SOURCE: National Kidney Foundation

National Kidney Foundation

March 05, 2009 12:32 ET

Grand Sierra Resort Hosts Masters Forum Poker Academy Benefiting National Kidney Foundation

Mini-Poker Academy Features Professional Poker Players Andy Bloch, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, Layne Flack, and Marsha Waggoner

RENO, NV--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - The Grand Sierra Resort has announced its first Masters Forum Poker Academy, adding yet another element to the two-day schedule of fundraising activities in conjunction with the Jennifer Harman Charity Poker Tournament (CPT) benefiting the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). The Masters Forum will take place on Tuesday, March 10th, in the Grand Sierra Resort Crystal Ballroom #5 at 3 PM. The cost of the 90-minute mini-academy is $110 online and $125 at the door. For more information visit

The impressive lineup of highly respected talent includes speakers Andy Bloch, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, Layne Flack, and Marsha Waggoner. These proven champions will impart their wisdom and share poker playing tips on subjects such as, stages of tournament play, the value of changing tables, overcoming "bad beats," short-stack play, keeping the chip lead, heads-up play, and more.

"More than 300 players from neighboring casinos are expected to play in the Jennifer Harman Charity Poker Tournament the next day," stated Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) founder Lupe Soto. "We expect a record turnout, and The Masters Forum provides a perfect opportunity for everyone to mingle with pros and pick up pointers."

On Wednesday, March 11, The Jennifer Harman CPT will take place at noon. Notable players include Masters Forum speakers and professional poker players Marco Traniello, Andy Bloch, Howard Lederer, Tiffany Michelle, Jeff Madsen, Hoyt Corkins, Lacey Jones, Maria Ho, Todd Brunson, Roy Winston, and Lee Watkinson. Also confirmed are ESPN commentator Lon McEachern, baseball legends Vida Blue and Tito Fuentes, World Champion snowboarder and X-Games judge Jeff Brushie, NBA's veteran Chicago Bulls player and assistant coach Michael Brown, and NBA's veteran Sacramento Kings player Doug Lee.

Proceeds from all activities, including the Masters Forum, will benefit the National Kidney Foundation. For more information on the two-day fundraiser, including The Masters Forum, Jennifer Harman's CPT, Pearl Nightclub's Throw Down Party, GSR's Vendor Faire, and the Silent Auction visit

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