Marco Rubio plans to huddle with top donors at a two-day strategy summit in Las Vegas next week where he and his team are expected to lay out their plan for the months ahead in the Republican presidential primary.

The gathering is slated to come amid a new and critical phase for the Florida Republican senator. He is rising in the polls after the second televised debate and, like many of his opponents, he is pushing to win the support of donors who backed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who dropped out last week.

The "Quarter Four Strategy Summit" is scheduled for Oct. 8 and 9 at the luxe Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, according to a notice obtained by The Washington Post. The summit includes events like a flag football and picnic dinner with Rubio -- who played wide receiver and defensive back in college -- and a "breakfast and team talk" with the senator.

The gathering will come days after the end of the third-quarter fundraising period, which came to a close on Wednesday. Candidates for president must report their fundraising and spending to the Federal Election Commission by the middle of October. Rubio has not yet released his totals.

Rubio will also hit the campaign trail when he is in Nevada, which is a crucial early state. He will hold an "early state rally" there, according to the invitation.

Alex Conant, a Rubio spokesman, confirmed that Rubio plans to be in Nevada from Oct. 8-10. But he declined to comment on his schedule, saying the campaign had not announced it yet.

This week, Rubio is campaigning in eastern Iowa, where he is holding a trio of events on Thursday and Friday.