Mario Lemieux Charity Poker Tournament
Lemieux Foundation partners with Rivers Casino on 2011 Charity Poker Tournament
James Brian Patterson of Coraopolis, Pa., was named the winner of the first-ever Mario Lemieux Foundation Charity Poker Tournament, held on Saturday, September 17, at Rivers Casino. Patterson took home $17,604 for the grand prize. Subsequent cash prizes were given out to the top 15 winners in the Tournament. The Tournament generated $22,300 for the Mario Lemieux Foundation. More than 160 people participated in the tournament's main event.
"I want to thank the entire Rivers Casino team for including us in this exciting day of poker play," said Nancy Angus, Executive Director of the Mario Lemieux Foundation. "The casino team and patrons continue to show great enthusiasm and support for the Foundation."
A limited-quantity $5 gaming chip to commemorate The Foundation's tournament was also introduced during the event. The chip features Lemieux's famed "66" icon.
In addition to the funding generated from poker play, Rivers also donated a portion of the commemorative chips sales, increasing the casino's contribution to the Mario Lemieux Foundation by $5,000.
Rivers Casino, named "Best Overall Gaming Resort" in Pennsylvania by Casino Player magazine and "Best Overall Casino" in Pennsylvania by Strictly Slots magazine,opened in August 2009.The casino features nearly 3,000 slots, more than 100 table games, nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a riverside amphitheater, live music performances, free parking and multiple promotions and giveaways daily. Rivers Casino is one of 10 operating casinos in Pennsylvania andemploys approximately 1,400 people.Already, more than $124 million in jackpots have been awarded to players at Rivers Casino. For more information, visit www.theriverscasino.com.