Queen of Hearts creator honored by mag

Mary Jones Meyer
2006 WSOP Ladies Event Champion Mary Jones Meyers supports the Queen of Hearts in 2007.

For the last few years, Lisa Tenner has been the driving force behind the Queen of Hearts Team, a group of women joining together at the World Series of Poker to raise money and awareness for the America Heart Association and the Nevada Cancer Institute.

This week, in recognition of her efforts, Global Gaming Business Magazine named Tenner one of "25 People To Watch" in 2008.

The Queen of Hearts Team at the 2007 WSOP was composed of women from in and around poker. Tenner and actress Mimi Rogers served as co-captains of the team that featured poker players Clonie Gowen, Jennifer Leigh, J.J. Liu, Isabelle Mercier and Vanessa Rousso.

Also among the team's ranks were three women with four Ladies Event titles between them: Susie Isaacs (1996 & 1997), Jennifer Tilly (2005) and Mary Jones (2006).

Joining these female poker celebs to raise money were Corum USA president Stacie Orloff, Ladies Poker Tour founder Crystal Osgood Gray, poker journalist Lisa Wheeler and Carla Christofferson, owner of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.

After a strategy session with Phil "Unabomber" Laak, Tenner's team took on the largest WSOP Ladies Event field of all time. Two of of the team's members cashed - two-time winner Isaacs finished 35th, and defending champ Jones finished 16th.

Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association campaign that the Queen of Hearts Team supports, raises awareness of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. For the short term, Go Red For Women aims to reduce coronary heart disease and stroke risk by 25% by the year 2010. In the longer term, the campaign hopes to eradicate the old notion that heart disease is only a "man's disease."

The Nevada Cancer Institute, the other beneficiary of the Queen of Hearts Team's efforts, is the official cancer institute for the state of Nevada. NVCI bills itself as a collaborative project between "concerned citizens, the oncology community, academic leaders, legislators, corporations, healthcare advocates, and cancer patients and their families."

Its goal is to reduce the burden of cancer for Nevada, the nation and the world through innovative and collaborative research, education and patient care.

Citing her work with the Queen of Hearts Team, the Global Gaming Business Magazine article called Tenner a "poker impresario for women." But beyond her work with the Queen of Hearts Team, Tenner stays involved with poker in other ways.

Some of her past projects with her company, Tenner & Associates, have included the VH1 Classic Rock'n'Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament, the PartyPoker Million, the World Poker Players' Conference and Card Player Cruises, of which her husband Mark is co-owner. Tenner is also currently working on The Winning Pair, a family film set in the poker world.

The Queen of Hearts Team is scheduled to return at the 2008 WSOP. The roster has not yet been finalized, but word is that the interest level is once again very high.

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