Monday, September 28, 2009

Commerce Casino Presents Annie Duke Celebrity Poker Tournament Benefiting DEF

Professional poker players, fans, and Hollywood celebrities to participate in Decision Education Foundation fundraiser. Prizes sponsored by Sports Legends Challenge, WSOP Academy, Rockwell Time, and more.

Los Angeles, CA September 25, 2009 -- On the heels of one of the most successful US poker tournaments hosted by Commerce Casino executive John Griffo and celebrity tournament director Matt Savage, Commerce Casino presents the Annie Duke Celebrity Poker Night (CPN) benefiting The Decision Education Foundation (DEF), sponsored by Sports Legends Challenge, WSOP Academy, and presented by Rockwell Time. The event will take place on Thursday, November 19th, at 8 PM during Commerce’s L.A. Poker Open.

This event is a rare opportunity for fans to play "home style" poker with pros and celebrities, including Anthrax musician Scott Ian, Broadway actor Andrew Hill Newman, American Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, film and stage actor Joshua Malina, “NUMB3RS” Kathy Najimy, “Celebrity Apprentice” star and model Brande Roderick, “Dancing With the Stars” model/actress Shannon Elizabeth, film/TV actor and director Joe Reitman, professional poker players Annie Duke, Dan Harrington, Rafe Furst, Howard “The Professor” Lederer, John “Johnny World” Hennigan, Adam “Roothlus” Levy, Joe Sebok, hockey pro-gone-poker-pro Greg “FTB” Mueller, MIT blackjack legend Andy Bloch, Dave “Hollywood” Stann, WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack, game show personality Ali Nejad, and author Michael Craig. The evening will include cocktails and silent and live auctions.

The Annie Duke DEF CPT is open to the public. Tickets are $330. Tournament re-entries and a one-time add-on are available each for $100. All proceeds benefit DEF.

More than $30,000 in prizes and giveaways will be awarded throughout the poker tournament. Sponsors will also provide more than 300 giveaways. First place prize is a 2010 Sports Legends Challenge entry. Rockwell Time will present watches to each of the top three finishers.

The red carpet walk begins at 7PM and will provide fans with photo opportunities. Later, participants will mingle, play, and celebrate in a relaxed environment. Each participant will receive a generous gift bag.

For more information visit Seats are limited. Pre-register by visiting the Commerce Casino poker room. The Annie Duke Celebrity DEF Poker Tournament is a GreasieWheels production. For those unable to attend this event but wish to make a donation, visit

The Commerce Casino Presents the Annie Duke Celebrity Poker Night is sponsored and supported by Sports Legends Challenge 2010, Rockwell Time, World Series of Poker Academy, Yvel, Savage Tournaments, Life's A Bluff, 2-Step Images, ZizZazz, Monster Cable, Ollie Pop, Who's Your Daddy, Ultimate Bet, The Autograph Guys. Links to sponsors are located here.

About DEF

DEF is dedicated to improving the lives of young people by empowering them with effective decision skills. To this end, DEF works with schools and youth-based organizations to develop classroom-ready materials and to train teachers, administrators, and mentors interested in making decision education a part of their programs. For more information visit or contact

About Commerce Casino

Commerce Casino is the largest poker casino in the world with more than 200 poker tables featuring Texas Hold ‘em, 7-Card Stud, Omaha, Lowball, Pot Limit, Mexican Poker, Pineapple, Draw, Low-Ball, as well as Pan and California games. Commerce Casino is also recognized for its innovative “Bring Your Home Game to Commerce” program which enables poker fans to invite their friends and family for a casual home game, bachelor party, or birthday celebration in a casino setting with a professional dealer. Commerce Casino is located at 6131 East Telegraph Rd., Commerce, CA 90040, just off the Santa Ana (5) Freeway at the Washington Blvd. exit. For more information, go to or call (323) 721-2100.

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