Peppermill Reno Presents HPT Nationally Televised Poker Throw Down Hosted by Poker Pro Jennifer Harman Benefiting Nevada SPCA

November 11, 2011

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Peppermill Reno Presents HPT Nationally Televised Poker Throw Down Hosted by Poker Pro Jennifer Harman Benefiting Nevada SPCA

Reno, NV (PRWEB) April 24, 2011

The Peppermill Resort Casino, Reno presents the 2011 Poker Throw Down hosted by poker pro Jennifer Harman benefiting the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Nevada SPCA) sponsored by Konami and IGT. The charity poker tournament benefiting the no-kill sanctuary will feature an action-packed individual and ten-player team competition, vying 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, Lord Griffon Jewelry, and Curtis & Co Watches, ensuring all proceeds go to the charity.

Confirmed poker pros, celebrities, athletes, and industry VIPs include Jennifer Harman, Daniel Negreanu, Howard Lederer, Andy Bloch, Marco Traniello, “Kevmath,” Kirk Morrison, 2008 JHCPT Champion Seth Dupree, Lou Diamond Phillips, “AlCantHang,” Annie Duke, Jonathan Duhamel, “No Ordinary Family” Julie Benz, “The Micros” Tatjana “Tattytats” Pasalic, Olympic Snowboarders Mason Aguirre, Nate Holland, Ross Powers and Louie Vito, David “The Maven” Chicotsky, Jerry Yang, Actor/Stuntman Erik Aude, Eric “E-WeE” Mizrachi, Robert Mizrachi, ESPN’s Lon McEachern and Norman Chad, “Empire Records” Ethan Embry, “Entourage” Dante Basco, “Knight Rider” Yancey Arias, Todd Brunson, Alex Outhred, Robert Williamson III, “The Pacific” Ashton Holmes, “Coach” Bill Fagerbakke, “The Highlander” Adrian Paul, “ER” Mikhi Phifer, “Seven Pounds” Gina Hecht, Scotty Nugyen, MMA’s Jason Chambers and Martin Kampmann, HGTV Kahi Lee, Actor Michael Cory Davis, Actor/Producer Tom Malloy, “X-Games” Keir Dillon, Christina Lindley, “The Backup Plan” Jennifer Elise Cox, World Champion Snowboarder Jeff Brushie, “Carrot Top,” Linda Johnson, Frank Kassela, NBA Cedric Cballos, Kristy Gazes, Antonio Esfandiari, Shanna Moakler, Brad Booth, NEWS 3 Alicia Jacobs, Jeff Madsen, Allen Kessler, Men “The Master” Nguyen, Mario Ho, Lauren Kling, Actor/Producer Joe Reitman, Mark Gregorich, Joe Sebok, James Van Alstyne, Actress Dori Rosenthal, Darvin Moon, WPT Hostess Amanda Leatherman, Kathy Liebert, KTTV FOX 11 Weather Anchor Mark Thompson, Bryan Devonshire, Jan Fisher, Lee Markholt, “No-Limit” Susan Genard, Chip Jett, Dennis Phillips, “Saved By The Bell” Dennis Haskins, Prahlad Friedman, Cyndy Violette, Actress Samantha Ryan, Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon, Adam Levy, Tiffany Michelle, Tom Marchese, Trishelle Cannatella, Greg “FBT” Mueller, Gary “Debo” DeBernardi, Joanne “JJ” Liu, Marsha Waggoner, FTP Academy Producer Lizzy Harrison, “The Showdown” Jon Friedberg, Anjela Brunson, Karina Jett, Rapper Bishop Lamont, “Jason’s Lyrics” Bokeem Woodbine, “Twilight Saga” Billy Burke, Actor Damon Whitaker, “Miami Medical “Omar Gooding, “One Tree Hill” Paul Johanson,  Victor Ramdin, NFL Shaun King, Scott Fischman, Joe “The Pro” Torres, “Dazed and Confused” Jason London, “Back to the Future” Marc McClure” KOLO Meteorologist Chris Larson, Actress Anna Alvim, HPT’s Chris Hanson, Fred Bevill and Jaymz Larson, and Dave Hollywood” Stann.

This exciting weekend of events kicks off on Friday, May 20th at 10PM, when dozens of the above named celebrities will take part in live-action play inside Peppermill’s brand new luxurious three million 19-table poker room. All poker players and fans 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 maritamarie(at)gmail(dot)com, (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, Grrrinders, Guice Energy Gum, 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 nevadaspca(at)aol(dot)com. 

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.


Lisa Wheeler

JHCPT Executive Director


Julia Jeffers-Peaua

Communications Peppermill Resort Spa Casino – Reno


Doug Duke

Executive Director Nevada SPCA


Gina Intrieri-Trampusch

JHCPT Event Coordinator


Jen Mastrud

HPT Director of Public Relations


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