The Derby Poker Tourney Was a Star-studded Evening
Kicking Off the Kentucky Derby Weekend
This was the official website for the Derby Poker Tourney held at the Louisville Palace. The tourney, kicking off the beginning of the festive Kentucky Derby weekend was a star-studded evening combining high-stakes poker and celebrity hobnobbing all in the name of charity.
Content is from the site's 2010 - 2011 archived pages as well as from other sources.
Take a nostalgic trip back....
KEEP THE PARTY GOING
with the Official Jim Beam Derby Poker After Party!
@ Improv @ 4th Street Live! Hang with the poker pros and celebs! If you have a wristband from Derby Poker, you will get into the party for free!
-DON'T MISS YOUR SHOT-
At a $10,000 buy-in to the World Series of Poker!
Go All-in for The Kids & The Climate
A Celebrity Texas Hold’em Tournament benefitting:
Blessings in a Backpack
Health and Climate Foundation
If you have ever wanted to rub shoulders with the stars or play cards with the world’s best poker players…NOW is your chance!
Join us at the historic Palace Theatre (located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky) for an evening of cocktails, appetizers and POKER! All in the name of charity! In addition to cash prizes for the top finishers, 1st place will also receive a $10,000 buy-in (Plus $2,000 for travel) to the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas...courtesy of Ultimatebet.com.
Phil Hellmuth, Denny Crum & Robert Williamson III’s Derby Poker Championship is an annual Texas Hold’em poker tournament held the week of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky that benefits local and international charities. The beneficiary charities for this year’s event are Blessing in a Backpack and the Health & Climate Foundation.
This is THE event you won’t want to miss! It is the perfect way to kick-off your weekend of parties, racing and the traditional Kentucky Derby festivities!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
6:30 pm – Cocktails, Appetizers and Event Registration
7:30 pm – Shuffle-Up & Deal
The Palace Theatre – Downtown Louisville, Kentucky
This was the second year the Louisville Palace will be transformed into the hottest poker room to kick off the weekend of Derby festivities. And it was just as much fun this year as last year. You had to be there to really appreciate the experience. Phil Hellmuth was my hero back then and is still my hero in 2019. In 2018, Hellmuth won his 15th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event, earning $485,082. Amazing. The guy is just an extraordinary player. In 2011 when he emceed the celebrity Texas Hold ‘em Tournament during Derby Week I actually got a selfie with him. Lots of good memories of 2011. Jump to 2019 I have been out of the poker tournament scene for a time now while following a program to learn how to moderate drinking. My excessive drinking started to really effect my poker playing and life in general. Friends finally intervened and coninced me to try a new program being promoted at an online site called LifeBac which I can now admit I certainly needed to do. I hated all those abstinence free programs like AA and refused to take the med, disulfiram which makes you sicker than a dog if you even take a sip of an alcoholic beverage. The LifeBac program uses both pharmacotherapy and pKsychotherapy, but the medication that is used is baclofen. Baclofen doesn’t affect the taste of alcohol or the pleasure of drinking. It simply removes the addictive components that lead to overindulgence and allows a person to drink in moderation. . That’s right, this treatment doesn’t require abstinence although many people do stop all drinking. I have fianally reached the proper dosage of baclofen and with the help of their psychotherapy am actually getting my drinking under control. My goal is to be back playing some serious poker within another six months. Bummer about Hellmuth's tough exit from the WSOP Main Event this year. But I am looking forward to the Kentucky Derby Festival Texas Hold'em Tournament in 2020. Hope it's still at the Belle of Cincinnati, docked at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. It's going to another great tournament for sure.
Kick Derby off in-Style! The Derby Poker Championship Celebrity Gala is one of the hottest parties of the weekend and you can be part of it! Whether you are coming to play poker with the celebrities and pros, or mix and mingle on the dancefloor, this is THE event you won’t want to miss.
Plus...a portion of every party ticket and tournament buy-in directly benefits Blessings in a Backpack and Susan G. Komen for the Cure/Louisville.
*15% discount for groups of 8 or more.
Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
Phil Hellmuth, Jr. is the greatest player to ever play the game, winning an unprecedented 13 world championships at the World Series of Poker, including his latest wins in July 2012 and October 2012, when he won the coveted WSOP Europe title in Cannes, France. Hellmuth holds the record for both most cash finishes at the WSOP (95) and most WSOP final tables (49) and his 'live' tournament winnings exceed $17,400,000. Hellmuth has always been more than generous in his philanthropic endeavors and is a co-founder of the Derby Poker Championship.
Denny Crum is a living legend in Louisville, Kentucky and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Serving as the head basketball coach for the University of Louisville from 1971 t0 2001, Crum continues to use his stardom for philanthropic endeavors and to better the causes that are important to him.
Robert Williamson III (Poker Pro)
Robert Williamson III is known for his stellar play at Omaha Hi-Lo earning him the nickname “Mr. Omaha”. From commentating televised poker tournaments to playing charitable events world-wide, Williamson has taken the world by storm with his fun-loving spirit and eccentric personality, making him a poker favorite. Williamson III is a WSOP bracelet winner, with tournament winnings exceeding $1.8 million.
Celebrities & Pros
Thank you for your interest in this year’s Oaks Eve Celebrity Derby Poker Championship presented by Jim Beam and Bluff Magazine! We are excited about another great event to benefit Kentucky Harvest: Blessings in a Backpack!
Below is a list of some of the celebrities who will be playing in or attending this year’s event. There will be more who show up so be sure to get your tickets today!
The Derby Poker Championship is a must-attend event that kicks-off the weekend of Derby festivities. In addition to a great party, you will mingle with celebrities and poker professionals who are all in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby.
As we confirm celebrities and professional poker players, we will add them to this page so be sure to check back often!
The following celebrities and poker pro’s played in or attended the 2011 Derby Poker Championship.
Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.
Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since its inception in 1982. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 121 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.
Susan G. Komen Foundation - Louisville
2301 Hurstbourne Village Drive, Suite 700
Louisville, Kentucky 40299
Go All-in for the Kids!
Hunger doesn’t take weekends off.
The 2013 Derby Poker event will benefit Blessings in a Backpack, a program dedicated to feeding underprivileged children on the weekends throughout the school year.The nationwide organization currently provides food to almost 51,000 children at 360 U.S. public schools in 36 states who qualify for the free or reduced meal program and who may not have enough food on the weekends. Following a donation, a school is chosen and a local grocer partners with the program to provide food for the backpacks. Every Friday, students receive their backpacks with staples that require little to no preparation and they return their backpacks on Monday ready to learn.
Today, 12.4 million American children - one in six - are food insecure and one in five kids under the age of five have unmet nutritional needs. Without proper nutrition, it makes it difficult for the kids to learn, pay attention and behave properly. The intention of Blessings in a Backpack is to make a difference in their lives by providing the support they need.
It costs $80 to feed one child for an entire school year under the program. With your support of the Derby Poker Championship and Party, we feel we can make significant strides in helping out even more kids.
Blessings in a Backpack
4121 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
The Derby Poker Championship strives to raise support and awareness for our dedicated charities. In efforts to achieve these goals, we will build a special package for your company that will cater to your budget and show your support of these important causes.
For more information on how to get involved with the 2010 Derby Poker Championship Contact
Event Tickets and Tournament Buy-ins: 1-800-872-4366 Ext. 103 or
Group Sales, Client Hospitality, Sponsorship's Donations, Group Sales and Media Inquiries: G. Douglas Dreisbach 502.777.3711 firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessings in a Backpack: 1-800-872-4366 Ext. 103 or BlessingsinaBackpack.org
Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Louisville: 502-495-7824 or KomenLouisville.org
We want to thank all of our sponsors and partners that make this event possible. Please show them your support by using their services.
Twinspires.com & Bluff Magazine
Southern Gaming and Destinations
The Olmsted at The Masonic Homes
Bisig Impact Group
The Louisville Poker Tour
Ernie’s Print Shop
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