The Creative Coalition’s Poker Détente: Red Meets Blue as Capitol Hill Leadership, Hollywood and Wonks Tackle National Issues over the Poker Table

The Creative Coalition’s Poker Détente: Red Meets Blue as Capitol Hill Leadership, Hollywood and Wonks
Tackle National Issues over the Poker Table

presented by the
National Beer Wholesalers Association
and hosted by
Capitol File and Park Hyatt Washington

WASHINGTON, DC (April 9, 2007) – As the 2007 political year heats up, The Creative Coalition( and World Poker Tour® bring a new kind of caucus to Capitol Hill.

The Creative Coalition’s Poker Détente, presented by the National Beer Wholesalers Associationand hosted by Capitol File magazine and Park Hyatt Washington, will for the first time ever bring together Capitol Hill’s leadership and those who comment on it with Hollywood’s brightest stars at a charity event — over the poker table. It will be an evening when the right and the left, the Red and the Blue, tackle (and possibly resolve!) the hottest and most contested issues on the forefront of the national agenda. By Invitation Only sponsorships to play in the tournament will benefit The Creative Coalition, but the evening promises to be not just another philanthropy gala.

Details are as follows:

Confirmed to date Congressional Hosts include Senator Richard Burr, Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Rep. Mary Bono, Rep. John D. Dingell, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Michael Michaud, Rep. Linda Sanchez, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Mark Udall, Rep. Diane Watson, Rep. Robert Wexler, Rep. Jim Langevin and actors Joe Pantoliano, Tony Goldwyn, Tim Daly, Kerry Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, Frances Fisher, Wendie Malick, Heather Tomand those who talk the talk Lawrence O’Donnell Jr., Matt Cooper, John Zogby, Eric Alterman, Frank Luntz, Norm Ornstein, Margaret Carlson, Eleanor Clift, Mickey Kaus, John McCaslin, Bob Franken, Jack Quinn and Tammy Haddad.

The Creative Coalition’s Poker Détente with the World Poker Tour presented by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and hosted by Capitol File and Park Hyatt Washington.

Friday Evening, April 20, 2007
6:45 pm Red Carpet Arrivals/Photo Ops
7:00 pm VIP Cocktail Reception
8:00 pm Poker Détente

Park Hyatt Washington
24th & M Streets, NW
Washington, DC

“We are thrilled to bring the excitement of the World Poker Tour to the Capitol and help kick off the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend,” says Robin Bronk, Executive Director of The Creative Coalition. “The funds raised at the Poker Détente help us support the advocacy and educational programs of The Creative Coalition.”

The winner of the Poker Détente will be awarded with a seat in the Season VI WPT Invitational in Los Angeles, which brings together poker pros and Hollywood celebrities for the most glamorous tournament on the poker circuit.

To request media credentials for this event, please contact Sonja Olson at 202-466-3050 or

For sponsorship information please CLICK HERE 

About The Creative Coalition (
The Creative Coalition is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance, primarily the First Amendment, public education and arts advocacy. Headquartered in New York City, The Creative Coalition also has offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Creative Coalition does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates.

About World Poker Tour®
WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: WPTE) is a company engaged in the creation of internationally branded entertainment and consumer products driven by the development, production, and marketing of televised programming based on gaming themes. WPTE is the creator of the World Poker Tour®, a television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments that air on the Travel Channel in the United States and in more than 150 markets globally. With the WPT in its fifth season, WPTE has launched a second series on the Travel Channel, the Professional Poker Tour™, which focuses on the play of poker’s leading stars. WPTE also operates a real-money online gaming website,,  which prohibits wagers from players in the U.S. and other restricted jurisdictions. WPTE currently licenses its brand to companies in the business of poker equipment and instruction, apparel, publishing, electronic and wireless entertainment, DVD/home entertainment, casino games, and giftware. The company is also engaged in the sale of corporate sponsorships. For show information, tools for improving poker play, and other WPT news, fans may log on  WPTE is a majority owned subsidiary of Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: LACO). Photos and media information can be found online at:

About the National Beer Wholesalers Association
Founded in 1938, the National Beer Wholesalers Association advocates before government and the public on behalf of more than 1,900 licensed independent beer distributors with operations servicing every congressional district and state across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring that the products they provide are consumed legally, moderately and responsibly. For more information about beer distributors, please visit

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Niche Media Holdings, LLC, the parent company of ASPEN PEAK, BOSTON COMMON, CAPITOL FILE, GOTHAM, HAMPTONS, and LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL magazines, and the company responsible for the sales and marketing of VEGAS, WYNN, and VENETIAN STYLE magazines, produces must-read, luxurious publications that mirror the sensibilities and lifestyles of the unique, vibrant communities to which they cater.

About Park Hyatt Washington D.C.
Park Hyatt Washington re-opened its doors in Summer 2006 following a $24 million renovation and redesign by celebrated designer Tony Chi. The newest and most innovative luxury hotel in the nation’s capital combines dynamic modernism with classic American style that pays homage to the city’s cultural and natural attributes. A new restaurant, the Blue Duck Tavern, invites guests and area residents to gather and celebrate in good taste by offering the freshest ingredients available from regional purveyors.

Intimate and residential in style, Park Hyatt Hotels promise elegant and gracious service on a personal scale and are further distinguished by prime locations and exceptional interior design. Hyatt International Corporation and its subsidiaries operate 24 Park Hyatt brand hotels in 15 countries. For more information, please visit



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