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All-In For CPS Fundraising Poker Tournament

Tournament Supports CPS Diabetes and Vision Program


Normandie CasinoThe Center for the Partially Sighted and The Normandie Casino will host “All-In for CPS: A Fundraising Poker Tournament in Support of CPS Diabetes and Vision Program” on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 11:30-5:30 p.m. at the Normandie Casino in Gardena, CA.

By hosting “All-In for CPS,” awareness and support for The Center’s Diabetes and Vision Program will be the winner. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people between the ages of 20-74. Over 9% of adults in Los Angeles County have been diagnosed with diabetes, with a higher rate for people of color. The Center’s team of experts see and treat hundreds of people with diabetes and vision complications each year.

One hundred and fifty poker players are expected to compete in this inaugural fundraising event. A cash prize pool of up to $10,000 will be awarded to tournament players who finish in the top 10% of the field. Early registration is available online at for $95; registration at the door is $125 and $50 for spectators, who will also enjoy a lunch buffet. Door prizes will include designer sunglasses, a hotel stay, sports memorabilia, restaurant certificates and much more. The Center is also conducting a raffle for the iPad 2 with WiFi for $10 per ticket. The winning raffle ticket will be selected at random during the tournament and the winner does not need to be present to win.

The tournament will have a standard tournament structure with unlimited re-buys during the first two hours and add-ons available. Professional dealers from The Normandie Casino will deal to the tournament players using standard size large index playing cards.

The Center is excited to announce one of our long time clients, Nikki, will be playing in the tournament. Nikki was diagnosed with Type-I Diabetes when she was eight. In the 1970s, management techniques and successful therapies were not readily available for people with diabetes. In her 40s, complications of living with diabetes began to surface – she had triple bypass surgery and was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy – which is a leading cause of blindness. As a result, Nikki underwent numerous laser, vitreous and cataract surgeries. Despite the inconveniences, and with the help of specially-made eyeglasses from CPS, Nikki continues to pursue her interests singing, comedic acting, and playing Texas Hold’em at local casinos and in Las Vegas whenever she can.

To add to the excitement of the tournament, there will be special “bounties” on Nikki and any CPS staff or board member playing in the tournament who is knocked out of play.


The Center for the Partially Sighted is a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit organization founded by Dr. Sam Genensky in 1978 to provide comprehensive optometric low vision evaluations, assistive technology and rehabilitation training, and psychosocial support to help people with vision impairment live independently and lead fulfilling and productive lives. The Center serves Southern Californians ages 3 months to 100 and above at our 5 locations in Culver City, Tarzana, Eagle Rock, Torrance and San Luis Obispo.


The Normandie Casino has been family owned and operated by the Miller family since 1947, and it is currently one of the few family-owned casinos in the country. The Normandie is also famous for being the only original Southern California card club still in existence today. Whether visiting for the day or staying for the weekend, The Normandie Casino features cash drawings, entertainment and table-side dining. Visit for more details.

For more information, please contact Deidre Strohm at or 310-988-1970.