Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 | 10:38 p.m.
More than 300 poker players turned out for comedian and actor Brad Garrett’s 2013 Maximum Hope Charity Poker Tournament, his sixth-annual event, at MGM Grand on Saturday to raise funds for his foundation named after his two children, Max and Hope.
Cheryl Hines, Ray Romano and Willie Garson were among the celebrities playing as I handled the cards-in-the-air and the shuffle-up-and-deal announcements. Brad told me he is about to celebrate the second anniversary of his Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand.
“We’re having a great time here in the basement. It’s very humbling to be next to New York Pretzel and House of Magnets, but I’m happy to be at MGM, where I started back in 1993 — hard to believe.
“Everything is good. We’re doing good, our attendance is wonderful, we got best comedy club the last two years, and we’re bringing in the great acts.”
The tall comedy star is here whenever he’s not filming in Hollywood: “I’m working on Robin Williams’ new show called ‘The Crazy Ones.’ He’s one of my comedic heroes. I was fortunate enough to land a recurring role on his show as his partner at the ad agency.
“Then I’m writing a new pilot for ABC. It’s a little bit autobiographical off a book I’m writing for Simon & Shuster about middle age called ‘When the Balls Drop.’ So now they’re creating a show out of it.”
I asked Ray why he was playing: “Brad is a great friend of mine. We play poker together at home. Anything I can do to give back, help out and have fun at the same time is an honor and pleasure, plus, he’s bigger than me. He’s the funniest guy I know, but he’s toned down the crazy for today.”
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.