The Heritage Homeowners Association Board of Directors voted to change the name of our club to the Picciuti Poker Club in honor of Chuck Picciuti who created the club years ago.
I asked Chuck when the first poker event occurred for the club and to his best recollection it was sometimes in 2010, He and his wife Mary organized each and every game at least twice a month for all those years. Mary was always at the poker tournament games taking entry fees and distributing chips to the players. She would always stay until after the first break when late registration was complete. Her duties complete, she would wish everyone a good night with a response from the players of thanks.
During these last 11 years or so, Chuck managed the club with help from his treasurer John Crawford. Some tournaments fielded five or six tables of players. Items for the club were bought from donations made from players over the years. Poker tables, chips, playing cards, electronic game clock, a couple of TVs for the HOA club room, all made the poker experience as realistic as any casino card room. Chuck also championed a number of charitable causes for the club including Eagle Scout projects, a Heritage Little Library constuction, food drives and the annual major fund raiser "Assist the Officer." An effort to raise money for Fort Worth police officers who have been shot or injured in the line of duty. Significant funds were raised each year around a major fund raising event involving a large poker tournament. It was a great deal of work for the club but was worth the effort and was satisying to see actual recipients of past funds raised attend the event.
Unfortunately the Covid pandemic brought everything to a complete stop. Chuck and Mary just don't have the energy to restart the club activities again and have decided to retire. He has passed the torch to a new generation who will give the club a chance to revive. Dan Piontkowsk will take up the lead for the club and John Crawford will still maintain our finances. You are invited to join the next edition of the Heritage Poker Club now called the Picciuti Poker Club.