Holidays filled with poker events for charity

David Sklansky
Learn from one of the best and help raise money for Adopt-A-Rescue-Pet.

The holidays are a time for giving, and what better way is there for poker players to open up their wallets and give than through some of the many charity poker tournaments and other poker events coming up both live and online.

We've rounded up a small selection of charity events being offered at casinos and in online poker rooms that benefit a few different charities.

Poker seminar benefits Adopt-A-Rescue-Pet

If you're eager to improve on your poker skills and to help out a good cause, you may want to head to the Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday.

David Sklansky, along with other poker pros, will be on hand in the Traxx Lounge starting at 2 p.m. to host a poker seminar to raise money for the Adopt-A-Rescue-Pet nonprofit volunteer organization.

ARP takes in used and abandoned animals and gives them medical attention and a safe place to live until a new home can be found.

The ARP is one of southern Nevada's most active animal rescue organizations. Over the past two years, more than 4,000 dogs have been rescued and adopted through ARP, and the number of needy pets helped in 2008 is estimated to reach 2,500.

If you'd like to help, the poker seminar costs $150 (charge by phone at 702-635-6703) and will include guest speakers such as Barry Tanenbaum, Lee Markholt, Mark Gregorich, Roy "The Oracle" Winston, Vanessa Rousso and Mark Newhouse.

It will also include complimentary drinks and prizes.

Poker Jingle at the Hard Rock Poker Lounge

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will host its first Poker Jingle at the Hard Rock Poker Lounge Dec. 12 benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Southern Nevada.

The charity poker tournament will cost $200+$30 to enter, and is a tribute to Mindy Trinidad, a popular member of the poker community who recently lost her battle with leukemia.

Tom McEvoy
Tom McEvoy will host the Poker Jingle celebrity poker tournament.

Several celebrity poker players are expected to be in attendance including Phil Hellmuth, Jamie Gold, Erick Lindgren, Beth Shak, Tiffany Michelle, Jennifer Harman, Todd Brunson, Brad Booth, Andy Bloch, Barry Greenstein, JJ Liu, Antonio Esfandiari, Layne Flack, Brandon Cantu, Jeff  Madsen, Lee Watkinson, Marco Traniello, Chad Brown and more.

Activities will include hors d'oeuvres and EFFEN cocktails from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., plus a silent auction and a tribute to Mindy Trinidad presented by Kelli Griggs. Tom McEvoy will host the celebrity poker tournament starting at 3 p.m.

Fans and spectators are welcome, and the poker celebrities will be available to sign autographs. The Poker Jingle at the Hard Rock Poker Lounge is open to the public but tournament seats are limited. Players can preregister by visiting or

Players can also register the day of the event at the Hard Rock.

Online fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Erick Lindgren
Play with Lindgren at Full Tilt Poker and raise money for charity.

If you're not in Las Vegas but would like to join in on the charity poker activities honoring Mindy Trinidad and helping out the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, there will also be a charity event at Full Tilt Poker on Saturday.

Erick Lindgren will host the online tournament, which will have a $5+$5 buy-in. The first $5 of the buy-in will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the second $5 will be added to the prize pool for the tournament.

The winner of the event will also receive a World model Curtis & Co. watch valued at $2,200.

Players at Full Tilt Poker can find the event in the Tournament Lobby under the PRIVATE tab. The password for the event is "charity."

For players who aren't already members of the poker site, it's easy to get signed up to play today. Just click on full tilt and start downloading the software now.

Christmas Toy Drive No-Limit Hold'em Tournament

On Saturday, Casino Arizona will once again host its annual Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Christmas Toy Drive No-Limit Hold'em Tournament.

The tournament is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. in the Poker Room at the Casino Arizona 101 & Indian Bend and will play until they've got a winner. The buy-in for the event is a new, unwrapped toy worth $10 or more for the children of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

"Last year, Casino Arizona was able to provide the community with more than 1,000 toys thanks to the generosity of our players," said Kent Odekirk, poker director for Casino Arizona. "We hope the tournament this year is even more successful as the need is greater than ever."

Players will compete for a guaranteed prize pool of $12,500 this year, with the winner taking home $3,100. The top 40 players will get paid.

Online fundraiser for ARP

Cyndy Violette
Cyndy Violette will host the Full Tilt Poker tournament to raise money for the ARP.

The holiday spirit of giving will continue well into the New Year as well with an online poker tournament at Full Tilt Poker for the Adopt-A-Rescue-Pet organization.

Cyndy Violette will host a $5+$5 online poker tournament to benefit the organization Jan. 24. Half of the buy-in will benefit the ARP, with the other half going to the prize pool for the tournament.

The tournament is open to anyone who would like to play. It can be found in the Full Tilt Poker tournament lobby under the PRIVATE tab. The password for the event is "savepets."

For more information about the event, visit full tilt.


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