Poker in Statesboro

Casey Cargle

Poker Time Statesboro has brought poker to Statesboro, where anybody can show up and play Texas hold’em for free.

“Poker Times main goal is to bring casual free Texas hold’em to the Statesboro area,” Tim Rubnitz, senior information systems major, said.

There are currently two games a week, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Chops and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Big Shows. First time players receive bonus chips to play with and if you bring someone you receive extra chips as well. At the end of each night the top two winners receive gift cards.

The way into the tournament is you have to open a tab and spend at least $20 at the venue, which is technically the “buy in,” but if someone were to go weekly they would only have to spend $10 at the venue. Games are played tournament style and players can earn points, which will be used in the cash tournament at the end of the season.

We’re trying to get more people from GSU involved because I know there’s a ton of people who would love to play poker. Its free to play so anybody can play, anybody and your momma, Chase Braxton, senior information systems major, said.

Poker Time started last fall with GSU alumni Jordan Steen’s, idea of the poker play. Steen and Braxton started it at Big Shows where he was a manager at the time and owners were on board with the idea. The games began to be hosted only on Wednesdays but grew quickly within a matter of months, eventually growing to be hosted at two venues. Poker Time is looking to expand to a third venue soon.