For the third year running, the Queen of Hearts team has announced that they will play in the 2008 World Series of Poker $1000 Ladies World Championship event. The 34-member team will play to raise funds and awareness for the Nevada Cancer Institute.
The 3-day ladies event at the WSOP will start on June 8th at 12 noon at the Rio in Las Vegas. Last year’s tournament drew a record 1,286 participants, and a larger number is anticipated in 2008.
Among those playing this year’s tournament will be the Queen of Hearts team, which boasts of a stellar line-up. Among the poker pros scheduled to play are Susie Isaacs, Clonie Gowen, Maureen Feduniak, Linda Johnson, Pam Brunson, Jan Fischer, Michele Lewis, Mary Jones, Barbara Enright, and defending champion Sally Anne Boyer. Competing with them will be a celebrity contingent comprised of Joely Fisher, Teri Hatcher, Cheryl Hines, Camryn Manheim, and Mindy McCready. The honorary captain of the team is Jackie Collins, though she is not expected to play but will be attending to officially start the event, and Mimi Rogers is the co-captain.
World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack noted, “This event has grown remarkably over the last five years and is now one of the most anticipated events of the 55-event World Series of Poker. With leadership from the Queen of Hearts for the third year in a row, we’re confident the atmosphere and play will be fun and exciting.”
All participants on the Queen of Hearts team will make a donation to the Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI), which is the official charity of the World Series of Poker. NVCI, a non-profit organization, is the official cancer institute for the state of Nevada and is committed to developing a comprehensive cancer research institute with the most knowledgeable scientists and educators available. Other goals of the organization include the education of the public about early cancer detection and prevention, as well as providing high quality patient care for those afflicted with cancer. More information about NCVI can be found at NevadaCancerInstitute.org.