RIU auction gives fans a chance to hook up with poker greats

If you've ever wanted to have a poker pro join you at a table, this could be the perfect opportunity.  The upcoming RIU Reno VII, scheduled for October 19-29, is featuring a novel addition to the lineup.  From now until October 20, an auction is being held that could lead to a player being joined by a pro for the NLHE Partner Event. 

This year's series lineup will see a number of standard events, plus the new $125 Partner Event, which will be held on October 21.  Several players have already signed up to be auctioned off, including Chris Moneymaker, Jeff Gross, Jaime Staples and Canadian poker player and Big Brother Canada champ, Kevin Martin. 

The auction is being conducted through a partnership with the Peppermill Casino and Resort.  Proceeds will be donated to the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation.  The auction winners will receive entry into the Partner Event, a 30-minute training meeting with the poker pro and the pro sitting down as a teammate for the event. 

According to Martin, if he is selected, the winner is "going to have the most amazing experience. Going to win, going to enjoy the whole way there. I'll cater the experience to the person who buys me. If we want to be competitive we can do some pregame coaching before. If we want to be five tequila shots in before we start I'm game for that as well!”

Gross explained, “If someone bids on me and wins they will also obtain a new friend and someone they can speak to in the future about poker and otherwise! I will make sure they have a great time and a memorable experience.”

Bids for the event can be placed at 32auctions.com.  So far, Martin and Staples have three bids each and Moneymaker and Gross have one bid apiece. 

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