In some interesting news to come out, it seems that Annie Duke has teamed up with the NASCAR Foundation to create a charity poker tournament which will fall four days before the Daytona 500. NASCAR is set to kick off its 2012 season, and this charity event will fall just before the start of their biggest event. It is set to start on February 22nd, and will be called the “High Speed Hold’em on the Halifax”. As far as where it will be played, it is set to run at the MG on the Halifax from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. The MG on the Halifax is a luxury waterfront right by the Daytona International Speedway.
The charity event is going to be done for the pediatric unit at the Halifax Health Medical Center, called Speediatrics. It is an invitation only tournament which will feature more than 200 total players, with a buy-in of $500. As far as current names who will be participating, Duke will be the honorary tournament director, Betty Jane France, who is the NASCAR Foundation Chairwoman, and Rusty Wallace, who is the NASCAR Foundation Board Member will all be a part of hosting the event.
In total there are 22 different tables set up, and the plan for the celebrities involved is that there will be one at every single table. A few people who are already locked in for the event are Brad Daugherty, who is a former NBA player, and Dale Jarrett, who is a former NASCAR champion. As far as the award that will be given to the winner of the charity event, they will automatically win a spot into the $1,500 Epic Poker League Pro/Am event. Players can also win their way into the event by registering online at eventsatmgonthehalifax.com.
Speediatrics is a great charity, and this event should raise over $100k just from buy-ins, but there will also be different auctions and ways for people to be a part of the cause. This company was founded back in 1999 and works with more than $2,000 children per year! Don’t forget to go online and register for the chance to be a part of this tournament for a great cause!