Poker has been a hot fad in the past couple of years. Tournaments are featured every day on TV and those clay-chip sets in the shiny metal suitcases have been found under many Christmas trees in recent holiday seasons. Some education groups are taking advantage of poker's popularity by holding fundraising tourneys--such as Nevada's Lake Tahoe School, as the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza reports.
Laws in some states and communities preclude such fundraisers, and even when it's legal some school groups might not find charity gambling palatable. But where it's legal and fits in with the community culture, poker can be a fun deal.