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Ante up for the environment

In the history of the Hotel Jerome, one can only wonder what fortunes have been made – and lost – in poker games there.Tonight, in the Jerome’s Century Room, gambling returns to the hotel when up to 100 players convene for a Texas hold ’em tournament and ante up for the environment.The 10 players who make it to the final table will take home cash, but the only guaranteed winner is Initiative 37, also known as the renewable energy initiative.The buy-in costs $75, with $50 going toward the pot and $25 going to support Initiative 37.”We’ll start with 10 players at 10 tables if we sell out,” tournament organizer Jackie Francis said. “But, of course, only one player will be left at the end. It should be interesting.”The tournament starts at 7 p.m. As of last night, fewer than 30 slots remained.Today, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Ute City Bar & Grill, organizers will be accepting registrations.The payouts will depend on how many players enter the tournament, Francis said.”If we sell out, $5,000 will be split amongst the winners,” Francis said.The renewable energy initiative, Francis said, aims to require large providers of electrical services to offer energy from renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydroelectricity and hydrogen fuel cells.

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