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Proceeds from Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4 to Benefit The Mario Lemieux Foundation

PITTSBURGH – Jan. 2, 2014 – Rivers Casino will host The Mario Lemieux Foundation Charity Poker Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. Players will be treated to an appearance by Mario Lemieux, who will be in the Rivers’ poker room to help kick-off the charity tournament.

Players can still register for the highly-anticipated tournament. The entrance fee is $200, $50 of which goes directly to the Foundation. Prior to taking their first hand, players will receive 5000 chips for each additional $25 Charity Buy. Registration is available in-person at the Rivers poker room.

“We’re looking forward to a competitive night of poker benefiting a great cause,” said Jim Tinney, Rivers’ poker room manager.

Rivers Casino has a long history of support for The Mario Lemieux Foundation. The two organizations teamed up in 2010 to help launch table games in Pittsburgh, and designated the nonprofit the sole benefactor of Rivers’ table test event. The Foundation took home nearly $30,000 in contributions from Rivers as a result.

Created in 1993, the Mario Lemieux Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for cancer and neonatal research, as well as Austin’s Playroom Project, an initiative that creates sibling playrooms in medical facilities.

For more information about The Mario Lemieux Foundation Charity Poker Tournament and other poker events, please visit or call the Poker Room at 412-566-4606.

Opened in 2009, Rivers Casino has been named “Best Overall Gaming Resort” in Pennsylvania by Casino Player magazine, “Best Overall Casino” in Pennsylvania by Strictly Slots magazine and “Best Casino” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The casino features nearly 3,000 slots, more than 100 table games, nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a riverside amphitheater, a multipurpose event space, live music performances, free parking, and multiple promotions and giveaways daily. Already, more than $346 million in jackpots have been awarded to players at Rivers Casino. For more information, visit

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mario Lemieux will not be available for interviews, but representatives from the Foundation will be available for comment.

Emily Watts
For Rivers Casino
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