A successful charity poker tournament held on October 9th to benefit the Road 2 Recovery Foundation culminated in a win by Tiffany Michelle, who was awarded a seat into the 2009 World Series of Poker main event for the victory. The evening of events to benefit the charity was held at the MGM Grand poker room in Las Vegas.
A total of 75 players entered the $300 buy-in tournament, and funds were also raised via the $100 rebuys during the first few levels of play and a $100 add-on at the end of that period. Some of the attendees included poker pros Jeff Madsen, Robert Williamson III, Jennifer Harman, Marco Traniello, Karina and Chip Jett, Hoyt Corkins, Todd Brunson, Joe Sebok, and Jamie Gold. In addition, Supercross celebrities were in attendance, such as Chad Reed, Grant Langston, Jason Thomas, and Jimmy Button, the latter being one of the founders of the Road 2 Recovery Foundation.
Additional funds were raised through a silent auction that boasted of a number of pieces of sports and poker memorabilia. And many who cashed in the tournament donated prizes back to the foundation. The charity event was declared a success.
On the heels of her 17th place finish at the 2008 WSOP main event, Tiffany Michelle has made quite the impression on the poker world. She has been traveling the world to play in some of the most prestigious events, one of those being the World Poker Tour’s Borgata Open in September where she cashed in 46th place. While this charity poker tournament win doesn’t rank on the official tournament leaderboards, it goes to show that Michelle has certainly been honing her skills and can compete with some of the best in the game.
In the end, the Road 2 Recovery Foundation was the ultimate winner. Much attention was brought to the worthy organization that was started by Jimmy Button when he sustained a career-ending injury while riding in a Supercross event at the age of 26. He helped establish the foundation that now helps injured riders with their financial and emotional needs following a serious injury in their line of work as Motocross and Supercross riders. More information about the charity can be found at www.Road2Recovery.com.