MMA and poker's best team up for troops

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MMA star Randy Couture.

Mixed Martial Arts legend Randy "The Natural" Couture is taking a little time out of the Octagon to hit the felt.

The veteran UFC fighter plans to host his Second Annual "Operation All In" poker tournament and charity auction benefiting the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation on August 22 at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas.

The $330 with $100 re-buys tournament is open to the public and a $10,000 seat in the Sports Legends Challenge poker tournament at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas will be up for grabs.

"It's sure to be an amazing time, while raising awareness and a lot of money for an unbelievable cause," Couture said.

Proceeds from the poker tournament and both live and silent auctions at the event will benefit the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation, a charitable organization created by Couture to raise money and awareness for troops wounded in action and their families.

Couture is a veteran of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.

"Having spent time in a uniform it became a personal goal of mine to find a way to give back to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces for the sacrifices they make defending our freedoms," Couture said. "The Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation was born out of that desire."

Several MMA stars are scheduled to attend, including Dan Henderson, Stephan Bonnar, Frank Trigg and Phil Baroni.

Pro poker players Chip Jett, David Williams, Adam Schoenfeld and Robert Williamson III have also confirmed.

"We hope you'll come join us for a great night and rub elbows with some of the best fighters and poker players on the planet all in the name of our troops," Couture said.

Tournament participants are also invited to an after party at the Golden Nugget's Gold Diggers nightclub.

Seats can be booked through the Golden Nugget Poker Room at 1-800-777-4658 ext. 8164, locally in Las Vegas at 702-386-8164, or by email at poker@goldennugget.com.

More information can also be found at www.xtremecouturegifoundation.org or www.goldennugget.com.

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