Online poker giant UltimateBet.com has decided to support and sponsor a charity event for actress Eva Longoria and her husband, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker. The First Annual Tony and Eva Parker Celebrity Casino Night benefiting Eva’s Heros take at Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday August 9th, 2008. Several celebrities and teammates of Tony Parker are confirmed to help make the night a big success.
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UltimateBet today announced the sponsorship of the first annual Tony and Eva Parker Celebrity Casino Night benefiting Eva’s Heroes. Founded by Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, Eva’s Heroes is dedicated to enriching the lives of those with developmental challenges and helping children and young adults with special needs to integrate and flourish in society.
“I’m incredibly excited that the popularity of poker is able to help such an important cause and I’m unbelievably honored to be associated with this charity,” stated UltimateBet pro Phil Hellmuth who is on board to emcee the event.
The celebrity poker tournament gets underway on August 9th at Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch in San Antonio, Texas. The $300 buy-in tournament includes a buffet dinner, $10,000 in chips for the Texas Hold’em tournament and an additional $2,000 in chips for all other casino games. The winner of the poker tournament will leave with a seat in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event in Vegas, donated to Eva’s Heroes by UltimateBet.
To help raise additional money for Eva’s Heroes, UltimateBet has also donated an Aruba Poker Classic prize package to the casino night’s live auction. The prize package includes a seat in this year’s Main Event plus a head-to-head poker game and a lesson with Phil Hellmuth in his personal suite in Aruba. The 2008 Aruba Poker Classic gets underway on September 27th and several celebrities have already confirmed their attendance including actor Don Cheadle and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.
With some of the biggest stars of television and sports slated to attend the charity poker tournament, Access Hollywood, Extra and Entertainment Tonight are expected to cover the event. Already confirmed are Eva Longoria, Tony Parker, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Katie Chonacas, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, Willie Garson, Jennifer Morrison, Adam Rodriguez, Leeann Tweeden and David Zayas.
More information on UltimateBet’s sponsorship is available at http://www.evasheroes.org/casinonight.html.
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