The inaugural hit, “Winners Shown,” makes an encore appearance, as does a new twist, “Crazy Pineapple.”  PIFT hopes to outdo the $2,472.30 raised for charity last fall.

Saint Paul, MN (June 1, 2017) – The Poker Is Fun Tour (PIFT) is set to have another round of light hearted, fun poker tournaments that also raise money for charity this summer at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN.  On Friday, July 20 at 6pm there will be an $80 buy in No Limit “Crazy Pineapple” tournament.  Saturday, July 21 at 11am will feature a $250 No Limit Hold Em “Winners Shown” event, and the PIFT weekend concludes on 12:30pm Sunday, July 22 with a $100 No Limit “Crazy Pineapple Tournament.”

What makes PIFT unique from other poker tours is a portion of every prize pool goes to charity.  The events in July are all going to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities-Upper Midwest (RMC-UM).  $4 from Friday, $10 from Saturday, and $5 from Sunday will be donated to RMC-UM out of each buy in to the tournament.

Last September at Canterbury Park, PIFT ran two “Winners Shown” events, and between the players and local businesses, PIFT was able to raise $2,472.30 for Second Harvest Heartland, which translated to providing 7,416 meals to people in need in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.  The players didn’t go home empty handed either, as $44,448 was awarded in tournament cashes over the course of the two events.

Founder of PIFT and Minnesota Poker Hall of Famer, Mike “Schneids” Schneider, says, “Crazy Pineapple was a natural selection for our next set of events.  It is simple to learn, real fun and regularly played in home games around the state, and yet ultimately it really isn’t all too different from Texas Hold ‘Em.”

To play “Crazy Pineapple,” each player is dealt 3 cards preflop.  After a round of preflop wagering, a flop is dealt, more wagering occurs, and then before a turn card is dealt, all players who are still in the hand must discard, face down, one of their 3 hole cards.  The rest of the hand proceeds no differently from Texas Hold ‘Em.

“Winners Shown” is another fun and eye-opening twist that rewards close observation of hands played at your table.  It’s simple: if you are the winner of the pot, you must show your cards, even if your bet went uncalled.  Playing in this tournament is like getting your own movie each individual hand, with each hand having its own unique resolution.  Anyone who plays Texas Hold ‘Em will get a thrill out of seeing just how often players seem to be bluffing in their games, and each person who plays will be able to sleep well not wondering if they ever made a bad fold.

PIFT separates itself from other poker tours via several distinct differences: all events will offer a special wrinkle or two that make the game feel more like a poker game played at home with friends, all events will have a portion of its prize pool withheld for charity, events will begin and end on the same day, and each tournament will pay out at least 15% of entrants.  These are just a few of the many fundamental differences – all of which are centrally aimed to cater towards recreational players’ poker playing desires.

For more information contact:
Mike Schneider