Executive Poker Tour to debut at Trump Taj Mahal

Trump Taj Mahal

On Wednesday the Trump Taj Mahal will begin playing host to the inaugural event of the Executive Poker Tour.

The newly created tour will bring together executives to play in a series of poker tournaments with a portion of the entry fees being donated to the Project Lifesaver Foundation.

According to the Executive Poker Tour Web site, these are cash tournaments with cash payouts. The prize pools will be created from 100% of the buy-in for each event, while part of the tournament fee will be used to raise money for the charity.

Project Lifesaver Foundation is an organization that provides lifesaving technology to families who otherwise couldn't afford the Project Lifesaver service.

The service is a tracking system for children with Down Syndrome and patients with Alzheimer's, autism, mental handicaps, dementia, brain injuries, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, bipolar disease and other similar medical conditions, in case they wander off and get lost.

The program is seven years old and currently supports more than 580 agencies in 40 states and Canada. Fifty-four million people have Project Lifesaver coverage in their community.

Super-satellites to the main event of the tournament have already begun so people can have a chance to get in on the event and help raise money for the foundation.

The tournaments officially begin on Wednesday with the first trophy event as well as a special $100,000 buy-in cash game. The cash game will also play on Thursday, and more than $1 million in cash is expected to be on the table each night.

Spectators will be allowed for the cash events, which will also be filmed for television.

The tournament event schedule is:

Date Event Buy-in
Oct. 24 No-Limit Texas Hold'em $500
Oct. 25 No-Limit Texas Hold'em $1,000
Oct. 26 No-Limit Texas Hold'em main event $2,500

"We're expecting a terrific mix of amateur poker players as well as many executives who desire to support our organization," said Rick Rahim, Executive Poker Tour founder.

He also said there are pro poker players who have signed on to be a part of the event, attending and signing autographs. Three who've committed are Rhett Butler and Steve Dannenmann.

Lee Childs is a poker player from Virginia who made the final table of this year's World Series of Poker Main Event. Going in a relative unknown, he finished the tournament in seventh place.

The 2006 WSOP Main Event is where Rhett Butler made his splash in the poker world. He has since cashed in a few other smaller events, including a first-place finish in a Wynn Classic event in March 2007.

Steve Dannenmann is the highest-placing Main Event finalist of the three pros. He came in second in the 2005 WSOP, losing out to Joe Hachem. He has since cashed in several tournaments, and even made it deep into a World Poker Tour event to cash in 33rd place.

Participants in the Executive Poker Tour could end up playing against one of these pros as well as seeing themselves on television. The main event will be filmed for a later TV broadcast, and players will be rotated through the feature table all day Friday.

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