(BUSINESS WIRE) - World Poker Tour:
World Poker Tour and Commerce Casino will roll out the red carpet for the most glamorous stop on the poker circuit-the 8th Annual WPT Invitational. The exclusive, invitation-only event welcomes Hollywood celebrities, industry VIPs and world-class poker players who go head-to head in a freeroll Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament for charity, $200,000 in cash prizes and eternal bragging rights. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Chrysalis, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.
To date, more than 100 celebrities are confirmed, including Eric Dane, Teri Hatcher, Benji Madden, Jesse Metcalfe, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Hank Azaria, Michael Vartan, Ricki Lake, Marlon Wayans, Chris Kattan, Camryn Manheim, Kevin McKidd, Jerry Ferrara, Balthazar Getty, Shannon Elizabeth, Eddie Cibrian, Donnie Wahlberg, Jennifer Tilly, Billy Burke, Ron Livingston, Laura Prepon, Danny Masterson, Chris Masterson, Jordy Masterson, Harry Morton, Willie Garson, Ricardo Chavira, Matthew Lillard, Alessandra Torresani, Ethan Embry, Zachary Quinto, Rick Yune, Melinda Clarke, Ian Gomez and Ben Lyons.
In addition to WPT hosts Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, confirmed poker Professionals include Howard "the Professor" Lederer, Andy Bloch, David "the Dragon" Pham, Antonio "the Magician" Esfandiari, Phil "the Unabomber" Laak, Erik Seidel, Allen Cunningham, Bill Edler, Mark Seif, JC Tran, Linda Johnson and Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
-- 5:30 pm: Media check-in opens. All TV/video crews and photographers must be set up on the red carpet by 6:45pm.
-- 7:00 pm: Red carpet arrivals and VIP cocktail reception begin
-- 8:00pm: Tournament starts. Filming & photography of tournament from floor perimeter; floor access via PR escort only.
The Commerce Casino, 6131 East Telegraph Rd, Los Angeles (323) 721-2100