Poker Celebrity Bowl to kick off

Jamie Gold

While the entire nation turns its attention to the Super Bowl, a bowl of a very different nature will also be taking place.

The Poker Celebrity Bowl is a No-Limit Hold'em charity tournament beginning on Feb. 1 (the weekend of Super Bowl XLII). The event will be hosted by none other than Major League Baseball shortstop Royce Clayton.

Harrah's Ak-Chin Casion will be the location for the prestigious event and the buy-in will be $1,000 with $200 re-buys presented by Goldwater Bank. The first-place finisher will win a $10,000 seat into the 2008 World Series of Poker while the rest of the prize pool will be distributed among the top 10 players.

Clayton won't be the only well-known face at the poker tables. 2007 WSOP Main Event winner Jamie Gold will be playing, along with fellow poker pros Robert Williamson III, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Annie Duke.

There will be a few MLB players in attendance as well including Luis Gonzales, Jimmy Rollins, Bob Lanier and Geoff Jenkins. Sex in the City's William Garson will also be playing, as will Montel Williams, who is hosting a charity poker tournament of his own later this year. All the appearances noted are subject to player availability.

Fifty percent of the prize pool will go to the Royce Clayton Family Foundation which works to promote education, help homeless children, provide aid for battered women, develop athletic opportunities for minority youth and raise awareness for sickle-cell anemia.

Register early because there will be a limit of 240 players. For more information or to register for the event call Harrah's Ak-Chin poker room at (480) 802-5138.

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