We just made our way up to the Crown Showroom to check out the the 5th Annual Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament and all we can say is, "Wow!" The venue is absolutely incredible and the guest list is equally impressive. During our brief jaunt, which included a walk down the read carpet, we noticed a ton of celebrities and poker pros.
Obviously Shane Warne and Joe Hachem were in attendance, while others spread throughout the room included Tony G, Tony Hachem, Toby Lewis, Maria Ho, Tiffany Michelle, Annette Obrestad, Robert Williamson III, Tatjana Pasalic, David Gorr, Clonie Gowen, and poker personality and media guru, Kevmath.
Rumor has it about 200 players are already registered for the event, which should start in the next hour or so. Until then, guests will enjoy having their pictures taken, eating appetizers, and rubbing elbows with some pretty exclusive company. Oh, we almost forgot to mention, up for grabs in the charity event are some pretty fancy prizes. The second and third place finishers will both receive entry into the Aussie Millions Main Event, while the winner will be awarded a package to the 2012 World Series of Poker that features an entry into the $10,000 Main Event!
We're going to try to head up to the Crown Showroom about once an hour to grab updates to intersperse throughout our Day 2 coverage of the Opening Event. We'll also have some photos for you to enjoy later today, so stay tuned!
Read more details on the event here.