Small Town Poker Tour to sponsor Off The Strip Poker Tournament

Today it was announced that the Small Town Poker Tour (STPT) will once again sponsor Vince Neil's Off The Strip Poker Tournament Nov. 5 at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The charity event will again benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.

"We are happy to be associated with such a good cause," said Mark Fracalossi, executive producer of the STPT. "The STPT is all about giving back and this is a chance for everyone who has played in the tour to come out and play in this special event. Last year was a blast and I know this year will be even better."

Just like last year, the STPT will be offering a special bonus for players in the charity event. They will get to play in an STPT event free of charge.

"I encourage all to get on board and come to Vegas to support this cause," Fracalossi said.

There are only 150 seats available for the tournament which has a $500 buy-in with a $40 entry fee. A $50,000 prize pool will be divvied out between the 10 players who make the final table.

Several professional poker players, celebrities, and some of Las Vegas' hottest dancers are expected to attend the event.

Last year the inaugural Off The Strip Tournament was hosted by Motley Crue's Neil, and it raised more than $170,000 to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation. The money is donated to the foundation through the Skylar Neil Memorial started by Neil after his daughter died from stomach cancer.

The foundation was formed in 1975 when Tony Martel, a music industry exec, was asked by his son T.J. to try to raise $1 million to benefit the leukemia research that had helped T.J. live to reach his 21st birthday. Tony kept that promise despite his son's death later that year, and since then the foundation has raised more than $215 million to support innovative research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS at eight laboratories throughout the United States.

The Texas Hold'em tournament begins at 4 p.m., and before that, people can also help support the cause by bidding on memorabilia from the music, sports and entertainment industries that are up for silent auction. At 3 p.m., there will be a cocktail party with a live auction hosted by Neil and Tiffany Granath, the host of Playboy and Sirius Radio's Afternoon Advice.

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