Phil Gordon Wins 2010 Ante Up for Africa Poker Tournament

Shannon Elizabeth, Norman Epstein, Don Cheadle, Annie Duke and Tournament Champ Phil Gordon
The 2010 Ante Up For Africa poker tournament, hosted by Don Cheadle and Annie Duke, took place at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on July 3, 2010 (Pictured above: Shannon Elizabeth, Norman Epstein, Don Cheadle, Annie Duke and Tournament Champ Phil Gordon – Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com).   

Matt Damon and Don Cheadle
Matt Damon and Don Cheadle

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The event was part of the 41st Annual World Series of Poker, raising 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 donated 100 percent 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.

For more information about 2010 Ante Up For Africa, visit http://anteupforafrica.org/.

Shanna Moakler
Shanna Moakler

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Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield

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Don Cheadle and Phil Ivey
Don Cheadle and Phil Ivey

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Matt Damon
Matt Damon

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Joe Reitman
Joe Reitman

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David Zayas
David Zayas

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Shannon Elizabeth
Shannon Elizabeth

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David Allen Grier
David Allen Grier

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Montel Williams
Montel Williams

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Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

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David Allen Grier
David Allen Grier

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Shane Warne
Shane Warne

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Brad Garret
Brad Garret

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A player, Annie Duke and Matt Damon
A player, Annie Duke and Matt Damon

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Jerome Bettis
Jerome Bettis

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Shannon Elizabeth with tournament winner Phil Gordon
Shannon Elizabeth with tournament winner Phil Gordon

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