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Vinny Lecavalier's Celebrity Poker Classic is Sept. 10 at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg



The annual charity event, hosted by Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier, is Sept. 10 at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg.

Here is the official announcement:

The list of celebrity participants is growing as one of the hottest nights of the year is quickly approaching.  Make sure you’re a part of the action at the Vincent Lecavalier Celebrity Poker Classic on September 10 at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg.

More than 40 sports and entertainment celebrities are set to go “all in” for charity, including some of the top names in poker and sports. Confirmed participants include poker pros Annie Duke (2004 World Series of Poker bracelet winner) and Joe Sebok, as well as 2007 World Series Main Event champion Jerry Yang and Tampa’s own John Racener, who has played his way into a seat at the 2010 Main Event final table in November.

Also confirmed for the event are boxing world champion Antonio Tarver, Jared Jeffries of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch and many of Lecavalier’s Tampa Bay Lightning teammates including Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Simon Gagne, Teddy Purcell, Sean Bergenheim and Matt Smaby. Also scheduled to hit the felt are local radio and television personalities, including Cowhead from 102.5 The Bone and Fisher from 97X.  Many more celebrity announcements are expected in the coming days.

The Texas Hold’Em tournament benefits the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at All Children’s Hospital. Since its debut in 2006, the Vincent Lecavalier Celebrity Poker Classic has raised more than $350,000 for the center.

Participants will compete for a $100,000 total prize pool as well as progressive celebrity bounties, so it pays to knock out the stars.  Don’t sweat the cards, though, as there are unlimited $100 re-buys during the first hour of play to guarantee you get to enjoy the action. Celebrities will play for a $20,000 Last Celebrity Standing payday to be donated to their favorite charity.

Tournament spots are going fast as individual buy-ins start at only $550 and all entries include a boot camp clinic with Yang.  A $750 buy-in earns you a seat for a once-in-a-lifetime boot camp clinic with Duke and Sebok, and the clinic with Yang. Please note that in case of a sellout, only paid seats will be guaranteed.  To register, call 727.781.8183 or visit

VIP All Access guest passes, spectator passes and individual passes for the poker clinics can also be purchased.

The evening, presented by DEX Imaging, gets started at 5 p.m. with a Private VIP/Players Draw Party in The Derby Club, followed by the Wild Card Party in the Derby Lane Poker Room featuring entertainment, a silent auction, a raffle, gaming, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for all guests at 6 p.m. The tournament gets underway at 7 p.m., with an awards ceremony to follow.

[Last modified: Friday, October 1, 2010 12:15am]


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