Jason Taylor Poker Event At Hard Rock Tonight


Poker players are invited to play in a charity tournament benefiting the Jason Taylor Foundation on Wednesday, March 29, as part of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series.

A player party will be held in the ballrooms from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., and the tournament follows. A portion of each $300 buy-in will be donated to help the former Dolphin’s non-profit organization. (He’s pictured here with the WPT’s Vince Van Patten and Mike Sexton.)

More than $10,000 in prizes will be added to the event, including a $3,500 entry into the $2 Million Guaranteed, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship event, and a Hard Rock Resort Package in Cancun, Mexico, plus $1,000 cash for travel.

A silent auction, including a Jason Taylor golf outing at executive golf clubs, will be held throughout the night.

Yours truly will be there, having finished in eighth place last year. As I often do, I stumbled along for a couple of hours, then got hot at the right time. I thought I would chip-up even more when I was dealt K-K, re-raised, then called Taylor’s all-in. Everyone else at the table thought I got the best of it — Taylor held A-K — but I just knew an ace was coming. And it did. (I also confirm here that I am not writing about the three or four suck-outs that got me to that point, because as we all know, those are to be conveniently forgotten in poker.)

Go to SHRPO.com for more info or to see my photo from last year. Damn, now I gotta pick out a different shirt.

Nick Sortal is semi-retired after 35 years as a newspaper writer and editor, with 30 of those years dedicated to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He spent the majority of his career as a community news writer and editor, delving into the issues and topics most newsworthy to local residents. He has a reputation for being fair – weighing every sides of an issue – and checked and re-checked information almost to the point of being annoying