Poker Tournament Slated for March 22 in Ocala

A no limit Texas hold'em tournament with a top prize of $5,000 and a chance to play in the World Series of Poker will be held March 22 at the Ocala Hilton. The tournament is jointly sponsored by The National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors and The Race for Education.

"We are very excited to be sponsoring this tournament, particularly with the escalating interest in poker across the nation," NATC Board member Michael Mulligan said. "The timing could not be better. People will be coming to Florida from all parts of the country, ready to have some fun, and what better way to do that than play no limit Texas hold'em poker and support a great charity."

Cocktails and a review of rules and draw for seating will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m., while the tournament will begin at 8 p.m. Buy-in is $500, with spectator donations running $50. Blood-Horse

Publications is the chip sponsor, and additional prizes include seasons to Songandaprayer, Omega Code, and Roar of the Tiger, who stand at Hartley / De Renzo, Walmac South.

Along with the $5,000 grand prize, the winner receives a place at the table in the "Showdown" round April 16, in Lexington. The Showdown winner earns a seat in the World Series of Poker Tour.

The Race for Education, established in 2002, is a national education scholarship foundation. For more information on the tournament call (859) 252-8648 or (352) 351-9797.