Prime Social recognized veterans, first responders and healthcare workers this Memorial Day. We donated 20% of the proceeds from Memorial Day to the Lone Survivor Foundation.
Lone Survivor Foundation provides relief, direction and hope to military families with a progression of Post-Traumatic Growth programs. LSF’s programs are for service members (both active duty and veterans) from all military branches and service eras, along with their families who are experiencing symptoms of PTSD, Mild-Traumatic Brain Injury, and chronic pain as a result of combat.
Read more about the Lone Survivor Foundation on their website.
Houston’s largest private poker club won’t let a pandemic stop them from honoring the sacrifices of our service men and women this Memorial Day. Prime Social plans to donate a percent of its proceeds from the upcoming holiday to benefit military families living with combat trauma.
On Monday, Prime Social will say thank you to those who are protecting us. In light of the recent pandemic, Prime Social recognizes those fighting on the medical frontlines. Members who are military, healthcare workers, or first responders can enjoy a free meal and free daily entry fee with valid id.
The members-only poker room will donate 20 percent of proceeds on Memorial Day, May 25, to the Lone Survivor Foundation. Lone Survivor Foundation provides relief, direction, and hope to military families with a progression of Post-Traumatic Growth programs. LSF’s programs are for service members (both active duty and veterans) from all military branches and service eras, along with their families who are experiencing symptoms of PTSD, Mild-Traumatic Brain injury, and chronic pain as a result of combat.
Members can play their favorite games safely while maintaining social distancing at Prime’s poker tables. The poker venue is taking temperatures, disinfecting the poker chips, and suspending their 24-hour schedule for thorough sanitizing.
“From the day Prime Social has opened, we have been committed to give back to our heroes. We invite our 14,000 plus members to help support those fighting for us this Memorial Day,” says Wayne Dolcefino, spokesman for Prime Social.
At 6 pm on Monday, May 25th, Prime Social will present a check to John “Spike” Garcia, a representative of the Lone Survivor Foundation. We encourage the media to join us in celebrating our military, healthcare workers and first responders.
Houston’s biggest poker club opens its doors Monday, May 11th at high noon, but coronavirus will change a few rules of the game.
All players, even if they are already members, will get their temperatures checked. Don’t worry. All the employees and anyone else coming in the door have to play by the same rules.
Face coverings are required to play. Instead of offering ten player games, tables will be limited to just six members.
Prime Social says it will operate at 25 percent capacity until they feel it’s safer. To give the place a deep cleaning every night, Prime will suspend the 24 hours a day schedule and close the doors from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day.
And those Prime poker chips? Even they will be sanitized.
“It’s time to get back to Houston’s favorite game,” says Brent Pollack, General Manager at Prime Social. “We want to be safe, but we are glad to get back to the fun.”
The closure of Prime Social led to another partnership with WHAM- West Houston Assistance Ministries. As a result of the state wide closure of restaurants and bars, Prime too shut its doors as a precaution. The spread of Coronavirus and COVID-19 hit businesses and consumers alike.
Many are being hit with hard economic times during this pandemic. The increase in economic stress has caused an increase in food bank patronage, leaving all shelves bare. Fewer families are provided for as grocery stores and food banks lose stock. School closures have also contributed to the influx of needed donations for hungry Texans.
WHAM, a partner of the Houston Food Bank, has been preparing packaged boxes of donations for distribution. A news story by ABC 13 about WHAM’s difference in the community mentions the line for services wrapped around the building before they even opened. The next day, Prime showed up with a truck full of donations for the pantry.
We realized all of the food we normally prepare for our members wouldn’t be used. The thought of throwing it away seemed completely wrong. Each day more stories hit the headlines of charities needed donations. Luckily, Prime contacted our friends at WHAM about the food. Thanks to our Full House Feast, our relationship with WHAM gave us an avenue to get the food in the hands of Houstonians. In just a few calls, our bar manager Drew was set to arrive at WHAM with nearly half a ton of produce, milk and eggs.
WHAM successfully took 867 pounds of food off our hands that would have otherwise been wasted. We are very grateful to them, their volunteers, and all food pantries. Without them many of our neighbors would be in dire circumstances. Thank you, WHAM.
Stay safe, Prime members. We will keep you updated on our date of reopening.
Prime Social is committed to safety and the well being of our staff and members. In light of recent events, Prime Social will be temporarily closed until further notice in efforts to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, and the resulting respiratory disease, COVID-19.
This announcement comes after news from Mayor Turner and Judge Hidalgo for all bars, restaurants, and nightclubs in Houston and Harris County to close for at least the next fifteen days.
Prior to this announcement, we implemented precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our members and employees. Along with standard cleaning practices of sanitizing high contact surfaces, Prime included methods that were uniquely poker.
To further stop potential spread of coronavirus, Prime cracked open new decks of cards every few hours at the tables. We sanitized chairs, tables, door handles, and even the poker chips. Hand sanitizer was readily available to all, stationed throughout the poker venue. You may have noticed our door was wide open, welcoming our members right in. This was also a safety measure meant to prevent the need of pulling the door handle, eliminating contact.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we make this announcement. Prime Social will continue to update its members as much as possible during this time.
Please stay safe.
The 7th Annual Mansfield Ed Tessaro Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament is coming to Prime Social. The multi-state tournament presented by the 2020 ALS Texas Hold’em committee honors Ed Tessaro. Tessaro is a former Macy’s executive, philanthropist, and mountain climber. Since his diagnosis, he and his wife have become involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Together, they helped to raise more than $6 million for ALS treatments and research. In fact, Ed was one of the initial patients in the first U.S. ALS Stem Trial in 2010. He has been a role model of courage and dedication to those affected by the disease.
The Texas-sized charity event will benefit MDA Houston, home of Prime Social Poker Room. MDA supports medical research and leads the world in non-profit health agencies. MDA continues to explore and discover new treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
The Houston based event is one of many regional tournaments taking place across the nation. The winner of the regional tournament at Prime will enjoy an all expense paid- trip to Atlanta, plus VIP entry in the Mansfield Cares Golf Classic. Rest easy before heading to the Final Table with accommodations at the luxury Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Players competing at the Final Table of the 7th Annual Ed Tessaro Texas Hold’em Poker tournament will be vying for $5,000 in cash and gold.
How to Participate
Prime Social is proud to host another charity event to benefit Houston. We love giving back to the community we call home. Between turkeys, canned goods, and toys, the giving never ends at Prime Social. You can help support their research by participating in this year’s tournament on May 20, 2020. The tournament will run from 6-10 pm at Prime Social Poker Room. We’re located at 7801 Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas. Options for participating include viewer only, sponsorship, or suggested donation of $200 for $2,500 in chips.
In January, we participated in Restock the Shelves in partnership with Ante Up magazine. Prime players once again proved they have more heart than their playing cards. We received over 5,000 canned goods to benefit the Houston Food Bank. Special thanks to all members who participated in the event, we couldn’t have done it without you! See your impact on the Houston community in our video:
Prime Social will be helping to restock the shelves this January, as the holiday season comes to an end. In fact, Ante Up Magazine and Blue Shark Optics launched the Restock the Shelves initiative due to shortages at food pantries following the holidays. This year Prime Social will be participating and donating to the Houston Food Bank.
Back in November, Prime helped the Houston Food Bank and their partner, WHAM, by hosting a Full House Feast. Prime members and staff donated dozens of turkeys and hundreds of canned goods to make the drive a success. In the end, the turkey drive provided many holiday meals for local Houston families in need.
After the Full House Feast, Prime moved on to the 2nd annual “All In” Toy drive. Likewise, this too was a huge success. We were able to donate hundreds of toys to a variety of organizations. Notably, all of the toys were donated by generous members and Prime staff.
In order to participate, canned goods and monetary donations will be collected. Just like Full House Feast, members who bring in 5 or more canned goods get free daily entry! Additionally, bring in $20+ of canned goods with receipt for time match, no limit!
We’re not alone in this adventure. Poker venues across the nation are working to refill their local food pantries. Each venue has unique events, sharing the same goal. To restock the shelves. However, we’re the only venue participating in Texas!
We need your help to Restock the Shelves this January. We’ve seen the hearts of Prime Social are bigger than just cards. Members and staff have shown again and again their generosity and spirit. Stop by Prime and use canned goods to get you playing your favorite games. Don’t forget, we’ve also brought back our guaranteed tournaments.
Prime Social players donated toys that went to help kids in East Houston. The Houston Hispanic Fire Fighters held their yearly event on Christmas Eve giving breakfast and toys to hundreds of kids in East Houston. Prime Social stepped in to assist the Houston firefighters with gifts for the children.
Our holiday work is done at Prime Social. We are so proud to make Christmas a little brighter for kids from Kendleton to East Houston. Now get ready for our upcoming event in January! Happy New Year!
It is a special Christmas in Kendleton, Texas. Santa Claus delivers toys donated by Prime Social poker players. It is part of the second annual “All-In” toy drive put on by Houston’s biggest poker club.