Let-R-Buck poker tournament to raise funds for Langdon Day Care

The Langdon Day Care Center and Sporty’s Bar and Grill are offering a great way to not only spend an afternoon and evening but also help the Langdon Day Care Center. 


Posted on 11/7/15

By Melissa Anderson

The second annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament sponsored by the Langdon Day care Center is set to take place on Saturday, November 14 beginning at 1 p.m. with registration starting at noon. The buy-in for the tournament is $125 plus $20. The funds raised will be used to benefit the Day Care center.

“We had seen other poker tournaments in the community do well. A few board members had the knowledge and connections to arrange things so we thought we would put one together during the winter months to give the community members a fun event to participate in,” Carla Gemmill, a board member of the Langdon Day Care Center, said.

Jesse Johnson, owner of Sporty’s, is a member of the Langdon Day Care Center’s Board of Directors and generously offered the use of his facility to host the tournament.

“It is a fantastic facility to house the tourney. There is lots of space and they have a great dining menu for players and spectators to enjoy as well,” Gemmill said, “Jesse and Christa (Johnson) are wonderful hosts and we really appreciate all they do to help make the tournament a success.”

This tournament has been themed the “Let-R-Buck” tournament since it’s taking place during the middle of deer rifle season.

“We have Dakota Poker Tour, a charitable poker tournament circuit, from Grand Forks coming in again to handle things,” Gemmill said.

Players who go bust within the first two hours of the tournament will be allowed to re-buy in to the tournament and continue to play.

This is the second time that the Langdon Day Care Center has held a poker tournament as a way to raise funds. The tournament last year raised just under $2,000 for the Day Care.

“It would be great to meet or exceed that this year. People were very generous last year with some winners donating their prize money back to the Day Care,” Gemmill said.

Gemmill and other members of the board are very hopeful that this poker tournament will be just as, if not more, successful than the one held previously.

“Everyone was very supportive so we hope to keep going with it as long as the interest is there,” Gemmill said.

Having Sporty’s Bar as the venue for the poker tournament has quite a few perks as well. Those who are not poker players will have the opportunity to view the tournament from the sidelines.

“It really is a fun environment to take part in and even though there will be a poker tournament going on, Sporty’s will be open for regular customers as well,” Gemmill explained.

“If you’re not a poker player, we’d still love for people to consider just stopping up to check out the action, cheer on your favorite poker player, and support the Day Care,” Gemmill continued.

There is no set limit for the  number of participants in the tournament but there is an age requirement.

“The more, the better. You must be 21 to play, but aside from that, everyone is welcome.  We would love to have numbers in the 40s or 50s,” Gemmill stated.

Those who are participating or coming to watch have no need to worry about being hungry. There will be appetizers provided by the Day Care center board members, staff and parents to start off the tournament, and Sporty’s will be serving supper as well.

“Some items will be a free-will offering, and other menu items will be at the regular menu cost,” Gemmill explained.

So shuffle up and deal as the Langdon Day Care Center and Sporty’s Bar and Grill offer a chance to Let-R-Buck and play Texas hold’em.