Silver City, NM — July 26, 2015

The 2015 CLAY Festival, a Silver City Arts & Cultural District Signature Event, held its third annual CLAY Poker Tournament Fundraiser last Saturday. Beginning with 34 players, the event kicked off to an exciting start at 3:00 PM with the final hand dealt just after 6:30 PM.

Held in the “Artist’s Lair” of the Old Elk’s Lodge, the room was set with green felt covered tables, a bit of jazz playing for ambience, and five visor-adorned volunteer dealers standing at their posts. Even the smell of pizza wafted in, ready to be served to attendees as fuel for the fun. Spectators added to the energy of the event, applauding well played hands and leaning in close when players pushed their chips tensely forward in anticipation.


Taking first place was local, Lee Miller, winning a seven night stay at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Sunrise Lodge in Park City, Utah. Second was Cindy Gagnon, choosing $75 to Diane’s Restaurant. Jeff McGaughey finished third, claiming $500 to Syzygy Tile. Fourth place was James Pagels, selecting $100 to Manzanita Ridge. Dean Jarosh took fifth, winning $50 to Ace Hardware. Sixth place and $50 to Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern was awarded to Ted Wagner followed by Richard Ducotey taking seventh and $50 to Walmart. Thomas Durham took eighth and a gift basket from Single Socks Community Thrift Store.  Ninth place went to Karol Warhank who chose a haircut and pedicure from Curl Up & Dye Salon. Patrick Hoskins finished out the final table, taking tenth place and a $50 gift certificate to Raven’s Nest.

This event is the first of more than 60 that comprise the 2015 CLAY Festival. For further details on free youth activities, gallery exhibitions and receptions, a street dance, workshops, and downtown activities, visit  CLAY wishes to thank all sponsors and attendees who made this year’s CLAY Poker Tournament Fundraiser possible.


Images courtesy of the Silver City Clay Festival