Junior Achievement hosted its third annual poker tournament at Aria on Sunday. The fundraiser event drew nearly 250 participants ranging from professionals to weekend warriors and first-timers to celebrities. The tourney winner, Jesse Duangrudeeswat, won a seat in the World Series of Poker Main Event, a prize worth $10,000. All funds raised go directly to Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, an organization dedicated to teaching life skills and financially literacy to the youth of Southern Nevada.
Celebs in attendance included Miss Nevada Randi Sundquist, chef Carla Pellegrino, pro BMX biker and TV personality Ricardo Laguna, professional racer Ray Piloto, hypnotist Anthony Cools, Chippendales Jon Howes and Jaun Angelo, comedy hypnotist Marc Savard, “Rock of Ages” star Mark Shunock and poker players Phil Hellmuth and JJ Lui.
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