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2nd ANNUAL VINCENT LECAVALIER CELEBRITY POKER TOURNAMENT SET FOR NOVEMBER 12TH

Saturday, 11.03.2007 / 2:21 PM / News
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2nd ANNUAL VINCENT LECAVALIER CELEBRITY POKER TOURNAMENT SET FOR NOVEMBER 12TH
GO ‘ALL-IN’ FOR CHARITY AT THE SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO - TAMPA

TAMPA -
Ever wanted to bluff your favorite sports hero off a big hand at the poker table? How about one of the top poker players in the world? Your chance will come on Monday, November 12 at the 2nd Annual Vincent Lecavalier Texas Hold’Em Celebrity Poker Tournament at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.

Join the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Maurice Richard Trophy winner, Vincent Lecavalier, and a host of top celebrities as they go all-in to benefit the new Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital, scheduled to open in 2009.

Among the celebrities scheduled to participate are Lecavalier’s Lightning teammates Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis, Chris Gratton, Andre Roy and Tim Taylor, champion boxer Winky Wright, tennis pro Mardy Fish, Deal or No Deal’s briefcase No. 2 holder Stacey Gardner, former playmate of the year Julie Cialini, John Pyper-Ferguson from ABC’s Brothers and Sisters, former NBA star Matt Geiger and, if the cards fall right, 2004 Card Player Magazine Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu.

Desmond Howard, Heisman Trophy winner and ESPN College GameDay analyst, will emcee the tournament which carries a prize pool in excess of $45,000. The tournament winner receives $10,000. In addition, celebrities will compete for a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice for the “last celebrity standing.” As an added incentive, any player who knocks out a celebrity will earn a “bounty” of autographed memorabilia. For a full list of celebrities, visit www.vinny4.com.

The evening, which is presented by DEX Imaging and The Yerrid Foundation, gets started at
6 p.m. with a private VIP/Players Party in the Seminole Ballroom, followed by the Wild Card Party featuring entertainment, a silent auction, a raffle, gaming, cocktails and Hors de Oeuvres for all guests at 7:15 p.m. The tournament gets underway at 8 p.m., with an awards ceremony to follow.

An individual buy-in for the tournament is $550, but don’t worry if you’re not an “ace” player. The tournament offers all players an unlimited number of re-buy opportunities during the first hour of play for $100 each. VIP All Access passes (including VIP Party, Wild Card Party and a spectator pass for the poker room) are also available for $450 each, and individual guest passes (ballroom only) can be purchased for $250. To register or obtain a copy of the rules, visit www.vinny4.com.