Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics favorite son in poker tourney again this year.
When the Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament convenes on Saturday,
July 20 at Harrah's North Kansas City, Children's Mercy's own
Curtis Weber will again pony up his $500 entry fee and take a seat
among the 150 players.
Curtis, RN, BSN, CPN, Nursing Workforce Coordinator, has
participated in all three previous Texas Hold 'Em Poker
Tournaments, and is looking forward to trying his luck again this
"I know just enough to get beat," he said, describing himself as
"a pretty average poker player; maybe a little better than most,
but I'm certainly not great...I bet I'm not even close to being the
best poker player in the hospital!"
SHOW ME THE MONEY!
The top 10 finishers in the poker tournament, which like all other
Big Slick activities benefits Children's Mercy, receive a share of
an approximate $50,000 pot and the winner gets a seat at the World
Series of Poker.
"I haven't won any money in the previous tournaments, but I've
lasted pretty long…last year there were only 12 players ahead of me
when I went out, so I was kinda getting close to the money."
His goal this year is to finish in the money…which he will donate
back to the hospital if he wins.
"I'd love to keep it because won money is sweeter than earned
money, but it would be bad karma!" he laughed.
Curtis' poker-playing days date back to his childhood when his
father, a firefighter in Wooster, Ohio, occasionally would take him
to various firehouses around town, all of which had a poker table
set up, along with a pool table. "That was back before firefighters
were paramedics, so they had a lot more time to kill."
While never a high-stakes player, Curtis enjoyed playing cards
enough that his father paid to send him to Las Vegas for his
twenty-first birthday. ("I had fun, but money was so tight that I
barely gambled at all…Vegas loses a lot of its appeal when you have
no coin," he said.)
FRIENDLY COMPETITION FOR A GOOD CAUSE
These days, an occasional game with friends and the annual
Big Slick poker tournament is enough to satisfy Curtis' craving for
card-playing, and even though the atmosphere may be more relaxed
than a cut-throat game in Vegas or the local gambling boats, a bit
of the competitive spirit survives.
"I'd like to win…who doesn't want to win?" Curtis said. "If I
could make to where I would just win some money, that would be
When asked if he thinks he will finish in the top 10 this year,
Curtis refused to make a prediction.
"I'm not going to jinx myself!" he replied.
So if you see Curtis in the hallways of the hospital, be sure to
wish him well…remember, his good luck will also be lucky for
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