Operation Dream-shot to Recognise Wounded Soldiers
By James Mc
In San Antonio, Texas on June 21, the first-ever ‘Operation Dream-Shot’ Texas Hold‘em Poker Tournament will take place, awarding two of the most significant seats ever at the 2006 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.

In association with Screaming Eagle Poker, Bluff Magazine and SunPoker.com, two soldiers injured while in military service will be given a chance at poker immortality in a freeroll Texas Hold‘em Poker Tournament hosted by World Poker Champion Kenna James. More than one hundred soldiers will battle it out on the felt for the opportunity of a lifetime to play in the biggest poker event in history and a ‘Dream-Shot’ to win part of the estimated $80 million prize pool.

‘Operation Dream-Shot’ is the brainchild of Sgt. Felix Gutierrez of the 101st Airborne and President of Screaming Eagle Poker, an organization of Texas Hold’em playing U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq who have dedicated themselves to raising money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The organization assists men and women injured during military service in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas of conflict around the world.

The idea has been embraced by Bluff Magazine and SunPoker.com, who are assisting in running the ‘Operation Dream-Shot’ tournament, as well as donating the WSOP packages worth $13,000 each. Also impressed was WSOP favourite, Kenna James, who is dedicating the week prior to the WSOP to host the Dream-Shot tournament instead of fine tuning his game, like most of his poker competitors. Kenna has also pledged his support on tour by offering 1% of his winnings for this next season to WWP and a promise to raise awareness for their efforts everywhere he goes.

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