Bicycle Casino To Host WPT Legends Of Poker Beginning Saturday In 2009: Bell Gardens

Bicycle Casino to Host WPT Legends of Poker Beginning Saturday in

BELL GARDENS, Calif., Aug.
21 /PRNewswire/ — August is always an exciting month at The Bicycle Casino, and this year has been even more thrilling as the Southern California landmark celebrates its 25th anniversary with the Legends of Poker tournament series in its new Event Center. And on August 22, the Bike will welcome hundreds of the world’s best poker players to its newly remodeled setting for the highly anticipated World Poker Tour $10,000 Legends of Poker No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. The poker tournament series began on July 28 with the Employees NLHE event and followed up the next day with the official Event Center Grand Opening and Celebrity-Media Invitational Poker Tournament, which was attended by 60+ celebrities, pros and media professionals like JK Simmons, Camryn Manheim, Jamie Gold, Willie Garson, Mike Lansford and local TV news anchor Phillip Palmer. Ultimately, poker pro Annie Duke won the tournament, and $2,000 was donated to her charity, Ante Up For Africa.
As Legends of Poker continued through the month of August, poker players from around the world began to arrive for the numerous preliminary events, as well as to attend the Mariani/Buss No-Limit Hold’em Charity Poker Tournament on August 20 to benefit the Lakers Youth Foundation. Laker team owners, Frank Mariani and Jerry Buss were both in attendance with their families, and the event presented a good time for all. The tournament was an endurance test finishing at 11AM the next day, with Xuan Nguyen walking away the winner of $27,460.00, with $10,700 going to Lakers Youth Foundation.

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