The Poker Players Alliance is sponsoring the Derby Poker Championship, hosted by poker pros Phil Hellmuth, Robert Williamson III and former Louisville men’s basketball coach Denny Crum.
The event, with the slogan “Go All-in for The Kids and The Climate,” will benefit Blessings in a Backpack and the HC Foundation.
The Derby Poker Championship is an annual no-limit Texas Hold’em tournament held the week of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky., with 51 percent of the prize pool going to local and international charities charities.
This year the tournament will be April 29 at the Palace Theatre in downtown Louisville. Cocktails, appetizers and event registration begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the start of the tournament at 7:30. Late entries will be accepted for one hour after the first deal.
The Derby Poker Championship has a $550 buy-in and a max field of 220 players. Rebuys and add-ons cost $200.
Anyone wanting to attend the event but not fork over the buy-in can buy general admission tickets for $25 or VIP tickets for $150.
The winner of the event gets a $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event seat plus $2,000 for expenses. Other celebrities expected to attend include Jennifer Tilly, actress Heather Graham and pro golfer Corey Pavin.