Professional Poker Player and WSOP 2006 winner Jamie Gold, celebrated the official grand opening of the Jamie Gold Poker Room at the new Tropicana in Las Vegas over the weekend, and Athlebrities was honored to be part of the celebration.
After interviewing Gold in September of last year about his philanthropy, there was little doubt that the weekend festivities would attract a slew of ‘good’ people, and it did…friends and celebrities in attendance to support Gold (AKA ‘The Poker Philanthropist), included UFC fighter Randy Couture, actress IIena Oliver, Soprano’s star Robert Iler, Ricki Lake (above), Boys II Men’s Nathan Morris, Twilight actor Billy Burke, actor Joe Reitman, professional snowboarder Adam Reynolds and many others. Continue reading
Hockey Players Play Poker?
I try to keep up with what our babes on the ice are doing, but sometimes they fall by the wayside. Remember, this is the girl who asked Mario Lemieux (Penguins owner) who he wanted to win the Stanley Cup last year. Mind you, the game was in progress-a Penguins-Red Wings Final. Thank god he had a sense of humor and was impressed by my knowledge of his charity work rather than his stats.
In any case, I’m getting better at keeping up with hockey. The NHL Awards are going down in Las Vegas June 18. During a press conference this week, League officials, Palms Hotel peeps George, Gavin, and Joe Maloof, and others announced that the 2009 NHL Awards are to be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel, apparently a first.
But the bigger announcement-for me- is that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the League will be staging a celebrity/pro athlete charity poker tournament June 17. “For years there has been a charitable component to the Awards program,” said Bettman, “I am pleased to announce today that the NHL will team with Pokerstars.net and the NHL Players’ Association to present [the poker tournament] in connection with the 2009 NHL Awards.”
The “NHL Charity Shootout Presented by Pokerstars.net” event, will include NHL studs, NHL alumni and celebrity guests. The format will be-of course-No Limit Texas Hold’em. Hotties will be raising money for the Ronald McDonald House in Las Vegas and the NHL Players Association’s “Goals and Dreams” charity.
I suggest going to Vegas for this event…you can buy tickets for the 2009 Awards in Las Vegas at ticketmaster.com/nhlawards or at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office inside the Palms Hotel. NOTE: Tickets will give fans “unprecedented access, including a seat alongside the NHL stars, celebrities and other NHL VIPs.” Plus, the same ticket will get you into the NHL official after-party at the Rain nightclub. See ya in Vegas kids…clothing optional.
As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com