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Monday, July 14th, 2008

Charity Benefits

Written by Tom Somach in Poker News

Poker pro John Hennigan has won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) celebrity tournament, a charity event which raised funds for the crisis in Darfur.

The event, co-sponsored by poker pro Annie Duke and actor Don Cheadle, was a $5,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas hold ‘em tournament with 88 entrants, nine payouts and a total prize pool of about $430,000.

The event was held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, which is currently hosting the 2008 WSOP.

Participants who finished in the money in the tourney were asked to give at least half of their winnings to charity, with several, including winner Henningan, donating all the winnings.

Hennigan, of Las Vegas, earned $136,860.

Runnerup Mike Degusta of Santa Barbara, California, USA, earned $85,536.

Third was Dan Shak of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA, who earned $54,529.

Fourth was Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth Jr. of Palo Alto, California, USA, who earned $38,491.

Fifth was Matt Calhoun of Phoenix, Arizona, USA, who earned $31,006.

Sixth was Jerry Cantrell of Encino, California, USA, who earned $25,660.

Seventh was Jordanna Schutz of Boulder, Colorado, USA, who earned $21,384.

Eighth was Ray Romano of Encino, California, USA, who earned $18,176.

Ninth was Casey Affleck of Santa Monica, California, USA, who earned $16,038.

This was the second year a charity tourney to benefit Darfur was held at the WSOP.

The charity tourney is not an official event of the WSOP, so no WSOP championship gold bracelet is awarded to the tourney winner.

According to news reports, more than 300,000 people have been savagely murdered by extremists in the last five years in Darfur, a region of the Sudan, an African nation.

(E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected].)

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