Ante4Autisme attracts 3 poker celebrities for an annual tournament


Chris and Jacqueline Laurita, alumni of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, will be participating in the Ante4Autism event taking place in Las Vegas.

Norman Chad, ESPN

LAS VEGAS — Ante4Autism, the poker tournament held annually to raise money for autism, will feature three additional celebrities on Saturday, July 23, when play kicks off at the South Point Hotel and Casino here during Market Las Vegas.

Chris and Jacqueline Laurita, alumni of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, will participate, and Norman Chad, ESPN broadcaster of the World Series of Poker, will play. Laurita’s son has been diagnosed with autism. Chad recently made headlines when he weighed in on a poker cheating incident.

Registration and registration for the event, open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. at the South Point Hotel and Casino, Grandview Lounge, and interested players can still register online.

A silent auction will consist of celebrity auction items such as a golf foursome with Jose Canseco; Las Vegas Raiders gear; Personalized 60-second video giveaways from multiple celebrities, plus seven trips.

The tournament supports five autism charities: the Sharon Sigesmund Pierce & Stephen Pierce Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Touro University Nevada; Learning 4 Life Farm; Stockhands horses for healing; National Autism Association. from southeastern Ohio; and autism speaks.

Invention co-hosts include Joey Amato, Rock n Roll City Mattress; Stuart Carlitz, Bedding Inds. from America; Randy Coconis, Coconis Furniture; Nick Hrkman, Southern Sleep; Karina Jett, KW Jett Real Estate Team; Doug Krinksy, Brooklyn Bedding; Mike McQuiston, Carpenter Co; Anthony Mehran, Huffman Koos Furniture; Allen Parvizian, APJL Consulting; Myra Stone, Independent Representatives; David Wachendorfer, Intellibed; and Jerry Williams, Retail Service Systems.

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