Celebs, pros to support Caesars event

Apr 2, 2007 4:38 AM

There are some great poker tournaments about to hit Las Vegas — we have a World Series Circuit Event coming up at Caesars Palace and a World Poker Tour tourney scheduled for Bellagio.

But there’s another tourney upcoming, which may not get all the hype and notoriety, but it is near and dear to the hearts of many in the world of professional poker.

Opportunity Village’s Celebrity Poker Tournament, the friendliest poker tournament in Sin City, returns to Caesars Palace poker tournament room on Saturday, May 12. Initial celebrity players scheduled to appear include Ronn Lucas, Earl Turner, Jose Canseco, Bobby Slayton, Robin Leach, Thunder from Down Under, Chippendales performers and poker pros Annie Duke and Oklahoma Johnny Hale from GamingToday.

Participants in this year’s tournament will compete for a grand prize spot in the 2007 World Series of Poker, plus additional cash and prizes from M.J. Christensen Diamond Centers. Check-in will begin at noon for the No-Limit Texas Hold’em tournament.

A recommended contribution of $500 benefiting Opportunity Village gets players a seat in the tournament with second chance opportunities available through the sixth round. For those not wanting to play, $50 grants access to watch the tournament and attend a VIP reception at PURE Nightclub featuring live entertainment, a diamond fashion show, open bar and gourmet hor d’oeuvres.

For those wanting to learn new tips and tricks, poker lessons from professional poker player and prolific author David Sklansky will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Last year, poker professionals Todd Brunson (son of poker legend Doyle Brunson), Jennifer Harman, Ed Miller and Gavin Smith anted up for charity and supported Opportunity Village’s first ever Celebrity Poker Tournament.

Opportunity Village expects the 2007 tournament to be an even bigger success than 2006, which celebrated an outstanding turnout of more than 300 participants.

Las Vegas entertainer Earl Turner placed fourth in the tournament, winning $1,000 (which he graciously donated to Opportunity Village) and a Tag Heuer watch donated by M.J. Christensen jewelers.

The poker tourney is open to anyone 21 and over. Seating is limited.

Opportunity Village is a Las Vegas-based, not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their families. It is the largest private provider of vocational training, employment, advocacy and recreation for people with disabilities in Nevada.