Greeted by the Deep Eddy Betty models handing out Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka and soda welcome cocktails, guests gathered in the upstairs of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse on Rush Street in the heart of the Gold Coast Neighborhood to fill the poker tables at the annual Texas Hold’em Tournament by The Security Traders Association of Chicago. With the coveted poker prize of entry to the WSOP Millionaire Maker in Las Vegas paired with a four-day, three-night stay at Caesars Palace, you could feel the competition in the air.
Before sitting down for poker, guests enjoyed the fully stocked bars ready to serve crowd favorites including Blue Moon, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Deep Eddy vodka cocktails, Heaven Hill whiskey & bourbon cocktails, and a variety of wine compliments of The Wine Group. Guests were then given the royal treatment with butler passed hors d’oeuvres consisting of crab cakes, bruschetta, and lamb lollipops that complimented the Gibsons signature buffet complete with roasted turkey and tenderloin carving stations.
As players were knocked out of the tournament, they continued to test their luck at the blackjack and craps tables, hosted by Rivers Casino. Later cashing out their casino chips for raffle tickets to win highly sought-after prizes including a custom suit from Knot Standard, an Elijah Craig Bourbon and Cohiba Cigar package, or a two-some at the Annual STAC Golf Classic to name a few.
In the end, Mark Davies from the presenting sponsor S3, took home the highly desired poker prize of entry to the WSOP Millionaire Maker in Las Vegas paired with a four-day, three-night stay at Caesars Palace, at his own S3 custom logo’d final table.
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.