Celebrities, Poker Pros and Enthusiasts Raise More Than $275,000 at the Fourth Annual Ante Up For Africa at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Poker Pro Phil Gordon Wins with Runner-Up Shannon Elizabeth
The fourth annual Ante Up for Africa charity poker tournament took place July 3 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino as part of the 41st Annual World Series of Poker®, raising more than $275,000 to aid the victims of the humanitarian crises in Africa. First place went to professional poker player Phil Gordon, who won a total of $129,086 and donated 100 percent back to the charity.
“I always wanted to win an event at the World Series of Poker,”Gordon said after his win. “Of course, it had to be a non-gold bracelet event.” He has made it to multiple final tables in the WSOP®, but has yet to win a bracelet. Runner-up Shannon Elizabeth felt similarly after the tournament ended, “I wish the rest of my WSOP had gone the way this tournament went.”
Ante Up for Africa attracted 83 players this year including Don Cheadle, Annie Duke, Matt Damon, Brad Garrett, Shannon Elizabeth, Montel Williams, David Alan Grier, Evander Holyfield, Jerome Bettis and poker pros Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, Howard Lederer, Phil Gordon, Phil Ivey, John Hennigan, Joe Hachem, Michael Mizrachi, Rafe Furst and Erik Seidel. The No-Limit Hold’em poker tournament required an entry fee of $5,000 and all of the in-the-money finishers donated a portion of their winnings to the charity.
Hi-resolution images of the red carpet and tournament are available by contacting Brandy Bell at email@example.com.
Broadcast quality video packages are currently available at the following link:
File names: Red_Carpet_AUFA_2010.mov and Tourn_B_Roll_AUFA_2010.mov.
A WMV Link is available for PC viewers at the link below:
File name: AUFA_2010_VNR.wmv.