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:


* 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

    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

    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

    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

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