Poker tournament to again benefit Autism Speaks

Third annual event scheduled during Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS — Industry members are invited to the third annual Ante 4 Autism event, a Texas hold 'em poker tournament that benefits Autism Speaks, to be held during the Las Vegas Market in January.

Autism Speaks' mission is to increase awareness of autism and raise funds for research, family services and advocacy.

Hosting the event again will be Doug Krinsky, a sales manager for Restonic and parent of a child with autism. The first hand will be dealt at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Binion's in downtown Las Vegas.

"Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed now in one in 110 children in the United States, and one in 70 boys," said Krinsky. "Our third annual event will raise funds to help families and give all of us in the industry the opportunity to give back and have fun at the same time. It is devastating to see the impact this disability has on families. We are optimistic that some day in the near future we can find the cause of autism, and prevent it."

Players, who must be 21 or older, can register through the day of the tournament online at All players will receive an Autism Speaks t-shirt and pin, and the winner will receive a plaque and a portion of the proceeds. The entry fee is $125, of which $50 goes to Autism Speaks.

Donations to Autism Speaks also will be accepted. Each $50 donation will qualify for a raffle entry for prizes to be awarded at the tournament, including Tempur-Pedic and Restonic queen sets of bedding and a Twin X Long Power Base from Leggett & Platt. You need not be present to win.

Checks made out to Autism Speaks will be accepted at the tournament or may be mailed to Doug Krinsky, 5405 Blackhawk Forest Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43082.

Co-hosts for the event include Randy Coconis, Coconis Furniture; Stuart Carlitz, Eclipse International; Phil Miner and Mike McQuiston, Symbol Mattress; Scott Graham and Jerry Williams, PMD Furniture Direct; David Wachendorfer, Tempur-Pedic; Joseph Amato, Mattress Matters; and Mark Quinn, Leggett & Platt.

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