Temecula, CA (April 30 - May 1, 2007) -- Athletes, actors, and other celebrities will join together in a celebrity poker tournament to compete against one another for the ability to take home the title of celebrity poker champion with a few little twists. Returning Champion and former NFL ProBowler, Seth Joyner will be back to defend his title against an outstanding celebrity field.

Former NFL Pro Bowler, Seth Joyner, will be back to defend his title at the 2007 Pechanga Celebrity Poker Challenge.

At the Pechanga Resort and Casino’s Celebrity Poker Challenge, three groups of five celebrity players play a game of no limit Texas hold’em poker for a $50,000 purse.

One not so subtle difference is each of the celebrities is competing for their own winnings rather than just for charity. While they ultimately have the option to donate their winnings to their own personal charity they are; in fact, playing for real prize money. It’s real poker and the true test of nerves. With $20,000 on the line for first prize the tension is clearly apparent to all.

Though celebrity poker has gained popularity in recent years, the Pechanga Celebrity Poker Challenge was not like the typical celebrity poker challenge. Much like the game of poker, there was an element of chance to get to the final table. The winners of each table automatically received a seat at the final table, which left three seats up for grabs. To gain a seat at the final table, the second and third place celebrities at each table played in a competitive game of RoShamBo, more commonly known as rock, paper, scissors.

Sports celebrities confirmed for the 2007 Celebrity Poker Challenge include tennis champion Ivan Lendl, NFL Super Bowl champion Mark Rypien, NHL stars Grant Fuhr and Jeremey Roenick, MLB Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers and Gary Carter, and returning champion 3-time NFL Pro-bowler Seth Joyner.

Joining these legends of sport , several fabulous entertainers will be on hand including soap opera veteran Jack Wagner and Alfonso Ribeiro, more commonly known as "Carlton" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

See how it all plays out and who wins the Pechanga Celebrity Poker Challenge purse in the four-part television series beginning on Saturday, June 2nd at 5 p.m. on Fox Sports Net West and Sunday, June 17 @ 10:30 p.m. on Channel 4 San Diego. For more information please call (858) 836-0133. Multiple repeat airings will follow for each episode. Television times and schedule are subjet to change.

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