Annie Duke to Host Charitable Poker Ball on October 6thSeptember 23, 2016 12:21 pm
On October 6th, Annie Duke and Hank Azaria will host a Poker Ball at The Union League in Philadelphia, with tickets to the event already sold out. All net proceeds raised from the event will subsequently go to the How I Decide foundation, a local charity which seeks to help teenagers develop their critical decision-making skills.
In addition to including a buffet, drinks, and a raffle, WSOP bracelet winner Annie Duke will offer some poker advise to the attendees before a poker tournament is held, with the eventual winner recceiving six hours on board a private jet. Annie Duke’s advice will certainly be appreciated, too, as she is currently ranked number 3 on the ‘Women’s All Time Money List’ with $4,270,548 in live tournament earnings. Known as ‘The Duchess of Poker’, Annie Duke’s biggest live score came at the 2004 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, after defeating Phil Hellmuth Jr heads-up to claim an incredible $2 million prize.
Also taking part in the tournament is Hank Azaria, an actor, and producer who is best known for providing the voices of several Simpson’s characters, including Moe, Apu, and Chief Wiggum. Hank Azaria is also an avid poker fan who in 2015 competed for a $1 million winner-take-all prize at the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout in Las Vegas. Fellow actor Kevin Pollak, however, eliminated Azaria from the tournament but was eventually beaten heads-up by Vanessa Selbst in the final.
Despite being sharks at the poker tables, away from the beize many professional players continue to offer high-profile support to many charitable institutions, with one notable examples including Barry Greenstein who in the past donated all his profits from poker tournament to charities, earning him the nickname of “the Robin Hood of poker”. Amongst the many other players who constantly give up their time and money to help charitable causes are Phil Hellmuth, Jennifer Harman, Doyle Brunson, and Daniel Negreanu.