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Monday, March 24, 2014

Toytle.org Pokerthon (Benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital)

TeamPPU members, Brian Lindsay and Rick Blumenthal will be teaming up with Toytle.org to help raise funds and awareness for Phoenix Children's Hospital.  On Friday 4/18 and Saturday 4/19, they will be hosting a pokerthon. What is a pokerthon?  A pokerthon uses the rules of a walkathon, but instead of walking miles, they will be using the blind levels during a poker tournament to raise money. After we win or bust out of our respective events, we will announce the blind level reached and then our sponsors will make their donations (i.e. you sponsor Rick for $1 per blind level and he busts level 5, you make a $5 donation).  Both Brian and Rick are looking for sponsors to either pledge per blind level they reach or make a one time donation.  We ask that all sponsors make their own donations to PCH via their website or by mailing a check.  Anyone who wants to play along with us, or wants to be a sponsor should contact us through Twitter @TeamPPU.  We will provide you forms, or sign you up as a sponsor.  You just tell us which player you want to sponsor.  

Confirmed list of players:
Brian Lindsay
Rudy Schultz
Jacob Roybal
Frank Valgenti
Rick Blumenthal

For the complete rules of the pokerthon, please go here!

To make an online donation, please go to PCH's website.
Please include "pokerthon" somewhere in your online donation/check so we can track everything.

 About Phoenix Children's Hospital

Phoenix Children's Hospital has provided hope, healing, and the best healthcare for children since it was born in 1983, and has grown to become one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country.
With a Medical Staff of nearly 1,000 pediatric specialists, Phoenix Children’s provides inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care across more than 70 pediatric subspecialties, the most comprehensive pediatric care available in the state. The Hospital’s six Centers of Excellence have grown in size and expertise to place them on par with some of the most prestigious of their kind in the US:

To meet the needs of our growing community, Phoenix Children's continues to expand, adding new physicians, staff, programs and facilities. Specialty and urgent care centers in high growth areas of the Valley and across the state serve the needs of patients and families in their own neighborhoods.
Today, the most visible evidence of growth is a new 11-story tower on the Hospital’s main campus, which offers a comprehensive, family-centered hospital that allows our doctors and nurses to deliver expert care and healing to our community’s youngest patients.

At each location, in each doctor, nurse, technician, staff member and volunteer, you’ll see the difference in a Hospital that’s 100% for children.

Monday, March 10, 2014

April 19th is officially Poker Day, USA!

POKER DAY USA is here. 
April 19 has been designated as Official Poker Day USA

There are 60 million poker players. Poker has been an integral part of the American history for centuries. As a group, we donate more to charities than any other group. And yet, neither the poker players nor the game of poker has been officially recognized and celebrated by having a National Poker Day. Until now.

Poker Day USA has been established and will be celebrated on April 19.

Sponsored by Blue Shark Optics and co-sponsored by a growing list of companies and organizations such as Poker GivesPoker Players UniteUS Women's Poker AcademyPPC Poker TourShark Tank Poker ClubOnTilt RadioAnteUp MagazineAbove EV Radio Show and Pocket Fives Poker Tour.

If you support this initiative, use the social media and spread the word. Let your poker room know that April 19 is our day and convince them to acknowledge it as such. And if your company would like to be a co-sponsor and be listed on the website, let us know. There is no cost!

Follow and support Poker Day USA on Twitter
Poker Day USA website

There are several apparel items for sale with the Poker Day USA theme and they are available hereAt least 50% of profits will go to various charities at the end of the year. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce- Charity Poker Tournament

The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce will host the Tri-Lakes Chamber Charity Poker Classic March 8, 2014 to benefit the chamber and the Homeless Foundation.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Sundance Mountain Lodge in Mounment, Colo. The event is free to play, and players are encouraged to make a charitable donation. The tournament is a winner-take-all format, and will feature celebrity players and a silent auction.

On Tilt Radio will live broadcast the event.

Special room rates are available for players at the Sundance Mountain Lodge.

More details will be released soon!

Poker Gives- 3rd Annual Cupids for Charity

Please Save the Date!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Binion's Gambling Hall – Las Vegas, NV

Buy-in: $70 for 4,000 in chips
Re-buys: $20 for 4,000 in chips
Add-on: $20 for 4,000 chips (after level 4)
20 minute levels

50% of buy-ins, re-buys, and add-ons will go to Poker Gives /
50% to prize pool

This is a tag-team event but you can play with or without a partner. If you have a partner, you and your partner will play the same stack. You can tag your partner at anytime, just not when involved in a hand, however we encourage switching at the level change.

Special gift valued at $50 for each player!!

First place will win a 2 night/3 day stay at
Golden Nugget along with Gordie Brown tickets!

Oh yea, did we mention cash?

Prizes will also be awarded from the following businesses/people:

Blue Shark Optics
High Heels Poker Tour
Linda Johnson
Origin India
PMS Pokerwear
Quad Queens
Spinettis Gaming Supplies
Special Olympics Nevada
Susie Isaacs
WAX Hair Removal Bar
Zach Elwood

Scheduled to appear
 Jan Fisher
Susie Isaacs
Kenna James
Linda Johnson
Tom McEvoy

All money raised will support these charities:

More details to follow next week!

Donate to Poker Gives
Make a donation today!

Every dollar counts! Did you know that $10 donated to Special Olympics Nevada will sponsor an athlete for one practice session, $25 sponsors an athlete’s medals/awards for a sports season, $50 sponsors an athlete’s equipment for a sports season, and $100 sponsors an athlete to train for one full sports season? You can make an online donation here: http://www.pokergives.org/donate.html.


50 TX HOLDEM PLAYERS NEEDED FOR TOURNAMENT!!!!  Please pass along to other poker players.  Hope to see you on the felt!

Please join us on Saturday, Feb 8th at 11am for a charity TX Holdem fundraising tournament for Brian Gorin.  We'll also have a taco bar, poker run and raffle and it's BYOB.  Please see the above flyer for details.

Brian has a wonderful opportunity to attend an educational travel program with his classmates to Costa Rica and needs help to make this trip happen.  Please come out and help make this a successful fundraiser!  I've included a YouTube link, at the bottom of this email, to a World Strides video that describes this fun, challenging and educational trip.

We need 50 players to attend to reach our goal. Help spread the word and share with your poker friends!  Please come out and support Brian and have a great time!  If you're unable to attend the tournament but would like to make a contribution (no amount is too small!!), you can do it online!

Customer Account Number: 102388750
Participant's Last Name: Gorin
Submit your gift amount

If you have any questions and/or to register for the tournament, we can be contacted at  poker4acause.org@gmail.com

Registration at the door begins at 11am and cards in the air at noon. Thank you very much for your support!  Late registration for 1 hour after tournament start.

Here's the link to the video: