For the second year in a row, top professional poker player Karina Jett is set to participate in the fifth annual Ante 4 Autism poker tournament in Las Vegas. The event will be held in the Grand Room at the Golden Nugget hotel and casino in downtown Las Vegas, Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks, a nonprofit that supports autism awareness and research.
Jett, a Las Vegas resident who is active in a number of charitable causes, will offer poker tips to participants before the play begins.
Players can preregister for the event online at www.ante4autism.com for a $125 entry fee. The site also accepts donations and offers sponsorship opportunities—from bronze ($250) to platinum ($2,500). The evening will include a silent auction of entertainment and sports memorabilia.
The first 100 players to sign up receive an Autism Speaks T-shirt and pin. The top five players will receive cash and prizes donated by event sponsors, including a Restonic gel-infused memory foam queen bed set and a leather recliner from retailer Huffman Koos.
“In the United States, autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed now in one in 88 children and one in 54 boys,” said Restonic’s Doug Krinsky, the event founder, co-host and parent of a child with autism.