To kick off the greatly anticipated North American Poker Tour , several big-name pros and celebrities will show up to the Venetian on Friday at 5 p.m. to play in the NAPT’s charity poker event, a $500 rebuy tournament that will raise money for Three Squares.Three Squares is a Las Vegas charity that provides food to more than 270 not-for-profit and faith-based organizations around the great Southern Nevada area with its goal being to “end hunger.”“We are pleased to be a part of such a prestigious event,” said Julia A. Murray, the president and CEO of Three Square. “Hunger is a large and growing issue in our valley. It is with the help of dedicated organizations like PokerStars.net and the support of charity-minded celebrities that we can make significant advances in our battle against hunger in Southern Nevada.”A number of professional poker players have committed to the event, among them Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, Joe Cada, and Vanessa Rousso.Along with the big-name pros will be a slew of celebrities, including Tony Hawk, Christian Slater, Brad Garett, Jason Alexander, Joanna Krupa, Orel Hershiser, Montel Williams, Donnie Wahlberg, Marlon Wayans, A.J. Buckle, and Ryan Hunter Reay.The musician Saul Hudson, better known as Slash, will also play in the event and is doing his part to donate to cause, as the event organizers will give away a Gibson guitar that he autographed.While it may be a charity tournament, poker players will definitely have something worth playing for. The winner of the event will get a full prize package to the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure , while the runner-up and third-place finisher will recent a prize package to NAPT Mohegan Sun and an entry into Saturday’s NAPT Venetian main event, respectively.Festivities will kick off Friday at 4:15 p.m. for photos, while cards will be in the air at 5 p.m. By 8 p.m. there will be a red carpet and interview opportunities just outside the Venetian poker room for an after party at Tao, where Grammy-winner T-Pain will be performing.Join PokerStars today for your chance to win an entry into a future NAPT event.
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