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We Upped the Ante for ALS!

by | Feb 1, 2019

On Saturday January 26th, nearly 300 guests gathered at the Bayou City Event Center for the 15th Annual All In for ALS Poker Tournament! Attendees enjoyed a day of Hold’em Poker, casino and arcade games, and raised over $200,000 to support the mission of the ALS Association Texas Chapter.

All in for ALS began in 2004 in honor of Stu Nichols who, along with his son Andrew, started the poker event to benefit people, like Stu, living with ALS. This year the Nichols family and our presenting sponsor Six Foot honored ALS Hero Patricia Hamilton. Patricia served as a forensic accountant for 34 years before being diagnosed with ALS in 2014. Since then, she has become a tireless advocate for the fight to defeat ALS.

Patricia and Oran Hamilton pictured with Executive Director Tanner Hockensmith

Patricia and her husband Oran don’t see themselves as heroes but as advocates for the ALS Association mission, by doing everything from joining our team on Capitol Hill to advocate for those with ALS, to captaining their walk team “Pat’s Angel” and raising over $20,000. We were so excited to recognize the Hamiltons as they continue the fight to defeat ALS.

Congratulations are also in order for our grand prize winner Travis Adair, and our other winners of the night who won a combined $100,000 in prizes!

The 2019 event could not have happened without our incredible sponsors. Special thanks to Six Foot, Shipley Do-Nuts, Gensler, Absolute Marble & Granite, and the Stu Nichols Foundation.

Interested in participating in the 2020 All in for ALS event? Check out for updates on next year’s event.

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Click here to view photos from the event.

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