The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will host its ninth annual Cards for Kids Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower. Player registration will take place at 6:30 p.m. and the tournament will start at 7:30 p.m.

Race fans are invited to participate and play poker against some of their favorite NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series drivers. The NHRA will be in town for the Oct. 25-28 NHRA Big O Tires Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Drivers who have committed to playing in the tournament so far include Shawn Langdon, Morgan Lucas and Brandon Bernstein.

The tournament is limited to a maximum of 100 players and participants are urged to register as soon as possible. All players must be at least 21 years of age to compete. The top nine players will receive a percentage of the $5,000 purse. The player who finishes 10th will receive a free entry into next year’s tournament. Buy-in is $250 and players will receive $2,500 in tournament chips. The Stratosphere will provide hors d’ oeuvres for the players.
Spectators are welcome to watch the tournament and participate in a live auction for two autographed NHRA helmets.

The annual event is sponsored by the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, Coca-Cola, Nevada Beverage Company and Budweiser.

To register or obtain more information, please contact Speedway Children's Charities Las Vegas director Paulette Anderson at (702) 632-8242 or .

Making a difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations it supports nationwide. Individually, SCC's local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. Last December, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities granted $260,000 to 46 local children's causes during its annual grant distribution ceremony.