The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and WPT Foundation Raise $725,000
On Monday, hosted by 13-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth emceed an event that saw the The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and WPT Foundation's "All In" For Kids Poker Tournament raise $725,000 for charity.
The tournament, sponsored in part by partypoker, was held at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City and won by event co-founder and honorary chair Dan Shak. Shak earned an extra $15,000 for the charity by winning a bet against Bill Perkins.
The WPT Foundation partnered with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2013, and in addition to Hellmuth and Shak, several notable poker players attended including Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, Vanessa Selbst, WPT Season IX Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger, and Team partypoker members Jamie Kerstetter, and Scott Baumstein.
Also in attendance were actor JD Williams, New York Giants lineman Justin Pugh, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, Jeremy Maclin, and five-time Pro Bowler for the Eagles Mike Quick, along with hospital trustees, doctors, donors, and grateful patient families.
The event also featured a charity auction, where attendees bid on sports memorabilia, vacations, and a tournament entry into the 2014 WPT Borgata Winter Open, donated by partypoker. The Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa donated all of the tables and dealers for the event.
Photo courtesy of the WPT.