Underwater Poker Game Provides Support for Veterans at Silverton Casino

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Veterans receive more than a unique therapy experience in Las Vegas. A friendly game of underwater poker helps veterans suffering from PTSD.

Silverton Casino hosted a poker game inside its aquarium on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, to promote the nonprofit organization Dive Alliance, which supports veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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“We’re proud to offer an opportunity for veterans suffering from anxiety and depression a way to enjoy a calm and relaxing underwater experience.” said Cory Klerk, general manager of Silverton Casino.

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Situated in southwest Las Vegas, Silverton Casino Hotel hosted a special game of poker inside the 117,000 gallon aquarium to promote the nonprofit organization Dive Alliance, which supports veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In honor of Veterans Day, the Las Vegas resort held a special event on Friday, November 6, 2015 in the saltwater aquarium featuring a group of veterans based out of Utah playing a game of underwater poker. The nonprofit group, Dive Alliance offers aquatic therapy to disabled vets which helps with the healing and relaxation of those suffering from PTSD.

“The purpose of the event is to raise awareness for what we do, which is helping disabled veterans,” said Rendon McNeil, course director of Dive Alliance. “All the poker players today are veterans and we work with them doing recreational therapy through scuba diving to help them overcome the issues they have both physically and emotionally.”

With thousands of exotic fish swimming around, the poker players competed in a friendly game of poker, betting with poker chips made of clay so that they wouldn’t float. The dealer was one of the resorts mermaids and provided an unforgettable experience for the veterans.

“We’re proud to offer an opportunity for veterans suffering from anxiety and depression a way to enjoy a calm and relaxing underwater experience.” said Cory Klerk, general manager of Silverton Casino. “We want to show our gratitude for the veterans who served this country.”

The scuba diving therapy program intends to expand to Idaho and Las Vegas in the near future bringing awareness to recreational therapy for disabled veterans across the United States.

About Dive Alliance
Dive Alliance is a non-profit organization serving the needs of disabled veterans. Dive Alliance was started by a group of dive instructors to help give veterans the opportunity to experience scuba diving. We soon found that diving not only gives them experiences but also helps with psychological and physiological issue that they deal with. What started out as a small venture to facilitate healing for vets through scuba diving has transformed into a large scale, soon to be multi-state program that benefits hundreds of veterans, and their families. Together we are changing lives, one dive at a time.

About Silverton Casino Hotel
Silverton Casino Hotel offers 300 deluxe rooms and suites and world-class amenities all located within an upscale, contemporary luxury lodge-themed resort. Silverton Casino Hotel is home to a variety of restaurants and dining options, including the Seasons Buffet, the 24-hour Sundance Grill, Shady Grove Lounge, Twin Creeks Steakhouse, Mi Casa Grill Cantina, WuHu Noodle, Starbucks and Johnny Rockets. In addition to the flagship 165,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Silverton offers 90,000 square feet of gaming with more than 1,600 slot machines and 30 table games, and the Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge. The property features a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with more than 4,000 sharks, stingrays and tropical fish, which was voted “Best Free Attraction” in the Best of Citysearch®. Silverton is located at I-15 and Blue Diamond in Las Vegas. For more information, please call 702-263-7777 or visit http://www.silvertoncasino.com.

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