By GT Staff | Stars from the poker community as well as world-class athletes will turn out for the second annual Jennifer Harman Charity Poker Tournament on Friday, April 18, at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas.
The No Limit Holdem tournament is open to the public and will be staged in The Venetian Poker Room beginning at 3 p.m.
All proceeds of the tournament and live and silent auctions will benefit the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) no-kill animal shelter.
The recommended donation to participate in the tournament is $300+30. There will be optional $200 re-donations for additional tournament chips throughout three 20-minute rounds and a $200 last chance add-on.
The first place prize is a $10,000 seat into the 2008 World Series of Poker Championship Event.
The Nevada SPCA no-kill shelter in Las Vegas gives comfort, food, and veterinary care to thousands of animals every year. Many of those animals thrive in environments without cages.
"Last year we raised $130,000, allowing the Nevada SPCA to expand their facility," said Harman. "The Venetian Poker Room is a perfect venue, and their professional staff has been very gracious. This years event promises to be bigger and better and many of my friends will be there to support this great cause."
Preceding the tournament, a red carpet reception will be held inside the poker room, beginning an hour before the tournament.
Professional poker players expected to attend include Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Howard Lederer, Phil Hellmuth, Jamie Gold, Hoyt Corkins, Amarillo "Slim" Preston, TJ Cloutier, Todd Brunson, Erick Lindgren, Gavin Smith, Freddy Deeb, Antonio Esfandiari, Joe Hachem, Barry Greenstein, Joanne "JJ" Liu, Layne Flack, Chau Giang, Cyndy Violette, Chris Ferguson, David Williams, Vanessa Rousso, Huck Seed, Scotty Nguyen, and defending champion Kirk Morrison.
In addition to the poker tournament, there will be a silent auction sponsored by Triumph sports, which will be auctioning a "Pete Rose & Jennifer Harman" dinner package with all proceeds going to the Nevada SPCA, a Joe Montana "Stephen Holland" limited edition framed giclee print, a Muhammad Ali & Joe Frazier limited edition framed photo, an "Im sorry I bet on baseball" official baseball autographed by Pete Rose, as well as official helmets and memorabilia signed by Dan Marino, Dick Butkus, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Emmitt Smith, Bill Parcells, Phil Simms, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, John Elway, LaDainian Tomlinson, Fred Biletnikoff and Jim Plunkett.