Griffin guest of honor at cancer charity tourney

Gavin Griffin

Pro player and breast cancer crusader Gavin Griffin is headlining the Hold'em 100 poker tournament in aid of the Royal Marsden Cancer Fund this weekend.

Griffin, who has sported pink hair since his European Poker Tour grand final win in March, has been championing the cause of breast cancer research because his girlfriend, Kristen, is a survivor of the disease.

The couple recently participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer after several months of Griffin drumming up awareness with his pink locks and pledges from his fellow poker pros.

He's not the only philanthropic pro slated to show up for the event, however. Also expected at the 2007 Hold'em 100 are pros Daniel Negreanu, Katja Thater, Noah Boeken, Luca Pagano, John Duthie and Vicky Coren. Longtime Hold'em 100 supporter Roy Houghton will be tournament director. is donating a £5,200 seat to the upcoming EPT London, which will go to the tournament's winner, in addition to an event prize pool.

Tickets for the 2007 Hold'em 100 are £60, which includes the £50 buy-in. The tournament features re-buys for the first 75 minutes.

Half of all buy-ins go to the Royal Marsden Cancer Fund with the remaining money headed to the prize pool.

The event takes place at the Loose Cannon Sports Bar in London. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the cards will be shuffled up and dealt at 3 p.m. in the venue's new poker room.

To enter, book a seat by sending a check payable to "The Hold'em 100" with all your information, and the name of each person wishing to buy-in. Purchase of the tickets includes the buy-in to the tournament.

The Hold'em 100 is capped at 200 players.

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