Venetian Hosts Poker Tournament for Nevada SPCA

It’s okay to make a killing on the poker table, but it’s much less okay to kill animals – and that’s a message that will be proudly broadcasted at the 3rd Annual Jennifer Harman Charity Poker Tournament benefiting the Nevada SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) local no-kill animal shelter. Hosted by The Venetian, this fun and relaxed poker tournament takes place this Friday, April 17, and a star-studded list of players is turning out for the event.

Red carpet arrivals begin at 4 pm on Friday, and like last year’s tournament, a slew of poker stars and celebrities will be mingling and playing with animals as they pose on the red carpet. Some of the stars attending include Dancing With the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff, ESPN commentator Lon McEachern, and Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson. Among the players are pros Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, and Phil Hellmuth, who formerly appeared on The Venetian’s Real Deal show, legendary father and son duo Doyle Brunson and Todd Brunson, and Las Vegas nightclub frequenting David Williams.

Other players confirmed to attend are Jerry Yang, Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Joe Sebok, Mark “P0kerH0” Kroon, Eli Elezra, Hoyt Corkins, Andy Bloch, Chau Giang, David Chesnoff, Brad Booth, Joe Bartholdi, Lacey Jones, Jeff Madsen, Steve Zolotow, Robert Williamson III, Flaminio Malaguti, James Van Alstyne, James Mordue, Shun Uchida, David Oppenheim, Erica Schoenberg, Roy Winston, David Grey, Maria Ho, Tiffany Michelle, David Singer, Paul Darden, and Lee Watkinson.

And of course, Jennifer Harman, who has won two World Series of Poker bracelets, will be playing as well, in addition to her husband, Marco Traniello.

The Jennifer Harman Charity is recommending a contribution of $300 plus $30 for each seat reserved in the tournament. Players also have the option of re-donating $100 for additional tournament chips, as well as a $100 last chance add-on. The first place prize is a Curtis & Co. watch and a $10,000 seat into the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event happening on July 3 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino.

As the only no-kill animal shelter in Las Vegas, the Nevada SPCA plays an important role in the community. It is not funded federally and depends on private donations to continue its mission to rescue, spay and neuter, medically treat, and humanely house abandoned or neglected animals. Since 2007, Harman’s fundraising efforts have raised $500,000 for the Nevada SPCA.

The Jennifer Harman Charity Poker Tournament is open to the public, but seating is limited, so you’ll want to arrive at the Venetian’s poker room early to get a view of the action. In addition to the red carpet walk, a silent auction will take place at 4 pm, and celebrity emcee Matt Savage will announce the start of the tournament at 5 pm. Registration for the tournament begins on April 16 at noon.

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