Thursday, June 15, 2006

California: Charities trade chocolate chips for poker chips

By Michael Gardner

SACRAMENTO - Looking to energize fundraising, charities have called on lawmakers for permission to move beyond traditional bake sales and bingo to capitalize on a poker craze fed by Texas hold'em on television and the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow.

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[for more information on the measure, go to and type in 839 in the bill search field.]

Opportunity Village - Celebrity Poker Tournament

Opportunity Village will be hosting the inaugural Opportunity Village Celebrity Poker Tournament on June 24, at Caesars Palace. The No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament will go from 1-6 p.m., with all proceeds going to support construction of a third Opportunity Village campus in Southwest Las Vegas.

Entertainers scheduled to appear include Siegfried & Roy, Lance Burton, Clint Holmes, Frankie Scinta, David Brenner and many more.

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Video Game Generation holds Charity Poker Event

Union Leader Correspondents

University of New Hampshire freshman Patrick Rulli, left, looks on as senior Casey Machreo, far right, and freshman Tony Weatherbee survey the poker table at a charity Texas Hold 'Em tournament at the University of New Hampshire last month.

Chopper Charity Auction presented by World Poker Tour

Number one selling artist in the world Michael Godard and world renowned bike builder Count's Kustoms team up to build one-of-a-kind custom chopper for charity in support of the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai. Presented By World Poker Tour.

World Poker Tour Enterprises, the title sponsor of this unique charity auction has for the first time ever, put up for auction a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bid and buy a $25 thousand seat at the WPT Celebrity Invitational - the hottest, most exclusive poker event of the year. This auction is the only way into this invite-only event and one lucky bidder will face off against the top pros and coolest Hollywood celebrities for a chance at the lion-share of $200 thousand and chance to become the next WPT Champion.

Auction begins on eBay June 13th at 8:30pm E.S.T

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[Click to download the official press release] .pdf

[Godard Chopper Website]

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Students and Charities Benefit from Poker Championship

The annual College Poker Championship in the US has its third champion, it has been announced.

Ryan R, from the University of Ottawa, has claimed the prize, walking away with a $50,000 cash scholarship and the honour of the title: Best College Player.

In addition, all ten finalists donated $1,000 of their education-based prize money to charities of their choice, with Ryan making his donation to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada.

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