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Pvt. Abilassh John, student, Mairne Corps Communications-Electronics School, examines his hand during the Hashmarks Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Club Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament, Jan. 30, 2016. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Mudd/Released)

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Poker tournament brings ranks together

2 Feb 2016 | By lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Combat Center Marine Corps Community Services held a Texas Hold’em Tournament at the Hashmarks Staff Non-Commissioned Officers’ Club, Jan. 30, 2016.

MCCS held the tournament with the assistance of the Staff NCO Club Advisory Board to help promote the club and bring the Combat Center community closer together.

“There are people on base who don’t realize that all the different clubs are open to everyone,” said Candice Coward, catering events coordinator, Food and Hospitality, MCCS. “We wanted to promote the club while letting everybody enjoy themselves.”

The tournament was open to anyone 18-years-old or older. Money made through entry fees and additional purchases went into the winnings as a Combat Center Base Exchange gift card. More than 50 people participated in the tournament.

“You don’t know the rank of the people you are playing with, which makes tonight about enjoying the game,” said Cpl. Benjamin Ferrell, generator mechanic, Combat Logistics Battalion 7.

The people playing and spectating enjoyed food and drinks from the restaurant while also spectating an Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight. As the night went on the participants had an opportunity to win raffles hosted by MCCS and individuals who didn’t win in the tournament were given prizes for their participation.

“We want people to relax and enjoy themselves while being able to interact with each other,” Coward said. “This tournament is a great way to bring the different people of the Combat Center together.”

The tournament lasted approximately six hours and Gunnery Sgt. Justin Hensley, student, Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, won the tournament and a gift card to the base exchange.


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