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Vince Neil Off The Strip Poker Event In Las Vegas

A Motley Crue Hosts Auction and Poker Tournament for Charity


Vince NeilLas Vegas held its second annual Off the Strip Poker Tournament at the Hard Rock Casino on Nov. 5, as legendaryOff the Strip Live Auction rock star Vince Neil and his Mötley Crüe banded together for charity. Filling The Joint with fellow musicians, erotic dancers, and famous porn stars, Neil had no problem convincing local poker professionals to pitch in. Benefiting from the event were the T.J. Martell and Skylar Neil Foundations; organizations committed to finding a cure for cancer, AIDS, and leukemia.

It all started at 3 p.m. with a cocktail party hosted by Neil and his wife Leah. Meanwhile, x-rated actresses Taylor Wane, Sunny Lane, and Tera Patrick held everyone's attention as they auctioned off sports, music, and entertainment memorabilia. The most popular item was a four-person Playboy Mansion tour package boasting a $10,000 opening bid. To generate even more money for charity, a silent auction with items totaling $200,000 was set up at the entrance. 2006 Off The Strip Poker Tournament
Danny at the 2006 Off The Strip Poker Tournament
By 4 p.m., 126 players had put up $550 apiece to compete in a highly anticipated poker event, including a no-limit Texas hold'em rebuy tournament and several one-table sit-and-gos. To sweeten the pot of the main event, tournament director Matt Savage offered players a one-time add-on at the end of the second round. $50,000 of the total prizepool was divvied up among nine final tableists, with the rest of the money going to charity.

Todd Peterson was this year's winner, taking away $20,000 and an autographed trophy plaque.

Last year the Off The Strip Poker Tournament and auction raised over $150,000. The 2006 early estimates are projected toSilent Auction Items exceed more than twice that amount. To date, Neil has helped raise over $1 million for a cause close to his heart. The Skylar Foundation, established in 1995, honors his daughter who died of cancer as a child. Todd Peterson Wins the 2006 Off The Strip Poker Tournament - photo courtesy of Rob Gracie/IMPDI 2006Additional sponsors included Eagle Warranty Corp., Counts Kustoms Las Vegas choppers, Red Bull, Steve Ruthenbeck, Howard Schlick, Las Vegas Golfer Magazine, and The Small Town Poker Tour.

The ABC Network was there to tape the action and plans to air a special television broadcast sometime in early 2007.

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