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FIREKEEPERS CASINO HOTEL AND ANTE UP MAGAZINE TEAM UP TO HOST A GREAT POKER TOURNAMENT THAT ALSO HEL

(Battle Creek, Mich.) Dec. 19, 2016 – As part of its mission to provide support for the local community, FireKeepers Casino Hotel will take part in "Restock The Shelves," a charity poker event sponsored by Ante Up Magazine and Blue Shark Optics that will help restock the shelves of the Food Bank of South Central Michigan. The event is part of a national initiative that encourages poker venues and players to donate to their local food banks.

During the 12:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. No Limit Texas Hold’Em Tournaments on Monday, January 16, FireKeepers Poker Players can receive an additional 200 starting chips for each food item donated, up to a maximum of five, or an additional 1,000 starting chips for a $10 donation. Additional donations will also be accepted. Registration opens two hours prior to the tournament. Buy-in is just $40.

“The Restock the Shelves initiative is a great way for Poker to give back,” states Kelley Bailey, FireKeepers Poker and Bingo Manager. “Our team is excited to be able to take part and is looking forward to making this event a tradition.”

The initiative, now in its third year, will see representatives of local food banks collect donations of non-perishable food products, was the brainchild of Ante Up’s editor Scott Long and Blue Shark Optics’ Kerry Karoutsos. It was initially designed as an annual online charity tournament, but the two decided Restock the Shelves doesn’t have to be to be limited to the virtual field, so they chose food banks to join the charitable effort across the country. 67,116 people were fed in 2016 and 110,776 total, as a result of this initiative.

Supporting the Food Bank of South Central Michigan is a key focus at FireKeepers Casino Hotel. In the coming months, FireKeepers will open the Fire Hub, an outstanding restaurant, and the Kendall Street Pantry, a the pantry in agency of the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.  

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FireKeepers Casino Hotel, located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, MI, has been named Best Casino by audiences in Western Michigan and Northern Indiana, plus earned 9 first place awards in the Casino Player Magazine Best of Gaming 2015 Native Midwest category, including Best Overall Gaming Resort. FireKeepers was also selected one of the Best Casinos to Work For by Casino Player Magazine. Our signature restaurant, Nibi, is a multiple recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The property features 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center, six distinctive dining destinations, and multiple lounges. FireKeepers is the title sponsor of the FireKeepers Casino 400, a Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and host of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship a Symetra Tour-Road to the LPGA golf event.