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Anyone familiar with the famed Dogs Playing Poker series of paintings knows that pets and cards just plain go together.

But while no pooches will be throwing in chips at an upcoming poker fundraiser, they’ll still be taking home their share of the pot.

The Winnipeg Humane Society will be hosting Paws for Poker Tournament on April 24 at the McPhillips Station Casino.

"This is a new endeavour for us," said Courtney Leiman, organizer and Stewardship and Marketing manager at the Society. "I spoke to a number of other societies who’ve done poker tournaments and they’ve been quite successful."

Cost to join the tournament is $75 per person with 30% of the funds going to the Humane Society and the rest going to winnings and operating costs.

"We always need the operating expenses, they go up yearly," said Leiman. "We’re really trying to concentrate on our spay and neutering, and we have our subsidized spay and neuters, but it would be great to go out and get more."

Leiman said not only will there be a first place prize, there will also be prizes for those who can rank in the top 10.  

"In order to qualify for the money the top 10% of participants will win money," said Leiman. "I figure if you’re in eighth, ninth, or 10th, you were so close to winning that there are prizes for them as well."

Leiman is expecting over 75 participants but more are always welcome.  She said she is excited about the tournament because it opens up a whole new donation market— poker players— for the Humane Society.

"It’s nice to get those people out and interested in our cause," said Leiman. "They’re doing something they love and they’re helping animals at the same time."

Walk in are welcome at the time of the event, but tickets can be purchased by calling 204-982-2041, online at www.winnipeghumanesocietydonor.ca/netcommunity/poker

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