Poker Pros Win Big Humanitarian Award

Phil Gordon, Rafe Furst honored by cancer foundation

by , Mar 15, 2010 | 3:56 pm

The Prevent Cancer Foundation presented its 2nd Annual “Cancer Champion” award this weekend in Washington DC to two Full Tilt poker pros — Rafe Furst and Phil Gordon.

You be the judge … good poker face on Spencer Bachus (R-AL) as he and his wife congratulate Rafe and Phil for their good great work fighting cancer?

Perhaps one of poker’s staunchest political opponents is softening … Either that or it’s hard to oppose money for cancer, especially at an event sponsored by Pfizer.

Prevent Cancer’s Spring Gala, where they present this award, is one of the bigger annual DC fêtes. Some details on the event itself:

Our 2010 Spring Gala will be held March 12 at the National Building Museum, our theme is the Indelible Impressions of India.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation Annual Spring Gala is widely recognized as one of Washington’s premier events, attracting more than 800 guests from the business, diplomatic, government, medical, sports, media and social communities.

The 2010 gala will be held under the honorary patronage of Her Excellency the Ambassador of India, Meera Shankar.

BIZBASH Washington has recently recognized the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Annual Spring Gala as one of the Top 100 “must attend” charity events in Washington, DC!

The folks behind specifically honored Rafe and Phil for their work with Bad Beat on Cancer, a charity well-known in poker circles, and one the foundation credits for helping the organization vastly expand its reach over the last several years while raising more than $3 million for cancer research.

Prevent Cancer takes no shame in loving on poker. The 6th Annual Bad Beat on Cancer charity tournament is May 4. It’s one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers, and thus one of the biggest poker-minded DC shindigs of the year.

Phil Gordon is the official host.

No word on whether or not Bachus intends to play in that event, nor how many rebuys he’d have on hand.

ALT HED: Play with the Politicos

Also, check out Rafe’s blog. Not exactly the kinda thing you’d expect Bachus to embrace.

7 Comments to “Poker Pros Win Big Humanitarian Award ”

  1. steve

    i had no idea phil gordon was 7 feet tall

  2. DanM

    indeed. he’s the shawn bradley of poker.

  3. TOCurmudgeon

    Shawn Bradley of poker? Well, that’s unfair. Consider: WSOP main event final table, Bay101 (WPT), winner, author of some really good beginner’s books, pay-per-view commentator, and, oh, by-the-way, winner of a couple of bridge titles. Even if we leave off his on-going association with FullTilt and ESPN, the guy’s accomplished.

  4. Earl Burton

    Bachus looks like he’s got a gun at his back to stand with Rafe and Phil!

    Congrats to Rafe and Phil for their award!

  5. DanM

    dude, calling him Shawn Bradley is not a diss:

    * Led NBA in blocks with 228 in 2000-01
    * Led the Mavericks and ranked 3rd in the NBA in 1997-98 with 3.34 bpg
    * Notched his 5th career triple-double, with 22 points, a career high-tying 22 rebounds and a Mavericks franchise-record 13 blocked shots, against the Portland Trail Blazers on 4/7/98
    * Led the NBA in 1996-97 in blocked shots (3.40 bpg)
    * Tied his career-high and set a Mavericks franchise record for points by a center (32) against the L.A. Clippers on 4/14/97
    * Became the first player in NBA history to record double-figure blocks in consecutive games on two separate occasions (3/14 and 3/16/96, 4/17 and 4/19/96)
    * Set a Philadelphia 76ers’ franchise-record in 1994-95 for most blocked shots in a season (274)
    * Named to the 1993-94 NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 10.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 3.00 bpg
    * Participated in the Schick Rookie Game during the 1994 NBA All-Star Weekend in Minneapolis.

    Plus both are much taller than their peers. I’m gonna stick by the comparison.

  6. steve

    wow… Dan M FTW

  7. Ed

    Phil Gordon is freakishly tall…and handsome.

    I have always enjoyed his Little Green Book.