Celebs and Pro Poker players go “All in” for the Denny Crum & Robert Williamson III’s Derby Poker Championship benefiting Blessings in a Backpack Thursday May 3, at the Seelbach Hotel

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Celebs and Pro Poker players  go “All in” for the Denny Crum & Robert Williamson III’s  Derby Poker Championship benefiting

Blessings in a Backpack Thursday May 3, at the Seelbach Hotel

Derby week may be the busiest time of year for us die-hard Derby fans, but switch up the old routine and throw in some fresh blood to your events.

As a native Louisvillian, even I have overlooked this event, but no more. I am hyped on seeing some great professional card playing – with a healthy dose of star power and a premium fully loaded libation lounge by Jim Beam.

Cyndy, really? Another event?  Yes. Come out for a killer star studded night of fun, libations, great poker playing and its all to feed hungry kids!  Have fun and support a great cause? YES.


The Tickets range in price per party package:

$500 +$50 Feeds 3 children for an entire school year,   Poker buy-in in to the Tournament, full party access (Food & libations)

$160 Feeds 2 children for a school year, and includes full party access, food (until 9pm) and libation stations

$80 feeds one child for a schoolyear, and guest has w/ LATE party access after 10pm (incl premium bar)

To purchase tickets visit www.derbypokerchampionship.com,

or call 1-877-582-9478

HogWild Poker has partnered with Southern Gaming Magazine, TwinSpires.com, Bluff Magazine and Jim Beam to host Denny Crum & Robert Williamson III’s Celebrity Derby Poker Championship Gala presented by Jim Beam & Bluff Magazine  with honorary celebrity co-host Vicki Gunvalson from the Real Housewives of Orange County. The event is expected to draw 100 to 200 players.

The event benefits Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that provides food on the weekend for underprivileged children on the free or assisted-meal programs in the public school system.

“The Celebrity Derby Poker Championship provides another great reason for people to come to Louisville for Derby week,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “This glamorous poker tournament benefits one of our worthy charities, and we applaud our sponsors who are helping to grow this event so that we can attract people from around the world.”

As a part of the Kentucky community, we at HogWild Poker get caught up in Derby-fever, too,” says Jeff Amrein, Founder and CEO. “We love being a partner in this event, where we can help people come here to play a great tournament with actors and top poker pros, that benefits charity. But if you’re a gambler you can’t help but get wrapped up in the excitement and you are surely tempted to play your winnings on Derby Day!”


Held Thursday, May 3, at the historic Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, the event is annually attended by an array of celebrities including event hosts
Denny Crum (Hall of Fame Coach) and Robert Williamson III (Pro Poker Player), and Vicky Gunvalson (Real Housewives of Orange Country),
as well as past attendees including Ron White (Comedian),
Oscar Nunez (The Office),
Ken Davitian (Actor),
Nathan Morris (R&B Group Boyz II Men),
Nora Roberts (bestselling author), and more.
An array of Derby riding jockeys also play, including Robby Albarado and
this year maybe Derby icon  Calvin Borel! (fingers crossed)

Last year, Nathan Morris, from the R&B Group Boyz II Men, and poker pro Dan Shak split the first and second place prize after a showdown for top honors.  More information about the tournament, including purchasing tickets and/or buy-ins is available at www.derbypokerchampionship.com.