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Caesars Hosts NASCAR Jeff Gordon Foundation Poker Classic

Poker Professionals, NASCAR Drivers and Celebrities Play Poker for Charity

Jeff Gordon will start his trip to Las Vegas this weekend by competing in his charity poker tournament at Caesars Palace, then switchgears for this Sunday's NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

On Wednesday, March 8, 2006, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion will host the Jeff Gordon Foundation Poker Classic at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The No-Limit Hold 'Em event will feature poker professionals and NASCAR celebrities competing against other enthusiasts, with the proceeds benefiting several charities.

Here are some of the celebrities who will attend:

NASCAR stars:
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Tony Stewart
  • Robby Gordon
  • Chris Moneymaker
  • Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
  • Scotty Nguyen
  • Robert Williamson III
  • Steve Dannamann

ESPN personality:

  • Kenny Mayne

WWE personality:

  • Eric Bischoff

NFL Star:

  • George Rogers


  • Eddie Mekka
  • Jason Hervey

And professional bull-riders:

  • J.W. Hart
  • Matt Bohon

The Jeff Gordon Foundation and Harrah's have teamed together to help families in need. Fans can support the Jeff Gordon Foundation by calling the Caesars Palace Poker Room at 702-785-6566.

Michael Matts, Caesars poker room manager, will emcee the event. His sparkling personality and diplomatic nature is the perfect suit for the celebrity poker program, which he'll conduct in a "shoot-out" tournament format. The winner from each table will advance to the final table.

The buy-in is $1,000 and each player will have the opportunity to face some of their favorite stars, with a chance to win the purse and a seat in the 2006 World Series of Poker, worth $10,000. Spectators are encouraged to come out to witness the affair and cheer on their favorite poker player.

Red carpet arrivals will begin at 10 a.m. PST on March 8th at Caesars Poker Room.

The cards will be in the air by 11:30 a.m. PST.