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Matt Vasgersian hosts poker benefit

20 July 2007

AN DIEGO, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Texas Hold 'em is coming to San Diego! Poker players of all levels can join Matt Vasgersian, Channel 4 San Diego's voice of the Padres, for a night of Texas Hold 'Em to benefit local charities. Sponsored by Valley View Casino, the 1st Annual Matt Vasgersian Charity Texas Hold 'em Tournament will be held Thursday, August 2, 2007 at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. The first round of play in this no-limits tournament begins at 6 p.m.

Vasgersian, who has hosted NBC's Heads Up Poker Championship and GSN's Celebrity Blackjack and World Series of Blackjack, has enlisted world-renowned tournament director Matt Savage of Savage Tournaments to oversee the evening's festivities. Savage, one of the most sought after poker tournament directors around, has directed the World Series of Poker for the last three years and has appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports Net and the Travel Channel.

Vasgersian's broadcast partner, Channel 4 San Diego's color analyst Mark "Mud" Grant, and Arizona Diamondbacks announcer Mark Grace, who played with the Chicago Cubs and won the 2001 World Series with the Diamondbacks, will also ante up in support of the two San Diego-area charities – Tender Loving Canines, Assistance Dogs and Family Health Centers of San Diego.

The public can register for the tournament at The entry fee is $200 per player (with a one-time $100 optional re-buy fee the day of the event). A $50 guest fee for non-tournament participants is payable at the door. Entry fees include hosted food and beverage, gifts for all tournament participants, and an opportunity to bid on unique items such as sports memorabilia during live and silent auctions.

The final table of the tournament will vie for a trip to Las Vegas that includes airfare, hotel accommodations, and a $1,000 buy-in at the Bellagio Hotel.

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