By Scott Long
Poker is an every-player-for-himself kind of game, so it’s a rare treat when a player can win a trip and can bring a guest. But that’s exactly what 10 skillful players will be able to do when they make the final table of this month’s Deep Stack Charity Classic.
“In addition to our signature features, such as Rolex watches for the tournament champion and the first royal flush and an opportunity to win a $40,000 car, we really upped the ante,” Scott Frank, creator of the tournament, said about the May 20 event at Daytona Beach (Fla.) Kennel Club. “The prize pool will exceed $60,000 in value, and most important, the entire final table and their guests will win all-inclusive trips to Las Vegas’ premier five-diamond poker tournament.”
That five-diamond event is again the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza in Las Vegas, which has blossomed into a can’t-miss series in Nevada, just as the Deep Stack Charity Classic has blossomed into one of the most value-packed charity tournaments in the country.
For the $175 advance buy-in, players are treated to a catered brunch and dinner and have a chance to win $10,000 worth of raffle prizes and $5,000 worth of door prizes (all provided by sponsors and not taken from the prize pool). With a field of more than 600 last year, a substantial cash prize pool can be counted on in addition to the sponsored-added prizes.
“Our goal this year, as it is every year, is to make the Deep Stack Charity Classic the very best and most enjoyable tournament in the entire state,” Frank said. “It is challenging, but we are constantly striving to provide an even greater experience for poker players. The challenge of making the tournament even better each year is what really excites us. And, I believe this year’s tournament will be truly phenomenal.”
The tournament will feature a roster of poker celebrities, headlined by former world champion Chris Moneymaker and Annie Duke. Also playing will be World Series of Poker TV funnyman Norman Chad and Poker After Dark host Ali Nejad.
“We are very fortunate to have so many poker stars and legends joining us this year,” Frank said. “Everyone will have the opportunity to meet, chat with and, perhaps, even play with a poker icon.”
Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as the past two events have sold out well in advance. Players can register by calling (386) 872-8787.