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.
|5th||Carl DiVeglia III||$3,000|
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:
Awesome time at the All in for Wishes event today. We had a 50% increase in players from last year and raised a lot of money. Thanks y'all!Follow @GregMerson
Let's make some wishes come true!Ready for some poker @allinforwishes w @Downtownchad & The Champ @GregMersonFollow @leechilds
Playing make a wish poker charity w @GregMerson @leechilds in Albany ny.Follow @Downtownchad
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.