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Ante Up for Africa Raises Nearly $400,000

Monday, July 09, 2007

Las Vegas, NV – An astonishing thing happened at precisely 10:40 pm on July 5th, 2007 in Las Vegas. On the tournament floor at the World Series of Poker, with thousands of spectators and a globalAnnie Duke is hosting a poker tournament at the San Manuel Casino and Bingo.
Annie Duke is hosting a poker tournament at the San Manuel Casino and Bingo.
  media watching, two poker players agreed to split first prize in one of the most illustrious poker tournaments ever held. The occasion was unprecedented.

Down to the final two players out of an initial field of 167 entries in what was the most star-studded field in recent memory, Dan Shak stood up from his seat at the table and announced he would donate every cent of any prize money he won to the “Ante Up for Africa” designated charities – the Enough Project and the International Rescue Committee. His opponent sitting across the table was Brandon Moran, who then stood up and announced he too would pledge the same donation – 100 percent of all money won to the charities for Darfur. With that, the tournament abruptly ended and first place was shared by two players – Dan Shak and Brandon Moran. But the real winners of this event will be the victims of the unspeakable tragedy which is currently taking place in the Darfur region of western Sudan in Africa, who are overwhelmed by an ongoing humanitarian crisis. The total amount of money donated from these two champions alone amounted to $386,738.

It all started when Oscar nominated actor Don Cheadle joined with poker pro Annie Duke to launch the “Ante Up for Africa” initiative. With the encouragement and blessing of WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack, the tournament was added to the schedule at the 2007 World Series of Poker presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light. Participants paid $5,000 each to play in the event. Although no money was held out of the official prize pool, organizers hoped to raise both donations and public awareness for the Darfur region.

Numerous celebrities and poker pros entered the No-Limit Hold’em tournament which was played in the afternoon and evening of July 5th. Here is a complete list of those who gave their time and money to this event:

Adams
Brandon
Affleck
Ben
Alexander
Jason
Asness
Cliff
Azaria
Hank
Barkley
Charles
Barksdale
Bradford
Barrett
Robert
Batkin
Andrew
Beckler
Paul
Behm
Stephen
Benezra
Joseph
Binger
Michael
Binger
Nicholas
Bloch
Andrew
Boday
Shawn
Bonomo
Justin
Breiman
Valerie
Bright
Robert
Bruel
Patrick
Brunson
Doyle
Cernuto
John
Cheadle
Don
Cheung
Harry
Chriss
Neil
Chua
Domingo
Clark-Mccoy
Ethelyne
Coats
William
Colton
Darren
Cospolich
Brian
Coulter
Bridgid
Creason
Jennifer
Damon
Matthew
Davis
Jared
Deame
Kevin
Degusta
Michael
Dickherber
George
Drucker
Max
Duckworth Jr
Joe
Duffy
Louise
Duke
Anne
Durden
Michael
Durkee
William
Edemeka
Ubong
Elizabeth
Shannon
Elwell
Elizabeth
Erak
Milana
Esfandiari
Antonio
Fardad
Farshad
Ferguson
Christopher
Forrest
Ted
Furst
Rafael
Gallas
Frank
Garrett
Brad
Garson
Willie
Gibbs
Christopher
Gold
Jamie
Goldman
Gregg
Gordon
Stewart
Gottlieb
Jacob
Gowen
Clonie
Greenberg
Jeff
Greenstein
Barry
Hachem
Joseph
Hachem
Tony
Hamilton
Russell
Hawrilenko
Matthew
Hellmuth
Molly
Hellmuth
Phillip
Hilderbrand
Par Alex?
Hinton
Clyde
Huang
Stephen
Hulbert
Cathy
Jacobs
Aaron
Jao
Roderick
Kamp
Ken
Kang
Benjamin
Karol
Jim
Keisler
Thomas
Kenison
Robert
King
Graham
King
Tim
Klein
William
Knipfing
Kevin
Kritzer
Randy
Laipply
Judson
Lederer
Howard
Lederer
Susan
Leibel
Cody
Leung
Jimmy
Manley
Dwight
Marshall
John
Matthews
Gary
Matusow
Michael
Mazur
Dmitry
Mccollom
Theodore
Mccoy
Dennis
Mccrea
Grant
Medic
Nenad
Melkersen
Michael
Milosavljevic
Derek
Mittelhauser
Jon Eric
Moran
Brandon
Mullens
Gordon
Muller
Peter
Negreanu
Daniel
Noam
Danny
Nobles
Paul
Odonnell
Kevin
Okeefe
Timothy
Oliveri
Bradley
Olson
Shawn
Ortega
Elio
Peanick
James
Phifer
Mekhi
Pierce
Brock
Pierson
Greg
Piscal
Michael
Polis
Jordanna
Purpose
Darryl
Ramdin
Annand
Reitman
Joseph
Repetto
Javier
Robbins
Kimberly
Roeper
Richard
Rosenblum
Russell
Russell
Matthew
Sanborn
Katherine
Sandler
Adam
Santoli
Benjamin
Schulman
John
Schulman
Michael
Schwartz
Robert
Seet
Paul
Shak
Beth
Shak
Daniel
Siegel
Richard
Silber
Gerald
Silber
Reagan
Simmons
Walter
Simon
Samuel
Simonian
Jean
Singer
David
Smith
Kevin
Stroud
Holly
Styczynski
Gary
Swan
Serinda
Thater
Katja
Thomas
Adrian
Thompson
Kasey
Tierney
Daniel
Tilson
Mona
Traniello
Jennifer
Villela
Ralph
Wahlberg
Donald
Weinger
Seth
West
Timothy
Westcott
Carl
Westcott
Court
White
Patrick
Williams
Lawrence
Williams
Montel
Williamson
Robert
Wilson
Scott
Wolfe
Paul
Wong
Alvaro
Wunderman
Michael
Xenos
John
Young
Cheryl
Zolotow
Stephen
 

 

Eighteen places were paid. Here is a complete list of those who finished in the money. All players donated at least part of their winnings to charity:

1.*
Dan Shak
$243,893
Tied For 1st
1.*
Brandon Moran
$142,845
Tied For 1st
3
Carl Westcott
$98,206
4
Per Hildebrand
$68,176
5
Dimitry Mazur
$51,538
6
Kathy Sarborn
$39,769
7
Pete Mueller
$31,653
8
Alvarado Wong
$23,537
9
Thomas Keisler
$17,044
10
Jason Alexander
$12,174
11
Jordanna Schutz
$12,174
12
Andrew Batkin
$12,174
13
Molly Hellmuth
$10,551
14
Cody Leibel
$10,551
15
Holly Stroud
$10,551
16
Brandon Adams
$8,928
17
Mona Tilson
$8,928
18
James Karol
$8,928
 

 

 

 

When this World Series of Poker finally ends, after all the poker chips have been cashed in , and all the cards have all been dealt out,– each one of us will ultimately be judged not by what we accomplish at the poker table, but rather what we do away from it.

These two outstanding champions, Dan Shak and Brandon Moran, are to be commended for their extraordinary generosity. So too must we acknowledge all the in-the-money finishers in this event and those who posted a $5,000 entry fee.

Finally, Don Cheadle and Annie Duke are to be commended for their inspirational efforts in organizing this unparalleled event on behalf of millions of people in Darfur who desperately need us to know them, to help them, and to never forget them.

 
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