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 Poker Pro Gavin Smith to Take Part in This Year's I'Maul In Tournament

San Diego, CA (February 3, 2011) - The 2nd Annual I'Maul In No Limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament takes place at the Poker Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Friday night, February 11, 2011. Help support youth rugby by signing up to be a sponsor of this fun event

The first deal is scheduled for 6:00 pm. Seating is limited to the first 150 players. If you are interested in participating in the I'Maul In Tournament, contact Brian Vizard at 619-233-0765 or at bvizard@usrugbyfoundation.com 

The buy-in for the I'Maul In No Limit Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament is $200 per player and includes:

  • A guaranteed $7,500 prize pool for the nine players at the Final Table
  • A special souvenir poker chip commemorating the event 
  • An I'Maul In No Limit Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament t-shirt to the first 100 entrants

It promises to be an eventful evening with several past US National Team players participating. Past Eagles' 15s and 7s star, Chris O'Brien, is the latest to join a growing list of past Eagle players putting it on the felt for charity, including Mose Timoteo, Dan Payne, Mike Saunders, Gary Lambert, Chris Lippert, Fred Paoli, Tim Kluempers, Butch Horwath, Chris PetrakesJohn Jelaco, and Dave Bateman. So too will be Rugby Canada Chairman, Rick Bourne, and his wife, Dana, who finished in the top five last year.

In addition to Smith, who played prop for two seasons with the Guelph Satyrs in Canada, former Las Vegas rugby player Anthony Curtis, creator and CEO of the Las Vegas Advisor, will be playing in his second I'Maul In tournament.

Star of stage, screen and television, as well as a rugby veteran of over 30 years, Billy Campbell, will be playing in his first I'Maul In tournament. And retired Two Star Army General Mike Lyle, father of USA 7s Tournament Director, Dan Lyle, is back for his second run at the title.

Not able to take part but would still like to show your support to the USRF? Then purchase a table sponsorship. There are a limited number of table sponsorships available so act now. Table sponsorships are available for $500.

View an example of a table sponsorship sign.

The best part about the entire evening is that all proceeds raised from the event will further the youth and high school programs offered by the US Rugby Foundation.