My New Year's resolutions are a mixed bag of the usual (lose weight; manage money better) and unachievable (dunk a basketball; cross a name off my 'List'), along with some that just happen to have a chance of happening real soon thanks to Casino del Sol:
- I resolve to win a big pot off Andre Reed, then reassure the former Buffalo Bills wide receiver that this shouldn't feel as bad as all those Super Bowl losses.
- I resolve to catch cards on the turn and river to bust former UA great Antoine Cason, then ask him if he thinks this is what Norv Turner felt like at the end of each season with the San Diego Chargers.
- And I resolve to win a charity tournament hosted by one of Tucson's most well-known recent pro baseball players, while at the same time helping out a great cause.
All three of those resolutions can be achieved next Saturday, Jan. 12, at the 2nd Annual Shelley Duncan Celebrity Poker Classic at Casino del Sol.
The $200 buy-in tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of $12,000, with $50 of each entry going toward the Tucson Youth Baseball Association, which helped produced Duncan, a former UA baseball standout who has played for the New York Yankees and is currently with the Cleveland Indians.
Duncan is among a plethora — oh, I also resolve to quote Three Amigos in as many blog posts as possible this year — of celebrities scheduled to participate in the tourney, which starts at 7 p.m. Along with the aforementioned Andre Reed and Antoine Cason, others expected to play include former Arizona Cardinals lineman Bertrand Berry, former UA long distance runner Abdi Abdirahman, Arizona Diamondbacks great and Mr. An's No. 1 Son Luis Gonzalez and other people you might not recognize at first but you'll be sure to tell others you (unsuccessfully) tried to bluff them.
Registration is available online for the tournament, while in-person entries will be taken only on the day of the event.