Hellmuth hosts tournament for families of fallen cops

Phil Hellmuth

Next month, the Poker Brat is giving back to help the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. Ten-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth is joining with the TASER Foundation for Fallen Officers and the Fort McDowell Casino in Arizona for the annual Playin' the Hand Poker Tournament Dec. 9.

With buy-ins of $200 and $1,000, players will compete for the chance to win a $10,000 seat at the 2007 World Series of Poker.

This is the second year Hellmuth, known for both his immense skill and bad manners at the poker table, has hosted the tournament.

This year's event offers more options for buy-ins, from the standard $200 up to a $5,000 VIP package that includes hotel accommodation, limousine services and preferred seating. The TASER Foundation is also accepting corporate sponsorship for the event.

"We are thrilled to bring Phil Hellmuth back for our second annual poker fundraiser," said TASER Foundation executive director Gerry Anderson. "Phil Hellmuth is a huge draw and anyone who watches the World Series of Poker knows that he brings his A-game to play."

The TASER Foundation provides financial assistance to families of the more than 150 police officers who die in the line of duty each year. Money raised through the tournament will go directly to these families.

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