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Preview: Tiger Woods hosts Tiger Jam with Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker at Mandalay Bay, poker tournament at Bellagio


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Tiger Woods and Phil Hellmuth.

2012 Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center

2012 Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center with Tiger Woods, Jon Bon Jovi, David Cook and Lindsey Vonn on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Tiger Jam 2011

2011 Tiger Jam featuring Tiger Woods, Keith Urban and John Mayer at Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 30, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Golf superstar Tiger Woods is bringing White House-style security against the media in his visit to Las Vegas this weekend for the 15th annual Tiger Jam with headliner Kid Rock and a world-class poker tournament. Tiger won’t be answering any questions about his Las Vegas escapades and sex romps that made headlines in December 2009, nor his PGA hullabaloo this week over a feud with Sergio Garcia about a golf shot after his 78th tour victory.

Photographers will be allowed up close backstage at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday for shots with the golfer and the rock star. Olympic skier and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn won’t be in any of those photos. Photographers also get their cameras up close to the stage for images from the concert. But as far as intrepid reporters, such as yours truly — who has a lust for scandal! — all will be kept a long distance away.

No questions, thus no answers to any subject. Nothing about his current game. Nothing about old loves and new ones. Nothing about anything. A tough assignment for us who are used to big stars sitting down for one-on-one conversations. All the same, Tiger’s two-day charity event will include world-class golf, high-stakes poker, fabulous foods, wonderful wines and Kid Rock all to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and its focus on college education.

In a news release, Tiger said: “We’re excited that Kid Rock is back to headline our 15th jam. He’s a great performer, and we welcomed him a few years ago. This event is so important to my foundation, helping us grow our programs and providing even more young people with the chance to attend college.”

Tiger Jam weekend kicks off Friday when poker legend Phil Hellmuth co-hosts with Tiger the $10,000 buy-in poker night presented by World Poker Tour. Hall of Fame player Doyle Brunson and poker prince Mike Sexton also are helping.

Tiger has promised prizes of a round of golf with him, attending the Masters and play spots in PGSA tour events. He leads a golf group to Cascata on Saturday, and then there are pre-parties at Mandalay Bay with live and silent auctions, followed by the “Rebel Soul” Kid Rock concert with opening act Uncle Kracker.

Then starting Saturday, the World Poker Tour moves over to Bellagio for its $25,000 buy-in world championship filmed for television, with a Final Table on May 24. Doyle’s Five Diamond Classic on Saturday will broadcast on Fox Sports starting Sunday, the first of three episodes. Next Tuesday, the Super High Roller world championship is a $100,000 buy-in.

One of the players competing will be producer and writer Matt Salsberg (“Weeds,” “Entourage”). The WPT Foundation has a charity event in each city destination along the world tour, which wraps here where execs decided to partner with Tiger Jam. We’ll have Tiger’s fundraising total hopefully Sunday and WPT coverage from Bellagio on Monday.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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