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Small Town Poker Tour Starts 2007 Season in La.

Event will Benefit the United Way of Arcadia

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The Small Town Poker Tour (STPT) starts its STPT Pro Am series on Jan. 17 in Lafayette, Louisiana. The proceeds generated from this event will go to the United Way of Arcadia. This is the third year a poker tournament was held to benefit United Way of Acadia.

The cost is $60, with $10 of that going to the service organization. It takes place at the Heymann Center.

The event winner will move on to the STPT World Pro Am Championships that will be held later this year in Las Vegas. The winner will also get a $5,000 Visa gift card and a championship ring. Prizes will be given to the top 10 finishers.

"We are eager to bring this event to Lafayette," said Mark Fracalossi, STPT executive producer. "Poker is a great sport and I can't wait to see the talented players from the south. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible for the local charities plus give the players a great experience."

The Small Town Poker Tour is the world's largest amateur poker tour, with emphasis on raising money for charity. This event kicks off the STPT's 2007 American leg of the Small Town Poker Tour World Pro Am Series. More dates and the dates of the World Pro Am Championship will follow.