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Ante Up for Africa

A most enjoyable charity tournament

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Aug 21, 2009

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This was the third year that the World Series of Poker hosted the Ante Up for Africa (AUFA) charity tournament, but it was the first year that I participated. In truth, I wasn’t planning to attend, but PokerStars gave away two AUFA seats in a freeroll for its main-event qualifiers, and I was lucky enough to win one of them. And now that I’ve played in it once, I’m wondering why I hadn’t considered playing in it before! I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year. First of all, the star power was tremendous. I’m not an A-list poker celebrity. On a good day, I’m probably on the B or C list. On other days, I might be the Kathy Griffin of the poker world. But on this day, I was surrounded by some of the top names in sports and entertainment: Mike Tyson, Charles Barkley, Matt Damon, ...


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