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Hilton to Host Celebrity Charity Tourney

Tracy Byrd, Justin McBride, and Rodney Carrington Among Those to Participate


It is a theme that never gets old: celebrities using their popularity for a needy cause. In the case of the first-annual Celebrity Poker Tournament at the Las Vegas Hilton, celebrities will converge on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to play in an event to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Britt Bockius, Tracy Byrd, Rodney Carrington, Lee Greenwood, Justin McBride, and Trent Willmon are among the celebrities who will participate. The event takes place during National Finals Rodeo week and will kick off at 11 a.m. with a charity auction. The $550 buy-in tournament will commence right after the auction, and it is limited to 150 players. Seats can be reserved by contacting the casino marketing department at the Las Vegas Hilton at (800) 457-3307.

Rebuys and add-ons will be allowed throughout the first hour of play. Players will compete for a prize pool of $50,000 and other prizes. All rebuys, add-ons, and additional proceeds over the guaranteed prize pool will be donated to the T.J. Martell Foundation, an organization that raises funds in support of research for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS.

Corporate event sponsorships are also still available. For more information on purchasing sponsorship packages that include tournament seats, hotel rooms, concert tickets, and other exclusive benefits, e-mail