by local Legion members who donate their time and prizes.

From 5:45 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. in the lounge residents are welcomed to enjoy dinner and a drink for $12 or just dinner for $8. If you are then up for poker, game time is 7 p.m. sharp.

There is no cost to play and you do not have to be a pro to join in. “It’s a social time and lots of fun,” said Jim Martindale. “If you don’t know how to play, the other players will teach you.”

Sessions are eight to nine weeks long, ending with a tournament where the top three players win seat placements at a casino of their choosing. The top eight players  from each tournament also qualify for the Poker Legion Championship which will  be held on June 6.

The championship tournament will consist of 32 players with the top three winners receiving a $500, $300 and $200 seat placement at a tournament of their choosing anywhere in British Columbia.

The March 14 tournament ended Session 2 with Joe Beausoleil in first place, Garry Scott in second and Gail Fidler taking third.

Session 3 will begin on March 21. The playoff tournament for the third session will take place on May 23.

“It’s a great night out,” said Steve Jaster. “You have the chance to go on to play for higher stakes and the people here are just phenomenal.”

If you are looking for another opportunity for a great evening out, check out the next monthly Community Legion event. On Saturday, March 24 the Legion will host a dinner and dance. Tickets are on sale now in the lounge.