Play poker in Plantation, raise money for cancer

Heavy metal and poker usually don’t go together, but friends of a bass player who died of cancer have arranged a charity poker tournament in his honor.

The inaugural Heavy Hitter Poker Tournament will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Lago Mar Country Club, 500 NW 127th Ave., Plantation.

Tournament organizer Tim Nigro said the event is dedicated to his brother-in-law, Frank Watkins, who from lymphoma died in 2015 at age 47, leaving behind two sons and a wife.

Nigro said cancer treatments helped extend the life of Watkins, who played bass in heavy metal bands Obituary and Gorgoroth. Money will go to the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which funds research at the UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. (A word on the tournament title: A “Heavy Hitter” in DCC lingo is a person who has raised $2,500 or more.)

Entry is $150 (with $100 rebuys) via You also can sign up at the door.

A minimum of $3,000 in prizes will be awarded. Sponsorships are $6,000 (or $500 for one table), $2,000 to $4,000 for opening hour food and beverage. Raffle prizes and swag bag items also are being sought. Contact Nigro at 954-600-5764 0r He also is taking non-poker donations via the signup link above.

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