Somerville resident Jon Maren is best known for his career in real estate rather than for being dealt royal flushes, straights or full houses. However, on April 26, Maren became the first-place winner of the first-ever FIDF National Poker Tournament: New England Chapter Qualifying Event.
Some 12 FIDF New England Chapter supporters came together to play locally as part of FIDF’s first-ever National Poker Tournament to support well-being and educational programs for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers. Maren advanced to FIDF’s first-ever National Poker Tournament final event on May 2.
“Looking forward to Sunday night – hopefully I will be the grand champion!” said Maren, after the tournament. “Of course, that would mean having to beat Eli and Maria which is very unlikely, but quite the privilege to play with them along with supporting FIDF.”
The final event included prize-winning author and international poker champion Maria Konnikova, celebrity poker players Eli Elezra, Gershon Distenfeld, and commentator Jeff Platt.
West Orange New Jersey native Paul Tractenberg, president of Center for Diversity and Equality in Education and Professor Emeritus at Rutgers Law School, won the final event. The second place and third-place winners of the tournament were Chuck Myers from Boston and Stuart Carlin from Birmingham, Michigan.
All proceeds from the tournament will support FIDF’s well-being and educational programs for Israel Defense Forces soldiers.