Las Vegas Poker Charity Efforts Thriving Despite Economy?

by , Dec 20, 2009 | 5:16 pm

The All In for Cerebral Palsy charity tourney ran last weekend at the Hard Rock … and as any event-planning fundraiser can tell you, it’s been a little unnerving in 2009 wondering if people will actually show up to support your cause.

This was a $500 buy-in event (with $200 rebuys, an auction, and silent auction to boot) … and in the end turned out to be an arguably successful second-annual event — raising more than $58k for the One Step Closer Foundation while bettering its inaugural bar of $44k. Some 91 players competed for an $18,500 prize pool — including yours truly, who was in on a freeroll, but couldn’t resist making a tax-deductible, charitable donation to keep playing at a fun table with a PPA friend, Dennis Phillips, a CP-suffering beneficiary, and Ken Davitian (the fat naked guy from Borat) … especially with Davitian and another actor (whom I recognized but couldn’t name) being the weakest players yet having the biggest stacks as the rebuy period was coming to a close.

Alas, QQ sometimes is < AK just minutes before the break. I shook off the tilt by wandering around with a (shaky) camera to give you a glimpse of All In for CP and the Las Vegas rounders who seem to continuously show up and spur donations via fun-times feelgood poker when called upon:

Notes:

* Darvin Moon is hardly in hiding — and will likely be taking more rides on “big airplanes” to Las Vegas and elsewhere.

* Dennis Phillips continues to love being the non-victorious November Nine Santa Claus — he re-bought 24 times.

* Event hostess Jennifer Tilly knows her poker newsy websites.

* Mekhi Pfeiffer wins.

* Lacey Jones and Joe Stapleton.


4 Comments to “Las Vegas Poker Charity Efforts Thriving Despite Economy?”


  1. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    I believe Dennis helped convince Darvin to attend. I don’t know if it was mentioned on The Poker Beat, but Darvin will be taking part at his “home casino” at Wheeling Island for a series of “NHL” tournaments.


  2. DanM
    says:

    Did you hear him also talking about how he was brought onto the field of a Saints game? I think he’s starting to have fun.


  3. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    I recall pre-November Nine FT that he talked about being invited to the Pats-Saints MNF game. He also talked about going to Foxwoods for some tournaments.


  4. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Speaking of which, ESPN2 is airing the finals of the NHL Charity Shootout, which was held during the WSOP.