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Second Annual Rivalry Hold 'Em Poker Challenge is March 1 at San Manuel Casino

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The second annual Rivalry Hold’em Poker Challenge will take place next Thursday, Mar. 1 at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino (7 p.m.-Midnight).

The joint effort with the cross-town rival Los Angeles Kings will raise funds for both the Anaheim Ducks and Kings Care Foundations. Ducks fans can register online ( for $35 to play alongside Ducks alumni, broadcasters and other personalities, with the opportunity to win a portion of $10,000 in cash prizes. The Ducks return to defend their title as Anaheim fan Robert Milakovic took the top prize in last year’s tournament. 

Click here for more information and to register online

Ducks alumni appearing in the tournament include Guy Hebert, Sean Pronger, Jeff Friesen, JF Jomphe and Jason Marshall. In addition, Ducks broadcasters John Ahlers and Brian Hayward will ante-up for the tournament. Other Ducks personalities include television host Kent French, reporter and host Jenny Cavnar as well as Ducks blogger Adam Brady. The $35 buy-in for all Ducks fans includes a commemorative deck of playing cards, which will be distributed at registration, as well as free entry into the after party at the casino’s nightclub, The Pines (10 p.m. – 1 a.m.). Participating fans are encouraged to come to the tournament outfitted in Ducks colors and gear. Along with $10,000 in cash prizes, five runners-up will receive an autographed Anaheim Ducks or Los Angeles Kings jersey.

“Coming off such a successful rivalry tournament last year, there was no question of hosting again,” said Steve Lengel, Executive Director of Operations for San Manuel. “Fans helped to raise over $23,000, and we expect another night of great charitable giving with these two organizations.”

Online registration for the second annual Rivalry Hold’em Poker Challenge will take place until Tuesday, Feb. 28 (11 p.m.) at Walk-up registration will take place at San Manuel beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday (based on availability until the tournament begins in the Yuhaviatam room). Please note that all participants must be at least 21 years of age. The tournament’s website ( also includes information on hotel room specials courtesy of the Hampton Inn & Suites.

The tournament is part of the long-standing partnership between San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino and the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks and San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino entered into a five-year partnership agreement in 2009, which includes exclusive naming rights for the Premium Club Level (‘San Manuel Premium Level’), signage throughout Honda Center, sponsor of Ducks Casino Night and San Manuel Cup Holders in all seats in the arena.

For media inquiries, please contact the Anaheim Ducks communications office or Sarah Hahne with San Manuel at

About San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino

San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino is Southern California’s one-stop destination for entertainment and fun. Owned and operated by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the casino has been providing fun and excitement since 1986, where 2011 marked the casino’s 25th anniversary. Located just 67 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and a short drive from LA-Ontario International Airport, guests enjoy 3,000 of the latest slots, live poker and Vegas-style blackjack, high-limit gaming, high-stakes bingo, incredible entertainment, sumptuous dining and generous player’s reward program. Since being established, players have received over $2 billion in cash, prizes and giveaways, making any visit to San Manuel an exciting and memorable experience. For more information on San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, please visit or call 800-359-2464. 
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