Bad Beat on Cancer Tournament Tonight


If you are looking for a game of poker this evening, you may want to check out Phil Gordon's Bad Beat on Cancer tournament running over at Full Tilt Poker at 9pm EST. The buy-in is $5 for the prize pool and $5 for the charity. Really, is there a better way to get your game on while contributing to a very worthwhile cause?

As of this writing, there are 32 people registered. Undoubtedly that number will increase dramatically over the next 6 hours. I'm going to try and play it myself if the flu I have caught permits me to be awake for the event.

Full Details are as follows:

When: Sunday, December 17th at 9pm EST (6pm PT)
Where: www.fulltiltpoker.com
Tournament Name: Bad Beat on Cancer (under Private tourney tab)
Password: badbeat
Buy in: $5 plus $5

(original banner designed by Katitude - date modified)

Lou Krieger Playing in Dick Van Patten Charity Tourney

Lou Krieger, notable poker author and all-around really good guy, posted on his blog that he'll be playing in the charity tournament I wrote about yesterday. Lou's books helped my game a lot when I was a noob, and he's always been kind and generous toward me when I've pestered him about poker. He's also been a valuable source of news, analysis and commentary on the various poker prohibition bills, via always-informative posts on his blog. He's also a fan of Dr. Pauly, but we won't hold that against him.

Regarding this tournament, Lou writes, "The tournament, now in its second year, raises money to underwrite a holiday party for children of US Marines stationed at nearby Twenty-nine Palms."

So if you go to play, you're supporting the troops and you're helping the children. Let's watch the anti-poker nuts try to spin this one.

Dick Van Patten Charity Tourney This Weekend

This weekend, the Dick Van Patten charity poker tournament will be played at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, a community about two hours east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs.

The tournament will raise money for the US Marine Corps, and a bunch of well-known personalities have been invited to play, including a few of Dick Van Patten's former television co-stars, and his son Vince, who is on some poker show that apparently is solely responsible for the current poker boom.

The Desert Sun has a highly entertaining story today, where they posed some poker-related questions to a few of the invitees and printed their answers. I learned that Connie Stevens likes to "play with the guys every now and then because I think it's so much fun." and she's a self-admitted "a gutsy player, and they never know what the hell I'm going to do." And I also learned that Eileen Davidson "tried to fake out James Woods once by making faces, but I just couldn't."

If you're in Indio this weekend and would like to play, it's limited to 400 players, with a $300 buy-in. More details are in TFA, linked below.

Underwater Tourney Raises Money for Iraq Vet

Over at our sister site Divester, Willy Volk writes about a Fort Collins Marine who wanted to raise some money for his family, so he organized an underwater poker tournament with the help of a local dive shop.

Hoping to get $500, Brian Ivers, a Marine reservist who has done three tours in Iraq since 2002, ended up raising over $1600, instead.

Willy writes, "After 20 years of fundraisers, Center owner Jim Johnson remarked, "It was the most money we've ever raised in any of our events." Evidently, the success was due, in large part, to spectators and friends who added unexpected individual donations to the pot."

Of course, we in the online poker community are no strangers to charity tournaments, but it's really cool to see another example of this great national pastime used in a creative way to help people out.

Poker Swag for Charity

I'd like to take a moment to point you all in the direction of ForPeyton.com, a website set up to help a little girl named Peyton whose mother passed away earlier this year from small cell ovarian cancer. This isn't the first time we have discussed this at Card Squad, but it is certainly worth repeating, and repeating, and repeating some more. The generosity of fellow poker players in helping those who are less fortunate is something that I am always amazed by and extremely proud of, and is something that sets this community apart from other clubs, groups, or organizations. In this case, poker players, bloggers, friends and family have joined to raise money for Peyton's future, as well as for small cell ovarian cancer research.

In the past I mentioned that professional poker players have made cash donations to the ForPeyton fund including Phil Hellmuth, Gavin Smith, and Josh Arieh, who each generously donated $2,000. If you are personally interested in contributing you may make a donation directly or bid on one of their eBay auctions - details to follow - and get yourself some poker swag. You have just under three days to place your bids, so head over to eBay via the links below.

Current auctions are as follows:

Greg "Fossilman" Raymer Package - includes autographed fossil & t-shirt and PokerStars tote
Starting bid: $45
Current bid: $70

Poker Table signed by over 30 professional poker players
Starting bid $5000 USD
As stated on the eBay page: This table, donated by Lucky Leahy's and Bluff Magazine at the 2006 World Series of Poker, has been signed by over 30 poker professionals. The list includes:
Perry Friedman, Jeff Madsen, Phil Gordon, Hoyt Corkins, Mike Laing, Robert Williamson, Ross Boatman, John "Johnny Quads" Wenzel, Andy Bloch, Joe Sebok, Marsha Waggoner, Barry Greenstein, David Pham, Erik Seidel, Huck Seed, Tom McIvor, Max Shapiro, Kenna James, An Tran, Berry Johnston, Clonie Gowan, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Humberto Brenes, Vanessa Rousso, Susie Isaac, Chris Bigler, John Juanda, Andy Black, Ken Einiger, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Johnny Chan, Gavin Smith, and Frank Henderson.

Autographed Mike "The Mouth" Matusow basketball jersey, XL
Starting bid: $50
Current bid: $100

Bobby Bracelet, Donkey Puncher, AlCantHang HUGE Package
Starting bid: $50
Current bid: $360
Details of this package can be found on the eBay page linked above.

Please remember, if you don't want to bid on one of the above auctions, monetary donations are accepted at the ForPeyton website. If you have any questions regarding this auction or how you can help otherwise, email me at cardsquad@gmail.com and I will help or get you the appropriate person to contact you.

Reminder: Bad Beat on Cancer Tournament



Just a quick reminder to all that tonight Full Tilt Poker will be running a charity tournament for the Bad Beat on Cancer organization. Cost for the tournament is $5 for the prize pool, plus an additional $5 for the charity. Phil Gordon and Rafe Furst will be playing the tournament, and I'm sure many more of the Full Tilt pros will also be in attendance.

Details for the tournament are as follows:

October 15th, 9pm ET
Full Tilt Poker
Private tournament tab: Bad Beat on Cancer
Password: badbeat
$5 plus $5

Even if you can't make it, please consider registering anyways since all proceeds will go to the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation. I have personally registered for this event, so I hope to see you all there.

The beautiful banner above was designed by Katitude, who has given permission for anyone to borrow it and place it on their own sites. Please feel free to use the image and spread the word around about this tournament!

Put a Bad Beat On Cancer Poker Tournament


On October 15th, Full Tilt Poker will be running a charity tournament for the Bad Beat on Cancer organization. Cost for the tournament is $5 for the prize pool, plus an additional $5 for the charity. Phil Gordon and Rafe Furst will be playing the tournament, and I'm sure many more of the Full Tilt pros will also be in attendance.

Details for the tournament are as follows:

October 15th, 9pm ET
Full Tilt Poker
Private tournament tab: Bad Beat on Cancer
Password: badbeat
$5 plus $5

Even if you can't make it, please consider registering anyways since all proceeds will go to the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation. I have personally registered for this event, so I hope to see you all there.

The beautiful banner above was designed by Katitude, who has given permission for anyone to borrow it and place it on their own sites. Please feel free to use the image and spread the word around about this tournament!

Vince Neil's 2nd Annual Off The Strip Charity Tourney

Last year Mötley Crüe's lead singer Vince Neil hosted the first annual "Off The Strip" charity poker tournament at 'The Joint' in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and he is getting ready to do it all over again.

The buy-in is $500 plus $50, and rebuys and add-ons will be available. Only 150 entrants will be able to participate, and the final table will compete for a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000. Besides the tournament, a silent auction will be held and all proceeds raised from that and the tourney will be donated to the T.J. Martell Foundation through the Skylar Neil Foundation, the charity Vince Neil set up in honor of his daughter who passed away at a young age due to cancer.

The tournament will be held on November 5th. If you are interested in playing, you can contact 'The Joint' at 702-693-5000.

Recap: Tanner Evers Charity Tournament

Oh what a night. Have I mentioned before that these charity tournaments are about the most fun you can have playing online poker? Well, it is worth saying again. I had a great time last night competing against 65 others to help raise money for Tanner Evers, a boy diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. According to Mookie, who hosted the tournament, over $1,400 was raised and the donations are still coming in. I'd personally like to commend anyone that takes the time to be a part of these events, I can't even imagine how much the families appreciate it. Even more so, I think it is important to recognize the efforts made by the people who organize/host these events, they are truly doing something wonderful for those in need.

Congrats to the players who made the final table, and I look forward to playing with you all again soon.

Tanner Evers Charity Tourney Tonight


If you find yourself with some free time and a little spare change tonight, head on over to Full Tilt Poker where there will be a charity tournament held for Tanner Evers, a boy diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. Don't know who Tanner Evers is? Don't know what Neuroblastoma is? Neither do I, but does it really matter?

I believe one of the best things about this poker community is our ability to support those with needs greater than our own. If you would like more info though, head on over to Mookie's site. The following is a little blurb from him:

A couple days ago we found out that our friend's little boy, Tanner Evers, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. This is a form of cancer that occurs mostly in infants and young children. Tanner is almost 3 years old and had to go back into the hospital last night for another blood transfusion. You can read more about him HERE. The medical bills for the family are mounting and I wanted to do something. I know there is already alot of effort being put towards some very worthy causes like ForPeyton, so I was thinking of just having a tournament with all the buyins going to the Evers family.

Details for the tournament are on the banner, above. Hope to see you all there! (NOTE: The tournament time is 22:00 ET, the time on the banner is listed in CT)

For Peyton Charity Poker Swag Auction

If you are one of the few people in the poker blogging community who hasn't heard about the For Peyton charity auction, then please read on. A member of our community, Bobby Bracelet, has brought to our attention the story of a little girl named Peyton whose mother recently passed away from small cell ovarian cancer. Poker players, bloggers, friends and family have joined to raise money for Peyton's future, as well as for small cell ovarian cancer research.

Professional poker players have been making donations, including Phil Hellmuth, Gavin Smith, and Josh Arieh, who each generously donated $2,000. If you are interested in contributing you may make a donation or bid on one of their eBay auctions - which is a great way to get some poker swag. Auctions are live on eBay right now and will close on July 13, 2006. You can visit the For Peyton website for direct links to the auctions, as well as more information about this cause.

Some of the packages include: (details copied from the ForPeyton website)

Daniel Negreanu: This is a package of items donated by Daniel Negreanu, 2004 CardPlayer Champion, ESPN, and WPT Player of the Year, and owner of 3 WSOP bracelets. It includes a black Full Contact Poker t-shirt signed on the top left (size L), a black Full Contact Poker hat signed on the brim, and an 8.5 x 11 autographed picture of Daniel.

Scott Fischman: This is a package of items donated by two-time WSOP champion Scott Fischman. Items include an orange Fishtank hooded sweatshirt (size L), two black Fishtank hats (one trucker, one fitted), a poker table mouse pad w/chips, and a copy of the official game of the WSOP for Nintendo Gamecube.

Phil Gordon: This package includes an autographed copy of Phil Gordon's Little Green Book and Final Table Poker DVD, as well as an autographed photo.

CardPlayer: This package includes Phil Hellmuth's Million Dollar Poker System DVD, 2 CardPlayer t-shirts, a copy of the book, 52 Tips For Texas Hold'em Poker by Barry Shulman with Mark Gregorich, a CardPlayer mouse pad, hat and deck of cards.

Poker DVD Package: This package includes Phil Hellmuth's Million Dollar Poker System DVD and the Poker for Dummies DVD, as well as a CardPlayer mouse pad.

Also for auction:

Autographed photo of Isabelle Mercier and an autographed photo of 2005 WSOP Champion Joe Hachem.

For full details about this charity auction, please visit the ForPeyton.com website.

I'm on the World Poker Tour tonight

I just found out that I'm on the World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel tonight. It's the WPT Invitational from Commerce Casino, where I outlasted all the other celebrity players and finished 23rd to land $10,000 for City of Hope. I doubt I'll get much screen time, but my friend Burns! just called Anne to tell her that he saw me.

So . . . now you know! If anyone gets an mpeg or something, let me know and I'll link it up at WWdN:iX.

(image via Dr. Pauly

Phil Gordon's $1 Million Challenge


Professional poker player and philanthropist extraordinaire Phil Gordon has issued a challenge - to raise $1 million dollars for the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation. The money will go towards cancer prevention research, as well as education programs.

If you are interested in contributing to the cause, Phil has offered incentives for poker players such as autographed copies of his various books/dvd - the full list can be found at the PreventCancer.org website. According to their site, $300,000 has already been raised which is phenomenal. For more information on Phil's 'I'll Raise You a Million Challenge', you can visit the following websites:

PreventCancer.org 
Bad Beat on Cancer

image: PreventCancer.org

For Peyton Charity

My friend Bobby Bracelet recently played in a soccer tournament to raise money for Peyton Novoa. Her mother Natasha died of a rare form of cancer earlier this year.

Bobby mentioned this tragic story to a few people such as Jason Kirk from Bluff Magazine. Jason then mentioned it to WPT Player of the Year Gavin Smith and ESPN writer Steve Rosenbloom.

Slowly, Peyton's story has been getting around. Michael Friedman wrote a great article about it for Card Player Magazine.

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