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Underwater Poker For a Cause

Certified Scuba divers will have a chance to play underwater poker Saturday at DiVentures Scuba and Swim Center in Springfield. All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with an instructor at DiVentures and has this report.

You may be wondering, how is it possible to play poker underwater? Don Peterson, an instructor at DiVentures, says it’s similar to how you would play on land.

“Regular cards they use at casinos are plastic, and that’s what we use. What you do is when you set them down, we have a lead weight, a two pound lead weight by each diver and they just put the lead weight on top of the cards, and they don’t go anywhere. For chips, we use pennies,” Peterson said.

The tournament starts at 1pm Saturday, and the entry fee is $40 per diver, which grants you 30 minutes at a poker table 12 feet below the surface. Divers under the age of 16 can pay a $10 entry fee to play at the new “Go Fish” table. Those interested in registering can call 883-5151. For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.