Celebrity poker tournament benefits charity

Las Vegas Strip

The T.J. Martell Foundation will host its first Celebrity Poker Tournament to raise money for the foundation Dec. 11 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Several celebrities have already confirmed their attendance, and Robin Leach will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

The charity poker event will take place during National Finals Rodeo week in Las Vegas, bringing country music and rodeo stars to the felt to raise money together for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.

Luke Bryan, Houston Hutto, Buddy Jewell and Charley Pride will also be competing for a share in the $50,000 cash and prizes at the event. Joining them will be Britt Bockius, Tracy Byrd, Rodney Carrington, Lee Greenwood, Justin McBride and Trent Willmon.

The buy-in for the tournament is $500 plus a $40 registration fee. There will be re-buys and add-ons offered as well.

All re-buys, add-ons and additional proceeds from the tournament will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, which raises funds to support research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The foundation helps support eight of the top research hospitals in the United States.

Seating for the tournament is limited to 150 players, and 120 of those will be paid out of a $50,000 prize pool.

Mark Fracalossi will serve as tournament director for the event.

The event will kick off with a media reception and charity auction at 11 a.m., Dec. 11, with the celebrity tournament starting at noon.

Those interested in playing can download a faxable registration form at TJMartellFoundation.org or register over the phone by calling (800) 457-3307.

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