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W.Va. man donates poker winnings to charity

September 07, 2000

W.Va. man donates poker winnings to charity



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Jack RingCHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - For some competitors, it's the baseball field, football field or the golf course where they show their stuff.

For Jack Ring, it's a casino.

The Jefferson County resident is a professional poker player who plays in about 15 to 20 poker tournaments a year.

The largest prize he's won was $15,000 when he took first place in a poker tournament last year at the Foxwoods casino in Connecticut. Ring eliminated 300 other poker players to win the event.

Ring said winning a poker tournament is comparable to a baseball player hitting a homer or a golfer hitting a hole-in-one.

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"I guess it's just like any other sporting activity. There is a rush to winning," said Ring.

Now Ring plays to help his community.

Last May, Ring competed in the World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. Participants in the tournament played for charity, selecting an organization to receive the money if they won.

Ring won second place in one of 20 different tournaments at Binion's, giving him $1,000. He chose the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County for his charity.

The money was given to the club during a Ranson Town Council meeting Tuesday night. Ring wanted to help both Charles Town and Ranson, so he decided to give the money to the Boys and Girls Club since it is near the border of the two cities, said Ranson City Manger David Mills.

The Boys and Girls Club recently moved into a former paint storage building owned by Maytag Corp., and considerable work had to be done to the building to convert it for use by the club.

Ring and his wife Sharon, who is a dispatcher for the Ranson Police Department, live in Charles Town.

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