Raising the Stakes Celebrity Poker Night and Tournament
June 28th 2014 – Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
This will be the first year that we have a summer tournament and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue than the Planet Hollywood Casino. The event this year will also feature cash games for people who get knocked out of the tourney a little earlier than planned. You can still stay, play and be part of the action for the evening.
Raising the Stakes, like our winter event All in for CP, will bring together celebrities, poker pros, high rollers and everyday Joes to bring awareness and raise funds for a very important cause. Cerebral Palsy is a disease that affects body movement, muscle control, coordination and tone. It impacts reflex, posture, balance and sometimes fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning. Over 700,000 adults and Children in the United States currently have CP. Two to three children out of every thousand born will be diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. There is no cure for this disease. It impacts the lives of those with the disease, but also the lives of family members and friends of those diagnosed. The goal of the fundraising from our tournaments is to help ease, as much as possible, the lives of those who suffer from Cerebral Palsy.
Please mark the date on your calendar and make plans to join us this summer as we keep Raising the Stakes for CP.
6th Annual Tournament Details
- Location: Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino Poker Room
- Date: Saturday June 28th, 2014
- Time: 5pm
- No Limit Texas Hold-em Poker tournament with $300 + 30 entry fee & $100 re-buys for 90 minutes.
- Final table will receive over $25,000 in cash and prizes!
- Competitive Cash Payout
- On-site raffles of rare and collectible memorabilia
- Silent Auction
- We will be giving away $25,000 in cash and prizes!
Donate to the Tournament
We encourage our supporters to contribute to the All-In for CP and the Raising the Stakes Tournament either through donated items for our raffles or by donating directly to the One Step Closer Foundation via the PayPal link above!
The tournament helps raise funds that are distributed to an array of foundations that directly impact the research and individuals that are affected by Cerebal Palsy. Take a look at our Foundation Contributions page to see how we helped people over the years!
The All-in for CP celebrity charity poker tournament is our primary source of fundraising. This event has been overwhelmingly successful and is getting bigger with each year. To date this event has helped us raise over $550,000! Helping us get one step closer to our ultimate goal where cerebral Palsy is a thing of the past. A history of our event:
In 2008, we had our first tournament in LA at Hollywood Park and we raised over $44,000. We had a total of 44 players, including Montel Williams, Shannon Elizabeth, Sam Simon (Co-creator of the Simpson’s), Barry Greenstein, and Freddy Deeb.
Our second tournament was Saturday, December 12, 2009 in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock (one day before the Doyle Bronson’s Five Diamond Poker Classic) and we raised over $80,000. Our attendance more than doubled with a total of 97 players including Jennifer Tilly (who hosted the event), Mekhi Phifer, Sam Simon, Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Freddy Deeb, Eli Elezra, Darvin Moon, Scotty Nguyen, Barry Greenstein and many more.
In 2010, we were at the Venetian hotel & Casino and played host to 150 people such as Jennifer Tilly, Mekhi Phifer, Sean Astin ( Lord of the Ringes/Rudy), Cheryl Hines (“ABC’s Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jerry Buss, Frank Mariani (Lakers), Montel Williams etc. We raised $150,000 at this tournament alone!
In 2011, we returned to the Venetian hotel & Casino and hosted 175 people. Celebrities included Sam Simon (Co-creator of the Simpson’s), Donnie and Jimmy Wahlberg, Sam Simon (Co-creator of the Simpson’s), Jennifer Tilly, Mekhi Phifer, Sean Astin ( Lord of the Ringes/Rudy), Cheryl Hines (“ABC’s Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jerry Buss, Frank Mariani (Lakers), Montel Williams, Omar Gooding (Play Makers), Glenn Morshower (“24”), Alicia Webb (WWE), Omar Miller (“8 Mile”), Dennis McCoy (X-games), Stacy Fusion (Playboy), Glenn Cadrez (Denver Broncos), Alison Waite (Playboy Playmate) and Melvin Fowler (NFL). We raised our largest amount yet at $290,000!
In 2012 we had another great turn out with celebrities such as Montel Williams, Sam Simon, Jose Canseco and many others played along side some of the best poker players in the world. We raised over $53,000 to go towards those suffering with Cerebral Palsy.
2013 was our first year at the Planet Hollywood Casino. They were wonderful hosts to our event. Our final table featured Jennifer Tilly, Montel Williams, Cheryl Hines, Jose Canseco, Brian Spoljarick, Karina Jett and our winner Steve Gross.
Public Relations Contact
For any public relations inquiries, please contact Keith Houk at (281) 685-8358 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are a few clips from the event in previous years:
All In for CP has been fortunate enough to have support from the following list of celebrities in years past, many of whom plan to attend this years event as well.
1. Sam Simon (Co-Creator of the Simpson’s)
2. Jennifer Tilly
3. Mekhi Phifer
4. Shannon Elizabeth
5. Miguel Nunez Jr. (Meet Dave)
6. Montel Williams
7. Alicia Webb (WWE)
8. Omar Miller (8 Mile)
9. Dennis McCoy (X-games)
10. Scotty Nguyen
11. Barry Greenstein
12. Darvin Moon
13. Todd and Pam Brunson
14. Antonio Esfandiari
15. Dan Fleyshman (Who’s your daddy energy drink)
16. Dennis Phillips
17. Andy Block
18. David ‘Chino’ Rheem
19. Jamie Gold
20. Eli Elezra
21. Freddy Deeb
22. Phil Laak
23. Lance Funston (CEO Tel-America)