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Charity Report: Third Annual Tournament to Benefit Opportunity Village

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On Saturday, February 16th, Caesars Palace will once again be the site of the Third Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament. Check-in for the tournament will begin at 11:30am in the poker room, and the cards will be shuffled up and dealt at 1:00pm. All proceeds will be donated to Opportunity Village.

Part of the festivities will include an Escada Spring 2008 Fashion Presentation at PURE Nightclub, which is located next to the poker room. Players and guests will get their first glimpse of Escada’s spring line of clothing by a group of Opportunity Village supporters. There will also be a silent auction to raise additional funds, along with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres.

The no-limit Texas hold’em tournament will offer cash and prizes, featuring a seat into the $10,000 World Series of Poker main event. The festivities are open to the public for a $500 buy-in to the tournament which will allow unlimited rebuys at $300 each through the sixth round. There will also be a second chance tournament with a $200 buy-in for those who are eliminated from the main event. Those not wishing to play any poker can make a $50 donation to merely watch the tournament and attend the VIP reception and fashion show at PURE.

Numerous celebrities have already committed to participation in the event, including Robin Leach, comedians Louie Anderson and Bobby Slayton, Earl Turner, ventriloquist Ron Lucas, Skip Martin of Kool & the Gang, members of the Vegas entertainers The Scintas, as well as members of the male revue Thunder Down Under. In addition, various professional poker players like Oklahoma Johnny Hale will be in attendance.

The beneficiary of the charity tournament and surrounding events is Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas-based organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities. The non-profit provides them with vocational training, employment, and social recreational services that make their lives more productive and interesting. Currently, Opportunity Village is able to provide hundreds of people in the Las Vegas area with such services and has placed many in jobs throughout the community.

For more information about the organization or to register for the tournament – seating is limited – visit

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