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Todd Brunson to Hold Poker Tourney for Kids With Cancer

Event Takes Places Weekend Before Bay 101 Shooting Star


The Saturday before the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star, poker players are getting together to play golf and poker to help those with cancer.

On March 8, at 9 a.m., Matt Savage will host a charity golf tournament in honor of the late Thao Nguyen Udayakumar at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Coyote Creek gold course in San Jose. The entry fee for golf and lunch is $225, and proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. People can also sponsor a hole for $500. Reservations must be made by Feb. 29, and information on how to register can be found here.

Then, at 2 p.m., Card Player columnist Todd Brunson will host a $300 charity poker tournament in Santa Clara that will benefit the Leo Brien Foundation, which helps support a camp for children with cancer.

The event takes place at the CMT office building close to the Bay 101 Casino. The WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star championship event starts March 10. Confirmed for the charity event are Hoyt Corkins, Cyndy Violette, Mark Seif, and Roy Winston. Savage will be the emcee of the event. The tournament has a $300 buy-in with $100 rebuys.

The winner of this event gets a Todd Brunson’s Official Las Vegas Boot Camp package for four people (valued at $4,500). The package includes transportation, hotel accommodations, a private one-day seminar hosted by Brunson and Corkins, and a night out with Brunson and his friends. The runner-up receives a World Series of Poker Academy prize package valued at $1,999.

All proceeds will benefit Camp Oziku, a California organization that states its mission as “to provide recreational, respite, and peer-support programs to meet the needs of all members of families affected by childhood cancer.”

The tourney is open to the public, and the address of the CMT office building is 590 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, California, 95054. Click here for more information or to register.