SOURCE: National Kidney Foundation

The Jennifer Harman US Poker Throw Down at Peppermill Reno benefits the National Kidney Foundation

April 27, 2010 16:21 ET

Peppermill Reno Hosts Jennifer Harman US Throw Down Poker Championship Benefiting the National Kidney Foundation

RENO, NV--(Marketwire - April 27, 2010) -  On Saturday, May 8th, the newly renovated Peppermill Resort Casino, along with professional poker player and two-time kidney recipient Jennifer Harman, will host the second annual Throw Down Poker Championship benefiting the National Kidney Foundation, sponsored by IGT. The no-limit hold'em event will take place in conjunction with Peppermill's Nevada State Poker Championship directed by Mike Gainey. Supporting casinos include Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Grand Sierra Resort. The 2010 Throw Down poker competition includes a unique team format that unites casinos and card rooms across the Southwest, yet also allows for individual player participation.

Confirmed professional poker players and team captains include US Throw Down host Jennifer Harman, Howard Lederer, Andy Bloch, Marco Traniello, Antonio Esfandiari, Hoyt Corkins, David "The Maven" Chicotsky, Gavin Smith, Cyndy Violette, 2010 WPT World Champion David Williams, Mark "P0kerH0" Kroon, Mark Gregorich, Paul Wasicka, Gary "Debo" DeBernardi,'s "Under The Gun" host Jon Friedberg, Jeff Madsen, Pam Brunson, Marsha Waggoner, Karina Jett, Kristy Gazes, Susie Isaacs, Layne "Back to Back" Flack, Bryan Devonshire, Esther Rossi, David Plastik, Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler, Annie LePage, and Lee Watkinson. Celebrity captains include "The Sopranos" Robert Iler, "Saved By The Bell" Dennis Haskins, VH1 Host Craig "CJ" Jackson, US Olympian Ross Powers, Lacey Jones, two-time Olympian Nate Holland, Sam "Mindset Guru" Chauhan, "Amazing Race" Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho, "Real World" Trishelle Cannatella, "The Backup Plan" Jennifer Elise Cox, and World Champion snowboard icon Jeff Brushie.

Two types of prize packages will be awarded. All tournament participants will be competing for individual prizes. The grand prize awarded to the overall individual winner of the Jennifer Harman CPT is a 2010 $10,000 seat to the world's most prestigious poker tournament main event happening this summer in Las Vegas. The top ten individual finishers will receive entries to the Nevada State Championship Main Event hosted by Peppermill on May 9th, along with exciting sponsored prizes courtesy of Curtis & Co., Atlantis, IGT, "The MavenVT," "," Horizons Carnival Cruises, The Peppermill, Spa Toscana, Life's A Bluff, Quad Queens, Scentsy, and more. Twelfth through twentieth place finishers will receive $100 gift certificates and enhanced swag bags. "Last Woman Standing," "Cracked Aces," and pro/celebrity bounty prizes are sponsored by Sentsy, FullTilt, and the Peppermill.

Representative ten-player teams will compete for the top three team prize packages, including a team trophy, individual team-member medals, special promotions, team prize packages, and national branding opportunities. The cost for each ten-player team is $2,500. The team entry package includes custom branded commemorative jackets for each team member, ten tournament entries, ten complimentary tickets to the exclusive VIP party hosted by Peppermill's Resort Terrace Lounge on the evening of May 7th, a team walk along the red carpet on May 8th, official team photos, and complimentary gift bags courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation. Teams will earn points based on each team member's finish. Savage Tournaments will tally the points to determine the top three teams. Each team player will also qualify for individual prizes. Visit for tournament details, updated celebrity roster, and prizes.

Individual entry to the Jennifer Harman US Poker Throw Down is $230 and includes entry to the tournament and a chance to compete for individual prizes.

More than 300 participants and 40 poker pros and celebrities are confirmed and seats are selling fast. Participating casinos across the Southwest include Capitol Casino, Lakeside Inn, Bay 101, Commerce Casino, Palace Reno, John Ascuaga's Nugget, Phoenix Hotel Casino, Casino Marysville, Montbleu Lake Tahoe, supporting properties Atlantis and Grand Sierra, and host property Peppermill Resort Casino. Check with your local casino or card room about qualifying satellites starting as low as $30.

For registration and more information on the 2010 US Throw Down Competition visit For team registration contact Gina Trampusch at Participants may take advantage of Peppermill discounted room rates using group code EM1NKF1. For more information about the National Kidney Foundation visit The 2010 US Throw Down Competition is a GreasieWheels production.

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