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I love it when the poker community comes out to support a charitable event. So, when St. Jude’s announces a Charity Poker Tournament – the annual St. Jude Against All Odds Celebrity Poker Tournament — AND I see Daniel Negreanu’s smiling face prominently displayed, it definitely gets my attention.
I can’t help myself. Whenever I see that Daniel (@RealKidPoker) Negreanu is playing in a poker tournament I get excited. Maybe it’s because he was my first poker player “crush” when I started getting interested in poker. Or, maybe it’s because I watched his awesome documentary, “Kid Poker” and feel like I know him personally.
At any rate, the tournament being held to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital begins on Nov. 3 at Red Rock Casino Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas.
Tickets are still available to the event, which includes an elegant dinner and premium open bar, a live auction and other special features throughout the evening, with the highlight being the No-limit Hold’em Poker Tournament.
There are huge prizes for the top three finishers in the tournament, with a prized seat in the 2018 WSOP Main Event worth $10,000 going to the winner.
Some of the confirmed celebrities who will be in attendance include extreme sports athletes Connor Fields, Gus Kensworthy and Ricardo Laguna as well as actors Joshua Malina, Jennie Garth and Tom Everett Scott, plus many others including Geoff Stults who will be serving as emcee.
But the point is that this poker tournament is truly on behalf of a worthy cause, as the proceeds help St. Jude’s keep its extraordinary promise to ensure that “ families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”
In an interview with PokerNews, Negreanu explained why he’s so supportive of this cause. “St. Jude is like no other place. The research done there is shared around the world. Every hospital in every community benefits and needs our support. It brings me great satisfaction to know that the poker community is coming together to help St. Jude focus on what matters most — saving children’s lives.”