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Whether you’re looking for a virtual team building game, an in-person charity fundraiser, or a VIP event joined by a celebrity, The Poker People has you covered.  With 16 years of experience and thousands of tournaments under our belt, you can bet we know what we’re doing.    



– Our Sales Team will happily show you our custom-built poker platform for virtual team building games anywhere in the world, plan your office poker party anywhere in the US, or talk you through the rules to host an in-person charity fundraiser that rivals the World Series of Poker.  


-A dedicated Event Manager will help you craft invitations, manage the RSVP list, and even add your company or sponsor logo to the poker felt.


-On game day our experienced poker dealers will offer lessons to your rookies and make sure that everyone has a great time.



Don’t risk your event on someone who “does poker too.”  When you hit the tables with The Poker People, you are guaranteed a curated poker experience that will thrill your players, wow your boss, and meet your budget.  Go All In with The Poker People. 

Fake Money.  Real Fun.

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Charity Poker

Leverage the thrill of poker to engage supporters and raise money for your nonprofit. We'll help every step of the way, from flyer design to rewarding sponsors.

In-person Team Building

Body language, situational awareness, risk vs. reward - these may be dull topics in a meeting but they're tons of fun to test out on the poker tables.

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Virtual Team Building

Host your virtual team building event on our custom-built poker platform and finally find out who on your team has the guts to check-raise the CEO.



Raising the stakes for anyone from local dog rescues to international nonprofits.



We have hosted celebrities, poker pros, politicians, and sports stars. Bring it on.



Leverage the awesome power of poker for your fundraiser.

Branded upgrades available.

Reward your sponsors with

custom felts, cards and more.

Members of NACPO and the

Tournament Directors Association.

Legal, safe and fully insured.

Dedicated Event Manager.

Step by step instructions.

We’re here to help.

Our dealers make the difference.

Actual employees,

not random contractors.

See Us In Action

Take A Team Building Tour

Check out this video to see our online platform in action.  For more info, give us a call or hit that quote button below.  Our sales team will reach out to you and answer all your questions.

See us in action

Take A Live Game Tour

We have a fantastic team to run your in-person game.  From 10 players to 200, our staff will bring everything right down to the last poker chip.


Lara Gertzen, CEO

Lara started the company in 2006 as West LA Poker; a retail store and Dealer Academy. It soon morphed into one of the most requested poker providers in LA and the rest is history. Married for 25 years, Lara splits her time between travel, several spoiled pets and of course, playing a lot of poker.

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Pamela Laurie, COO

Hailing from North Dakota, Pamela brought her mid-western work ethic with her when she moved to LA. After a chance meeting with Lara in 2009 she began dealing poker and soon became a Tournament Director and eventually running much of the front office. The coup was complete in 2019 when she became a co-owner of The Poker People.

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