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‘The Jerk’ Steve Martin plays in a charity event

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Dec 10, 2010

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On Oct. 21, in Manhattan, I emceed a charity poker tournament for CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), the number-one children’s hospital in the USA — http://www.chop.edu. Fortunately, we raised almost $1 million. Knowing that he was frequently in Manhattan, I invited global entertainment icon Steve Martin to play in the event. Martin is a great guy, and a very good poker player; he definitely takes the game seriously. In fact, for decades, he used to play in a regular poker game in Hollywood that was so tough to get into that A-list stars couldn’t wrangle an invite to it. It wasn’t that they played for a lot of money in this legendary game, but that Johnny Carson, the major studio heads, Martin, and famous directors populated the game. The CHOP event began with 14 tables in action, and I announced that Martin was my pick to win it all. With ...


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