WPA lures new members with charity WSOP raffle

Joseph Hachem
Joe Hachem can be found manning the WPA booth.

The WPA, a group dedicated to worldwide professionalism and ethics in poker, has linked arms with charity Corps of Compassion, which feeds impoverished children in Las Vegas.

As interested parties must be a member of the WPA to throw their names in the hat, players at the WSOP can wander over to the organization's exhibit booth at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino to sign up.

Each ticket is priced at $50, with all net proceeds of the raffle will go to the charity. There are no caps on how many tickets can be purchased at once.

The winner will receive the seat - valued at $10,000 - as well as $1,000 to go toward airfare, accommodation and expenses.

"Everyone wins," said WPA charity chairperson, Annie Van Bebber. "Children are fed, someone will win a seat in the main event of the 2007 World Series of Poker, and players will have an opportunity to learn more about how the World Poker Association helps tournament and cash-game poker all over the world."

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