Nevada Cancer Institute returns as WSOP charity

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The Rio offers a little extra luxury for poker players willing to donate to the Nevada Cancer Institute.

Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has once again declared the Nevada Cancer Institute the official charity for the World Series of Poker.

Players at the 2008 World Series of Poker can pay for access to a special VIP lounge for the duration of the tournament series. Harrah's will donate funds raised from the cost of admission to the Nevada Cancer Institute.

The 2008 WSOP began May 30 and continues until July 14, when the final table is determined for the Main Event.

All during that time, participants who ante up for access to the VIP lounge will have access to food, beverages, a masseuse and even a separate game room with all the latest games and gadgets. They'll be pampered when they're on break from tournament play and they'll be helping out a good cause.

This is the third consecutive year the charitable organization has been the official charity for the WSOP.

"Nevada Cancer Institute is a wonderful community partner for the World Series of Poker," said Jeffrey Pollack, WSOP commissioner.

"The work NVCI's researchers and physicians are doing at NVCI resonates not only locally, but around the world by expanding the field of knowledge about this disease."

The Nevada Cancer Institute is the official cancer institute of the state of Nevada. It is a nonprofit organization committed to reducing the burden of cancer through its program of cancer research, education, early detection and prevention, and by facilitating high-quality patient care.

"The World Series of Poker brings an excitement and buzz that enhances the Las Vegas economy every summer," said Sandra Murdock, NVCI president and chief executive officer. "We are thrilled to be a community partner with the Harrah's organization and are thankful for their dedication to the health and future of the community."

For more information about the 2008 WSOP and to see how all the action is playing out, visit the PokerListings WSOP page.

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