10.00am Registration Opens Buffet and Open Bar Available (MGM Grand Ballroom Foyer)
11.30am Poker Tournament Begins (MGM Grand Ballroom & Terrace)
4.00pm Poker Break & Live Auction (MGM Grand Ballroom & Terrace)
6.00pm Early Access to Taste Experience (MGM Theatre) *(Red or Blue Wristband Required)
6.30pm General Admission Begins to Taste Experience (MGM Theater)
7.00pm Final Poker Table (MGM Grand Ballroom)
8.30pm Live Band & Surprise Artist & DJ (MGM Theater) / 3rd Floor Opens
1.00am Event Concludes


All event attendees must be over 21 years of age. Please remember to bring proper ID.

We recommend informing your bank about expenditures you may make at MGM National Harbor to avoid any claim of suspicious charges.

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General Info

To book a room at MGM National Harbor in the Chance for LIfe room block, contact the CFL team at

To book a room at The Gaylord in the Chance for LIfe room block, contact the CFL team at

Do I need a physical ticket?
CFL is a paperless event, so names submitted via sponsorship or individual purchase, will be at registration. If you have any changes in registration name, please contact us.

What is the Attire?

Poker Tournament:
Comfortable Business Casual recommended
Taste Experience:
Stylish Cocktail attire preferred

Getting to the MGM Grand Ballroom
Once inside the resort, proceed to the Conservatory 2nd Level, just past the Hotel Check-In. Volunteers and signage will also help guide you. Click here for a map. For those traveling from National Harbor, please see the National Harbor Circulator Shuttle for schedule and fare information.

Directions Parking , Ride Share
Please see directions, parking, rideshare, and valet guidelines here. Self-Parking is complimentary in the Casino Parking Garage. If self-parking, walk through the casino to get to the Grand Ballroom. Valet Parking is available for a fee.

Is there an Auction?
Yes! The Silent Auction begins at 12:00pm on Friday, March 8th and close at 10:30 PM on Sunday, March 10th. All bidding is via mobile phone. In addition, there will be live auction items at both the Poker Tournament and the Taste Experience. Visit for details.



Texas Hold’Em style tournament with over 700 participating amateur players— anyone can play and win! Prizes are awarded for the top 30 winners, with a Grand Prize of a $10,000 seat at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. The day features a full day of a top-shelf open bar, sprawling buffet food, one of the region’s largest silent auctions, celebrities, high energy, and many chances to bring the fight directly to childhood cancer. Poker players also have complimentary access to the Taste Experience.

What does my Poker Ticket include?
Your Poker Ticket grants you full access to the entire day, including the Poker Tournament and Taste Experience. Your wristband will allow you in/out privileges all day. Full open bar and buffet are included.

What are the poker rules? Can I buy back in if I lose my chips?
The tournament will be in No Limit Texas Hold’Em format
Each player will start with 5,000 in chips
If you drop below 1,000 in chips or completely “bust out” in the first 9 blind levels, “rebuys” are available for $350 and receive another 5,000 chips, or a “double rebuy” for $700 to receive 15,000 in chips.
At the Poker Break, you may also “Add-On” for $350 for 10,000 in chips regardless of your current chip total
Please see the full poker rules here.

Taste Event

Taste Event

Hailed as one of the best events in DC, the CFL Taste Experience features a curated and unique culinary experience, created by 20 award-winning local and celebrity chefs of both MGM National Harbor and the Washington area. Following the tasting event, dance the night away with an incredible line up of live performances, capped off with a headline “surprise” celebrity entertainer. The night continues with a Vegas-style after party featuring VIP lounges, more dynamic entertainment, a high level DJ, and more chances to support cancer research.

“Thank you to Silver LIning Design Group” for Curating and Donating the 2019 Taste Experience Decor

Who is cooking?

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