“Poker Gives” Designates September as “National Poker Month” and Enlists Cardrooms Nationwide To Raise Funds For Charity

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Cardrooms across the nation will have the opportunity to celebrate National Poker Month in September by hosting one charity tournament during the month to support the non-profit organization Poker Gives, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by poker industry leaders Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, and Lisa Tenner. The funds raised by Poker Gives are distributed to four mainstream charities: Paralyzed Veterans of America, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Special Olympics, and the Step by Step Foundation.

Cardrooms across the nation will have the opportunity to celebrate National Poker Month in September by hosting one charity tournament during the month to support the non-profit organization Poker Gives, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by poker industry leaders Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, and Lisa Tenner. The funds raised by Poker Gives are distributed to four mainstream charities: Paralyzed Veterans of America, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Special Olympics, and the Step by Step Foundation.

By designating September as National Poker Month, Poker Gives has created an annual vehicle that will unite the poker world in supporting important causes and “giving back.” Every cardroom in the United States will be asked to select one day during the month of September, 2010 to host a charity poker tournament. Half of the proceeds from that event will go to Poker Gives and half will remain in the prize pool. The buy-in amount will be chosen by each individual cardroom, but a minimum buy-in of $50 with rebuys is recommended.

Poker Gives will include a listing of all participating cardrooms in press releases, ads, articles in major poker media and on the Poker Gives website. It is expected that there will be a great deal of media coverage regarding National Poker Month. The names of all winners and all participating cardroom managers will be entered into separate drawings to be held in October, 2010. Prizes will be awarded to the drawing winners, including a seat in the WPT Invitational, Card Player Cruises vacations, and buy-ins to tournaments. In addition, the names of all cardrooms that participant will be entered into a separate drawing, with one cardroom winning a meet-and-greet session and a poker seminar with Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson and Jan Fisher.

Please contact Michelle "Sassy" Richey, Poker Gives Director of Operations, via email at sassy(at)pokergives(dot)org or by phone at (702) 860-7413 with any questions or to register a cardroom for National Poker Month.

To learn more about Poker Gives, visit http://www.pokergives.org.

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