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Charity Report: Hellmuth to Host Tournament to Benefit Fallen Officers

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Phil Hellmuth is scheduled to host the Third Annual Charity Poker Tournament on December 1st to benefit the TASER Foundation for fallen officers. The event will be held at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and will feature two poker tournaments.

This year's charity event is being dubbed "Beauty and the Bet." While 11-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Hellmuth will be the star poker attraction, there will be four Playboy Playmates (presumably the "beauty" part of the event title) participating in the tournament - Sarah Elizabeth, Stephanie Heinrich, Alison Waite, and Stacy Fuson.

The first tournament is the main event and will begin at 12 noon on December 1st with a $500 buy-in. There will be unlimited $500 re-buys before the break and one $250 add-on at the break. The second event of the day is the high roller tournament that begins at 5pm with a $2,500 buy-in. This will have unlimited $2,500 re-buys before the break with a $1,250 optional add-on at the break. Half of the proceeds from each tournament will be donated to the TASER Foundation, and the other half will be paid out to the tournament winners.

Finally, the top three players from each of the two prior tournaments will take their seats in a tournament of champions at 9pm that evening to play for the grand prize - two field level tickets to Super Bowl XLII and two tickets to the exclusive Playboy's Ninth Annual Super Saturday Night Party. The winner will also celebrate that night with Hellmuth and the Playmates in the fireplace VIP booth in the Playboy Club.

TASER Foundation Executive Director Gerry Anderson noted, "We are thrilled to bring Phil Hellmuth back for our third annual poker fundraiser. Phil Hellmuth is a huge draw and anyone who watches the World Series of Poker knows that he brings his A-game to play. We couldn't be happier to provide such a unique opportunity for the community to support families of fallen officers who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty as 100% of the proceeds (net of costs and winner pay outs) go directly to the families."

Established in November of 2004, the TASER Foundation was established to honor the service and sacrifice of local and federal law enforcement officers in the United States and Canada lost in the line of duty. Proceeds from the organization provide financial support to the families of the officers and have donated $1.1 million thus far to over 300 of those families.

Seating at the tournaments is limited and expected to sell out. In order to pre-register or find more information, log on to And for more information or to donate directly to the TASER Foundation, visit

*Sarah Elizabeth photo courtesy of Sarah Elizabeth Bowers *

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