O.J. McDuffie charity tourney at Hard Rock tonight

A new charity poker tournament linking a retired Miami Dolphin, the Hard Rock and World Poker Tour is set for Monday.

The O.J. McDuffie Catch 81 Foundation has created a $200 buy-in event for 6 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Called the Catch On Charity Poker Classic, the event will be held in the main ballroom.

A new WPT venture, the WPT Foundation, is supporting causes at each stop of the tour. For South Florida, it chose McDuffie’s Foundation, named after the former Dolphins’ receiver.

“There are a number of very generous people in the poker world, and the WPT is a big name that can allow us the advantage of being in touch with the biggest players and being able to get a lot of exposure,” WPT president Adam Pliska said.


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The Royal Flush Girls and announcer Mike Sexton (photographed) will be there, and about two minutes of coverage will be included in the WPT’s telecast of the $5,000 buy-in Hard Rock Poker Showdown main event, which wraps up Tuesday.

Expected guests include Ki-Jana Carter, Jeff Cross and Jim Jensen.

Go to Catch81Foundation.org.