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Vincent Lecavalier Celebrity Poker Classic Set for September 10 at Derby Lane

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The game is on once again as more than 40 sports and entertainment celebrities are set to go “all in” for charity at the Vincent Lecavalier Celebrity Poker Classic on September 10 at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg.  It’s one of the hottest events of the year, and it’s all for a great cause.

Lecavalier, his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates and pros Annie Duke and Joe Sebok will be joined by a host of local and national celebrities for the Texas Hold’Em tournament, which benefits the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at All Children’s Hospital. Since its debut in 2006, the Vincent Lecavalier Celebrity Poker Classic has raised more than $350,000 for the center.

Participants will compete for a $100,000 total prize pool as well as progressive celebrity bounties, so it pays to knock out the stars.  Don’t sweat the cards, though, as there are unlimited $100 re-buys during the first hour of play to guarantee you get to enjoy the action. Celebrities will play for a $20,000 Last Celebrity Standing payday to be donated to their favorite charity. 

Tournament spots are going fast as individual buy-ins start at only $550 and all entries include a boot camp clinic with 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jerry Yang.  

A $750 buy-in earns you a seat for a once-in-a-lifetime boot camp clinic with Duke and Sebok, and the clinic with Yang. Sponsorship packages including the poker seminars with Duke and Yang, as well as a private lunch with Duke, are also available.

To register, call 727.781.8183 or visit

VIP All Access guest passes, spectator passes and individual passes for the poker clinics can also be purchased. Additional celebrity announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

The evening, presented by DEX Imaging, gets started at 5 p.m. with a Private VIP/Players Draw Party in The Derby Club, followed by the Wild Card Party in the Derby Lane Poker Room featuring entertainment, a silent auction, a raffle, gaming, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for all guests at 6 p.m. The tournament gets underway at 7 p.m., with an awards ceremony to follow.

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