Chicago Gateway Green starts its countdown to Green Tie Ball XVII by teaming up with sponsor Horseshoe Casino to host a World Series of Poker Qualifying Tournament on Wednesday, June 11.

Famed gaming company Harrah’s Chicagoland casino, Horseshoe Casino, brings the Las Vegas ambience to Galleria Marchetti, located at 825 W. Erie St., for this special Chicago Gateway Green fund-raiser!

This pre-gala event features a $200 buy-in qualifying round to play to ten finalists. Each finalist will be awarded two gala tickets to the final round of play at Greenivale—where Carnivale meets “green” in an explosion of sight and sound. One lucky player will win a $10,000 seat at the 2009 World Series of Poker final in Las Vegas. Spectators are welcome to purchase tickets for $25 to watch the card sharks, enjoy the complimentary cocktails and culinary treats, as well as be on hand for some sensational surprises.

Retail boutique Akira will be upping the ante during the charitable gaming event for Chicago Gateway Green by presenting a “Vegas” themed runway show with fashions from designer lines from Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui, Ben Sherman, Just Cavalli, BCBG Max Azaria, and French Connection, just to name a few.

No prior experience necessary, just get in the game for a great cause!