This year’s event will once again run the night before the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship weekend and will benefit Maximum Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization created by three-time Emmy-winning actor Brad Garrett that offers practical aid to families with a child battling a life-limiting illness.
Of the $300 buy-in, $140 will go into the prize pool but the important $140 will go to Maximum Hope Foundation to help Garrett’s great cause. The tournament starts off at 7pm but the fun will start long before cards go in the air.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be hosting a players party at the L Bar at 5pm with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music, and drawings for prizes worth more than $30,000. After the party, players will head to the ballroom for a fun time while raising money for the foundation.
There will be a $1,000 cash bonus to the player who re-enters the most times before registration closes around 9:15pm and the chip leader at that time will also receive a $1,000 cash prize.
We expect to see a lot of our friends in the tournament including big-name pros, poker fans, and plenty of stars from outside poker. We hope you can make it out and help us push the donations higher throughout the evening.
If Chris hadn’t won the Main Event in 2003 you probably wouldn’t even know what hold’em is. He turned a $39 online satellite into a bracelet and $2.5 million while giving every Average Joe hope and single-handedly causing the poker boom in the process!
Carlos’s nickname “The Matador” has less to do with his Spanish descent than him goring his opponents. He has over $11 million in earnings, is the only player to win both the WSOP Main Event and WPT Championship. Plus he’s good at stacking chips. Literally.
“Riess the Beast” graduated from Michigan State with a hospitality degree but quickly found the poker tables to be more hospitable than a job. He finished 2nd in a 2012 WSOP Circuit main event for $239k then won the 2013 WSOP Main event for $8.4 million!
Gregy was an online grinder who kicked his addictions so that he could get high as a damn kite on life by putting on one of the sickest performances in WSOP history: winning the 2012 $10k NL 6max and WSOP Main Event…BACK-TO-BACK!
What can we say about Mikey that he hasn’t already said about himself? He has 5 WSOP bracelets, has made 15 WSOP and 5 WPT final tables, has $9 million in live tournament winnings, and is the all-time leader in verbal jabs on the felt.
With over $14 million in winnings, 2 WPT titles, 3 bracelets, 2 wins in the prestigious $50k Poker Players Championship, and a November Nine appearance, “The Grinder” seems like a vast understatement. “The Superhuman” seems more fitting.
Matt Glantz is just your average family man from Pennsylvania…except that he’s also a mixed cash game expert, Parx poker room ambassador, and EPT London champion with 7 WSOP final table appearances and $5.5 million in live tournament winnings.
When this tier 1 boss isn’t busy playing nosebleed cash games he does just fine in tournaments, too. He is a WPT Bellagio and NAPT Venetian Champion and has racked up $4.7 million in lifetime earnings and a 2010 Cardplayer POY title.
When Matt isn’t writing and co-producing for shows like “Weeds” and “Entourage” he enjoys long walks on the beach, winning the WPT Paris and 2013 WPT Player of the year titles, the occasional canister of Pringles, and pineapple OFC (with jokers).
Lynn reported for PokerNews for years and is now the Anchor for the World Poker Tour on Fox Sports. Whether she’s reporting on poker, playing it, or traveling the globe making green smoothies, she always embodies her initials, LG: Life’s Good!
Matt Stout has made 3 WSOP and 2 WPT final tables and has $2.7M in live tournament winnings as well as $3.6M online. He can’t seem to win a major live title, but he somehow got a beautiful law student to agree to marry him anyway. Lucksack.
Lacey is just your average Hong Kong resident: A down to Earth poker-playing Southern Belle and international model. This blonde bombshell has been featured on the covers of Bluff and FHM as well as in most poker players’ dreams for several years now.
Gavin is so much fun to play poker with that people are usually too busy laughing at his shenanigans to realize that he has taken half their chips. How else do you think he got a bracelet, a WPT title, and $6.2 million in earnings? It certainly wasn’t poker skill!
Annette became the youngest person to win a bracelet when she won WSOP Europe for over $2 million at 18. In case that wasn’t enough she once won an online tournament without looking at her cards just to prove how much better than the boys she is.
Amanda was on online tournament pro who has now won over a million dollars in live tournaments. Even if her flirtatious smile isn’t enough to get her to give you some of your chips you’ll be drawing dead against her razor-sharp tongue anyway.
Mukul is either an up-and-coming superstar or a lucksack on the heater of a lifetime. Okay, maybe it’s a little bit of both. He has won $3 million in live tournaments, most of it in the past year on his way to becoming the 2014 WPT Player of the Year.
Jay was living in Vegas for years working as a VIP Host for night clubs and playing a little poker on the side until he decided to turn the 2013 WSOP Main Event into the sickest Vegas party of his life, finishing second for just shy of $5.2 million!
Not only is this analyst for the World Poker Tour’s “Raw Deal” segment a WPT champion himself, but if poker was like high school and we had awards for superlatives Tony would have won “Best Dressed” hands down nine years running.
Chris has been directing events for the WSOP and WPT for years and is the director of the new @2PairPoker Tour. When he’s not busy running some of the biggest poker events you can catch him killing it in the DJ booth moonlighting as “Djnexus.”