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Betty Jane France Memorial High Speed Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament Set for Monday At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2020) - NASCAR racing at 200 mph isn’t the only February tradition in Daytona Beach. Rapid-rate poker playing has also found a place in the Speedweeks calendar, with The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Memorial High Speed Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, named in honor of the late founder and chairperson of The NASCAR Foundation.

The annual tournament will be Monday night in the Mori Hosseini Student Union facility on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with Halifax Health serving as presenting sponsor. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund, started in 2016. The fund supports hospitals, specialty clinic, camps and other facilities that provide children’s medical and health care services.

NASCAR on NBC broadcaster Rick Allen will return to join SiriusXM NASCAR Radio host Angie Skinner as emcee for the tournament. Celebrity poker player Maria Ho also will be back to compete. In addition to the poker tournament, there will be other table games plus live and silent auctions. The silent auction will have high-end products, racing memorabilia and travel experiences up for bid.

Ticket prices are $500 for a player-guest combination ticket, $250 for a player ticket and $100 for a spectator ticket. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Co-chairmen for the tournament are The NASCAR Foundation Chairman Mike Helton and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rusty Wallace, who serves on the foundation board.

"Betty Jane France would be overjoyed to see how the tournament has grown and really established itself in our community," Helton said. "It’s not often you can have this much fun while also benefiting a great cause like the Speediatrics Children’s Fund. This event has become a ‘must-see’ during Speedweeks."

To learn more about the event, and to sign up to participate, go to NASCARfoundation.org/highspeed.