2011 Jennifer Harman CPT Throw Down Reno benefiting the Nevada SPCA

February 01, 2011 11:44 ET

Peppermill Reno Hosts Jennifer Harman Throw Down Celebrity Poker Tournament for Nevada SPCA

RENO, NV--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) -  On Saturday, May 21st, Peppermill Resort Casino will host the fifth annual Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament (JHCPT) benefiting the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Nevada SPCA) No-Kill Shelter. The JHCPT Reno is also celebrating its third annual Throw Down -- the most exciting team competition in history. With participation doubling each year, the 2011 JHCPT is expected to reach 1,000 participants.

The JHCPT will take place in conjunction with the Nevada State Poker Championship, and will be included in Heartland Poker Tour's (HPT) fall line-up of televised programming available in over 100 million homes across America. All proceeds will benefit the Nevada SPCA. Past JHCPT contributions have allowed the sanctuary to extend its community outreach program, build awareness around the no-kill movement, and expand its facility with the official unveiling of the "Jennifer Harman Wing" in 2008.

"The best thing about having a pet is experiencing their unconditional love," says Harman. "The Nevada SPCA ensures these once abandoned and abused animals are cared for, adopted, or live humanely in its no-kill shelter for the rest of their lives. Everyone who participates is actually saving a life, and that means so much to me." 

The Throw Down poker competition features a unique ten-player team format, yet also allows for individual player participation. Each team is piloted by a celebrity or pro poker player and the Throw Down points system determines the top three finishing teams.

The poker tournament features both a Throw Down team and individual player award system. The top three teams will receive team trophies, prize packages, medals, and Throw Down packs. The top 100 finishers will each receive valuable prizes. Additional prizes include "bounties" on pros and celebrities, "pot sweeteners," "Last Woman Standing," "Cracked Aces," "Most Re-Buys," and "On the Bubble." 

The no-limit hold'em JHCPT buy-in is $200 + $30 for individuals, and $2,500 per team. To register, visit

The team entry fee includes a poker pro or celebrity appointed team captain, a red carpet walk, official team photos, and ten each; custom branded jerseys, JHCPT entries, commemorative gifts, tickets to the VIP Throw Down party, and complimentary gift bags courtesy the Nevada SPCA and generous product sponsors. Visit our confirmed pro and celebrity team captain page at

Fundraising activities include a Pacific Auction Company silent auction starting at 11AM, the JHCPT at 1PM, and a Throw Down party at 8PM. The Throw Down party features an open bar sponsored by Peppermill Reno inside its elegant Terrace Lounge. Throw Down party entry is $20 for individual participants, $30 general admission, and Throw Down team participants are free. Other activities include a celebrity and team red carpet walk with companion animals, a team procession, and Nevada SPCA's "Kind Minds" presentation. Visit or for more information. The 2011 Poker Throw Down Competition is a GreasieWheels production.

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." 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 and the Caribbean. For more information and a complete schedule of upcoming events, 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.

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