By Judy Thorburn
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance
Celebrities And Poker Players Raise Over $42,000 In Pokerstars.Net NAPT Venetian Charity Tournament
PokerStars.net brought top celebrities and the best players in the U.S. to the poker table in Las Vegas on Friday, February 19. to support Three Square, a local food charity. All proceeds from the $540 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Tournament go to the organization, which aims to end hunger in the valley by providing wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit organizations that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans in need.
Stars such as Tony Hawk, Christian Slater, Brad Garrett, Jason Alexander, Joanna Krupa, Montel Williams, Donnie Wahlberg, Marlon Wayans and Slash were among the 39 players who competed in the event in The Venetian Poker Room - raising more than $42,000 for Three Square. AJ Buckley from CSI NY, Nicholas Gonzalez and Shaun Sipos of CW's Melrose Place and UFC fighter Tito Ortiz were also in attendance.
Christian Slater was a fan favorite and appeared amazingly friendly. He kept jumping up from the poker table to take photos with the fans that lined the aisles. A bounty was put on Daniel Negreanu and the prize was a signed guitar by Slash, which went to actor Donnie Wahlberg. Donnie said he was going to give the guitar to his son.
Zak "Zakooza" Alameddine from New York won the event and a ticket into next year's PokerStars.net Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. He beat top poker pros such as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, world champion Joe Cada, Gavin Griffin, Dennis Phillips, Chris Moneymaker and Vanessa Rousso.
Baseball legend, Orel Hershiser, came second winning a seat in the NAPT Mohegan Sun event in April. John Beveridge from Henderson, Nevada, came third and won a seat into the $5,000 PokerStars.net North American Poker Tour Venetian Main Event which is set to attract more than 800 players.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, the stars headed up to TAO Nightclub for cocktails, hors dourves and a special musical performance by recording artist T-Pain.