The Security Traders Association of Chicago (STAC) hosted their annual Poker and Casino night on Thursday, October 11th. The event has always been a favorite with the finance professionals, and many old and new guests arrived at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse for a night of fun and to show their support for The STAC Scholarship Fund.
With the Texas Hold Em Tournament grand prize being entry to the WSOP Millionaire Maker in Las Vegas, many poker players were excited to begin the night in hopes they would take home first place.
Before cards were dealt guests got to mingle and enjoy the open bar courtesy of MillerCoors, Deep Eddy Vodka, Heaven Hill Distillery and The Wine Group. Not only were the drinks flowing but delicious appetizers were passed around including seared tuna wontons, assorted bruschetta, skirt steak skewers and mini crab cakes. On top of the appetizers, Gibsons provided a full dinner buffet with king crab legs, fried calamari, baby lamb chops, and a chef carving station with roasted turkey and beef tenderloin.
The poker tournament began after a few opening remarks by the President of STAC, James Bohrer, who thanked the sponsors and guests for coming out. While the poker tournament was in full swing, other guests surrounded the blackjack tables and enjoyed the night trying to win as many casino chips as possible to win awesome raffle prizes. Between the poker prizes, silent auction, ‘STAC’ The Deck raffle and casino raffle prizes, guests could go home with many great items. Prizes included Elite Island Resort trips to the Caribbean, custom suit and shirt from Knot Standard, Chicago sports tickets and memorabilia, and a trip to Las Vegas!
In the end, Bruce Wright, took home the sought after first place poker tournament prize and will be heading to Las Vegas to compete in the WSOP Millionaire Maker tournament!
The Security Traders Association (STA) is the leading trade organization for individual professionals in the securities industry that works to improve the ethics, business standards and working environment for its members. The Chicago affiliate (STAC) is comprised of 600+ professional trade industry members who are engaged in the buying, selling and trading of securities. STAC was awarded the STA Biggest Heart Award in 2014 and 2017. Their fundraising events give back to organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, The Night Ministry, After School Matters, The Posse Fund, and their scholarship fund, which awarded 6 students with scholarships in 2015. To learn more about STA Chicago, please visit their website: https://www.stachicago.org/