Saturday saw some of sports and entertainment’s biggest names gathered online for a charity poker tournament with a $10,000 buy-in.
Online poker platform Americas Cardroom hosted All In For Feeding America, which attracted a field of 65 participants including several prominent poker-playing celebrities including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Tom Brady, Sarah Silverman, Adam Sandler, Adam Levine, Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Cheryl Hines, Jason Mewes, Aaron Paul, Scoot McNairy and John Krasinski.
Poker pros such as Doyle Brunson, Jason Koon, Alex Foxen, Todd Brunson, Jeff Gross, Jamie Staples, Jon Pardy, Luke Schwartz, Mike McDonald and Jeff Boski also featured on the field.
The title eventually went to poker pro Ebony Kenney, who gained fans when she knocked out poker players and celebrities on the road to victory by broadcasting the event and talking trash. Making her way to the final table, which also featured Tobey Maguire, Bryan Cranston and poker player Tom Cannuli, Kenney eliminated Matt Damon, Phil Hellmuth, and Kevin Smith.
Andy Milonakis, the comedian and avid poker player came in third, while king of impressions, Kevin Pollak was the runner-up. Pollak can be seen at the World Series of Poker almost every season, and has cashed twice in the main event.
While Kenney got away with the win, she didn’t take home any of the money pool that was all donated to charity. It is estimated that the tournament raised $2 million to support hunger-relief programmes in the United States, following an additional donation from ACR.
ACR broadcast the tournament online, as did a few of the field players. A replay of the Twitch broadcast can be seen here.
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