Bo knows Hold'em: Jackson, Kaplan play Challenge

Welcome Back '80s! Kaplan and Unknown Comic punch tickets to All Star Challenge.

It's like an All-Star poker tournament and an '80s flashback all in one.

In what is sure to confuse a few demographics and decidedly please a few others, Spotlight 29 Casino in California's Coachella Valley has announced plans for its inaugural "All-Star Poker Challenge."

Scheduled for October 13 and 14, the All-Star Poker Challenge will "give everyday players a chance to play with their favorite celebrities."

That is, of course, if your favorite celebrity is one of these scheduled to appear so far:

Football Hall of Fame inductee and bit-part actor Deacon Jones; multi-sport legend and famous "Bo Knows" pitchman from the '90s, Bo Jackson; lightweight boxing champ Jorge Paez, Jr. (known for the most outrageous mullet ever-seen by man and in-ring backflips); and Murray Langston, also known as "the Unknown Comic," who made regular appearances on '80s staple The Gong Show and told jokes with a brown paper bag over his head.

Holding down the fort from both the '80s and the modern era: Notable poker host and the one and only Mr. Kotter, from Welcome Back Kotter, Gabe Kaplan.

Also scheduled to appear: Coachella Valley locals DJ Ant Dogg from U-92 FM and Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia.

Set to go October 13, the All-Star Poker Challenge action will be No-Limit style, with 30-minute long rounds beginning at 2 p.m. The final table is then scheduled for 12 p.m. on October 14.

Players will each receive $10,000 in tournament chips, and all players at all levels are welcome to register to play.

Buy-ins for the All-Star Poker Challenge are available now at the Spotlight 29 Casino box office or gift shop, with the cost $560 each; $500 goes to the prize pool, $50 to the house and $10 to dealer gratuity.

Adding to the excitement: the chance of a player winning a new Chevrolet, Cadillac or GMC. If the winning hand at the final table is a Royal Flush, the winner will score the new car.

As an added bonus, Kaplan and Langston will also be performing in the Spotlight Showroom on October 12. All entrants into the tournament receive two free tickets, with individual tickets for the comedy concert available for $35.

A silent auction is also planned to benefit the Native American Land Conservancy, with items in the auction including a wide range of autographed sports memorabilia.

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