For the third year running, the Fallen Heroes Memorial Poker Classic is set to raise funds for local law enforcement officers and firefighters in the Los Angeles and surrounding areas who died in the line of duty. Deputy Scott Diamond has put together another star-studded poker tournament to be held on February 22 at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California.
Presented by the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department Transit Services Bureau, the third annual event will be a $120 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament with $100 rebuys available on an unlimited basis during the first three levels. And due to the tenacious efforts of Deputy Diamond throughout the year, a number of professional poker players are scheduled to play based on their status at the nearby L.A. Poker Classic. However, two players who have committed to hosting duties for the festivities are Mark Seif and actor James Woods.
The day will begin at 2:30pm on Sunday, February 22 at the Bicycle Casino, where players can check-in, register if necessary, and enjoy dinner. The first 300 entrants will receive a custom Fallen Heroes t-shirt, hat, and custom-made coin card protector. At 4:00pm, the tournament will get underway. Prizes that have already been donated to be up for grabs for the top finishers in the tournament include a seven-day CardPlayer Cruise to the Mexican Riviera, big screen televisions, a World Poker Tour prize package, and Full Tilt poker tables and chip sets.
All buy-ins and rebuys will be donated in full to the Fallen Heroes Fund, Inc., a non-profit corporation founded in 2007 by two Los Angeles County deputies. The mission of the organization is to provide financial support and empathy to families of fallen law enforcement officers or firefighters, those who died assisting the citizens of Los Angeles in the course of duty. The Fallen Heroes Fund has raised nearly $30,000 to date and helped numerous families survive the loss of a loved one.
Pre-registration for the tournament is offered through February 13, 2009 at www.FallenHeroesLA.org/signup.html, and further registrations can take place at the Bicycle Casino on the day of the event.