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Poker players were able to put their money where their mouths were at the first annual Trash Talk Championship of the World held Saturday, February 6 at the Hard Rock Casino Poker Room. The charity event included a silent auction along with the poker tournament which benefited the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. When the play was over, more than $11,000 had been raised.

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Lou Diamond Phillips
Photo credit: Burt Davis


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Cheryl Hines
Photo credit: Judy Thorburn


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Nancy Cartwright and Carrot Top
Photo credit: Burt Davis

Some of the celebrities walking the pre tournament red carpet included actor Lou Diamond Phillips, actress Cheryl Hines from “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, Playboy Playmate Sara Underwood, Nancy Cartwright who supplies the voice of Bart Simpson, Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho from “The Amazing Race Team” and Carrot Top. Poker pros included Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari.

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Michael Godard
Photo credit: Burt Davis


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Michael Godard painting
Photo credit: Burt Davis

Well known modern artist Michael Godard, a major supporter of the Osbourne charity, hosted the event and supplied several paintings for the silent auction. Godard told the players that Sharon Osbourne was not able to attend due to a book signing, but sent her heartfelt thanks to all the participants. He then turned the microphone over to Nancy Cartwright who made the traditional “shuffle up and deal” pronouncement.


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The players decide on their bets
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The players were in good spirits and consumed a few ounces of spirits as well during the tournament, making side bets, and toasting each other. Players and guests bid on a variety of paintings, mementos, and autographed pictures during the tournament play.

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Winner's Trophy
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Tournament winner Trishelle Cannatella received prize money, a 20 pound custom crystal trophy and a seat in the upcoming World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational in Los Angeles.

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Trishelle Cannatella (center) with Amazing Race contestants Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho
Photo credit: Burt Davis

Just competing against Trishelle was a winning experience for many of the players. This “Real World” alum has appeared in Playboy, Maxim, and Elle Girl as well as hit films and television shows including The Dukes of Hazard, Punk’d, and Fear Factor.

Activities concluded with an after party at the Vanity Nightclub at The Hard Rock Casino sponsored by Victory Poker. It was a great spot for the players and friends to gather and discuss the day’s events.

The Trash Talk Championship of the World is sponsored by VictoryPoker.net, ClubWPT.com, and the WSOP Academy, and supported by Whole Foods Markets, The Autograph Guys, Polanti Watches, Monster Cable, Rockwell, DVS Shoe Company, Monte Cristo Cigars, ABA Energy Corporation, Jack Links, 2-Step Images, Ollie Pop, Ksino Clothing, Jennifer Harman CPT, Cartwright Entertainment, Life’s A Bluff, Legacy Alliance Inc., www.TheMavenVT.com, The Autograph Guys, On The DL Podcast, Victory.TV, and GreasieWheels.
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