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The 9th Annual Ante 4 Autism No Limit Hold’em Tournament will kick off this coming Sunday at the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas. This event helps to raise autism awareness supports various autism charities.

Organizers of this event hope to raise over $100,000 this year but are hopeful they can top last year’s record event.

Who Will Be There?

This event has been gaining in popularity since its inception in 2009 and many top celebrities will be stopping by. Among those in attendance will be:

  • Chip and Karina Jett
  • Jennifer Harman
  • Randy Couture
  • Mark Walberg (Antiques Roadshow)
  • Carol Ita White (Rosie Greenbaum – Laverne & Shirley)
  • TJ Lavin (Host – The Challenge on MTV)
  • Jose Canseco
  • And Many More!

With the event being in Las Vegas, you never know which poker pros will stop by and donate to a worthy cause.

What to Expect

The Main Event kicks off on Sunday, January 22nd at 7 PM in the “Grand” event center inside the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas. Players can enter the event for just $125. There will also be $40 re-buy available.

During the event, there will be a Silent Auction where you can bid on one of following four vacation packages:

  • Costa Rica Villa – 8 days and 7 nights
  • Hawaii Vacation – 8 days and 7 nights
  • Exotic Bali Vacation – 8 days and 7 night
  • Luxurious Fairmont Vacation – 5 days and 4 nights

There’s a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool with the final table receiving fabulous cash and prizes.

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How to Signup

For those in Las Vegas on the 22nd,  you can register for this event in one of two ways. You can either signup online or simply show up to the Golden Nugget on Sunday. There’s no cap on entries, so come on down and donate to a worthy cause.

Can They Set a New Record – History Says YES!!

Looking back at past events, it is absolutely incredible just how far that this charity event has come since the inaugural event in 2009. That year they raised $6,220 for Autism charities.

That number has steadily risen each year since then and last year the event raised an impressive $110,601. That was a 31% increase from 2015 and organizers are hoping to set a new record in 2017.

Can’t Make the Event – Here’s How You Can Still Help

Even if you cannot made the tournament on the 22nd, there is still a way you can help. Just head over to and click on the register/donate button. There you can make a donation for the cause or even purchase one of their vacation events.

Autism disorders can no longer be ignored. Currently, 1 in 68 children in the US alone are diagnosed with some form of autism. I personally know several children with autism and understand the impact that it can have on families.

Children with Autism have the same basic needs as other but I can tell you from personal experience that families need all the support they can get. That’s why I urge anyone willing to donate to this cause. To learn more about the event or to make a donation, visit

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James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.