With a hand consisting of a lucky straight, Ken Granger, 63, of Hacienda Heights won the grand prize in the Texas Hold’em Poker Tourney held Sept. 15 at Fairplex Park. This was the first of two tournaments held during the L.A. County Fair, with all proceeds from both tournaments benefiting the Fairplex Education Foundation. The Foundation offers educational opportunities to surrounding communities during the Fair and year-round.
“I was very lucky today,” said Granger, a man of few words and a stone cold poker face. Granger said he came out to the L.A. County Fair specifically for the tournament and will be back to compete in next week’s tournament.
No stranger to poker tournaments and a frequent visitor to Laughlin, Nev., Granger has competed in approximately 50 tournaments and won around 10 times. Along with bragging rights, Granger received airfare and accommodations for three days and two nights for two adults at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and a 42” HD plasma, flat-screen television with receiver.
Out of 226 players who entered the tourney 23 competed in the finals. All players received free admission to the Fair, a $10 cash voucher for horse racing on the tournament day, a free buffet lunch, a signature sports bag and two decks of cards with the Fairplex logo. All finalists received an Apple iPod mini.
Registration is still being accepted for next week’s tournament, to be held on Thursday, Sept. 22. There is a $100 tax-deductible buy-in and registration will be accepted until the day of the tournament or until a maximum of 300 players is reached. For more information or to register, call (909) 865-4090 or visit the Web site www.lacountyfair.com. The Fair runs through Oct. 2, closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and live thoroughbred horse racing continues through Sept. 26, closed Tuesdays only. chinabnr.