Nevada SPCA

April 21, 2011 19:08 ET

Nevada SPCA, Peppermill Reno and HPT Announce 2011 Jennifer Harman Poker Throw Down

Exciting Weekend of Jam-Packed Events Starts Friday, May 20th to Benefit Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Nevada SPCA) No-Kill Sanctuary and Drum Up Support for Poker Players Alliance (PPA)

RENO, NV--(Marketwire - Apr 21, 2011) - The Peppermill Resort Casino, Reno and The Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Nevada SPCA) are excited to announce Jennifer Harman's fifth annual charity poker tournament sponsored by Konami and IGT. The charity poker tournament benefiting the no-kill sanctuary will feature the exciting Poker Throw Down format. This action-packed individual and ten-player team competition will vie more than 100 poker pros, Hollywood celebrities, athletes, and industry VIPs against each other as they captain dozens of ten-player teams representing casinos, card rooms, leagues, sports clubs, and brands across the country. This highly anticipated event takes place during the Nevada State Poker Championship included in Heartland Poker Tour's (HPT) Season VII tour. The national television programming will air this fall available in over 100 million homes across America on a syndicated network including DIRECTV and Dish Network stations. The event is sponsored by Konami, IGT, FullTilt, and Curtis & Co Watches, ensuring all proceeds go to the charity.

The Poker Throw Down will award the top 10% of the playing field with valuable prizes. The top ten individual players will go on to participate in the HPT televised Nevada State Championship main event. The top three ten-player teams will receive team trophies, gift packs, and individual medals. All participants will compete for hundreds of bounties on poker pros and celebrities, "pot sweeteners," "Last Woman Standing," "Cracked Aces," "Most Re-Buys," and "On the Bubble" prizes.

This exciting weekend of events kicks off on Friday, May 20th at 10PM, when dozens of athletes, Hollywood celebrities, VIPs, poker media, and famous professional poker players will take part in live action inside Peppermill's brand new luxurious three million 19-table poker room. All poker players are welcome.

On Saturday, May 21st, starting at 10AM, Nevada SPCA companion animals will escort celebrity captains and their teams along the red carpet hosted by poker media darlings Melissa Castello and Eddy Sabat. As GreasieWheels official team photography continues, Pacific Auction Company will open its largest ever silent auction at noon. Nevada Representative Lupe Soto will speak on behalf of the PPA and the Nevada SPCA will present. And then, it's "shuffle up and deal" at 1PM. A live auction featuring an autographed guitar donated by legendary singer Sir Elton John and a custom designed poker table autographed by pros and celebrities will start at 3PM. Celebrations continue at 8PM with the third annual Poker Throw Down party at Peppermill's poolside Terrace Lounge featuring live entertainment and a hosted bar.

Entry for the no-limit hold'em Poker Throw Down is only $200 + $30 for individual participants, $200 + $50 for individuals with team benefits, and $2,500 per 10-player team. To register, visit or contact Rita Axel at, (702) 672-9710.

The star-studded Poker Throw Down VIP party is free for Throw Down team participants, $20 for individual charity poker tournament participants, and $30 for guests. All proceeds will benefit the Nevada SPCA.

In-kind donators include Nike,, Peppermill Reno, Curtis & Co. Watches,, Guice Energy Gum, FullTilt, Lord Griffon Jewelry, and Custom Jewelry by Nancy Humphrey. All proceeds from the Poker Throw Down will benefit the Nevada SPCA. The 2011 Poker Throw Down is produced by GreasieWheels, staunch supporters of the PPA.

About the Nevada SPCA
Nevada SPCA (Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) or, Nevada SPCA No-Kill Animal Sanctuary, is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization. Its primary mission is to save and protect animals in need. The Nevada SPCA promotes humane education, makes referrals for low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services to the public, and serves as an advocate by encouraging people to be the best possible guardians for the companion animals in their care. Since its inception in 1982, it proudly maintains a no-kill philosophy, and will save animals that Nevada SPCA can help make healthy and friendly by all reasonable measures. There is no time-limit for all Nevada SPCA animal residents. To adopt an animal, to make a donation, or for more information, please visit the website at, call (702) 873-7722, or e-mail

About Peppermill Resort Casino, Reno
The Reno hotel resort and casino has undergone nine major expansions and recently celebrated the grand opening of its $400 million Tuscan-themed expansion featuring a 17-story hotel tower, spa and salon, three new restaurants, pool, garden and nightclub. Reno's premier hotel casino offers 1,630 rooms with 785 suites, 10 unique restaurants, 16 themed bars and lounges, and over 106,000 square feet of convention space. The Peppermill has always been a solid member of the community and has continuously raised the bar for providing an outstanding resort experience in Northern Nevada; garnering hundreds of accolades from community and industry peers and publications including selection as one of the "Top 10 Casinos in America" by MSN with CitySearch. Peppermill Resort Spa Casino's accomplishments are a true tribute to its leadership and employees. Visit for more information.

About HPT
Founded by Todd Anderson and Greg Lang in 2005, Heartland Poker Tour is built on a grass-roots strategy, "Real People, Unreal Money." Sponsored by, HPT provides poker enthusiasts a televised "Texas No Limit Hold'em" poker tour with affordable buy-ins. HPT is currently filming Season VII and is available in over 100 million US homes each week, in addition to widespread distribution throughout Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean. For more information and a complete schedule of upcoming events, visit

About the PPA
The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is a non-profit membership organization comprised of online and offline poker players. Our membership consists of enthusiasts from around the United States who have joined together to speak with one voice to promote the game and protect the right to play poker in all its forms. The PPA's mission is to establish favorable laws that provide poker players with a secure, safe and regulated place to play. Through education and awareness the PPA will keep this game of skill, one of America's oldest recreational activities, free from egregious government intervention and misguided laws. For more information, or to become a member, visit

About the Poker Throw Down
Debuting 2009 in Reno, Nevada, the Poker Throw Down is a concept developed by Lisa Wheeler, Lupe Soto, and Gina Trampusch. This unique no-limit Texas hold'em poker competition features a ten-player team format, uniting casinos and card rooms across America, yet also allows for individual player participation. Owned and operated by GreasieWheels, the Poker Throw Down is pending trademark with the USPTO, OMB Number 0651-0009 - International Class 041.

Contact Information

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    Lisa Wheeler
    JHCPT Executive Director
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    Julia Jeffers-Peaua
    Peppermill Resort Spa Casino - Reno
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    Doug Duke
    Executive Director
    Nevada SPCA
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    Gina Intrieri-Trampusch
    JHCPT Event Coordinator
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    Jen Mastrud
    HPT Director of Public Relations
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    Joy Miller
    Miller/Brown Productions
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