Local risk-takers literally laid their cards on the table, ready to go all-in, at a Texas Hold’em tournament for a good cause on Feb. 24. Hosted by the Silicon Beach Parents Group and Kris Zacuto of the real estate firm Hilton & Hyland, the Saturday night Playa Vista Poker Party at local co-working space CTRL Collective was a fundraiser for TGA Sports, a foundation that combines sports like golf and tennis with STEM to improve the lives of children nationwide.
Tasmin Trezise, the founder of the software company Tanda, managed to bluff his way to a big win, while Playa Vista Farmers Market founder Farmer Mark followed suit by perfecting his organic poker face. Despite playing my cards close to my chest, I ended up sinking when the river card was dealt, losing all my chips in about 20 minutes. Luckily, there was some great wine and all the tacos I could eat.
The event raised nearly $5,000, making TGA Sports the big winner.
— Shanee Edwards