Red Wings Charity Poker Event Returns — Here’s How To Get In

Written By Julie Walker on December 9, 2021
Red Wings Charity Poker Chris Osgood December 2021

They’ll give you the shirt off their back. Er, if it’s won, that is. Participants of the MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Red Wings Charity Poker Tournament have a shot at more than just monetary prizes — if you eliminate a Red Wings legend, you keep their autographed jersey.

After a one-year break, the 12th annual charity event returns Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022.  Participants will compete head-to-head with Red Wings alumni for a shot at the grand prize of $5,000 and more.

Here’s who is playing

About 12 Red Wings alumni are expected to play, including Darren McCarty, Chris Osgood and Larry Murphy. A $450 donation to the Detroit Red Wings Foundation reserves a spot in the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, along with a one-night stay at MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Participants also receive a strolling VIP dinner at Sound Board inside MotorCity, along with a silent auction, complimentary beverages and a meet-and-greet opportunity with Red Wings alumni for the player and a guest. A quarter-zip tournament jacket also comes with registration.

Here’s what you can win at the Red Wings charity poker event

The top 10 finishers snag prizes, including the $5,000 grand prize, $2,500 for second place, and four tickets to a 2021-2022 Red Wings home game for third place. Fourth through 10th place finishers receive an autographed, game-used stick from a Red Wings player.

“Whether you’re enjoying the first-class strolling dinner, bidding on spectacular auction items or trying to knock out a Red Wings alumnus to receive their jersey bounty, MotorCity Casino Hotel will be the place to be,” Red Wings and Tigers director of community impact Kevin Brown said.

To grab one of the 108 available spots, visit

How the Red Wings are doing this season

A 5-2 home loss to the Predators on Dec. 7 put the Red Wings at 13-10-3 and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division standings. (They’re eighth in the Eastern Conference overall.)

The Red Wings take on the St. Louis Blues at 8 p.m. Thursday. They are as high as +17500 in Stanley Cup futures markets at BetRivers Sportsbook.







Photo by Barry Gutierrez/AP file
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Julie has written, edited and designed words at five Michigan newspapers and websites. She’s worked on two sports desks, including at The Oakland Press and most recently at The Detroit News. Julie has contributed to stories on many big sports moments, from the NFL's 100th season to Super Bowls to Justin Verlander’s trade to the closing of the Palace of Auburn Hills.  Julie loves lakes, bonfires, Dachshunds, coaching Little League and carrying on her Dad’s fantasy football legacy that he started in 1987 — before there was an app for that.

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