YES Prep Oil & Gas Texas Hold 'Em Tournament

The Oil & Gas Texas Hold 'Em Tournament, or the Poker Tournament, is an annual event, earmarked by the oil and gas industry of Houston. The tournament took place on March 7, 2019 at the Corinthian Houston, 202 Fannin Street.

The Oil & Gas Texas Hold 'Em Tournament, or the Poker Tournament, is an annual event, earmarked by the oil and gas industry of Houston. The tournament took place on March 7, 2019 at the Corinthian Houston, 202 Fannin Street.
Pictures of supporters, venue and decorations at 2019 Poker Tournament
PLAYERS GO "ALL IN" IN SUPPORT OF YES PREP PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Houston oil and gas industries and partners celebrate YES Prep Public Schools at the record-breaking 14th annual Oil and Gas Texas Hold 'Em Tournament fundraiser.

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, YES Prep Public Schools (YES Prep), Houston's leaders in the oil and gas industry and philanthropic community hosted the 14th Annual Oil & Gas Texas Hold 'Em Tournament at The Corinthian in Downtown Houston. More than 550 guests attended the event that raised a record-breaking $1.42 million to support YES Prep's 18 campuses across Houston which serve over 13,300 students in grades 6 through 12. 

Over 75 corporate, foundation, and indiviual sponsors and their guests attended the event that raised $835,000 through sponsorships and an additional $585,000 through night-of-giving at the tournament. Ben Marshall, Managing Partner of long0time tournament supporter Vitol, surprised attendees by announcing an additional $50,00 matching gift from the Vitol Foundation. In a thrilling final round, tournament emcee Bill Heuer of iHostPoker crowned Mickey Barrett, seated at the Vitol table, the winner of the 2019 tournament. 

Since the first tournament in 2006, the event has raised roughly $14million and is attended by individuals donning attire ranging from business casual to casino chic to rodeo-ready from various business sectors from across the world in support of YES Prep. 

If you would like to make payment on your previously reserved sponsorship, click here or checks made out to YES Prep Public Schools can be sent to: 

YES Prep c/o Adriana Bolivar
5515 South Loop East, Suite B
Houston, Texas 77033

Questions about the event? Contact Adriana Bolivar at 713-924-0695 

or adriana.bolivar@yesprep.org 
 
 
Structured like a Vegas- style tournament, sponsors purchase a poker table for 10 players. Each player receives $4,000 in chips to begin tournament play. Buy-ins are available throughout the night to stay in the tournament. Buy-ins start at $50 and increase throughout the night. All proceeds from buy-ins throughout the night go directly to YES Prep. If you don’t proceed to the semifinals, craps tables are available all night for $45 
 
For more information, visit our FAQs about the event.
 

 
John Addison, Vitol 
Mickey Barrett, Whitespire Ventures 
Buddy Clark, Haynes & Boone 
Brian Colona, Retired, Vitol 
Joe Greenberg, Alta Resources  
Mark Gregg, KiwiEnergy 
Chip Johnson, Carrizo 
Ajay Khurana, Quantum Energy 
Jenny McCarthy, Alta Resources
Bill Nelson, Shearman & Sterling
Garry Tanner, Quantum Energy
Carl Tricoli, Denham Capital 

 

2019 Sponsors

Houston billionaire, oil and gas leaders raise record $1.42 million for YES Prep at poker tournament
March 12, 2019 - Houston Chronicle

Power poker players face off in Houston, raise a record $1.42 million for YES Prep
March 12, 2019 - Paper City Magazine