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July 19 10:07 AM

Poker Rally to benefit Food Bank

The Best of Times, the monthly magazine for persons age 50 and older in Northwest Louisiana, will host its third annual “TBT Poker Rally” contest to benefit the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana from Aug. 12-27 in Shreveport and Bossier City.

The contest is open to eligible contestants from the Ark-La-Tex who are 21 years of age.

There is no entry fee to be a contestant in this contest to win one of 25 prize packages totaling over $3,000.

A contestant will simply visit five of the many featured businesses located in Shreveport and Bossier City between Aug. 12 and 27 to pick up sealed envelopes containing poker cards. The prize winners will be determined by the highest-ranking five-card poker hand.

A donation of canned goods in exchange for receiving each of the five playing cards at the business locations and when a contestant submits his or her entry at the judging event on Aug. 28.

The canned goods will be donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. During the 2012 TBT Poker Rally, more than 2,000 pounds of canned goods were donated by contestants.

A contestant will be able to mail in their entry or submit their five-card poker hand entry for validation and ranking at the Judging Event and Business Expo from 9-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the ballroom of DiamondJacks Casino and Resort in Bossier City.

Prizes for the highest poker hands will be announced beginning at noon along with winners of the many door prizes.

There is no admission fee for the general public to attend the event and business expo, which will have over 70 businesses and organizations providing information about their products and services.

Official rules, listing of prize packages and featured businesses can be found on the Web site www.thebestoftimesnews.com.

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