Twinspires Offers Derby, Poker Contest

Twinspires Offers Derby, Poker Contest
Edited Press Release, the official advance deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated, is teaming with 11-time “World Series of Poker” champion Phil Hellmuth Jr. to deliver the “Ultimate Kentucky Derby Players Weekend,” it was announced March 27. 

Players who sign-up for by April 12 will be entered in a random drawing to win both a VIP trip for two to the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and a seat at Hellmuth’s table at the Kentucky Derby Poker Championship, a pro-celebrity poker charity event at Caesars Indiana that evening.

The Kentucky Derby Poker Championship, a $2,500 buy-in tournament hosted by Hellmuth and fellow professional poker player Robert Williamson III, will feature several other high profile celebrities and poker players who are scheduled to be in town for the Kentucky Derby. The event benefits the international Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the Health and Climate Foundation, and the Robby Albarado Foundation, a new organization founded by jockey Robby Albarado.

“I’m really excited to be co-hosting this event which is not only associated with one of the great American traditions in the Kentucky Derby, but will also help call attention to the issue of climate change and other important concerns,” Hellmuth said.

“ has put together a tremendous prize package and there is no doubt the winner is going to enjoy the ultimate Kentucky Derby experience.”

“ is thrilled to offer up this once-in-a-lifetime Kentucky Derby experience while also supporting such worthy causes,” said Jeremy Clemons,’s vice president of marketing. “The combination of being a VIP guest at the world’s greatest horse race before going head-to-head that evening with the one of the world’s best poker players is an experience that is truly unique.  We believe it will be attractive to both horseplayers who enjoy poker and poker players who are interested in learning more about horse racing.”

The drawing for the winner of the “Ultimate Kentucky Derby Player’s Weekend” will be conducted on Sunday, April 13. New account holders must use the promotion code TSPOKER to be included in the prize drawing. Customers may open a TwinSpires account and wager through their TwinSpires accounts online at or via telephone by dialing 1-877-SPIRES-1.

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