WPT Charity Event a Great Success

SDpokerThe World Poker Tour hosted a charity event last week, for their yearly All In for Kids tournament and many celebrities and poker players showed up to compete and support the children’s charity. The event took place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and was working to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Pediatric Palliative Care program.

The charity was co-founded by Dan Shak a professional poker player as well as hedge fund manager. Party Poker was this year’s sponsor and the program associated with the event will help to treat children who have life-threatening illness or disease.

The event would see Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten working as co-announcers and Phil Hellmuth was the master of ceremonies. Vanessa Selbst, Andy Frankenberger and many more were on hand to support the game of poker as well as the children’s charity.

The event started off with a film about the charity and how they positively affect families’ lives. A few speeches were made and then it was time to kick off the poker games. However, before the gaming got started, Hellmuth grabbed Selbst and the two performed 99 Problems by Jay-Z. The song got the crowd ready for action.

Hellmuth then worked the crowd, moving throughout the tournament and discussing game play with those involved in the charity poker tournament. Many sports stars were on hand as well to compete including: Justin Pugh, Mike Quick and Jeremy Macklin. The event not only included a poker tournament but also a silent auction with sports items as well as music memorabilia up for grabs.

In the end, Dan Shak was able to gain the chip lead and work his way to victory. The tournament was a great success and $725,000 was raised by the event’s end, which makes the night a great success!