by Rhonda Massad
“Each year we grow a little bit more,” Roberts explained. “The first year we had one table in my parent’s house. This is the first year we rented out a space to be able to grow the tournament and help more people in the community.”
Roberts works at the Beaconsfield Pharmaprix owned by another Beaconsfield resident Nada Nasredine. The pharmacy encourages their employees to meet a set goal of $8,000 to be donated to those in need via West Island Community Shares. Pharmaprix Beaconsfield Supervisor Michaela Quinn also put on a BBQ with Roberts help and raised $500 this summer.
“We all participate and help raise funds to meet the store goal,” Quinn explained. “For the tournament, we had some great raffle prizes that included two Habs tickets and a James Bond drink shaker matched with a bottle of champagne.”
Reasonably priced drinks were made available, and a free dinner along with snacks was enjoyed throughout the evening.
The price to buy into the tournament was $20 with a $20 re-buy for a full stack and a $10 re-buy for a half stack. Payout went to the top five players while players six through ten were eligible for prizes. Roberts hope to make the yearly event much more public next year and sell tickets.