SOURCE: Illinois Technology Association (ITA)

Illinois Technology Association (ITA)

August 17, 2009 10:30 ET

Smart Bet Announces 4th Annual Charity Poker Tournament in Support of Education and Entrepreneurs

Business Community to "Deal" on September 17 in Support of Chicago's Future

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - August 17, 2009) - The Smart Bet Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce that this year's Smart Bet Charity Poker Tournament will take place September 17 at 6 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center. In its fourth year, the tournament hopes to raise over $100,000 in support of local charities that foster future entrepreneurial leaders.

"Each year, the tournament has grown allowing for greater support to key local groups," said Joe Jablonski, Smart Bet Foundation Chairman. "We understand it is a difficult economic time, but the support of entrepreneurs will help the Chicago business economy grow for years to come."

Organizations supported by the tournament include the Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology (, Future Founders ( and i.c. stars (

All funds raised during the evening go to support the charities. Whether a card shark or a beginner player, the event is a fun evening for participants to network within a unique setting unlike typical business events.

This year's sponsors include CompTIA, K&L Gates, Kirkland & Ellis, OCA Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank.

To register and to find out more, visit Tax-deductable donations are $250 for a seat and $2500 for a table.

About Smart Bet

The Smart Bet Charitable Foundation ( was founded by a group of dedicated entrepreneurs who have been getting together regularly since 2004 to network and discuss the entrepreneurial climate in the city of Chicago. The mission of Smart Bet is to support urban education in Technology and entrepreneurship.

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