Thank you to everybody who attended Charity Series of Poker Event #18, the Knights of the Poker Table, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tournament drew 251 entries (every seat was sold out before cards were in the air) and raised over $94,000 for the Golden Knights Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the primary charitable link between the NHL’s newest team and the Las Vegas community.
Among those to play the tournament, which was emceed by diehard Golden Knights fan Daniel Negreanu, were Pawn Stars’ Austin “Chumlee” Russell, Hollywood actor Kane Hodder, Film Critic Richard Roeper, 1998 WSOP Main Event champ Scotty Nguyen, reigning WSOP champ John Cynn, bracelet winners Ryan Leng and Jeff Madsen, and LFG Podcast co-host Jamie Kerstetter, among others.
Likewise, Golden Knights’ mascot Chance also competed in the tournament, which came after he participated in a Vegas Golden Knights Official Watch Party inside Planet Hollywood. That’s because the Knights were on the road in L.A. taking on the Kings. Unfortunately for Knights fans, they saw their team fall 5-1 in that game. Fortunately, they rebounded by winning their next two games!
While he didn’t win the tournament, Randall Emmett made headlines during the tournament. The Hollywood produce was playing fast and loose and wound up winning the $1,000 bonus for most rebuys/add-ons. However, the strategy worked as he also nabbed the $1,000 bonus for being the chip leader after the first break.
Finally, it was a special day for CSOP founder Matt Stout, who had spent months planning the tournament. He didn’t get to play it though as he happened to welcome his first child into the world that very day. Asher Ray Stout, 19 inches long and weighing 6 lbs. 15 oz., was born at 10:36 a.m. on December 8. Two weeks later, at just 15 days of age, Asher attended his first Golden Knights hockey game and gave a whole new meaning to #VegasBorn.
Sponsors for the CSOP Knights of the Poker Table included Poker Central, Ultimate Boat Racing Experience, Cardplayer Cruises, Cardplayer Magazine, Jason of Beverly Hills, Lake Las Vegas Water Sports, All-American Dave Fit Food Truck, VerStandig Law, Clayton Tax and Financial, Original Cocktail Club, and Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club.
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- Lisa Pickell – 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event $10K Seat
- Sean Cheatle – $2,000 Card Player Cruises Gift Certificate
- Brian Kip – 4 VGK Tickets + Erik Haula Signed Puck