In the midst of all the political upheaval of the 2008 National Democratic Convention in Denver, the Poker Player Alliance will be hosting Poker at the Ballpark, a charity poker tournament. Proceeds will help benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America. With the event taking place during the political excitement, you can be sure that many politicians will have poker on the brain since the tournament takes place right in their area at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rookies. Playing begins at 10:00pm on Tuesday, August 26.
Buy-ins begin at $500, but you can also buy-in half a table for $3,500 or a whole table for $7,500. The buy-ins for half a table and whole table include more than just the seat; recognition on all event collateral material and signage, spectator seats (which are $250 each), and access to the VIP reception beforehand and general reception are included.
Right now, confirmed guests include the likes of Andy Bloch, Barry Greenstein, and Ben Affleck. With such a good cause up at the plate, poker-playing politicians are sure to not miss the opportunity to get a fun and noteworthy fund-raiser under their belt.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded in 1946 and is the only Congressionally chartered veterans organization that specifically serves veterans with spinal cord injury or dysfunction. By being a leading advocate in several fields, they strive to improve the quality of life for the members. The PVA focuses on research and education for spinal injuries and dysfunctions, quality health care, veteran benefits, civil rights, and any opportunities that can maximize the independence of their members.
The grand prize winner of this tournament will also be nicely rewarded for their skill and generosity. A seat to the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event is up for grabs for anyone who can outlast the competition.
This is a great strategic move by the Poker Player Alliance, a non-profit organization that promotes poker and protection of poker players’ rights. Not only are they proving that poker players care about the people who serve our country and that poker can be an incredible way to raise funds for those who need it, but they are also involving the politicians that may get a say in future poker policies.