HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Poker Faces

Posted October 13, 2009 at 10:51am

Members of Congress will go all in for charity Wednesday night, placing their bets alongside poker star Phil Ivey at the annual Congressional Award Charity Poker Tournament. [IMGCAP(1)]Sens. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) are scheduled to ante up at the charity tourney at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, as are Reps. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Adam Smith (D-Wash.), James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), according to an event spokeswoman. Several Congressional chiefs of staff also will play, HOH hears.Ivey, widely considered be the best all-around poker player in the world, is making his second appearance at the event. Not only will Ivey push Members to hold ’em or fold ’em (and likely win — he placed first at the last tournament), he’ll also be shadowed by cameras from ESPN as they film footage for the newsmagazine show “E:60.— The Congressional Award recognizes young people in the areas of public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration. More than 32,000 youths have completed 3.1 million hours of service since the award was implemented in 1979.Submit your hot tips, juicy gossip or comments here.Can’t get enough HOH? Get a midday dose of fun and gossip with HOH’s One-Minute Recess, delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here — because everyone deserves more recess.