- Gordon Donates US$130K First Prize to Charity
DUBLIN, July 7 /CNW/ - Team Full Tilt's Phil Gordon donated his first-place prize money to charity after winning the 4th Annual Ante Up For Africa poker tournament at the World Series of Poker*.
A total of 83 players entered the US$5,000 buy-in tournament which has become an integral part of the World Series of Poker*. The field consisted of both professional poker players and well-known poker celebrities. Stars such as Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Evander Holyfield and Jerome Bettis all showed their poker prowess.
A quick-blind structure ensured players were heading for the rails at regular intervals and by the time Alex Filatov departed in third place, the remaining pair were playing shove poker. Gordon didn't have to wait long for the right position and when his opponent moved all in with K-10 Gordon quickly called with Q-3. The board ran Q-6-8-A-5 and the pair of queens gave Gordon the first prize.
The Team Full Tilt member donated 100% of his US$130,641 winnings back to the charity. All told, the event raised a total of US$275K for its projects in Africa.
Ante Up For Africa is a non-profit organization which provides lifesaving assistance for people in places such as Darfur, Sudan. It was co-founded by Don Cheadle, Annie Duke and Norman Epstein and since its inception has raised over US$3 million for charity.
Don Cheadle is an official Friend of Full Tilt Poker, and last year Full Tilt Poker hosted a special FTOPS event on behalf of Ante Up For Africa.
To find out more about Ante Up For Africa, or to make a donation, visit their website at http://anteupforafrica.org/.
Visit http://www.fulltiltpoker.com to learn more about Phil Gordon and all of the Full Tilt Poker pros.
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