Hosting a charity poker tournament is a great way to have some fun, all while helping out a great cause. Once you’ve decided which organization you’d like to raise money and awareness for, follow these four steps to get your event planning off to a good start.
Step 1: Select your venue. In this case, it might be difficult to choose a venue because you need people to sign up to participate first in order to know what to expect. On the other hand, you can’t expect people to sign up for an event when the location is still to be determined. As a safe bet, try to select a venue that can accommodate varying crowds. That way, as the event drawers closer, you can make adjustments to room size and setup as needed — hotels are usually a great option.
Step 2: Gather your supplies. You’ll need poker tables, cards, and chips for players, but you’ll also need seating for spectators. Make sure to select authentic poker equipment — just like the party supplies we offer here at Casinos by M&M! Always anticipate needing more seating and supplies rather than less. It’s a lot easier to remove tables and chairs than to put more in!
Step 3: Choose your prizes. Of course a large portion of your proceeds will go to charity, but you still need to provide some sort of a prize to entice people to participate. Consider an alluring grand prize, like a vacation package or a seat at the World Series of Poker! Make sure you have plenty of smaller prizes, like donated gift baskets or small cash prizes.
Step 4: Get the word out. Now that you’ve got the details settled, you’ll have to start promoting your event to guarantee a good turnout! There are plenty of free event listing sites on the web, and you may even be able to secure a pro bono spot in your local paper, as the event is for charity. Be sure to write a succinct press release and distribute it to you local news outlets as well.
Entertainment is key at an event like this, and as we mentioned, only an authentic poker setup will do. That’s why we encourage you to choose Casinos by M&M, and allow us to provide authentic casino excitement your guests will never forget!