By Raymond T. Akers
Lucky Chances Casino held a $200,000 First Place Guarantee tournament June 22 to 25 as part of a celebration of their 20th anniversary. With 307 entries putting up the $2,100 entry fee, they created a prize pool of $614,000.
The $200K ($14,280 added by Lucky Chances) was claimed by Jared Kwong, with Bill Murray taking second ($98,230) and Ignacio Sanchez third ($64,460). Others at the final table (in order from fourth to tenth places) were Lawrence Kern, Handrianto Minderman, Greg Pincombe. James Ohlweiler, Ron Fetsch, Mimi Luu, and Travis Fujisaka.
June 28 saw the official Lucky Chances anniversary celebration, complete with big promotions, giveaways, and even a Lion Dance performance that evening.
They had Rack Attacks every 20 minutes for the full 24 hours of the day, Double Hand jackpots were increased four-fold for the day ($2,000; $20,000 & $200,000 jackpots possible). Promotional items given away included Callaway jackets, backpacks, hats and, of course, lucky envelopes.
General manager Dustin Chase said, “It’s amazing how fast the last 20 years have passed by. The Medina family and the management team of Lucky Chances are proud of our two decades of providing a comfortable place for locals and visitors alike to socialize and play. Our partnership with the town of Colma and the many charitable organizations over the last 20 years have been rewarding for all of us. I must take this opportunity to acknowledge the 10 percent of our workforce who was with us when we opened our doors to the public back on June 28, 1998, and I would like to extend our profound gratitude for their contributions, as well as all of our team members, who make this a reality every day.”