Todd Brunson Hosts Bay Area Charity Poker Tournament in March

As the World Poker Tour (WPT) Makes Its Way to the Silicon Valley, Side Action Is Heating Up in California

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 23, 2008) - On March 8, at 2PM, professional poker player Todd Brunson will host a $300 no-limit Texas hold'em charity poker tournament for the Leo Brien Foundation. Proceeds will benefit Camp Okizu, a retreat for children with cancer. Other confirmed participants include WSOP bracelet winners Hoyt Corkins, Cyndy "Peace, Love & Poker" Violette, Mark Seif, and two-time WPT Champion Roy "The Oracle" Winston.

Emceeing the event is celebrity tournament director and TDA founder Matt Savage.

Triumph Sports will host the silent auction. There will also be a live auction featuring poker memorabilia, an NFL jersey autographed by Joe Montana, and limited edition Life's A Bluff original artwork.

When: Saturday, March 8, 2:00PM

Where: CMT Office Building - 590 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (2.4 miles north of Bay 101)

The no-limit Texas hold'em poker tournament is open to the public. (Must be 21 to enter)

Recommended Donation: $300, Rebuys and Add-Ons: $100. Reserve your tournament seat now! All proceeds will benefit Camp Okizu, a retreat for children with cancer.

Review the "who's-who" list of participants. Click here to see Evite.

Get an autographed photo from Todd, along with your sponsored gift at the door. (While supplies last.)

Saturday, March 8 is shaping up to be a jam-packed day of fun. And there are more ways than one to score Karma before heading into the $10,000 WPT main event at Bay 101. At 9AM, Matt Savage will host the second annual Udayakumar Nguyen Charity Golf Match at Coyote Creek Golf Course in San Jose. Proceeds will go to the Cancer Foundation. Following a light lunch at the golf club, Matt and the gang will pack up their irons and head to Santa Clara for the Leo Brien Foundation Charity Poker Tournament hosted by Todd Brunson.

Poker players and fans are invited to participate in both activities on Saturday. Play golf with Matt and his posse that morning, and then compete against Todd and his friends in the $300 no-limit hold'em tournament directed by Matt Savage that afternoon. An opportunity like this doesn't come around often, and Todd and Matt are leaving Las Vegas to visit the Bay Area for a limited engagement. This is your chance to play with the pros the way the pros like to play.

Wrapping up the weekend's events, the Bay 101 is hosting the Shooting Star World Poker Tour $10,000 Championship on Monday, March 10, at 10:30AM. So pack up the clubs, put on your best poker face, and head out to Silicon Valley for all the action.

Leo Brien Foundation sponsors and supporters include Kurt Klein of, Camp Okizu,,, Triumph Sports, Monster, Terpin Communications, Life's A Bluff, Royal Casino Parties, and Savage Tournaments.

The Leo Brien Foundation Charity Poker Tournament Benefiting Camp Okizu is a GreasieWheels production. For more information, contact event organizer Lisa Wheeler at, (702) 327-7250 or William Parry at To schedule interviews with Todd Brunson and Matt Savage contact Lara Miller at, (702) 379-1825.

About the Leo Brien Foundation

Leo Brien was a family man, a successful Maritime Operations executive for the Port of Oakland, and a community servant who lost his battle with cancer in June of 1997. In one of the most selfless acts, Brien donated his own bone marrow to a young mother of three who he had never met. Since his death, a non-profit organization in his name continues his spirit of charity work, including financial support for Camp Okizu. The Leo Brien Foundation is a member of the National Heritage Foundation, and is a public charity exempt from federal taxation under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509 (a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, contributions to the Foundation receive maximum deductibility permitted under federal law. (Tax I.D.#58-2085326). For more information on the Leo Brien Foundation, visit their website at

About Camp Okizu

Okizu is committed to the continuing support of the Oncology and Siblings camping programs. These programs are the result of a collaborative effort of the foundation and the pediatric oncology treatment programs in northern California. The specific purpose of this corporation is to operate a recreational therapy program for children whose families are affected by childhood cancer. For more information on Camp Okizu visit

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Contact Information: Contact: Lisa Wheeler Public Relations Poker Players Social Network (PPSN) 9824 Cross Creek Way Las Vegas, Nevada 89117 Phone: (702) 327-7250 Media Contact: Elina Heng Terpin Communications (310) 821-6100 x108

Host of Leo Brien Foundation Charity Poker Tournament, professional poker player Todd Brunson