Pro Player Insiders Joined Forces with Celebrities and Athletes for All-Star Charity Poker Tournament

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Participants went head to head at the gaming tables to raise public awareness and support for the Every Kid Counts Children’s Charity.

We are truly gracious to the amazing celebrity guests and participants of Hearts and Helmets. We feel fortunate that we were able to create a top-notch event to raise money for an awesome charity.

NFL Icon Jim McMahon and World Series of Poker Champion Chris Moneymaker hosted the second annual Hearts & Helmets Celebrity Poker Tournament on Saturday, January 31st in Scottsdale, AZ. An array of celebrities and athletes went head to head at the gaming tables to raise public awareness and support for the Every Kid Counts Children’s Charity. Hearts and Helmets was produced by Pro Player Insiders and Dream Dealers.

Three time Super Bowl Champion and former Oakland/LA Raider Henry Lawrence helped launch the event with a live musical performance at the VIP meet and greet reception. Celebrities and athletes from from all sports walked the red carpet including Major Wright (Buccaneers), Ryan Lindley (Cardinals), Frankie Muniz (actor), Tyree Washington (Olympic track & field champion), Shelly Duncan (MLB), Marvin “Young MC” Young (Grammy winner), Leonard and Amanda Davis (NFL Veteran and wife) and Miss Black Arizona USA (2015).

Attendees enjoyed a multitude of diverse activities throughout the day such as raffles, premium cocktails, a gifting lounge, and delicious cuisine. The stylish gifting lounge was comprised of preferred sponsored brands such as Gemstone Organic, Brikk, Toast Vodka, Cold Cock Whiskey, Dr. Miracles, and Luxe Lounge to name a few.

“We are truly gracious to the amazing celebrity guests and participants of Hearts and Helmets. The support of our sponsors and the dedication of the Pro Player Insiders and Dream Dealers team made this tournament such a success,” said Melissa Mahler, Founder and CEO of Pro Player Insiders. “We feel fortunate that we were able to create a top-notch event to raise money for an awesome charity.”

The winners of the tournament received the following fantastic prizes:
1st Place - $4,000 cash
2nd Place - $1,500 for Millionaire Maker WSOP event in Las Vegas
3rd Place - 7-day cruise with Chris Moneymaker
4th Place - 4-day Caribbean Cruise
5th-10th Place - Aces and Bases charity poker tournament tickets and a poker chip set/case autographed by Chris Moneymaker

The generous sponsors of Hearts & Helmets include Felcor Lodging Trust, CMT Solutions, National Football Players Women Association, Financial Literacy Project, and Comfort Suites – University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ). To learn more about Pro Player Insiders, visit http://www.proplayerinsiders.com.

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About Pro Player Insiders
Pro Player Insiders, based in Rochester, NY, offers an insiders view into player’s lives and what matters to them, on and off the football field with news, analysis, interviews, coverage of events, games and featured contributions from current and former NFL players and their families. Pro Player Insiders bring fans exclusive access directly to the players and special events. Visit http://www.proplayerinsiders.com for more information.

About Dream Dealers
Dream Dealers provides beautiful dealer top-of-the-line equipment at their full service casino parties, poker tournaments and home games for fund raisers, corporate events, and private parties. Their events have been attended and hosted by prominent celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Barry Bonds, Larry Fitzgerald, Tim Tebow and more. Notable companies which have hired the Dream Dealers include: American Express; Frito Lay; Go Daddy; Waste Management and many others. For additional information visit http://www.dreamdealers.com.

About Every Kid Counts
Every Kid Counts (EKC) is a nonprofit 501(C) public charity allowing youth to participate in programs that give them a great opportunity to learn, be involved, and find solutions to the challenges they are facing in today’s society. EKC was founded on March 24 1994, with the goal of bringing hearts together who are dedicated to improving the lives of our community's youth. For more information visit http://www.everykidcountsusa.org.

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