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Give Hope and Hold 'Em Poker Tournament

TBD 1Q 2018

2018 Orlando Charity Poker Tournament

Give Hope And Hold 'Em Poker Tournament

Come join us for a fun and classy event designed to bring Las Vegas to Orlando! Enjoy professionally-managed Texas Hold 'Em Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, Fine Catering, and Raffle Giveaways! A night out like no other in Orlando - All for a great cause!

Compete to Win a $10,000 Grand Prize Package!

Win a Rock Star Giveaway at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. The prize includes three rooms at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel for a Friday and Saturday night of your choosing, which is valid any weekend between October 1 and March 31, 2018. Bring two of your favorite couples with you and we’ll take care of the rest.

Need a ride? We’ve got you covered with transportation to and from Tampa. The dining experience at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will take you on a culinary journey that will exceed your palate's expectations. Your taste buds will tickle with anticipation as you choose from our award-winning restaurants, which we will include $500 for your group's dinner each night. Jackpot!

The prize also includes $1,000 per couple in free play, to be used on a the huge selection of electrifying gambling to amp up your fun, from the newest slots to ancient Asian-inspired table games.


TBD 1Q 2018


This evening’s top ten qualify for the 20-person tournament to be held at the Give Hope Foundation Gala in 3Q 2018, where you will compete to win a $10,000 grand prize package!


TBD 1Q 2018


Doors Open 5:30 PM
Event Start & Dinner: 6:00 PM (Don't Be Late!)
Table Games Open: 8:00 PM
50/50 & 11th Seat Raffle Drawings: 11:00 PM
Event Concludes: 12:00 AM


• Professionally Managed Texas Hold 'Em Style Poker Tournament with Prizes
• Table Games including Blackjack & Roulette
• Fine Catering by Francesco's Ristorante
• From 6-7PM, Meet Professional Poker Player, Mark Stephen Edwards!
"Edwards has made a living by the way of a 52 card deck for a number of years now, both online and live. He’s traveled the world and stockpiled a million or so memories. He’s also logged time with the former WSOP Academy as an instructor where he shared his enthusiasm for the game of poker along with his exuberant love of life; melding the two together to teach you how to handle the swings involved in poker and maintain your identity in the game – and away from it."
• 2 Complementary Drink Tickets with Poker Admission
• Cash Bar
• 50/50 & Mystery Wine Raffles

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When do I need to buy tickets?

Tickets must be purchased in advance. By purchasing ahead of time, you guarantee yourself a spot and you help us gauge how many people to plan for.

Q: What can I win?

We have a Prize Package valued at $10,000, including a trip for two to Las Vegas with flights included! At the February 25th Tournament, the top 10 finishers will receive a Free Entry into Give Hope Foundation's signature event - The Give Hope Gala to take place on September 9, 2017. At that event, the top 10 finishers will have automatic entry into a 20 person tournament. Winner takes home the $10,000 prize! On Feb 25th, while the big prize is just qualifying for the Sept. 9 tournament, we will play to a final winner, who will also receive a prize Feb 25!

Q: What are the different raffles and prizes?

OPTION 1 - $20 Wine Raffle. You pick a bag with a bottle in it, maybe its a $15-$20 bottle, maybe its a $50 bottle, maybe its a $100 bottle!
OPTION 2 - $50 for a 50/50 raffle ticket. Winner to be drawn at 11:00 - half the cash to the winner, half to the charity.
OPTION 3 - $50 for $1000 in table money to be played at the Blackjack or Roulette tables! Win at the tables to return to the raffle table to exchange your winning for EXTRA chances in the 50/50 raffle!
OPTION 4 - BEST VALUE!! $50/month donation signup! In exchange for signing up for our monthly giving program, you get TRIPLE the tickets or table money - 3 50/50 raffle entries OR $3000 in table money. You ALSO get a Raffle ticket to the 11th seat raffle - a special raffle drawn at 11pm for FREE ENTRY TO OUR FALL GALA AND AUTOMATIC ENTRY INTO THE 20 PERSON MINI-TOURNAMENT AT THE GALA TO WIN THE $10,000 GRAND PRIZE!!!

Q: If I win the 11th Seat Raffle OR finish in the top 10 at the Hold 'Em' Poker Tournament, I get free entry into the Sept. 9 Give Hope Gala, AND I get automatic entry into the 20 person mini-tournament at the Gala to win the $10,000 Grand Prize?


Q: What if I can't make it to the Sept. 9 Gala?!?!

Your Free entry and your entry into the mini-tournament is transferrable! Tell us who is playing in your stead, and we'll make it happen.

Q: What is there for my guest to do?

If you're bringing a non-poker playing guest, there will be all the activities available off the raffle table (see above) which include the table games, and there will also be food, drink, and hopefully, them getting to watch you win it all!!

Q: What is the proper attire for the Event?

Cocktail Attire

Q: What do I need to bring to the poker tournament?

Other than yourself, you will probably want cash or a checkbook with you. There may be an ATM on the premisis, but it is not guaranteed. Potential uses for cash include the full cash bar, re-buys into the poker tournament if you’re eliminated, or raffle ticket purchases.

Q: What if I go all in on my first hand and lose?

During the first hour of the tournament, you will be permitted to re-buy back into the tounament. At 8:00 PM, you may purchase one final add-on.

Q: What do I get if I win the poker tournament?

The final victor of the Poker Tournament will receive a grand prize with a value between $500-$1000, and a seat at the exclusive 20-person poker tournament held during our Annual Give Hope Foundation Gala later this year which will have a grand prize with a value of around $10,000 and the winner will also get a vacation for 2 to Las Vegas including flights, hotels, and more!

Q: Can I walk up and purchase a ticket at the event without having pre-purchased a ticket?

No, you can only purchase tickets in advance through our website.

Q: What is in the Gift Bag?

We have lots of free stuff for you, some of which is provided by our generous sponsors, so be sure to grab one on your way out!

Q: How old do you have to be to participate in the poker tournament?

This is an adult-oriented Event, and of course an adult oriented game. We would just ask parents to use their own judgement and only enter a maturity-appropriate player.

Q: Do I have to know how to play poker to enter the tournament?

Of course not! The event is about everyone having a great time, and contributing to a great cause in a unique way. In fact, a friend of ours had never played poker previous to our first event, and made it all the way to the final table!

Q: What if I can’t make that date, but I still want to help?

A great way to help is to donate online, volunteer, or become a sponsor! Just visit our How You Can Help page for more details! In addition, we always need help spreading the word about the event and gathering prizes and auction items.

Why Sponsor Events?

100% of all proceeds go directly to our charitable programs assisting children & families within central florida (like our Give Hope Hero Program and Give Hope Fund) as well as established beneficiaries who help fight children's cancer and fund research throughout the US.

Read more about our Distributions and Beneficiaries here:

Become A Sponsor

Becoming a Give Hope and Hold 'Em sponsor is simple and rewarding in many ways! By sponsoring our event, you receive many benefits. Follow the simple steps below to become a sponsor:

Choose Sponsorship Level:

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2. Submit Donation & Info:

Click the button below to view a detailed PDF checklist with instructions on how to submit your information and sponsorship: