Poker to benefit Las Vegas community center

Erica Schoenberg

Thieving, hustling and cheating - none of that here. On Aug. 12 the game of poker is once again being used as a charitable vehicle. The event is the first annual Las Vegas Jewish Community Center (JCC) Celebrity Poker Shootout.

Some of poker's biggest names will be on the scene to benefit the cause including Erica Schoenberg (who has been playing some exceptional poker lately), Mike Matusow, David Benyamine, Evelyn Ng and new WSOP bracelet holder Eli Elezra.

The JCC runs numerous programs in the Southern Nevada area including social, athletic, cultural and educational projects. The entire community, no matter what race or religion, benefits from the organization and the JCC also runs one of the largest Food Pantries in Nevada.

Despite what the JCC offers to the community they still don't have a facility of their own. This event will help change that situation.

The tournament, held at the Palms in Las Vegas, will begin at 11 a.m. with a suggested donation for the buy-in. The game will be Texas No-Limit Hold'em with the first prize being entry into the 2008 WSOP Main Event. For those that can't be there in person there is a number of sponsorship options.

Matt Savage is scheduled to direct the tournament and emcee.

The JCC Celebrity Poker Shootout is just one of what seems to be a growing trend of charity poker tournaments. During the 2007 WSOP, Don Cheadle and Annie Duke hosted the Ante Up for Africa event which was one of the largest charity tournaments ever. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Ray Romano and many more took part and all the proceeds went to the war-torn Darfur area.

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