Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament at Fantasy Springs

by Lou on September 30, 2005

Yesterday Jill Cohen — who writes a weekly poker column under the byline, “The Queen of Hearts,” in the Desert Sun, which is the local newspaper in the Palm Springs area — and I were guests on “Valley Views,” a local TV show hosted by Pattie Daly Caruso (she’s Carson Daly’s mom). We were there to talk about the growth of poker, and to plug Jill’s column and my books.

Dick Van Patten happened to be a guest on the show too, in the segment just before ours. He was plugging a celebrity charity poker tournament at Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino October 21-23.

The event includes an estimated $50,000 no-limit Texas hold’em poker tournament and celebrity celebration banquet, with proceeds from the banquet going for a Christmas party for spouses and children of marines who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and who are based at the nearby 29 Palms Marine Corps Base.

The weekend event includes a celebrity and VIP player cocktail party from 7:00 PM to midnight on Friday October 21, with play beginning at 10:00 AM October 22. The finals begin at 10:00 AM Sunday, October 23, and that’s followed by a celebrity celebration banquet from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

The tournament’s total purse will be based on 200 entries at $250, and the entry fee includes a seat at the banquet, with extra banquet tickets available at $75 per person. To confirm a seat, visit the Fantasy Springs poker room or call the resort box office at 1.800.827.2946. Fantasy Springs is located just north of Interstate 10 at the Golf Center Parkway exit, approximately 22 miles east of Palm Springs.

I’m not sure of the celebrities who will attend, although I recall Dick mentioning that Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Tilly, Dom DeLuise, Vince Van Patten, and Jerry Buss will be there. There are more, but those are all I remember from a relatively short conversation we had as he was leaving the studio and I was getting ready for my segment.

I’m planning to play in this tournament, and I thought I’d blog what I know about it in case any readers are interested in playing too. I just found out about it yesterday and don’t know much more about it than what’s posted above, however, there’s probably more information available at www.fantasypringsresort.com

I’ll post a reminder as the tournament date draws near.

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