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Jennifer Harman to host charity tournament

9 February 2009

RENO, Nevada -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Professional poker player Jennifer Harman will host a Charity Poker Tournament (CPT) and Vendor Faire benefiting the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) starting at noon on Wednesday, March 11, at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR). The Jennifer Harman CPT is sponsored by GSR and Curtis & Co. Watches. All proceeds will benefit the NKF of Northern California and Northern Nevada.

Harman will return to Reno on Tuesday, March 10th, accompanied by professional poker players Marco Traniello, Howard Lederer, Tiffany Michelle, Maria Ho, Linda Johnson, Todd Brunson, Roy Winston, Lee Watkinson, Brad Booth, Andy Bloch, Olympic Snowboard gold medalist Ross Powers, World Champion and X-Games snowboard judge Jeff Brushie, NBA's veteran Chicago Bulls player and assistant coach Mike Brown, and NBA's veteran Sacramento Kings player Doug Lee. Celebrity tournament director and TDA founder Matt Savage will emcee the two-day affair.

"The Grand Sierra Resort has been very supportive," said Harman. "I'm excited to be returning to my hometown Reno in support of the local community and the National Kidney Foundation."

The $200 + $30 no-limit hold'em poker tournament is open to the public and seating is limited. Players may receive unlimited $50 re-buys during the first three 20-minute levels and a one-time add-on for twice the starting chip stack. The winner will receive a $5,000 World Poker Challenge (WPC) Championship entry. Second and third place finishers will each receive $3,000 WPC entries. Curtis & Co. will award valuable sports watches to all three top finishers. Sponsored final table prizes total more than $30,000.

Fundraising activities on Tuesday, March 10th include a Ross Powers Foundation Action Sports and poker memorabilia silent auction starting at 3 p.m., and a "Throw Down" team party that is open to the public at Pearl Nightclub that evening. Fundraising activities on Wednesday, March 11th include the Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) Vendor Faire, a CardPlayer.tv celebrity red carpet walk, a silent auction, and the Jennifer Harman CPT. For more information about the Jennifer Harman Charity Poker Tournament and fundraising activities visit www.greasiewheels.com or contact Abby Vlautin at (916) 922-668 or abby@kidneynca.org. Jennifer Harman CPT "Throw Down" teams should contact Kelli Griggs at kelli@kelligriggs.com. To participate in the LIPS coordinated Vendor Faire contact Lupe Soto at lupe@lipstour.com.

Celebrity accommodations are provided by Grand Sierra Resort. The Jennifer Harman CPT and Vendor Faire is sponsored and supported by Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Curtis & Co. Watches, Silver State Liquor & Wine, LIPS, CardPlayer.tv, Savage Tournaments, Whole Foods, Life's A Bluff, 2-Step Images, Legacy Alliance, CardPlayer Cruises, Cake Designs Las Vegas, FullTilt, WSOP Academy, Burton Snowboards, Nike, PMS Poker Wear, and Hard Core Elegance. The event is a GreasieWheels production.

The Silver State Liquor and Wine link is http://www.ssliquor.com/.

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