Famous poker players and celebrities recently took part in a charity poker event to benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Highlights of the event
“All In” for Kids Poker Tournament from the World Poker Tour Foundation (WTP) was held to benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The event was held at Mandarin Oriental. This year the event managed to raise an astounding $910,000, which will be utilized to fund the research on food allergy at CHOP.
The evening was hosted by poker legend Phil Hellmuth Jr., and many sports personalities too graced the event.
Celebs and charity work
Many celebrities came to the charity game to support the cause of the hospital. Phil Hellmuth who has won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet 13 times hosted the evening event. Phil Hellmuth played the final table, but did not win. The winner was Lance Breitstein from New Jersey. However, Phil’s presence was the highlight of the show.
Other sports personalities seen at the event were Justin Pugh, the lineman for the New York Giants, Pro Bowler of Philadelphia Eagles Mike Quick, Vanessa Selbst from Team PokerStars, Jamie Kerstetter from Party Poker, Ken Daneyko of New Jersey Devils and many more. There were reality stars, TV producers and many more from the field of poker.
The cause for the evening – food allergies – was highlighted and it is the hope of the organizers, the people at CHOP and celebrities who attended that this medical condition is given due attention. As per CHOP statistics, at least 15 million people in the US alone are suffering from some sort of food allergy and more kids are diagnosed with it every year. Some food allergies even pose a risk to life. It was a good endeavour from CHOP to raise awareness about the subject.