Cavaliers Against Cancer Charity Texas Hold’em Tournament


What: 4th Annual Cavaliers Against Cancer Charity Texas Hold’em Tournament

When: Saturday, March 15th, 2014 – 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Where: John Paul Jones Arena, 295 Massie Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Cost: $50 – $150.  See below for ticket options and descriptions.

Description: The 4th Annual Cavaliers Against Cancer charity Texas Hold’em tournament is open to the public and card players of all abilities are encouraged to register for the event which supports ground-breaking research at the UVA Cancer Center. This fun afternoon will consist of a buffet lunch, giveaways, three tiers of Texas Hold’em Tournament (Beginner, Main, High-Stakes), and thousands of dollars of prizes that will be won by the top finishers of each tournament.  To date, we’ve raised over $30,000 for the Rebecca Clary Harris, M.D. Memorial Fellowship at the UVA Cancer Center’s Human Immune Therapy Center.

You don’t have to worry about missing any ACC Tournament action.  Thanks to Cavaliers Rentals, we’ll have a viewing lounge set up and access to the tournament games in the poker playing area.


Contact: Shawn Brydge,

Tournament Options

All tournament participants receive entry into the JPJ, a seat at their chosen tournament, a free event cup*, a behind-the-scenes-tour of the John Paul Jones Arena, a buffet, free non-alcoholic beverages, and a chance to win great tournament prizes, door prizes, and other fun giveaways.

Beginners Tournament – Perfect for the beginning card player who is just starting out, the Beginner’s Tournament will start with a tutorial on basic poker playing rules, the order of winning hands, and some basic Texas Hold’em rules and strategy. This will be followed by a fun Hold’em tournament with prizes for the top three finishers. A Beginner’s Tournament Ticket is available for $50**.

Main Tournament – Most experienced card players will enjoy the Main Tournament, which offers the right combination of competitive Hold’em and a relaxed atmosphere. The top nine finishers get to choose prize packages. There will be an opportunity for a “rebuy” or add-on ticket during the first hour. A Main Tournament Ticket is available for $75 (Military & First Responders receive a discounted price of $60)**

High-Stakes Tournament – Above average players looking for a competitive Hold’em game with access to the event’s top prize packages should sign up for the High-Stakes Tournament. All players in this tournament will receive two beer/wine tickets, additional giveaways, and the top finishers get to choose from the event’s top prize packages. No “rebuy” or add-on tickets allowed. A High-Stakes Tournament Ticket is available for $150**

NOTE: All poker events are strictly non-cash charity games with a chance to win non-cash prizes.

* The event cup also gives you access to specials after the tournament at South Street Brewery.

** Tickets prices are not tax deductible.

Tournament Structure

All three Texas Hold’em tournaments are being professionally managed by Casino2U, a Charlottesville-owned company that employs professional dealers and only uses high-end tables and chips. They have hosted many similar events in central Virginia and are privately owned and insured. This event is strictly a non-cash charity game with a chance to win non-cash prizes. Beginners, Main and High-Stakes Tournament Sponsorships are not tax deductible. For each tournament, Casino2U’s event manager will adjust the blind schedule based on number of the players and pace of play in order to complete the tournament no later than 5:00 p.m.

Table Sponsorship / Deductible Donations

Table Sponsorships are available for a cash donation of $300 and are tax deductible (but please confirm with your accountant). To register for a Table Sponsorship, or to make a tax-deductible cash donation, please visit the registration page. Table Sponsorships will have their company name/logo displayed on their sponsored table and will be recognized in all of our print and online marketing materials. Table Sponsorships are also eligible for one complimentary Beginners/Main Tournament ticket or a discounted High Stakes Tournament ticket (tax deductibility of Table Sponsorship donation would be reduced by the value of the seat). Donations greater than $300 are eligible to receivable additional benefits; please contact Shawn Brydge at for more details.

We welcome prize donations of all sizes to be used for door prizes and incorporated in the winning prize packages. Prize donations are also tax deductible (but please confirm with your accountant). If you or your company are interested in donating items to be used as prizes, please look at the sponsorship flyer and contact Shawn Brydge at for more details and benefits information.

Charity Proceeds

The goal for our 2014 tournament is to host more than 200 hold’em players and raise over $20,000 for cancer research. All net proceeds of the event will be donated to the Rebecca Clary Harris, M.D. Memorial Fellowship at the University of Virginia Cancer Center. This fellowship celebrates the life of Rebecca Clary Harris M.D., a talented physician and researcher who excelled in the study and treatment of melanoma. The fund provides clinical and translational research fellowships to graduate students or fellows in the Human Immune Therapy Center at the University of Virginia Cancer Center.

Free Roundtrip Transportation from Richmond

James Limousine is providing free round-trip transportation from Richmond in a luxury 16-person coach on a first-come, first-served basis. After registering for the event, email to reserve your seat.

Thank You to Our 2014 Sponsors (more coming soon)

NBC 29 – Television Promotion
SNL Financial – Lead Table Sponsor
Bankers Insurance – Premier Table Sponsor
Bluegreen Vacations – Three Night Stay at The Fountains (Orlando, FL), Cibola Vista (Phoenix, AZ), Club 36 (Las Vegas) or Grande Villas at WGV (St. Augustine, FL) / Two Night Stay at The Fountains (Orlando, FL) or Grande Villas at WGV (St. Augustine, FL)
Wyndham Vacation Resorts – Four Night Stay in a 2BR Deluxe unit at any Club Wyndham Plus Resort (subject to availability)
U.Va. Office of Engagement – Table Sponsor & Communications
UVaClub of Charlottesville – Event Co-Host & Table Sponsor
Albemarle Limousine – Blue Ridge Wine Excursions Package for up to 14 People
SharpInk – Design and Layout of Tournament Marketing Materials
James Limousine – Two 3-Hour Limousine Rides for Eight People, Roundtrip Tournament Transportation From Richmond
The Homestead – Two Golf Foursomes with Cart
Cavalier Rentals – Provider of the ACC Tournament Viewing Lounge
Massanutten – Golf Foursome with Cart, Four Ski Lift Tickets, Four WaterPark Passes
Family Dermatology of Albemarle – Table Sponsor
South Street BreweryOfficial After-Party Host, Table Sponsor, and Gift Certificates
WahooRidge Voice Services – Table Sponsor
St. Maarten Café – Table Sponsor
Pink House Villas – Table Sponsor
Jemstone Technologies – Table Sponsor
The Local – Table Sponsor
Pete Strong!: Darden MBA for Executives Class of 2014 Outreach – Table Sponsor
Starr Hill Brewery – Table Sponsor
106.1 The Corner – Radio Promotion
The Pointe (Omni Charlottesville) – Dinner for Two (excludes alcohol)
Wintergreen Resort – Two Lift Tickets
Zenas Choi (New York Life) – Private 3-Hour Ski/Snowboard lesson for Two, includes Equipment Rental
Mincer’s – Various U.Va. Apparel
3 Cats Photo – Photographer Package & Tournament Photographer
Rick Stillings – Tournament Photographer
Barboursville Vineyards – Private Tour & Tasting for 8
Washington Nationals – Ryan Zimmerman Autographed Ball
U.Va. Basketball – Team Autographed Poster
U.Va. Football – Autographed Helmet, Balls, and additional items
U.Va. Men’s Soccer – Team Autographed Ball
U.Va. Women’s Soccer – Team Autographed Poster
U.Va. Baseball – Team Autographed Ball
U.Va. Swimming & Diving – Team Autographed Swim Caps
U.Va. Rowing – Workout Shirt, Hooded Sweatshirt, and Performance Jacket
U.Va. Women’s Golf – U.Va. Clubhead Cover, Ball Markers, and Hat Clip
WNRN – Public Service Announcement
Monticello Media – Public Service Announcement
Lauren Carroll (Mary Kay) – Assortment of Mary Kay items
Zazus – Gift Certificates
Meadowcreek Golf Course – Golf Foursome (Mon-Thur)
The Virginia Shop – Large Gift Basket of Virginia-made Goodies – Two EDGE memberships, Tournament Promotion
Streaking The Lawn – Tournament Promotion
Fardowners – Gift Certificates
Knead Relief Mobile Spa – 1 Hour In-Home Massage
1070 WINA Newsradio – Tournament Promotion
The Shebeen – Gift Certificates
Charlottesville Derby Dames – Four pack of Tickets to Bout on April 19th at the Main Street Arena
Foxtail Cottage Floral – Gift Certificate
Palcha – Sauces
Bellair Market – Gift Certificates
Panera Bread – Gift Certificates
Meadowbrook Massage Therapy – Gift Certificate
Monticello – Four complimentary passes with special access to the iconic Dome Room
UVA Bookstores – Gift Certificates
Terry Dean’s Ballroom Dance Studio – Five Private Dance Lessons
U.Va. Alumni Association – Two Tickets and Parking Spot to Football Game vs. Richmond
Trinity Irish Pub – Pint Glasses & Gift Certificates
Crutchfield - TV Provider
Paragon Day Spa - Spa Essential Facial
Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar - Gift Certificates