NPL announces charity poker tour

As the first stop on the 2007 National Poker League circuit, the Paris Open will also be the launch site of the inaugural Charity Poker Tour. The new philanthropic initiative is to take place at every venue hosting a NPL event this season.

The league has partnered with to create the charity tour and plan its first event - an auction to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities at the Paris Open May 13-22.

All players at the tournament will be invited to enjoy the exclusive VIP Charity Gala at the host casino Cercle Gaillon.

There, players can place bids at a live auction, proceeds of which with go to Ronald McDonald House.

Items on the block are a one-of-a-kind chip set from Louis Vuitton, a unique Dior watch engraved by Cercle Gaillon, a package for the Grand Prix de Monaco, three cards - two VIP and one platinum from UUU concierge service, a crystal bottle of tequila from Patron, a weekend retreat in Monte Carlo at L'Hotel de Paris complete with dinner for two, and a package for the NPL U.K. Open in August.

At the Paris Open, players can expect an estimated prize pool of $3.5 million plus $125,000 added cash. Organizers are expecting the event to top the recent Irish Poker Open for the title of Europe's best-attended poker tournament.

The tour is to be televised in six one-hour episodes from each stop, and will include information on the charities receiving donations from players at each event.

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