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We’ve written about how generous many poker players are about donating a portion of their earnings to various charities before, but there are some that have a passion for a special cause and create a tournament dedicated to raising money for it. For example, there’s poker super star Vanessa Selbst, who is hosting her “Justice Is Blinds” (see what they did there?) event for the third year in a row, on September 26, in New York City. Tickets are $1,500 to enter and $2,000 for VIP access.

Selbst loves the idea of helping her home town’s most socioeconomically challenged populations by raising money for the Urban Justice Center (UJC) a non-profit that provides legal services to thousands of NY residents, including survivors of domestic violence, international refugees, veterans, the homeless, and more. A huge advocate in the fight for a just and equal society, Selbst feels that she can best support the UJC by hosting this extremely popular annual tournament.

As she said, “There’s actually a great community of poker players [in the city] who don’t get to play very often because poker isn’t legal here, but charity poker is. There are a lot of people who come out just for charity events.”

And a lot of celebrities and poker stars show up, too, which helps make this one of poker’s premier charity events. This year they are expecting Erik Seidel, Andy Frankenberger and Jonathan Little, not to mention co-hosts Daniel Negreanu and Olivier Busquet.

“Justice is Blinds has been a tremendous success the last two years,” said Gretchen Wagner Nealon, director of development at the UJC. “Vanessa knows how to throw a poker tournament! We have heard many people at the tournaments say it’s the best poker tournament they have ever been to. We raised over $180K last year and hope to surpass that this year.”

Top prize will be a $15,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package. Players can also win other tantalizing prizes. The best prize, of course, is helping a worthy cause.

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Got to admit that the last couple of days have been anything but boring down at the Rio Las Vegas. It began with Matt Matros becoming only the third player in 30 years to be victorious in winning a bracelet in three consecutive years. He took Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Champion, knocking out Mark Radoja when he completed a flush on the river. Not only did he take home his 3rd WSOP bracelet but walked away with $454,835.

That was followed by Andy Frankenberger who won Event 17: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em in a heads-up against one of the world’s greatest poker players and eight- time WSOP bracelet winner, Phil Ivey. Frankenberger, who had won a bracelet last year, took home his second bracelet , and a 445,899 pay check, but you can bet that his biggest rush was that he beat the legendary Ivey.

And finally, as if we hadn’t had enough, we get the “poker brat” Phil Hellmuth  getting satisfaction and finally capturing his elusive twelfth bracelet. He captured it in Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz. He got a check for $182,793 but the money, I’m sure, was insignificant to him. You could see it all over his face; the weight of that elusive 12th had finally lifted.

You, too, would act like a  poker brat just like Hellmuth and splash all your chips on the poker table if you had won your 12th bracelet. Hell, I would do that if I just cashed . . . let alone if I got a WSOP bracelet.

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