Play Poker with Motocross Celebs for Charity Tomorrow

October 9, 2008 · Print This Article

Winner Receives a Seat into the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event

Motocross Rider Jimmy Button

I read on Card Player that The MGM Casino in Las Vegas is hosting the Fourth-Annual Road 2 Recovery Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament tomorrow at 4 p.m., and that it isn’t too late to register to join motorcross and poker celebs in raising money for charity.

Supercross celebrities in attendance will include the likes of Chad Reed, Jason Thomas, and Grant Langston, and poker pros Andy Bloch, Jennifer Harman, Joe Sebok, and 2008 World Series of Poker final table chip leader Dennis Phillips will also be there. The tournament is open to the public and the recommended donation to compete is $300. The tournament will allow $100 rebuys and add-ons will be for the first hour. The winner will receive a 2009 World Series of Poker main event, with second and third place finishers collecting a swanky Curtis & Company watch valued at over $2 000.

The charity that will be benefitting from this poker tournament will be the Injured Riders Fund for Road 2 Recovery, an organization founded partly by Jimmy Button, a Supercross professional who injured his back in an accident and is now finding a way to help others with the same ailments through poker.

In a recent press release Button stated that “The past couple of years have been especially difficult for industry riders,” before going to on to say that since his own recovery, he has dedicated his life to helping professional AMA licensed Motocross and Supercross members sustaining career-ending injuries with financial, motivational, emotional, and spiritual support.

At 26 years old, Jimmy Button was at the top of his career, but in January of 2000 he sustained a devastating spinal cord injury at his second and third vertebrae. Button’s courage eventually won him the race not to ride again, but to walk.

Players can preregister for the tournament online and find more information on the tournament at the Road 2 Recovery Website. The event is sponsored in part by Card Player.

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