Dick Van Patten Celebrity Poker Tournament, October 21-23

by Lou on October 17, 2005

Dick Van Patten is hosting a celebrity poker tournament at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino this weekend, October 21-23. I posted about this a week or two ago, but want to give it another mention since the tournament is right around the corner.

This weekend’s event features a $50,000 no-limit Texas hold’em poker tournament and celebrity celebration banquet, with proceeds from the banquet benefiting the families of the nearby 29 Palms Marine Corps base. Fantasy Springs will host a special Christmas party for the spouses and kids of Marines from the base who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, with Van Patten as the honorary Santa Claus.

The Dick Van Patten Celebrity Poker Tournament kicks off with a VIP player cocktail party from 7:00 PM to midnight on Friday October 21 in the Fantasy Lounge. Play begins at 10:00 AM October 22 and the finals begin at 10:00 AM Sunday, October 23. The tournament will be followed by a celebrity celebration banquet from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.The tournament’s total purse is based on 200 entries at $250, and the entry fee includes a seat at the banquet. Extra banquet tickets are 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 Dick mentioned that Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Tilly, Dom DeLuise, Vince Van Patten, and Jerry Buss will be there. There are more too, but those are all I recall from a brief conversation we had at a local radio station.

I’m planning to play in this tournament, and if you decide to play too, please come by and say hello. I’m always interested in meeting blog-readers in person. Additional information is available at www.fantasypringsresort.com.

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