Celebrities, Poker Pros and Enthusiasts Raise More Than $275,000 at the Fourth Annual Ante up for Africa at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

SOURCE: Harrah’s Entertainment

Poker Pro Phil Gordon Wins With Runner-Up Shannon Elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – July 4, 2010) –  The fourth annual Ante up for Africa charity poker tournament took place yesterday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino as 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.

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.

Hi-resolution images of the red carpet and tournament are available by contacting Brandy Bell at [email protected].

Broadcast quality video packages are currently available at the following link: http://mrcameraftp.com/home/harrahs/AUFA/. File names: Red_Carpet_AUFA_2010.mov and Tourn_B_Roll_AUFA_2010.mov.

A WMV Link is available for PC viewers at the link below: http://mrcameraftp.com/home/harrahs/AUFA/. File name: AUFA_2010_VNR.wmv.

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than a billion dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. For more information, please visit www.wsop.com.

Ante up for Africa is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Don Cheadle, Annie Duke and Norman Epstein. The organization is dedicated to raising money and awareness for Africans in need. Ante up for Africa has raised more than $3 million and has donated to organizations such as Refugees International, Darfur Peace & Development Organization, Water.org, Eastern Congo Initiative and Enough Project. For more information, please visit www.AnteUpForAfrica.org.

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