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Fourth Annual Ante up for Africa Raise More Than $275,000 at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

The fourth annual Ante up for Africa charity poker tournament took place July 3 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino as part of the 41st Annual World Series of Poker® The star studded event raised more than $275,000 to aid the victims of the humanitarian crises in Africa. First place went to professional poker player Phil Gordon, who won a total of $129,086 and he donated 100 percent of his winnings back to the charity.

“I always wanted to win an event at the World Series of Poker,”Gordon said after his win. “Of course, it had to be a non-gold bracelet event.” He has made it to multiple final tables in the WSOP®, but has yet to win a bracelet. Runner-up, actress Shannon Elizabeth, felt similarly after the tournament ended, “I wish the rest of my WSOP had gone the way this tournament went.”

Ante up for Africa attracted 83 players this year including Don Cheadle, Annie Duke, Matt Damon, Brad Garrett, Shannon Elizabeth, Montel Williams, David Alan Grier, Evander Holyfield, Jerome Bettis and poker pros Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, Howard Lederer, Phil Gordon, Phil Ivey, John Hennigan, Joe Hachem, Michael Mizrachi, Rafe Furst and Erik Seidel. The No-Limit Hold’em poker tournament required an entry fee of $5,000 and all of the in-the-money finishers donated a portion of their winnings to the charity.

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From left to right: Shannon Elizabeth, Norman Epstein, Don Cheadle, Annie Duke, Phil Gordon
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Annie Duke and Don Cheadle
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Brad Garrett and Matt Damon
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Shannon Elizabeth
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David Allen Grier
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Evander Holyfield
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Jerome Bettis
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Matt Damon and Don Cheadle
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Montel Williams
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Shannon Elizabeth
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