November 10, 2010 07:01 ET Observes Poker Players Giving Back to Charity This Season

Pro Poker Players Are Notorious for Their Generous Hearts When it Comes to Charitable Poker Tournaments. As 2010 Nears Its End, a New Season of Charity Poker Tournaments is Just Kicking Off. is Observing the Liberal Munificence of Pro Poker Players Who Are Giving Back for Some Very Good Causes.

SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - It's not every day you see pro poker player Phil "Poker Brat" Hellmuth handing over a stack of chips with a smile on his face. It just goes to show that even the most obnoxious of poker players has a heart of gold when the time comes to play poker at charity tournaments.

It has come to the attention of that pro poker players have gained quite the reputation for being some of the most generous of any group that holds the "pro" label. In fact, poker has become one of the most philanthropic sports in the world, raising more funds for worthy causes than tennis or even golf in the last few years. And now, with 2010 coming to a close, it is the season to give a little back to those in need as the charity poker tournament season kicks off with a resounding bang.

Over the summer, record-holding 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth and comedic mastermind Steve Martin teamed up to host the 2010 All In for Kids charity poker tournament, raising a phenomenal amount of nearly one million dollars for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. That is just the tip of the iceberg as many more charity poker tournaments are scheduled in the coming weeks.

This weekend, Vince Neil of Motley Crue will be putting together his third annual Off-The-Strip poker tournament benefitting cancer awareness and prevention from the Skylar Neil and TJ Martell Foundation. The event takes place November 6th at The Joint, located within the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, and features a $50k prize pool along with an auction that is slated to include rock, poker and casino memorabilia. With 200-max seats and a $500 buy-in, the charity poker tournament is famous for attracting the biggest pros and a multitude of versatile celebrities. One lucky player will even walk away with a seat in the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

On December 11th, 2010, the Venetian in Las Vegas will set the scene for one of the largest annual celebrity drawing charity poker tournaments, All In For CP 3. The third annual celebrity charity poker tournament features a $550 buy-in and $200 re-buys for the first hour. Half of the proceeds are going to the One Step Closer Foundation, a research center for cerebral palsy; the other half goes to the prize pool. Listed to participate in the event is actress and poker pro Jennifer Tilly, Donnie Wahlberg, Ray Ramano, Montel Williams, Cheryl Hines, Norm McDonald, Dean Cain, Brande Roderick, NFL superstars Jerome Bettis and Glenn Cardez and many more.

Later in the month, actor and classic car collector Kevin Howard will be bringing his drag racing beauties out to the Santa Fe Station Hotel in Las Vegas to help set up for the Toys For Tots charity poker tournament and motorcycle poker run on December 19, 2010. Funds will be raised to benefit the Fueled by the Fallen Foundation and of course Toys for Tots will be on hand to collect items for children as the holiday season approaches.

These are just a few of the more renowned charity poker tournaments coming up this season, expected to draw hundreds of professional poker players, athletes and celebrities from around the world. Some of the most generous of celebrity poker fans include Jennifer Tilly, Jason Alexander and Bryan Cranston. Their presence alone helps to draw in countless funds, and their donations are always bountiful.

Poker pro Barry Greenstein has actually earned the nickname "The Robin Hood of Poker" with his charitable efforts. Greenstein donates 100% of all poker tournament winnings to charitable causes, chiefly Children Incorporated. Even if he is not playing in a charity poker tournament, any amount he cashes out for goes straight to a worthy cause; and that's saying a lot as Greenstein has racked up over $7.2 million in live tournament winnings over his illustrious poker career.

While Greenstein is certainly the poster-child for philanthropic poker pros, he's not alone. There are hundreds of career poker players who take the time to give a little something back, and charity poker tournaments are just a part of those efforts, raising millions of dollars every year for valuable organizations to better the health, education and society of a world that is made much smaller by the hearts of poker players across the globe.

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