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Vinny Lecavalier's charity poker event



Some "celebrities" confirmed their participation. Here is the announcement from the team:

One of the most popular and successful charity events in the Tampa Bay area is back for a third year on Sept. 11 as the 3rd Annual Vincent Lecavalier Texas Hold ’Em Celebrity Poker Tournament once again invades the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.

Join the Lightning’s Vinny Lecavalier and a full house of celebrity friends as they go all-in to benefit the Vinny 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 Marty St. Louis, Vinny Prospal, Ryan Malone, Mark Recchi, Jeff Halpern, Nick Tarnasky, Shane O’Brien, Michel Ouellet, Ryan Craig and Jason Ward. New Lightning head coach Barry Melrose will serve as one of the evening’s hosts.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott, tennis Pro Mardy Fish, Deal or No Deal’s Stacey Gardner, Jared Jeffries of the New York Knicks, and actress/model/poker pro Christina Lindley have also confirmed their participation, with many other poker, sports and entertainment celebrities still to be announced.

This year’s tournament will offer a prize pool in excess of $45,000.  The top 10 finishers win cash, with the winner receiving $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 be rewarded through a progressive celebrity bounty prize pool.

The evening gets started at 6 p.m. with a private VIP/Players Party, 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

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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