SOURCE: GreasieWheels Productions, LLC

GreasieWheels Productions, LLC

June 09, 2009 16:41 ET

Professional Poker Player Dennis Phillips Returns to World Series of Poker

Original Final Nine Chip Leader Expands Philanthropic Work During 2009 WSOP

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - It's said that charity begins at the poker table and professional poker player Dennis Phillips will prove just that while participating in this year's World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. While Phillips' pledge to the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Pujols Family Foundation remains strong, he'll continue his philanthropic efforts by donating a percentage of his WSOP winnings to Prevent Cancer Foundation's "Bad Beat on Cancer."

On Thursday, Phillips took time away from the series to participate in the inaugural "Shuffle Up For Poker Gives" charity tournament hosted by Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, and Jan Fisher at the Golden Nugget. On Friday, Phillips sponsored dinner for ten distinguished poker media, including Poker After Dark producer Mori Escandani, at the second annual Women in Poker Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony produced by LIPS and GreasieWheels Productions. His generous donations will benefit the Intrepid Heroes Fund, Paralyzed Veterans, and Special Olympics.

Following the WSOP, Phillips will return to St. Louis, Missouri to host the All-Star Celebrity Bash charity event on July 13th following the 2009 Home Run Derby for celebrities, entertainers, and athletes. This is an invitation-only event at Chef Hubert Keller's SLeeK. To learn how you may be a part of this event through sponsorship and/or online charity auction donations, go to www.allstarcelebritybash.com.

About Dennis Phillips

The 2008 WSOP "Original" Final Nine Chip leader, heading into the final table before a scheduled 117-day hiatus, ultimately finished third. Now a member of Team PokerStars Pro, Phillips has fast become a new ambassador to the poker community. The media has described him as one of the most respected 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) players. The fun and energy that Dennis and his 300+ family and friends brought to the 2008 WSOP Main Event helped increase ESPN's 2008 WSOP ratings by 46%, beating many NHL and NBA programs. Through his "regular guy" persona, Phillips continues to earn the respect of professional and amateur poker players and is a poker media favorite. Phillips' blogs can be found at www.thechipleader.com. Follow "Dennis_Phillips" on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dennis_phillips.

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