Only months after the third annual Off the Strip Poker Tournament in November of 2008, the fourth installment of the benefit event is scheduled for Saturday, January 17th. Hosted by Vince Neil of rock band Motley Crüe, the poker tournament and charity auction hopes to exceed the $175,000 amount that was raised back on November 3rd for the Skylar Neil Memorial Fund.
The Saturday events will begin with an all-day silent auction held at the Poker Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The public can browse the items, which are said to include unique music, sports, and entertainment memorabilia, throughout the day. At 3pm on January 17th, the welcome cocktail reception begins for poker players who want to mingle and relax for an hour before the tournament begins.
The $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em poker tournament is scheduled to begin at 4pm. Rebuys and an add-on will be offered throughout the first part of the tournament, and the prize pool is guaranteed to be $50,000 to be split amongst the final ten players. While names have not yet been announced, Vince Neil is said to have confirmation for attendance from numerous professional poker players, as well as a few Hollywood celebrities and adult film stars.
As with all Off the Strip Poker Tournaments thus far, organizers will stop at nothing to put on a fabulous and fun event, all with the Skylar Neil Memorial Fund in mind. All proceeds will go to the organization, which was originally formed in 1995 after the death of Neil’s daughter Skylar, who was four years old at the time. The little one battled stomach cancer and inspired her father to start the organization that helps fund various groups that are dedicated to research and cures for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS. The Skylar Neil Memorial Fund has already raised millions of dollars for the causes, and the poker tournament and auction are more ways for Neil to raise funds for a cause near and dear to his heart.
Seating for the tournament is limited to 150 entrants, so contacting the Hard Rock for registration information is recommended.
But it doesn’t end with the tournament. Later in the evening, Neil and some of his celebrity friends will be hosting a VIP after-party at the Hard Rock’s Wasted Space bar. There will be a live auction there to raise even more funds, as Neil will be putting up his own personal memorabilia for bidding. Access to the after-party is guaranteed for tournament players, and others are being asked to make a $100 donation to the Foundation for VIP club entry.
It should be noted that Neil will join Motley Crüe on February 6th and 7th back at the Hard Rock as part of their ongoing tour, and those two shows will be the final two shows ever held at The Joint, a music venue at the Hard Rock that opened in 1995.