Poker tournament for Road 2 Recovery

Winner gets seat to 2009 World Series of Poker

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Sep. 24, 2008
AMA Supercross Champion Chad Reed heads a list of Supercross stars taking part in the fourth annual Road 2 Recovery Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament, Oct. 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.

Joining Reed in the tournament is fellow Yamaha rider Grant Langston and privateer Jason Thomas. Professional poker players including Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, Jennifer Harmon and 2008 World Series of Poker final table chip leader Dennis Phillips will also take part.

The winner of the tournament will receive a 2009 $10,000 World Series of Poker main event seat. First, second and third place winners will also receive Curtis & Co. watches, valued at $2,200 each. Fans and participants can also win several other prizes and giveaways.

Funds raised in the poker tournament will go to the Road 2 Recovery Injured Riders Fund which supports AMA-licensed Supercross and Motocross riders who sustain career-threatening injuries. Entry is open to the public, with a recommended donation of $300, with $100 re-buys available during the first four levels. Pre-registration is available at

Chad Reed will take part in the charity poker tournament in support of riders who suffer serious injuries.Road 2 Recovery Foundation founder and former Supercross competitor Jimmy Button hosts the event which will be emceed by professional poker tournament director Matt Savage.

Button founded Road 2 Recovery in the fall of 2000 with Bob Moore and Bob Walker. In January of that year, Button flipped over the handle bars of his bike on a whoop section of the San Diego round of the Supercross series. Button broke his neck in the crash and suffered temporary paralysis. After months of rehabilitation, Button regained the ability to walk and move and now works to help other riders who suffer serious injury.