During a good-natured poker game, WMU students are eliminated until one remains and the Western Poker Club has its winner of the week.
Western Poker Club typically plays rounds of Texas Hold’em, taking time to teach new members the game and de-stress with one another on Mondays in the Student Center.
Brady Gibson is the president of the Poker Club and has spent his six years at WMU as a member.
“At the end of the day it’s literally just a group of friends just hanging out,” he said. “That’s all that matters to me as President, is making those relationships that will last all college long.”
As gambling falls under misconduct in university policies, the club does not use currency to play. The game is meant to be a friendly competition and not focus on the gambling aspect.
“We’re kind of slowly becoming less about the game and more about interacting with other people and making some really good connections within Western,” Gibson said.
Executive Officer and Interim Secretary Nicholas King joined because he wanted to build on his poker experience.
“It’s just a really good atmosphere and the events that we put on are really fun,” King said. “It’s great to learn more about poker but then also build connections with other people.”
They collaborated with Campus Activities Board (CAB) last semester for a Casino Night in the Student Center Ballroom. They had food, drinks and prizes for the winners. The group hopes to host more events like this in the future.
The club meets Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Pub. Students looking to get involved can join a meeting or reach out to Brady Gibson at [email protected].