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Charity Poker Event Takes Place at Playboy Mansion

Sponsored by Card Player, the Urban Health Institute Will Benefit From Poker Tourney


Doctors, bunnies, and celebrities will get together at Hugh Hefner's mansion in April to play poker for a charity that responds to disasters.

The Second Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament and Casino Night will take place at the Playboy Mansion April 28. More than $50,000 in prizes will be won. The winner of the tournament receives a seat into the World Series of Poker's main event.

The event is cosponsored by Card Player Magazine.

The entry fee for poker players is $1,500 and they can register online at

People who don't want to play can donate $500 to the Urban Health Institute (UHI), to play a variety of casino games that will be set up at the Playboy Mansion. The UHI is an organization that provides direct care, medicine, and medical equipment to places hit by man-made or natural disasters, and is the main beneficiary of the evening's event.

Last year's event, which was won by Don Cheadle, attracted actors Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth, Oliver Hudson, Mekhi Phifer, and poker pros Gavin Smith, Amir Vahedi, David Williams and Cyndy Violette, just to name a few.

That event helped support a medical mission to remote Nigerian villages, as well as ongoing local health clinics and fairs.

For more information about the Celebrity Poker Tournament, or to be a sponsor for the 2007 tournament please contact Yvette McNally at 323-791-9791.