On December 9th the fourth annual All In For CP No-Limit Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament will take place at The Venetian Poker Room in Las Vegas. The event will benefit the One Step Closer Foundation – a non-profit organization seeking to ease the lives of those suffering from cerebral palsy. The organization aims to help people with cerebral palsy through financial freedom and social acceptance. All the money raised in the charity poker tournament – running for the fourth year in a row – will be donated to the One Step Closer Foundation.
The man behind the idea to hold a poker event in order to raise money for cerebral palsy is Jacob Zalewski – a young man suffering from the disease himself who believes that raising money and awareness of cerebral palsy is a big step towards finding the cure. “We hope to see a future where cerebral palsy is a thing of the past,” says Zalewski. “We know are getting one step closer to that vision everyday.”
The charity tournament will feature a $500 buy-in and a $40 entry fee, $200 rebuys will also be allowed for the first 90 minutes. A silent and live auction will take place at the time of the event during which the participants will be able to acquire various items. Money raised in an auction will also be donated to cerebral palsy charity.
The event which gathers a lot of celebrities every year is expected to maintain the tradition this year as well. Among those to attend the 2011 All In For CP charity poker tournament are Sean Astin from the Lord of the Rings, Discovery Channel's American Hot Rod Jo Coddington, one of the best-known female poker players and a TV star, Shannon Elizabeth from Dancing With the Stars and That 70s Show, Cheryl Hines from ABC's Suburgatory and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mekhi Phifer (Lie to Me, ER), The Simpsons' creator Sam Simon, another poker and TV celebrity, Jennifer Tilly (Family Guy/Liar Liar), Donnie and Jimmy Wahlberg from New Kids on The Block and Band of Brothers, and a very active poker playing TV talk show host, Montel Williams.
Alongside TV and movie stars, poker celebrities will attend the charity tournament as well. The guest list already includes Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, “Kid Poker” Daniel Negreanu, 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Cada. “The Robin Hood of Poker” Barry Greenstein, Antonio Esfandiari, Eli Elezra, Scotty Nguyen, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Chad Brown, Todd and Pam Brunson, Victor Ramdin, Dennis Phillips, Freddie Deeb, and many more.
This year's All In For CP charity tournament is also a very special event for a 27-year old Australian Clinton Robinson. Clinton was born with cerebral palsy and is not able to work or drive a car, but he's a huge poker fan and dreams to travel to Las Vegas and play the All In For CP tournament. He first learned about poker in 2005 when he saw an episode of Celebrity Poker Showdown. Clinton instantly fell in love with the game and started constantly watching poker on TV and even signed up on Full Tilt to play online poker games for play money.
Two years later Clinton fell into heavy depression from which he suffered for almost a year. But his love for poker was stronger and eventually he came back to his normal life with the goal to work on his social skills and find the courage to play poker in live tournaments. Now with the help from people all over the world, Clinton is close to his dream of going to Las Vegas and playing poker to support those with cerebral palsy. A number of people have already supported him by donating money including poker pro Vanessa Rousso.
You can find all the information about the All In For CP charity poker tournament on OneStepCloserFoundation.org.