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Charity Report: Brad Booth All-In for Arthritis

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For the second year in a row, Brad "Yukon" Booth will be hosting the All-In for Arthritis Charity Classic. The series of tournaments will begin on October 29th with the main event taking place November 2 - 4, 2007 at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Edmonton, Alberta. Proceeds will benefit The Arthritis Society (TAS) chapters in British Columbia and Alberta.

The first event took place in 2006 when TAS partnered with the British Columbia Gaming Commission to conduct a charity tournament with the help of Booth. The prize money in that event was split evenly between TAS and the event winners, though much of the players' winnings were donated back to TAS in the spirit of the occasion. In 2007, with more events and increased awareness, all parties involved hope to raise more money than last year.

A message on the TAS website promotes the tournament and demonstrates the organization's excitement about the event. "The Arthritis Society (TAS) is aware that there are many people in Canada who love to play poker. For many people with arthritis who want to engage in the spirit of friendly competition but have physical limitations, poker is a great fit."

TAS, a volunteer-driven not-for-profit organization, helps countless Canadians afflicted with the disease; more than four million Canadians alone have arthritis, a number that is expected to rise to more than six million by the year 2026. It also affects about one in 1,000 children, and there is no known cure. TAS assists in research efforts, lobbies for federal funding for research, provides information to the public, and helps those suffering from arthritis.

Booth is no stranger to charitable events, as he participates in poker tournaments that benefit various causes throughout the year. He has taken a particular interest in arthritis, especially as it affects children, and brought much awareness to the cause through his website and recruiting fellow professional poker players to participate in the tournament and donate to the cause.

"I'm really excited about being part of this event," remarked Booth. "This is now the second year that I have done the All-In for Arthritis Tournament and it's looking like with every year that goes by we are gaining more and more support for this great charity event. I'd like to thank The Arthritis Society for inviting me back to host the event this year and also our host casino, the River Cree Resort & Casino in Edmonton."

The schedule of events is at follows:

October 29 @ 7pm $100 + $10 pot-limit Omaha freezeout
October 30 @ 7pm $200 + $20 no-limit hold'em shootout
October 31 @ 7pm $150 + $10 super satellite to main event
November 1 @ 7pm $500 + $50 short-handed no-limit hold'em
November 2 @ 7pm $1,500 + $100 no-limit hold'em main event
November 3 @ 7pm Day 2 of the main event
November 4 @ 7pm Final table of the main event

The main event prize pool is now being estimated at over $400,000. Signing up for all four events, excluding the super satellite, warrants a 30% discount on all administration fees. In addition, special hotel rates are available at several establishments near the casino for participants in the series. More information can be found by e-mailing info(at)rivercreeresort.com or calling (780) 930-2707.

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