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Patrick Ricci Wins 4th Annual All In For Wishes Charity Event

Greg Merson, Beverly Swimm, Lee Childs and Chad Brown

This past weekend, the 4th Annual All In For Wishes event was held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York. The $200 buy-in charity event, which benefitted the Make-A-Wish Foundation for Northeast New York, drew 195 players (up from 122 the year before) and generated a prize pool of $46,000. After 13 hours of play, Patrick Ricci, who won the same event in 2010, emerged victorious to capture the $10,000 first-place prize.

1stPatrick Ricci$10,000
2ndAnthony DiStefano$7,000
3rdLarry Numrich$5,500
4thJosh Gambill$4,000
5thCarl DiVeglia III$3,000
6thVincent Leone$2,500
7thChuck Jasinski$2,000
8thCharles Furey$1,500

Notable Finishes: Ron Miller (four WSOP cashes) — 9th Place; Stan Merson (Greg Merson's dad) — 19th Place

The charity event included many notable players including 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion and Player of the Year Greg Merson; Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown; and 2007 WSOP seventh-place finisher Lee Childs. Others who attended were WSOP bracelet winner Gary Styczynski; author of Life on Tilt, John Blowers; and 2010 Borgata Open winner Dan Spirer.

Needless to say, a good time was had by all:

Check out some footage from the event here:

Tournament organizers are planning another event for April 19, 2014 to benefit Junior Achievement of Northeastern NY.

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