LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities hosted its third annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at The Cannery Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The evening of "Cards for Kids" raised $16,000 for the children of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.

NHRA racers Brandon Bernstein, Cory McClenathan, Greg Anderson, Morgan Lucas, J.R. Todd, Dave Connolly, Jack Beckman, Allen Johnson and Justin Humphreys participated in the event with fans and poker players from around the country. Rich Bennett of The Formula Project also participated in the event which placed fans at the same poker tables as their favorite NHRA drivers. Lucas led all drivers on the evening, placing third overall, the highest finish for a driver in the three years that NHRA racers have been invited to participate in the event.

Sean Dodd of Double Oak, Texas, won the event, defeating Joe Madden of Las Vegas, for the $2,600 top prize. Elias Fotos of Burbank, Calif., was the winner of the "Out of Gas Award" for being the first participant to be eliminated from the tournament. He received an autographed Brandon Bernstein die-cast and a picture with Bernstein for his losing effort.

Speedway Children's Charities (www.speedwaycharities.org) is a non-profit foundation based in Charlotte, N.C., that distributes funds to charities and foundations providing medical, emotional and social services to children in need.

Last December, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities distributed more than $299,000 to 64 local causes which directly impact the lives of children in the Las Vegas and southern Nevada region.

www.scclasvegas.org