Rags for Riches: Charity’s No gamble

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Rags for Riches:
Charity’s No Gamble

If you’re like me, or say, millions of other people across the globe that live and breathe poker, than you probably hold a subscription to a poker ‘rag’: a magazine or publication built around us – poker players. Hidden beneath the covers of these rags are stimulating interviews, intriguing concepts and news that – along with a good time, can bring a little perspective to a world of 52 cards… and some riches to boot!

Here’s what you should know this week –

The Duchess of Poker, Annie Duke, made a killing recently, though her luck did nothing to line her own pockets, no, she’s helping the survivors of the Darfur crisis. Duke, along with Don Cheadle and Norman Epstein created the charity event Ante Up for Africa last year. The list of celebrity players at the 2nd annual event was endless (Matt Damon, Jason Alexander and Adam Sandler to name a few) as was the list of pro players (like Howard Lederer, Mike ‘The Mouth” Matusow and Erik Seidel); the night’s emcee was Phil Helmuth.

Due to gaming laws in Nevada, Ante Up for Africa cannot withhold money for the charitable donation to Not On Our Watch and Enough!, the charities which will take the money to raise awareness about Darfur and provide monetary aid to the victims there. Instead, they ask participants to donate half their winnings, though nearly all ended up donating 100%! The champion of the night was pro-player, John Hennigan.

We, as a community, should be proud that us poker players so often step up in generosity to do our parts in making the world a better place, proven with the numerous charity tournaments held each year to fight diseases like AIDS and muscular dystrophy or and help those in need because of war, famine or natural disaster.

Congratulations to all the participants!

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Source: Bluff Magazine

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3 Comments to Rags for Riches: Charity’s No gamble

October 27, 2008

I need to start earning some money before I can donate any:-)

October 28, 2008

You can always donate ‘time’ ;)

October 28, 2008

Heh….I have even less time than money…

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