On Friday, the 6th of November 2015, the World Poker Tour (WPT) Foundation's yearly "All In" for Kids Poker Tournament raised almost $700,000 to benefit the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Sponsored by The Gitlin Family Foundation and held at Mandarin Oriental in New York City, the tournament has brought together over 275 guests, including pro poker players Andy Frankenberger, Angel Guillen, Jamie Kerstetter, Scott Baumstein, WPT anchor Lynn Gilmartin, and even a surprise special appearance from Annie Duke! Also in attendance were Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Gregg Murphy and New York Giants Offensive Guard Justin Pugh. Other guests who attended include athletes, celebrities, doctors, grateful families of patients, and other supporters.
The MC was none other than Phil Hellmuth, the 14-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet winner.
Even if Hellmuth managed to make it to the final table, it was actually his father, Phil Sr., who finished in 3rd place. Annie Duke finished 4th, and Dan Shak was beaten in a heads-up battle by Antonio Rodriguez (the co-founder of Cibeles Capital Advisors), thereby making Rodriguez the winner of the tournament.
"Each year, we are proud to partner with the World Poker Tour Foundation on this important and exciting event. We especially thank the Gitlin Family Foundation for their support, as well as all of the physicians and staff in CHOP's Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, who work tirelessly every day to provide our patients with excellent care," said the president and CEO of CHOP, Madeline Bell.
The WPT president and CEO, Adam Pilska, stated this: "In 3 years with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, WPT Foundation has proudly helped raise more than $2.3 million to help CHOP provide the most advanced child healthcare available. CHOP remains the preeminent pediatric hospital in the world, nurturing many of the nation's pioneers and innovators in pediatric medicine, and WPT Foundation is honored to support such a devoted group of doctors, nurses and researchers that are fully dedicated to finding cures and treating illnesses and injuries specific to children"
Co-founded by Dan Shak, the WPT Foundation has now raised more than $5 million in the past 7 years, and it's still going strong every time.