With so many poker players in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker this summer, it is only fitting that there be numerous charitable opportunities for notoriously generous poker players. Thus, on the eve of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) induction ceremony, the Shuffle Up for Poker Gives Charity Tournament will take place at the Golden Nugget Casino in downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, June 4.
The tournament will be presented by High Society Spirits, sponsored by Rockwell Time, and hosted by Mike Sexton, a supporter of both the WiPHoF and Poker Gives. Festivities will begin with a silent auction at 5pm as poker players and contributors arrive for the evening. Scheduled to begin at 7pm on June 4, the no-limit Texas hold’em poker tournament will require a $200 + $30 buy-in, and $50 rebuys will be available during the first three levels with the opportunity for a $50 add-on at the end of that period.
Players will be competing for half of the prize pool and numerous donated prizes, including a Rockwell wrist watch and entry to the 2010 World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational tournament for the first place winner. Everyone in the tournament will receive a gift for their participation.
All proceeds from the auction and poker tournament will be donated to PokerGives on behalf of three charities - the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Special Olympics - all non-profit organizations dedicated to helping those with special needs.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund supports wounded soldiers and war veterans who require special assistance, as well as families of military personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty to their country. Paralyzed Veterans of America assists armed forces veterans as well, though it specializes in those with spinal cord injuries or dysfunctions and has been doing so since 1946. The Special Olympics is dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities and helps them participate in sports competitions with the help of special training.
Poker Gives co-founder Lisa Tenner commented, “I’m honored to join Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, and Jan Fisher in launching Poker Gives. Now, millions of poker players will have the opportunity to show how much they care.”
Charity poker tournaments have become a common way for organizations to raise money and awareness for their causes because of the generous nature of poker players. The Golden Nugget Grand Ballroom will be the place for them to demonstrate that on June 4, and three well-respected charities will ultimately benefit from the evening’s activities.