Charity poker event scheduled for Feb. 8 & 9

February 4, 2020

Centralia Fold-EM Club, Lifestar Ambulance Service, Inc., and Heartland Poker Tour are sponsoring a charity poker event on February 8 and 9, 2020 at Sprehe Fields in Centralia, Illinois in memory of Leanna Swindell. Leanna was an avid fan of poker and played with the Fold-Em Club for many years prior to her passing a few months ago.

Back in the early 1970’s Leanna was also a faithful employee of Lifestar Ambulance during the early years of its business start-up and was very instrumental in that company’s long term success.

This event is not an ongoing annual memorial, but it is something she would have been proud to be a part of, and this is a once in a lifetime thing to happen in Centralia in her memory.

People will be descending on Centralia that weekend from Florida, North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, and Missouri, plus other states with other possible surprises.

People participating in this event will have the opportunity to play with some of the top players in the game, all for charity. All proceeds from this tournament will be given to The Fred Pearson Foundation and Centralia Youth Programs.

The headliner is 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Raymer. Greg has also won five Heartland poker Tour championships in his career with lifetime earnings of over $ 8,000,000.00.

The final nine players joining the final table will receive a prize up to first place awarding an all-expense paid trip for two to Las Vegas to witness and play in a tournament at the 2020 World Series of Poker at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in June of this year.

There will be seven bounty prizes awarded. There will also be a “mystery” bounty, and the only person who will know who that is will be Dominic Seibert, the tournament director. The seven bountys will be Harold Evans, Paul Belkin, Greg Raymer, Rick Moss, Jaymz Larson, Roger Campbell, and Jimmy Brannon. The mystery bounty will not even know that he/she is a target.

This promises to be a very fun filled day and is expected to bring in several thousand dollars for the Fred Pearson Foundation and Centralia Youth Sports. The Centralia Fold EM club very quietly and without a lot of recognition has raised tens of thousands of dollars to support Centralia’s youth programs through the years. This tournament is part of that, and they should be congratulated for all they do for the community.

If anyone has any questions or would like to be a part of it they are welcome to contact Roger Campbell at or 618-322-3340.