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REDS COMMUNITY FUND CELEBRITY POKER TOURNAMENT

2017 PRESTIGE AUDIO VISUAL & CREATIVE SERVICES RICK STEINER
CELEBRITY POKER TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY ASHLEE FENCE

Redsfest

Duke Energy Convention Center
3:00 p.m. - Doors Open
4:00 p.m. - Tournament Starts
2017 RCF Celebrity Poker Tournament Winner

See photos from the 2017 Poker Tournament!

Have you ever wished to play Texas Hold 'Em alongside your favorite Cincinnati Reds? If so, the Reds Community Fund has the perfect event for you this year at Redsfest!

The twelfth annual Prestige Audio Visual & Creative Services Rick Steiner Celebrity Poker Tournament presented by Ashlee Fence is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the Grand Ball Room on the third floor at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The doors will open at 3:00 p.m. for registration and side games, and the tournament will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Each table of 10 will feature a current or former Reds player, coach, broadcaster, or other local celebrity. Plus, if you knock a celebrity out of the tournament, you get the autographed jersey off their back!

At the 2016 event, William 'Buck' Rogers of Cincinnati outlasted 611 poker players to win the 11th annual Rick Steiner Celebrity Poker Tournament and the $11,000 first place prize. Reds Alum Tom Browning finished in 27th place.

MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO ENTER THE BALLROOM, 21 YEARS OR OLDER TO PARTICIPATE

Advance registration has closed. A limited number of spots may still be available at the event.

PRICING

Individual Registration Fee

Pre-registration through Wednesday, November 15: $175 per person

Beginning Thursday, November 16: $200 per person

  • $2,000 in chips
  • Food and two drink tickets
  • One-day access pass to Saturday's Redsfest festivities

Full Table Registration Fee: $1,500

  • Nine (9) players plus one Reds celebrity
  • Nine (9) one-day access passes to Saturday's Redsfest festivities
  • Incentive for table captain
  • Group recognition during event (signage/video)
  • For Full Table Registration, please contact Sara Ingram at singram@reds.com or (513)765-7240

Spectator Registration Fee

Pre-registration through Wednesday, November 16: $100 per person

Beginning Thursday, November 16: $125 per person Please note: spectator passes will not be available for purchase the day of event

  • Food and two drink tickets
  • One-day access pass to Saturday's Redsfest festivities

*Tournament registration will be capped at 540 participants

Please note: a Redsfest ticket is needed to gain entry into the Duke Energy Convention Center. Each Poker participant/spectator is responsible for bringing their own complimentary pass to gain entry into the convention center. The Reds Community Fund is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or forgotten passes. Tickets will be mailed out to all participants beginning in November.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Advance registration has closed. A limited number of spots may still be available at the event.

When is the Tournament?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where is the Tournament?

Duke Energy Convention Center, 3rd Floor Grand Ballroom

Please note: a Redsfest ticket is needed to gain entry into the Duke Energy Convention Center. Each Poker participant/spectator is responsible for bringing their own complimentary pass to gain entry into the convention center. The Reds Community Fund is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or forgotten passes. Tickets will be mailed out to all participants beginning in November.

Time?

Registration opens at 3:00 p.m.

Side games begin at 3:00 p.m.

Tournament starts at 4:00 p.m. sharp

How many people can participate?

600 people, including celebrities

How many players at a table?

Ten (10) plus the dealer, including (1) one celebrity

How can I register?

  • a. On reds.com/poker with credit card
  • b. By phone with credit card
  • c. By mail with check or credit card
  • d. At Community Corner at Redsfest on Friday (based upon availability)
  • e. At registration table prior to start of event 3:00-4:00 pm with cash, check, or credit card (based upon availability)

How much does it cost?

Buy-in is $175 (through November 15th) and $200 (beginning November 16th) ($2,000 in chips) and includes food and two drink tickets.

What will I need to check-in?

Government-issued IDs are required at check-in prior to the tournament. Don't forget to bring your complimentary Redsfest ticket with you- it is needed to enter the Convention Center.

What if the event is sold-out?

Once the event is officially sold-out, a wait list will commence. The wait list is open to the first 25 people on a first come, first served basis. Tournament entry fee of $200 is due upfront and will be refunded if wait lister does not make it into the tournament. All wait listers will receive food and two (2) drink tickets.

Are there Re-Buys?

Yes, three (3) at $50 each ($2,000 in chips) in the first 90 minutes. Player can purchase at any time prior to break; must have chips/active in game. Cash or credit are acceptable forms of payment.

Is there an Add-On?

Yes, one (1) at $50 ($5,000 in chips) after break at 90 minutes. Everyone is eligible. Must have chips/active in the game. Cash or credit are acceptable forms of payment.

What is the payout?

50% payout to top 27 players based upon 540 players.

(Celebrity earnings benefit the Reds Community Fund)

How are the celebrities chosen?

Celebrities will be randomly assigned to a poker table the day of the event. For updates on the celebrities that will be attending Redsfest, please visit: www.reds.com/redsfest.

Can I watch and not play?

$100 (through November 15th) and $125 (beginning November 16th) to observe and includes food and two drink tickets. Spectators are not allowed in the playing area during the tournament. Spectator passes will not be available for purchase the day of event.

Please noteautographs and photographs of celebrities are not permitted at this event.

Will I need a ticket to get into the event?

A Redsfest ticket is needed to gain entry into the Duke Energy Convention Center. Each Poker participant/spectator is responsible for bringing their own complimentary pass to gain entry into the convention center. The Reds Community Fund is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or forgotten passes. Tickets will be mailed out to all participants beginning in November.

How do I make sure I am with my friends?

Participants will be randomly placed at a table upon registering. If you would like to be paired up with a friend or family member, please contact Sara Ingram at singram@reds.com.

Are phones allowed in tournament?

All cellular/electronic devices are prohibited to be used inside of the tournament playing area. Any player using a cellular/electronic device while at the table will be required to fold his/her current hand.

What do I need to bring with me?

We will provide all the materials you will need. In order to maintain the safest environment for all participants, we strongly recommend that you leave valuables at home or in your car. All persons and carry-in items are subject to search. Additionally, no firearms or other weapons are permitted at the event, including on the property of Duke Energy Convention Center or parking lots.

Are autographs allowed during event?

Autographs and photographs of celebrities are not permitted at this event.

How long will the tournament last?

Scheduled for five (5) hours. Please note: the tournament will continue until only one person remains.

Will food & beverages be provided?

Players and spectators will receive two (2) drink tickets upon registration. Drink tickets are good for wine, beer and/or mixed drinks. Soft drinks, water and coffee will be available during the event. A buffet dinner will take place approximately 90 minutes into the tournament.

The sale and consumption of all alcoholic beverages is subject to Ohio Law. It is unlawful for person under 21 years of age to purchase, consume, possess or transport alcoholic beverages. The Reds and its concessionaire will implement measures to ensure that alcoholic beverages are not accessible or served to person under 21 years of age or to person who are intoxicated. The Reds reserve the right to limit consumption and/or sale of alcoholic beverages at events.

Will anything else be going on?

Split the Pot (50/50) tickets will be available in the ballroom as well as a Reds raffle.

Will participants receive a reminder?

All registered participants will receive an informational e-mail approximately one week prior to the event that includes an updated timeline, registration specifics and other pertinent details.

Who are the dealers?

Experienced volunteer dealers. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail Sara Ingram at singram@reds.com or (513) 765-7240.

Who is the Charity or who is the beneficiary?

The Reds Community Fund is the official non-profit organization of the Cincinnati Reds. Since its inception in 2001, the Community Fund has been dedicated to improving the lives of youth through its baseball and softball-themed outreach efforts.

Who can I call for game rule questions or blind structure or general questions?

Rules, including the blind structure, will be provided at check-in the night of the tournament or you can call Sara Ingram at (513)765-7240 or e-mail at singram@reds.com.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Sorry, no exceptions. This means once we receive your registration, you are unable to receive a refund if you cannot participate. This No Refunds Policy applies even if the Event is cancelled for any reason. If this occurs, your registration fee will be considered a donation to the Reds Community Fund to be utilized for one of their many outreach initiatives.