Celebrity Poker Tournament To Benefit Nevada SPCA

Helping animals who have been dealt a bad hand in life, celebrity poker players will go all out for the Nevada SPCA by going all in at the gambling table during the 5th annual Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament.

Held in conjunction with the Nevada State Poker Championship, the Heartland Poker Tour televised event begins with VIP arrivals, the Peppermill Poker Room ribbon cutting and celebrity/pro live exhibition on day one. The following day a plethora of paparazzi magnets will promenade with pooches and purring pals on the red carpet before participating in the Jennifer Harman CPT Throw Down.

When it comes to finding famous philanthropic faces to participate in the event the Jennifer Harman Poker Throw Down hit the jackpot, with a full house of Hollywood stars, athletes and professional poker players invited to attend, including:

Julie Benz (No Ordinary Family, Dexter, Angel, Roswell)

Billy Burke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood)

Trishelle Cannatela (The Real World Las Vegas)

Carrot Top

Jennifer Elise Cox (The Brady Bunch Movie)

Keir Dillon (host of X-Games)

Ethan Embry (Can’t Hardly Wait)

Omar Gooding (Miami Medical)

Gina Hecht (Seven Pounds, Mork and Mindy)

Paul Johanson (One Tree Hill)

Jason London (Dazed and Confused)

Shanna Moaker

Adrian Paul (Highlander)

Mekhi Phifer (E.R.)

Lou Diamond Phillips (SGU Stargate Universe, Young Guns)

…and many more!

It’s a sure bet that animal lovers will want to bid on items during the Pacific Auction Company’s silent auction and the live auction, which will feature an autographed guitar donated by Sir Elton John and a custom designed 916PokerDepot.com poker table autographed by pros and celebrities.

The event will end with the third annual Poker Throw Down party at Peppermill’s poolside Terrace Lounge featuring live entertainment and a hosted bar.

Entry for the no-limit hold’em Poker Throw Down is only $200 + $30 for individual participants, $200 + $50 for individuals with team benefits, and $2,500 per 10-player team. To register, visit http://www.peppermillreno.com/casino/event.cfm?id=1335

The star-studded Poker Throw Down VIP party is free for Throw Down team participants, $20 for individual charity poker tournament participants, and $30 for guests. All proceeds will benefit the Nevada SPCA.

When: May 20- 21, 2011

Where: Peppermill Resort Casino in Reno, Nevada

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The 2010 Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament was held at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Check out the glitterati who gathered together for a paws cause:

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.