1st Annual Mark Freeman No-Limit Texas Hold ‘em

Benefit Poker Tournament




       Mark Freeman      1975-2005

In an effort to contribute some additional monetary assistance to Mark's daughters, Angela & Alyssa, and in keeping with Mark's passion for poker, several of Mark's close friends proposed holding a No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament.  The proceeds from the event were donated to an existing trust fund set up to provide for Angie & Alyssa's future. 

Of course additional donations can be made on an individual basis at Three Rivers Credit Union to the Angela & Alyssa Freeman Memorial Fund.















This tournament, the first of such events, was held at noon on Saturday August 27th, 2005.  Current plans are to make this an annual event.

Rob Klinkenberg, Brian Kercheval & Floyd Zink, provided the planning to make this idea a reality.


Additionally, Rob offered up his venue, the Office Tavern, to host this and future benefit tournaments.


    The Office Tavern

    3306 Brooklyn Ave

    Fort Wayne, IN


As this was a benefit tournament, the top finishers were presented with non-monetary prizes, with a multitude of prizes available to nearly all participants.  Mr. Klinkenburg once again assisted by donating the various items to be awarded as prizes.  The top finishers were offered first selections with the remaining participants selecting thereafter.  Items included a folding Pop-a-Shot basketball set, commemorative Super Bowl XXXVIII leather jacket, Coors personal tent, a set of Captain Morgan's versatile canvas combination lawn chair/cooler, a Grey Goose high capacity punch bowl, a lovely beach umbrella, along with a variety of wall mirrors & artwork, travel bags, coolers and T-shirts. 



In addition to the prize selection, the top finisher of the tournament will have their name engraved on the following placard, to be housed in the Office Tavern.




With a $25 buy in for the tournament each participant received $2000 dollars in chips with roughly 25 people taking part in the benefit tournament.  Re-buys were allowed for a short while in the early part of the tournament. Blinds began at $25 - $50, increasing every 20 minutes thereafter.


The tournament was concluded some 3 hours later with prize selection immediately following.


Here is the Official Invitation which went out


Photos of the tournament, prize selection and top finishers can be seen on the next page.



1st Annual Mark Freeman Benefit Poker Tournament - Photos Page