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Charity Series of Poker Knights of the Poker Table Raises Over $94,000 for Golden Knights Foundation

Charity Event At Planet Hollywood Draws 251 Entries


The 2018 Charity Series of Poker ‘Knights of the Poker Table’ event at Planet Hollywood 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©(3) organization that serves as the primary charitable link between the NHL’s newest team and the Las Vegas community.

Daniel Negreanu emceeing the CSOP Knights of the Poker Table eventAmong 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 event, Randall Emmett made headlines during the tournament. The Hollywood producer 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.

Final Table Results

1st: Lisa Pickell – 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event $10K Seat
2nd: Sean Cheatle – $2,000 Card Player Cruises Gift Certificate
3rd: Brian Kip – 4 VGK Tickets + Erik Haula Signed Puck

Sponsors for the CSOP Knights of the Poker Table included Cardplayer Magazine, Cardplayer Cruises, Original Cocktail Club, Poker Central, Ultimate Boat Racing Experience, Jason of Beverly Hills, Lake Las Vegas Water Sports, All-American Dave Fit Food Truck, VerStandig Law, Clayton Tax and Financial, and Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club.

If you would like to know more about CSOP sponsorship opportunities email If you couldn’t make it to the event but want to support the cause you can donate online by clicking here.

About the Golden Knights Foundation

The Golden Knights Foundation is a 501©(3) organization that serves as the primary charitable link between the NHL’s newest team and the Las Vegas community.

Through our namesake foundation, the Vegas Golden Knights support Las Vegas non-profits that make a difference every day via direct grants and fundraising partnerships. These initiatives are funded through corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, signature events, in-game programs, and merchandise sales. As Las Vegas’ first major professional sports team, the Vegas Golden Knights recognize and embrace our duty to strengthen and inspire our community.

Our players, coaches, and staff enthusiastically set the example for our loyal fans, whom we hope to encourage to become agents of growth and change themselves.

About the Charity Series of Poker (CSOP)

Established in 2014, the Charity Series of Poker is a non-profit company founded to organize and promote charity poker tournaments and other events that raise money and awareness for worthy charities and causes. We strive to make it easy for poker players and celebrities to give back to their communities and the world in a very tangible way while playing the game we all love.

Photos provided by CSOP / Chris Wallace.