PokerStars and NHL Team Up for Charity Poker TournamentMonday, June 8th, 2009 by t2admin
Next week the National Hockey League will be holding their awards celebration in Las Vegas. Because the league will be in Vegas they will be hosting a special charity poker tournament with the help of online poker room giant PokerStars. The charity poker tournament will feature top NHL players as well as top poker pros competing to raise money for a good cause.
The NHL Charity Shootout will begin on Wednesday June 17th and will be presented by PokerStars. Poker pros and NHL players will sit side by side to duke it out to raise money for each participants favorite charity. The tournament will also feature online players who qualified during satellites from PokerStars.
The event will also be recorded so hockey and poker fans can watch the tournament and see how their favorite player fairs against the other competitors. The tournament will air on television for a total of four hours on ESPN Classic and ESPN2 in the United States. TSN will air the footage in Canada and NHL Network will air the footage in North America.
The tournament will be played in a shootout format where players will begin with a round of No Limit Texas Hold’em. Each table of competitors will get down to one player and then the players left will move on to compete each other for prizes that add up to over $150,000 for charity.
Each NHL player that participates in the tournament will be given $2,000 to give to the charity of their choice and proceeds will also go toward the Ronald McDonald House of Las Vegas and the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund.
It will be interesting to see which Poker pros and hockey pros will be competing in the tournament and how they will play against each other in the competition.