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|  Published: Aug 07, 2009

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Ante Up for Africa Shows Poker Players’ Generosity Much of the Prize Pool Donated Back to the Charity By Stephen A. Murphy Actors, comedians, athletes, professional poker players, and a host of other celebrities were at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on July 2 for the third-annual Ante Up for Africa charity poker tournament. The $5,000 event attracted some of the biggest names in Hollywood, with stars like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Don Cheadle, Sarah Silverman, and Nelly all in attendance. Several current and former athletes, such as Charles Barkley and Mike Tyson, also played in the event. At the end of the day, Alex Bolotin won the $176,449 first-place prize, and promptly donated half of it back to the charity. Proceeds from the tournament will directly benefit Refugees International’s efforts in Darfur and Sudan. Ante Up for Africa has raised more than $2 million for the cause since ...


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