Grand Sierra to host Pot of Gold Poker Tournament

Oct 1, 2013 3:00 AM

The Grand Sierra in Reno is kicking off its 2013 Fall Pot of Gold Poker Tournament this week beginning Oct. 3 and running through Oct. 13. The tournament offers a guaranteed $400,000 cash pot. Special hotel rates are available for tournament players during the event. For more information visit: http://www.grandsierraresort.com.

In the Company’s ongoing commitment to raise awareness and funds for the Southern Nevada affiliate of Susan G. Komen, Station Casinos will host its fourth annual “Project Pink” initiative throughout October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

From Oct. 1-31, the majority of properties and venues, including the Grand Cafes, Mexican restaurants, bingo rooms, Revolver Saloon and Dance Hall, as well as designated blackjack and poker tables will be pink to signify where the company will donate a portion of its proceeds from its retail sales and gaming winnings. Since its inception, Project Pink has raised more than $120,000 for the local charity.

Properties that offer blackjack and poker tables will have a designated “pink” table with a portion of the winnings and rake being donated back to the local charity. Blackjack table felts were designed and donated by gaming partner GPI USA and poker table felts were also donated by gaming partner The Layout Company.

Properties participating in both “21” for the Cure and Poker Goes Pink include Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station and Texas Station.

Wild Wild West will participate in “21” for the Cure only. Proceeds from Poker Goes Pink will be raised throughout the Oct. 19-20 weekend only, while “21 for the Cure” will donate a portion of its winnings throughout the entire month.

Project Pink was developed in 2010 by Red Rock’s executive pastry chef Jaret Blinn who, together with the executive team at the Resort, became active in the fight against breast cancer after her mother lost her battle with the disease. The response by the public was so overwhelming the company expanded those efforts to several areas throughout each property to raise even greater awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.

“We are so humbled and grateful that Station Casinos believes Komen Southern Nevada is worthy of their outstanding fundraising efforts,” said Stephanie Kirby, executive director for Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada. “We absolutely love this campaign and adore that they come up with a new twist on the promotion each year. We truly look forward to participating in all of the activities…especially eating those pastries!”

Those “pink pastries” include a variety of exclusively created desserts such as pink ribbon chocolate lollys, pink cake pops, pink donuts, strawberry shortcake, red velvet cupcakes, raspberry cheesecake, peanut brittle, brownies and cookies, and will be available at all seven Grand Café locations.

The pink pastries range in price beginning at $1 per item on up.

Good luck, and may the “nuts” be with you!

H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 18-year resident of Las Vegas. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to: [email protected].

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