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UB and PPA Host LA Celebrity Charity Poker Event

Money Will Be Raised for After-School At-Risk Youth Program


Annie DukeAt the Commerce Casino on Thursday, an interesting and eclectic group will come together to raise money for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s nonprofit after-school program, After-School All-Stars.

There will be poker players (like Annie Duke and Tiffany Michelle), actors (like Don Cheadle of Hotel Rwanda, Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond, David Zayas of Dexter, and Joshua Malina of The West Wing), and even the occasional politician (like Beverly Hills mayor Jimmy Delshad).

All will come to take part to participate in festivities surrounding a charity poker tournament designed to raise money for at-risk youth the tournament. Thursday’s tournament has a buy-in of $250 with $100 rebuys, while people who just want to attend the event but skip the poker tournament can come for $75.

With poker site UB serving as one of the official sponsors of the charity event, players will compete for up to $35,000 in prizes.

Duke, a UB pro, spoke about the importance of After-School All-Stars (ASAS).

“ASAS is simply an amazing organization. The children they serve live in some of the most poverty-stricken areas in the country where their other options are gangs, drugs, or worse,” said Duke. “ASAS not only provides them a safe place to be while their parents work, but also provides them additional support in school work and outlets for expression through extracurricular activities.”

The Poker Players Alliance is also one of the sponsors for the event. PPA Nevada State Director Dianna Donofrio will be the guest tournament director of the tournament.

Other poker players and industry players scheduled to attend include Rafe Furst, Adam “Roothlus” Levy, Ali Nejad, Karina Jett, Chip Jett, and Nancy Todd Tyner.

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