Daniel Negreanu continues the current trend for poker players to give their time, effort, and money, to charitable organizations, when he will host the St. Jude Celebrity Poker Tournament at the Vdara, Las Vegas, Nov 8, 2014.
Do you fancy winning a 2015 Corvette Stingray?
What about a trip to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA)?
Or perhaps, you just want to help fight childhood cancer?
If any of these three float your boat then you will be best served heading down to Vdara, Las Vegas, at 5pm local time, Nov 8, 2014.
Daniel Negreanu is following in the footsteps of the likes of Dan Shak (the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia All-In for Kids Charity), Philipp Gruissem, Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree (Raising for Effective Giving), Matt Stout (Charity Series of Poker), and Guy Laliberte and the World Series of Poker (The One Drop Foundation), by putting his time, effort, and money behind a charitable cause.
This time the benefactors are going to be the childhood cancer victims of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A place that has helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since it opened in 1962.
Negreanu will chair a celebrity poker tournament that contains buy-ins from as low as $1,000, and as high as $10,000, with prizes distributed dependent on the buy-in range you opt for. So, for example, player’s who enter for $10,000 will get the opportunity to win a 2015 Corvette Stingray, donated by Fairway Chevrolet, valued at $60,000.
A $2,500 buy-in can win you a private party for 100 at Polaroid FotoBar and Museum; a private poker lesson with Kid Poker himself (priceless), or a weeks vacation at the Namale resort in Fiji; other great prizes include Choice Centre University training, Tony Robbins Business Mastery Classes, a $15k PCA package, and invitations to the St. Jude Celebrity Golf Tournament.
Negreanu won’t be on his lonesome; Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Hellmuth will be alongside him, as well as a host of celebrity poker players, and Hollywood stars, which have yet to be named.
Not so Charitable to Professional Poker Players
One area where Negreanu continues to be less than charitable is towards his fellow professional poker players.
You may remember that his reaction to the Spin & Go storm – right in the middle of a 2+2 thread complaining about the said game – led to many people asking for his head. A tad extreme I know.
Negreanu has since written a blog post called The Key Ingredient for a Good Poker Game and once again his thoughts are clearly on the role the professional poker player has in poker’s ecosystem.
The tone is much lower than his 2+2 vent, and it’s a nice read.
Check it out here.